Welcome to the America Public Gardens Association (APGA) 2014 National Conference being held at the Denver Botanic Gardens in Denver Colorado. We have worked with the Denver Botanic Gardens and APGA to design four post conference trips (June 28th – July 1st or 2nd) for conference attendees, their families, and friends that highlight the best that Colorado offers in terms of outdoor sports.

Below are two 5-day multi-sport adventures that are great introductions into Colorado’s adventure activities. You will have the opportunity to horseback ride, whitewater raft, rock climb, mountain bike, fly fish, zipline a nd/or hike. The main difference between these trips is age requirements, half-day vs. full day activities, and venues.

Our other two trips focus on a two of America’s great outdoor pastimes: hiking and fly-fishing. The hiking trip allows one to experience the secrets of the Front Range and offers great diversity of locations, geography, and history. The fly-fishing trip gives one the opportunity to experience four unique areas, with two days wading or walking in rivers and two days floating in a raft or drift boat on the amazing Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers.

Most trips will spend at least one or more days in Rocky Mountain National Park and will be starting from the Boulder area. The exception is the fly fishing trip that explores the area around Aspen and Glenwood Springs. Our goal is to minimize travel time and maximize time outdoors.

We aim to provide our guests with unique experiences, unrivalled service and expertise, a nd memories that will last a lifetime. Trips include all gear and the best professional guides in the state. We look forward to helping you explore Colorado!

Multi-sport Beginner Adventure

Multi-sport Beginner Adventure

Description: Colorado boasts some of the most beautiful scenery, landscape, and mountains in North America. We combine the best of what Colorado has to offer into a 5-day power packed package of experiences. While exploring the wonders of Colorado’s geology, culture, and history, you will have the chance to hike, bike, and climb, fly fish, raft, horseback ride and zipline. With adventures across the Front Range and in Rocky Mountain National Park, this package has something for everyone and is sure to create lasting memories. NOTE: Participants must be 7 years old to participate in the horseback riding and rafting.

Trip Dates: June 28-July 2

Itinerary:

Day 0 (June 27): Arrive. Meet and go over gear, food, and Itinerary. Stay in hotel in Boulder or Denver.

Day 1: Zipline tour in morning (2 hours) and raft on Clear Creek River (1/2 day beginner with class II and III rapids) in the afternoon. Note: Rental car can be arranged. Stay in Boulder area hotel.

Day 2: Half-day introduction to rock climbing in the morning (Boulder, Golden, or Eldorado Canyon State Park) and beginner mountain bike tour (Boulder or Golden area) in the afternoon. All transportation to/from hotels are provided. Times: 8 am – 5 pm. Stay in Boulder area hotel.

Day 3: Horseback ride (1 hour) in morning and afternoon sightseeing tour. Participants can choose between a Golden-based tour including Coors Brewery, Red Rocks Park, and Buffalo Bills Grave and a Boulder-based tour including the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Celestial Seasons, the Napa Valley of Beer, and/or the University of Colorado campus.

Day 4: Full day beginner wade fly-fishing on the Big Thompson River or in Rocky Mountain National Park area. Times: 8 am – 4 pm. Stay in Boulder area hotel.

Day 5: Full day hiking and sig htseeing of Rocky Mountain National Park. Hikes will be 3-5 miles in length and a max of 1500′ of gain. The sightseeing portion of the day will include traveling on part or the entire highest continuous road in the US. Stay in Boulder area hotel.

Day 6: Depart.

What’s included? Professional guides; national forest, national park, and state park permits; transportation on days 2-5 (transportation for day 1 can be arranged at an additional cost); lunches days 2-5; water; snacks; gear and supplies for all activities; education about local history and natural history.

What is not included? Hotel accommodations; meals except for those noted above; personal clothing; fly fishing license ($9 per person); gratuities for guide(s) – recommended 20%.

NOTE: Participants must be 7 years old to participate in the horseback riding and rafting.

Multi-Sport Intermediate Adventure

Multi-Sport Intermediate Adventure

Description: This package allows participants the opportunity not only to explore Colorado’s beautiful scenery and landscapes but also to experience several adventure sports at a skill-building level. The package includes horseback riding, rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, fly-fishing and a peak ascent of a peak greater than 12,000 feet. For those who want to push themselves to new limits while enjoying the great Colorado outdoors, this trip offers it all. NOTE: Participants must be at least 15 years old.

Trip Dates: June 28 – July 2

Itinerary:

Day 0 (June 27): Arrive. Meet and go over gear, food, and Itinerary. Stay in hotel in Boulder or Denver.

Day 1: Horseback ride (2 hours) and raft on Clear Creek River (1/2 day intermediate with class III and IV rapids) in the afternoon. Note: Rental car can be arranged. Stay in Boulder area hotel.

Day 2: Full day rock climbing. Learn basics of climbing safety and climbing techniques. For more experienced climbers, more challenging objectives will be incorporated into the day. All transportation to/from hotels are provided. Times: 8 am – 5 pm. Stay in Boulder area hotel.

Day 3: Full day mountain biking. This will be an opportunity to ride some of the best single track in Colorado. In the morning, we will cover biking technique and skills on a beginner to intermediate ride. In the afternoon, we will move to a new location where skills can be tested on more technical and adventurous terrain.

Day 4: Full day beginner wade fly-fishing on the Big Thompson River or in Rocky Mountain National Park area. Times: 8 am – 4 pm. Stay in Boulder area hotel.

Day 5: Ascend 12,000′ peak with 8-10 miles of hiking and 3000′ of elevation gain. This will be a great opportunity to explore the backcountry, ascend a challenging peak and be rewarded with spectacular views.

Day 6: Depart.

What’s included? Professional guides; national forest, national park, and state park permits; transportation on days 2-5 (transportation for day 1 can be arranged at an additional cost); lunches days 2-5; water; snacks; gear and supplies for all activities; education about local history and natural history.

What is not included? Hotel accommodations; meals except for those noted above; personal clothing; fly fishing license ($9 per person); gratuities for guide(s) – recommended 20%.

NOTE: Participants must be at least 15 years old.

Price:

Five-Day Trip: $980 per person (based for 4 participant minimum).

Hiking: The Best Kept Secrets of Colorado

Hiking: The Best Kept Secrets of Colorado

Description:
The Rocky Mountain National Park Area (including Indian Peaks Wilderness and James Peak Wilderness Areas areas) are a great representation of the glacial age that carved the landscape between 1.5 million years ago to about 10,000 years ago when the first inhabitants, the Ute, arrived in this magical area. This trip is a great way to see, experience, and get in touch with the scenery and wildlife of Americas 10th National Park. The vistas are grand and the chances of seeing larger mammals (moose and elk) are high. Our goal is to experience the best of the Rocky Mountains, learn new skills, and have a safe and stimulating experience that lasts a lifetime.

This is a 5-day trip that includes consecutive day hikes. During this trip you will have the opportunity to experience amazing wilderness areas (including Roosevelt National Forest and Rocky Mountain National Par k) while returning to an established campsite at the end of each day.

Due to the diversity of terrain you will cover, this trip is a photographer’s paradise.

Trip Dates: June 28 – July 2

Itinerary:

Day 0: Arrive. Meet and go over gear, food, and Itinerary. Stay in hotel in Boulder.

Day 1: Hike Burro Trail to Windy Peak (9132′) and camp in yurts or cabin in Golden Gate State Park. Hike is +1302′ and 6.35 miles.

Day 2: Hike Alpine Lake (10, 500′) in Roosevelt National Forest or another hike in Golden Gate State Park. Return to same location for night. Hike is +1398′ and 6.5 miles.

Day 3: Hike in Roosevelt National Park. (8.9 miles and 2100′) or Twin Sisters (Rocky Mountain National Park). Return to same location for night or move to camping location in Roosevelt National Forest or around Rocky Mountain National Park. Hike is +2018′ and 7 miles.

Day 4: Hike Chasm Lake (9.0 miles and 2700′) or Mills and Jewel Lake (9,967′) in Rocky Mountain National Park and stay at campsite in or around Rocky Mountain National Park. Mills Lake hike is +938′ and 5.8 miles.

Day 5: Hike 2 or 3 peaks, based on participant abilities, in Rocky Mountain National Park. 2nd and 3rd peak are approximately 13,000′ in height. Hike is +3200 and 8 miles. Return to Boulder/Denver hotel.

Note: Trails and locations might change slightly based on conditions.

What’s included? Professional hiking guides; national forest, national park, and state park permits; campsites and cabin or yurt reservations; campsites and group camping gear; all food during the trip (Day 1 lunch – Day 5 lunch); all transportation during the trip (between Boulder and the trailheads and campsites); group gear (water purification, Group CB and contingency and emergency support).

What is not included? Laundry; hotel before and after trip; personal clothing; dinners – day 5; sleeping bag and pad (sleeping bag and pad rental available if needed – $65 per person); gratuities for guide(s) – recommended 20%.

NOTE: Trails and locations might change slightly based on conditions.

Price:

Five-Day Trip: $1300.00 per person (based for 4 participant minimum).

Fly Fishing: Wade/Float

Fly Fishing: Wade/Float

Description:
Come experience Rocky Mountain fly-fishing at its best! Whether you are looking to fish for the first time or are a seasoned angler, this will be a great experience for you. We will spend two days wade fly fishing in and around Rocky Mountain National Park and two days fly fishing while on a drift boat or raft on the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers. This trip provides some of the most unique fishing opportunities in Colorado and our veteran instructors/guides will help enhance your knowledge and skills.

Trip Dates: June 28 – July 2

Itinerary:

Day 0: Arrive. Meet and go over gear, food, and Itinerary. Stay in hotel in Boulder.

Day 1: Full day wade fly-fishing on the Big Thompson River. Return to hotel in Boulder or Estes Park.

Day 2: Full day wade fly-fishing in Rocky Mountain National Park. Return to hotel in Boulder or Estes Park.

Day 3: Early departure. Travel 2.5 hours to put in location on Roaring Fork River near Aspen, CO. 12 mile float fly-fishing on Roaring Fork, ending in Glenwood Springs. Stay at hotel in Glenwood Springs.

Day 4: Travel 1 hour to put in location on Colorado River. We will float 10-mile section of the Colorado River while enjoying terrific fly-fishing. River portion ends past Glenwood Springs. Drive back to Boulder area.

What’s included? Professional fishing guides; All transportation; Hotel for night 3; Snacks / lunch; Water; Terminal tackle and equipment (Rod, reel, waders); Rocky Mountain National Park entrance fee; Land manager permits; Fly fishing education; education about local history and natural history
Not Included: Gratuities (20% added for group >6); Colorado fishing license ($40 per person); lodging for nights 1 and 2 and pre and post trip.

Price:

$ 1550 per participant (based on double occupancy in boats/hotels)

Note: Price based on double occupancy for Glenwood Springs Hotel. Single Supplement: $60.

NW Colorado – Steamboat Springs

NW Colorado - Steamboat Springs

Description:Led by Denver Botanic Gardens’ Mike Kintgen, Senior Horticulturist
This four-day tour’s highlight will be the Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs The tour will feature hiking at Slovonia, a tour of endangered plants in Middle Park and a visit to Mike Kintgen’s private garden in Steamboat Springs. Lodging will be at a hotel in Steamboat Springs. Lodging and box lunches on travel and hiking days are included in the price.

Trip Dates: June 28 – July 1

Itinerary:

Trip Overview: Beginning in 1997 the Yampa River Botanic Park sprang from a flat horse pasture to a six acre gem of ponds, berms, and over 40 gardens. It is one of the jewels of Northwest Colorado and one of the few botanic parks in the state. Pictures at: http://www.yampariverbotanicpark.org/.

The Park is on land owned by the City of Steamboat Springs. However the facility is 100% directed and funded by an independent volunteer board of directors who oversee the Park’s operations and raise funds through donations, sponsorships, memberships, and grants. No public funds are directed to the Park. The Park is free and open to the public from May to October. It serves as a place of serenity, as a venue for a summer music festival, as a site for weddings and similar events, and as a resource for individuals and landscape architects and designers. The Park sits at 6800 feet above sea level, but, through the use of carefully developed microclimates, supports plants from the entire Yampa River Basin, which runs from 12,000 feet in the Flattops Wilderness to 4000 feet where it enters the Green River and then the Colorado in Utah.

The Slavonia area is the most popular trailhead for the Mt Zirkel Wilderness area and several hikes leave from here. Tour attendees will take the trail to Three Island Lake. Access to the area depends on winter snowpack but the trail to Three Island lake should be open and showcases a wide array of wildflowers, including several native orchids, and a disjunct (population far from the normal range of the species) population of Rhododendron albiflorum. Many other beautiful wildflowers will be blooming as well. This is a hike that is enjoyable and beautiful no matter the conditions. The Hike is rated moderate, but this would be rated difficult in other parts of the country due to the length and elevation again. The length to the lake and back is 7 miles. Starting elevation is 8,380 feet and the lake sites 9,878 feet. There could still be snow at the lake. People not wanting to do the Hike have the option of staying in Steamboat Springs and shopping or re-visiting the Yampa River Botanic Park.

What’s included? Guide, all transportation in a motorcoach, hotels and some meals.

What is not included? Gratuities (20% added for group >6).

Price:

$900 per participant.

Note: price based on double occupany for Steamboat Springs Hotel. Single Suppliment: $60. Group minimum is 20 and maximum is 45 participants.

Wyoming: “Plantsman’s Tour” Big Horn Mountains

Wyoming: “Plantsman’s Tour” Big Horn Mountains

Description:Big Horn Mountains, WY: June 28-July 1: “Plantsman’s Tour” – led by DBG Curator Panayoti Kelaidis: (4 day tour)

Trip Dates: June 28 – July 1

Itinerary:

Trip Overview: The end of June and early July is peak season for flowers throughout the Rockies, but never more so than in the State of Wyoming, which may resemble Colorado in rectangular shape, but has a fraction of the human population (although a good many more antelope).

Departing from Denver we will spend the first day traveling to Cody, Wyoming (which will be the base of operations for the trip). En route we will stop several times to admire the sagebrush steppe, which harbors a wealth of unusual endemic taxa. Lunch will be in Casper, Wyoming hosted by Jane Sullivan—who has been first lady of Wyoming and flower lover extraordinaire. She was longtime board member of the Wildflower Research Center in Austin, Texas and advanced wildflower appreciation in Wyoming during Mike Sullivan’s long term as governor. PK’s pictures of their gardens at: http://prairiebreak.blogspot.com/2013/09/an-irish-garden-in-wyoming.html

In Cody we will stay at Thomas the Apostle Retreat Center—a beautifully situated complex with spectacular views of the Cody valley and comfortable rooms. We will be hosted by the Center managers, Jay and Caroline Moody—who have created lovely gardens surrounding the Center that are full of unusual native and adapted shrubs and perennials. The Center has many acres of pristine sagebrush steppe well worth exploring as well. http://tac.diowy.org/

On the first day we will drive to the summit of the Bighorn Mountains, which are largely composed of dolomitic limestone in the area we will explore: this area is almost mythical for its wildflower displays—and there are many unusual and some very rare plants that are only known from here and a few neighboring spots: The gorgeous Jones’ columbine Aquilegia jonesii,Kelsey Moss (Kelseya uniflora) and the regional endemic rock brake fern (Pellaea occidentalis) are just a few of the gems we shall see.

The next day will be a circle drive over Beartooth Pass—one of America’s most spectacular highways which crosses many life zones and has a spectacular montane, subalpine and alpine flower displays—all of which should be at peak bloom. Here Purple Saxifrage (Saxifraga oppositifolia) has its nearly southernmost occurrence, as does purple heather (Phyllodoce empetriformis). For dozens of miles the road is ringed by a tapestry of wildflower color unequalled anywhere—a day you will remember!

Come join us on this trip: we can guarantee you more flowers than you dreamed possible, and views to match!

What’s included? Guide, all transportation in a motorcoach, St Thomas Retreat and all meals except for any dinners attendees choose to buy off-site.

What is not included? Gratuities (20% added for group >6).

Price:

$900 per participant.

Note: Group minimum is 18 and maximum is 20 participants.

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