Map of Colorado: Hike, Bike, Raft & Kayak including United States Of America

Get active in Colorado surrounded by scenic rivers, mountains, and lakes

Enjoy biking, hiking, rafting and kayaking adventures on this active trip which showcases Colorado’s incredible natural beauty. With great weather and plenty of trails, the Arkansas River Valley has some of Colorado’s best and most scenic mountain biking tracks. You’ll also tackle the Zoom Flume and other rapids on a scenic rafting trip, spot wildlife such as moose and beavers on a half-day kayak tour, take in alpine vistas on a hike to a gold mine ‘ghost town’, and soak up superb mountain scenery. Add the pretty lakeside town of Frisco and you’ve got the perfect Active adventure.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Denver, United States
Finish
Denver, United States
Destination
United States
Style
Original
Theme
Active Adventures
Code
SSXC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Tackle the Zoom Flume, Big Drop, and ominously-named Widowmaker rapids on a scenic rafting trip that’s easy enough for beginners but also has enough thrills for more experienced rafters.

  • Enjoy striking views of the Arapahoe Basin reflected in the waters of Loveland Pass Lake as you keep an eye out for marmots, pika, birds, and – depending on the season - beautiful wildflowers.

  • Drive in circles up, and up, and up Spiral Drive to take in the amazing vista from ‘The Big S’, a cone-shaped mountain that dominates the town of Denver.

  • See Lake Dillon on a half-day kayak tour that offers easy paddling along a protected shoreline with wildlife spotting and spectacular views of three mountain ranges.

  • Ride the Arkansas River Valley, one of Colorado’s best mountain biking destinations, with an experienced guide to show you the most scenic and rewarding trails.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Just as a heads up before you book: this trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

  • This is an action-packed itinerary, and a moderate level of fitness will help you get the most out of all the included activities. You must be confident in the water for kayaking and rafting. All equipment and safety gear is provided. Whilst previous experience in hiking and kayaking or rafting isn’t essential, your ability to cycle is. Sturdy footwear is recommended for the hikes

  • Equipment hire is included in your trip price, bikes, helmets, and all water sport gear. Bike helmets are compulsory to wear during all rides.

  • Please advise your height at the time of booking so we can organise a suitable bike.

  • The altitude and thin air of Colorado can have an impact on your 'usual' level of fitness. Our activities take place at altitudes between 2,150 metres and 3,600 metres (7,100 feet and 11,800 feet).

Itinerary

Welcome to Denver! After a 9am group meeting at your Denver hotel, drive to Salida and have lunch (not included) along the way. After you’ve checked in, join your leader for a drive in circles up, and up, and up the nearby Spiral Drive to take in the amazing vista from ‘The Big S’, a cone-shaped mountain that dominates the town. Enjoy spectacular views to the mountains and beyond then hike down the front side trail all the way to the Arkansas River. On the way back into town, swing by River Side Park and dip your toes in the cool water before making your way back to the hotel. This evening perhaps enjoy an optional group dinner at the Soul Craft Brewing Company food trucks for a true local experience.
Accommodation
  • Hotel/Motel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Spiral Drive Hike
Optional Activities
  • Food Truck Dinner - Soul Craft Brewing Company - Free
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.

Today’s total driving time is approximately 2.5 hours. Today’s hike is approximately 5 kms (3 miles) and is mostly downhill. The hike starts and finishes at an elevation of 2,150 m (7,100 feet).
Enjoy a white water rafting adventure along the tumbling Arkansas River. This 19 km (12 mile) trip begins at Fisherman’s Bridge and takes you through the beautiful Browns Canyon National Monument, where you will navigate 11 class III and III+ rapids. With names like the Zoom Flume, Big Drop, and the ominously-named Widowmaker, this scenic trip is easy enough for beginners but also has enough thrills for more experienced rafters. Your expert rafting guides will provide instruction and will make sure your journey is safe and fun. After an optional lunch at a bar and grill, head back into town where the rest of the afternoon is free for you to relax or further explore. Perhaps enjoy a whiskey tasting at Wood's Distillery, soak your muscles at the nearby Mount Princeton Hot Springs or join your group for a casual dinner.
Accommodation
  • Hotel/Motel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Arkansas River White Water Rafting
Optional Activities
  • Mount Princeton Hot Springs - USD35
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After breakfast, take a short 30 minute transfer to nearby Buena Vista to meet your mountain bike guides, get fitted to your bike and practice some skills. It’s then time to head out for a beginner ride on the trails of the Arkansas River Valley, one of Colorado’s best mountain biking destinations. Your experienced guide will lead the way along single-track and 4 wheel drive roads through this diverse landscape. After your cycling adventure, enjoy a picnic lunch then appreciate the scenic views on the drive to Frisco up over the 3,450 m (11,000 feet) Freemont Pass, passing many of the famous Collegiate Peaks along the way. After you’ve settled in, you have the rest of the evening to check out Frisco at your leisure. Located in the heart of the Rockies in Summit County, this small lakeside town has some great nightlife, shopping, and dining options to explore.
Accommodation
  • Hotel/Motel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Buena Vista Mountain Biking
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today’s mountain bike route will depend on the weather, group size and cycling experience, and will vary from 6 kms to 10 kms (4 miles to 6 miles). The cycling takes places at an elevation of 2,400 metres (8,000 feet).
After breakfast, take a short but dramatically uphill drive in the shadows of the Tenmile Range to the Mayflower Gulch trailhead. At almost 3,347 metres (11,000 feet), the altitude as well as the view is sure to take your breath away, but we’ll take it slow along the relatively flat 6 km (4 mile) hike which includes alpine vistas of Jacque Peak, Tenmile Range and Fletcher Mountain. Your destination is the abandoned cabins of the Boston Mine gold mining camp, an unsuccessful endeavour whose views dazzled far more than the meagre amount of gold it produced. It’s a perfect setting for a picnic lunch before heading back down the trail. Enjoy a rest after the hike, then spend the evening in Frisco at your leisure. If you’re up for more outdoor adventure, perhaps take a sunset kayak tour or cruise Lake Dillon on a pontoon boat and take in the views before you call it a day.
Accommodation
  • Hotel/Motel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mayflower Gulch Trail Hike
Optional Activities
  • Lake Dillion Sunset kayak tour - USD70
  • Lake Dillion Sunset Pontoon Boat Cruise - USD155
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today’s hike is approximately 7 kms (4 miles) with a 170 m (550 feet) elevation gain and a gentle incline. The hike takes place at an elevation of approximately 3,350 metres (11,000 feet).
After breakfast, take to the calm waters of nearby Lake Dillon on a 2.5 hour kayaking experience. It’s the perfect trip for beginners as Frisco Bay offers easy paddling along a protected shoreline with spectacular views of three mountain ranges. Explore all the best spots and keep an eye out for local wildlife like beavers, mule deer, moose and nesting bald eagles. After making it back to shore, enjoy a beachside picnic lunch then head back to the hotel to freshen up before an early evening drive into nearby Breckenridge, a once-thriving Gold Rush town which is now a hiking and skiing hotspot. Pay a visit to the renowned Breckenridge Distillery for a whiskey tasting, then either join the group or head out on your own for an optional dinner in one of the many restaurants. Your guide knows all the best dining spots and is happy to make a few suggestions if you need help choosing.
Accommodation
  • Hotel/Motel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lake Dillion Kayaking
  • Breckenridge Distillery whiskey tasting
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After breakfast, it’s time to leave Frisco and the Rockies behind, but not before one last hike. After a scenic drive, arrive at the towering Loveland Pass and stretch your legs on a short but picturesque hike to Loveland Pass Lake. Along with striking views of the Arapahoe Basin reflected in the still waters of the lake you could also see marmots, pika, birds, and – depending on the season - beautiful wildflowers. Then it’s a one hour drive back to Denver Union Station where your Colorado adventure finishes on arrival at approximately 1pm. From here you can catch a train directly to the airport or choose to extend your stay in Denver. If you wish to spend extra time in Denver, we'll be happy to help you book additional accommodation (subject to availability).
Included Activities
  • Loveland Pass Lake Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is approximately 1.5 hours. Today’s flat and easy hiking distance is approximately 1.5 kms (1 mile) with an elevation gain of 20 metres (65 feet). The hiking takes place at an elevation of 3,600 metres (11,800 feet).

Meals

5 breakfasts, 2 lunches

Transport

Private vehicle, Mountain Bike, Raft, Kayak, On foot

Accommodation

Hotel/Motel (5 nights)

Included activities

  • Spiral Drive Hike
  • Arkansas River White Water Rafting
  • Buena Vista Mountain Biking
  • Mayflower Gulch Trail Hike
  • Lake Dillion Kayaking
  • Breckenridge Distillery whiskey tasting
  • Loveland Pass Lake Hike

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Important notes

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1. This trip starts at 9am in Denver on day 1.
2. This trip finishes with a drop off around 1pm at Denver Union Station on day 6. Please do not book any flights until after 4pm this evening.
3. Bicycle hire is included so we require all clients' heights at the time of booking.
4. Bike helmets are also supplied but you may wish to bring your own.
5. We recommend wearing closed-toe shoes and suitable clothing for the walks and cycling.
6. The mountain biking on this trip is not accompanied by a support vehicle.

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