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A real must for the train enthusiast. Discover some of Colorado's most historic and famous heritage railways as well as some of the most attractive western towns.
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Fly to Denver where, on arrival transfer to your hotel.
This morning, travel south to the quaint town of Colorado Springs, located on the plains at the foot of Pikes Peak. The view from the top of nearby Pikes Peak inspired Katharine Lee Bates to compose the song "America the Beautiful" more than 100 years ago. Visit the Garden of the Gods, a registered National Natural Landmark with towering red rock formations. Next is a fabulous train ride on the Pike's Peak Cog Railway, the world's first diesel-electric cog locomotive and highest cog railroad. The train travels along Ruxton Creek in Englemann Canyon. The track follows a cascading stream through dense stands of Englemann spruce, Colorado blue spruce and Ponderosa pine trees. At the Four Mile Switch there is the first glimpse of Pike's Peak. The last 3 miles of the trip the grade gets steeper as the train climbs to reach the 14,115-foot summit of Pike's Peak.
This morning, continue to board the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. Travel on a diesel locomotive for 2 hours following the most spectacular section of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad through the gorge on tracks laid more than 120 years ago. Afterwards experience the Royal Gorge Bridge Park. The adventure begins at one of the highest and most famous suspension bridges in the world. While standing 956 feet about the wild Arkansas River take in Colorado's iconic natural beauty. There will be time to explore the park independently. Perhaps brave the aerial gondolas and glide 2,200 feet across the gorge, 1,200 feet above the Arkansas River. Overnight in Alamosa, surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range to the east and the San Juan Mountains to the west.
Today's train adventure continues on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, America's most authentic steam railroad built more than 120 years ago. Today it is jointly owned by the states of Colorado and New Mexico, the 64 mile line connects Antonito, Colorado and Chama, New Mexico. Travel through the beautiful San Juan Mountains on tracks that tamed the West, while crossing the Colorado-New Mexico border 11 times. Disembark the train at Cumbres Pass and continue by raod to Chama. Later, arrive in Durango, a town born in the gold-rush and silver-mining era and at times run by gunslingers.
Board the Durango & Silveron Narrow-Gauge Railroad this morning for a scenic 3 ½ hour journey through the San Juan National Forest to the historic mining town of Silverton. Experience the adventure of traveling by a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive on the same tracks that miners, cowboys, and settlers of the Old West took more than a century ago. This historic train has been in continuous operation for more than 125 years and the locomotives used to pull today's train are 1923-1925 vintage. The train hugs steep canyon walls as it winds it's way through the Rio de las Animas Canyon, with vistas of snowcapped peaks. Enjoy some free time in Silverton, once a major mining town that owes its name to the bragging statement by an early miner, "We have no gold, but silver by the ton!" Return to Durango by road and the rest of the evening is at leisure.
This morning, visit Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see the history of Ancestral Puebloans and see the mysterious, centuries-old cliff dwellings. Spend some time at the park's museum and visitors centre that depicts the story of these people who mysteriously disappeared almost 700 years ago. Later, continue to Telluride, a former Victorian mining town in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Enjoy some time exploring the twelve blocks along the town’s main street, a National Historic Landmark District where sights such as the Old Town Jail, the Rio Grande Southern Railway Depot and the Appaloosa Trading Company infamous for being the site where notorious outlaw Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank in 1889. Tonight is in Grand Junction.
This morning visit Colorado National Monument where towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau and canyon panorama. Experience sheer-walled, red rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive. Continue through 12 miles of the beautiful Glenwood Canyon with walls that climb as high as 1,300 feet above the Colorado River. Later arrive in the Vail Valley area, one of America’s most popular mountain resorts.
Today, see Colorado's largest natural lake, Grand Lake before crossing the Continental Divide and behold vistas of lush meadows, alpine glaciers and thundering waterfalls. Travel on the scenic Trail Ridge Road that covers magnificent mountain terrain to the Rocky Mountain National Park. A break at 12,183 feet provides fantastic alpine scenery. There is a short stop in Estes Park, nestled in a high mountain valley at just above 7,000 feet before returning to Denver.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
Pikes Peak Cog operates Daily May-October at these times; departs 14:40 returns 17:50 hrs.
Royal Gorge Route Railroad operates daily March -October at these times; departs 09:30 returns 11:30 hrs.
Cumbres & Toltec Railroad operates as follows: Summer Schedule May 27 -Sep 4 at these times; departs 10:00 from Antonito depart train at Cumbres 16:00 & coach to Chama and Durango arriving Durango at 18:00. Autumn Schedule Sep 5 - Oct 22 at these times; departs 10:00 from Antonito depart train at Cumbres 16:00 & coach to Chama and Durango. Arriving Durango at 18.00.
Durango & Silverton Railroad operates daily May 6 - Oct 28 at these times; departs Durango 08:45 arrives Silverton 12:15.
The drive through Rocky Mountain National Park is subject to favourable road and weather conditions
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