A perfect tour for any rail enthusiast, including 7 scenic train journeys.
Day 1,2: Denver
The Mile High City !!!, There is so much to do in Denver, with snow-capped peaks providing a spectacular backdrop, Denver is as refined as it is laid-back. It’s a place where aerospace engineers rub elbows with rock climbers at local brewpubs, at art festivals, or while strolling their favourite pedestrian mall. And with 300 days of sunshine per year, it’s easy to see why people fall in love with Denver the first time they visit. To get your historic train holiday off to a rolling start!! why not visit the Colorado Railroad Museum located in Golden just 12 miles west of Denver or the Forney Museum of Transportation located in Denver.
2 Nights at the Comfort Inn Downtown, Denver.
Day 3,4: Colorado Springs* (71 miles)
Today it’s time to head south of Denver for about 60 miles to Colorado Springs. The area has extensive parks and open spaces with trails that wind through magnificent rock formations and shady mountain forests – perfect for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Or tackle the rapids of the Arkansas on a white-water rafting tour that winds through the Royal Gorge. On day 3 take the afternoon historic Cog railway ride to the top of Pikes Peak from nearby Manitou Springs. Pikes Peak - America’s Mountain is composed of granite, which was once hot molten rock that originated 20 miles below the earth’s surface. One billion years ago, the rock hardened and then cooled, and cataclysmic forces within the earth thrust the rock upward. This created a dome-shaped mountain with layers of soil and soft rock. Erosion eventually carried away the soft outer layers and, centuries later, the bare granite face of the mountain was exposed. Glaciers chiselled the face of the mountain, gouging out rock and leaving deep basins.
Day 4 spend the day in the Colorado springs area where we suggest the drive to the West side of Pikes Place to Cripple Creek and historic casino town and take a ride on the Victor Mining Train (not included in price, to be paid locally, this runs several times a day) the trip reveals scenic wonders around every curve as century-old steam locomotive transports you back to the gold mining days of Cripple Creek & Victor, Colorado. A treat for railroad and history buffs, kids and the whole family.
2 Nights at the Hyatt Place, Colorado Springs.
Day 5,6,7: Alamosa* (164 miles)
This morning take a 45 min drive south west of Colorado Springs to Canon City and take the mid-day Royal Gorge Lunch Train, voted one of the top 8 train rides in North America. The railroad takes passengers through the Royal Gorge on a 24-mile round-trip journey complete with classes of service from glass topped Vista Domes to 3-course lunch and dinner trains. The train continues to be the region's number 1 destination attraction with an attention to outstanding service, delicious food, and the breathtaking scenery of the Royal Gorge.
The Royal Gorge Bridge is America's highest suspension bridge, owned by the City of Canon City, and open daily. The Royal Gorge Bridge is also home to the Sky Coaster - a fun and thrilling swing that literally swings you out over the Royal Gorge, over 1,000 above the railroad tracks and the Arkansas River. The Royal Gorge Bridge was just voted one of the scariest bridges in the world!
After your train journey it’s time to head south again onto Alamosa in the centre of the State and the San Luis Valley.
Day 6 Drive to nearby Antonito for the full day Cumbres and Toltec railway from Colorado into northern New Mexico (bus down/train back or train down/bus back).
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad was originally constructed in 1880 as part of the Rio Grande’s San Juan Extension, which served the silver mining district of the San Juan Mountains in south-western Colorado.
Day 7 This morning you will be riding on the Rio Grande Railway over LeVeto Pass returning early afternoon, The narrow gauge rail into town was completed on June 22, 1878, and shortly after, a train full of assorted pre-built buildings from nearby Garland City were brought in and put into place that same day. Rumour has it, in fact, that the men who worked the line had breakfast in Garland City that morning, and were later served dinner in the same building that evening – in Alamosa
After your Rio Grande journey there is just time to take a drive out to Great Sands Dunes National Park where you can explore the tallest dunes in North America, The Great Sand Dunes are a unique protected wilderness area.
3 Nights at the Holiday Inn Express, Alamosa.
Day 8: Durango (150 miles)
Today you will drive over the San Juan Mountains to Pagosa Springs and Durango, The San Juan’s cover over 12000 square miles on South Western Colorado, about an eighth of the State. The Mountains are among the highest and most rugged in North America. Hundreds of the San Juan peaks rise above 13,000 feet and many surpass 14,000 Feet. Take you time to explore the region or arrive in Durango early afternoon and visit the Train Museum in this community.
1 Night at the Holiday Inn, Durango.
Day 9: Mesa Verde National Park* (36 miles)
This morning take you seat on the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway, the most popular of the historic trains in the American west, The Durango and Silverton narrow gauge railroad winds through spectacular & breathtaking canyons in the remote wilderness of the two million acre San Juan National Forest for an unforgettable year round adventure. Experience the adventure of travelling by a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive on the same tracks as miners, cowboys and settlers of the old West took over the country a century ago. Late afternoon continue your journey onto Mesa Verde National Park.
1 Night at the Far View Lodge, Mesa Verde National Park.
Day 10: Gunnison (207 miles)
This morning take time to explore Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde is Spanish for green table, offers a spectacular look into the lives of ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 TO A.D 1300. Today the park protects over 4000 known archaeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some on the most notable and best preserved in the United States. After the park head north to Telluride and take a free gondola ride up the into the mountains that are covered in snow in the winter months, Continue on to visit the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park - The Black Canyon of the Gunnison's unique and spectacular landscape was formed slowly by the action of water and rock scouring down through hard proterozic crystalline rock, no other canyon in North America combines the narrow opening, sheer walls, startling depths offered by the Black Canyon of Gunnison.
1 Night at the Quality Inn, Gunnison.
Day 11: Vail* (161 miles)
This morning as you leave Gunnison you take an amazing drive over Monarch Pass, The pass is widely considered one of the most scenic in Colorado, offering a panoramic view of the southern end of the Sawatch Range from the summit where a gift shop and small restaurant are located. During the summer month and aerial tram from the parking lot at the Summit carries visitors to the top of Monarch Ridge above the pass at approx 12,000 feet above sea level allowing a wider view of the surrounding peaks, during the winter visitors to the area enjoy skiing. Continue onto to Leadville for the Colorado Southern afternoon Train - The historic mining town of Leadville, Colorado is tucked away in a magnificent alpine valley at the base of the state's highest peak. Here you will find spectacular views, volumes of living history and a population proud of its working class heritage. Winding through this colourful tapestry like a brilliant red ribbon is the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad.
Originating in "the highest incorporated city in North America," the LC&S takes passengers along the old Denver, South Park & Pacific and Colorado & Southern lines to the Continental Divide. But, as the old adage states, "It's not the destination, but the journey that's important." This journey is full of breath-taking panoramas across the Arkansas River Valley and humorous narratives about Leadville's colourful past. Mining and railroading were a large part of the local history, and today's passengers will find it easy to step back in time on the Leadville, Colorado & Southern. After your train journey continue onto Vail, this area is like nothing on earth. For summer & winter adventures there are few places that can match, explore the ski resorts many peaks, mountain bike down whilst gazing at amazing scenery and when you’re back down enjoy the high end shopping, world class restaurants and rocking nightlife that make this area one of the most popular in the State for visitors and celebrities worldwide.
1 Night at the Evergreen Lodge, Vail (no Fri or Sat arrivals unless 2 night min stay)
Day 12: Denver* (97 miles)
Today it time to head back to Denver, passing through Eisenhower Tunnel and on to Georgetown for the loop railway program, The Georgetown Loop Railroad brings Colorado history to life in a fun adventure that will thrill the entire family. The beauty of the rugged Rocky Mountains surrounds you as an old-time steam locomotive or one of our powerful diesel locomotives winds up the Clear Creek canyon, hauling your train past the remains of several gold and silver mines. Our fully enclosed as well as our open cars allow a breath taking view of everything along the line. Departures are available from the Silver Plume Depot or Devil’s Gate Station in Georgetown during the regular season. Trains operating after Columbus Day only operate from the Devil’s Gate Station in Georgetown. Gift shops at both ends of the line offer outstanding selections of railroad themed items, books, clothing, snack foods, and hot and cold drinks. Food is permitted on the train. Be sure to visit the Georgetown-Silver Plume National Historic Landmark District, established in 1966. The two towns have one of the largest concentrations of Victorian buildings in the country, with many unique shops and restaurants. The Georgetown Loop Historic Mining & Railroad Park and its surrounding communities provide the perfect way to spend a day!
Continue onto Denver for your last night in Colorado.
1 Night at the Comfort Inn Downtown, Denver.
Enjoy some last minute sightseeing or shopping before heading back to the airport to drop your car and fly home.
*Train Journeys included:
Day 3 – Pikes Peak Cog Railway
Day 5 – Royal Gorge Train/Lunch Special
Day 6 – Cumbres & Toltec
Day 7 – Rio Grande/Le Veta Train
Day 9 – Durango & Silverton
Day 11 – Leadville Historic Train
Day 12 – Georgetown Loop Railway
Pre, post or extra nights: Pre, post & extra nights within the itinerary can be added to this tour, please let us know at time of booking if you would like to extend your stay anywhere and we will be happy to quote the extra nights.
Documentation/joining instructions: A prepaid voucher for your first hotel stay will be issued to you prior to travel, your fly drive guidebook with all other documents, train tickets, driving directions & maps etc will then be waiting for your collection on check in at the first hotel.
Included in the tour:
7 Train tickets per person on above routes
All hotel taxes
Not included in this tour:
Overnight parking charges if applicable
Flights – Please contact us to arrange flights direct into Denver with our airline partner British Airways.
Car Hire - Please contact us to arrange car hire with our rental partner Alamo rent a car at very competitive rates.
All rates quoted below are per adult per package in Great British Pounds and include all taxes.
Up to two children under 11 can stay free when sharing the same room with two adults, the cost of a child train tickets will be £241.00 per child.
Tour departs everyday
01 May – 30 Sep 2018
To book this tour along with flights, car hire and extra nights or if you have any questions please call us on 0844 80 444 80 we are open 7 days a week until late.