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Guided Colorado Expeditions

Explore and discover the majestic mountain wilderness of the Colorado Rocky Mountains

Oh, Colorado!  Widely-known throughout the world as an adventurer’s dream, the Rocky Mountains of Colorado do not disappoint.  Formed by the poweful tectinoc forces of the Laramide Orogeny (mountain-building process), the lofty peaks of the Rocky Mountains reach over 14,000ft, and it is, on average, the highest mountain range in the Lower 48 (sorry Sierras!). 

Our adventures in Colorado are centered in the San Juan mountain range in the southwestern part of the state.  The San Juan are home to myriad of cascading waterfalls, famous mining-turned-ski towns, vivid colors, clear alpine lakes, fields of wildflowers, galcial cirques, and outstanding scenery and solitude. 

Chef-Driven Luxury Colorado Tours

Colorado is a cut above when speaking of outdoor adventure, scenery, and wonder.  Our experiences in this fantastic region hit all the high notes, leaving nothing to desire and everything to your camera and adventurous spirit.  Fulfilling days, sumptuous nights, and views that will take your breath away, not to mention fill your photo album.  Feel free to ​contact us with any questions, or to create your own Colorado adventure.

San Juan Luxury Basecamp

The San Juan moutain range of southwestern Colorado harbors some of the most unpsoiled, astonishing scenery anywhere in the Rockies.  Crystal blue lakes, jagged sawtoothed peaks, and outstanding colors are just part of the majesty of Colorado’s last undiscovered paradise

Duration: 5 Days

Skill Level: Undergraduate +

Cost: $2800/guest

Colorado Geologic Immersion Backpacking Expeditions (Coming soon)

Colorado is an adventure traveler’s (and a geologist’s) mystical dream.  Here, you will be confronted with some of the most outrageous scenery on the face of the Earth, and some of the greatest outdoor adventure one could see in that dream.  We tour the wonderful and whimsical geology of the Colorado Rocky Mountains that boast  dramatic sunsets, remote wilderness, and adventure of a lifetime.  Feel free to ​contact us with any questions, or to create your own Colorado Geologic Immersion adventure.

Colorado Adventure and Tour Information

The wildlands of Colorado are bucket-list destinations.  Trips to this area are breathtaking, mind-bending, inspiring, and spectacular.  It is also a land of extremes with hot summers, cold winters, and very little precipitation.  Good physical condition is required, and smart packing is a must (see our ​​​​​​​blog for training and packing tips).  
 
 

What is included?

Trip price includes certified guide, gear (backpack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad), meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks), water, permits and camp fees, transportation to and from trails/campsites. 

Trip price does not include: extra gear rental (water bladder, first aid kits, luxury items, etc.), airfare, transportation to and from host city, pre or post-trip hotel accomodations, personal health/liability insurance

Reservations

Tours of Death Valley are very popular and advanced planning is often necessary. We strongly recommend making your reservations at least 3 to 5 months in advance. We can accommodate last-minute bookings provided space is available, so please call our office to check. 

Why reserve early?

Each trip requires a minimum number of participants for departure. Canyons and Chefs reserves the right to cancel scheduled trips that do not meet minimum sign-up requirements (usually 4 guests).
For more details please see our comprehensive Trip Policies and Payments page.

To make a reservation, visit our Reservation Request page. Or call our office at +1(602) 904-2536, Monday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm AZ time.

Meeting Time & place

Canyons and Chefs can grab you from your hotel, or you may choose to meet at the designated meeting place, which will be included in your pre-trip information packet. Our meeting time will be arranged upon booking your reservation and is largely dependent on time of year.

Cancellations

To guarantee your reservation we require a 50% deposit. We collect the remaining balance 30 days prior to the hike departing. Any cancellation made more than 15 days prior to departure will receive a full refund less a $30 processing fee. Cancellations made within 15 days will receive a 50% refund and any cancellation made within 72 hours of the hike departing will receive no refunds or credits. There are no refunds for guests who arrive late or depart early from the trip. There are no refunds for late arrivals.

Why Canyons and Chefs?

So much of the true wilderness experience comes from being able to understand and interpret what you are seeing.  Why are those rocks red?  How did this canyon form?  What is that tree?  What cultural significance are those petroglyphs?  Our expert guides will not only keep you safe, relaxed, and intrigued, they will also be able to answer almost any question you have about the landscape you are seeing.

While you may enjoy our fabulous guides on the trail, your in-camp experience is truly world class.  Five-star accommodations, professional chefs preparing your food, and private, custom, luxury experiences abound.  Come see the west through our lens!​

Book with us, and forget about everything else.  Your experience awaits

Explore Further, Be Wild, Eat Like Kings