Canadian Luxury Train Tours' First USA Journey - Rockies to the Red Rocks
They are the essential train trips in Western Canada. Three rail routes that provide travelers a window onto the Rockies like no other way of travel.
Rocky Mountaineer operates bucket list rail journeys between Vancouver and the iconic Canadian Rockies towns of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper.
They are train trips featuring a multitude of luxuries in the heart of the West’s greatest wilderness, from plush, glass-domed, railcars that reveal a 360 degree view of mountains, lakes and forests – some of which Technicolor scenery is only visible from the tracks – to fine dining and personalized service.
And beginning in 2021, travelers who love riding the rails can connect with some of the American West’s most iconic landscapes the same way.
Rocky Mountaineer is launching a new route in the heart of the American Rockies. Its ‘Rockies to the Red Rocks’ train trip is a 2-day journey between Denver, Colorado, and Moab, Utah.
Rockies to the Red Rocks route showcases scenic views that are unique to the Southwest United States. Between Denver and Glenwood Springs, train guests journey alongside the Colorado River and through a series of canyons with steep, rugged rock walls. The scenery along the route between Glenwood Springs and Moab includes mountain vistas, desert cliffs and rock formations.
Like its Canadian Rockies trips, the company's first U.S. rail journey features daytime spent on the tracks in custom-designed glass-domed coaches so you don’t miss any view of the incredible scenery.
This new route is also a rail journey that is both luxurious and local. Onboard storytelling, a social atmosphere and the Rocky Mountaineer's renowned culinary experience round out your train experience. It features cuisine and ingredients local to the Southwestern U.S., which will be complemented with beverage service, all served at your first-class seat, so you can enjoy the scenery as you dine.
And the overnight midway is spent in a hotel that’s included as part of your trip.
Rocky Mountaineer says it’s been working for years on the new route, looking for a ‘special location with many of the same features we have in Western Canada – incredible scenery, iconic destinations, and the option for an all-daytime, multi-day journey that is best experienced by train.’
Calling its Rockies to the Red Rocks route between Denver and Moab ‘historic’, the company says, ‘now we are opening our newest train experience in the region where train travel history began.’
The company is working with local tourism organizations, hotels and tour operators to curate custom pre- and post-train journey packages that feature tours, activities, and stays in Denver and Moab, to make the most of your journey by rail.
If you love train travel, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to cross this historic train route off your travel wish list as there are 40 of these 2-day journeys on Rocky Mountaineer’s calendar from August to October in its 2021 preview season.
What would be even better? Making Rocky Mounaineer’s ‘Rockies to the Red Rocks’ train trip the core of a longer journey exploring the iconic sites and unforgettable scenery, history and National Parks of the American Rockies.
Images courtesy Rocky Mountaineer
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by Lynn Elmhirst