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Scenic Bus Tours in Rocky Mountain National Park

Moose in Kawuneeche Valley RMNP

Summer Bus Tours in Rocky let everyone in your group experience the scenic vistas of Rocky Mountain National Park from the comfort of a 14 passenger mini-bus or a 12 passenger van.  The Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Institute has created four educational adventures by bus to the most popular areas of the Park that are a great alternative to driving yourself. 

 

  1.  Journey to the Top takes you up Trail Ridge Road to over 12,000 feet elevation & the Alpine Visitor Center.  Don’t miss getting out and taking a close look at the tiny tundra wildflowers and amazing ecosystem that survives the harsh winters of the Continental Divide – but bring a jacket as it can be considerably colder up high than in the summer valleys below.   Lots of stops for views, but walking at altitude isn’t required.  Every Wednesday & Thursday from 9a – 3:30p.  Lunch included.  Leaves from the Fall River Visitor Center.
  2.   Grand Lake Safari runs on Tuesdays through August and takes you across the Continental Divide to the west side of the Park and historic Grand Lake.   This all day tour (8a – 5p) leaves from the Fall River Visitor Center and includes lunch.  It includes all the stops on the Journey to the Top plus the Kawuneeche Valley.
  3.  Each Sunday through Labor Day the Rocky Mountain Conservancy – Field Institute (formerly known as the Rocky Mountain Nature Association) will offer a From Meadow to Treeline tour which will start at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center and drive through the Park's most distinctive and breathtaking low elevation locations - Alluvial Fan, Many Parks Curve, Moraine Park and more.  Explore the forests and meadows as we discuss the cultural and natural history of the Park.
  4.  Sunset Safari over Trail Ridge Road on Friday evenings to experience the changing light, active wildlife and calmness of dusk as you ascend in elevation from 7,522 feet in Estes Park to more than 12,090 feet!  Along the way your education guide will lead interpretive walks and talks to discuss the geology, flora, fauna, and cultural history of Rocky at a number of pull-outs before arriving at Rock Cut to view the sunset over the Never Summer Mountains.

Call 970-586-3262 to sign up for any of these tours!

Why You Don't Want to Miss Estes Park Jazz Fest

Estes Park Jazz Fest

Jazz Fest is coming to Estes Park this weekend, Saturday, May 17th - Sunday, May 18th, and you won't want to miss it! Come up for the day, or stay all weekend. Whether you love Jazz music, art, the outdoors, fine wine and dining, or simply want a last minute getaway to the mountains, you are sure to love being in Estes Park this weekend! Here's why:

Art Walk - throughout the town of Estes Park there will be galleries and exhibits of beautiful and unique artwork. Stroll around and get inspired! Maybe you'll even find the perfect piece to take back home.

A Taste of Colorado - Snowy Peaks Winery is offering A Taste of Colorado for festival guests to sample wines from several of CO's finest wineries. 

Free Parking - Don't worry about all the little charges that add up! Free parking is offerred, however space is limited. 

Wonderful Live Music - Live music always puts us in a festive mood, and Jazz Fest is no exception! With seven different Jazz groups playing over 2 days you'll be swaying, tapping your feet, and boogieing down to a diverse sampling of jazz styles from the early years to the future of jazz. 

Schedule

Saturday, May 17

Noon – 12:45 Estes Park Jazz Big BandSwingin’ Big Band Sounds

1:05 – 2:10 Manuel Lopez and The Latin Jazz Trio featuring Maria LopezLatin Jazz and Cuban Classics

2:30 – 3:40 The Max Wagner Quartet  - Modern Mainstream Jazz, Jazz Vocals

4:00 – 5:00 United States Air Force FaconairesModern Big Band Jazz

6:30 – 9:30 The Max Wagner Quartet Downtown at Mama Rose’s Italian RestaurantThe Max Wagner Quartet features Max Wagner on saxophone & Jazz vocals, Myra Warren on Jazz vocals, with Eric Gunnison at the piano, and Ken Walker on bass. Expect an exciting, entertaining and intimate evening of Live Jazz with The Max Wagner Quartet!  Mama Rose’s is an official sponsor of The Estes Park Jazz Festival (reservations suggested - 970-586-3330).  Mama’s is located at:  338 E. Elkhorn Ave.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Noon – 1:20 Myra Warren with the Ellyn Rucker QuartetSwinging Jazz Vocalist with top flight Jazz Group

1:45 – 3:15 Festival Headliner: Sax AppealNew York Saxophone Legends Javon Jackson, Jimmy Heath, Gary Bartz, and Donald Harrison

3:40 – 5:00 Scott Martin with Devoted to The Standard Classics of The Great American Songbook