NATIONAL PARKS

THE ROCKIES

Those wishing to settle the Rockies have always had to be as tough and rugged as the vast wilderness to survive. Flash forward to today, and while much of the region is dotted with civilization, you don’t have to go far to be ‘out there,’ feeling like you have the mountains, lakes and open spaces all to yourself. Over half of the total area of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho is National Parks, Forests, Monuments and Recreation Areas, all open for everyone to enjoy. This is America’s playground, where there are still plenty of wild places to be wild in on a Rockies vacation. And yes, you can’t help but ‘get high’, thanks to the altitude. Head over to Rocky Mountain National Park, on Highway 34, aka Trail Ridge Road, and you’ll be driving the highest continuous paved highway in the U.S., topping out at over 12,000 feet.

Ready to ‘saddle up’ for some big fun? We thought so. From hiking, fishing, rafting, skiing, horseback riding, jeep touring, wildlife viewing, and even sand sliding (at Great Sand Dunes National Park), adventure beckons. Along the way, you’ll likely spend time in a few of the west’s hippest and highest cities and towns – Denver, Aspen, Vail, Durango, Jackson, Bozeman and Whitefish. Great food and drink await, as do friendly folks who will make you feel welcome. We’ll help you find the ‘just right’ blend of activities and accommodations on a private custom Rockies vacation.

HIGHLIGHTS

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK


GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

Grand. Majestic. Breathtaking. Sure those work, but a Glacier National Park vacation is one likely to leave you at a loss for words because none seem to do the place any real justice.

Few places can match Glacier’s epic scale or serene natural beauty. Its landscape is one of magnificent contrasts – jagged mountain peaks tower mightily above lush alpine meadows while the park’s iconic glaciers provide a stunning, rugged backdrop to the pristine, turquoise lakes that sit below them.

Over a million acres in size and still very much untouched, Glacier National Park is home to four distinct life zones, each with its own weather, terrain and wildlife – including abundant populations of large mammals like grizzlies, wolves, elk and mountain lions – so you’re not likely to run out of new activities to experience or new picture-perfect panoramas to explore.

WHAT WE REVEAL
There’s no need to be overwhelmed by the immensity of the park – our guides will ensure your Glacier National Park vacation is uniquely tailored to exactly what you want to do and see. Perhaps you’d prefer a day relaxing on the crystal-clear waters of Flathead Lake on a private boat. Rendezvous with your guide for a half day of fly fishing on either the Middle or North Fork of the Flathead River, both of which border Glacier National Park. Even just driving along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, considered to be one of the country’s most beautiful drives, is a thrilling experience. Stop at viewpoints to photograph cascading waterfalls, retreating glaciers and the spectrum of wildflowers blanketing the forest floor.

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> Yellowstone National Park
> Grand Teton National Park

ASPEN, VAIL & SNOWMASS


ASPEN, VAIL & SNOWMASS

Fit for all seasons, an Aspen, Vail and Snowmass vacation is bound to feature Rocky Mountain National Park, boasting 78 mountains higher than 12,000 feet and valleys that sit 8,000 feet above sea level. Despite its rugged reputation, the mountains here are among the most hospitable in the country and home to some of the most scenic drives and famed ski slopes. Take a close look – this is one of the few spots within the continental United States to see tundra landscape. Look closer still and you’ll glimpse blue grouse, Clark’s nutcracker, bobcats, black bears, moose, river otters and yellow-bellied marmots – just a few of the creatures you’ll meet during your Aspen, Vail and Snowmass vacation.

WHAT WE REVEAL
Your Aspen, Vail and Snowmass vacation has all the trappings of a quintessential American West holiday, yet with a side of glamour, craft micro-brews and some live music sprinkled in. Nowhere is this more evident than Aspen, where you’ll snowshoe to the crest of Buckskin Pass, make tracks in fresh powder, relax at a local music festival, cycle along Independence Pass or soak in a hot tub under the stars. World-class accommodations line the slopes and friendly village and we’ll show you our favorite secret spots.

Moving on to Vail, with its miles of ski slopes, bike trails and rivers, we’ll introduce you to backcountry skiing and gourmet dining, horseback riding and fly fishing in tucked-away fishing holes.

Aspen Snowmass, with easy access to the beautiful Maroon Bells area, is a convenient way to enjoy both Aspen and Snowmass Village with incredible mountain biking, scenic hiking, river rafting and more.

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> Rocky Mountain National Park
> Denver

DENVER


DENVER

Equal parts cowboy and cosmopolitan, a Denver vacation is for outdoor adventurers, art lovers, foodies, music fans and more. Radiating from its urban core, distinct neighborhoods entice visitors with noteworthy restaurants, hipster bars and renowned theater and museums. From the Lower Highlands to the Golden Triangle, we’ll have you feeling like a local in no time. It’s hard not to fall in love with a city that boasts every urban convenience with easy access to some of the country’s most beloved mountain country. The Rocky Mountains are only a short drive away and chockfull of remarkable hiking, biking and skiing opportunities.

WHAT WE REVEAL
A Denver vacation is the perfect primer to a Rocky Mountain exploration, a pleasing blend of cultural and recreational highlights. Your local guide will engross you in the capital city’s history and vibrant neighborhoods, as you tour Capitol Hill’s historic mansions and thriving urban center. You’ll get an inside peek at Lower Downtown, Denver’s original city settlement, where, if you’re a fan of craft beers, you’re in luck. Share a pint with your guide at one of the city’s many popular microbreweries. Art lovers won’t want to miss the Denver Art Museum, comprised of two architecturally stunning buildings – the fortress-like structure by Italian architect Gio Ponti, and the crystal-esque edifice by Daniel Libeskind. Stroll the 16th Street Mall, open to pedestrians and home to inviting cafés and boutiques. Boulder is a short drive away and has been coined the “happiest” city in America. How can you pass that up? Nearly 200 miles of trails, street performances on the Pearl Street Mall and towering Eldorado Canyon State Park are among its many charms. Have a full day? We’ll whisk you to Rocky Mountain National Park, just 71 miles west of Denver, and the state’s top attraction with 350 miles of trails, thundering waterfalls, snowcapped peaks and resident elk and big horn sheep.

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> Colorado Springs & Great Sand Dunes National Park
> Aspen, Vail & Snowmass
> Rocky Mountain National Park

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK


ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

Alpinists and weekend warrior hikers agree – Rocky Mountain National Park is a force to be reckoned with. There are 78 mountains taller than 12,000 feet within the park, and even the valleys are 8,000 feet above sea level. And yet, they remain some of the most often tackled and accessible peaks in the world. Take advantage of a rare opportunity within the continental United States to see tundra landscape and look up to glimpse many unusual birds, from the blue grouse and Clark’s nutcracker to the three-toed woodpecker and Wilson’s warbler. Keep your eyes on land and you’ll see bobcats, black bears, moose, beavers, wolverines, river otters, yellow-bellied marmots and so many more wildlife residents.

WHAT WE REVEAL
Making the sometimes-overwhelming Rocky Mountains well within anyone’s reach, we will help you experience the park on your terms. Our local, private guides know the park like the back of their hand and can take you to lesser-known sights as well as the most popular spots. Head out on a mountain wildlife safari, putting you up close and personal with elk, moose, marmots, pikas and perhaps even coyotes and big horn sheep. Venture into the streams and lakes of the park with a private guide for an afternoon of fly fishing. And no Rocky Mountain National Park vacation is complete without a visit to beautiful Dream Lake – along the way, you’ll glimpse Long’s Peak and Bear lake, meadows of alpine wildflowers and even a snowshoe hare or two, if you’re lucky. Ride on horseback at a local ranch and tuck into a hearty western-style BBQ as you drink in the spectacular Rocky Mountain beauty surrounding you.

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> Denver
> Aspen, Vail & Snowmass
> Grand Junction & Western Colorado

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