Venture with us into the Colorado desert to unearth the mysteries of the enormous beasts that once roamed these grounds. On this six-day road-trip adventure, we’ll dig into the prehistoric past of this wild and rugged terrain, traversing canyons, mountains, deserts, and dunes as we go.
The total cost of this trip is $2,330. For travelers wishing to have single accommodations, an additional $400 will be due at the time of the final payment.
We’ll be staying at several different hotels and resorts on our journey and there are a variety of rooming configurations available. Single travelers should be prepared to share a room with travelers of the same gender, depending on the composition of the group. A limited single supplement of $400 is available for single travelers who prefer a single room. While at the Joyful Journey Resort, travelers will have the option of staying in heated yurts or in double-occupancy hotel rooms.
Most of the places visited on this itinerary are above 7,000 feet, which can make physical work feel more demanding. Altitude affects some more than others. Especially if you are sensitive to altitude, we encourage you to arrive a day or two early to acclimate.
Participants should be comfortable hiking between three and five miles per day at high elevation. There won't be significant uphill hikes, although those wishing to climb the sand dunes in Great Sand Dunes National Park or the Crestone Ziggurat will be able to do so. We'll also be outside in the sun for our full-day dinosaur dig in the Colorado high desert. Sunscreen and water will be provided, but we recommend drinking water every hour and wearing breathable clothing that covers your skin, along with a wide-brimmed hat.
Our trip begins with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science at 10 a.m. on Day 1. DMNS is located a 35-minute drive from Denver International Airport (DIA). We recommend you arrive in Denver on the evening prior to our trip or by 7 a.m. on Day 1. Our trip concludes on Day 6 back in Denver. Hotel checkout is at 11 a.m, though we’re happy to help extend your stay if you'd like to enjoy Colorado on your own.