4946
Colorado
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
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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DAY
1
Introductions-orientation
Steamboat Springs, CO
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Rabbit Ears Motel

Activity note: Accommodations are in the conveniently located Rabbit Ears Motel, double occupancy rooms with private bath. Check-in at the Motel Lobby from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. Road Scholar Orientation begins at 5:00 sharp. The motel is across the street from the hot springs complex for which daily complimentary passes will be available.

Afternoon: 5:00 PM - We will have an informative overview of the program to come plus an opportunity to talk with program staff and your fellow participants during an introductory “get-acquainted” session. Dinner and refreshments will be provided.

Dinner: Catered Meal in Motel Conference Room at 6 pm. Meals: Breakfast will be served in the Motel and is a Continental Breakfast. Lunches will be provided either as a Box Lunch or Restaurant meal depending upon activities. Dinners will be in restaurants or catered in the motel. One dinner is own your own to explore downtown Steamboat Springs. The Program ends after breakfast on Friday.

DAY
2
Discover Steamboat and Raft the Yampa River
Steamboat Springs, CO
B,L,D
Rabbit Ears Motel

Activity note: The Rabbit Ears Motel is right across the street from the Hot Springs Swimming Pool, water slide and plunge pools. Daily entrance passes will be provided for adults and children who wish to visit the pool and spa.

Breakfast: Motel Continental Breakfast NOTE: All activities in this daily itinerary are subject to change due to weather. Activities such as hot air balloon ride, raft trip, horseback ride, and hike may change from this itinerary.

Morning: Learn about the local river ecology and watershed and then experience it's power as you raft through rugged scenery and exciting rapids. If the river is below a certain water level, rafts are no longer allowed and we will get to take a guided tubing trip down the river, one of the most popular local activities.

Lunch: Lunch today is served buffet style at a popular local restaurant.

Afternoon: Experience a fun and informative presentation on hot air balloons, and then each family will build their own hot-air balloon prototype. Later in the week, we will put these to the test and watch from below during our own "test flight".

Dinner: Restaurant or Catered Meal

Evening: Optional visit to the hot springs. Steamboat's Old Town Hot Springs is a must on your visit to Steamboat, and we include tickets each day for you. The hot springs facility is located directly across the street from our motel. It features warm and cold pools, natural hot tubs, a pool-side climbing wall and water slides.

DAY
3
Hike to waterfall and ride a chair-lift to top of Ski Area
Steamboat Springs, CO
B,L,D
Rabbit Ears Motel

Breakfast: Motel Continental Breakfast

Morning: Hike and discover 280’ Fish Creek Falls in Routt National Forest. Hike on a trail with beautiful scenery, wildflowers, hummingbirds, and a great diversity of trees.

Lunch: Picnic box lunch

Afternoon: Tour the historic one room Mesa Schoolhouse and experience student life at the turn-of-the century. Learn about historic toys and recess games, Routt County school history, and more. How is your school experience different from what your grandparents experienced? Learn about how the circus influenced skiing in Colorado, then take a ride up a ski chair-lift to the top of Howelsen Hill, the oldest continuously operating ski area in Colorado. Get the same view many Olympic ski jumpers have looked at just before their leap, and then slide down the mountain on "The Howler" alpine slide.

Dinner: Restaurant or Catered Meal

Evening: Supervised pool night at the Hot Springs. For any grandparents who would like a quiet evening after the fast-paced programming we've had so far this week, our staff will supervise the grandchildren tonight at the Hot Springs so that you can rest or enjoy the shops of downtown.

DAY
4
Morning launch of tissue paper hot air balloons, Horseback ride
Steamboat Springs, CO
B,L
Rabbit Ears Motel

Breakfast: Motel Continental Breakfast

Morning: It's time to test out the hot-air balloon you made! It is sure to be a highlight when the balloon you and your grandparent(s) made soars in the air above you and the other group members. Later in the morning, we will experience the best of Colorado's west on horseback. Ride through the beautiful mountain scenery and enjoy the sounds of the forest!

Lunch: Picnic box lunch

Afternoon: Visit the "Tread of Pioneers" local museum for a scavenger hunt and a chance to win a prize. Learn about local animals and make your very own animal tracks to take home with you.

Dinner: Dinner is "on your own" tonight to explore downtown Steamboat Springs and have some time alone with your grandchild.

DAY
5
Hot Air Balloon Ride and visit with activities at Steamboat Lake State Park
Steamboat Springs, CO
B,L,D
Rabbit Ears Motel

Breakfast: Motel Continental Breakfast

Morning: Float above the valley in a Hot Air Balloon with spectacular vistas of the Flat Tops Mountains. One group will ride in the balloon first while the other groups follow along as the “ground crew” taking photos and watching from below. After the balloon lands each time, the groups will switch.

Lunch: Picnic box lunch

Afternoon: Van to beautiful Steamboat Lake State Park for some exciting and fun educational activities led by the interpretive rangers. Activities include fishing for crayfish!

Dinner: Restaurant or Catered Meal

Evening: We enjoy the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo. Rodeo was a part of the culture of Steamboat Springs well before the town was incorporated over 100 years ago; and it's a tradition that is still every bit as dynamic and exciting today.

DAY
6
Departures after Breakfast
Steamboat Springs, CO
B

Breakfast: Motel Continental Breakfast






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