All annual meeting attendees and guests are welcome to register for the following tours. Prices for these tours cover professional tour guide fees, transportation, admission, and gratuities. Tours may be canceled if minimum attendance is not met, so please register early!
Tour participants should check in at the Guest Hospitality Suite to be directed to the departure location at the Hyatt Regency Denver. Plan to arrive at the departure location 15–30 minutes before the scheduled departure time to ensure that you don’t miss the bus; GSA is unable to refund tour costs.
We recommend that you periodically check the meeting Web site, www.geosociety.org/meetings/2010/, for updates and news about tours and seminars.
- 101. Haunted Denver
Sunday, 31 Oct., 1–4 p.m. Cost: US$44; min.: 20.
- Get into the “spirit” of Halloween with a tour through Denver’s most beautiful older neighborhoods. Enjoy some of Denver’s architectural wonders while exploring the characters and events that inspired some of the city’s best-known ghost stories. Highlights of the tour include John and Mary Elitch and their haunted amusement park; the imposing Lumber Baron Inn Bed and Breakfast; Horace and Baby Doe Tabor; the ghosts of Capitol Hill and its mansions; and a tour of old Mount Prospect Cemetery, known as Cheeseman Park today.
- 102. Georgetown Loop Railroad
Monday, 1 Nov., 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Cost: US$84; min.: 20.
- Enjoy an excursion into the high Rockies to Georgetown, an authentic 1860–1870s silver mine “Boom Town.” You will experience the Colorado Historical Society’s Georgetown Loop Railroad, which travels between the towns of Georgetown and Silver Plume, taking you over the reconstructed Devil’s Gate High Bridge and through spectacular Colorado mountain scenery. The tour concludes with free time in Georgetown to enjoy lunch and do some shopping.
- 103. Rocky Mountain Rendezvous and Historic Estes Park
Tuesday, 2 Nov., 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Cost: US$94; min.: 20.
- Your tour will begin with a drive up the spectacular U.S. 36 canyon to Estes Park, the eastern gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. Early November is the tail-end of elk mating season, when the elk spend most of their time at lower elevations, making for great photo opportunities. You will tour Rocky Mountain National Park by motor coach, visiting the most scenic spots and landmarks. The tour will return to the charming town of Estes Park, where you will have free time to enjoy lunch and do some shopping. To keep you in the Halloween spirit, the excursion continues with a 90-minute behind-the-scenes ghost tour of the historic Stanley Hotel, which has long been considered one of America’s most haunted hotels. The Stanley is also known for its architecture, famous visitors, and as the inspiration for Stephen King’s novel, The Shining.
- 104. A Colorado Castle
Tuesday, 2 Nov.
- 105. Hammond’s Candy Factory
Wednesday, 3 Nov.