Colorado Mountain Crests & Craft Brews
This 7 night tour is a perfect mix of incredible landscapes, national parks, cowboy culture and local craft beer. Take a trip on the famous Narrow Gauge Railroad from Durango to Silverton, an old silver mining town. You will also get the opportunity to visit the iconic skiing town of Aspen. A really unique trip!
- Small group tour - maximum 2 vehicles with 14 passengers each
- Mesa Verde National Park
- Durango & the Narrow Gauge Railroad
Arrive in Denver on your direct flight from London. This evening, after checking into your Denver hotel, mingle with other group members at a meet and greet reception hosted by your guide, a beer aficionado and destination specialist. You will be given an introduction to this 8-day exploration of breathtaking National Parks, regional culture, history and—of course— fresh, local craft beer!
Denver - Aspen/Snowmass
This morning you will take a tour through Denver. Catch stunning views of the Rocky Mountains in between stops at historic and cultural locations, emerging neighborhoods and hidden gems of the Mile-High city. In the brewery district of River North (known as RiNo) you will tour some of the 45 breweries located in this capital city, each producing beer with very distinct aroma, body and finish. Your drive to Aspen this afternoon will be a memorable one. You will travel along highways that are lined with jagged cliffs, winding roads over high-alpine passes and switchback turns with views that will keep your camera snapping. Take a casual stroll through downtown Aspen to acquaint yourself with the town’s ins and outs and the energy that makes it a world-class resort town. Transfer to Snowmass for the overnight.
This morning, choose your included activity. Enjoy a leisurely morning hike through the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, known as "the most photographed peaks in North America". Be sure to bring your camera as this area is also home to moose and black bear. Or beginners as well as experienced rafters can raft the Upper Roaring Fork. This section of river features beautiful scenery and wildlife. The afternoon is free to explore Aspen’s landmarks and boutiques, or engage in more outdoor adventure. The group will meet up for tastings at Aspen Brewing Company. From their seasonally inspired brews to their Barrel-Aged Temerity Series, there’s sure to be a brew to inspire a “that’s damn good!” from everyone.
Aspen/Snowmass - Telluride
Today you will travel through McClure Pass, one of Colorado's most scenic and historic byways. A trip on the West Elk Loop passes through national forestlands, wilderness preserves, state and national parks, quaint small towns and some of Colorado's most majestic scenery. Upon arrival in Telluride you will explore the town on foot. Because of its significant role in the history of the American West, the core area of Telluride was designated a National Historic Landmark District. The tour will finish at Telluride Brewing Company where you can quench your thirst with the smooth-tasting flavors of beer from one of the highest microbreweries in the world. The evening is free to enjoy the atmosphere of this historic Victorian mining town, or take the gondola ride to explore Telluride Mountain Village and its magnificent views.
Telluride - Silverton - Durango
Today you will travel along the Million Dollar Highway between Ouray, a charming town surrounded by steep mountains, and Silverton, an old silver mining town. Much of Silverton is considered a National Historic Landmark and is the depot town of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This 3 ft. narrow gauge heritage railroad has been hauling freight and passengers in continuous operation since 1882. You will ride the historic railroad along the Animas River, through wilderness inaccessible by any road, for a steam-powered arrival into Durango. The evening is free to explore Durango’s local culture and cuisine.
Durango - Mesa Verde National Park - Durango
Today you are off to Mesa Verde National Park, the largest archeological preserve in the US. Here you will get a look at cave dwellings inhabited by groups of nomadic American Indians as early as 7500 BC. Upon return to Durango you will visit one of the oldest craft breweries in the state. Water born high in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado makes these hand-crafted brews taste so good.
Durango - Salida - Colorado Springs
Depart for Colorado Springs, stopping en route in Salida, a quaint, western style town with a creative arts scene and a selection of breweries, distilleries and wineries. Before arriving in Colorado Springs you will visit the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park. Hanging high above Colorado’s wild Arkansas River, the Royal Gorge Bridge is America’s highest suspension bridge and a legendary feat of engineering renowned the world over. An included final night pairings dinner will feature Colorado Springs’ internationally diverse cuisine and big tastes from small, local beer companies.
Colorado Springs - Cripple Creek - Denver & Home
You will begin the day by visiting the historic mining town of Cripple Creek. Old brick buildings along the main streets will take you right back to the Old West. You will even have the opportunity to descend 1,000 feet below ground to learn about the workings of the 1890s hard rock gold miner. Beginning with a ride on a skip to the lower working levels of the mine, you will witness the operation and ride aboard the last air-powered Tram-Air Locomotive. There will be some time to enjoy lunch and one more mountain brewed beer before heading back to Denver. Passengers can either be dropped off in downtown Denver or transferred to the airport.
- 7 nights hotel accommodation
- Experienced driver and tour leader
- Transportation in an air-conditioned small coach, sprinter or van
- Welcome reception, 1 dinner
- International flights from London (please ask if regional airports are required)
- Sightseeing tours of Aspen, Telluride & Mesa Verde National Park. Entrance to attractions, including: Durango to Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
2021 departure dates - 12 June, 24 July, 21 August, 11 September