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The Colorado Rockies

featuring National Parks and Historic Trains
9 DAYS
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Experience the majesty of the Colorado Rockies, three national parks and two historic trains that celebrate the can-do spirit of the Old West. Marvel at the steep, dramatic majesty of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Journey aboard the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway, the world’s highest cog railroad, for an 8.9-mile trip to the top of Pike’s Peak. Climb aboard an 1881 steam train for a journey through the San Juan Mountains. Drive through the ancient culture of the Ancestral Puebloans at Mesa Verde National Park (UNESCO). Enjoy an authentic farm-to-table dinner on a 450-acre, family-owned ranch. From towering peaks to deep canyons and Old West towns to dynamic cities, a region of contrasting beauty and charm awaits.

Your Tour Includes
  • 4 Handpicked Accommodations
  • 12 Meals
Included Highlights
  • Denver
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Colorado National Monument
  • Grand Junction

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Your Tour at a Glance

Stay

9 Days

8 Nights


Meals

12 Meals

7 Breakfasts

1 Lunches

4 Dinners


Activity

2 - Moderate

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Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel

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Doubletree Hotel Grand Junction

Nights 3-4

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Durango Strater Hotel

Nights 5-6

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Embassy Suites Colorado Springs

Nights 7-8

Trip Reviews

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Rating

186 reviews
Overall Trip Rating
4.7
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    5star
    We had a blast with the people on our bus and saw beautiful scenery. Our tour manager Jennifer and bus drive Kris were GREAT! It was all memorable.
    Michelle Varner
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    5star
    The tour was well organized, and the tour guide had everything arranged so that we did not have to worry about any arrangements which made for an enjoyable tour. The tour guide always was telling us what would happen each day and the next.
    Robert Jones
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    5star
    Tour guide jennifer . Colorado national monument. Black canyon and million dollar hihway. Fantastic.
    Kenneth Rhodes
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    5star
    It was wonderful. It was a lot to take in
    Dennis Meyer
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    4star
    Not enough time to see everything. Too rushef
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    5star
    Very satisfied with this tour!
    Marion Laser
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    5star
    It was everything we wanted it to be.
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    5star
    Our tour director was great and we met a lot of nice people. It was an excellent trip.
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    4star
    Was my first experience on a bus tour. No reflection on others on tour, but just not for me. I enjoyed all stops, but spent too much time on bus. Accommodations were unique, yet amenities were short at some stays. Was told I could not be transferred to Denver at the end of the trip, earlier. Yet others on the trips received an earlier departure. Hummmmmm. (Great tour guide, great bus driver!). One person on the trip was sick when starting the trip and others ended up sick and even had to go to stat care for the remainder of the trip, even needed oxygen for the remainder of the trip. Not trying to be negative but bus trips just isn’t for my type of travel. Thanks anyway
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    5star
    Excellent host, variety, beautiful scenery
    Barbara Mccoy
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    5star
    Loved every day of the tour!!
    Susan Greene
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    5star
    Covered a lot of ground and many sites is a short time. Tour leader did everything possible to make the trip enjoyable and smooth-running. Bus driver was top-notch in driving skills, and was very personable and patient with some of our slower-moving tourists. Company-owned bus was above the average in comfort, quiet ride, and visibility of passing scenery.
    Bildad
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    3star
    We were on the bus so much. Accommodations not wonderful.
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    3star
    Sat on a bus too long., Issues with United Airlines. Hotels were less than expected.
    John Fletcher
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    5star
    Great value for cost. Tour really showcased all the natural beauty of Colorado.
    Bruce Wohlert
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    5star
    I really enjoyed our tour manager, she was so informative, yet funny. We stayed at some really nice hotels. I made several new friends on the trip.
    Mary Voester
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    5star
    Excellent itinerary and value.
    John Ortego
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    Scenery beautiful and tour guide knowledgeable and entertaining!
    Claudia Ortego
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    5star
    Our tour Manager, Jennifer Strand did a phenomenal job as did Kevin our driver, they were a great team! Jennifer was very organized and so friendly! She made the trip very interesting with her information and knowledge about Colorado. We appreciated her recommendations on restaurants in our free time however, we thought there should have been more meals included in our tour. Kevin was an outstanding driver and kept our motor coach sparkling clean! Our favorite memorable experience was Black Canyon near Gunnison. Colorado is beautiful and we saw such stunning places!
    Margaret Dalbke
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    5star
    The tour was fabulous, with great scenery & wonderful places to explore. The Tour Manager & Driver were great; very friendly, knowledgeable, & organized. The tour was paced very well.
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    5star
    Our guide and coach driver did everything possible to provide us with an enjoyable, educational experience.
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    4star
    As with any extensive tours there were a few things not quite 5 stars ie. we did not care for the smoked flavor of the meat or smell of the tent at the farm dinner. I would have liked to spend a bit of time seeing downtown Denver. The dinner at the Brew House was excellent. We didn't get to see the top of Pike's Peak due to bad weather. They only gave us 1/2 glass of wine at the final dinner. Could have poured a couple of small glasses. At the final dinner, I could not hear what was being said by the tour manager or the person presenting the guide and driver with small tokens of appreciation. They needed to use a microphone. All of the scenery on the trip was fabulous. I had a lot of depression and anxiety prior to the trip due to the pandemic. I felt 100% better after coming home. Being with 42 people on the bus without masks and no concern for Covid. It was nice. It made me feel almost back to normal.
    Wendy
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    4star
    I really enjoyed all of the beautiful scenery and the history of the Pueblo people. I have lung problems but the pace was good so I managed OK. I liked the Strater Hotel and the stories of Louis L'Amore, my favorite author. I would have liked to see a little of downtown Denver. I did not care for the farm experience. It was all about the cows but we never saw a cow. The farm presentation was too long. The dinner was very good except for the flavor of the meat and the smoked smell in the tent. The food was basically very good. Not enough wine at the final dinner. We had a bus full of pretty lively people and I think they would have enjoyed a little entertainment at the end of the day like Karaoke, dancing etc. I enjoyed the tour. I have an RV but avoided Colorado because of the mountains. Without this tour, I never would have seen the beautiful sights of Colorado.
    Philip
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    5star
    Every body got along so well right from the start and we were kind of crowded too. Breakfast was too early for some travelers. I had a good solo trip and I'm glad I went.
    Linda Albano
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    5star
    We are able to see lots of activities and National Parks without driving and meet new folks.
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    5star
    included dinners very good. Driver Nathan was excellent! Gude friendly well-informed
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    1star
    It was a bad tour, one of the worst I have taken
    Jean Grout
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    5star
    Excellant Tour. They were so nice
    Robert Bickhart
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    5star
    Our tour guide for the Colorado Rockies, Heather Larsen and driver, Nathan, created such an incredible team. Our tour was FUN, educational, and exciting everyday! Heather and Nathan made seeing and experiencing the Colorado Rockies completely awesome for me especially when I least expected it. The Arches National Park - oh my goodness; Mesa Verde - breathtaking and so memorable; the Silverton to Durango train ride - what a FUN adventure into nature and the Cog Train up to Pikes Peak - so amazing! The scenery was ALWAYS breathtaking! The nostalgic old towns where we stopped along our journey were so interesting and FULL of history of the Wild West!!
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    5star
    This is a fantastic tour where you get to see many areas of Colorado: 4 National Parks, State Parks, historic towns, and 2 train rides.
    Elizabeth White
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    4star
    Tour was too fast paced. Silverton to Durango RR and stay in Durango..
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    4star
    The tour to the Arches was only 1 stop and didn’t get to see a lot of it. Only given 30 minutes to walk around and most stops in any parks were too short! Signed up to climb the ladders to Mesa Verde and was told we couldn’t. Collette did not arrange it with National Park Service. So I felt like Collette had false advertising!
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Really good tour - well balanced and very informative.
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    5star
    Every thing was done well
    Cecelia Taliaferro
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    5star
    It was a fun trip and I got to see so many wonderful things
    Jeanne Babb
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    5star
    Our tour guide ad manager, Heather Larsen, exceeded our expectations with her communication skills, was unflappable, resourceful and knew how to take the ordinary out of every day and create FUN and LAUGHS! We would go to any location with Heather Larsen - she is a TOP NOTCH pro and clearly enjoys what she does and sharing her knowledge and history with participants. Nathan, our motor coach driver was excellent, flexible, accommodating, and such a gentleman who was always keeping us safe, helping someone, and could park our motor coach on a dime!! Our journey was the best thanks to these two professionals. Our motor coach was always spick and span and we were where we needed to be when we were supposed to be there - one time. We were able to experience so very, very much of our FABULOUS Colorado National Parks in such a short time. We cannot wait to go with Heather and Nathan on another incredible journey!!
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    5star
    Well organized trip that allowed us to see many sites in one trip. Collette takes the worry and anxiety out of travelling. Activities have something for every activity level. Beautiful Rockies.
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    5star
    Everything was excellent except 1st bus and plane seating
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    5star
    Our Tour Manager Bryce Hill was exceptional, and our Motorcoach Driver Nathan Black was superb. The tour was amazing. Collette failed, us however, in selecting a less than reliable bus company to transfer us from our hometown to the airport. We are addressing that situation directly with our Collette representatives.
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    4star
    The bus that was sent to take us to the airport was a piece of junk and it broke down causing us to miss our flight. We lost the first day of our tour. I was very disappointed that Estes Park was on our tour package but they never went there. Went but didn't actually go through the unique town.
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    5star
    My wife and I enjoyed the trip
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    5star
    great weather, excellent knowledgeable tour manager, safe bus driver. Hard to narrow down one memorable experience. I especially enjoyed the CO national monument, Arches national park and Pikes Peak. I enjoyed the small silver mining towns and all the beautiful scenery in between.
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    4star
    One star deducted for lack of vegan options in meals provided, and the management of exposure to altitude
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    5star
    Just traveling with Collette and letting someone else do everything!
    Marnie Carr
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    5star
    Excellent tour and tour manager
    Jitendrakumar Thakkar
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    4star
    Very enjoyable love the trains
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    5star
    The tour was as advertised.
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    We loved all the beautiful parks and the cog railway on Pikes Peak was great and the views amazing
    Tammy Young
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    5star
    We loved all the parks and pikes peak was great!!
    Bobby Young
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    4star
    Tour was excellent. Except for Colorado Springs the other 3 motels lacked swimming pools and fitness room. Durango motel was a terrible out-dated motel which should be demolished.
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    5star
    Rocky Mountain National Park
    Stephanie Lenahan
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    5star
    We had a great time, although there is a lot of riding. Beautiful and unforgettable scenery.
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    5star
    Pace, content and tour guides.
    Judith Ewing
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    5star
    Although the entire tour was wonderful, my favorite memory is pulling into Durango on the train. Everyone, regardless of what they were doing, stopped to wave at the train. Americana at its best!
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    Pike's Peak adventure......
    Alberto Campos
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    4star
    Well organized and good tour director
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    5star
    Colorado Monument, Mesa Verdi, Silverton-Durango train, Pikes Peek. I thoroughly enjoyed this trip and our tour guide Heather Larsen was just the best. Her knowledge and personality really made this trip exceptional.
    Catherine Adiletta
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    5star
    Everything was well organized and worked according to plan.
    William Cotterell
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    4star
    bus driver ranch tour and dinner
    Sue Manning
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    5star
    Bryce, our tour director, was super and even went beyond his duties by assisting a client who lost their glasses by escorting her back to the store and they succeeded in finding them.
    William Grady
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    4star
    Tour started out fine on 09/15 first day on bus to Rocky Mountain National Park. On Monday 09/16 bus was 4 ½ hours late leaving hotel. That was 4 ½ hours out of my vacation. We got another bus driver. Next day we had our third bus driver. Tuesday 09/17 on way to the Arches, we were taking to Cisco (once a town), A waste of time, would have preferred seeing the famous Delicate ARCH. Sunday 09/22 last day left hotel for airport. After 25 minutes driver received call from tour mgr. That three people were left behind. We turned around 25 minutes back to hotel. Picked up people, another 25 minutes to get back on track. REALLY.
    Brian Schmittberger
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    4star
    The canyons and mountains are amazing.
    Howard Kiedaisch
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    5star
    The arches were the highlight of the tour
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    5star
    We have always had good experiences with Collette. We will continue to use them.
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    5star
    Hard to say. Train ride thru San Juan Mountains or the Mesa Verde. Just the whole trip in itself.
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    The tour was up close and personal, our favorite experience was the dinner/show at the Bar D Ranch in Durango. Entertainment was 5 star.
    Rodney Weck
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    5star
    Same as I said before, it was a new experience seeing those beautiful mountains.
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    5star
    They were both professional, courteous, knowledgeable and fun!
    Michael Mcclusky
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    5star
    The tour focussed on touring 5 national parks/monuments that were awe inspiring, but my favorite was bussing through the Colorado Rockies in a June snow fall. It was gorgeous!
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    4star
    Haydee was awesome...she made the tour!. the tour itself was good - but not awesome. There was too much time on the bus and the second train ride was lame.
    Stephen Hooper
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Tour was excellent, lived up to expectations. Loved the National Parks and tour manager made the whole experience fun, wonderful and knowledgeable.
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    The guide was able to answer any question we had, if she did not know the answer, she researched until she found the answer. Visiting the Colorado Monument was a wonderful experience. Did not know it was there. It was beautiful!!
    Michael Sinclair
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    5star
    I have been asked this same question several times and I loved everything about the trip so I can't pick out a favorite
    Lena Cook
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    5star
    Climbing 13 flights down, and then 13 flights up at Crytal Palace in Mesa Verde at age 77 with my granddaughter.
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    Durango, Mesa Verde and the Stader Hotel were the best. Denver was pretty cool too.
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    I wanted to tour Colorado and see the sights and we did
    Alice Mokar
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    Well run as usual. Have been wanting to see Garden of the Gods for years
    Katherine Cornell
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    5star
    We did the Colorado / Rocky Mountain tour. Everyday was what we'd hope for. Mesa Verde was our favorite.
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    5star
    Excellent tour guide, bus driver, accommodations. Friendly, happy travelers.
    Patricia Detrolio
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    5star
    Excellent tour guide/driver!! Made the trip remarkable and memorable all along the way. Jenifer and David were 100% fun and informative, answered all questions and kept the tour interesting. Proud of their state. The attractions/train rides/special speakers on board were A++. The pick up/ drop off services make you start your vacation with style. The Doubletree Hotel was outstanding. The meals were great. The rooms were clean and comfortable. The Strater Hotel was a fantastic step back in time I would highly recommend this trip to anyone.
    Mary Ann Bolduc
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    5star
    any difficulty was handled
    Jean James
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    5star
    Got to visit for the first time some locations I had wanted to see, re-visited some previously visited sites. Wish we had had more time at many locations...All in all, fabulous.
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    5star
    Pictures in magazines or TV don’t really give scope to the area
    Beatrice Naylor
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    5star
    The sights were great, the hotels were great, and the bus was brand new. Lucking out on the weather didn't hurt either.
    Lloyd Hutchins
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    5star
    The tour manager was excellent - you could tell she did her "homework" way ahead of the start of the day. I did feel badly,however, when a guest was 94 years old (unescorted) and not from USA. Unfortunately, I do not think I could have handled it as well as she did. The guest should NOT have been on the trip unescorted.
    Nancy Cramer
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    2star
    Didn’t get to do what was promised in the tour
    Sue Rummel
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    5star
    All of the trip was a huge memory.
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    The price was reasonable for the services I received. The hotels we stayed out was great and the food was good. I just loved all the sights we saw and really liked our train ride.
    Rita Brandon
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    5star
    My favorties: Mesa Verde, Urey, Arches, Red Rock, Royal George, Silverton
    Nicholas Mastroianni
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    5star
    We got to see all the National Parks and had great weather and good friends with us on this trip.
    Donna Ocker
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    I didn't have a favorite.
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    4star
    We saw lots of wonderful sights, but we spent way too much time on the bus. I think it would have been better to eliminate a few stops so that we had more time when we stopped at places. Some stops were like 30 minutes. That definitely wasn't enough for Redlands.
    Carolyn Woodring
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    4star
    Not hands on. Spent too much time in Denver.
    Randall Osbourn
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    5star
    All the tours were great,but sometimes alittle to rushed!!
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    Mesa Verde was incredible. It is hard to imagine people living there so long ago. The Rocky Mountains, on first sight, are miraculous. There aren't words to describe the feelings it inspired.
    Linda Stahle
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    5star
    The Colorado and Utah scenery were spectacular!
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    Wonderful tour with great driver and tour director. They were able to modify the tour to meet our wishes. My favorite was climbing arches and Cliff Palace
    Judy Kruger
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    5star
    Loved it all Mesa Verde, Strater Hotel. Silverton Durango train, Royal Gorge train, 16th St Mall in Denver, and all the rest!
    Lynne Peters
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    4star
    I love the Arches National Park and the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. I rode in the open boxcar.
    Loretta White
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    Worth every cent. Spectacular vistas, places, etc.
    Connie Potter
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    Tour manager well prepared Hotel location good. Freddies Restuarant awfull
    William Devereaux
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    5star
    It was a great trip but long rides on the bus. We traveled over 1750 miles in 7 days. The scenery was beautiful. It was very interesting. Our guide Jan Lowe was great. She was so knowledgeable and made the trip fun.
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    Train ride on the royal Gorge train
    Meta Unterweger
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    The beautiful landscape of Colorado and the Rockies was magnificent! The two train rides were exceptional.
    Peter Gibbons
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    Great group and wonderful guide! Haydee is the best.
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    Enjoyed all the unexpected/unscheduled stops to Red Rock concert arena , as well as the lunch stops in Vail, Ouray , Silverton, and Salina.
    Kerry Okeefe
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    Loved the sights and exploring the parks.
    James Phillips
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    Great Tour Itinerary and Tour Manager
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    The beautiful majestic mountains.
    Dennis Wysocki
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    The tour guide and bus driver surprised us by taking us to Red Rocks! I was very impressed with the museum and the history. All the parks had something unique about them.
    Prudence Patnoad
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    5star
    Collette provided us with the best tour experience we have ever had and we truly enjoyed it. Our tour guide (Althea Bartlett) was a true professional and our bus driver (Calvin) was excellent. The bus was very comfortable and spacious. Althea also included stops at locations not on the itinerary and this was an added plus. We will definitely take another tour with Collette again.
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    The Colorado experience brought us to 3 Natinal Parks; they were awe inspiring!
    Marilyn Rodahan
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    The destinations on this tour are incredible! We loved the Colorado National Monument best but that's just because we had rainy weather in RMNP! And when the Silverton Durango Railroad was derailed because of mudslides, Collette put in Great Sand Dunes National Park as a substitute which was greatly appreciated.
    Dawn Paradis
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    Again, everything was perfect.
    Marilyn Varon
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    Due to forest fires, our trip on the railroad in Durango was cancelled, but we were able to view the relatively new Gunnison National Park with its spectacular Black Canyon in its place.
    Gloria Floridia
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    4star
    Durrango. I loved the hotel and walking the town. The piano bar was fantastic. I would have preferred staying there the second evening to listen to the guitar player.
    Nancy Luisi
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    5star
    Each day was just so much fun. We had a good group of travelers and a great guide and everyone got along and made friends.
    Susan Hanford
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    the national parks were amazing.
    Sandra Cavalier
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    good hotels; great tour manager; well paced
    Ralph Cavalier
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    Always a great experience with Collette!!!
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    3star
    Your guide talked too much. Some days were too long.
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    I filled that in above . Great trip
    Barbara Prince
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    Beautiful scenery travelled 1,500 miles.
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    4star
    Tour itinerary was good. Scenery speaks for itself.
    Judy Brady
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    5star
    Choice of sites, hotels, and meals were wonderful; favorite dinner the winery and favorite site mesa verde; hotel in durango fun although the room/bathroom small we didn't mind as it is such a charming unique experience! The coach driver left a lot to be desired as he would not carry water, reach out to assist when disembarking and rarely spoke with us.
    Nan Fay
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    3star
    Stops at the national parks were too few and short. Much too much time spent in bus. Winery trip was fun and dinner was delicious! Durango cowboy dinner and show was lots of fun! Tour Manager, *personal details removed by Feefo* was engaging with her music ability! Bus was comfortable but bus driver needs improvement with his personality and driving skills. Nice and friendly people on the bus tour. Perhaps you could add Great Sands National Park to itinerary..... as it seemed like we took a longer way around to get to Colorado Springs.
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    Silverton/Durango narrow gauge
    Diane Law
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    See comments on previous page.
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    See comments on previous page.
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    There was so much to see and enjoy. I loved the clog rail up to the top of Pike's Peak. Views were breathtaking!
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    enjoyed the rail trip from Silverton and guide. Also the trip up to Pikes Peak--even though it was very foggy
    Edward Marlow
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    3star
    Short amount of time at destinations and long travel time to get to them. Maybe less destination, travel time and more time at cities and parks.
    John Girardi
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    Dinner at vineyards. Very good and a fun time as well as educational.
    Tommy Strunk
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    The parks were all great!
    Richard Bergman
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    5star
    I especially enjoyed the Arches and Canyons National Parks as well as the Mesa Verde National Park.
    Grace Clark
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    Overall it was a great experience.
    Frank Derrickson
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    Fabulous tour -- good hotels, except Durango had no hot water in room (I like my tea while I get dressed). I would have liked to gone into the cliff dwelling at mesa verde. I think the rotating seating on the bus, was a fabulous item. I would recommend Colette -- I was thoroughly impressed with the entire trip. Thank you. Emilie
    Emilie Mones
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    The tour was all I could have asked for. The narrow gauge railroad from Siverton to Durango was fantastic. As was the cog railroad up Pikes peak.
    Anthony Mastanduno
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    4star
    This was our 5th Collette Tour. Everything on the itinerary was covered. It was a lot of traveling time on the bus, especially when we lost 45 minutes due to a wrong turn. I wish we could have made a stop at the Four Corners Monument. I also expected to go into the dwellings at Mesa Verde rather than just to view it from the other side as a photo opportunity. Would have preferred a different hotel than the Strater. Got tired of scrambled eggs every day. Hotels needed to provide more variety. Besides the wonderful National Parks and Dead Horse (a spectacular addition) and the Island in the Sky, my husband and I enjoyed the Vineyard, Chuckwagon entertainment (dinner was fair) and the two train rides! Looking forward to another Collette Tour next year.
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    Scenery was beautiful in national parks - Rocky Mou tain and Arches were our favorites. Downtown Grand Junction was beautiful and shopping was good . We were able to ship from there. People on the tour were a fun group. People were open and friendly.
    Lou Donlan
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    It was exactly the itinerary was wanted.
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    All around good and enjoyable tour.
    George Dippold
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    5star
    The selected parks were beautiful. The Rocky Mountain tour was my favorite.
    Marilyn Sierer
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    4star
    loved the experience but would like more times at the attractions . there was one couple that carded a problem with every other traveler
    Emily Massey
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    4star
    the views were fantastic,Pikes peak was one of my favorites
    William Hrehowsik
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    The Durango Silverton train ride was incredibly beautiful
    Janet Pace
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    Pike's Peak cog wheel rr, Arches National Park
    Johanna Prong
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    Most memorable experience was going to Pikes Peak. The Arches was a great disappointment . The time could be spent elsewhere, perhaps the air force academy.
    Madeline Nielson
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    4star
    scenic train ride to Durango and Pikes Peak adventure
    Keith Neighbors
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    4star
    Yes. Please re-read the paper survey we did at the conclusion of the tour. See opinions above. Strater Hotel is old and dark, without enough room to change one's mind. Drop it from the itinerary. Nice history-poor hotel. More free time to walk around towns visited needed; Sitting gets old. Bus riding is excessive, but understandably. Tour Manager, though excellent, needs to be able to speak crystal clear English to a bus load of 44 people in their 60's to 80's. Price a bit too high, in our opinion. That's it.
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    5star
    We had never been tp Colorado and the country side was beautiful.
    Luke Thompson
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    4star
    The rafting trip was great. The mountains were beautiful.
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    4star
    I saw so many beautiful places tht it is hard to pick one memory.
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    5star
    We had a very enjoyable tour. Our manager was great as was the driver, The other members were about the same age as to make a good group. Probably one of our best trips. We saw things we probably would not have seen on our own. Not sure where to go next, but we will be looking to Collette.
    Delores
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    5star
    Of the various forms of travel, bus tours are at the bottom of my list. That being said, this was one of the better bus tours that I have been on. The trip manager and bus driver, did an excellent job of balancing and responding to everyone's needs and preferences. The coach was well equipped and very well maintained.
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    5star
    Every day was a wonderful visual and mental experience. It would be very hard for me to pick out and one particular day since they were all very memorable.
    Jill
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    The tour was excellent and our tour guide was outstanding. I would have preferred less bus time and more walking time even if it meant extending the trip by a couple of days.
    Sandra
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    My husband and I enjoyed the trip.
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    Each days views were stand alone events.
    Linda
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    5star
    Arches National Park one of our favorite places.
    Stella
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    5star
    I saw so many wonderful places that I've always wanted to see. Arches Nat. Park, Canyon lands, Cliff house dwellings, Pikes Peak and met a lot of friendly and fun people.
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    Awesome, relaxing, all inclusive.😎
    Judith
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    Enjoyed all of the landscape features...... From the twin arches to the Garden of Gods, just beautiful.
    William
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    5star
    Pikes Peak you have to see it to appreciate it.
    Florence
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    4star
    There were places I would have liked to have spent more time. It seemed that time was abundant at gift shops and for eating, rather than at the parks and monuments. Example: Mesa Verde -- We could have spent more time at the overlook and for the movie, but I felt we we rushed, so we picked 1 or the other. We got back to the gift shop and lunch and everyone did what they had to do and were sitting outside waiting on the bus to continue the tour. Little more time in the park and less time at the gift shop would have served us better. Few places the tour guide and park ranger was confusing as to what was going on. Other than that everything was good.
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    4star
    The scenery in the parks were stunning. Everywhere we went was more beautiful than the last place. Food was good when it was included. The days were extremely long to get to see everything. Think we should have stayed closer to some parks so the day would be shorter. Also, when we went to the Arches park, the guide and tour director were not clear on beng able to go on a walking tour with the guide. Gave us a chance to go alone up to the large Arch which was fine, but when we got back the guide had taken another group up to the cathedral area, which some of us wanted to see, and said there was no time for us to go up on our own and had to leave. I specifically asked if the guide was going to take us there when we got back from seeing the Arch and both the guide and tour director said yes. Disappointed we didn't get to walk there. Thought the guide was average. We had gone to parks that we were waiting to leave on the bus because we had seen everything and yet there were other times we felt we didn't have enough time in places. Need to organize tour better. We felt the tour director was ok. Very pleasant, good sense of humor, knowledgeable. Not as organized as we are used to with Collette. Loved the scenery. Fabulous guide when we were at Mesa Verde. Loved Mesa Verde, could have seen more there. Loved the Cog train ride up to the top. Worth every penny. Loved the cowboy ranch and show. So much fun. Problem was that we were there 3 hours early. Did not need that much time there before the dinner and show. Every park was fantastic. The Garden of the Gods was amazing. The film we watched was wonderful. Wished we could have seen the museum. Nice train ride from Silverton to Durango, long, but nothing you could do about that. Loved Durango. Great bus driver. Very pleasant, efficient, would do whatever he could to make your trip good. Always enjoy traveling with Collette. Will use again, just felt time management was not good on this trip and tour director could have been more organized.
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    5star
    This tour covers a remarkable number of unforgettable sites in a few days, with great accommodations and experiences.
    Daniel
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    5star
    Great group of fellow passengers. The sites were second to none. I believe the tour should end in Denver instead of Colorado Springs. Also should go to the Air Force Academy. Best hotel was in Denver.
    Robert and Betty
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    5star
    I loved Arches National Park and Varaison Winery the best on this tour. It was awfully hot to enjoy Arches, but the park is incredible. Also enjoyed the lunch in Moab, what a cute town! The one thing that I was taken aback by was the large granite 10 Commandments plaque next to the front door of the last hotel in Colorado Springs. I realize that is their prerogative as a private business, but it seemed somewhat insensitive to diversity. Not everyone is a Christian or ***, and it just isn't necessary in a business setting.
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    4star
    Because so much emphasis was placed on finding high quality lodging, time was sacrificed which could have been spent seeing more of the sites. For example, by staying in Grand Junction and then driving 7-8 hours round trip to The Arches and Canyonlands, we only were able to stop at 1 location in The Arches in 1 corner of the park for a little over a half hour, half of that time was spent waiting in line for the 1 functional bathroom. This did not allow enough time to even walk up to one of the arches, having to turn back halfway in order to get back to the bus on time. If it would have been possible to spent the night in Moab in a lesser hotel, more time could have been spent driving through the Arches (instead of just seeing 1 corner or the park) and maybe seeing some of the dinosaur sites we saw along the road. There are several thousands of arches, and we saw only a few of them. Mesa Verde was fantastic. I wish we could have gotten closer to some of the larger ruins like the Cliff Palace instead of only viewing them at a distance from the drive along the overlook, but understand it may have been hard for many of the elderly to do the walking tour of the larger dwellings. Overall it was a good tour and we saw some beautiful sites and met wonderful people.
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    5star
    The trip to Pike's Peak was certainly a highlight, something I have wanted to see for some time. Even the trip on the cog railroad was an adventure.
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    2star
    The tour was not well planned or organized. Lack of prior planning on stops, on routes, and places to eat. Wine tasting was awful! Skip it! "Scenic route" between Durango and Colorado Springs was a waste of time. Too much time spent on the road and not at places of interest. Have nothing really good to say about stops or trip.
    Marsha
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    5star
    The Doubletree Hotel in Grand Junction was an excellent choice-- the food in the restaurant was really good -- every staff person that we met was so friendly and anxious to please us. The winery tour and dinner were also an excellent choice.
    Judith
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    4star
    Problems with the airport pickup at both Denver and return to Boston. At Denver our flight landed 15 minutes ahead of schedule but by the time we got our luggage it was past our scheduled arrival time, so the limo should have been there. It was not. As in our instruction booklet, we called the limo pickup after retrieving our luggage. They said we were early and it would be 30 minutes before they would be there. The 30 minutes came and went and no limo. So we called again. Told the limo would be there in 10 minutes. It was not. It took another phone call and another 10 minutes before the limo arrived. The limo driver said had no record of our needing their service. On our return to Boston, we again called the limo service (800 number) after getting out luggage but no one answered the phone. We tried the local number only to have a recording that it was no longer in service. While my wife tried calling again, I went outside and found the limo driver waiting. Needless to say, I think if I ever do another Collette trip, I'll arrange for my own limo service. Also the flights that Collette picked were horrible. We missed the welcome dinner as we did not get to the Denver hotel until 10:30 PM. Collette did give us back $80 but that was not the point. If the welcome dinner is part of the package then all flights that Collette picked should have gotten us there in time for the dinner. On the return to Boston, we only had 58 minutes between flights. Luckily our first flight was early so we made the connection. After we were told about our flights (a few weeks before the trip) I saw I could get non-stops both ways for slightly (under $200) more but Collette would not allow us to cancel the flights and refund us that money and allow us to book the non-stops on our own. The non-stop to Denver arrived inn the afternoon, so we could have done the welcome dinner. In the future I'll make my own flights, no matter how cheap the Collette ones are. Otherwise we really enjoyed the vacation.
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    5star
    excellent trip
    Linda Nadler
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    5star
    This is hard as every place we visited was so spectacular and so different from anywhere I've been before, but as I love history I think Mesa Verde and the archaeological remains. The local guide was excellent.
    Marilyn
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    5star
    Both the manager and bus driver went above and beyond what we expected. We especially liked when we stayed in one hotel for a couple/three nights sparing the bags in a out everyday.
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    5star
    it was all very good and I would certainly recommend to others especially the personalised service of staff and the timing of tours
    Stephen & Jennie Walsh
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    5star
    What was included of restaurants were excellent, good food and service. Hotels, unfortunately not always easy to get to town. Not all hotels had a room safe. The National Parks are beautiful. We were kept busy, too bad rained while on raft ride on Colorado River. The lunch provided there was very filling. People who ran the extra excursions were great whenever we went.
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    5star
    Climbing Pike`s Peak on cog railway and cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde produced the most unforgettable views and memories.
    Lawrence

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