Itinerary Highlights

  • Take in the stunning scenery of the Rocky Mountains
  • Soak in the rustic luxury of historic log cabins
  • Sip cocktails in former saloons and enjoy fine Western cuisine
  • Relax in natural hot springs in a 19th-century bathhouse
  • Spend a full day fly-fishing for trout
  • Go on a high-elevation trail ride or guided hike
  • Explore the historic district of Telluride
  • Take a 4x4 off-road trip over the 13,114-foot Imogene Pass
  • Mountain bike and go whitewater rafting in Crested Butte

Follow in Our Footsteps

Editor’s Itinerary

Duration: 12 Days

Southern Colorado contains some of the most inspiring landscapes in North America, with the San Juan Range alone having 13 peaks that are more than 14,000 feet high. This itinerary will take you from the wild country around Dolores, in the extreme southwest of the state, to the glamorous resort town of Telluride, enclosed in its dramatic box canyon. From there, you will head to Crested Butte, an atmospheric fragment of the Old West, before embarking on a 200-mile drive across the Rockies to a wilderness lodge on Cheyenne Mountain, high above Colorado Springs. For those who have only visited Colorado in ski season, a summer trip will come as a revelation. During the day, you will hike and ride to high alpine pastures and wade through tumbling trout streams, while in the evening you will sit with a glass of wine next to a smoldering log fire, covered by an astounding dome of stars.