Colorado Rockies, Rails & Western National Parks
featuring Five National Parks & Two Train Experiences
June 16 to June 24, 2019 (9 days)
This summer the Lifetime Learning Center will take a USA adventure to explore the beauty of Colorado and Utah. Our exploration will begin on June 16, with a flight to Denver, Colorado where a professional tour director with Premier World Discovery will meet us. Our guide will lead us on a fabulous journey and provide insight into the rich history and natural wonders of the region.
From Rocky Mountain National Park to Canyonland National Park, from Dead Horse State Park to Arches National Park, From Mesa Verde National Park through the scenic Royal Gorge, we’ll enjoy a comprehensive look at the area.
- Durango & Silverton Railroad
- Royal Gorge Train
5 National Park Visits
- Rocky Mountain National Park
- Mesa Verde National Park
- Arches National Park
- Canyonlands National Park
- Great Sand Dunes National Park
- 2 Nights in Durango
- 3 Nights in Colorado Springs
- Dead Horse Point State Park
- Moab, Utah
- Garden of the Gods
- U.S. Air Force Academy
- Cowboy Dinner & Stage Show
- Round trip Airfare – RDU
- 11 Meals: 8-Breakfasts & 3-Dinners
- Professional Tour Director
- Motor coach Transportation
- Admissions & Sightseeing per Itinerary
- Baggage Handling
- Hotel Transfers
8 Nights First Class Hotels
- 1 Night – Sheraton or Crowne Plaza, Denver
- 2 Nights – DoubleTree by Hilton, Grand Junction
- 2 Nights – Durango Downtown Inn, DoubleTree or The Strater Hotel,Durango
- 3 Nights – DoubleTree by Hilton, Colorado Springs
Booking Discount*: $3095 per person double
Regular Rate: $3195 per person double
Single Supplement: +$1000
*See Reservation Info for Booking Discount details
Colorado Rockies, Rails & Western National Parks Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive Denver
Upon arrival in Denver meet your Tour Director and transfer to your hotel for your overnight stay in the Mile High City. This evening join your Tour Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner.
Meal – (D) Overnight: Denver
Day 2: Denver – Rocky Mountain National Park – Grand Junction
Today travel northwest of Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park and discover the true meaning of panoramic. This celebrated “Roof of the Rockies” offers views of massive peaks and rugged canyons as you experience one ofthe largest national parks in the United States. Later travel through the scenic Colorado Rockies and arrive in Grand Junction for a two night stay.
Meal – (B) Overnight: Grand Junction
Day 3: Grand Junction – Canyonlands & Arches Nat’l Parks – Grand Junction
Today travel west into Utah to visit two of our country’s great national parks.This morning visit Canyonlands National Park featuring deeply eroded canyons interspersed with sheer-sided mesas and a variety of spires, arches and unusual rock formations. Then stop at Dead Horse Point State Park for an amazing view of the Colorado River. A short ride brings you to Moab, Utah for lunch on your own in this town famous for western movie making. This afternoon visit Arches National Park to see some of the famous arches (over 2,000 in total) and marvel at other red rock formations and canyons. Return to Grand Junction and enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers.
Meals – (B,D) Overnight: Grand Junction
Day 4: Grand Junction – Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad – Durango
Today journey south to Silverton, secluded in a mountain valley at an elevation of 9,318 feet, to begin a wonderful train experience. It’s all-aboard the 1881 coal-fired, steam-powered Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for a spectacular rail journey through the San Juan National Forest following the sheer cliffs of Animas River. Arrive in historic Durango for a two night stay. Durango began as a mining town during the gold and silver booms. Today it’s a center of year round tourism, commerce, culture and ranching featuring a Victorian downtown where you can still enjoy the spirit of a bygone era.
Meal – (B) Overnight: Durango
Day 5: Durango – Mesa Verde National Park – Durango
This morning visit Mesa Verde National Park, home to the largest and best preserved Anasazi Indian cliff dwellings in the Southwest including the famous Cliff Palace. Venture out on the Mesa Top Loop Road which winds around overlooks to see some of the 4,000 ruin sites including 600 cliff dwellings. Return to Durango for an evening at leisure in this great western town.
Meal – (B) Overnight: Durango
Day 6: Durango – Great Sand Dunes Nat’l Park – Colorado Springs
Today travel east to Great Sand Dunes National Park, established in 2004 & known for huge dunes and beaches created at the base of the dunes. Stop at a Visitor Center to learn more about this National Park, containing the tallest sand dunes in North America, rising to a maximum height of 750 feet from the floor of the San Luis Valley on the western base of the Sangre de Cristo Range. Later, journey to Colorado Springs, a picturesque city situated at the foot of famous Pikes Peak. “The Springs” as it is commonly referred to attracts thousands of visitors each year for its picturesque setting, historic & military sights and natural wonders.
Meals – (B) Overnight: Colorado Springs
Day 7: Colorado Springs – Pikes Peak – U.S. Air Force Academy
This morning to the summit of Pikes Peak (approx. 14,110 ft.). On a clear day you can see 75 miles to Denver and over 100 miles to New Mexico. Later, visit the famous Garden of the Gods, on the National Register for Historic Places. Located where the Great Plains meet the mighty Rockies, this 1,300-acre park is home to towering sandstone formations. Then visit the U.S. Air Force Academy located at the foot of the majestic Rocky Mountains. The Academy is Colorado’s most frequently visited man-made attraction and home to cadets participating in the officer-training program. Stop at and the unique Cadet Chapel, a national landmark with 71 gleaming aluminum spires.
Meals – (B) Overnight: Colorado Springs
Day 8: Colorado Springs – Royal Gorge Train – Colorado Springs
Today experience some of the most arresting scenery in all of American railroading aboard the Royal Gorge Train. The rail journey travels from Canon City to Parkdale along the Arkansas River through the scenic Royal Gorge and features dramatic views of the Royal Gorge Bridge, the world’s highest suspension bridge. Tonight experience a Farewell Dinner at the Flying W Ranch where you will enjoy a hearty Chuckwagon Supper & Western Stage Show.
Meals – (B,D) Overnight: Colorado Springs
Day 9: Colorado Springs – Denver – Fly Home
Transfer to the Denver Airport for your flight home filled with wonderful
memories of your travel experience.
To register use the form on page three of this document or call the Lifetime Learning Center at (252) 633-2618.
*DEPOSIT & FINAL PAYMENT
A deposit of $300 plus the required $250 Insurance ($550) per person is due with the reservation form to secure a reservation for this trip.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE MARCH 29, 2019
All Payments due by March 29, 2019
Make your Final Payment by check prior to the Final Payment Due Date to receive $200 per couple/$100 per person Booking Discount!
- Initial Deposit can be made by check or credit card to be eligible.
- Payments after Initial Deposit are considered part of Final Payment & must be made by check.
Jennifer Baer, Director of the Lifetime Learning Center & Community Outreach
Craven Community College Foundation
800 College Court
New Bern, NC 28560
Telephone: (252) 633-2618