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Estes Park: Hidden Valley Sledding Tour with Park Pass

1. Estes Park: Hidden Valley Sledding Tour with Park Pass

Get the most out of your time with family or friends in the Rocky Mountain National Park during this sledding adventure through the Hidden Valley in Estes Park. Get sleds and all the equipment you need for an exciting ride through the snow. Meet your guides at the Estes Park Visitors Center, then depart for Hidden Valley in the Rocky Mountain National Park following your guide in a lead vehicle. Upon arrival, gear up and spend hours of fun with your group as you create new memories. Sled in an area that’s home to the greatest sledding hills in America. Your guides will be taking photos of you while you sled, so you will be able to look back on your pictures later and think of the great times you had in Rocky Mountain National Park. Restrooms will be available to use at the sledding site.

Denver Botanic Gardens General Admission Ticket

2. Denver Botanic Gardens General Admission Ticket

Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street presents a wide range of gardens and collections on 24 acres that illustrate an ever-widening diversity of plants from all corners of the world. Distinctive gardens define and celebrate a Western identity and a unique high-altitude climate and geography. Don't miss the Freyer – Newman Center. The Center is a physical manifestation of the Gardens’ celebration of the fusion of science and art. The Center houses the Helen Fowler Library, the Sturm Family Auditorium, art galleries, herbaria, classrooms, the School of Botanical Art & Illustration and the Copper Door Coffee Roasters coffee shop. The Gardens’ holdings are unique because horticulture, plant conservation and preservation, mycology and art unite to document human relationships with these elements and the larger environment. Housing each of these programmatic elements in a single facility makes these assets more accessible to the public.

Colorado Springs: U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum Entry

3. Colorado Springs: U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum Entry

Experience the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum in the heart of Colorado Springs, the USA's Olympic City. Explore this 60,000-square-foot museum, dedicated to U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes and their compelling stories. Learn about the artifacts, media, and technology behind the athletes who make the United States proud. Hear about the core values of the Olympic and Paralympic movements, including friendship, respect, excellence, determination, equality, inspiration, and courage.  Enter the museum and ride the elevator to the top floor. Follow a spiral path that winds progressively downward to the main floor, creating a parallel experience for all guests on the journey through 12 interactive galleries. Hear stories of Team USA Olympians and Paralympians. Discover one of the most accessible and interactive museums in the world, which opened in 2020 and is designed so that all guests experience the museum in the same way. Enjoy inclusive designs and assistive technologies, including open captions, audio description tracks, assisted listening, universal keypads, RFID-triggered customizations, accessible exhibit spaces with ramps, and more.  Learn about how Team USA athletes consulted throughout the project to achieve this authentic experience and inclusive design.

Castle Rock: The EDGE Epic Sky Trek

4. Castle Rock: The EDGE Epic Sky Trek

Explore one of the largest freestanding obstacle courses in the country and play on the playground in the sky. Discover four levels of fun with over 110 obstacles to challenge yourself on. 10,000 Sq. Ft. (929m2) of adventures 50 Ft (15m) in the air. Fun for all ages and challenge levels, get the ultimate jungle gym experience that’s equally exhilarating for both kids and adults. Arrive at the course and get ready to push your limits and laugh at yourself as you climb all over a huge jungle gym that's not just for kids. Soar on ziplines, scale obstacles, and go at your own pace. Much like the challenge level, guests can choose their level of thrill. Keep it closer to the ground or bring it sky-high for a true adrenaline rush.

Colorado Springs: Guided Ghost Story and History Tour

5. Colorado Springs: Guided Ghost Story and History Tour

Immerse yourself in tales ranging from apparitions to mysterious black mists and moving objects. Let your host regale you with tales of the creepy goings-on in the Rabbit Hole restaurant, the premises of which housed the city morgue in the 1900s, or La Burla Bee, which is said to house several ghosts. This walking tour adventure starts at the Antlers Hotel where you'll hear about Judge Baldwin and other spirits. You then pass by the Rabbit Hole hotel, the Old Depot, the Cheyenne Building, and many other sites of paranormal activity. Listen to stories of the pop-up morgues and crematoriums that emerged during the Spanish Flu of 1918, and which left many spirits still wandering in the underground of the city. Learn about the former YWCA and the tragic event that happened inside, as well as the underground tunnels that led to the old City Auditorium. After visiting the Colorado Mining Exchange and Peak Theatre, journey on to the Old Depot and the Denver/Rio Grande Railroad where a serial killer is said to have committed his first double murder.

Cotopaxi: Family-Friendly Rafting Tour

6. Cotopaxi: Family-Friendly Rafting Tour

Join a rafting trip that's perfect for the whole family. Suitable for beginners as well as young children and seniors, this tour offers mild whitewater, opportunities for swimming, as well as views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. After checking in at the local partner's office, head to the starting point, a private beach with easy river access. Then, set off on the 5-mile journey down the river. With few companies rafting on this part of the river, you'll often have it completely to yourself. The route is perfect for beginners and first-time rafters and also offers views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range as well as wildlife spotting opportunities. After the tour, transfer back to the local partner's base where changing rooms are available for you to use.

U.S. Southwest: 27-Tour Bundle on Self-Guided Driving App

7. U.S. Southwest: 27-Tour Bundle on Self-Guided Driving App

Become a modern pioneer with an audio-guided app tour of the U.S. Southwest. Pick your starting location then follow the GPS map and visit the Grand Canyon, Death Valley, the Rockies, and many other national parks in your own time. Decide where you want to go. Tour the sights of Arizona, including Sedona and Red Rock, the Grand Canyon, and the Colorado River meander at Horseshoe Bend. Travel the west coast of California along 17-Mile drive accompanied by a virtual tour guide. Visit some famous movie locations in LA. Explore the rugged beauty of Colorado and see the Rocky Mountains and Million Dollar Highway. Witness the best national parks in Utah, such as Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Bryce National Park. Watch the famous Old Faithful geyser erupt in Yellowstone National Park.

Denver: Guided City Driving Tour

8. Denver: Guided City Driving Tour

Take in the landmarks of Denver as you go on a city driving tour. Drive past Coors Field stadium, check out the iconic landmark of Union Station, and view the architecture of Brown Palace Hotel. When you finish, take some memorable photos at the Big Blue Bear Statue. Hop into your car at the meeting point and let your driver take you around downtown Denver and the CBD. See Union Station, a renovated train station that dates back to 1914, which houses many restaurants and bars. Then, pass by Coors Field Stadium, home to Major League Baseball's Colorado Rockies. After this, go to the CBD to check out Brown Palace hotel. Marvel at the architecture of this upscale hotel, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Get back into your car and head to Colorado Convention Center for a photo beneath the famous Big Blue Bear Statue. On certain days, you may have the chance to see Colorado State Capitol. Finish your Denver experience as you are dropped back to the starting point.

Frisco: Dillon Reservoir Guided Island Tour by Kayak

9. Frisco: Dillon Reservoir Guided Island Tour by Kayak

Set off on a relaxing and informative kayaking tour of the Dillon Reservoir. Paddle through Frisco Bay Marina, through Fish Hook Island and the Peninsula, to Pirates' Cove and Giberson Bay. Pick up insights into local history and more from your friendly guide. Your island tour starts on the Frisco beach located at the Frisco Bay Marina. During the meet and greet, you'll sign a waiver and receive a properly fitted and comfortable life jacket, paddle, and instruction. After a 15-minute paddle lesson, enjoy a leisurely paddle exiting Frisco Bay. Once you have found your rhythm and instruction is no longer needed, embark on a casual yet super informative paddle while taking in great views of the Williams Fork and Gore Ranges. Kayak along the shores of the Frisco Peninsula and take in impressive views of some of Colorado's tallest and most photographed mountains. Stories will begin to flow as you and your guides discuss the rich history throughout our county. Peaks such as Buffalo, Red, Ptarmigan, and Royal are all pointed out as everyone starts to realize how expansive yet attainable each peak might be. After splitting Fish Hook Island and the Peninsula you may have narrowed down tomorrow's hike with the help of expert input and have potentially already spotted bald eagles, ospreys, or even a moose. At this point, the group will cross the deepest channel at 70 feet deep. Paddling through the straight, it's amazing to think directly below you is an old town flooded after the construction of Dillon Dam in the 1960s. This story along with many others will be enjoyed all while taking in the amazing views and weather. Around halfway, take the chance to explore Pirate's Cove — a secluded and protected bay located inside a large island. This is one of the most popular photo destinations and is a great time to take a break and relax. From Pirate's Cove, paddle along the northern banks of Dillon spotting popular campgrounds and a great blue heron rookery. This rookery supports 10 to 15 nesting pairs of herons and depending on the time of year you might spot one of the newborns learning to fly. Two hours into the tour, kayak through Giberson Bay. This bay is fairly shallow with numerous islands offering the perfect habitat for moose, ducks, beavers, and more. Head back towards the Frisco Bay Marina. This is always the best time to discuss which restaurants to visit, and what trails to hike tomorrow.

From Durango: Animas River Whitewater Rafting

10. From Durango: Animas River Whitewater Rafting

No trip to Southwest Colorado is complete without a rafting trip on the famous Animas River. Get wet and wild on this fun adventure perfect for adults and children alike. Hit the water with professionally trained and experienced guides, allowing you to safely enjoy your trip even if you have no previous rafting experience. Choose between a 2.5 hour or 4.5 hour trip, allowing you to decide how much time you want to spend on the water! Meet at the arrival point where you will be given all the necessary equipment and an in-depth briefing on rafting procedures and safety precautions. Then get transported down to the river and hop onto a raft and set off down Animas River, which is known for its whitewater sports and is not to be missed. If you choose the 2.5 hour trip, you'll enjoy 1 to 1.5 hours on the water and class or if you choose the 4.5 hour trip, you'll enjoy about 2.5 hours on the water. You'll have a chance to explore the river, searching for wildlife, swimming and admiring the views of Downtown Durango and the natural beauty of Southwest Colorado from the river. See historical Old West landmarks and hear stories about the early days of Durango. All Durango rafting tours include mild class I, II rapids as well as exciting class III rapids at Durango’s famous Santa Rita Whitewater Park.

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What great fun!!! Best part of our trip here!! John is great!!! So knowledgeable, enthusiastic & patient with our questions!! He drove in over an hour for our Sunday night 9pm tour- and it was perfect!! We stayed at the antlers hotels (which I also reccomend) and the tour started here. There were 4 of us (age 34 to 67) and EVERYONE LOVED IT!! I highly reccomend you schedule this tour next time you come to due time colorado springs. Thank you John

My granddaughter and I thought John was excellent. He knew the history of the locations we went to, and his enthusiasm for it was obvious.. He had also talked to owners, managers, and employees of businesses who had paranormal experiences firsthand. Will be booking with his company in the near future for a Denver tour.

Sam our rafting guide was excellent,. She was personable, friendly and knowledgeable. The office staff was helpful and pleasant.

Lots of history and folklore. Very good tour. Recommend if you enjoy a pleasant evening learning about Colorado Springs.

Very professionally done. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours. It’s worth the time and money