The epic beauty of this state will inspire you to get out and make the most of every drop of sunlight. From the vibrant cities or dense mountain land to the dusty tranquil ambience of a ranch, Colorado will surprise you with its diversity and charm you with its personality. This nine day tour of the best bits will satiate the appetite of even the most adventurous adrenaline junkies with endless ski opportunities in the winter, and miles upon miles of beautiful terrain for hiking and biking in the summer. And after a long day exploring the natural bounty of Colorado you’ll check into one of our favorite luxury wilderness lodges Dunton Hot Springs.
Bigger and Boulder
You’ll spend your first two days getting to grips with the destination in a city of both creative ingenuity and natural wonder. St. Julien Hotel provides the perfect base for exploration. For all you culture vultures, the nation’s only year round Chautauqua is housed in Boulder and you can while away many hours attending creative workstores or captivating concerts. If you get your kicks speeding down a river in nothing but a blow-up raft then Boulder is the right place for you. Home to many of the world’s top runners, cyclists and athletes and with 300 days of sunshine a year, a typical day here might include white-water rafting or mountain biking in the Rocky Mountain National Park, or hiking and rock climbing in Eldorado Canyon. But if you really want to turn your friends green with envy, take a hot air balloon ride for those uninterrupted shots of the intriguing landscapes; flatirons, hills blanketed in greenery and city skyline.
Colorado’s Garden Party
Next it’s down to the Cheyenne Mountain resort where you can indulge yourself in nothing but beautiful vistas. The Garden of the Gods is the piece de resistance at Colorado Springs; tall, red sandstone towers jutting out of the greenery, set against a backdrop of the grey Pikes Peaks. To get your heart pounding we will organize a trip to the Royal Gorge where you can take the aerial tram 1178 feet above Arkansas River or the 45 degree angle incline railway built amongst the high granite walls of the gorge. The soaring eagle zipline is being constructed as we speak (or as you read) and will zip you (secured in a hanging chair) up to 1000 feet over the river. But for a real adrenalin pumping experience you might want to take a ride on the Skycoaster. One of only 87 in the world, this has been named the scariest and will have you suspended 1200 feet over the gorge.
Relax around the Green Table
After all that excitement you might like a bit of grounding so we thought you could get close to nature with three nights in Mesa Verde (the Green Table) National Park. Farview Lodge is located on a high shoulder of the Mesa and its peaceful location is perfect for watching the sunset on relaxed evenings. The hiking trails here are second to none, and will take you through the ruins of the ancient cliff dwellings that were built by the Anasazi, the ancestral puebloans. There are over 4000 protected archaeological sites here including 600 cliff dwellings. McPhee lake and its surrounding smaller lakes and streams provide a fishing mecca and are a great place for kayaking and rafting too.
Spring into action
A luxurious idyll eight miles down a dirt track, Dunton Hot Springs is a genuine escape from reality. This old mining town has been renovated into 12 log cabins and one tepee style tent that have been lovingly restored by the locals. Despite its remote location the hotel encourages a real community feel true of the town’s original occupants, with communal dining in the main saloon and dancehall. You can spend your time relaxing and dipping in the natural hot springs, getting pampered in the spa, or explore the outdoors on horseback, foot or bike. You can take a tour of Dunton’s nearby vineyard or while away hours in the peaceful library. You’ll leave feeling fully immersed in the authenticity and culture of the land.