ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK – COLORADO – 8 DAYS

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Rocky Mountain National Park covers a little more than 414 square miles with more than 100 mountain peaks reaching heights of more than 11,000′.  Spruce, fir and aspen line the valleys, the more than 250 species of birds will delight your senses and the more than 900 types of wildflowers will keep you marveling at their beauty.  Enos Mills, a dedicated naturalist who helped preserve this park wrote that “This is a beautiful world, and all who go out under the open sky will feel the gentle, kindly influence of nature and hear her good tidings.”  We hope you will experience the same feelings as you walk with us through this wonderland.

DEPOSIT : To reserve your space, a $400 deposit per person is required.  Final payment is due 60 days prior to the trip departure date.  If applying within 60 days of the trip departure, full payment is required.

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August 23 – 30, 2019 $2695 BOOKING NOW

Rocky Mountain National Park covers a little more than 414 square miles with more than 100 mountain peaks reaching heights of more than 11,000′.  Spruce, fir and aspen line the valleys, the more than 250 species of birds will delight your senses and the more than 900 types of wildflowers will keep you marveling at their beauty.  Enos Mills, a dedicated naturalist who helped preserve this park wrote that “This is a beautiful world, and all who go out under the open sky will feel the gentle, kindly influence of nature and hear her good tidings.”  We hope you will experience the same feelings as you walk with us through this wonderland.

WALKING THE WORLD®

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, COLORADO

 

ITINERARY:  

Pre-Trip.     Your Colorado walking tour officially begins tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. after arrival in Estes Park, Colorado.  To ensure that you arrive on time, we strongly suggest that you arrive one day prior to the start date.  Accommodations can be arranged for this night should you choose.

Day 1    Trip beings at 1:00 p.m. Travel by airport shuttle to Rocky Mountain National Park.  Check into our accommodations, enjoy a fresh lunch and head into the Park for our first hike.

Day 2    Today’s hike will take us 3.8 miles one way to Fern Lake.  With a total elevation gain of 1,375′ we’ll stop to enjoy both “The Pool” and Fern Falls on our way to Fern Lake.  You’ll enjoy every minute of today’s hike and then spend a relaxing evening in the town of Estes Park.

Day 3    Glacier Gorge, in the main section of the Park, has some of the most scenic trails in the Park.  Today we’ll push our boots up the trail to spectacular Black Lake, about 4.7 miles one way.  With views to Longs Peak, we’ll hike past a major waterfall and several smaller lakes before cresting out at Black Lake.

Day 4    A drive up Fall River Road will take us to a trail head near the high reaches of the Park with views past a range of peaks to the surrounding countryside.  On our way we’ll pass the area of the Lawn Lake Flood.  At the end of our hike we’ll continue over Trail Ridge Road for a look at the Park from “above”.

Day 5    Today we’ll head to Wild Basin, south of the main Park area, for a hike to Ouzel Lake.  Wild Basin, true to its name, traverses through Aspen forest, past rushing streams, to a high mountain lake where we will enjoy a picnic lunch.  Total mileage is about 10 miles with an elevation gain of about 1500′.

Day 6      Back in the Glacier Gorge area, we’ll explore the area around Lake Haiyaha, a moderate 7 mile round-trip hike to a forested area enclosed by towering peaks.  A good day for wildflower photography, writing, or just thoroughly enjoying the sights around us.

Day 7    The Flattop Mountain area, our destination today, will delight your senses with thick forests, meadows of abundant wildflowers, and craggy peaks.  Our feet will carry us for about 8.8 miles and an elevation gain of 2,849′.  Farewell Dinner.

Day 8   Catch the Estes Park Shuttle to Denver International Airport or continue on your own to other adventures!

 

Details for A Walking Vacation in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Dates:                   August 25 – September 1, 2018

Land Cost:            $2695.  (U.S. Funds)

Trip Begins:          ESTES PARK, COLORADO – 1:00 P.M – TBA

Trip Ends:             ESTES PARK, COLORADO – 8:00 A.M. – TBA

Lodging:               Hotels

Difficulty:              MODERATE WITH OPTIONAL MORE STRENUOUS HIKING

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED:

Walking The World guides

7 Breakfasts, all lunches, 7 dinners

Walking The World T-shirt

Instruction in Outdoor Skills

7 nights accommodation in Hotels

 

WALKING THE WORLD®    P.O. BOX 1186   FT. COLLINS, CO.  80522  USA

Ph:  800-340-9255   Fax:  970-498-9100   E-Mail:  walktworld@aol.com