Red Cliffs Experience By Rail
Take Amtrak from Denver to Red Cliffs, UT and see Dead Horse Point State Park, Arches National Park, Moab, Canyonlands National Park and the splendor of the west!
Explore some of Utah's finest natural wonders on this scenic 7-day tour. Your Red Cliffs rail adventure begins in Denver, where you will board the legendary California Zephyr for the daylight journey to Grand Junction. Upon arrival, transfer to the renowned Red Cliffs Lodge, your home base for 4 nights. From here, enjoy a rafting excursion along the Colorado River and visits to Dead Horse Point State Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Arches National Park. Your journey continues with a ride along Scenic Highway 12 with visits to Capitol Reef National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Bryce Canyon National Park.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Amtrak from Denver to Grand Junction
- Hotel accommodations for 6 nights
- 12 meals (5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners)
- Jet boat tour of Canyonlands National Park
- Rim walk at Bryce Canyon National Park
- Touring of Dead Horse Point State Park and Arches National Park
- Scenic drive on Highway 12, “All American Road”
- Picnic at Capitol Reef National Park
- Transfers from Denver hotel to Amtrak Station and transfers to airport in Salt Lake City at the conclusion of the tour
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Baggage handling at hotel
Day 1 - Arrive Denver, Colorado
Make your way to Denver Colorado where you will check into your hotel for the night. You will have time for shopping, browsing and dining this evening. Sheraton Hotel Downtown, Denver, CO
Day 2 - Grand Junction, CO
Check out & afterwards you will be transferred to the Amtrak station via taxis. All aboard the California Zephyr for your daylight ride to Grand Junction, Colorado. Enjoy spending time in the very large glass dome area viewing the panoramic scenery of the magnificent countryside. Seeing the country by train is a very unique experience that ranges from relaxing in the dome area to socializing in the café/lounge. Delicious meals are available in the dining car. You will arrive at approximately 4 p.m. in Grand Junction, Colorado. Upon arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to the beautiful Red Cliffs Lodge, your home for the next 4 nights. The Red Cliffs Lodge is nestled high on the magnificent Red Rock Cliffs. A prime rib dinner is included this evening at the lodge. Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab UT (D)
Day 3 - Excursion on the Colorado River
After breakfast, depart for a scenic raft trip on the Colorado River. Travel upstream from Red Cliffs and launch the rafts onto the Colorado River at Hittle Bottom backed by an astounding view of magnificent Fisher Towers. After a wonderful float, you'll see Red Cliffs Lodge just around the bend signaling an end to the excursion. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the amenities and activities available at Red Cliffs Lodge. An optional trip to Moab will be arranged. Tonight enjoy a cowboy cookout dinner at the resort near the banks of the Colorado River. Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab UT (B,D)
Day 4 - Dead Horse Point State Park and Arches National Park
Breakfast is included this morning before you meet your guide and travel to Dead Horse Point State Park for one of the most spectacular scenes in the southwest. You will see the expanse of Canyonlands National Park stretching to the south and the mighty Colorado River 2,000 feet below. A picnic lunch is included. This afternoon, you visit the Arches National Park for sightseeing and short hiking. Visit all the park highlights including Park Avenue, Balance Rock, The Windows and Delicate Arch. Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab UT (B,L)
Day 5 - Red Cliffs, CO
Brunch is included this morning at the lodge. Today you may relax in the morning or enjoy a full day of exciting activities in the “Adventure Capitol of Utah!” As an option, you may choose to experience the world famous Slickrock that brings thousands of 4WD enthusiasts from around the world to Moab as you take a 2-hour Hummer tour on the Hell's Revenge Trail. Or, you may choose horseback riding. Later everyone heads into Moab where lunch is included before you depart on an afternoon Jet Boat Tour of Canyonlands National Park on the Colorado River. The red rock walls reach 2,000 feet above you as you wind through the canyons. Later, return to Red Cliffs Lodge, for an evening on your own. Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab UT (B,L)
Day 6 - Capital Reef National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park
Enjoy breakfast before you check-out and depart for a full day. Leave Moab and drive through the town of Green River, skirt the San Rafael Swell, and motor by Capitol Reef National Park where you enjoy a picnic lunch before sightseeing ancient petroglyphs, beautiful rock formations, deep canyons and pioneer history. Enjoy a drive on one of America's most spectacular roads. Scenic Highway 12 has been designated as an “All American Road,” the crown jewel of the Scenic Byways system. First, drive over Boulder Mountain reaching elevations over 9,000 feet with spectacular views of the Water Pocket Fold and beyond. Travel through Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, with vast expanses of cream and rose colored Navajo sandstone. There are dramatic cliffs, high mesas, beautiful streams and deep canyons in multi-hued colors across the 1.9 million acre monument. In the late afternoon, arrive Bryce Canyon National Park for sightseeing and optional hiking. Your local guide will join the tour and give a narration of this beautiful National Park. The Paiute Indians used a word to describe Bryce Canyon that translates into, "red rocks standing like men in a bowl-shaped canyon." After an afternoon of exploration, check into the hotel located just outside the park and join the group for dinner. BW Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Bryce Canyon - Zion National Park
Enjoy breakfast before departing once again to Bryce Canyon to catch the sun coming up over this magnificent canyon with your guide. Later in the morning you will take a one and half hour ride over to Zion National Park for the remainder of the day. Your guide will be with you in Zion to tell you about the natural wonders of the park. Zion was designated in 1919, making it Utah's oldest National Park. It is known for its incredible canyons and spectacular views. Lunch will be on your own. Later this afternoon you will return to Bryce Canyon and another stop at Bryce to see the sunset over the canyon. Return to the hotel and enjoy a cowboy cook out. BW Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel (B,D)
Day 8 - Salt Lake City
Enjoy breakfast before checking out and driving to Salt Lake City for a city tour before going to the airport. (B)
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Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include the Sheraton Hotel Downtown Denver, Red Cliffs Lodge (Moab), and BW Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel. Amtrak journey is in Coach class.
Dates & Prices
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|16th September 2015||$1,999||Book Now|
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: Departs 16th September 2015 ($1,999)