Ultimate Colorado
Ultimate Colorado
Ultimate Colorado

USA › Bike Hike Raft, 14 days

Experience the true spirit of the West while exploring Colorado and Utah! From the soaring peaks of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains to the desert valleys of Utah’s canyon country, this epic summer expedition features unforgettable adventures over two adrenaline-packed weeks!

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Adventure dates

  • BHR#1: July 1 - 14
  • BHR#2: July 16 - 29
  • BHR#3: July 31 - August 13
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Other details

  • Trip begins: Denver, Colorado
  • Trip ends: Denver, Colorado
  • Age range: 14-18

Tuition fees

$3,088.00

Price Includes

Bold Earth CPR and First Aid certified leaders; all ground costs, all ground transportation including airport pickup and drop-off; all camping and camping gear (except sleeping bags, sleep mats and mess kits); all activities and gear listed in the above itinerary; all meals; local gratuities to wait-staff and all hotels or hostels.

Price Doesn’t Include

Flights to/from Denver, Colorado; optional gratuities, extra snacks and souvenirs.

Trip highlights

  • Whitewater Raft: 3-Day Colorado River Trip
  • Mountain Bike: Grand Mesa, Colorado
  • Backpack: Eagles Nest Wilderness Area
  • Volunteer: Aspen, Colorado
  • Discover: Moab, Fruita & Breckenridge

COLORADO: BACKPACK THE ROCKIES

Leadership, adventure and friendship are the goals on our three-day backpack through Colorado’s soaring Gore Mountain Range. Rugged Rocky Mountain peaks and high-country meadows provide a pristine backdrop as we learn backcountry skills, get to know each other and embrace the spirit of the West! Bold Earth’s Bike Hike Raft is the premier Colorado Adventure Camp!

UTAH: WHITEWATER RAFT

We push west from Colorado into the desert of Utah, where Westwater and Horsethief Canyons stun the senses with a mix of whitewater, red rock and endless blue skies. Our rafting trip down the Colorado River combines thrilling rapids with an amazing perspective of the magnificent sandstone formations near Moab, home of world-famous Arches National Park. Exploring Colorado and Utah on an epic Colorado Adventure Camp!

COLORADO: MOUNTAIN BIKE

We end our adventure with an epic five-day mountain bike trip in Colorado’s majestic Western Slope, where local guides show us the secrets of mountain biking atop the Grand Mesa. This supported mountain bike adventure is exclusive to Bold Earth! For 25 years, we have owned a special use permit in this protected area, allowing us unparalleled access to a myriad of shimmering lakes and world-class trails! This is not your average mountain bike camp – this is way more fun!

Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO DENVER COLORADO!

Our amazing adventure begins with a flight to Denver! Before departure, we’ll send you a packing list, important contact information, a flight roster and a t-shirt so you can identify other campers in the airport. In Denver International Airport, your Bold Earth trip leaders will meet you upon arrival. Once the group is all together, we load up our 15-passenger van and head to our campground near Breckenridge, where the leaders cook dinner and we get some time to hang out and relax. During our orientation meeting, we discuss expectations, prepare for our upcoming journey, and get to know each other.

DAYS 2-4: BACKPACKING THE STUNNING GORE RANG OF THE ROCKIES

We waste no time getting the adventure started as we set into the Gore Range for three days of backpacking. The Eagles Nest Wilderness boasts formidable topography that keeps the area wild and pristine. Knife-edge ridges, sparkling lakes, remote valleys, sprawling hardwood forets, snow-capped peaks and breathtaking alpine panoramas all contribute to the area’s natural magnificence and a genuine sense of solitude. We begin by heading north on the Gore Range Trail past the tranquil Lost Lake to Uneva Pass. The views of the mountain wonderland are astounding as we ascend to a high-country basin near Eccles Pass before camping at a junction with the North Ten Mile Creek Trail. Day three brings us back to the Wheeler Flats trailhead and then into Breckenridge, where we follow the completion of our awesome backpack with hot showers, laundry and a celebratory dinner.

DAYS 5-7: WHITEWATER RAFTING THE COLORADO RIVER!

We get an early start as we prepare for our whitewater rafting adventure! After a good breakfast, we break down camp and pile into our 15-passenger van for the drive to Grand Junction. Our surroundings change from cool Rocky Mountain peaks to the sun-drenched sandstone of Western Colorado’s Grand Valley as we reach our put-in at the Westwater Ranger Station. Experienced whitewater guides from Sheri Griffith River Expeditions, who Bold Earth has worked with for 25 years, help get us outfitted before we hit the water. We begin by floating through stunning red rock canyons on the swiftly flowing Colorado River before the pace picks up in Westwater Canyon. While navigating class III-IV rapids, we roll through gut-wrenching drops and powerful eddies in our 18-foot oar boats and paddle rafts. At night, our river guides prepare gourmet meals before we fall asleep under the stars on pristine beaches. Our trip ends as we cross the border into Utah and take out in the adventure Mecca of Moab!

DAY 8: EXPLORE MOAB AND ARCHES NATIONAL PARK

After one week of non-stop adventure, we find time to clean up in Moab while enjoying the spectacular sandstone formations that comprise our surroundings. In the morning, we’ll restock in town before exploring the legendary Arches National Park. Our campsite in the park’s stunning Devil’s Garden campground affords us easy access to landmark features like Courthouse Towers, Balanced Rock and Skyline Arch. A sunset hike to Delicate Arch, which famously graces the Utah license plate, caps off our day exploring this desert wonderland.

DAY 9-13: MOUNTAIN BIKING THE GRAND MESA!

An early wakeup gets us ready to head north to Carbondale, a classic Colorado mountain town and the base for our mountain biking expedition. After meeting our Bold Earth biking guide, we get outfitted with bikes and helmets before ascending to the top of Grand Mesa. Thought to be largest flat-topped landmass in the world, Grand Mesa is home to a unique high-desert environment dotted by over 300 lakes and a seemingly inexhaustible network of trails. Operating under a long-standing special-use permit which grants us land access unmatched by other commercial outfitters, we rip through the twisting singletrack, fire roads and slickrock trails that have built this area’s reputation as a world-class fat-tire playground. All participants succeed because we gear rides to your ability. Our personal guide provides expert instruction and a support vehicle to carry supplies. On the afternoon of our fifth day of biking, we head back to Breckenridge and set up our final camp at Peak One Campground. After taking time to clean all group and personal gear, we head into town to celebrate a summer of challenge, success and friendship in Colorado and Utah!

DAY 14: FLY HOME FROM DENVER

We drive to the airport bright and early, say goodbye and begin planning our adventures with Bold Earth for next summer!

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