All Day Tours
T1 Top of the Rockies: Exploring Leadville’s Cultural Treasures among Colorado’s Highest PeaksWant to be able to tell your family and friends you visited the highest city in the U.S. and saw the tallest peak in the Rockies? Hop on the bus for the Top of the Rockies tour! The ride up will pass historic towns, mining districts, and the Climax Molybdenum Mine on Freemont Pass. Your Leadville experience will begin with a visit to History Colorado’s Healy House and Dexter Cabin, 19th-century residences from when Leadville was in competition to become the state’s capital. Next, you will see the Matchless Mine and hear the part it played in the scandalous life of Silver King Horace Tabor and his second wife, “Baby Doe.” Lunch and a tour will be offered at the Tabor Opera House, where everyone who was anyone in the late 19th century graced the stage. The final stop will be the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, with its 25,000 square feet of interactive and walk-through mining exhibits. The elevation of Freemont Pass is more than 11,000 feet and Leadville is 10,152 feet high, which may be of concern for visitors with breathing problems or who experience altitude sickness.
Bus loads up at 7:45 a.m. Departs Conference Hotel at 8:00 a.m. Returns to Conference Hotel by 3:30 p.m. Ticketed Event: $65 / Guests $70. Lunch included.
Tour Guide: Stephen L. Whittington, Executive Director, National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, Leadville, CO; Vice President, MPMA Board of Directors
T2 Boulder: Art, Nature, History
Bus loads up at 7:45 a.m. Departs Conference Hotel at 8:00 a.m. Returns to Conference Hotel by 3:45 p.m. Ticketed Event: $50 / Guests $55. Lunch included.
Start with a drive up scenic Colorado State Highway 93 to Boulder and the University of Colorado campus where our first stop will be the CU Art Museum for a coffee break welcome and then a tour of the galleries, education areas and vault with Senior staff. Next a short walk to the CU Museum of Natural History to explore the Bio Lounge, a popular exhibit and student interactive. Senior staff will speak about this reimagined biology hall/student lounge and the challenges of changing exhibits in a constantly evolving space. Lunch will be at the award-winning Center for Community Dining, a buffet featuring ten micro-restaurants including Persian, Italian, Barbeque and a dessert bar. Then, a quick ride downtown to the new Museum of Boulder for a hard hat tour. The staff will discuss the museum’s transformation from the Boulder History Museum, located in a small historic house on University Hill to the Museum of Boulder, in a renovated Masonic Lodge building.
Tour Guides: Maggie Mazzullo, Collections Manager/Registrar, CU Art Museum; Sharon Tinianow, Assistant Director, CU Museum of Natural History; Kristen Lewis, Curator of Collections, Museum of Boulder
T3 Lariat Loop National Scenic Byway- Forty Miles of Western Adventure
Genesee Buffalo Herd Hiwan Homestead Red Rocks Amphitheater Dinosaur Ridge
Bus loads at 8:00 a.m. Departs Conference Hotel at 8:30 a.m. Returns to Conference Hotel by 3:30 p.m. Ticketed Event: $55 / Guests $60. Lunch included.
One of the Denver area’s original auto tours, the Lariat Loop offers a setting of dense forests, mountain vistas, winding roads, rocky outcrops and ridges, and historic “beauty spots.” Our tour begins with a stop at Genesee Park to see the only city-owned free ranging bison herd in the world. Originally sourced from Yellowstone National Park in 1914, this is considered one of the country’s wildest herds. The tour continues to historic Hiwan Museum in Evergreen for a behind-the-scenes look at this living heritage center that was once a cherished retreat for a wealthy family, later the headquarters of the sprawling Hiwan Ranch. Next, we’ll take a scenic route through Bear Creek Canyon past many historic and scenic parks to Red Rocks Amphitheater, one of nature’s geologic wonders and premier concert venues in the world. We’ll end our journey at Dinosaur Ridge, one of the world's most famous dinosaur fossil localities.
Guides: Tim Sandsmark, Education Supervisor, Jefferson County Open Space and Director of Lookout Mountain Nature Center; John Steinle, former History Education Supervisor, Jefferson County Open Space and Director of Hiwan Museum