Colorado’s Historic Trains
It is easy to see why Colorado's Historic Trains 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
- 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
- 13 Meals (3 dinners, 2 lunches and 8 breakfasts)
- Visit the beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park, a living showcase of the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains
- Visit the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park
- Tour Mesa Verde National Park with its amazing cliff dwellings, home to “the Ancient Ones,” the Anasazi Indians
- 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
- Round trip airport transfers
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, a living showcase of the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. 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 the 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, learn about the fascinating history of the railroad, ghost stories and tales from the wild as you travel north along the Arkansas River Valley. Rising 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, this route 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 100% coal-fired, steam-operated and are maintained in their original condition. Overnight Sky Ute Casino Resort, Ignacio, Colorado. (B, D)
Day 5 - Mesa Verde National Park
Today we visit the land of the ancient Pueblo Indians in Mesa Verde National Park. The fascinating cliff dwellings and culture of these people provide us with a look into a society that existed approximately 1,400 years ago. Building elaborate stone communities, the Pueblos developed their own society that existed for some 700 years, before disappearing. Archeologists called them Anasazi, from a Navajo word sometimes translating as “the ancient ones.” 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 enjoy another journey by train aboard the Royal Gorge. The 12-mile route follows the most famous portion of the old Denver and Rio Grande Western train line. We ride through the “Grand Canyon of the Arkansas” on an unforgettable journey over the famous Hanging Bridge, which clings precariously to the steep granite walls of Royal Gorge. (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, D)
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
Add more flexibility to your rail vacation by choosing when and where to begin and end your vacation. Whether you want to go east to west, west to east, north to south, south to north, start at the beginning, travel the reverse itinerary or begin in the middle, Rail Your Way allows you to tailor make your rail vacation so you can have the experience you want.
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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 locations were beautiful and fun, the tour manager was great as was the driver
The whole trip was amazing. What a way to see the country side. We throughly enjoyed it.
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.
Dates & Prices
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Colorado's Historic Trains: Departs 11th August 2017 ($2,369), 8th September 2017 ($2,369)
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