TRAINS IN FALL COLORS
OCTOBER 8-19, 2022
We invite you to come join us for our Fall Colors tour of Colorado and the colorful trains that make this state, popular with the railfans all around the world. This tour will present to you spectacular train rides into the Rocky Mountains pulled by steam, diesel and railcars. We also want to welcome back the Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway of which has been closed for a couple of years and will reopen in 2021.
During our 12 day tour we will ride these colorful trains on the Cumbres & Toltec, Durango & Silverton, Royal Gorge, Pikes Peak Cog, Georgetown Loop, Leadville, Colorado & Southern plus visit several railroad museums. We will also visit three national parks. We begin our tour with a ride on Amtrak's westbound California Zephyr Denver to Glenwood Springs running right through the heart of the Colorado Rockies.
DAY 1 SATURDAY OCTOBER 8:
Arrival in Denver and independent transfers to The Holiday Inn Express Downtown
DAY 2: SUNDAY OCTOBER 9: (B-D)
We board Amtrak's westbound California Zephyr No. 5 departing Denver at 10:05am and arriving Glenwood Springs at 3:58pm. Our motorcoach will be waiting at Glenwood Springs to take us to Leadville and check-in at the Delaware Hotel which was built in 1886. In the evening we will have our “Welcome to Colorado” dinner.
BOARDING THE CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR AT THE NEW DENVER TRANSPORTATION CENTER
THE VICTORIAN DELAWARE HOTEL IN LEADVILLE BUILT IN 1886
DAY 3 MONDAY OCTOBER 10: (B-L)
Morning explore the town of Leadville. Depart Leadville after lunch and travel to Como. Visit the South Park Rail Society's roundhouse and arrange for their steam locomotive to be in operation for a charter. Next drive to Colorado Springs and hotel check-in at the La Quinta Inn Garden of the Gods.
THE SOUTH PARK RAIL SOCIETY IN COMO HAS ARRANGED FOR A PRIVATE CHARTER WITH STEAM
DAY 4 TUESDAY OCTOBER 11: (B)
Ride the Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway. First train of the day . Back in Manitou time to explore downtown and get some lunch. In Colorado Springs visit “Garden of the Gods” rock formations then travel to Canon City. Visit the Royal Gorge Railroad workshops in Canon City. Photograph the afternoon train arriving back in Canon City and then hotel check-in at the Quality Inn & Suites.
THE MANITOU AND PIKE'S PEAK COG RAILWAY WILL HAVE THEIR GRAND OPENING IN MAY 2021
GARDEN OF THE GODS COLORADO SPRINGS
DAY 5 WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 12: (B)
Ride the morning excursion train on the Royal Gorge Railroad through the Royal Gorge. Then Travel Canon City to the Great Sand Dunes NationalPark. Next we travel to Alamosa with a visit to the San Luis and Rio Grande workshops and depot. Then we travel to Antonito to visit the yards and shop and catch the arrival of the afternoon train. Continue on to Chama, New Mexico and check-in at the Branding Iron Motel.
ONBOARD THE ROYAL GORGE RAILROAD EXCURSION TRAIN
GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK
DAY 6: THURSDAY OCTOBER 13: (L)
Morning visit to the Cumbres & Toltec workshops and yards before boarding the train for the ride Chama to Antonito. Upon arrival in Antonito we travel by hiway to Durango, Colorado and check-in at the historic Strater Hotel
DAY 7 FRIDAY OCTOBER 14: (L)
Today we travel by hiway to Valley of the Gods in Utah. Next we visit Goosenecks State Park also in Utah and finally we end the day at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park in the Navajo Nation which is on the border of Utah and Arizona. Monument Valley is one of the most spectacular and famous locations in the west. Hotel check-in at The View Hotel overlooking Monument Valley.
ABOVE PHOTOS IN VALLEY OF THE GODS
DAY 8 SATURDAY OCTOBER 15: (B)
Morning drive through Monument Valley then we head east back into Colorado to the small town of Dolores and visit The Galloping Goose Historical Society's Museum. This was once part of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad. After our museum visit then stop off at Mesa Verde National Park then return to Durango and check-in at the Best Western Rio Grande Inn.
THE PHOTOS ABOVE ARE IN MONUMENT VALLEY
GALLOPING GOOSE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM
MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK
DAY 9 SUNDAY OCTOBER 16: (B)
Ride the regular train Durango to Silverton and return. 2nd night Best Western Rio Grande Inn.
DURANGO & SILVERTON NARROW GAUGE RAILROAD
DAY 10 MONDAY OCTOBER 17: (B)
Travel on our charter bus Durango north to Red Mountain Pass at 11,075 feet and the famous “Million Dollar Highway” stopping in the Swiss built town of Ouray for lunch. After we have lunch we continue north to Ridgeway to visit the Ridgeway Railroad Museum which features the history of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad. Next we visit Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. We then continue to Gunnison with a stop to photograph Cimarron Canyon Rail Exhibit. This exhibit includes steam locomotive DRGW 278, a 2-8-0 and some freight cars on the steel deck span trestle. At Gunnison we visit the Gunnison Pioneer Museum which includes railroad related items and a steam locomotive and train. Check-in at the Quaility Inn
RED MOUNTAIN PASS
RIDGEWAY RAILWAY MUSEUM
Both images BLACK CANYON OF THE GUNNISON NATIONAL PARK
CIMARRON CANYON RAIL EXHIBIT
DAY 11 TUESDAY OCTOBER 18: (B)
Early morning departure from Gunnison arriving at Silver Plume mid day. Visit the workshops and yards of the Georgetown Loop Railroad. Ride the train between Georgetown and Silver Plume. After our train ride drop off the group in downtown Georgetown for lunch. After lunch we depart Georgetown mid afternoon and travel to Golden for a visit to the Colorado Railroad Museum including riding our charter train. Depart Golden late afternoon for the short trip to Denver and hotel check-in at the Holiday Inn Express downtown.
GEORGETOWN LOOP RAILROAD THE WAY IT LOOKS TODAY (ABOVE PHOTOS)
AND THE WAY IT LOOKED IN THE 1880'S (BELOW PHOTO)
AFTER OUR TRAIN RIDE WE ENJOY LUNCH AT THE LOCAL RESTAURANTS IN GEORGETOWN
OUR LAST EVENT OF THE DAY IS A VISIT TO THE COLORADO RAILROAD
MUSEUM INCLUDING A CHARTER STEAM PULLED TRAIN
DAY 12 WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 19: (B)
Late morning hotel check-out and early afternoon visit to the Forney Transportation Museum on our way to the airport. Planned arrival at the Denver International Airport at 4:00pm and end of our tour.
OUR LAST ATTRACTION WE VISIT THE FORNEY TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM
ALL PRICES ARE PER PERSON
DOUBLE ROOM OCCUPANCY$5,095
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT$1,295
DEPOSIT TO HOLD SPACE CONFIRMED$1,000
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT BOOK BY DECEMBER 31, 2021-$200
FINAL PAYMENT DUE JULY 8, 2022
TOUR CONDITIONS **PLEASE READ CAREFULLY**
Tour Price: All tour prices are subject to change without notice, at any time. All prices based on double room occupancy. Those people that use a credit card for payments a 3% conveyance fee will be added to the tour price. We reserve the right to change tour prices if necessary without prior notice.