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
  • Soak in natural hot springs

Incredible views and paths through tapestries of wildflowers make our new 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. At the end of a rewarding day's walking, we can luxuriate in natural hot springs at our comfortable hotel.

Sunday Overnight: The Leland House & Rochester Hotel

Rendezvous in Durango a historic mining town at the base of the towering San Juan Mountains, a collection of jagged peaks overlooking the vast Colorado Plateau canyon country. Introductory Talk and Welcome Dinner.

Monday Overnight: The Leland House & Rochester Hotel

Mesa Verde National Park We hike among the cliff dwellings of the ancestors of the Pueblo Indians in Mesa Verde National Park overlooking the Navajo Nation. Most of the cliff dwellings are around 800-years-old and range in size from one room houses to villages of more than 200 rooms.

Tuesday Overnight: The Wyman Hotel & Inn

Walk to Andrews Lake through an amazing mountain wilderness with views of majestic 14,000-feet peaks. In the afternoon we drive to Silverton in the historic mining district of the San Juan Mountains. This area is strewn with old mines from the late 1800s perched on the side of colorful mountains. We walk in the downtown area of Silverton amid authentic 19th century buildings.

Wednesday Overnight: The Wyman Hotel & Inn

Hike to the high alpine beauty of Porphyry Basin on the top of Red Mountain Pass where red-orange peaks guard the divide between the Telluride Basin and the majestic Grenadier Range. We enjoy incredible views and a colorful tapestry of wildflowers.

Thursday Overnight: The Springs Resort & Spa

We walk the Highland Mary trail with wildflowers galore and many high lakes on the Continental Divide. We admire breath-taking views of glistening lakes set amid a broad expanse of rolling tundra. There's the option of mine tour before we drive to Pagosa Springs and the chance to soak in our hotel's 23 hot spring pools.

Friday Overnight: The Springs Resort & Spa

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 wonderful hotel with another chance to soak in the hot spring pools before our Farewell Dinner.

Saturday

The Wayfarers transfer you to Durango for flights home or to extend your stay in southern Colorado.
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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
$3,695.00

(Single Supplement $755.00)
Our Wayfarers friends Price is $3,510.00

Dates

From Jul 10 to Jul 16 (more dates)
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Arrival: Durango


Departure: Durango

Activities

Walk AdventurePhotographyHistoric Monument VisitNational Park VisitFilm Location Visit
Colorado July 2016 Map

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 Wyman Hotel and Inn

The Wyman Hotel and Inn

The Wyman Hotel & Inn is an historic luxury hotel. The hotel features an authentic Victorian style, yet, has the modern amenities you would expect in a luxury Inn. A newly opened art gallery on the first floor offers art exhibits, featuring local and regional artists. The Wyman is the recipient of national awards for Best Chef as well as Best Breakfast. Bedrooms have floor to ceiling arched windows with spectacular views of the mountains and every room is individually decorated with museum quality antiques. They offer feather beds, goose down pillows and duvets, private bathrooms, ceiling fan, telephone, TV/VCR and WiFi internet access.

The Springs Resort and Spa

The Springs Resort and Spa

The Springs Resort & Spa offers its guests the opportunity to experience a wide variety of naturally heated, therapeutic mineral pools on the banks of the San Juan River. The current hotel was built within strict environmentally-friendly guidelines and construction focussed on the use of natural materials. All bedrooms feature ensuite bathroom, alarm clock, balcony/deck, hair dryer, mini bar and safe. The resort was featured on Oprah's show in 2006. The Springs offers 23 hot pools with temperatures from 87-114 F and varying mineral content, a freshwater Jacuzzi and 18 soaking pools. Swimwear is mandatory in all resort pools.

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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