"The mountains are calling, and i must go" -John Muir

Colorado Rocky Mountain Overview
Colorado Hiking Trip Details
The American West is a colorful and spectacluar collage of impressive and wild mountain ranges.  Perhaps the greatest of them all are the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, which also house the eastern edge of the Colorado Plateau

The Rocky Mountains were uplifted 80-55 million years ago as part of the Laramide Orogeny, or mountain-building process, and the San Juan mountains in particular are part of a massive volcanic belt that is responsible for the largest eruption (volumetric discharge) in geologic history.  They house some of the most spectacular and unspoiled scenery that Colorado has to offer, and are also the home of many mining boomtowns including Durango, Silverton, and Telluride.

Often forgotten in Colorado is its namesake Plateau.  Some of the most wild, unspoiled, and fantastic Colorado Plateau scenery can be found here, including the largest concentration of natural arches outside of Arches National Park.

Trips into Rocky Mountains country explore the soaring peaks and deep canyons that define Colorful Colorado and include adventures in Colorado National Monument, Black Ridge Canyons, Hovenweep National Monument, and other fantastic areas of the Canyon Country.  

We also includes trips into the San Juan Mountain Coutry such as Wheeler Geologic Area, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Great Sand Dunes and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and The Colorado Million Dollar Highway region.



These regions are typically Spring to Fall destinations for geologists, as heavy winter snows blanket the rocks and make cross-country travel difficult.  However, summer brings excellent exploration opportunities.  The days are typically warm (70-80s) and sunny with afternoon showers, and nights will be somewhat cooler (40-50s) with snow possible at any time of the year.  Good physical condition is required, as altitude and high relief simply come with the territory.  Pack smart and know your physcial limits (see our ​​​ blog for training and packing tips).

Trip price includes: certified guide, gear (backpack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad), meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks), water, permits and camp fees, transportation to and from trails/campsites

Trip price does not include: extra gear rental (water bladder, first aid kits, luxury items, etc.), airfare, transportation to and from host city, pre or post-trip hotel accomodations, personal health/liability insurance

Reservations, Payments, and Cancellations:

Tours into the cool and scenic mountains of Colorado are seasonal and therefore very popular. Advanced planning is often necessary. We recommend making your reservations at least 3 to 5 months in advance. We can accommodate last-minute bookings provided space is available, so please call our office to check. 

Why reserve early? 

Each trip requires a minimum number of participants for departure. Blue Marble Adventure GeoTourism reserves the right to cancel scheduled trips that do not meet minimum sign-up requirements (usually 4 guests).
For more details please see our comprehensive Trip Policies and Payments page .

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