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Indulge in some Colorado's finest craft brews and then walk it all off while taking in the stunning mountain scenery.
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7 nights accommodation, brewery tours and tastings, sightseeing and transportation as specified and services of a professional beerologist guide.
08 Jun; 20 Jul; 10 & 31 Aug '19
Explore diverse corners of the Rocky Mountain State, from the city lights of Denver to the beautiful mountains of Aspen. With a professional beerologist to guide you, this trip is the perfect combination of the two things for which Colorado is most famous - beer and mountains.
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Hike the famed Maroon Bells at Aspen.
Visit the ancient dwellings at Mesa Verde.
Enjoy brewery tours and craft beer tastings.
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This evening, after checking into our Denver hotel, mingle with other group members at a meet and greet reception hosted by our guide, a beer aficionado and destination specialist. We’ll be given an introduction to this 8-day exploration of breathtaking national parks, regional culture, history, and—of course—fresh, local craft beer!
This morning we’ll take a tour through Denver. Catch stunning views of the Rocky Mountains in between stops at historic and cultural locations, emerging neighborhoods and hidden gems of the Mile-High city.In the brewery district of River North (known as RiNo) we’ll tour some of the 45 breweries locat-ed in this capital city, each producing beer with very distinct aroma, body and finish.
Our drive to Aspen this afternoon will be a memorable one. We’ll travel along highways that are lined with jagged cliffs, winding roads over high-alpine passes and switchback turns with views that will keep your camera snapping.
This morning, choose your included activity. Enjoy a leisurely morning hike through the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. Known as "the most photographed peaks in North America", be sure to bring your camera as this area is also home to moose and black bear. Or, raft the Upper Roaring Fork which features beautiful scenery and wildlife. The afternoon is free to explore Aspen’s landmarks and boutiques, or engage in more outdoor adventure. We’ll meet up for tastings at Aspen Brewing Company.
Today we travel through McClure Pass, one of Colorado's most scenic and historic byways. A trip on the West Elk Loop passes through national forestlands, wilderness preserves, state and national parks, quaint small towns and some of Colorado's most majestic scenery. Upon arrival in Telluride we’ll explore the town on foot. Because of its significant role in the history of the American West, the core area of Telluride was designated a National Historic Landmark District. We’ll finish our tour at Telluride Brewing Company where we’ll quench our thirst with the smooth-tasting flavors of beer from one of the highest microbreweries in the world.
We’ll travel along the Million Dollar Highway today between Ouray, a charming town sur-rounded by steep mountains, and Silverton, an old silver mining town. Much of Silverton is a National Historic Landmark and is the depot town of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This 3 ft. narrow gauge heritage railroad has been hauling freight and passengers in continuous operation since 1882. We’ll ride the historic railroad along the Animas River, through wilderness inaccessible by any road, for a steam-powered arrival into Durango.
Today we’re off to Mesa Verde National Park, the largest archeological preserve in the US. Here we’ll get a look at cave dwellings inhabited by groups of nomadic American Indians as early as 7500 BC. Upon our return to Durango we’ll visit one of the oldest craft breweries in the state. Water born high in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado makes these hand-crafted brews taste so good.
Depart for Colorado Springs, stopping en route in Salida, a quaint, western style town with a creative arts scene and a selection of breweries, distilleries and wineries.
An included final night pairings dinner will feature Colorado Springs’ internationally diverse cuisine and big tastes from small, local beer companies.
We begin the day by visiting the historic mining town of Cripple Creek. Old brick buildings along the main streets will take us right back to the Old West. We’ll even have the oppor-tunity to descend 1,000 feet below ground to learn about the workings of the 1890s hard rock gold miner. Beginning with a ride on a skip to the lower working levels of the mine, we’ll witness the operation and ride aboard the last air-powered Tram-Air Locomotive.
There’ll be some time to enjoy lunch and one more mountain brewed beer before heading back to Denver.
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