Venture with us into the Colorado desert to unearth the mysteries of the enormous beasts that once roamed this very same ground. 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.
Our trip begins with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 6. DMNS is located a 35-minute drive from Denver International Airport (DIA). We recommend you arrive in Denver on the evening of Wednesday, June 5 or by 7 a.m. on Thursday, June 6. Our trip concludes on the morning of Tuesday, June 11 back in Denver. Hotel checkout is at 11 a.m, though we’re happy to help extend your stay if you would like to enjoy Colorado on your own.
This tour will be moderately physically demanding. Participants should be able to hike between 3-5 miles per day at high elevation. There will not be significant uphill hikes, except for people wishing to climb the sand dunes in Great Sand Dunes National Park. We will also be outside in the sun for our full-day dinosaur dig. Sunscreen and water will be provided, but we recommend breathable clothing that covers your skin, along with a wide-brimmed hat.
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 $180 is available for single travelers who prefer a single room for our nights in Fruita and at the Dinosaur Hotel in South Denver. While at the Joyful Journey Resort, travelers will have the option of staying in heated yurts or in double-occupancy hotel rooms. Most travelers will need to share accommodations at the Joyful Journey.
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.