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Discover the unmatched beauty of the American West on this tour that features time in Arches, Canyonlands and Grand Canyon National Parks and transportation on America’s only luxury rail line, the acclaimed Rocky Mountaineer.

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11 days From $4,799 per person
Travel among a group of like-minded travelers led by a professional tour manager

2023 Tour code: GR-CLJA-23

About the tour

From the summit of Pikes Peak to the great depths of the Grand Canyon, the American West is a treasure trove of natural splendor. Experience these delights and so much on this tour through Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and Nevada. Ride aboard two scenic railroads-the Pikes Peak Cog Railway and the Grand Canyon Railway-and enjoy a two-day trip on America's newest luxury rail line, Rocky Mountaineer. The journey begins in Denver with visits to Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods. From here, we travel from the Colorado Rockies into the red rock formations of Utah while relishing the upscale amenities of Rocky Mountaineer. In Utah, spend time in the otherworldly surroundings of Arches and Canyonlands National Park, with red sandstone rock formations and desert landscapes as far as the eye can see. The tour continues into Arizona, where we visit Navajo Nation, immersing ourselves in the culture and scenery in places like Monument Valley and Walnut Canyon National Monument. A pinnacle of the tour comes as we enter Grand Canyon National Park by heritage rail. After a day exploring the South Rim, we hit historic Route 66, whose throwback towns guide us to Las Vegas, where glitz and glamour reign supreme. 

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Denver

As you arrive in Denver, make your way to the hotel to meet your tour manager and fellow travelers. The remainder of the evening is yours to get acquainted with the Mile High City. Denver is renowned for its culinary scene, which features myriad award-winning chefs and eclectic restaurants featuring everything from local to international cuisine. Overnight Denver. 

Day 2 - Pikes Peak Cog Railway

We travel to the foothills of Pikes Peak, where we join the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the highest railroad in the states, to take us to the mountain's summit. We have time to soak up the panoramas, which on a clear day include five states. This afternoon, we transfer to the Garden of the Gods, a breathtaking park filled with striking red rock formations. We stop at the Visitor Centre and museum to learn about the area's history before embarking on a guided drive with a local ranger. Be sure to keep your eyes open for the unique 'Kissing Camels' rock configurations.  Overnight Denver.

Day 3 – Georgetown Loop Railroad

We visit the Colorado Railroad Museum. Established in 1959 to honour Colorado's thriving rail era and pioneering mountain railways, the museum is fascinating to explore, and replicates an 1880s-style railway depot. We discover original photographs and paintings alongside displays that immerse us in local rail history, as well as a large collection of rolling stock and an impressive model railway. Later, we enjoy a taste of this rail heritage for ourselves with a ride on the Georgetown Loop Railroad. Completed in 1844, this line takes us back in time on a scenic journey through the Rocky Mountains between Georgetown and Silver Plume. Overnight Denver.

Day 4 - Rocky Mountaineer

Transferring to the station this morning, we board the renowned Rocky Mountaineer to begin our epic journey through some of America's most iconic and impressive landscapes. Leaving Denver, we settle in with breakfast at our seats, admiring views of the Rocky Mountains and Gross Reservoir dam before crossing the Continental Divide. In the afternoon, we continue along the Colorado River, seeing the dramatic gorges of Byers and Gore Canyon on our way to the town of Glenwood Springs. We disembark for a night at a local hotel. Overnight Glenwood Springs.

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  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 – Rocky Mountaineer

After re-boarding the Rocky Mountaineer, we pass the babbling waters of Parachute Creek and towering Mount Logan as we approach the red rock formations of Utah. Arriving in Moab, we check into our hotel. We then make our way into Arches National Park, home to over 2,000 otherworldly-looking stone arches. Here, naturally occurring sandstone structures frame distant snow-topped mountains and arid desert scrubland, and, as we explore, we learn about how these 65-million-year-old arches came to be. The rocks create a maze of orange-hued twists and turns, which we navigate as we see highlights such as the 'Balanced Rock', the 'Devil's Garden' and the 'Delicate Arch'. Tonight, we enjoy a special 'cowboy cookout' dinner.  Overnight Moab. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 – Canyonlands National Park and Monument Valley

You have free time to explore Canyonlands National Park. Sights not to be missed include the 'Island in the Sky', known locally as 'the Needles' and Horseshoe Canyon, the site of some Native American cave paintings. We transfer by coach to Monument Valley, checking into our hotel for the night. This famous national park is home to giant red buttes and a seemingly endless expanse of red sand, giving it a Wild West feel. Even today, the region has the feel of a romanticised bygone age, and it's easy to imagine cowboys spending lonely months herding cattle across the untouched hills and Native Americans performing rituals passed through the generations. Overnight Monument Valley.

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  • Breakfast
Day 7 - Flagstaff

We visit Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, embarking on a Navajo-led tour that takes us to John Ford Point - where we enjoy panoramic views - and Navajo Hogan for a rug weaving demonstration. After lunch, we continue to Flagstaff for two nights. We stop at Walnut Canyon and the Park Wupatki National Monument. Walnut Canyon is a hidden gem that was forged by a creek over many millennia. It's possible to see cave dwellings that were used during the 12th and 13th centuries by the Sinagua tribe, before we explore the Native American ruins of the Wupatki National Monument and the red-rimmed crater of Sunset Volcano. Overnight Flagstaff.

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  • Breakfast
Day 8 - Grand Canyon Railway

We board the Grand Canyon Railway, which made its very first trip all the way back in 1901. We enjoy a nostalgic journey in restored vintage carriages through the striking Arizona desert to the Grand Canyon's South Rim. An incredible abyss carved from layer upon layer of different rock, each one containing clues to the past, the Grand Canyon is thought to be over five million years old and is one of the most jaw-dropping sights in the world. From its main viewing point, we're treated to some of the best possible views of the Canyon - from here, visitors can see for miles across the dramatic terrain. Overnight Flagstaff.

Day 9 - Las Vegas

Joining the famed Route 66 as we leave Flagstaff, we begin the drive to fabulous Las Vegas, our home for two nights. We stop off at the Hoover Dam, an engineering masterpiece designed to end the constant flooding caused by the Colorado River. In 1930, construction began on the Dam, the largest of its kind at the time, and it was completed in less than five years. Named after America's 31st president, Herbert Hoover, it's still one of the country's largest hydro-electric power facilities. Back on board our coach, we head across the eerily beautiful Mojave Desert and, before long, the lights of Las Vegas appear on the horizon. Overnight Las Vegas. 

Day 10 - Las Vegas

Enjoy a free day to soak up the vibrant lights and sounds of Las Vegas for yourself. Also nicknamed 'Sin City', there's almost no end to the entertainment here, making it a favourite city for tourists looking to indulge in 'larger-than-life' America. Here, you'll find an incredible selection of elaborate resorts, grand casinos and over-the-top shows to enjoy, as well as the fantastically luxurious spas and high-end, celebrity favourite restaurants of the city's many outlandishly themed hotels.  Overnight Las Vegas.

Day 11 - Tour Conclusion

Your tour concludes today with an included coach transfer to the airport.

Additional information

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Hilton Garden Inn Union Station, Denver

Hilton Garden Inn Union Station, Denver

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Little America Hotel, Flagstaff

Little America Hotel, Flagstaff

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MGM Park Hotel

MGM Park Hotel, Las Vegas

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Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab

Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab

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Hampton Inn Kayenta Monument Valley

Hampton Inn Kayenta Monument Valley, Monument Valley

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Trains

Pike's Peak Cog Railway
Rocky Mountaineer
Rocky Mountaineer's Rockies to the Red Rocks

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Susan

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Submitted 03 Nov 2022

My sister and I were impressed and happy to have been on the maiden tour for this journey. We enjoyed ourselves immensely. The tour group of 20 was perfect. Great tour guide

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