Colorado, Utah & Wyoming

  • days: 22
  • from $14,325

Flights Included

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Countries Visited:

  • USA

Description

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1 country
5 states
10 cities

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1 UNESCO World 
Heritage-listed site

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7 national and state parks

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Take a trip through some of America’s most amazing national parks on a journey that highlights the country’s stunning natural beauty. From the aptly named Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, to the expansive and diverse landscapes of Yellowstone and the Rockies, this is a discovery of pristine wilderness and untamed beauty.

Iconic. Wild. America.

Make unforgettable memories as you explore the dramatic wilderness of some of the America's most iconic national parks. From Canyonlands and Grand Teton, to Yellowstone and the Rocky Mountains, you'll see and learn about some truly amazing landscapes and diverse wildlife.

Deadwood and Stephen King

Visit the once lawless town of Deadwood, a gold rush town formerly filled with fortune seekers and sinister characters that was so notorious it went on to inspire a TV Show of the same name. Stay in the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, famous for inspiring one of Stephen King's most well-known stories, The Shining.

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Arrive Denver

Welcome to the United States of America and the mountain town of Denver! Dating back to the Old West era, Denver is becoming well known for its booming culinary and brewing scene. After we transfer to our hotel, we’ll enjoy a welcome drink to relax and unwind after our flights.

Day 2. Denver

We’ll see some of the key sights in the historic downtown district of Denver on a guided tour this morning, including Union Station and Oxford Hotel.

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Special Experience: Enjoy a private craft distillery tour of Mile High Spirits, and enjoy a tasting of their small batch spirits!

Tonight we'll enjoy a group welcome dinner at a local restaurant. [B,D]

Day 3. Denver - Glenwood Springs

On our way to Glenwood Springs we’ll take a detour to the grave of Buffalo Bill in Golden for some sightseeing. [B]

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Special Experience: Wash the day away with a relaxing soak in Glenwood Spring's famous hot springs.

Day 4. Glenwood Springs

Enjoy a morning at leisure to just relax or enjoy the Colorado River before we explore beautiful Aspen later on, including a visit to John Denver Memorial Garden. [B]

Day 5. Glenwood Springs - Moab

This morning we’ll travel by tramway up Iron Mountain and explore the caves before making our way to Moab, gateway to the colossal red rock formations in Arches National Park. [B,D]

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Special Experience: Take an amazing sunset jet boat ride from Moab to Canyonlands National Park, stopping along the way for dinner.

Day 6. Moab

We have a full day of touring some of the nearby national parks today, making our way through Canyonlands National Park, known for its dramatic desert and sandstone landscapes, to Arches National Park, famed for its more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches. [B]

Day 7. Moab - Salt Lake City

Today we travel to Utah’s capital, Salt Lake City, where we'll enjoy an evening at leisure to relax or explore. [B]

Day 8. Salt Lake City

We’ll visit sights such as Capitol Hill, Pioneer Heritage State Park, Trolley Square, Temple Square and Beehive House, an official residence of Brigham Young. After a group lunch in Brigham Young's personal residence, the Lion House Pantry, we'll have some leisure time in the afternoon. [B,L]

Day 9. Salt Lake City - Jackson Hole

We depart for Jackson Hole today, nestled among verdant valleys and surrounded by rough and rocky mountain ranges. On the way we’ll make a stop at Antelope Island and enjoy a dip in the salt lake. [B]

Day 10. Jackson Hole

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Special Experience: Drift along Snake River and spot wildlife in the picturesque Grand Teton National Park, part of the Greater Yellowstone region.

We’ll make a visit to the National Museum of Wildlife Art, filled with stunning exhibits featuring art by prominent artists, such as Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keefe and Robert Kuhn. [B]

Day 11. Jackson Hole - Yellowstone National Park

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Special Experience: Enjoy three spectacular days exploring America's first national park, Yellowstone National Park!

Today we’ll get to meet Old Faithful, the ever-predictable geyser known for erupting every 44 to 125 minutes. We’ll also visit some waterfalls before enjoying this iconic park at our own pace. [B]

Day 12. Yellowstone National Park

We’ll continue our sightseeing this morning to learn about the diverse range of wildlife that calls the park home, and see more of the amazing vistas, mountain ranges, valley floors and abundant wildlife. [B]

Day 13. Yellowstone National Park

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Special Experience: Explore Yellowstone National Park with a specialist guide and search for its wolves and grizzly bears. [B]

Day 14. Yellowstone National Park - Cody

We depart for Cody, Wyoming this morning, which was founded by none other than Colonel William F. ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody himself. While here we’ll visit the Buffalo Bill Historical Centre to learn more about the man and the legend, and explore the Plains Indian Museum. [B]

Day 15. Cody - Sheridan

This morning we’ll take a sightseeing tour of Bighorn National Forest. This diverse landscape of grasslands, alpine meadows, glacially-carved valleys, rolling hills and sheer mountain cliffs provides plenty of stunning photo opportunities. [B]

Day 16. Sheridan - Rapid City

On our way to Rapid City this morning we’ll stop at Devil’s Tower, a 265-metre-tall igneous rock butte, and the historic gold rush town of Deadwood, a once lawless town filled with fortune seekers and sinister characters. Fortune seekers still flock to the town, but now they’re trying their luck in the many gambling halls! [B]

Day 17. Rapid City

Rapid City is a great base to explore nearby Black Hills National Forest. With 1.2 million acres of forested hills and mountains, Black Hills is home to a diverse range of wildlife, such as elk, pronghorn and deer. We’ll also make visits to the Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore before we take a ride through the forest aboard the 1880 vintage steam train. [B]

Day 18. Rapid City - Estes Park

Today we're heading to Estes Park, the perfect spot to explore the nearby Rocky Mountains, stopping in Fort Laramie on the way. [B]

Day 19. Estes Park

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 Special Experience: Experience some of the most dramatic wilderness in North America with a full day of sightseeing in Rocky Mountains National Park.

This evening we enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 20. Depart Estes Park

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 21. In transit

Day 22. Arrive Australia

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to the USA. Taxes included.
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $300pp pre-paid.

Accommodation & Meals

  • 17 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 2 nights in the Stanley Hotel
  • 19 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Sightseeing

American beauty

  • Ride the Iron Mountain Tramway and explore Glenwood Caverns.
  • Take a sunset boat ride from Moab to Canyonlands National Park, including dinner.
  • Soak in the beautiful hot springs of Glenwood Springs.
  • Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Arches and Canyonland National Parks.
  • Swim in the waters of Grand Salt Lake off Antelope Island on the way to Jackson Hole.
  • Spot wildlife and enjoy the scenery of Grand Teton National Park as you float along Snake River.
  • Visit the Natural Museum of Wildlife.
  • Enjoy three spectacular days exploring Yellowstone National Park.
  • Spend a full day sightseeing in Yosemite National Park.
  • Spot grizzly bears and wolves in Yellowstone National Park on a guided tour.
  • Take in the beautiful sights and sounds of Bighorn National Park.
  • Enjoy a full day tour of Rocky Mountain National Park.

The far west

  • Discover Denver on a tour including visits to Capitol Hill, the US Mint, and Union Station.
  • Eat lunch from one of Denver's famous food trucks.
  • Enjoy a private craft distillery tour of Mile High Spirits, and enjoy a tasting of their small batch spirits!
  • Stop at the grave of Buffalo Bill.
  • Visit John Denver's Memorial and explore Aspen.
  • Tour Salt Lake City, including Temple Square and the official residence of Brigham Young.
  • Learn more about the man behind the legend at the Buffalo Bill Historic Center.
  • Visit Devil's Tower, a huge laccolithic butte composed of igneous rock.
  • Explore the iconic gold rush town of Deadwood.
  • Ride through Black Hills National Forest on board the 1880 train.
  • See the Crazy Horse Memorial and the iconic faces of Mount Rushmore.
  • Stop in at Fort Laramie on the way to Estes Park.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

Please note: ESTA required for entry to USA

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02/06/19 23/06/19   $14,325 Available book now
01/09/19 22/09/19   $14,325 Available book now
Valid From: Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane
Other departure cities: Clients ex Adelaide & Perth add $90pp
Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $300pp pre-paid.
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes, $240pp
Single supplement: from $4,850
  • Day/Date Variations: Tour dates and length subject to change depending on airline schedules and your city of departure.
  • Taxes & Fuel Costs: Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies are shown as a guide only
  • T&C: All prices shown are per person based on twin share and include tips. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.
Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation
In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas
Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Westin Denver Downtown, Denver

Situated in one of the best-rated locations in downtown Denver, the Westin Denver Downtown is just a few blocks away from some fantastic shopping and dining, and a great base for exploring Denver. The hotel features free wifi, an indoor pool, a rooftop pool with stunning city views and an in-house restaurant.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; tea & coffee making facilities; pool; 

Courtyard by Marriott, Glenwood Springs

Located just minutes from the iconic Glenwood Hot Springs, the Courtyard by Marriott is the ideal location for your stay in Glenwood Springs. Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, the views are nothing but spectacular.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; safe deposit box; coffee making facilities; fridge/minibar; fitness centre

La Quinta Inn & Suites, Moab

Enjoy modern facilities as you get amongst the ancient beauty of Moab with a stay at the La Quinta Inn & Suites. Located west of the La Sal Mountain Range, this hotel features a seasonal outdoor pool, hot tub and gym. All rooms come equipped with free wifi, a flat screen TV, refrigerator and microwave as standard.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; tea & coffee making facilities; spa; pool; gym

Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites, Salt Lake City

Get to know the city that hosted the 2002 Winter Games with a stay at the Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites Salt Lake City. Situated downtown, it’s the perfect spot to experience Salt Lake City’s centre of dining, nightlife and culture. Free wifi, a flat- screen cable TV, an en suite bathroom and contemporary furnishings are standard in each room.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; safe deposit box; pool; fitness centre

49'er Inn & Suites, Jackson Hole

Located in Jackson Hole, the 49’er Inn & Suites features a 12-person outdoor hot tub, 8-person indoor hot tub, indoor swimming pool, fitness room and free wifi. All rooms come equipped with a TV, a refrigerator and coffee-making facilities.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; tea & coffee making facilities; pool; gym

Holiday Inn, West Yellowstone

Explore the Yellowstone National Park by day and relax in modern comfort by night at the Holiday Inn West Yellowstone. The hotel features an indoor heated swimming pool, a hot up, gym, free wifi and streaming video services. All rooms come equipped with a TV, a refrigerator, microwave and coffee making facilities.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; tea & coffee making facilities; pool; gym

Holiday Inn, Cody

Enjoy your stay in Wyoming at the Holiday Inn Cody. Located just 5 minutes from the Buffalo Bill Historical Centre, this conveniently located hotel features on-site lounge, a large outdoor pool, and rooms with free wifi.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; pool; gym

Holiday Inn, Sheridan

Enjoy the cool tones and Western hospitality of Holiday Inn Sheridan, which features an on-site restaurant and bar serving American Cuisine, and outstanding amenities to make your stay more enjoyable.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; tea & coffee making facilities; pool; gym; sauna; spa

Hotel Alex Johnson, Rapid City

Located in central Rapid City, this historic hotel is just 30 minutes’ drive from Mount Rushmore National Monument. Each guest room is equipped with free wifi, a flat-screen TV, and guests can enjoy on-site dining, and spa and salon services.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; tea & coffee making facilities; gym

The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America, The Stanley Hotel is famous for its old-world charm. It’s also famous for inspiring The Shining by Stephen King. Enjoy the on-site fine dining restaurant, bar and stunning views.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; gym

Weather

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Currency

Currency

US Dollar

The official currency of the United States, Ecuador and Zimbabwe is the US Dollar (US$).

  • 1 US Dollar = 100 cents
  • Notes are in denominations of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1
  • Coins are in denominations of $1, 50 cents, 25 cents (Quarter), 10 cents (Dime), 5 cents (Nickel) and 1 cent (Penny)

Visa Information

Visa Requirements

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Please note, Australian passport holders need to obtain a visa waiver for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details.

  • Australian passport holders
  • Non-Australian passport holders
    • Please check with your travel agent on visa requirements.

The following government websites are also a handy source of general information.

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Special Experiences

  • Enjoy a private craft distillery tour of Mile High Spirits, and enjoy a tasting of their small batch spirits!
  • Wash the day away with a relaxing soak in Glenwood Spring's famous hot springs. 
  • Take an amazing sunset jetboat ride from Moab to Canyonlands National Park, stopping along the way for dinner. 
  • Drift along Snake River and spot wildlife in picturesque Grand Teton National Park, part of the Greater Yellowstone region.  
  • Enjoy three spectacular days exploring America's first national park, Yellowstone National Park!
  • Explore Yellowstone National Park with a specialist guide and search for its wolves and grizzly bears.
  • Experience some of the most dramatic wilderness in North America with a full day of sightseeing in Rocky Mountains National Park. 

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 10 | Max: 20

Transportation

Coach, cable car, jet boat, raft and train

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $300pp pre-paid.

Tour Highlights

Tour the city of Denver, gateway to Rocky Mountains NP, known for its vibrant culture and buzzing food scene • Enjoy 360-degree-views as you travel my tramway up Iron Mountain to explore Glenwood Caves • Take a sunset jet boat ride from Moab to Canyonlands NP • Spot Grand Teton's wildlife as you float along Snake River • Spend a full day touring Yellowstone NP • Take a guided trip through Yellowstone NP to find wolves and grizzly bears • Experience the dramatic and wild scenery of Rocky Mountains NP

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