The Colorado Rockies
Experience the majesty of the Colorado Rockies, four National Parks and two historic trains that celebrate the can-do spirit of the Old West.
Marvel at the diversity and majesty of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Follow the Arkansas River on a first-class train ride through Colorado's Royal Gorge. Climb aboard an 1881 steam train for a journey through the San Juan Mountains. The choice is yours to drive through the ancient culture of the Ancestral Puebloans at Mesa Verde National Park or join a National Park Ranger on a short hike down the canyon into one of the cliff dwellings. Soak up some authentic cowboy culture during an evening of western dining and entertainment. From towering peaks to deep canyons and Old West towns to dynamic cities, a region of contrasting beauty and charm awaits.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Scenic rail excursions including the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Royal Gorge Route Railroad
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Hotel accommodations for 8 nights
- 12 meals
- Sightseeing and scenic excursions per itinerary
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Baggage handling, taxes and service charges
Scenic highlights of your trip include:
- Rocky Mountain National Park
- Arches National Park
- Island in the Sky mesa at Canyonlands National Park
Day 1 - Denver, Colorado
Adventure awaits as we explore the towering peaks and rolling meadows of Colorado and Utah. This tour (which features four national parks) opens in the “Mile High City” of Denver where you will gather for a welcome dinner with your fellow travelers. Overnight at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. (D)
Day 2 - Denver - Rocky Mountain National Park - Denver
Travel the “Roof of the Rockies.” Rocky Mountain National Park, one of the largest national parks in the United States, offers up views where majestic mountains stand in stark contrast to deep, rugged canyons. Next, don’t get spooked but we will be making a stop in the town of Estes Park, home to the historic Stanley Hotel, inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining. You may dine at the hotel on your own or take a stroll through the charming town. Later, return to Denver for a free evening in this dynamic city. Overnight at Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. (B)
Day 3 - Denver - Colorado National Monument - Grand Junction
The spectacular Rocky Mountains are your traveling companion today as we make a scenic drive from Denver to Grand Junction, passing through many of Colorado’s famous ski resorts. Our journey also takes us to one of the grand landscapes of the American West – Colorado National Monument. Continue along the Rim Rock to see a colorful panorama of deep, sheer-sided canyons and high rock towers. Gather for dinner at a favorite local hang out in Grand Junction, a town that attracts outdoorsmen, foodies and all kinds of free spirits. Overnight at Doubletree Hotel Grand Junction. (B, D)
Day 4 - Arches National Park - Canyonlands National Park - Grand Junction
Today, one amazing park follows another! In Arches National Park, see the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches. Next up, Canyonlands National Park, a vast landscape of gorges carved by the mighty Colorado River. We top off the day at the Island in the Sky mesa resting on sheer sandstone cliffs over 1,000 feet above the surrounding terrain. Overnight at Doubletree Hotel Grand Junction. (B)
Day 5 - Grand Junction - Silverton - Durango
Head south to Silverton, a former silver mining town and now a national historic landmark. Hidden high in the San Juan Mountains, this town blends spectacular scenery, Victorian charm and historic architecture. Then it's “all aboard” the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This 1881 coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive made its name hauling silver and gold ore from the San Juan Mountains but you will soon realize it is the view that is truly precious. On board, strike up a conversation with "fellow passengers" dressed in 1800s garb who are quick to share their tales straight from the frontier. This evening, experience an Old West Adventure* filled with traditional cowboy food and entertainment. Overnight at the Durango Strater Hotel. (B, D)
Day 6 - Durango - Mesa Verde National Park - Durango
An incredible day awaits at Mesa Verde National Park,home of the ancient Ancestral Puebloan civilization. It’s your choice! Join a local guide on a drive through the park and make several photo stops before arriving at your destination, the famous Spruce Tree Cliff Dwelling…view this incredible structure; one of the Mesa Verde’s best preserved. Or, if you are feeling more adventurous, join a National Park Ranger on a short hike down the canyon into one of the cliff dwellings; as you walk, soak in views of the valley along with some of the 600 homes carved along the cliffs. Overnight at the Durango Strater Hotel. (B)
Day 7 - Durango - Colorado Springs
Sit back and relax during a scenic ride to Colorado Springs. En route, marvel at the landscape as we make our way from the San Juan National Forest and across the Wolf Creek Pass, a section of the Continental Divide that would take pioneers two to three weeks to cross. Continue on through the Rio Grande National Forest, a vast expanse of wilderness named for the 1,800 miles of Rio Grande River that cuts through the forest. Your day concludes in Colorado Springs, an artistic and cultural hub. Overnight at the Hotel Elegante Conference Event Center. (B)
Day 8 - Colorado Springs - Royal Gorge - Colorado Springs
Depart for the Royal Gorge, the Grand Canyon of the Arkansas River. Experience America’s most spectacular rail journey aboard the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. Follow the river and take in the spectacular views the canyon offers. The rock walls climb to an impressive 1,250 feet up. Keep your eyes peeled for long horned sheep and the tallest suspension bridge in Colorado. Later, travel to the Garden of the Gods to see towering sandstone formations that dot the landscape against the backdrop of Pike's Peak. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner, and celebrate your adventure. (B, D)
Day 9 - Colorado Springs - End of Vacation
Your tour comes to a close in Colorado Springs. (B)
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