Colorado Rockies Mountain Adventure

Trip Date: 
Sunday, September 19, 2021 - Saturday, September 25, 2021
Trip Location: 
Rocky Mountains

ROCKY MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE

SEPTEMBER 19 – 25, 2021

 

Includes all ground transport, airport transfers, meals, listed activities and lodging. Enjoy all or some of the outdoor activities or just join us simply to take in the grandeur of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. 

 

Day 1 — Arrival

Arrive in Denver and check into our hotel near the airport.

Tonight we’ll have a meet & greet dinner.

 

Day 2 — Elk Bugling

After breakfast, we’ll travel about two hours by minibus to the western entrance of Rocky Mt. National Par. After checking into our hotel and an early dinner, we will visit an area in the parks where elk gather. During the fall rut, the mating season, which is usually during the last two weeks of September, elk bulls “bugle” and challenge each other to breed with the females. All it takes to hear them is to step out of our vehicles. 

 

Day 3 — Breckenridge

This morning we will drive some three hours to Breckenridge, one of Colorado’s most hospitable mountain towns, and check into Griffith Lodge at the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center. The BOEC was established many years ago specifically for people like us, who face extra challenges in enjoying outdoor activities. The Center led the way in developing programs for blind and amputee skiers and other outdoor recreationists.

 

This evening’s meal will be an outdoor barbecue. Over the next few days, we will have the opportunity to experience the following activities, at our own pace and under the supervision of specially trained instructors:

 

Kayaking and Canoeing

Griffith Lodge is at the foot of Breckenridge Ski Area’s Peak 9 and it overlooks a beautiful small mountain lake. Canoes and kayaks, single and double occupancy, with outriggers for stability, are available. The staff will help us choose the right boats for our needs and will assist us in launching and getting into our boats and using them. After we’ve sharpened our techniques and explored the lake, we’ll have help in docking and getting out again. Safety—and fun—are always the order of the day!

 

Rafting

We’ll launch our big (and very safe) inflatable rafts down gentle ramps leading to the river. Our instructor-guides will teach us paddle commands, and after some practice we’ll head downstream. The river starts off gently. As we enter Little Gore Canyon, our speed will increase. The guides will call out commands as the waves get bigger and we enter our first Class III rapid, the Needles’ Eye. After a fun, wet adventure, we’ll leave the canyon at the take-out point and visit Radium Hot Springs, a great place for a relaxing soak. Finally, a picnic lunch before returning to Griffith Lodge.

 

Ropes Course

First comes “ground school”—instructors will fit us with harnesses and helmets and lead us through a practice session at ground level. When we’re ready, the ropes course starts off with a boardwalk bridge hanging from ropes and cables. We’ll cross to the first platform, where we can rest before re-attaching our harnesses to another set of ropes and proceeding to the next platform. At any time we may return to the beginning. At the end, we can rappel down to the ground or zip line back to the starting area. The course will challenge our balance and agility, but we will always be clipped in for safety and under the direct supervision of our instructors.

 

Rock Climbing 

In harnesses and helmets, we’ll have a safety talk before getting started. Each climber will be belayed to a safety line manned by instructors, so it will be impossible to fall. The climbing walls are coated with epoxy that is impregnated with sand for easy gripping, and each wall has many large holds bolted to it. We will climb as far as we are comfortable, and at any time we can ask to be lowered easily to the ground. If we prefer, a rope-and-pulley apparatus called the Z-Assist is available to lift us to the top of the wall. As always, safety, fun and a sense of accomplishment are paramount.

 

Hiking, Swimming, Workouts, Hot Tub

We can also organize hikes of various lengths, and an indoor-outdoor swimming pool, hot tubs and exercise room are available very close by at Beaver Run Resort. 

 

Far View Horse Rescue & Rehabilitation Center

The center is dedicated to providing shelter, care, rehabilitation and adoption services to neglected, abandoned and unwanted horses. My daughter, Page, will walk us through the shelter and explain what the volunteers do to ready the horses for adoption. We’ll be able to pet and feed the horses. 

 

The Continental Divide wine-tasting room 

This unique tasting room will give us the opportunity to experience how climate, altitude and weather affect the taste and aroma of white, red and rosé wines.

 

Much More

Excursions into the town of Breckenridge for shopping, a stop at the crêpes restaurant or other interesting eateries, spa treatments and more are available for additional fees.

 

Prices

$3490 per person double occupancy

 

Please Note

• A $750 deposit per person is required to hold space; the balance will be due 90 days prior and fees are nonrefundable after this time.

• As noted, prices are based on double or single occupancy and do not include airfare, alcoholic beverages, personal items or any gratuities. 

• Mind’s Eye Travel recommends trip insurance. 

• Our trips are non-smoking and not combinable with any other offer

 

 

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