Rocky Mountains Frontiers

13 Nights

Denver, CO

They offer tourists a great environment although the winter weather means, some of their wonderful natural features are closed. However, on this trip you will visit places like Yellowstone Park and marvel at its natural beauty. Your starting point is Denver, the ‘’Mile High City’’ that has many things worth exploring. Your next destination is the Rocky Mountain National Park, ending the day in Cheyenne. After travelling through the Black Hills of Dakota, you will reach the stunning carvings of 4 US Presidents in Mount Rushmore; an unbelievable sight. Western fans will love Cody, named after ‘’Buffalo Bill’ before reaching Yellowstone Park and ‘’Old Faithful.’’ The National Parks throughout your journey are truly stunning as you head south from Salt Lake City down to Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Little has changed on this part of Route 666 since it was first travelled; truly dramatic. Following the Rio Grande, you enter a region rich in history where human activity has been dated as far back as ten centuries. There is a chance to enjoy Colorado Springs before returning to Denver to see more of the City before you end your tour.

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Highlights

  • Go back in time to Denver’s origins, a city with many 19th Century buildings contrasting with the famous modern Art Museum with much indigenous history; the true gateway to the Rockies.
  • Think Cheyenne and think cowboys. Today, Cheyenne hosts the largest outdoor rodeo in the world as well as being a base for climbers, bikers and campers with the Rockies as their playground.
  • Photograph Mt. Rushmore, famous for the huge carvings of 4 famous US Presidents hewn in its face. Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln are seen by millions of visitors each year.
  • Remember Buffalo Bill. The Wyoming town of Cody is named after a man with his remembered in five museums which also educate visitors about the local wildlife. The Old Town has been recreated nearby.
  • Be amazed by Yellowstone National Park’s stunning scenery. It has many hot springs and geysers with dramatic canyons carved out of the rock and beautiful forested trails to follow.
  • Head to Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city founded as a Spanish colony early in the 18th Century; visit the San Felipe de Neri Church and shop for Native American handicrafts.
  • Take in Santa Fe, New Mexico’s capital, founded in 1610. Among its highlights are the Pueblo style architectural attractions such as the Palace of the Governors which is now a history museum.
  • Go to altitude; Colorado Springs is at over 6,000 feet at the foot of the Rockies. The nearby Pikes’ Peak was carved by a glacier and its 14,000 feet summit can be accessed by rail.

Welcome to Denver. With the impressive Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, Denver effortlessly blends the city’s Old West heritage with today’s modern skyscrapers and urban energy. Upon arrival at Denver International Airport, transfer independently to your hotel will you will meet your Tour Director

Holiday Inn Denver-Cherry Creek

Property Location With a stay at Holiday Inn Denver-Cherry Creek, you'll be centrally located in Denver, convenient to Garland Park and Denver Botanic Gardens. This hotel is within close proximity of Washington Park and Congress Park.

Welcome to Denver. With the impressive Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, Denver effortlessly blends the city’s Old West heritage with today’s modern skyscrapers and urban enerThis morning, enjoy a short city tour of the “Mile High City”, including the golddomed State Capitol whose 13th step on the west side of the building is exactly 5,280 feet above sea level – one mile high. A short distance from Denver you’ll enter Rocky Mountain National Park where you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world. Here, 415 square miles encompass and protect spectacular mountain environments. And if you thought the journey to the park was beautiful, just wait until you experience Trail Ridge Road. Known appropriately as the “Highway to the Sky”, and offering incomparable views in every direction, Trail Ridge Road winds past countless peaks, through tundra high above the treeline and crosses the Continental Divide at 12,183 feet. Continue to Cheyenne, Wyoming’s capital city that embodies the spirit of the Old West. Considered the nation’s railroad capital, Cheyenne is home to a collection of steam engines, including Old Number 4004, the world’s largest steam locomotive and one of the eight remaining Big Boys on display throughout the country.

Little America Cheyenne

Property Location With a stay at Little America Cheyenne in Cheyenne, you'll be close to Warren Air Force Base and Wyoming Transportation Museum. This hotel is within close proximity of Wyoming State Capitol and Wyoming State Museum.

Your journey begins this morning with a visit to Fort Laramie National Historic Site. Originally established as a private fur trading fort, this “grand old post” evolved into the largest and best known military post on the Northern Plains and witnessed the entire sweeping saga of America’s western expansion. Continue through the majestic beauty of South Dakota’s Black Hills to Mount Rushmore National Memorial where you’ll come face to face with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, and America’s rich heritage

First Gold Hotel, Suites & Gaming

Property Location With a stay at First Gold Hotel, Suites & Gaming in Deadwood, you'll be minutes from Days of '76 Museum and Adams Museum. This casino hotel is within close proximity of Tatanka: Story of the Bison and Broken Boot Gold Mine.

Today, crossing back into Wyoming en route to Cody, you’ll travel through Bighorn National Forest where undisturbed rolling hills, alpine lakes, craggy cliffs, thick pine forests and the Bighorn Mountains dominate the landscape. Upon arrival in Cody you’ll visit the Buffalo Bill Museum. Celebrating the spirit of the American West, including the culture and art that bring the heritage of Wyoming alive, the Buffalo Bill Museum focus’ on the life and times of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, the town founder and a living legend. In the evening enjoy attractions that include rodeos, gun fight reenactments and cowboy music

Buffalo Bill Cabin Village

As the original portion of the Buffalo Bill Village Resort complex, Buffalo Bill Cabin Village offers an authentic experience steeped in the history and legends of Cody, Wyoming.

Today, take an unforgettable journey into America’s first national park and nature’s wonderland… Yellowstone National Park. Here, the Earth is in action with geysers, mountain ranges and rivers, waterfalls, and ancient volcanoes. The iconic spots – Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs and Yellowstone Canyon – will be familiar from photographs, but seeing them in person is a humbling experience. They’re not just as good as you’ve heard – they’re better. This mountain wildland is also home to eagles, grizzly and black bears, buffalo, elk and much more, so you’re bound to see wildlife wherever you go.

Brandin' Iron Inn

The entrance of Yellowstone National Park is just 2 blocks from this West Yellowstone, Montana hotel. Brandin' Iron Inn features a coffee bar, 2 hot tubs and rooms with free Wi-Fi. Situated in West Yellowstone, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Playmill Theatre and Yellowstone Big Gun Fun. Yellowstone Historic Center and Yellowstone IMAX Theatre are also within 10 minutes.

An exquisite mountain landscape where jagged peaks tower more than a mile above the Jackson Hole valley, Grand Teton National Park is located just south of Yellowstone. Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes and alpine terrain, the Teton Range dominates the park’s skyline and stands as a monument to the people who fought to protect it. A stop will be made at the Snake River Overlook, a location made famous by Ansel Adams, where views of the Snake River flowing along the mountains puts the size of the Tetons into perspective. Continue to Jackson Hole, an area encompassed on all sides by mountain barriers.

The Virginian Lodge

The Virginian Lodge is a great place to experience the character of Jackson Hole. Conveniently situated in the town of Jackson, the Virginian is the perfect location from which to access all of the world class outdoor recreation opportunities waiting for you in Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and the surrounding area.

Today’s journey takes you through scenic Southern Idaho to Salt Lake City, the Mormon state of Utah’s capital & most populous city. Upon arrival, enjoy views of the State Capitol Building & downtown’s historic Temple Square, home to the 6-spired Salt Lake Temple & domed Tabernacle of the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir, prior to arriving at your hotel. This evening we recommend dining at The Roof Restaurant (optional). The Roof offers an extravagant buffet & inspiring views of the Salt Lake Valley & Temple Square.

Little America Hotel - Salt Lake City

Among Salt Lake City hotels, Little America stands apart as a superior choice—and not just because it's one of Salt Lake’s most luxurious four-diamond hotels.

Heading south this morning you’ll pass through Provo, home to Brigham Young University, en route to one of Utah’s Mighty 5, Arches National Park. Once in the park you’ll discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landform and textures unlike any other in the world. With ovr 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles and giant balanced rocks, this red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations and inspire you with its most unique scenery.

Moab Valley Inn

Ease into the warm comfort of the contemporary accommodations at the Moab Valley Inn in Moab, Utah, where every room is guaranteed to be relaxing, clean and smoke free. Here, modern design and nature blend seamlessly, directly at the edge of the Utah desert.  

Today we visit Canyonlands National Park, we invite you to explore a wilderness of countless canyons & fantastically formed buttes carved by the Colorado River & its tributaries. Rivers divide the park into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, & the rivers themselves. We will visit some of the most scenic spots in the Island in the Sky mesa that rests on sheer sandstone cliffs over 1,000 feet above the surrounding terrain. Return to the hotel in late afternoon.

Moab Valley Inn

Ease into the warm comfort of the contemporary accommodations at the Moab Valley Inn in Moab, Utah, where every room is guaranteed to be relaxing, clean and smoke free. Here, modern design and nature blend seamlessly, directly at the edge of the Utah desert.  

Crossing into Arizona where traces of a rich history, miles of cacti in every size, shape and style, and natural wonders mark the awesome terrain, you’ll make your way to Chinle, gateway to Canyon de Chelly National Monument. Located entirely on Navajo tribal lands and known for its steep canyon walls dotted with hundreds of ancient pueblo ruins. Here, distinctive architecture, artifacts and picturesque vistas of rocky outcroppings are all remarkably preserved, providing a peek into the lives of the canyon’s earliest inhabitants.

Holiday Inn Canyon De Chelly

Property Location Located in Chinle, Holiday Inn Canyon De Chelly is in a rural location and within the vicinity of Canyon De Chelly National Monument and White House Overlook and Trail. This hotel is within the region of Antelope House Overlook and Sliding Rock Overlook.

Leaving Chinle, today’s journey takes you through the Navajo Reservation and dramatic lands of western New Mexico to Gallup. Having barely changed since Route 66’s heyday, Gallup serves up a slice of Americana rarely seen nowadays along with one of the best strips of neon signs you’ll see anywhere on the old route. Stroll the Plaza, dine at one of the many restaurants, shop for unique gifts from the Southwest in one the stores or galleries.

Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn

Property Location When you stay at Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn in Albuquerque, you'll be in the historical district and minutes from Albuquerque Museum and Old Town Plaza. This family-friendly hotel is within close proximity of Nizhoni Gallery and Atomic Museum.

This morning, venture onto the Turquoise Trail, the National Scenic Byway linking Albuquerque & Santa Fe. Named for the rich turquoise deposits found throughout the area, & offering views of the Sandia Mountains & Cibola National Forest. Santa Fe, the nation’s oldest capital city, is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, set against a back drop of landscape that inspired its own Georgia O’Keeffe’s startlingly colorful paintings, this is a paradise for history buffs and cultural explorers. Ample leisure time this afternoon provides the perfect opportunity to explore world-renowned art galleries.

The Lodge at Santa Fe

Property Location With a stay at The Lodge at Santa Fe in Santa Fe (Downtown Santa Fe), you'll be convenient to The Harrell House of Natural Oddities and Bug Museum and Palace of the Governors. This hotel is within close proximity of Santa Fe River Park and Santuario de Guadalupe.

Travel from Santa Fe to Taos where you’ll follow alongside the Rio Grande as it winds its way through canyons & redrock cliffs before rising to a spectacular view of the river gorge & rich landscape of Taos valley. Visit the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO & a National Historic Landmark, Taos Pueblo, whose multi-story adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over a 1,000 years. Heading north from Taos back into Colorado, you’ll discover the scenic beauty & favorable climate that has lured visitors to Colorado Springs for years. Stop at Garden of the Gods, where you’ll delight in one of the most photographed landscapes. Imagine dramatic views of the foothills & 300 foot towering red sandstone rock formations set against a backdrop of snow-capped Pikes Peak & brilliant blue skies.

Hyatt Place Colorado Springs

The length of your trip will never be a problem at the Hyatt Place Colorado Springs. Our guestrooms are generously sized and richly adorned with ideal amenities and appointments like lush Hyatt Grand Beds®, coffeemakers/tea makers and our Aquafresh® Extreme Clean® toothpaste. Opulent in-room touches like hair dryers, iron/ironing boards and mini-refrigerators mean the crème de la crème is standard here. Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, high-speed DSL Internet access and a computer data port for casual browsing and constant connection.

Returning to Denver you will have ample free time to explore more of the city’s must-sees, including the U.S. Mint, 16th Street Pedestrian Mall, Larimer Square, City Park, Denver’s largest park offering stunning mountain views, and much more. Tour ends upon arrival at Denver International Airport.

  • Visit to historic Fort Laramie, a military outpost from the days of the Oregon Trail Migration
  • Visit Buffalo Bill Historic Center; 5 museums dedicated to the life of the American West & Plains Indians Tour Yellowstone National Park and witness the eruptions of geysers
  • Tour of Temple Square in Salt Lake City
  • Marvel at the majestic beauty of Mt. Rushmore
  • See the world’s largest steam locomotive (weather permitting)
    White water rafting
  • “All-American” Picnic at a surprise destination en route