Highlights


  • Walk amid amazing wildflower meadows
  • Visit the cave dwellings of Ancient Pueblo Indians
  • High, rugged mountain peaks with spectacular views
  • Tour historic gold and silver mining towns

Incredible views and paths through tapestries of wildflowers make our trip to southern Colorado a very special and adventurous Walk for those who adore untamed Nature.


We explore historic mining towns where gold and silver prospectors hoped to make their fortune, hike amid the cliff dwellings of the ancestors of the ancient Pueblo Indians in Mesa Verde National Park and discover amazing mountain scenery on the Continental Divide.


We pass quivering aspens near dramatic volcanic cliffs on the edge of the Weminuche Wilderness. We may see elk, goshawks, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, bluebirds and eagles.

Sunday Overnight: The Leland House and Rochester Hotel

Meet in Durango, a historic mining town and a jewel of the old west, located at the base of the towering San Juan Mountains. Introductory Talk and Welcome Dinner.

Monday Overnight: The Hotel Telluride

Visit Mesa Verde National Park to see the 800-year-old cliff dwellings of the ancient Pueblo Indians, and learn about the fascinating culture of America's indigenous people. We'll proceed up the Delores River, stopping for a short walk on Lizard Head Pass before heading into the San Juan Mountains and the heart of Colorado's old mining country at Telluride.

Tuesday Overnight: The Hotel Telluride

Walk from our hotel to explore this fully restored 19th century mining town, then follow a side canyon to taste the beauty of wildflowers, aspen forests and rushing creeks on our way to Bear Creek Falls. After lunch, walk from the top of the Telluride Gondola back to our hotel, enjoying big views of Mt. Sneffels and Telluride Ski Area.

Wednesday Overnight: The Hot Springs Inn

Set out for a hike to Colorado's highest waterfall, the 365-ft Bridal Veil Falls. After enjoying the mist of the falls and long views with even more wildflowers, we'll stop for lunch and walk along the San Miguel River before driving through stunning landscapes from Telluride to Ouray.

Thursday Overnight: The Hot Springs Inn

Start the day with a spectacular hike near Ouray, enjoying the mountain peaks and creeks that surround the town on the Perimeter Trail. After lunch, opt to soak in the hot springs and a tour of an old silver mine, or try another nearby walk to find wildflower-filled meadows, streams and snowy peaks. We return to our wonderful hotel with another chance to soak in the hot spring pools

Friday Overnight: The Leland House and Rochester Hotel

We walk through aspen groves and towering pines with views of dramatic volcanic cliffs on the edge of the Weminuche Wilderness. We return to our hotel for our Farewell Dinner.

Saturday

The Wayfarers transfer you to Durango for flights home or to extend your stay in southern Colorado.
Moderate-Energetic
The accommodations, the hikes, the food, etc. were all wonderful. The views of the mountains on our hikes, and the feeling of being in old Colorado, it was all such an adventure and we loved it. So glad we found Wayfarers. J & M J
Terrain: A strenuous but rewarding Walk! Walking at altitude - between 9,000 and 13,000 feet - on well marked mountain trails with some steep ascents and descents. 8-12 miles walking per day.

TRIP DETAILS

6 nights from
$3,795.00
Per Person, double occupancy
(Single Supplement $695.00)
Our Wayfarers friends' Price is $3,605.00

Dates

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Arrival: Durango
Departure: Durango

Activities

Walk AdventurePhotographyHistoric Monument VisitNational Park VisitFilm Location Visit
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Hotels - Where we stay

The Leland House and Rochester Hotel

The Leland House and Rochester Hotel

The Leland House is a small, family-owned hotel, renovated by a mother-and-son team and located in the heart of downtown Durango. It provides an historic lodging in the spirit of the old West. It is also a 'green' hotel and offers various earth-friendly amenities. The rooms are styled with Western character and charm. Each room is named after an historic Durango figure and the interior decor is accented with local memorabilia, biographies, and photos of these important figures. In-room amenities include Wi-Fi internet access, air conditioning and cable TV.

The Hotel Telluride

The Hotel Telluride

The Skamania Lodge is set on 175 acres within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The Pacific-Northwestern ambiance boasts a three story stone fireplace in the lobby with sweeping river views. Lodge amenities include Wifi, laundry service, a fitness center, indoor swimming pool, outdoor hot tub, apples in the Gorge Room, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, and complementary street bikes. Also available is the Waterleaf Spa, a championship golf course, and the Skamania Lodge Zip Line Tour. Two locally inspired restaurants are onsite. Each Lodge room includes wifi, TV, hairdryer, mini- coffee makers, and terrycloth bath robes.

The Hot Springs Inn

The Hot Springs Inn

The Royal Kona Resort is set on 12 tropical acres overlooking the Kailua Bay and the Pacific Ocean. It is conveniently located to the village of Kailua-Kona. The open air lobby has a welcoming Aloha spirit. Enjoy the ocean front pool and the private salt water swimming lagoon. Shops, tennis courts, spa and massage services, beauty salon and self-service laundry are available. This resort has three towers with well-appointed and spacious guest rooms either overlooking the expansive beauty of the ocean or mountains. Room amenities include flat screen TV, telephone, wifi access, air conditioning, mini refrigerator, coffee maker, in room electronic safe, hair dryer, and deluxe bath items. Dining is available at Don the Beachcomber Restaurant and the Mai Tai Bar and oceanfront luau. There is a 100% non-smoking property.

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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation

  • Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
  • A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
  • All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wine with dinner
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants