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Colorado Rail Adventure



8 days from $1875

Quite possibly the most "classic" train tour is this in-depth exploration of the Colorado Rockies aboard both standard and narrow gauge railways to summits of more than 14,000 feet. Teddy Roosevelt described a train journey through Colorado as "the trip that bankrupts the English language." Find out for yourself! Beginning and ending in Denver, this extraordinary itinerary makes a great circle of the Rockies and includes six remarkable train rides and visits to National Parks and historic sites that fully justify President Roosevelt's enthusiasm.

Garden of the Gods



    Tour Inclusions
    Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
    Sightseeing and scenic rail excursions (admission to all attractions included in tour price)
    12 meals
    Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
    Services of a professional tour manager
    Baggage handling
    Taxes and services charges

    Scenic Highlights

    Colorado Railroad Museum
    Georgetown Loop Railroad
    Pike's Peak Cog Railway
    Garden of the Gods
    Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway
    San Juan Mountains
    Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
    Toltec Gorge
    Rio Grande Scenic Railroad
    La Veta Pass
    Great Sand Dunes National Park
    Royal Gorge Route Railway in the first class Vista Dome
    Hanging Bridge


Day 1 - Colorado Railroad Museum / Georgetown Loop Railroad
Your adventure begins at 8:00 am when you board your deluxe motorcoach for the drive to Golden. (Pre-night hotel is strongly recommended) Visit the Colorado Railroad Museum, where you'll see a priceless collection of treasures ranging from the 120-year-old steam engines to original "Galloping Goose" railcars and the diesel engine that powered the Rio Grande Zephyr. The day continues with a drive up spectacular Clear Creek Canyon to Georgetown, where you will enjoy lunch at the historic River Hill Mining Company. This afternoon, embark on the first scenic rail excursion of the tour with a journey on the narrow gauge Georgetown Loop Railroad. This route that connected the mining towns of Georgetown and Silver Plume was designed as a corkscrew and includes horseshoe curves and four bridges across Clear Creek. Afterwards, embark on a scenic drive south along the Front Range to Colorado Springs, your home for the next two nights. This evening’s welcome dinner is at Giuseppe's, located in the historic former Rio Grande Railroad depot. Overnight Antlers Hilton. (L, D)

Day 2 - Pike's Peak Cog Railway/Garden of the Gods

This morning board the world's highest cog railway, the Manitou Springs and Pike's Peak Cog Railway, and ascend to the 14,110-foot summit of Pike's Peak, which inspired the lyrics to "America the Beautiful." Next, visit the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center where there will be time for lunch on your own before enjoying a film on the amazing natural wonders of this National Natural Landmark. Your journey continues with a drive through the towering red rocks of the "Garden" and a stop at the renowned Garden of the Gods Trading Post where you can shop for American Indian art at one of the finest Native American stores in the west. Overnight Antlers Hilton. (B)

Day 3 - Scenic Drive to Durango

Prepare for bountiful scenery today! The drive west over the Rockies is an incredible one as you cross Ute, Trout Creek, Poncha and Wolf Creek Passes en route to the glorious San Juan Mountains and today's destination of Durango. Overnight BW Plus Rio Grande. (B)

Day 4 - Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway

The entirety of today is devoted to the grandest of all Colorado rail journeys, the steam-powered Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway's ascent of the Animas River Canyon to the ghost town of Silverton. The train operates 45 miles north from Durango through scenery that resembles that of Switzerland. There will be a mid-day layover in Silverton for lunch on your own and time to explore the shops before returning to Durango this afternoon. Overnight BW Plus Rio Grande. (B)

Day 5 - The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

Early this morning we’ll drive to Chama, New Mexico to board the longest narrow gauge steam railway in North America. The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad follows the route of the former Denver & Rio Grande San Juan Extension for 64 miles over the 10,033-foot Cumbres Pass through the heart of the San Juan Mountains. After a stop for an included lunch in Osier, the train's journey continues with a steep descent past Toltec Gorge. The day concludes in Alamosa, where the evening is at your leisure. Overnight Inn of the Rio Grande Alamosa. (B, L)

Day 6 - Rio Grande Scenic Railroad

Today's excursion takes us along Colorado's newest rail line, the standard gauge Rio Grande Scenic Railroad from Alamosa to La Veta. This line restores passenger service to wildly beautiful La Veta Pass, a summit last crossed by regularly scheduled passenger trains over 50 years ago. A picnic luncheon is included followed by free time to explore this charming town. On the return train trip to Alamosa, detrain at Fort Garland to visit Great Sand Dunes National Park. Here the endless easterly flow of the winds across the San Luis Valley has created towering sand dunes which rise up to 750 feet above the valley floor against the westward flanks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Overnight Inn of the Rio Grande Alamosa. (B, L)

Day 7 - Royal Gorge Route Railway / Royal Gorge Park
The Royal Gorge beckons—and it is the centerpiece of today's excursion. The Arkansas River creates a gorge over 1,200 feet deep with sheer cliffs towering above. The canyon is so narrow at the bottom that the D&RG Railroad constructed a unique "Hanging Bridge" anchored on both sides of the canyon, thus running the tracks suspended over the center of the river. A thousand feet above is the spectacular Royal Gorge Suspension Bridge, the highest such span on earth. Explore the canyon's depths aboard the restored Royal Gorge Route Railroad in the first-class vista-dome car. A highlight of the journey is the stop at "Hanging Bridge" on the narrowest point in the chasm. The excursion concludes with a visit to the soaring Suspension Bridge and ride on the inclined railway from the rim to the river's edge. After an amazing day, we’ll drive back to Denver with the evening at leisure. Overnight Comfort Inn Downtown Denver. (B, L)

Day 8 - Denver
Your tour comes to a close after breakfast this morning. Travelers continuing their travels west can depart Denver this morning on Amtrak's California Zephyr for the stunning journey over the Rockies to Salt Lake City, Reno and San Francisco. Eastbound travelers returning by train this evening can take advantage of the hotel's convenient downtown location to enjoy some of the city's premier attractions including the Denver Art Museum, which is a short walk from the hotel. Or, transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)


Antlers Hilton: Located in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs, this 285-room hotel offers spectacular views of Pikes Peak and the Rocky Mountains. Amenities include complimentary high-speed Internet access in guest rooms, a full-service restaurant on-site, microbrewery, health club, indoor pool, and whirlpool.
BW Plus Rio Grande: Located in historic downtown Durango and two blocks from the timeless Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway, the 102-room hotel features such amenities as a fitness center, heated indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, and free high-speed wireless Internet.
Inn of the Rio Grande: This 125-room hotel includes amenities such as free WiFi, a fitness center, pool, hot tub, new indoor water park, and a restaurant/bar on-site.
Comfort Inn Downtown Denver: Located in Denver's financial district, this 231-room hotel offers incredible views of the Rocky Mountains and is just minutes away from the Denver Art Museum, zoo, and Elitch Gardens amusement park. Amenities include a business center, lounge/bar, restaurant, fitness center, and free high-speed Internet.




Departure Date Twin Single Triple
7/19/2013 $1875 $2375  
9/13/2013 $1875 $2375  


Additional Information


Pre-Night Hotel:
Comfort Inn Downtown Denver - $160 per room, per night