Colorado: Cowboys, River Rapids & Rolling Mountains

Think Colorado, think rolling mountains and colonial cowboy culture. As the locals themselves confess, if an invitation says dress smart they iron their jeans and scrape the mud off their boots, which says it all about their laid-back attitude and outdoor lifestyle. This seven-day taste for the Colorado life will leave you feeling exhilarated, enriched and truly extracted from the day to day rat-race. The local’s laid back attitude is infectious and you’ll no doubt be googling jobs on ranches your first day back in the office. So here’s how your luxury Colorado vacation will go…

City Slickers

Before you embark on your mountain adrenaline hit, head to Denver for some stimulation of the mind. Two nights right in the thick of things from your Four Seasons base is ample time to get lost in the creative vibe the city has to offer, although it will inevitably leave you wanting more. For us, immersing ourselves in the culture means being adventurous with the local gastronomy. From Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dog Cart in 16th street mall to the Buckhorn exchange, we’ve tried it all. Up next, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts has a great programme for cutting edge and mainstream theater with the city supplying something for all tastes, from music to comedy. There’s even a slice of old-school Americana to be found at the Grizzly Rose dancehall where you’ll be able to line dance the night away.

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Action Adventure

Kick start your adventure experience with one night in the town of Colorado Springs. This place is overlooked by Pikes Peak, which is the highest peak in the area at over 14,000 ft. At the bottom of the mountain is the Pikes Peak Cog Railway station, which you can ride all the way to the summit and is the highest railway in North America. From here you can either travel back down on the railway or descend the peaks on mountain bikes. We know we keep talking about the views, but really, you have to see them to believe them.

Spend the next two nights in the mountain town of Snowmass, where the winter’s snow melts into miles of bike trails and more white waters. The Viceroy Snowmass is the perfect mountain hideaway and you could spend the whole time marvelling at the views it provides. We recommend you spend your first three days treating your lungs to the freshest mountain air. Take the Elk Camp Gondola to the start of many all-level hiking trails with a picnic in hand and spend the next two days relaxing and exploring in equal measure. Trawl the shops in the area or park yourself poolside with a great book and relax your muscles ready for an afternoon treatment in the hotel’s Ute Indian-inspired spa. Whatever your preference, you can be as relaxed or as active as you like here.

Cowboy Dreams

The grand finale of your Colorado trip is a thing of childhood dreams. Zapata Ranch is a working Cattle ranch located amidst the mountains and dry plains of the state. Three nights here will see you exploring the surrounds on horseback and learning how to heard bison and lasso from a real-life cowboy. You can take a pack trip into the mountains after a day of working the bison where you’ll spend the evening around a roaring campfire and rest your heads on camp beds under the stars. You’ll be yeehaw-ing your way back to the airport.