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Arkansas Valley, Colorado Half-Day Guided Four-Wheel-Drive Tour
BY Bill Dvorak Rafting & Kayak Expeditions
Guided Four Wheel Drive Tour (Full or half-day)
You will be departing for the four-wheel-drive trip from the Dvorak office at 9:00 am. This day starts at the trail head of one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in the world, the Collegiate's, with a rich history dating from Gold Rush Days. You will see Taylor Park, a favorite fly fishing reservoir constructed in the early 1940's. The tour heads east over Cottonwood Pass at 12,000 ft. offering views of many of the 24 peaks over 14,000 ft. in Colorado.
Down the Peaks at about 10,000 ft. You will be guided along the ridges of peaks and drop into the various canyons from the Hancock Pass area to the Alpine Tunnel regions. As you meander down you will learn of early miners and their families who carved out a living in harsh environment at elevations up to 13,000 ft. This area was one the richest gold operations in the west. The Alpine Tunnel is a railroad tunnel through the mountain beneath the continental divide in an effort to reach the rich gold fields of the Gunnison District and the Pacific Coast. We can drive on down the old railroad grade to the historical Pitkin Hotel for a home-cooked lunch unless Dvoraks has prepared a picnic buffet for your party.
After lunch the views at the Cumberland Pass are over 100 miles in all directions. Shortly after leaving the pass you'll enjoy the serenity of Tin Cup, its rich history dating from Gold Rush Days. Leaving Tin Cup to enter Taylor Park, a favorite fly fishing reservoir constructed in the early 1940s. The tour heads east over Cottonwood Pass at 12,000 ft. offering views of many of the 24 peaks over 14,000 ft. in Colorado. Down the pass you will re-enter the present by arriving at Buena Vista and back to Dvorak base.
You can head back to your lodging where you can freshen up and enjoy dining out in historical Salida. In the 1800's folks would ride the train into Salida to dine at the Rivers Edge Restaurant (long since gone) and a taste of the Old West! We use 4x4 vehicles for these trips.
Location:Arkansas River, Colorado, United States
1/2 day guided four wheel drive tour. Vehicle capacity is 6 persons. Location of tour will be determined by the weather and time of season.
Arrive/Depart:Nathrop, Colorado, United States
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Adult $80. Child $75.
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