National Parks Rail Adventure

Ride the rails on a two-day journey across the Rockies aboard the Rocky Mountaineer. Then take in the amazing views of Utah’s national parks. Known as the “Mighty Five,” the landscapes of these parks are incredibly diverse, yet they all share a common beauty and inspire a sense of wonder!

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Package inclusions:

  • Round-trip air to Denver and return from Las Vegas
    (price based on air estimate of $500)
  • Private motorcoach transportation
  • 9 nights’ accommodations
  • 16 meals (8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners)
  • Admission to attractions as stated on itinerary
  • Porter service of one bag per person at hotels
  • Taxes and gratuities for included services
  • Professional tour manager
  • Audio listeners
  • 1 single occupancy comp
    (based on 25 full-fare passengers; airfare not included)
  • Travel show
  • Pre-departure meeting
  • 100 brochures/marketing materials
  • Complete document packet for each traveler
  • Special surprises

All tours are completely customizable. Contact us to discuss your group’s unique interests and needs!

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Itinerary

Day 1

Today we will transfer to the airport for our flight to Denver, CO, and then settle into our overnight accommodations. Time will be available to freshen up before we gather for dinner.

Note: The airport location and airline will be confirmed no sooner than nine months before departure.

(Dinner included)

Day 2

The adventure begins as we board the Rocky Mountaineer to ride the rails across the Rockies to Utah. We’ll get comfortable, meet our Hosts, and have breakfast and a beverage while taking in the scenic views of the Gross Reservoir dam. Relax and enjoy the day’s journey along with the complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and sweet and savory snacks. As we cross the Continental Divide while cutting through 6.3 miles of mountain via Moffatt Tunnel, we will celebrate with a sparkling wine toast. Our custom-designed, glass-domed coaches offer a truly panoramic view of the rugged landscapes passing by. The oversized windows give us a clean, crisp view and make photography a snap! We’ll dine on a three-course, regionally inspired lunch as our Hosts captivate us with stories of the region. The train will travel along the Colorado River through the equally picturesque Byers Canyon and Gore Canyon before pulling into the station in the resort town of Glenwood Springs for our overnight.

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 3

We’ll leave beautiful Glenwood Springs rested and relaxed as we continue heading southwest by rail for another day of extraordinary views. A two-course hot breakfast will be served on board while we watch the morning light bounce off the magnificent Parachute Creek and Mount Logan. Our day’s adventure will having us taking in the red rock formations lining the cliffs in Ruby Canyon, roaming past Mount Garfield, and savoring a signature mocktail while crossing the state line into Utah. A stunning red sandstone backdrop will welcome us to Moab, UT, and the end of our rail journey. Our travels will continue by motorcoach, beginning with a visit to Dead Horse Point State Park. The view from the park is one of the most spectacular in the southwest. We’ll end our day at our Moab hotel with the evening at our leisure.

(Breakfast included)

Day 4

After breakfast we will enjoy an incredible view of Canyonlands National Park stretching to the south and the mighty Colorado River 2,000 feet below. We’ll then do some sightseeing in nearby Arches National Park. The 18,000-square-foot visitor center will introduce us to the unique geologic forces that created the highest concentration of natural arches in the world, with over 2,000 named arches within its 73,000-acre boundary. Then it’s time to see the park’s highlights in person, including Park Avenue, Balanced Rock, The Windows, and Delicate Arch. This evening we are in for a real treat this evening as we board a jet boat for a thrilling ride on the mighty Colorado through red rock canyons. As the sun dips in the west, the canyon colors will come to life while we learn about the river’s ecosystem, geology, and history from our knowledgeable and entertaining guide. Afterward, a delicious BBQ dinner will be served on the banks of the Colorado River!

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 5

Another day of Utah’s breathtaking scenery lies ahead! We’ll leave Moab this morning and make the drive to Capitol Reef National Park. A picnic lunch under ancient cottonwood trees awaits us before we learn about the park’s pioneer history and view its petroglyphs, beautiful rock formations, and deep canyons. Up next is a drive along one of America’s most spectacular roads, Scenic Byway 12. We’ll journey over Boulder Mountain, reaching elevations over 9,000 feet with spectacular views of the Waterpocket Fold and beyond and then travel through the vast expanses of cream and rose-colored Navajo sandstone in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Dramatic cliffs, high mesas, beautiful streams, and deep canyons in multi-hued colors will keep us enthralled as we venture across this 1.9-million-acre monument! We’ll arrive in Bryce Canyon City, UT, this evening and settle into our hotel located just outside Bryce Canyon National Park.

(Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 6

Enjoy the views as we make our way into Bryce Canyon National Park for sightseeing and optional hiking. The hues and intricate shapes of Bryce Canyon carry even the most mature adult away into a fairyland fantasy. The Paiute Indians used a word to describe Bryce Canyon that translates into, “red rocks standing like men in a bowl-shaped canyon.” And in the worlds of Ebenezer Bryce, the early settler for whom the canyon is named, this is “one hell of a place to lose a cow!” We will overnight in Kanab, UT, known as “Little Hollywood” due to its history as a filming location for major movies and TV series.

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 7

Today’s adventure takes us through Color Country and up the beautiful Kaibab Plateau. Reaching elevations over 8,000 feet, the Kaibab was a favorite of Teddy Roosevelt and is home to a rich variety of wildlife, including elk, deer, turkey, and the unique whitetailed Kaibab squirrel. We’ll then arrive at Grand Canyon National Park for a day of sightseeing at the North Rim. This 1.2-million-acre national park is home to a vast variety of wildlife and scenic wonders. The North Rim receives one tenth the number of visitors compared with the more developed South Rim and thus provides a much quieter and more natural Grand Canyon experience! We will learn about the geology and history of the canyon and visit a few of the most spectacular view points in the park, including Point Imperial, Walhalla Overlook, and Cape Royal before returning to Kanab.

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 8

Today we will continue our journey through Color Country to Zion National Park, Utah’s oldest national park. Zion contains some of the most colorful canyons, sheer rock walls, and unique formations in all of Utah’s plateau country. An early Mormon settler described the park’s massive formations as “temples built by hands not of man,” and the Paiutes believed mischievous spirits lived among the 2,000-foot-high towers. Time will be available for lunch on our own followed by a chance to explore Zion Canyon, a brilliant green canyon set against a backdrop of sheer red cliffs with an occasional waterfall fanning out from the rocks. We’ll continue our travels south as we make our way to Las Vegas, “The Entertainment Capital of the World.” After settling into our rooms at one of Sin City’s casino resorts, our group will gather for a wonderful farewell dinner.

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 9

We will transfer to the airport after breakfast for our flight home.

(Breakfast included)