Vintage Trains Through the Colorado Rockies

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ALLLLL ABOARD! Colorado’s historic and scenic railroads have unique history and charm. Lovingly maintained tracks and trains will bring you to the edge of your seat as you marvel at the deep canyons below and majestic mountain vistas above. Travel back to the
Old West and the days of the Iron Horse, set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.

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Highlights:

  • 16 Meals
  • 5 Vintage Trains: Pike Peak’s Cog Railway, Royal Gorge Route Railroad, Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad
  • Garden of the Gods Trading Post and Tour with Local Guide
  • Manitou Springs Cliff Dwellings
  • U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Four Corners Monument
  • Mesa Verde National Park Tour with Local Guide
  • Bar D Chuckwagon
  • Million Dollar Highway
  • Estes Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Moderate physical activity level with higher altitudes up to 14,115 feet above sea level. Those with cardiac or respiratory issues should check with their doctor before booking.

Itinerary

Days 1 and 2
On Day 1, depart by motor coach for a fabulous time in Colorado. Travel through Missouri and into Kansas to overnight. On Day 2, continue west to Colorado Springs, where we check into our hotel for 2 nights.
Included Meal: Day 2 – Cont. Breakfast

Day 3
Start the day with a an 8.9-mile ride on the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway, where we may see the vistas that inspired Katherine Lee Bates to write her poem “America the Beautiful.” Visit the Garden of the Gods Trading Post for lunch with time to shop for Native American art. We tour the Garden of the Gods with a local guide. Visit the Manitou Springs Cliff Dwellings, where you can walk through homes created by the ancient Native Americans.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4
This morning begins at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where we see its Chapel. At Canon City, we board the Royal Gorge Route Railroad that chugs along the gorge of the Arkansas River as it winds its way on a 2-hour, 24-mile vintage train ride through the steep granite cliffs of the gorge. Cross the river on the famous hanging bridge and look up to the suspension bridge overhead. Lunch onboard. Continue to Alamosa to overnight.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5
“All aboard” the 1880 Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad departing from Antonito this morning! Dubbed “America’s most spectacular narrow gauge steam railroad,” it chugs through wilderness and over the 10,022-foot Cumbres Pass. There is no diner on the train, so we enjoy a delicious lunch at the Osier station before continuing to Chama, New Mexico and then to Farmington to overnight.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6
Travel to Four Corners, located on the Navajo Reservation, where four states meet at one point. Continue to Mesa Verde National Park to view cliff ruins of the Anasazi. A local guide will take us through the most famous ruin sites. Overnight in the Old West mining town of Durango after a delightful chuckwagon dinner and entertainment.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7
We board the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for a 45-mile, 3½- hour rail journey through the Colorado Rockies. Upon arrival in Silverton, enjoy free time to explore some of the shops and have lunch. Enjoy the scenic views along the “Million Dollar Highway” en route to Gunnison.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8
Wake up this morning in the Rockies. Travel to historic Leadville for lunch and our final rail excursion where we board the Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad. Rising up 1,000 feet from the valley floor, you will be greeted with spectacular views of Fremont Pass and Mt. Massive and Mt. Elbert. Continue to Westminster, our home for two nights.
Included Meal: Breakfast

Day 9
This morning we venture into the resort village of Estes Park, where you have time to visit its unique shops. Drive over Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous highway in America. See glacial Lake Granby and experience Berthoud Pass. Many stops during the day will provide the opportunity for magnificent photos.
Included Meal: Breakfast

Days 10 and 11
On Day 10 we begin our journey home and this evening, enjoy a farewell dinner. Day 11 will take you back to your departure points with memories of the beauty of the Rocky Mountains.
Included Meals: Day 10 – Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11 – Cont. Breakfast

Deposit: $100 per person. Special cancellation policies – inquire at time of booking.

Departing From:
Decatur, Springfield, Litchfield, Pontoon Beach, Hazelwood, St. Charles, Columbia, Kansas City, Marion, Mt. Vernon, Nashville, Fairview Heights, South County, Evansville, Cape Girardeau