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Scenery in Rocky Mountain National Park
Dates: 2008: June 29-July 4, and
Activities: Hike (3 days),
bike (1-1/2 days),
raft/kayak (1 day) and
rock climb (1/2 day).
Trip Itinerary: Hike, Bike, Raft/Kayak and Rock Climb
the Colorado Rockies and Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park and surrounding wilderness
areas are the showstoppers of the West! Emerald lakes,
wildflower meadows and old growth forests complement
stunning 14,000' peaks. Get ready to mix it up with spectacular
alpine hiking, off-the-beaten-path biking, world-class rock
climbing and whitewater rafting or kayaking on the mighty
Day 1 Boulder-Winter Park. Boulder is the starting
point for our adventure, where we hike along the base of the
Flatirons, jagged rock formations that rise abruptly from the
plains. Then it's on to Winter Park, where we take our bikes up
the ski lift and ride the many trails back down the mountain.
Day 2 Winter Park. Another day of fat tire fun as
we tackle the nationally acclaimed Winter Park Mountain Bike
Trail System, with more than 500 miles of designated trail and
eight major loop trips. Relax in the lodge's pool and hot tubs at
Day 3 Colorado River. Today we switch to paddle
power as we hop into a raft or inflatable kayaks for our journey
through Lower Gore Canyon on the mighty Colorado River.
Day 4 Rocky Mountain National Park-Estes Park.
Up early, we cross America's highest continuous roadway, Trail
Ridge Road, with its stunning, top-of-the-world views. Here we
hike through miniature wildflowers of the alpine tundra on the
Old Ute Trail. The next two evenings are spent in the secluded
Baldplate Inn outside Estes Park.
Day 5 Rocky Mountain National Park-Mary's Lake.
An afternoon hike to pristine Gem Lake follows a morning of
introductory rock climbing. Under the care of expert guides, you
learn the basics and proceed to do some climbs on the rocky
ridge above Mary's Lake.
Day 6 Indian Peaks Wilderness-Boulder. Trace a
necklace of sapphire lakes and waterfalls within Indian Peaks
Wilderness as we head to majestic Lake Isabelle at the foot of
Arapahoe Glacier. We then conclude our Rocky Mountain
adventure back in beautiful Boulder.
Inn Highlights: With spectacular views of the ski
area, Winter Park Mountain Lodge comes complete with hot
tubs, sauna and pool. Grand Lake Lodge, established in 1920, is
listed on the National Historic Register and overlooks Grand
Lake and Shadow Mountain Reservoir. The Baldpate Inn, built in
1917 and perched on Twin Sisters Mountain at 9,000 feet, is
also on the National Register of Historic Places and boasts the
world's largest key collection.