Colorado Railroads: September 10-17, 2017

We have included 6 Railroad Experiences!!  This is one of those tours that you definitely want to compare what experiences you are getting for your dollar.  6 railroads, a Jeep Tour, a chuck wagon dinner, plus other exciting stops!


Day 1: As we look forward to a wonderful railroads tour, we will make our way to the Colorado Springs area for our first night.

Day 2: This morning we will visit the Olympic Training center for a tour of their incredible facility.  Then it’s off to our first rail experience, we will ride the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad over historic LaVeta Pass through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. This is the highest and longest route on a standard gauge rail in Colorado. Enjoy a ride full of train history, mining tales, wildlife sightings, and geology. Tonight we will stay near Alamosa.

Day 3: The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, the finest remaining example of the original Denver and Rio Grande narrow gauge line, was a railroad built in the 1880’s to serve miners and loggers. One hundred years ago this daring steam engine railroad opened up the Great American West. Over 64 miles of unspoiled scenery awaits us as we climb through the spectacular San Juan Mountains. Wailing whistles bounce down canyon walls, while far below the Los Pinos River glistens in sunlight while smoke bellows into the air.  Through tunnels and over trestles, you will experience it all! We will have an included lunch at the half-way point. During the six-hour ride, we’ll be going back and forth from New Mexico into Colorado. Overnight in Durango.

Day 4: The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad awaits us this morning! This coal-burning locomotive traverses through the San Juan National Forest along the Animas River. The sights and scenery you encounter on this train trip through the National Forest are truly spectacular. After lunch on your own in Silverton, we will tour the One Hundred Gold Mine, traveling 1/3 mile into the heart of Galena Mountain in a vintage miner’s “Man-Trip” car. Next, it’s on to Ouray over part of the “Million Dollar Highway” and the Red Mountain Pass for our overnight stay at the Ouray Chalet with spectacular views of mountain peaks in all directions.

Day 5:  This morning we will be on a guided 4x4 adventure of the San Juan mining country.  This 3 hour trail ride is framed by towering mountain vistas and colorful canyon walls. We will view ghost towns, mining relics and cabins, wildflowers and waterfalls. Just past the lower Camp Bird mine, we will pass through the ghost town of Sneffels and historic Revenue, Atlas and Ruby Trust mines. The tour stops at Twin Falls, one of the most photographed waterfalls in the area. After lunch back in Ouray, we will travel through beautiful Gunnison National Forest and over Monarch Pass. We will follow the Arkansas River as we enjoy the rocks, trees, canyons, sheer cliffs, and all the beauty that Colorado has to offer. Tonight we will stay in Canon City.

Day 6:  Today we board the Royal Gorge Railroad for a scenic train ride through the Royal Gorge, alongside the Arkansas River. From the open-air  observation  cars  you  can  see the  hawks  circling, maybe  observe some  big  horn  sheep, see  evidence  of abandoned roads, rails and mines, the bridge overhead, and how the river cut its way through the gorge. Lunch will be on your own at the Royal Gorge Park and you will have some free time to look around before leaving for Colorado Springs. After checking into to our hotel, we will head to the newly re-built Flying W Ranch for an included chuck wagon supper and western show.

Day 7:  Train rides #5 and #6 today! We will board the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge train for a 45 minute, four-mile round-trip trek which includes an interesting and educational narration on the rich history only a dynamic gold town could produce. This afternoon we ready ourselves for our 6th and final rail experience, the Pikes Peak Cog Railway! It will take us to the top of America’s best-known mountain, Pikes Peak, at 14,110 feet. The first few miles of track follow a cascading stream through a steep canyon filled with dense pines and steep boulders. At about 11,500 ft., the train climbs above timberline where you will enjoy the awesome views. We overnight in the Springs again.

Day 8:  Today we say good-bye to the magnificent mountains, beautiful scenes, and our 6 railroad experiences as we make our way back to Yoder.

Includes 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner

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