Colorado’s Historic Trains
It is easy to see why Trains Across Colorado is one of our most popular escorted tours.
It is easy to see why Trains Across Colorado is one of our most popular escorted tours. With the Pikes Peak Cog Railway taking you to the clouds and the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad one of the most exciting train journeys in the world, you will still have three more amazing train trips on this tour. In addition to stunning scenic rail excursions, you'll visit three National Parks, the U.S Air Force Academy and the Garden of the Gods on this escorted tour covers the very best of Colorado.
Highlights and Inclusions
- 13 Meals (3 dinners, 2 lunches and 8 breakfasts)
- Round trip airport transfers
- Experience five scenic rail excursions following historic routes of the Old West
- Travel north along the Arkansas River Valley aboard the Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad, Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, voted one of the “Top Ten Most Exciting Rail Journeys in the World”
- Ride through the Rockies aboard the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
- Ride the Royal Gorge Route Railroad across the famous Hanging Bridge
- Climb 7,539 feet on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway
- Visit the beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park, a living showcase of the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains
- Tour Mesa Verde National Park with its amazing cliff dwellings, home to “the Ancient Ones,” the Anasazi Indians
- Visit the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park Visit the U.S. Air Force Academy and Cadet Chapel (when available)
- Drive through Garden of the Gods Park with its unique red sandstone formations
Day 1 - Arrive in Denver
Welcome to Denver, Colorado, the "Mile High City." Meet your fellow travelers at 5:00 pm for a get-acquainted dinner hosted by your tour manager. Overnight DoubleTree Hotel, Denver, Colorado. (D)
Day 2 - Rocky Mountain National Park
We depart Denver for Rocky Mountain National Park. With elevations ranging from 8,000 feet on the grassy valleys to 14,259 feet at the top of Longs Peak, the Park is filled with breathtaking scenery. Following the Trail Ridge Road, a stop at thre Alpine Visitors Center offers an opportunity to learn more about this fascinating location. Overnight Comfort Suites, Dillon, Colorado . (B)
Day 3 - Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad
Today we travel to historic Leadville to board the Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad. While onboard, your conductor will share the fascinating history of the railroad, ghost stories and tales from the wild as you travel north along the Arkansas River Valley. Rising up 1,000 feet from the valley floor, you'll be greeted with spectacular views of Fremont Pass and the two tallest peaks in Colorado, Mt. Massive and Mt. Elbert. Later, we travel through scenic Monarch Pass and Curecanti National Recreation Area while en route to Montrose. Overnight Hampton Inn, Montrose, Colorado. (B, L)
Day 4 - Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
This morning we visit Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park. Then 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 Durango & Silverton was founded by the Denver & Rio Grande Railway in 1879 and has been in continuous operation for more than 125 years. It was originally constructed to haul ore from the San Juan Mountains but passengers awed by the mountain views are now its only cargo. Overnight Sky Ute Casino Resort, Ignacio, Colorado. (B, D)
Day 5 - Mesa Verde National Park
After breakfast we embark on a full day excursion to Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Montezuma County, Colorado. Established as a National Park in 1906 largely to protect the Mesa Verde ruins and the area's other architectural sites, it offers insight into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people. Well-preserved ruins provide a glimpse into their way of life with more than 600 cliff dwellings including the largest in North America, Cliff Palace. Admire the cliff dwellings, canyons and natural attractions before returning to Durango with the evening at your leisure. Overnight Sky Ute Casino Resort, Ignacio, Colorado. (B)
Day 6 - Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Our day begins as we board our motorcoach to ride the original Rio Grande Line, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. This is America's most spectacular narrow gauge steam railroad. Enjoy lunch onboard as you explore 50 miles of dark tunnels, high trestles, narrow mountain passes and rugged territory between Chama, New Mexico and Antonito, Colorado, the highest point on the railroad. Overnight Comfort Inn, Alamosa, Colorado. (B, L)
Day 7 - Royal Gorge Scenic Railway
Today we travel to scenic Canon City for another journey by train aboard the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. The 12-mile route follows the most famous portion of the old Denver and Rio Grande Western train line. This excursion is often considered "the most scenic train ride in North America" and you'll see why as you pass the Royal Gorge Bridge, the world's highest suspension bridge, and see the rushing rapids of the Arkansas River below you. Overnight Radisson Hotel, Colorado. (B)
Day 8 - Colorado Springs
This morning we travel aboard our motorcoach to the U.S. Air Force Academy and its famous Cadet Chapel (when available). Next, it's on to the stunning Garden of the Gods, a 1,300-acre park and registered National Landmark with towering rock formations. The Garden lies at the base of Pikes Peak, which is our next adventure. "Ride to the Clouds!" aboard the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the highest cog railroad in the United States, which stretches nine miles long as it vertically climbs to almost 14,000 feet. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner, sharing memories of this unforgettable rail journey. Overnight Radisson Hotel, Colorado. (B, L)
Day 9 - Transfer to Denver
Following breakfast we say goodbye to Colorado with a group transfer to the Denver International Airport for flights home after 12:00 pm. (B)
Rail Your Way
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Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include DoubleTree Hotel, Denver, Colorado, Comfort Suites, Dillon, Colorado, Hampton Inn, Montrose, Colorado, Sky Ute Casino Resort, Ignacio, Colorado. Comfort Inn, Alamosa, Colorado, Radisson Hotel, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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The itinerary was excellent. The organization was very good. However, the guide was perhaps the best I have ever encountered; her engagement with the participants, her knowledge and - well - her great personality and style, really made every part of the trip worthwhile and enjoyable. There was excellent teamwork with the driver, who was also a great fellow.
A wonderful way to see the spectacular scenery of Colorado and to enjoy touring by bus and rail.
Loved the whole experience..
Dates & Prices
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Colorado's Historic Trains: Departs 5th August 2016 ($2,329), 16th September 2016 ($2,329)
*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.