Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer will bring a new luxury train trip to the southwestern part of America in 2021. The latest route, Rockies to the Red Rocks, travel between Denver, Colorado and Moab, Utah, with an overnight stay in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Guests also have the opportunity to travel from Moab East to Denver.
The two-day Rockies to the Red Rocks route is rich in history and opportunities to explore the magnificent scenery and iconic destinations of the region. Deep gorges, richly colored deserts, natural archways and mesmerizing hoodoos are just the beginning. The well-appointed train winds its way along rivers through incredible mountain ranges and past ancient gorges as it travels between the mile-high city of Denver to Moab’s incomparable red rock formations.
The Rockies to the Red Rocks route is filled with highlights best seen by train, including Ruby Canyon, Mount Logan and the Continental Divide.
Your journey begins in Denver. Hear the whistle blow, board the train, sit in the seat, and get ready to start your journey once in a lifetime along the Colorado River through a series of gorges and magical landscapes. While enjoying breakfast, enjoy panoramic views of the Gross Reservoir Dam, which has a stunning overflow that sits at 7,225 feet in elevation.
Before reaching the Continental Divide, the route slowly rises. Here you pass through the Moffat Tunnel and emerge with awe on the west side of the Continental Divide. This railway tunnel, opened in 1928, cuts through over six miles of mountainous terrain.
Take it easy when you eat a three-course, regionally inspired lunch, as the train’s hosts on board regal you with stories about the region. Be sure to keep your camera ready as you travel along the Colorado River through a number of breathtaking gorges, including Byers Canyon and Gore Canyon. Keep an eye on local wildlife as these gorges are the perfect place to see hornbills, bears, marmots, mountain lions, deer and more.
In Glenwood Springs, get off the train and share stories with other guests about the sights you’ve seen. You spend the evening in a cozy hotel while looking forward to tomorrow’s new adventures.
The next day takes you from Glenwood Springs to Moab. Enjoy a gourmet two-course hot breakfast as the train passes Parachute Creek and Mount Logan toward De Beque Canyon. As the train continues west, keep an eye on Mount Garfield. At 6,600 feet, it is the highest peak on the book cliffs. These sandstone cliffs and mountains stretch for nearly 200 miles from west to east, so you have many chances to take pictures.
The train continues to follow the lovely Colorado River and crosses the state border between Mack, Colorado and Westwater, Utah. Take the enchanting red rock formations that ring on the cliffs of Ruby Canyon, a gorge accessible only by train or from the river. This gorge is 25 miles long and is named after the awe-inspiring red sandstone cliffs that hug the walls of the gorge.
When the train crosses the Colorado-Utah State Line, look for Mount Peale. You will not want to miss it, for it is 12,726 feet the highest point in the royal La Sal Mountains. The mountains are so high that they seem to pierce the sky, and it is no wonder that they are usually snow-covered until early summer.
When the train reaches Moab, you will be greeted by its brilliant red sandstone background and get your unforgettable first glimpse of the legendary Arches National Park; a wonderland of 73,234 acres of unsurpassed geological wonder. Welcome to the scarlet city!