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Colorado Peaks and Canyons

Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes, Silverton, Durango, CO. A one week national parks adventure offered June. Features camping, hiking, swimming, rafting, wildlife, train rides, scenic boat rides.
This trip is good for all physical levels/abilities.

 

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Day 1

Depart Salt Lake City 2:00 PM…

We start this fantastic trip by picking up you and your fellow Adventurers in Salt Lake City.
We’ll prep you for your adventure and then enjoy a comfortable journey to our first national park…

Day 2

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

We’ll gaze into this incredibly rugged and narrow canyon from the many hikes along the South Rim, or descend into the canyon a bit on the Oaks Flat Trail. We’ll continue on to camp near our next destination…..

Day 3

Curecanti National Recreation Area

We’ll get a view from the bottom of the Black Canyon as we hike the Pine Creek Trail and then hop on a pontoon boat ride through the upper Black Canyon. Later, we’ll hike to the Dillon Pinnacles and soak in some hot spring fed pools!

Day 4

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Sand dunes, mountains, and wetlands. This park has it all! After playing about on the dunes, we’ll cool off on an alpine hike into the shaded aspen groves and continue our journey to the Durango.

Day 5

Durango- Silverton Train

We’ll start at 6500 feet in Durango, then hop on the train for a stunning ride along the Animas River to Silverton, almost 3,000 feet higher! You’ll feel as though you’ve gone back a century in time when you step off the train in this old victorian mining town nestled in the San Juan Mountains.

Day 6

Mesa Verde National Park

Journey into some of the best preserved ruins in the world! Ranger guided tours of Cliff Palace and Balcony House will transport us into another time with a glimpse into the culture and traditions of the Ancestral Pueblans and the mystery of their disappearance. A short hike will take us to Spruce Tree House and some petroglyphs.

Day 7

We’ll roll back into Salt Lake City by noon, exchange emails and addresses, and say our goodbyes. We’ll assist you with your shuttle ride to the airport, or suggest sites to see if you are staying in Salt Lake City for an extra day.


Trip Details

Arrival & Departure

Departs and returns to Salt Lake City.

Transportation

This tour features our unique Adventure Bus sleeper coach.

Accommodations

This tour features tent camping and bus bunking. We’ll provide the tents and sleeping pads. You’ll need to rent or bring a sleeping bag. Contact us for helpful hints on accommodations and flights before and after your tour.

Weather

Warm to hot days and cool to chilly nights are typical in the on this tour. Nights at the higher elevations of Bryce and Grand Canyon can be chilly.

Food

Our meals are geared to provide you with the fuel you need to get through your active days, and yet still extremely tasty. We can accommodate all dietary needs.

Hikes & Difficulty

This is a lighter hiking tour that features a lot of extra activities such as the Durango-Silverton Train, scenic boat tour of Currecanti, and guided tours of the ruins at Mesa Verde.

What to Expect

After you make a reservation, a confirmation packet will be sent to you with more detailed information. Check out our FAQs.



From the road

Highlight from 2016: Lunch on Valdez Glacier in Alaska! fb.me/8xi1GpSRy Read more →

Testimonials

“Thanks for everything! We had a fantastic time start to finish. See you next year.”   Graham and Ellen have been on our Grand... Read more →

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Cliff Palace Mesa Verde

Day 1

Depart Salt Lake City 2:00 PM…

We start this fantastic trip by picking up you and your fellow Adventurers in Salt Lake City.
We’ll prep you for your adventure and then enjoy a comfortable journey to our first national park…

Testimonials

Adventure Bus has been a Godsend to me.  I was pining away for a means to go camping and hiking and see the country’s... Read more →

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Black Canyon Overlook

Day 2

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

We’ll gaze into this incredibly rugged and narrow canyon from the many hikes along the South Rim, or descend into the canyon a bit on the Oaks Flat Trail. We’ll continue on to camp near our next destination…..

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Curecanti Boat Ride

Day 3

Curecanti National Recreation Area

We’ll get a view from the bottom of the Black Canyon as we hike the Pine Creek Trail and then hop on a pontoon boat ride through the upper Black Canyon. Later, we’ll hike to the Dillon Pinnacles and soak in some hot spring fed pools!

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Great Sand Dunes

Day 4

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Sand dunes, mountains, and wetlands. This park has it all! After playing about on the dunes, we’ll cool off on an alpine hike into the shaded aspen groves and continue our journey to the Durango.

From the road

“It’s the way you ride the trail that counts.” Dale Evans Read more →

From the road

Herons, wood storks, anhingas, pelicans, gullinules and spoonbills are just a few of the birds you can see in… fb.me/yrU8HDM8 Read more →

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Durango Silverton Train

Day 5

Durango- Silverton Train

We’ll start at 6500 feet in Durango, then hop on the train for a stunning ride along the Animas River to Silverton, almost 3,000 feet higher! You’ll feel as though you’ve gone back a century in time when you step off the train in this old victorian mining town nestled in the San Juan Mountains.

From the road

This unique bird is a Black Skimmer. You can find it and many other birds in Dry Tortugas National Park. fb.me/5Kio3PPFt Read more →

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Cliff Palace Mesa Verde

Day 6

Mesa Verde National Park

Journey into some of the best preserved ruins in the world! Ranger guided tours of Cliff Palace and Balcony House will transport us into another time with a glimpse into the culture and traditions of the Ancestral Pueblans and the mystery of their disappearance. A short hike will take us to Spruce Tree House and some petroglyphs.

Testimonials

“Thanks Steph and Ardell for another great trip. I look forward to coming back for a third trip in the future!” And in fact... Read more →

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Black Canyon Group

Day 7

We’ll roll back into Salt Lake City by noon, exchange emails and addresses, and say our goodbyes. We’ll assist you with your shuttle ride to the airport, or suggest sites to see if you are staying in Salt Lake City for an extra day.

Testimonials

I had a great time once again on the Adventurebus!  I’m beginning to think that half the adventure is meeting all the personalities that come on the... Read more →