Colorado Railways

12 Days - Departs July 14

Highlights

- Durango-Silverton Railway
- Georgetown Loop Railroad
- Royal Gorge Railroad
- Cripple Creek Railroad
- Garden of the Gods
- Las Vegas
- Denver
- Colorado Springs
- 16 Meals

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Mesa
Motorcoach to Mesa, located in the desert called, “The Valley of the Sun.” Meet new friends at a welcome dinner. Spend the night at the Holiday Inn. (D)

 

Day 2: Gallup & Sedona
Travel to Sedona for a brief visit. The town is nearly surrounded by picturesque buttes and mesas of red sandstone, and one of Arizona’s most scenic destinations. Continue on to Gallup, New Mexico. Route 66 runs through the town and its name is mentioned in the lyrics to the famous song by Bobby Troup. Overnight at the Hampton Inn. (B)

 

Day 3: Durango
Travel into Colorado and the Old West town of Durango. The city was not founded as a result of pioneers looking for gold, but sprang up with the arrival of the railroad. A number of these original Victorian buildings are still in use today. Spend the night at the Doubletree Hotel. (B)

 

Day 4: Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
This morning, it’s all aboard for a ride on the famous Durango-Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad as it chugs through stunning canyons, beneath towering peaks and beside the rushing Animas River. The train ride ends in the old mining village of Silverton, where during its heyday, almost 100 tons of silver were extracted from the mines. Continue on by motorcoach over the Million Dollar Highway to the Holiday Inn Express in Gunnison. (B)

 

Day 5: Colorado Springs & Royal Gorge
Motor to Cañon City to board the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. You will travel through the Canyon under the bridge and enjoy unsurpassed views of the breathtaking scenery. As you roll along, lunch is served on board. Re-board your motorcoach and travel to Colorado Springs for two nights at the Embassy Suites Hotel. The city is located in the geographical center of the U.S. and is known throughout the world for its breathtaking scenic beauty. (B, L)

 

Day 6: Garden of the Gods
Today, visit the Garden of the Gods. It was once called “old red land” due to its magnificent red sandstone formations by the Native Americans who first discovered it. Experience the park with lunch and a guided tour. (B, L)
 
Day 7: Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge RR
In 1890, gold ore was discovered near Cripple Creek and thousands of prospectors arrived. Re-live this exciting era as you ride on the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad. There are scenic wonders around every curve. Re-board your motorcoach and head to Denver for two nights at the centrally located Sheraton Denver Hotel. This evening, enjoy a taste of country with a delicious chicken dinner at the popular White Fence Farm. (B, D)

 

Day 8: Denver City Tour
Born during the Gold Rush of 1859, the economy of Denver was based on providing services for miners. The turn-of-the-century brought respectability, and it became the most elegant city in a thousand-mile radius, the “Queen City of the Plains.” Learn more about this fabulous city with a narrated city tour. Also visit the fascinating Forney Museum of Transportation, with a one-of-a-kind collection of over 500 exhibits relating to transportation. (B)

 

Day 9: Grand Junction & Georgetown Loop
Travel by motorcoach to the old mining town of Georgetown. There are over 200 restored Victorian buildings and the town has been the location for many films. Journey back in time on the historic Georgetown Loop Railroad, the most complex railroad loop in the world. Motor along the Colorado River through magnificent mountain scenery to Glenwood Springs where early tourists began arriving by train in the 1880’s. Make a stop at the Hotel Colorado which has played host to presidents, gangsters and movie stars Continue on to Grand Junction and the Doubletree Hotel. (B)

 

Day 10: Richfield
Established in 1911, he Colorado National Monument was once described as “20,000 acres of the grandest landscape in the American West.” Travel along Rim Rock Drive with unsurpassed views of colorful canyons filled with towering masses of naturally sculpted rock. Continue on to your final destination of Richfield, Utah which lies on the Old Spanish Trail. Overnight at the Hampton Inn. (B)

 

Day 11: Las Vegas & Zion National Park
Drive through a portion of Zion National Park. The prominent feature of the park is Zion Canyon, 15 miles long and up to half-a-mile deep, cut through the reddish and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone by the Virgin River. Continue on to Las Vegas, which over time, grew from a small whistle-stop on the famed Union Pacific railway line to “The Entertainment Capital of the World.” End the day with a farewell dinner and a night at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas before returning home. (B, D)

  

Day 12: Home
After breakfast head home with memories of the fantastic Colorado Railroads. (B)

 

 

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$    699 Single Supplement
$    300 Deposit, with balance due May 26

 

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