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Mountains and Canyons Fly Drive

Denver * Estes Park * Vail * Moab * Monument Valley * Mesa Verde * Santa Fe * Taos * Alamosa * Colorado Springs 

An 18-day Fly drive which takes you into the Mountains and Canyons of Colorado and Utah, with its rich history, geographical views and some of the best outdoor activities in the United States.

18 Days from £3,033 per person twin share + flights 


Day 1 - UK - Denver 

Your holiday to the Centennial State of Colorado begins with scheduled flights with United Airlines from London Heathrow to Denver. O­n arrival collect your rental car and drive into the heart of the "Mile High City". Your hotel is located just a block away from the 16th Pedestrian Mall with Restaurants, Shops and Nightlife and the free shuttle that will take you into the Lodo (Lower Downtown) with its nightclubs and shops.

Overnights (2): Denver - Curtis Hotel, A Doubletree by Hilton Hotel 

Day 2 - Denver 

A full day for exploring in Denver. Visit the state capital building with the Mile-High Marker. The Denver Art Museum with o­ne of the top Western art displays in the world. The new Denver Museum of history which opens in 2012. Take a walk through some of Denver's park including Red Rocks and Lookout Mountain with the gravesite of Buffalo Bill Cody. 

Day 3 - Denver - Estes Park (62 miles)

Just a short drive today through the university community of Boulder which will take you into the "Front Range Mountains" of Colorado where we suggest the National Scenic "Peak to Peak" Highway that will take you into the community of Estes Park, the Gateway to the Rocky Mountain National Park. Here you will find some exceptional hiking trails to show off the beautiful mountain scenery for which this region is famed. Estes Park also has fun boutique shops and restaurants and the Stanley Hotel - where Stephen King wrote his novel "The Shining". 

Overnight (1): Estes Park - Rocky Mountain Park Inn 

Day 4 - Estes Park - Vail (162 miles) 

Today you will drive higher than you have even driven before as you pass through the Rocky Mountain National Park o­n the Trail Ridge Road. At over 12,000 feet above sea level, this is the highest continuous paved roadway in North America and o­ne of the highest in the world. The route will bring you to the West Park Entrance where you will pass alongside Grand Lake and Lake Granby before heading through the mountain valleys and into the Colorado Winter Playground - the area filled with famed ski resorts. After crossing over the Vail Pass you will arrive into o­ne of the most famous for a two night stay in the resort community of Vail. 

Overnights (2): Vail - Evergreen Lodge Vail

Day 5 - Vail 

A full day for exploring the resort of Vail. The lodge can assist you with some great outdoor activities for your day there - take the lift to the top of the ski resort for some high-altitude hiking or even mountain biking. River rafting and horseback riding are just a few of the area activities possible. 

Day 6 - Vail - Moab (264 miles) 

Travel West and you will soon begin to follow the Colorado River - starting o­n the western slopes of the Rocky Mountain Park, this river will pass through the Utah Canyonlands and Lake Powell then through the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Lake Mead, Lake Havasu before travelling into Mexico and the Baja. The first section along this route through the Glenwood Canyon is o­ne of the most beautiful interstate routes in the States. As you pass through Grand Junction, take a drive across the serene Colorado National Monument. Then as you head into Utah you will again pick up the Colorado River and travel into the community of Moab. Here again you will be staying in a resort community, o­ne that is known for some exceptional park scenery and a lot of outdoor activities. 

Overnights (3): Moab - Hotel Moab Downtown 

Day 7 - Moab 

Today we suggest visits to the two parks in this region. First start with a visit to Canyonlands National Park where the views into the confluence of the Colorado and Green River will take your breath away. Do not miss o­ne of the most spectacular arches of the area - The Mesa Arch, just a short walk from the main roadway. Then o­n to Arches National Park, where you find plenty of stops for short hiking and walking programs that will allow you to see many of the famed arches and towering monuments found here. If you are planning to the hike to the Delicate Arch, then we suggest to do the Arches early (hike before the heat of the day sets in) and do the Canyonlands in the Canyonlands Park. Return to Moab for the evening. 

Day 8 - Moab 

Spend today to take in some of the area's activities, there are many to choose from. Rafting o­n the Colorado River, Jet boat touring, Mountain Biking and even horse-riding. o­ne highly suggested programme would be a full day jeep tour experience to view the Needles District of the Canyonlands Park just for its exceptional scenery. 

Day 9 - Moab - Monument Valley (118 miles) 

From Moab, you will travel south and into the region of the San Juan River as you pass through Blanding, Bluff and Mexican Hat and into some real Red Rock Country. The first stop should be the visitor centre at the Monument Valley Tribal Park. Take o­ne of the 4x4 tours that will take you into the mountains with several stops and narration from a native guide. 

Overnight (1): Monument Valley - Goulding's Lodge 

Day 10 - Monument Valley - Mesa Verde Park (116 miles) 

Continue South from Monument Valley and into Arizona. En route take a brief detour to view the Canyon De Chelly National Monument. The South rim drive out of Chinle will take you to view points for the Whitehouse Ruins Cave Dwelling and the Spider Rock Formations. Then return to the main route and travel past the area known as the Four Corners and into Colorado. Here you will climb to the top of the Mesa in Mesa Verde National Park for a two night stay at the Far View Lodge inside the park. This region is well known for the evening star shows, so look up as you walk around the lodge area in the evening. 

Overnights (2): Mesa Verde Park - Far View Lodge - Standard Rooms.

Day 11 - Mesa Verde Park 

Stop at the visitor centre this morning and plan to see some of the better-known Cliff Dwellings in the park - especially the Cliff Palace. These are limited and you can o­nly visit o­n a tour program conducted by park staff and you will need to have a ticket for a pre-set time. This will allow you to plan this day in the park to see as much as possible and experience the culture of the Anasazi (Ancient o­nes) Indians. 

Day 12 - Mesa Verde - Santa Fe (263 miles) 

The route this day takes you into the historic mining town of Durango, now known more as the start/end for the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. From here travel south and into the state of New Mexico travelling past many Indian Reservation areas with small pueblo ruins. o­ne side trip is a stop at Los Alamos where you will find the Bandera National Monument - a smaller and less visited cliff dwelling area. Tonight, finds you in the community of Santa Fe, well known for its Spanish Architecture, art galleries and great restaurants. 

Overnights (2): Santa Fe - Inn at Santa Fe

Day 13 - Santa Fe 

A Full day to explore the shops. galleries, museums and pueblos located in and near the city of Santa Fe. A Great place to start would be town square with the Palace of the Governors and the historic churches in this district. Santa Fe is o­ne of the oldest communities in the USA and is the capital of New Mexico. 

Day 14 - Santa Fe - Taos (74 miles) 

A Short drive north from Santa Fe, along the Rio Grande River, will bring you into another community known for Spanish and Native American Architecture - The City of Taos. Here you find more shops and galleries in the Old Town as well as o­ne of the regions more unique pueblos in nearby Taos Pueblo. 

Overnight (1): Taos - Sagebush Inn 

Day 15 - Taos - Alamosa (88 miles)

Today you return to Colorado as you venture North along a route that was o­nce used to drive Cattle from New Mexico Range lands to the depots in Colorado that would them then east to market. o­ne of the newest national parks in the US is the Great Sand Dunes National Park near Alamosa. Spend the evening in the farming and ranching community of Alamosa. 

Overnight (1): Alamosa - Holiday Inn Express 

Day 16 - Alamosa - Colorado Springs (162 miles) 

Travel north into the San Luis Agricultural Valley and then follow the Arkansas River past the last group of mountains for this journey. The route will bring you to Canon City and the Royal Gorge before heading into Colorado Springs. An alternative route will take you further north where you can take a side trip into the historic mining community of Cripple Creek - o­ne fun attraction here is the Molly Kathleen Mine where you can tour an actual gold mine, 330 metres below the ground. In Colorado Springs, your first visit should be to the Garden of the Gods, o­ne of the most visited parks in the US. 

Overnights (2): Colorado Springs - Hyatt Place Colorado Springs

Day 17 - Colorado Springs 

There are lots of exciting things to see and do in or near Colorado Springs. Some suggestions include: Pikes Peak (Drive, bike or take the cog railway out of adjacent Manitou Springs, shops in Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City, Seven Falls, Caves of the Winds, the US Olympic Training Centre, or the visitor centre and Cadet Chapel at the US Airforce Academy. 

Day 18 - Colorado Springs - Denver International Airport (81 miles) 

Return to the Sail topped International Airport to check in for your flight home. If you have a late flight, you may wish to some shopping as there are several areas along the route back to the airport for this: Castle Rock Outlet Mall, Park Meadows Shopping Outlet District and Cherry Creek Shopping Centre. The drive direct from Colorado Springs to the airport is about two hours. 

Day 19 - Arrive UK




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  • Scheduled flights with United Airlines from London Heathrow
  • Airport taxes, security charges and the Air Passenger Duty
  • 17 nights accommodation, room only
  • 17 days fully inclusive hire of an intermediate car or standard SUV with unlimited mileage, LDW, Extended Protection, Sales Tax, State Tax and Airport Fees
  • Itinerary, maps and detailed driving instructions,

Not Included

  • Meals
  • Fuel for hire car
  • Hotel Parking charges if applicable
  • Extra charges apply to renters under 25 years of age
  • Weekend flight supplements £30 each way Friday-Sunday
  • Entrance fees to National Parks, attractions, activities and excursions

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