From: June 23 to June 30, 2018

Destination: Snowmass, CO

  • Colorado Rockies Ramble

    The White River National Forest offers an incredible diversity of activities for anyone who loves the outdoors: hiking, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, lush meadows full of extravagant wildflowers, and soaring mountain peaks. We will experience it all during our week here: we'll go whitewater rafting, horseback riding, hiking, and gentle biking. During our week we will immerse ourselves in the history, geology, flora, and fauna of the Park. And at night we will retire to our comfortable vacation condos in Snowmass.  Maximum group size: 12
  • Saturday, June 23: Arrive anytime today at the Denver airport. We'll be staying at a nearby hotel with an airport shuttle so you can arrive whenever it's convenient. Our first formal get together will be tomorrow although everyone who's arrived can get together for dinner.

    Sunday, June 24: After meeting for breakfast, we'll leave Denver about 8:30AM for the four hour drive to Snowmass Village. As we travel, you will quickly notice that the air is thinner here, something that takes a day or two for our bodies to adapt. Along the way we'll stop for a picnic lunch and begin both our enjoyment of Colorado hiking and the altitude acclimatization with a short hike before continuing to our accommodations in Snowmass. We'll be staying in 3 different condos at The Crestwood and we'll have time to settle in before getting together for our first shared dinner.

    Monday, June 25: Today we jump on bikes for a leisurely ride down the Rio Grande bike trail. We pick the trail up in Aspen and follow the river down valley, so we have a nice, slightly downhill grade during the ride. Our first stop will be at the Woody Creek Tavern for lunch. This unique roadside grill is a must see when visiting the area and has gained a well-known reputation over the years for being the anti-establishment, quirky eatery that offsets the posh restaurants of Aspen. This was the local hangout of Hunter S. Thompson, who had his own bar stool here and was base camp for many of his wild daily adventures. After lunch (on your own) we will continue pedaling along the Rio Grande Trail until we reach Woody Creek Distillers, where we will stop for a local whiskey tasting before shuttling back to Snowmass for a well-deserved shower! B, D

    Tuesday, June 26: It's whitewater rafting day!! Following breakfast, we will drive over scenic Independence Pass to the Arkansas River valley. Here we will spend a full day of whitewater rafting through America’s newest national monument - Brown's Canyon. This is 15 miles of some of Colorado's best Class II and III whitewater, suitable for complete novices and experienced rafters alike. We'll keep our eyes out for the wildlife that abounds here, including bighorn sheep, mule deer and, if we were incredibly lucky, mountain lions. We'll stop midway for a delicious lunch, served on the banks of the Arkansas River. We'll return to our condos for another relaxed evening and shared meal. B,L,D Wednesday, June 27: Today we return to the trails as we enjoy a hike in one of Aspen’s most popular side valleys, the Hunter Creek Valley. Our hike meanders along Hunter Creek, through prime black bear and elk habitat. Old homesteads and wildflower meadows dot the landscape along the way and we’ll have lunch in one of those wildflower meadows. After hiking back to our vans, we’ll return to the condos. Tonight is your night to explore the culinary options of Snowmass on your own. If that isn’t appealing, you’re welcome to join your guides for pizza and salad for a relaxing evening. B, L

    Thursday, June 28: Now that you have been here for 4 days, you undoubtedly have been told several times that no visit to Aspen/Snowmass is complete without a visit to the Maroon Bells. Known as the most photographed peaks in North America, you would be hard pressed to find a more scenic location to spend the day. After a short 3-mile hike, we will enjoy a light lunch consisting of local foods at a picnic spot along Maroon Creek. We will then get on hybrid cruiser bikes for a gentle downhill ride into Aspen. The 10-mile cruise on paved surfaces is a great way to see black bear or moose hanging out in the valley. Once arriving in Aspen, we have free time to enjoy this famous mountain resort and you can transfer back to Snowmass on a free shuttle when you choose. We’ll gather again for another delicious dinner in the condo. B,L,D

    Friday, June 29: For the morning we’ll have options! We can spend a relaxing morning hanging out at the condos, exploring the village or your guide will offer a short morning hike – whatever feels right for you. Lunch will be at the condos and after lunch, we're on for our last adventure. A week in Colorado would not be complete without enjoying some of the Western heritage the state is known for. We will be spending the afternoon in the saddle on one of the world class horseback rides in the Roaring Fork Valley, choosing the trail that is most scenic for the time of year. After the ride, jeeps will pick us up at the trailhead as we head up Snowmass Mountain for a backcountry sunset dinner. This rustic, BBQ dinner begins by climbing to the Coney Glade overlook. Here we will be treated to a local brew and spirits tasting with the crafters themselves onsite to explain a little about each of their creations. Dinner itself will be outside of a historic sheep herders cabin and includes a musician and an evening spent around a raging bonfire. A true Colorado experience and a great way to wrap up our day! B, L, D

    Saturday, June 30: After breakfast we'll retrace our original journey back to Denver, through the mountains we've had so much fun exploring this past week. We'll be back to the airport by 1 pm and you can plan flights out for any time after 3pm. B
  • Price: $2550 (see this page for travel discounts). $300 deposit. There are reductions for sharing a room as noted (limited availability). Please make sure you understand our cancellation policies.

    Trip Includes

    • Experienced AGC and local guides
    • All activities on the itinerary, including whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, and riding
    • all meals from Sunday breakfast through breakfast the next Saturday with the exception of one lunch and dinner
    • one night lodging in double occupancy rooms, all others in single rooms
    • gratuities for local guides
    • transportation during the trip including round trip transfer from the Denver airport
    Not included: transportation to Denver, alcoholic beverages, optional activities, AGC guide gratuities, and items of a personal nature
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    If you’ve never traveled with us before, you may have some questions about how we do things and what you can expect. We’ve answered the most common ones below and are always available by phone or email to answer any others.

    How do I pay for my trip?

    You can make the deposit by submitting a secure form with your credit card information after filling out the registration form or calling us with your card information. We will send you an invoice for the balance due with your Predeparture Information 4 months before an International trip and 3 months before a domestic trip. You can get a 3% discount for paying the balance by check.

    What if I’m coming alone?

    The majority of women who travel with us come by themselves. If you want to pay a single supplement to guarantee your own room, or if you want to share a room with someone with whom you are traveling, you can indicate that on the registration form. Otherwise we randomly assign roommates and rotate every time we change lodging – it’s a great way to get to know different women on the trip.

    Can you accommodate special diets?

    It depends on both the trip and on your specific needs. With advance notice, we can accommodate most dietary restrictions or allergies on our domestic trips, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten intolerant. This is not always true on international trips, so please contact us in advance if you have specific dietary needs. We've found that if you are willing to bring some of your own snacks and a couple of items to supplement what is on the menu (peanut butter is always good!) and possibly have less variety than you are used to at home, then dietary needs usually are no obstacle. If in doubt about your specific dietary needs, especially if you have Celiac disease, please give us a call (877/439-4042) or send us an email.

    What if I have to cancel my trip?

    The amount of your refund depends on how close to the trip you cancel and whether it is a domestic or an international trip. You can read our cancellation policies here. We highly recommend travel insurance because cancellations are always unexpected; we will send you additional information about insurance when you register.

    Will my family be able to get in touch with me in case of an emergency?

    Yes, we always send out emergency contact information. On a few trips, because of limitations in communication, the best approach is to give them the office number and let us make the contact.

    What other information will you send me?

    When you register, we’ll send you a Trip Summary that includes the itinerary, travel information, and a packing list. Three to four months before your trip we’ll send you Pre-Departure information that includes detailed information on how to get to the trip starting point, pre- or post-trip lodging suggestions, suggested books and websites etc. Four to six weeks before the trip, we’ll send you a list of everyone who is registered along with their travel plans; and a Pre-Trip letter with the name of your guide(s) and how to contact them if your arrival is delayed as well as any other important updates.

    Do you help with pre-trip and/or post-trip hotel reservations?

    For international trips, if you want to stay at the hotel where we’re staying the first night before the trip, or at the hotel we’re staying the last night after the trip, we’re happy to make a reservation for you. Otherwise our PreDeparture Information will have hotel suggestions. Our travel agent is also happy to help you with this.

    How does the waitlist process work and how often do people cancel?

    If you are interested in a trip that is full, you should sign up here. If there is a cancellation, we send out an email to everyone who has expressed interest and ask them to respond within 24 hours. If more than one person is interested, we give the space to the person who has traveled with us before or in the order of being put on the waitlist. Frequently, even when we have a long wait list, it is the last person to sign up who is still available to go. Whether or not there will be a cancellation is completely unpredictable, although not uncommon.

    What is the role of the guide(s)?

    On every trip, the primary roles of the guide(s) are to ensure your safety and to make sure that, to the extent possible, you are having the trip you want. The guide(s) will also make sure that you know what is happening each day and what you need to bring to be prepared. On domestic trips the guide(s) will also likely be driving, preparing picnic lunches and sometimes other meals, providing skills instruction, and giving you information about the natural history of the area. On any trip where we partner with another company (which is most international trips and some trips that require special equipment), the AGC guide will work with the local guide to make sure that the trip is conducted in accordance with the AGC philosophy.

    What if I have more questions?

    Give us a call (877/439-4042) or send us an email. A Program Manager is assigned to each trip. Once you have registered, she will send you a registration confirmation letter that includes her name and email, and she will be your primary contact. Her job is to make sure that you get all your questions answered and that you feel completely prepared for your adventure.

    What if I'm the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape/only single woman/only mom on the trip?

    You might be. Someone has to be the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape person on the trip. And while the great majority of our trips have both single and non-single women, and moms and non-moms, sometimes they don't. But it doesn't matter if you're "different" in any of those ways - what you will share with everyone else is a desire to experience adventure in your life, and an appreciation of the joy and camaraderie of being in an all women's group.

Trip highlights

  • Hiking in crisp and cool Rocky Mountain air through meadows lush with wildflowers
  • Whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River
  • Cruising down bike paths through gorgeous scenery
  • Horseback riding on gentle paths with great views
  • Enjoying the very popular mountain towns of Aspen and Snowmass
  • Relaxing in beautiful condos with hot tubs and heated pools nearby
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