Best of Colorado: Raft, Hot Air Balloon, and Ride Horses with your Grandchild
Set out on the adventure of a lifetime as you and your grandchild raft the Yampa River, horseback ride through aspen forests and sail above Colorado in a hot air balloon!
Program No. 4946RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Thrilling adventures await as you and your grandchild explore the history, mountains and adventure of the Old West from land, water and air! Float above the valley in a hot air balloon, raft down a river through rugged scenery, and go back in time on horseback. By land we’ll hike to 280-foot Fish Creek Falls, then we'll travel by chair-lift to the top of the oldest continuously operating ski area in Colorado, Howelsen Hill, for a ride down the alpine slide.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Walking up to one-half mile, mostly flat terrain; some stairs. Elevations of 4,600-8,000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Raft down a section of the Yampa River experiencing white water and beautiful scenery along the way.
  • Enjoy beautiful mountain views and Aspen forests during a horseback ride.
  • Learn about hot-air balloons, build your own prototype, then soar above the Yampa Valley in the basket of the Wild West Hot Air Balloon.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 10-13. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Ryan Kirkpatrick
Ryan Kirkpatrick is the director of operations for Mountains & Plains Institute for Lifelong Learning and Service, and has led hundreds of Road Scholar programs since 2003. A native of Colorado, Ryan has a master’s in sports science, is a Wilderness First Responder, and a “Master Naturalist” for the city of Fort Collins. In addition, he is an ASEP certified instructor and received his Level 1 USATF Coaching Certification from the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. He is also a volunteer nordic ski ranger for the Colorado State Forest, and as a photographer is a member of Canon Professional Services.
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