Experience a Colorado Rocky Mountain High as you travel historic railroads through rugged mountains draped in fall colors. Be transported back to a Wild West era where mining towns thrived and panning for gold was a way of life.
Deluxe Roundtrip Motorcoach Transportation
On-board Friendly Host
Hotel Accommodations & Luggage Handling
14 Meals Including Gratuities
Entrance Fees to Attractions, National Parks and Monuments as Mentioned in Itinerary:
- Colorado Springs
- Garden of the Gods
- Royal Gorge Route Railroad
- Royal Gorge Park & Bridge
- Great Sand Dunes National Park
- Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad
- Mesa Verde National Park
- Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
- Colorado National Monument
- Colorado Railroad Museum
$2750 pp Double / $3400 pp Single
Non-members add $75
Payment & Refunds:
A $300 deposit per person is required within one week of reservation. Payment is due in full by August 2, 2021.
No refunds will be issued after August 2, 2021. Travel protection is available; please call to inquire.
Activity Level 3:
This tour requires average physical activity. Participants should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground or unpaved trails. This tour covers areas of higher altitudes including overnight locations above 6,000 ft. and touring above 9,000 ft.
$2750 per person Double // $3400 per person Single
Non-members add $75
Day 1: Friday, September 10, 2021
Travel to Salina, Kansas
Join us this morning from the available departure location of your choice, meet your friendly on-board Trailways host, and begin your westward journey. We travel through Des Moines, Kansas City and Topeka on our way to Salina, KS to overnight. Join the group this evening for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 2: Saturday, September 11, 2021
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before departing Salina and continuing west across the plains of Kansas with rest stops along the way. This afternoon, arrive in Colorado Springs, meet your Tour Director and enjoy touring of Garden of the Gods. An abundance of plant and animal life can be found throughout its 1,340 acres, as well as the magnificent red sandstone rock formations, for which the Garden is best known. Check into your hotel and have the rest of the evening free to enjoy dinner, on your own.
Day 3: Sunday, September 12, 2021
Royal Gorge RR, Alamosa
After breakfast, pack your bags, partner, because today you’re off! This morning board the Royal Gorge Route Railroad for a vintage train ride along the legendary Arkansas River deep within the gorge. Next, travel to Royal Gorge Park and Bridge, where the world’s highest suspension bridge towers 1,053 feet above the Arkansas River. Here, you will have time to walk out on the bridge, have lunch and explore other sights in the park. In the afternoon, travel west with a rest stop in the old mining town of Salida. Then, travel south to Great Sand Dunes National Park for sightseeing. After a wonderful day in Colorado, arrive in Alamosa for a one-night stay. Dinner will be included this evening at a local restaurant.
Day 4: Monday, September 13, 2021
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
This morning after breakfast, “it’s all aboard” the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, considered the finest remaining example of a once vast network of narrow-gauge lines linking together the Rocky Mountain Mining Camps. This unique railroad has been called by author, Lucius Beebe, “the most awesomely spectacular example of mountain railroading in North America.” Ride the rails from Antonito, Colorado to Osier where you’ll disembark and enjoy lunch; then meet the motorcoach and travel to the old west mining town of Durango for a two-night stay.
Day 5: Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Mesa Verde National Park
After breakfast, travel to nearby Mesa Verde National Park for a day of exploration. Here, you will visit cliff dwellings where the mysterious Anasazi once lived. Known as the “Ancient Ones” to the Navajo, the Anasazi lived in the Four Corners area almost a thousand years ago, then suddenly disappeared – leaving their incredibly well-preserved dwellings to intrigue and challenge modern man. This is the nation’s largest archeological preserve with 4,000 sights including 600 cliff dwellings. Spend some time in the Visitors Center with its large collection of ancient artifacts for an introduction to the ancient culture. A local expert will guide you through the most famous ruin sites with a stop at the Spruce Tree House Restaurant for lunch, on your own. After a fascinating tour of the park, return to Durango with the rest of the day free to explore this fun western town and have dinner, on your own.
Day 6: Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Durango & Silverton Railroad
This morning, after enjoying breakfast at the hotel, ride the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, one of the last such railroads operating in the United States. “All aboard!” for a delightful trip through the Colorado Rockies between Durango and Silverton. The rugged peaks, alpine meadows, and crystal lakes take you back to the early days of the West when mountain men searched this untouched land for traces of bear and mountain lion. Upon arrival in Silverton, enjoy some free time to explore the many shops and have lunch on your own. Meet the motorcoach for a scenic drive north to Grand Junction. This evening see the fantastic monoliths of Colorado National Monument. Over the centuries, wind and water have carved sheer, walled canyons, spires, and gorges from the brilliant orange and red sandstone. Overnight in Grand Junction and enjoy dinner this evening at the hotel.
Day 7: Thursday, September 16, 2021
Grand Junction, Denver
Depart after breakfast and travel east for a ride through the Heart of the Rockies enjoying vistas of rugged canyons, pristine wilderness, and deep gorges. Cross the Continental Divide at Loveland Pass as we travel east descending once again into the “Mile High City” of Denver. Before checking into our hotel, we’ll stop at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden. This museum’s mission is to acquire, preserve and exhibit railroad equipment, artifacts, and photographs emphasizing Rocky Mountain area railroads. You’ll learn about the history of this region from the 1860’s to present. What a great end to our Colorado Train Adventure! This afternoon, check into your hotel and freshen up but don’t wanter too far because tonight you will rejoin your fellow Trailways travelers for a farewell dinner.
Day 8: Friday, September 17, 2021
Denver & Lincoln
Say farewell to Denver and your Tour Director after breakfast and return eastward across the plains of Colorado and Nebraska with rest and refresh breaks along the way. This evening, arrive in Lincoln, Nebraska for our overnight stay with free time to enjoy dinner, on your own.
Day 9: Saturday, September 18, 2021
After an amazing trip to the Colorado Rockies, enjoy one last travel day as we make our way home to Iowa with rest and refresh breaks, as well as a stop for lunch, on your own, along the way.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Davenport, Iowa|| 8727 Northridge Drive - Burlington Trailways Bldg. |
1st right past Blain's Farm & Fleet; on the left
|Ft. Madison, IA|| Ft. Madison Prison Industries Parking Lot |
1st Street & Avenue E
|Mediapolis, IA|| Mediapolis, IA - Mepo. Foods |
111 N. Wapello Rd.
|Muscatine, IA|| Muscatine - Wal*Mart 3003 US-61 |
|Wapello, IA|| Wapello, Jack N Jill on Hwy 61 |
503 US 61, Wapello, IA
|West Burlington|| West Burlington, IA Westland Mall |
South Lot by AmericInn
|Departure Date||Pick-up Time||Drop-off Time|