Colorado: Gateway to the Rockies Driving Tour

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  • 6-10 Hours
  • Driving Tour
  • Max Guests: 6
  • Private Tour
  • Daily

Half-Day Tour

Depending on where you’d like to explore, you’ll head out of Denver and start off with a drive to your first destination. Along the way, you’ll get to know your tour guide and hear tales of the old “Wild West”.  

After we begin our ascent into the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, we’ll have a variety of destination options depending on the group’s interests and plenty of time to visit the top attractions in Colorado state. 

A half-day driving tour from Denver (6 hours) is designed to highlight the best of the historical mountain cities. One such popular place is Golden, nestled up against the foothills, a prime place for what was nearly Colorado’s capital. Explore the beautifully preserved campus of the historic Colorado School of Mines and hop out of the vehicle to stroll along Washington Street to grab a photo in front of the “Welcome to Golden” sign.

Here and in the nearby towns of Evergreen and Morrison, we’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a short hike, take in majestic views of the Great Plains, hunt for fossils at Dinosaur Ridge, and maybe even spot some Colorado wildlife at the Buffalo Overlook!

Central City, another boom town during Colorado’s “Pikes Peak or Bust” mining era, features Victorian-Era gingerbread houses, historic cemeteries that tell the trials and tribulations of early settlers, and a main street that has preserved a past of saloons and even casinos.

Among our other recommended tour destinations is Idaho Springs, known for its iconic highway-side water wheel and waterfall and the hillside Argo Gold Mill and Tunnel. Arrange for entry tickets on this half-day option or our full-day experience.

Full-Day Tour

A full-day Rocky Mountains tour from Denver (7–10 hours) offers the chance to enjoy plenty of time at the stops you choose. There are numerous quaint, eclectic, and picturesque towns along the way, such as Georgetown, Nederland, and Boulder.

At Georgetown, we can arrange tickets for a short ride – great for all ages – aboard the Georgetown Loop Railroad and even a Colorado gold mine tour where you might just strike it rich! You’ll want to take a leisurely walk along downtown’s tiny main street, which features fountain shops, antique stores, and art galleries.

Boulder is another very popular destination for Colorado-bound visitors, with its many shops, restaurants and breweries, and buskers along Pearl Street. We’ll have a chance to drive to the best viewing spots to awe in wonder at the tilted rock formations known as the Flatirons and drive through “the Hill” area to look at historical homes.

Deeper in the mountains, Nederland is a one-of-a-kind community known for its quirky nature and unusual tourist attractions. Take a ride on a carousel, get a coffee from a train car said to be from Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, and discover the connection between the town’s unusual name and its early mining history. 

Whatever the interests of the group and what’s on your wishlist, we’ll make your tour of the Rockies an unforgettable one!

Community Impact

During our tours, we strive to reduce our environmental impact by participating in mindful visitation of historic sites and respecting ghost town locations to both help preserve these places and prevent destruction of ecosystems.

With a private driving tour of Colorado, we are able to connect our guests with people, businesses, and attractions that do not receive as much attention and support than highly visited sites.

This tour includes stories of groups who have been overlooked by more mainstream narratives.

Our tour guides share the experience of the hardships of Native Americans, later settlers, and female pioneers who have shaped the history of the West and, subsequently, modern-day Colorado.

By patronizing local businesses, we are helping ensure that vital pieces of local economy can continue to operate even during challenging times, especially in smaller communities.

Highlights

Central City Opera House

If our private driving tour from Denver heads to the small town of Central City, we’ll be sure to make a stop at this historic opera house known for putting on top productions and featuring famous actors.

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave

Our Colorado driving tour from Denver can make a quick stop to pay our respects to the gravesite of William Frederick Cody, more popularly known as “Buffalo Bill”. Learn all about this American soldier, bison hunter, and showman at the museum and visit the gift shop for a perfect souvenir.

Lariat Loop National Scenic Byway

Among Colorado state’s beautiful byways, Lariat Loop is one of the best! As we drive along this route that passes by such places as Golden, Lookout Mountain Park, Red Rocks Park, and Dinosaur Ridge, you’ll be in awe of the Colorado landscape from the comfort of your private tour vehicle.

Price Includes

Price Excludes

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Private Transportation
  • Additional food and drink
  • Souvenirs
  • Souvenir and guide gratuity

Pickup Information

Start times: We offer pick up anytime between 9am-12pm

Meeting Location: This tour offers custom pick up and drop off (hotel,airports,etc)

 

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