No matter what kind of traveler you happen to be, AESU has a tour that can satisfy your thirst for adventure. If you thrive in the wilderness of nature, our third domestic tour announcement is just for you! The Wild Wild West tour is an 8 day, 7 night adventure that will have you exploring the rugged wilderness of Colorado. You’ll take in stunning views, hike and bike on pristine natural trails, and learn more about the history of the frontier towns that played a major role in the expansion of America.
Day 1 – Arrival in Durango
The Wild Wild West Tour begins in Durango, CO – a quintessential frontier town with an influential mining and railroad history. Durango is a popular travel destination thanks to easy access to outdoor activities like hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking, and much more. After free time during the day, you’ll meet your fellow adventurers over delicious barbeque and a fun western stage show at the Bar D Chuckwagon Ranch!
Days 2-3 – The Four Corners, Steam Train Ride, Million Dollar Highway
During the next couple of days, enjoy some of the most famous landmarks in the Old West. We will take a trip into the heart of the Navajo Nation to the Four Corners landmark – the only place in the United States where four states intersect at a single point. You’ll also explore the Mesa Verde National Park for a unique look into the lives of the Pueblo peoples who lived there for over 700 years from 600 to 1300 AD. On Day 3, you’ll take a scenic ride aboard the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge coal-fired steam train and take a road trip on the famed Million Dollar Highway to Ouray.
Days 4-5 – Telluride
Your Wild Wild West adventure continues in Telluride, a former mining town that now plays host as one of the most popular outdoor travel destinations in the west. With historic landmarks such as the Sheridan Opera House and the Telluride Historical Museum, you’ll be able to learn more about the history of this frontier town. And with activities such as a bike ride and gondola ride planned out, along with optional activities such as a hot-air balloon ride, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see and photograph stunning landscapes and beautiful vistas.
Days 6-7 – Grand Junction
Grand Junction is the final stop on our Wild Wild West tour. This town, as the name implies, was once the central point of the mining and trade routes in old Colorado. Today it is a thoroughly modern town with plenty of outdoor activities available as well as home to some of Colorado’s finest independent distilleries and craft breweries. We’ll be exploring one of these distilleries together and tasting samples within the distillery’s farmhouse. On our final day together, we’ll take in the red rock landscape of the McInnis Canyons on horseback, relax on a Colorado River float, then say farewell at a local brewery pub for dinner!
Explore the World with AESU!
Are you ready to plan an adventure of a lifetime? AESU offers unique, thrilling travel programs for college students and young professionals at affordable rates. Each trip is action-packed and informal—designed just for people your own age. We are also able to design custom tours just for your group.
Looking to travel next year? Experience our brand-new domestic tours with beautiful destinations such as the California Wine Country, Nashville Music City, The Wild Wild West, and Outdoor Wonderland – British Columbia!
2021 tour dates are now available! If you have any questions or want help booking your next adventure, please contact AESU by calling 800-638-7640, or fill out the contact form found on our website. Follow AESU on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.