Colorado & New Mexico Frontiers

From $1399 (was $1649)

Per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

8 Days
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Colorado Vacation Details

Travel through the mesmerizing landscape and rich history of Colorado and New Mexico, and visit two National Parks and two National Monuments, on this spectacular journey through snow-capped mountains, endless sand dunes, lush forests, and ancient dwellings.

Tour Includes

Sightseeing
  • Denver
  • Colorado Springs
  • Alamosa
  • Pagosa Springs
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park
  • Durango
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Silverton
  • Taos
  • Los Alamos
  • Santa Fe
  • Albuquerque
Hotel Accommodations
  • 7 Nights
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
  • Start your tour a day earlier in Denver, or add an extra night at the end in Albuquerque. Call for more details.
Meals
  • 7 Breakfasts
Service
  • A professionally trained local tour director who is knowledgeable of the area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.
Baggage Handling
  • To and from your hotel room throughout your land tour for one piece of Checked Baggage per person.

Activity Level

Activity Level Active


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Tour Highlights

  • See the towering red rocks of the iconic Garden of the Gods
  • Visit North America’s tallest sand dune at Great Sand Dunes National Park
  • Ride the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, in an open air Gondola carraige, through the dazzling Colorado wilderness
  • See the Pueblo people’s ancient cliffside dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park
  • Visit Aztec Ruins and Four Corners National Monuments
  • Visit the Albuquerque Balloon Museum
  • Pan for gold at the Colorado Springs Ghost Town Museum

Mandatory Vaccinations Against COVID-19

All guests, including minors, must be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines prior to departure to participate. Guest vaccination requirements are currently for all departures until further notice. For more information visit our Travel Safe page.

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Colorado & New Mexico Frontiers

Tours Starts: Denver, Colorado

Tours Ends: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Day 1

Arrive in Denver

Arrive in the Mile High City. Guests who booked their air with YMT will be met by a YMT representative and transferred to their hotel. The evening is at your leisure.

Sheraton Denver Tech Center or similar

Day 2

Alamosa via Colorado Springs

Start your tour at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. It features towering red sandstone formations jutting hundreds of feet in the air against the snow-capped backdrop of Pike’s Peak. The Garden of the Gods is one of Colorado’s most photographed sites, and you will have plenty of time to appreciate and document these spectacular views.

Next, enjoy a fun stop at the Colorado Springs Ghost Town Museum, an indoor collection of historic structures and everyday artifacts from over a century ago. Housed in a stone building used by the Colorado Midland Railroad, the Ghost Town Museum takes you all the way back to Colorado’s Wild West. You’re invited to man a pan at the museum’s gold trough (weather permitting)!
This afternoon visit to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, where North America's tallest dunes rise over 750 feet high against the rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve spans over 30 miles, and contains over 5 billion cubic meters of sand to create the largest sandbox in North America. Check into your hotel in Alamosa and enjoy the evening at your leisure. (B)

Hampton Inn Alamosa or similar

Day 3

Durango via Pagosa Springs

Visit Pagosa Springs, found at the base of the Continental Divide, known for its amazing natural hot springs, plentiful sunshine, and small-town charm. Arrive in Durango, in time for lunch on your own.
Step into the past and experience the lives of one of America’s oldest cultures, the Pueblo people, on your visit to the cliffside dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park. The park includes more than 4,000 archeological sites dating back to A.D. 550, including cliff dwellings and mesa top sites from the Ancestral Pueblo peoples who lived here for more than 700 years. (B)

La Quinta or similar

Day 4

Durango

Take an unforgettable train ride from Durango to Silverton on the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, in the open air Gondola carriage, which has been in continuous operation between Durango and Silverton since 1882. Enjoy panoramic vistas and an authentic experience on this line built to haul silver and gold ore.
Your next stop is historic Silverton, where you will enjoy time in this National Historic Landmark founded in 1874 in the San Juan Mountains. After the railroad reached the town in 1882, the surrounding region experienced a mining boom that lasted until the 1910s.
This afternoon, you have an opportunity to visit 4 states at one time! The Four Corners Monument marks the quadripoint in the Southwestern United States where the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah meet. It is the only point in the United States shared by four states. (B)

La Quinta or similar

Day 5

Taos

This morning you will visit Aztec Ruins National Monument, where you will see preserved structures constructed by the Pueblo Indians. Archaeological evidence puts the construction of the ruins in the 12th and 13th centuries.
Drive to Taos, enjoy time to for lunch on your own before visiting the Spanish Colonial-style adobe San Francisco de Asisi Mission Church. The church is one of Taos’ most iconic structures and was the subject of several paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe and photographs by Ansel Adams.
Continue to Santa Fe for an evening at leisure. (B)

Best Western Inn of Santa Fe or similar

Day 6

Santa Fe to Albuquerque

This morning enjoy a panoramic walking tour of Santa Fe, including Loretto Chapel and Central Plaza. After lunch on your own, you will visit Palace of the Governors, an adobe structure that has served as the seat of government for the state of New Mexico for centuries. Continue to Albuquerque for an evening at leisure. (B)

Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn or similar

Day 7

Albuquerque

Your final stop of the trip will be Albuquerque. Visit the one-of-a-kind Albuquerque Balloon Museum. The mission of the museum is to inspire a spirit of exploration, discovery, and achievement through experiences that engage visitors in the history, science, sport, and art of ballooning. Spend your final evening on tour enjoying the charming city of Albuquerque at your own pace. (B)

Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn or similar

OPTION: SANDIA PEAK TRAM & DINNER
OPTION: SANDIA PEAK TRAM & DINNER :

Take an ride on the Sandia Peak tram, the longest aerial tram in the Americas. After enjoying the views of Albuquerque from the peak, enjoy a 3-course meal at a local restaurant. $84 p/p. Please add this option at time of booking.






Day 8

Depart for Home (B)


Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Hotels may differ depending on date. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tour vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights. Please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.


YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.



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You have the ability to move your booking to another date or destination. We'll waive all land or cruise penalties and transfer you to the new vacation (airlines impose different change policies and penalties). See our Peace of Mind Program for more details.

A worry-free experience for our guests is very important to us. With guest's help and the implementation of a few changes and new protocols such as increased sanitization, responsible social distancing, and enhanced tour director training, you can continue to enjoy peace-of-mind while traveling. For more information on our new safety protocols, please see our Travel Safe Program.

Guests do not need a passport or visa for this tour. Starting October 1, 2021, guests are required to have a REAL ID-compliant identification which includes REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses, US passports, US passport cards, US military IDs, and federally recognized tribal-issues photo IDs.

A full list can be found here: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification

Before this date, any government-issued ID, including any state driver's license and any federal ID, will suffice.

You will need U.S. dollars.

No, guests will not need to bring adapters or converters as the U.S. use standard 110V plugs.



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