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Denver: Downtown Aquarium All-Day Pass

1. Denver: Downtown Aquarium All-Day Pass

Enter the Downtown Aquarium in Denver and discover all the attractions with an all-day pass. Get up close and personal with the aquatic animals and learn about the marine creatures. You will see the galleries, pools, and other areas which are home to over 500 species of animals. Discover Stingray Reef touch tank, Aquarium Restaurant, Dive Lounge, and more.  You will get the chance to touch and learn about various marine animals like stingrays, horseshoe crabs, and starfish. Watch the incredible marine life while enjoying some snacks at the restaurant. Experience a unique way to understand underwater life while exploring the museum at your own pace throughout the day. 

FullRide:Estes Park: PM RMNP Retractable Glass Top Tour

2. FullRide:Estes Park: PM RMNP Retractable Glass Top Tour

Discover the breathtaking beauty of the eastern side of the Rocky Mountain National Park while enjoying complimentary hot drinks and snacks on this guided tour from Estes Park. Hop aboard a luxurious minibus that has a retractable glass roof that allows you to take in the park’s spectacular views. Set off from the meeting point in Estes Park and enter the park during the most coveted timed-entry slot. Relax on a tour that allows you to soak up the views without any hiking. Stop at multiple viewpoints to admire the park’s natural wonders and take some photos to share with friends back home. Keep your energy up on the way with coffee, hot drinks, light refreshments and a variety of tasty snacks on the bus. Cross through scenic alpine tundra on the way to the Alpine Visitor Center where the bus will stop for a break. Have free time to visit the cafeteria and gift shop or take in some amazing “top of the world” views. Head back down the Trail Ridge Road and then venture into the Bear Lake Corridor. Explore Moraine Park (Meadow), and then venture up the road towards Bear Lake. NOTE: September through October this tour will feature the elk rut for the last portion of this tour. End with a stop at either Sprague Lake or Bear Lake(Unless Elk Rut is underway). Both of which are well noted for their ease of access, as well as their outstanding beauty. Return to your meeting point at the conclusion of your tour. Purple Mountain Tour Co Meeting location 165 Virginia Dr Estes Park CO City public paid parking lots (multiple within one block, $2/hr) are the best option for parking as there is no private onsite parking and street spaces directly in front of office is 3hr limit. The Estes Park Visitors Center also has a free parking garage and is located .5 mile from our office with a free seasonal shuttle dropping across the street from our office at Bond Park,

Denver Botanic Gardens General Admission Ticket

3. Denver Botanic Gardens General Admission Ticket

Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street presents a wide range of gardens and collections on 24 acres that illustrate an ever-widening diversity of plants from all corners of the world. Distinctive gardens define and celebrate a Western identity and a unique high-altitude climate and geography. Don't miss the Freyer – Newman Center. The Center is a physical manifestation of the Gardens’ celebration of the fusion of science and art. The Center houses the Helen Fowler Library, the Sturm Family Auditorium, art galleries, herbaria, classrooms, the School of Botanical Art & Illustration and the Copper Door Coffee Roasters coffee shop. The Gardens’ holdings are unique because horticulture, plant conservation and preservation, mycology, and art unite to document human relationships with these elements and the larger environment. Housing each of these programmatic elements in a single facility makes these assets more accessible to the public.

Denver: Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park Ticket

4. Denver: Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park Ticket

Located in the heart of Denver and celebrating over 130 years of fun, Elitch Gardens is Colorado’s only world-class combination theme and water park. Enjoy an entire season of screaming fun. From thrilling roller coasters to pint-sized adventures, a splashin' water park and tons of special events, like Fright Fest, there's thrills for all. Don't miss the sweeping views of Denver while plummeting 200 feet on the Tower of Doom or swinging at 17-stories tall on Star Flyer.

From Durango: Animas River Whitewater Rafting

5. From Durango: Animas River Whitewater Rafting

No trip to Southwest Colorado is complete without a rafting trip on the famous Animas River. Get wet and wild on this fun adventure perfect for adults and children alike. Hit the water with professionally trained and experienced guides, allowing you to safely enjoy your trip even if you have no previous rafting experience. Choose between a 2.5 hour or 4.5 hour trip, allowing you to decide how much time you want to spend on the water! Meet at the arrival point where you will be given all the necessary equipment and an in-depth briefing on rafting procedures and safety precautions. Then get transported down to the river and hop onto a raft and set off down Animas River, which is known for its whitewater sports and is not to be missed. If you choose the 2.5 hour trip, you'll enjoy 1 to 1.5 hours on the water and class or if you choose the 4.5 hour trip, you'll enjoy about 2.5 hours on the water. You'll have a chance to explore the river, searching for wildlife, swimming and admiring the views of Downtown Durango and the natural beauty of Southwest Colorado from the river. See historical Old West landmarks and hear stories about the early days of Durango. All Durango rafting tours include mild class I, II rapids as well as exciting class III rapids at Durango’s famous Santa Rita Whitewater Park.

Colorado Springs - Guided Walking Ghost / History Tour

6. Colorado Springs - Guided Walking Ghost / History Tour

Immerse yourself in tales ranging from apparitions to mysterious black mists and moving objects. Let your host regale you with tales of the creepy goings-on in the Rabbit Hole restaurant, the premises of which housed the city morgue in the 1900s, or La Burla Bee, which is said to house several ghosts. This walking tour adventure starts at the Antlers Hotel where you'll hear about Judge Baldwin and other spirits. You then pass by the Rabbit Hole hotel, the Old Depot, the Cheyenne Building, and many other sites of paranormal activity. Listen to stories of the pop-up morgues and crematoriums that emerged during the Spanish Flu of 1918, and which left many spirits still wandering in the underground of the city. Learn about the former YWCA and the tragic event that happened inside, as well as the underground tunnels that led to the old City Auditorium. After visiting the Colorado Mining Exchange and Peak Theatre, journey on to the Old Depot and the Denver/Rio Grande Railroad where a serial killer is said to have committed his first double murder.

Kremmling: Upper Colorado River Rafting Tour

7. Kremmling: Upper Colorado River Rafting Tour

Enjoy the fantastic scenery of the Colorado River on a river rafting trip through the Rocky Mountains. Embark on an epic adventure suitable for all skill levels as you journey down the river which is known as the life-blood of the American West. Meet at the river outpost in Kremmling and get set up with your equipment for your rafting adventure. Once you are ready, set off on the river with your experienced guide, paddling as a team down various tranquil sections of the river, interspersed with class II rapids. Gaze in awe at the majestic canyon views all around you. Conquer the class II rapids along the Colorado River as it cuts through the Rocky Mountains on its way to the Grand Canyon. During the journey, keep a look out for local wildlife species including elk, deer, bighorn sheep, bears, or even the majestic bald eagle as you journey downstream through this mighty watershed.

Frisco: Dillon Reservoir Guided Island Tour by Kayak

8. Frisco: Dillon Reservoir Guided Island Tour by Kayak

Set off on a relaxing and informative kayaking tour of the Dillon Reservoir. Paddle through Frisco Bay Marina, through Fish Hook Island and the Peninsula, to Pirates' Cove and Giberson Bay. Pick up insights into local history and more from your friendly guide. Your island tour starts on the Frisco beach located at the Frisco Bay Marina. During the meet and greet, you'll sign a waiver and receive a properly fitted and comfortable life jacket, paddle, and instruction. After a 15-minute paddle lesson, enjoy a leisurely paddle exiting Frisco Bay. Once you have found your rhythm and instruction is no longer needed, embark on a casual yet super informative paddle while taking in great views of the Williams Fork and Gore Ranges. Kayak along the shores of the Frisco Peninsula and take in impressive views of some of Colorado's tallest and most photographed mountains. Stories will begin to flow as you and your guides discuss the rich history throughout our county. Peaks such as Buffalo, Red, Ptarmigan, and Royal are all pointed out as everyone starts to realize how expansive yet attainable each peak might be. After splitting Fish Hook Island and the Peninsula you may have narrowed down tomorrow's hike with the help of expert input and have potentially already spotted bald eagles, ospreys, or even a moose. At this point, the group will cross the deepest channel at 70 feet deep. Paddling through the straight, it's amazing to think directly below you is an old town flooded after the construction of Dillon Dam in the 1960s. This story along with many others will be enjoyed all while taking in the amazing views and weather. Around halfway, take the chance to explore Pirate's Cove — a secluded and protected bay located inside a large island. This is one of the most popular photo destinations and is a great time to take a break and relax. From Pirate's Cove, paddle along the northern banks of Dillon spotting popular campgrounds and a great blue heron rookery. This rookery supports 10 to 15 nesting pairs of herons and depending on the time of year you might spot one of the newborns learning to fly. Two hours into the tour, kayak through Giberson Bay. This bay is fairly shallow with numerous islands offering the perfect habitat for moose, ducks, beavers, and more. Head back towards the Frisco Bay Marina. This is always the best time to discuss which restaurants to visit, and what trails to hike tomorrow.

Colorado Springs: U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum Entry

9. Colorado Springs: U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum Entry

Experience the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum in the heart of Colorado Springs, the USA's Olympic City. Explore this 60,000-square-foot museum, dedicated to U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes and their compelling stories. Learn about the artifacts, media, and technology behind the athletes who make the United States proud. Hear about the core values of the Olympic and Paralympic movements, including friendship, respect, excellence, determination, equality, inspiration, and courage.  Enter the museum and ride the elevator to the top floor. Follow a spiral path that winds progressively downward to the main floor, creating a parallel experience for all guests on the journey through 12 interactive galleries. Hear stories of Team USA Olympians and Paralympians. Discover one of the most accessible and interactive museums in the world, which opened in 2020 and is designed so that all guests experience the museum in the same way. Enjoy inclusive designs and assistive technologies, including open captions, audio description tracks, assisted listening, universal keypads, RFID-triggered customizations, accessible exhibit spaces with ramps, and more.  Learn about how Team USA athletes consulted throughout the project to achieve this authentic experience and inclusive design.

Kremmling: Upper Colorado Half-Day Guided Float

10. Kremmling: Upper Colorado Half-Day Guided Float

Meet at the location in Kremmling, Colorado where you will check in and then be transported on a 30-minute drive to the Colorado River, starting at Pumphouse Recreation Area to Radium. Enjoy a float trip down a gently flowing section of the Colorado River, inviting to all ages. Encounter a few small rapids as the Colorado River winds through the Gore Range and Mountain Ranchland. You'll have time to sunbathe, swim, or just relax and enjoy the day on this raft float. Enjoy a riverside lunch at the end of your trip.

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What great fun!!! Best part of our trip here!! John is great!!! So knowledgeable, enthusiastic & patient with our questions!! He drove in over an hour for our Sunday night 9pm tour- and it was perfect!! We stayed at the antlers hotels (which I also reccomend) and the tour started here. There were 4 of us (age 34 to 67) and EVERYONE LOVED IT!! I highly reccomend you schedule this tour next time you come to due time colorado springs. Thank you John

My granddaughter and I thought John was excellent. He knew the history of the locations we went to, and his enthusiasm for it was obvious.. He had also talked to owners, managers, and employees of businesses who had paranormal experiences firsthand. Will be booking with his company in the near future for a Denver tour.

Was only able to go for about 4 hours with just myself and my son. We had a blast! Parking and extra 25 or 30 and some rides you have to pay more. Food and proce of merchandise was high

Lots of history and folklore. Very good tour. Recommend if you enjoy a pleasant evening learning about Colorado Springs.

Very professionally done. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours. It’s worth the time and money