Scenic Trains and Canyons of the West - 8 Day Tour
Journey to the heart of the American West! Ride the rails and explore the country's most breathtaking National Parks! Come along on an adventure through the untamed Wild West and the unparalleled majesty of the Rocky Mountains!
The exciting Trains and Canyons of the West is a perfect blend of historic, scenic trains and awe inspiring Canyons and National Parks. Covering three states, you will see the sandstone walls of Canyonlands National Park, take a float raft trip down the Colorado River, stand in four states at the same time, of course, ride some great trains,
Call 877-929-7245 for rail fares and schedules from your city to Salt Lake City and from Albuquerque.
Day 1 - Embassy Suites Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah
Days 2 and 3 - Ramada Inn, Moab, Utah
Days 4 and 5 - Sky Ute Casino Resort, Ignacio, Colorado
Days 6 and 7 - Sage Inn, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Rooms for the night before the tour are available. Cost for a room in Salt Lake City is $159, tax included.
Canyonlands National Park
Your adventure starts in Salt Lake City, Utah, where big city ambience meets alpine snow resort, all at the site of the 2002 Winter Olympics. As you motorcoach to Moab, you'll be in awe of the massive sandstone walls of Canyonlands National Park. Take in its colorful landscape of countless canyons, mesas and buttes along the Colorado and Green Rivers.
Majestic Arches National Park
Arches National Park preserves over 2,000 natural sandstone arches as well as a variety of unique geological resources and formations. We'll board a raft for a float trip down the Colorado River giving you a different perspective of the world's most amazing landforms and monoliths...looking up!
Mesa Verde National Park
UNESCO has designated Mesa Verde National Park as a World Cultural Heritage Park. Celebrating 14 centuries of history, the archeological sites found in Mesa Verde National Park are some of the most notable and best preserved in the U.S. Leading publications have named Mesa Verde the #1 historic monument in the world as well as one of the world's greatest destinations. You'll see where the ancient Pueblo Indians built their spectacular cliff dwellings and mesa-top villages.
Colorado's Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Train
Voted one of the "Top Ten Most Exciting Train Journeys in the World," the Durango Railway Train was founded by the Denver & Rio Grande Railways in the late 19th century. Originally constructed to haul ore from the San Juan Mountains, passengers soon became awestruck by the mountainous views of the San Juan National Forest. Relive the experience once again on board this 100% steam powered railroad as we travel through spectacular canyons in the remote wilderness.
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad - Next Stop 1880!
Built in 1880 as the San Juan Extension of the Denver & Rio Grande, the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad remains one of the most spectacular examples of steam era mountain railroading in North America. While one hundred years ago, the steamer hauled precious metals, today the steam locomotives carry passengers looking for adventure over high trestles, through dark tunnels and along narrow shelves. You'll trace the same historic steps of the gold prospectors as they traveled the same route, seeking their fortunes.
Magical Santa Fe
Santa Fe, New Mexico, one of the most attractive and historic towns in the Southwest is the oldest state capital in the U.S., founded in 1610. The heart of the city has a charming small-town feel, with the main shops and old buildings within walking distance of each other. Santa Fe is famous for its world-class opera, Indian crafts and eclectic art market. Join us for a walking tour of the Old Santa Fe Trail to see San Miguel Mission, Loretto Chapel and Santa Fe Plaza. You'll have the afternoon free to explore the city on your own. Why not visit the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and see her gorgeous flower paintings, or browse through the shops for a turquoise jewelry treasure of your own? Tonight, join us for a farewell dinner and a chance to sample some authentic New Mexican cuisine.
- Services of a Professional Tour Manager
- Deluxe motorcoach transportation for touring
- 12 Meals (3 dinners, 2 lunches and 7 breakfasts)
- Round trip airport transfers
- 2 nights in Moab, a green, verdant valley at the heart of Utah's canyonlands
- Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park
- Arches National Park including a float trip and picnic lunch along the Colorado River
- Mesa Verde National Park with its amazing cliff dwellings
- Ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, voted one of the "Top Ten Most Exciting Train Journeys in the World"
- Travel through the Rocky Mountains aboard the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
- Santa Fe city tour including Loretto Chapel and San Miguel Mission
- The John Wesley Powell River History Museum
- $40 in future travel credits
Day 1 - Arrive in Salt Lake City
Welcome to Salt Lake City, Utah, site of the 2002 Winter Olympics and where big city ambience meets alpine snow resort. Meet your Tour Manager at 6:00 p.m. for dinner with your traveling companions. (D)
Day 2 - Dead Horse Point State Park and Moab
Departing Salt Lake City for Dead Horse Point State Park with its amazing views of the Colorado River as it snakes its way through the massive sandstone walls, colorful canyons, mesas and buttes of the area. Here, the Colorado and Green Rivers converge to form a plateau, which offers spectacular views across the park. Later, we continue to Moab, a green, verdant valley in the heart of Utah's canyonlands. (B)
Day 3 - Arches National Park and Colorado River Float Trip
Arches National Park contains the largest concentration of stone arches in the world. A local guide shows us the massive sandstone arches and describes the culture of those that have occupied the region. Enjoy lunch before boarding a raft for a float trip on the Colorado River. During the leisurely ride our oarsman will tell tales of the area as we explore river passages with names like Fisher Towers and Professor Valley. (B, L)
Day 4 - Mesa Verde National Park
Today we explore the amazing Spruce Tree Cliff Dwellings of the Anasazi Indians at Mesa Verde National Park. Learn the history of "the Ancient Ones" and view the famous Cliff Palace, one of the largest of the 700-year-old dwellings. (B, D)
Day 5 - Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
It's "full steam ahead" as we board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Voted one of the "Top Ten Most Exciting Train Journeys in the World" by the Society of American Travel Writers, the train winds through the spectacular and breathtaking canyons in the remote wilderness of the two-million-acre San Juan National Forest. The locomotives used today remain entirely coal-fired, steam-operated and are maintained in their original condition. (B)
Day 6 - Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Today we ride the original Rio Grande Line over the Rockies aboard the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. This is America's most spectacular narrow gauge steam railroad and it explores 50 miles of wild and rugged territory between Chama, New Mexico, and Antonito, Colorado. We will travel through Cumbres Pass, the highest point on the railroad and enjoy lunch at Osier. Here you can imagine what the region was like when the gold and silver miners as well as the loggers traveled the same route long ago. (B, L)
Day 7 - Santa Fe
Santa Fe, New Mexico, one of the most attractive and historic towns in the Southwest, is also the oldest state capital. Founded in 1610, the "City of Holy Faith" remains a wealth of Old World charm. We take a walking tour down the Old Santa Fe Trail to see San Miguel Mission, Loretto Chapel and Santa Fe Plaza. The afternoon is free to explore the city on your own. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for dinner hosted by our Tour Manager and a chance to sample some authentic southwestern cuisine. (B, D)
Day 8 - Albuquerque and Home
Depart for Albuquerque and our group transfer to the Albuquerque airport for flights out after 12:00 p.m. Return home with memories of some of America's most spectacular beauty and historic trains. (B)
Meals (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
Call 877-929-7245 today to book your Scenic Trains and Canyons of the West vacation.
*Prices are per person, based on double occupancy and include tax. Prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability.TM-3