Colorado Ghost Towns and Alpine Passes
From $1100 for 2020
Experience the remote ghost towns via miner’s tracks over alpine passes of the Rocky Mountains . See the high country splendor that is off limits to tourists. Explore the mountains the way locals do, guided by a local experts. Using sturdy off road vehicles we explore remote, well preserved ghost towns. Como, Tincup, Pitkin are on our route. Crossing Boreas, Weston, Cottonwood and Cumberland Passes allows us to see the Rocky Mountains on remote miner’s tracks, without tourists. Then we explore Crested Butte, Breckenridge, and have time for a dip in the hot springs at Glenwood. Experience Colorado like the locals do far away from the tourist crowds. Choose hotel or camping. Custom and private trips are available.
- • Rate: $1100 per person, 2 person minimum. For private tour, add $200 per person.
• Hotel supplement option: add $200 per night, per room, up to 2 persons per room
• Route: Denver - Como - Breckenridge - Buena Vista - Gunnison - Glenwood Springs - Vail - Denver
• Meals not included
Day 1 - Breckenridge and High Passes
7 am pick up at your hotel. Our sturdy pickup trucks will seat up to 4 passengers. Heading out of town we soon leave civilization behind. The ghost town of Como nestles at the bottom of Boreas Pass at 11479 feet. You get your first high alpine taste as we wind up the mountains through deep aspen forests Lunch in the posh ski oasis of Breckenridge. Now we follow Weston Pass (12017 ft) to the lush, remote valley of the Arkansas’ headwater.
Day 2 - Continental Divide, Tincup and Pitkin
Cottonwood Pass leads over the continental divide (12125 ft) offering stunning views of the 14ers surrounding us. Reachable only by dirt track, is Tincup Ghost Town, off roading destination among the aficionado. Gold was discovered in 1859 and much of the town is still preserved. The remote Cumberland Pass (12014 ft) climbs to alpine meadows offering vast views and lush flower meadows. Our next destination is the remote ghost town, Pitkin. We spend the night in and around Gunnison.
Day 3 - Crested Butte and Hot Springs
Crested Butte is a lovingly restored gold rush town, now turned ski resort. From here remote tracks lead into the Roaring Fork Valley. Overnight at Glenwood Springs. There is time for a dip in the hot springs.
Day 4 - Colorado River and Vail
There is time to rent bikes to bike along the Colorado River, or go on a rafting trip on the mighty river. Our journey back to Denver is along the popular I-70. There is time to stop in Vail for some sightseeing, before pulling into Denver around 5 pm.