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Trip Overview

From the snowy peaks of the Colorado Rockies to the sandy depths of Canyonlands National Park, this seven-day train journey has it all in terms of varied and amazing sights! Start in Denver and discover why it has earned the moniker of the “Mile-High City.” While you’re there, get in tune with the natural world and commune with nature in Rocky Mountain National Park. Then take the scenic journey onboard Amtrak’s California Zephyr to Glenwood Springs, the resort community nestled high in the Rockies, known for its top-notch recreational activities and stunning scenery. Enjoy interactive tours of the area before continuing on the train to Grand Junction, your base to discover the incredible rock formations of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

Highlights

  • Sightseeing tour of Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Admission to Iron Mountain Hot Springs
  • Tram and Cave Tour in Glenwood Springs
  • Sightseeing tour of Arches & Canyonlands National Parks

 
PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Denver to Glenwood Springs; and Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction on the California Zephyr®
  • 6 nights’ hotel accommodations
Trip Map

Disclaimer:

Package prices are per person, double occupancy, tax included. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Please call for pricing. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Call for pricing. Other restrictions may apply. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports (if applicable): Passports are required when crossing the Canadian border. Amtrak and Amtrak Vacations are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

DAY 1              YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS IN DENVER
Welcome to the Denver, also known as the “Mile High City.” This scenic metropolis is located 5,280 feet above sea level and offers stunning views of the Rocky Mountains. After you check into your hotel, you’ll have lots of free time to start exploring all Denver has to offer. There is much to see and do, like Red Rocks Park, the Denver Art Museum, Denver Zoo and more. (Overnight in Denver)

DAY 2              ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
Experience the majestic splendor of the Rocky Mountains on an exhilarating day tour of Rocky Mountain National Park. Widely celebrated for its abundance of animals and spectacular views, Rocky Mountain National Park will make you feel like you’re on top of the world! On the journey back to your hotel, you’ll get a chance to enjoy several photo opportunities during a leisurely break for rest and refreshments. (Overnight in Denver)

DAY 3              DENVER TO GLENWOOD SPRINGS
Today you will travel on your own to the Amtrak station and board the California Zephyr to Glenwood Springs. Many travelers say this route is one of the most beautiful train rides in all of North America. As you climb through the heart of the Rockies and west through magnificent snow-capped mountains, we just know you will find it hard to disagree. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the gorgeous scenery around you. Upon arrival in Glenwood Springs, check in at your hotel and begin to explore this outdoor recreation lover’s paradise. The charming town is full of geological wonders just waiting for you to explore, including hot springs, rivers, caves, and a stunning canyon. Use your included admission to Iron Mountain Hot Springs and take a relaxing soak in one of the healing mineral pools. (Overnight in Glenwood Springs)

DAY 4              GLENWOOD SPRINGS
Visit Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park today for a one-of-a-kind mountain-top adventure. With your Tram and Cave Tour Pass, you’ll enjoy a ride on the Iron Mountain Tramway and two fascinating guided cave tours, featuring formations including stalactites and stalagmites. After the tour, enjoy the remainder of the day discovering the area at your leisure.  (Overnight in Glenwood Springs)

DAY 5              GLENWOOD SPRINGS TO GRAND JUNCTION

Spend the morning in Glenwood Springs before boarding the train this afternoon for the short ride to Grand Junction. Enjoy the red rock formation views out your window as you relax on the train. Upon arrival in Grand Junction, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay. (Overnight in Grand Junction)

DAY 6              ARCHES & CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARKS
Today you'll cross the border into Utah for a full-day tour of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Arches National Park is a geological treasure featuring 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch. The park's rich colors, textures, and landforms highlight the extraordinary balanced rocks, fins, and pinnacles. Canyonlands National Park offers a stunning landscape filled with countless canyons, mesas, and buttes, carved by the mighty Green and Colorado rivers. Experience the park from the astounding Island in the Sky, a scenic drive that follows the rim of the mesa and offers amazing views. After the tour, spend the final night of your journey relaxing in Grand Junction. (Overnight in Grand Junction)

DAY 7              YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN GRAND JUNCTION

Legend for meals: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Clarion Hotel Denver Central

Clarion Hotel Denver Central

Located at the crossroads of I-25 & I-70 just north of Downtown Denver, the Quality Inn Central hotel in Denver, CO offers an affordable and convenient place to stay in Denver.

Doubletree by Hilton Grand Junction

Step into a resort-style paradise at the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Junction hotel. Your premier upscale Grand Junction hotel is newly renovated and overlooks the lush valley and famous bluffs of the Grand Mesa Plateau. Located just minutes from Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT) with easy access to I-70, our Grand Junction hotel is also close to local businesses like West Star Aviation, St. Mary's Hospital, Community Hospital as well as Colorado Mesa University, local vineyards, wineries and historic Downtown Grand Junction

Grand Vista Hotel

The Grand Vista Hotel is conveniently located near the airport in Grand Junction and is close to Colorado Mesa University and the Two Rivers Convention Center.

Hotel Colorado

Step back in time at Hotel Colorado. Enjoy our legendary service, modern amenities, and well-appointed rooms as you explore the beauty of our corner of the majestic Rocky Mountains. Come experience why we’ve been a Colorado icon for more than 125 years - your escape awaits in Glenwood Springs.

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Disclaimer:

Package prices are per person, double occupancy, tax included. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Please call for pricing. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Call for pricing. Other restrictions may apply. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports (if applicable): Passports are required when crossing the Canadian border. Amtrak and Amtrak Vacations are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

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