Colorado’s Vintage Railways 2018

summer trainA Scenic Travel Adventure from an Era When the Iron Horse Ruled the Frontier

8 Days • 7 Nights • 12 Meals

Jul 8-15 | Sep 9-16

Depart/Return: Denver, CO

Price Per Person: Double: $1,797; Single: $2,285

Pre-/Post-Tour Hotel: $158/night

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About the Tour

All aboard! Travel back to the Old West and the awe-inspiring sights of Colorado. You’ll journey on four vintage trains over high mountain passages and through breathtaking gorges. Along the way, see history come to life with stops at an old stagecoach town (where you’ll explore the last coal tipple in the country), an old mining camp, Great Sand Dunes National Park, plus a visit to the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum. A “must-do” epic adventure for nostalgia and train buffs alike!


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Tour Highlights

  • Ride several famous passenger trains past gorgeous national forests including San Isabel and San Juan, and Colorado’s tallest peaks including Mount Massive, Mount Elbert, and Pikes Peak
  • See the stunning Garden of the Gods, whose abundant wildlife and red sandstone formations combine in a captivating park at the base of Pikes Peak
  • Optional excursion to learn about Anasazi Indians at Mesa Verde National Park
  • Visit to the U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Relive 19th-century life in authentic pioneer mining town of Georgetown
  • Visit with Farmer Bob & Alida Helmer at Alida's Fruits in the lush valley where the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers join
  • Hear dramatic tales of the west by Native American storyteller and musician Leon Joseph Littlebird
  • Marvel at railroad history at Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum


Optional Excursions/Extensions

Day 2 Option: Pikes Peak Cog Railway - Feeling extra adventurous? Sign up for a thrilling 8,000-foot ascent to the top of majestic Pikes Peak. Price: $40 per person

Day 5 Option: Mesa Verde National Park - Travel deep into Mesa Verde National Park to learn about Anasazi Indians. (Includes lunch.) Meals: L. Price: $55 per person


Helpful Information

Average Temperature: During your tour, temperatures will vary depending upon location and elevation. Highs can reach into the 90’s at Great Sand Dunes National Park. It is not uncommon to experience near-freezing temperatures, even in summer, on top of Pikes’ Peak at 14,000 feet on the optional Cog Railroad excursion.

Time Zone: Mountain

Arrival Time: Schedule to arrive at our starting hotel by 5:00 p.m. on Day 1.

Departure Time: Schedule your flight home to depart after 3:30 p.m. on Day 8.

Airport Hotel Shuttle: Hotel offers complimentary shuttle to the airport.

Vehicle Parking: Free parking is available during the tour at our starting hotel in Denver.

Walking Distance: Moderate walking is required to enjoy this tour to its fullest. Should be capable to climb stairs for access to the trains.

Currency; US Dollar

Hotel Amenities: Hair Dryers, iron & ironing board, TV/Cable and coffee makers. Exercise room & swimming pool at most hotels.

Travel Protection Available?: Yes, see About Travel Protection.

Terms & Conditions: Tour reservations are subject to the terms and conditions outlined by Country Travel DISCOVERIES on our website at Terms & Conditions.

Groups: Have a group? We can make your group's vacation cost-effective and easy, with discounts for groups as small as five and other benefits. Learn more at Country Travel DISCOVERIES for Groups.

Additional Information: Dress on tour is casual. Bring dark clothes and comfortable shoes for the train rides. No smoking is allowed on the trains. Train delays are common. Elevations range from 5,000 (at Denver airport)  to 14,150 feet (at Pike's Peak). Travelers with medical conditions such as heart issues or diabetes should consult with their physician prior to signing up for this tour.

Further information: is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further details approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing all your final documents.

Updates: Updates to this document are available from our Discovery Reservations Team, and will be posted online at


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Readings of Related Interest

Riding Colorado’s Vintage Railways

Interview with DISCOVERIES Director Don Bruno

As an old steam engine chugs along through the breathtaking passes of the Colorado Rockies, hauling coaches and travelers past evergreen-covered hills, around sheer rock faces, and over deep gorges, there are many fantastic photo opportunities. 

Colorado by Train: Nostalgia in the Rocky Mountains

Review on Country Magazine Good Neighbors Blog

Story and photos by John Burlingham, Senior Editor, Country Magazine



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Images on this page (from top): Summer Train; Mesa Verde ruins ( Adams); Durango & Silverton Railway




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