Colorado Aspen Color
October 13 - 17, 2020 (5 Days)
The brilliant aspen golds form the background for our journey through Colorado’s beautiful high country. This tour includes the best attractions and sightseeing in southwestern Colorado.
Included meals are denoted: Breakfast: B, Lunch: L, Dinner: D
DAY 1 D
DAY 2 B,L
This morning we head to Aspen, making stops at several scenic viewpoints along the way. The first is Black Canyon which surrounds part of a deep, steep-walled gorge carved through Precambrian rock by the Gunnison River. Roads and trails along the north and south rims have views of the Black Canyon's dramatic drops and the striated Painted Wall cliff. The high mountain McClure Pass and the town of Redstone offer us stunning beauty and fascinating history. We check in to our Aspen hotel for two nights.
DAY 3 B
A reflective lake and two giant snow-striped mountaintops, named Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak (and better known as Maroon Bells), anchor a blissful panorama exemplified by a symphony of color that changes with the seasons. We head to the John Denver Sanctuary, a scenic, highly desirable venue located in the heart of downtown Aspen next to the Roaring Fork River. Within the sanctuary is the largest perennial flower garden around, which attracts visitors from around the globe. Amidst the gardens you will find an environmentally sound wetlands filter system. Artistically placed engraved landscape rocks add to the overall ambiance and story behind the sanctuary. This afternoon, we are on our own to explore and shop in Aspen.
Today we discover the history of silver mining with visits to Leadville and the Healy House. In two-mile high Leadville, miners made their fortunes overnight. Leadville was home to the legendary Baby Doe Tabor, who clung to the Matchless Mine—long after her beloved Horace watched his fortune vanish. Today the Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin look out over another kind of wealth: the historic and scenic treasures of this storied mining town. In the afternoon we visit The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, before checking in to our Gunnison hotel for one night.
DAY 5 B,L
We take a scenic and easy drive home with many photo opportunities along the way. Lunch in Pagosa Springs is a nice stop. Then we cross the colorful land of northwestern New Mexico, homeward bound, with memories of the beauty of southwestern Colorado.
Itinerary subject to change.