Mesa Verde National Park

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  • Best preserved Ancestral Puebloan archaeological site in the United States known for its cliff dwellings
  • Starting in 7500 BC, the region was inhabited by a group of nomadic Paleo-Indians
  • In 1285, the region was abandoned due to social and environmental instability dues to a series of severe and long droughts
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Garden of the Gods

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  • Rock formation created by a natural fault line millions of years ago
  • Prehistoric people visited Garden of the Gods about 1330 BC
  • Given to the City of Colorado Springs in 1909 by Charles Elliott Perkins, who purchased and donated 480 acres of the land that included Garden of the Gods

 

Telluride/Mountain Village Gondola

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  • Free gondola from Mountain Village and the town of Telluride
  • The first and only free public transportation of its kind in the United States
  • Reaches a height of 10,540 ft
  • Was once an 8 mile drive between the two towns, now it’s a 3 mile route over the mountains

 

Trail Ridge Road

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  • Stretch of U.S. Highway 34 and trailheads
  • The elevation is 12,183 ft high at its height

 

Maroon Bells

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  • Two peaks in the Elk Mountains
  • Composed of metamorphic sedimentary mudstone that has hardened into rock over millions of years
  • Elevation reaches 14,163 ft

 

Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

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  • Art gallery specializing in photography, pottery, jewelry, blown glass, fused glass, woodwork, handmade furniture, textile art, gourd art, and leather work

 


 

Costs

all flights $244

food $45/day x 8 days = $360

hotel $79/day x 7 days = $553

tickets (all attractions) $80

TOTAL for whole itinerary $1,237