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!
- Ride several famous passenger trains past gorgeous national forests including San Isabel and San Juan, and Colorado’s tallest peaks including Mount Massive and Mount Elbert
- 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
DAY 1–“ALL ABOARD” THE RAIL ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME!
It was the Iron Horse that helped tame the Old West, bringing an entire continent together and leading to the historic expansion of the United States. Relive the thrill and excitement of that historic era starting today, when you meet your fellow rail travelers for a welcome reception.
DAY 2–AIR FORCE ACADEMY/GARDEN OF THE GODS
Today starts at the Air Force Academy where you’ll see its iconic chapel and terrazzo, and learn about the cadet experience. Then visit the stunning Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. This 1,367-acre park at the base of Pikes Peak is where the Great Plains meet the Rockies—and is like a little piece of heaven! You’ll be amazed by the abundance of plant and animal life here, as well as the magnificent red sandstone formations. You’ll also enjoy the magical town of Manitou Springs, home to nine mineral springs fed by the snows of Pikes Peak. Many native Americans considered this area sacred—and you’ll see why. Next, we'll visit the United States Olympic Complex in Colorado Springs - the training site for many of America's future Olympians. Go behind the scenes and see the facility, which is able to provide housing, dining, recreational facilities and other services for up to 557 coaches and athletes at one time. B, L
DAY 3–ROYAL GORGE RAILROAD/GREAT SAND DUNES N.P.
Return to the exciting days of the Frontier West aboard this stately steam engine the moment it blows its horn! Relax in your comfortable coach or open-air observation car during an unforgettable journey from Antonito to the old stagecoach town of Chama, New Mexico, home to one of the last coal tipples in the country. Mid-way enjoy a delicious lunch stop in the small mining town of Osier. B, L
DAY 5–DURANGO YOUR WAY
Enjoy a leisurely day in the western town of Durango, which was founded in 1880 by the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad. You may choose to explore this historic downtown on a walking tour, stroll the Animas River trail, browse the shops or take an exciting optional excursion. B
Immerse yourself in yesteryear with the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum’s memorabilia, including full-size locomotives, maps, photos and artwork. Then the 1880s-era coal-fired, steam powered locomotives to travel the same track miners, cowboys and settlers did over a century ago. Gaze in awe while chugging through portions of the magnificent two million acres of remote wilderness that make up the San Juan National Forest! B, D
DAY 7–ALIDA’S FRUITS/VAIL FREE TIME
The junction of the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers formed the fertile soils around Grand Junction. This morning, visit farmers Bob & Alida Helmer at Alida’s Fruits in this lush valley. Later, enjoy the world-famous Vail Mountain Resort on your own and at your own pace. There are countless things to do in this quaint, historic, European-influenced town nestled amongst the Rocky Mountains. En route to Dillon, travel the engineering marvel that is I-70, considered by many the most scenic highway in the U.S. B, D
DAY 8–FRONTIER MINING TOWN/TALES OF YORE/GEORGETOWN LOOP R.R.
Your day begins in charming Georgetown, which started as a mining camp in 1859 and still maintains much of its 19th century architecture. After a bountiful breakfast, storyteller Leon Joseph Littlebird will perform tales of mountain life and indigenous music. Afterward, experience your final rail adventure aboard the Georgetown Loop Railroad, a narrow gauge line that forms a grand loop high in the Rocky Mountains. Then you’ll say good-bye to new friends and take home happy railroading memories! B
Jul 8-15, 2018 SOLD OUT | Sep 9-16, 2018 SOLD OUT
Sep 16-23, 2018
Depart/Return: Denver, CO
Price Per Person: Double: $1,797; Single: $2,285
Pre-/Post-Tour Hotel: $158/night
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
Pre-/Post-Tour Hotel: $158/night
During your tour, temperatures will vary depending upon location and elevation. Highs can reach into the 90’s at Great Sand Dunes National Park.
Schedule to arrive at our starting hotel by 5:00 p.m. on Day 1.
Schedule your flight home to depart after 3:30 p.m. on Day 8.
Airport Hotel Shuttle
Hotel offers complimentary shuttle to the airport.
Free parking is available during the tour at our starting hotel in Denver.
Moderate walking is required to enjoy this tour to its fullest. Should be capable to climb stairs for access to the trains.
Hair Dryers, iron & ironing board, TV/Cable and coffee makers. Exercise room & swimming pool at most hotels.
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 10,500 feet. 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.
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