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Colorado Rockies Ramble

Destination: Snowmass, CO

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. Max group size: 11

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Highlights

  • Hiking in crisp and cool Rocky Mountain air through meadows lush with wildflowers
  • Whitewater rafting along rugged mountain canyons
  • 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

Departures and Prices

June 20 to June 27, 2020
$2795.00 - Available
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Inclusions

  • 1 - 2 experienced AGC guides based on group size and local guides
  • All activities on the itinerary, including whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, and riding
  • All meals from Sunday breakfast through breakfast the following Saturday with the exception of one lunch and one dinner
  • All nights lodging from the first night at the Denver airport, through the remainder of the trip in Snowmass, Colorado
  • Gratuities for local guides
  • Transportation during the trip including round trip transfer from the Denver airport at start and end of trip
Not included: transportation to/from Denver, alcoholic beverages, optional activities, AGC guide gratuities, and travel insurance

Details

This trip is for women in moderate physical condition who enjoy trying lots of different activities in the gorgeous playground of the Colorado Rockies. The trip is rated as 2. A rating of 2 is suitable for any woman who regularly walks at a brisk pace 3 to 4 days a week for 35 - 45 minutes. Rating: 1 [2] 3 4 5.

On this multisport adventure vacation, we'll thoroughly explore one of the most beautiful areas in Colorado with a combination of moderate hiking, whitewater rafting, biking, and trail riding. We'll also have time to visit two of Colorado's famous ski towns, Aspen and Snowmass.

We will stay the first night at Courtyard Marriott in Denver near the airport. The first night is double occupancy, though singles are available if you prefer. Our next 6 nights are at The Crestwood Condominiums. We will have 3 condos: two 3-bedroom and one 4-bedroom. Most rooms are singles. There is one room with 2 twin beds, with a discount for the two people willing to share that room. The condos have three outdoor hot tubs, a heated pool, and a fitness center with steam room and sauna.

Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.

DAY 1
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 and begin acclimating to the mile-high elevation. Our first formal get together will be tomorrow, although everyone who arrives early can get together for dinner.
DAY 2
After meeting for breakfast, we'll leave Denver about 8:30 am for the four hour drive to Snowmass Village. As we travel, you will quickly notice that the air is thinner here, something it takes a day or two for our bodies to adapt. Along the way we'll stop for a picnic lunch and to begin our enjoyment of Colorado hiking a short hike before continuing to our accommodations in Snowmass. While the hike is not long, you'll discover that not many trails in Colorado are level! We'll be staying in 3 separate condos at The Crestwood, and we'll have time to settle in before getting together for our first shared dinner. B, L, D
DAY 3
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. Again, nothing is really level in Colorado. 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. As an anti-establishment eatery, they do not take credit. Lunch today will be on our own. We will continue pedaling along the Rio Grande Trail until we reach Woody Creek Distillers, where we can choose to stop for a local whiskey tasting before shuttling back to Snowmass for a well-deserved shower! B, D
DAY 4
It's whitewater rafting day!! Following breakfast we'll head to either the Arkansas River or the Colorado River for a full day of whitewater rafting. The choice will be made at the time, based on water levels and weather conditions. Our whitewater rafting will be guided and suitable for complete novices and experienced rafters alike, and we'll stop midway for a delicious lunch. 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. At the end of the day we'll return to our condos for another relaxed evening and shared meal. B,L,D
DAY 5
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. Wednesday nights in Snowmass are also known for their local rodeos. It's an amazing place, with shuttles running regularly between our condos and the town throughout the evening. B,L
DAY 6
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
DAY 7
Today begins with a relaxing morning, enjoying breakfast, hanging out at the condos or exploring the village of Snowmass. Lunch will be at the condos and after lunch we're off for our last adventure. A week in Colorado would not be complete without enjoying some of the Western heritage the state is known for - horseback riding! We'll spend the afternoon in the saddle enjoying this classic western activity and seeing the beautiful Colorado vistas from another perspective. 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 herder's 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
DAY 8
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 1:00 pm and you can plan flights out any time after 3:00 pm. B

*These are the unfiltered reviews of women who have been on this trip in answer to the question "Did this trip meet your expectations?". We take reviews very seriously and often tweak itineraries based on feedback. Please feel free to contact us about any questions you have.

All of the activities were well planned and fun.

Colorado Rockies Ramble 6/22/2019-6/29/2019


This whole trip exceeded my expectations!! Our guides, the weather, scenery, the group of women

Colorado Rockies Ramble 6/22/2019-6/29/2019


This was my second AGC trip, and I had high expectations after a great trip last September. This one exceeded my expectations - terrific location in Colorado, a diverse and action packed itinerary with flexibility for varied abilities, wonderful supportive guides, and 11 terrific women with whom to travel. My favorite day was the whitewater rafting along the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers - the camaraderie and teamwork of paddling together while soaking up (literally and figuratively) the gorgeous scenery was a highlight for me. But the hikes were challenging due to altitude but doable for this flatlander, and the biking was so much fun! I'd recommend this trip to anyone who loves the multisport adventures!

Colorado Rockies Ramble 6/22/2019-6/29/2019


The multi sport itinerary was what attracted me to the trip. The hikes and the locations were so fabulous. I loved the horseback riding as i had not been on a horse since I was young!! It brought back wonderful memories and the views on our ride were unforgettable! Definitely one of the highlights would have to be reconnecting with friends from a previous AGC trip. We have already agreed to look for a trip together again sometime in the future. Friendships made are lasting!

Colorado Rockies Ramble 6/22/2019-6/29/2019


I enjoyed every activity enormously for different reasons (in some cases different reasons than I anticipated I would in advance), the group was fun, warm, and supportive of each other, and the guides were very well organized, sensitive to all of our respective idiosyncrasies, and just all around great people.

Colorado Rockies Ramble 6/23/2018-6/30/2018


Highlights were Colorodo, great guides and my own bed and bathroom

Colorado Rockies Ramble 6/23/2018-6/30/2018


The bonding and companionship of 13 wonderful women. The white water rafting was spectacular, and the hiking was a joy as well.

Colorado Rockies Ramble 6/23/2018-6/30/2018


awesome group of women and great guides

Colorado Rockies Ramble 6/23/2018-6/30/2018


White water rafting was exhilarating but loved the continued trip down the Colorado at a leisurely pace. Wonderful way to spend several hours.

Colorado Rockies Ramble 6/23/2018-6/30/2018


white water rafting - hiking always number one with me! great trails - excitement while horseback riding (my horse decided to gallop out of the group, lol) beautiful country side. and great guides

Colorado Rockies Ramble 6/23/2018-6/30/2018


The friends I made and the guides, Karen and Sharry!!

Colorado Rockies Ramble 6/23/2018-6/30/2018


  1. Where do we eat?

    The guides will be cooking breakfasts and most dinners in the condos. Before you leave in the morning the guides will put out lunch 'fixings' and you'll take a packed lunch. You'll have one night to enjoy dinner on your own and other nights relax in the condos and have dinner there.
  2. What dietary preferences or restrictions can you accommodate on this trip?

    If we know well in advance, we can accommodate vegetarian, lactose-free, and gluten-sensitive diets. We cannot guarantee a completely gluten-free diet and we cannot provide a kitchen guaranteed to be free of cross-contamination. If you are vegan, we ask that you bring some additional protein bars; and if you are gluten-sensitive, please bring some gluten-free snacks. If you have severe allergies, Celiac disease and/or other significant dietary restrictions, please call the office before you register.
  3. I live near sea level, how can I prepare for the elevations on this trip?
    Altitude affects everybody differently, and can affect the same person differently over time, so there’s no real way of knowing ahead of time how the elevations on this trip may affect you. The trip has been designed to help you gradually acclimate. The elevation you will be sleeping at is 8,200'. Here is a link to a blog post that specifically addresses elevation: http://blog.adventuresingoodcompany.com/blog/high-altitude-hiking-what-you-need-to-know
  4. I will be coming by myself. Do I need to pay a single supplement?

    You only need to pay a single supplement if you want to guarantee you have your own room at the Denver airport hotel, all of the rooms in Snowmass are singles unless you request the one shared room at a discount. If you don't pay for a single supplement we'll pair you up with someone at the airport hotel.
  5. I have not biked/whitewater rafted/ridden horses in years (or ever)! Will I be OK on this trip?

    This is the perfect trip for you! The biking is on a paved bike path that goes gently downhill. The horses are well trained and used to tenderfeet. And the whitewater rafting guides excel at giving you understandable instruction so you can safely participate in the paddling.
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