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2024094 Colorado Rockies, Rail & Western National

2024094 Colorado Rockies, Rail & Western National

06/16/2024-06/24/2024 Sun-Mon                                Trip# 2024094

 

Colorado Rockies, Rails & Western National Rail Parks

 

Hightlights:

 

  • 3 Train Experiences (Durango & Silverton Railroad, Pikes Peak Cog Railway, and Royal Gorge Railroad)

  • 4 National Parks Vistas (Messa Verde, Arches, Canyonlands, and Great Sand Dunes)

  • 2 Nights-Durango, CO

  • 3 Nights-Colorado Springs

  • 2 Nights-Grand Junction

  • Vail, CO

  • Moab, Utah

  • Denver, CO

  • Dead Horse Point State Park

  • Garden of the Gods

  • U.S. Air Force Academy

  • Cowboy Dinner & Show

 

Inclusions:

 

Roundtrip Airfare - PHL, 11 Meals: 8 Breakfasts & 3 Dinners, Professional Tour Director, Motorcoach Transportation, Admissions per itinerary, Sight Seeing per itinerary, and Baggage handling at Hotels.

 

 

***Pricing & Itinerary subject to change***

Day 1

Upon arrival in Denver meet your Tour Director and transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay in the Mile High City. This evening join your Tour Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner.

D

Day 2

Today travel west of Denver and stop in Vail, a favorite year round resort destination for tourism and outdoor activity. Explore the Vail Village, the downtown district reminiscent of a Bavarian Village includes a clock tower & features diverse shops and restaurants in addition to breathtaking mountain views. Later continue west and arrive in Grand Junction for a two night stay.

B

Day 3

Today travel west into Utah to visit two of our county's great national parks. This morning visit Canyonlands National Park featuring deeply eroded canyons interspread with sheer-sided mesas and a variety of spires, arches, and unusual rock formations. Then atop at Dead Horse Point State Park for an amazing view of the Colorado River. Ashort ride brings you to Moab, Utah for lunch on your own in this town famous for western movie making. This afternoon visit Arches National Park to see some of the famous arches (over 2,000 in total) and marvel at other red rock formations and canyons. Return to Grand Junction for an evening at your pwn pace.

B

Day 4

Today journey south to Silverton, secluded in a mountain vallet at an elevation of 9,318 feet to begin a wonderful train experience. It's all-aboard the 1881 coal-fired, steam-powered Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for a spectacular rail journey through the sheer cliffs of Animals River. Arrive in historic Durango for a two night stay. Duranogo began as a mining town during the gold and silver booms. Today it's a center of year round tourism, commerce, culture, and ranching featuring a Victorian downtown where you can enjoy the spirit of a bygone era.

B

Day 5

This morning visit Mesa Verde National Park, home to the largest and best preserved Anasazi Indian cliff dwellings in the Southwest including the famous Cliff Palace. Venture out on the Mesa Top Loop Road which winds around overlooks to see some of the 4,000 ruin sites including 600 cliff dwellings. This evening in the Durango area enjoy a fun-filled dinning experience at the Bar D Chuckwagon Supper & Western Stage Show.

B, D

Day 6

Today travel east to Great Sand Dunes National Park, established in 2004 & known for the huge dunes and beaches created at the base of the dunes. Stop at a Visitor Center to learn more about this National Park, containg the tallest sand dunes in North America, rising to a maximum height of 750 feet from the floor of the San Luis Valley on the western base of the Sangre de Cristo Range. Later, jounrey to Colorado SPrings, a picturesque city situated at the foot of famous Pikes Peak & check in for a 3-night stay. "The Springs" as it is commonly referred to attracts thousands of visitors each year for its picturesque setting, natural wonders, history & military sights.

B

Day 7

This morning board the Pikes Peak Cog Rail-way, the world's highest cog railroad for an 8.9 mile trip to the summit of Pikes Peak (approx. 14,110 ft) On a clear day you can see 75 miles to Denver and over 100 miles to New Mexico. Later, visit the famous Garden of the Gods, on the National Register for Historic Places. Located where the Great Plains meet the mighty Rockies, this 1,300-acre park is home to towering sandstone formations. Then vist the U.S. Air Force Academy located at the foot of the majestic Rocky Mountains. The Academy is Colorado's most frequently visited man-made attraction and home to cadets participating in the oficer-training program. Stop at the Visitor Center featuring exhbits on cadet life.

B

Day 8

Today travel to see the Royal Gorge and experience some of the most arresting scenery in all of American railroading aboard the Royal Gorge Railroad. The rail jounrey travels from Canon City to Parkdale along the Arkansas River through the scenic Royal Gorge and features dramatic views of the Roayl Gorge Bridge, the world's highest suspension bridge. Tonight experience a Farewell Dinner at a popular local restaurant in Colorado Springs area.

B, D

Day 9

Transfer to the Denver Airport for your flight home filled with wonderful memories of your travel experience.

B

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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