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Mountains of Colorado & Utah Self-Drive Tour

17 days from $4,420pp

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Tour highlights

  • Delve into the fascinating history of Mesa Verde National Park.

  • Explore the mountain city of Denver.

  • Go white-water rafting or explore Arches National Park by 4x4 from Moab.

  • Breathe in the pure air of Colorado's Rocky Mountains.

17 days from $4,420pp

Price includes:

  • Fully insured vehicle rental
  • All accommodations
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Travel that's shaped around you

We know that travel has the most meaning when it's created individually for you. Our specialists will only start designing your trip once they understand exactly what you want it to be. So, consider this idea simply as inspiration for your own experience.

Itinerary idea in detail

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  • On arrival in Denver make your own way to your downtown hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax.

  • Spend a day exploring the highlights of Denver. Don't miss the Denver Art Museum, the Colorado History Museum or explore the city's many excellent art galleries. Alternatively, relax in Larimer Square and sample some excellent local cuisine while people watching.

  • Today you will pick up your rental car from the airport and drive to Estes Park. Relax in the park for the rest of the day.

  • Estes Park is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. You can head into the park through the Beaver Meadows park entrance to explore.

  • Today you will drive from Estes Park to Grand Junction along the lovely scenic Highway 70 for your one night stop off.

  • Drive west again today to Moab and the red rock landscape of Utah. Enjoy a day in the nearby Arches National Park.

  • Enjoy a half day tour of Arches National Park today seeing this phenomenal landscape with your guide. The rest of your day is at leisure to explore the park or the other parks such as Canyonlands nearby.

  • Drive from the wonderful Moab through to Monument Valley and Kayenta. Monument Valley encompasses the classic Wild West scenery of sandstone buttes, forbidding rock pinnacles and an endless expanse of drifting red sands that have been immortalized in the early Wild West films. Take some time to relax and take in the scenery.

  • Another day for enjoying the incredible scenery that the Southwest has to offer. Today you will experience one of the Navajo led tours into the valley where you can see Navajo culture which is largely untainted by tourism. You may get to visit a traditional Hogan and hear some of the folklore tales handed down to them by the generations before them.

  • Today you will head east from Monument Valley and travel to Mesa Verde to see the remains of the homes that were inhabited in the 1250s by ancestral puebloans.

  • Mesa Verde to Durango is a short drive today. When you get to the lovely frontier town, make sure you check out the charming boutique shops and the Strater Hotel's bar for a slice of the real Wild West.

  • Today you will make your way in plenty of time to the train station where you will board the wonderful Durango to Silverton steam train. Explore the incredible scenery of central Colorado today — sights which can't be viewed by car.

  • The drive today is stunning as you make your way north to Crested Butte. This is a lovely mountain town, and it's well worth stopping at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

  • Today you can enjoy Crested Butte. You may like to take a drive out to the local mountains and valleys around the town, take a trip to the distillery or just relax in town and wander around the lovely shops.

  • Today you can relax on your lovely journey northeast from Crested Butte to Vail. On arrival in Vail you might like to explore the beautiful local area, a great spot for photos of the incredible mountains that surround you.

  • Enjoy a day at leisure in Vail. Explore the shops, go for a walk in the wonderful nearby countryside or just enjoy your luxury 5-star hotel before your flight home tomorrow.

  • Today, you will drive back to Denver and return your car before boarding your onward flight.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
Denver
 
Estes Park
 
Grand Junction
 
Moab
 
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
 
Mesa Verde National Park
 
Durango
 
Vail
 

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