Rockin’ The Colorado Rails

July 3-12, 2020

10 Days & 18 Meals

Special Features

  • Luxury Motor Coach Transportation
  • Five Scenic Colorado Railroads
  • Georgetown Scenic RR
  • Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge RR
  • Cumbres-Toltec Scenic RR
  • Royal Gorge Route RR
  • Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge RR
  • Mini-bus Tour to the top of Pikes Peak (weather-permitting)
  • Guided Tour of Garden of the Gods and the US Olympic & Paralympic Training Center
  • Visit Eisenhower Presidential Library and Canyon of the Ancients Museum
  • Domed Car Lunch Service through the Royal Gorge
  • Shopping and Dining Opportunities in Durango (the Old West) and Cripple Creek (gold & silver mining town)

Sunnyland’s “Railroading” tours in the Great Smoky Mountains are a guaranteed sell-out.  Here’s another that we’ve not offered for awhile – riding the Rails through Colorado!  Breath-taking vistas, high mountain passes, and chugging along amid the aspen and pine – experience these things and more as we head west, past the Flint Hills and rolling Great Plains to the high granite peaks, flat-topped mesas and steep gorges of Colorado.  This will be the most comprehensive tour to the Rockies offered in the past several years.  Five scenic railroads, a narrated tram trip to the top of Pike’s Peak, a visit to the Garden of the Gods and the Canyon of the Ancients Archaeological Dig – this is just a taste of what’s included in one of the most comprehensive Colorado tours we’ve offered.  You won’t want to miss this one!


Double: $2,225/pp
Single: $2,850/pp
Triple: $2,150/pp

Trip Protection:   $217.50/pp – Double & Triple, $258.00/pp – Single

$100/pp if booked by March 27, 2020

Deposit:  $50/pp due at time of booking
Final Payment Due: May 19, 2020

Day 1, Friday, July 3

The shortest route to Colorado is through Kansas, but we’ll try making it as pleasant as possible.  After leaving Springfield, stop at Union Station in Kansas City for lunch and a chance to view their enlarged and renovated Model Train Exhibits.  Turning west, pause to pay respect to Dwight D Eisenhower by touring his boyhood home and Presidential Library.  Just down the highway from Abilene is Salina, boyhood home of radio personality Paul Harvey, and our hotel for the evening.  Dinner is on your own just a couple of blocks from the hotel. (L)

Day 2, Saturday, July 4

Happy Independence Day! Up early for a good breakfast then point the coach to the West and scoot on across the western plains of Kansas.  Grab a quick lunch around Goodland, pick up an hour just before the Colorado State Line and arrive in Denver in time to eat and drink at the Kick-Back in the hotel.  If your tummy is still growling, there’s great barbeque next door.(B)

Day 3, Sunday, July 5

Grab your seat on the coach after breakfast and climb into the Rocky Mountains for our first Scenic Railroad excursion.  Board our PRIVATE TRAIN (yes, T-R-A-I-N…not just a private car) at the Silver Plume Depot and enjoy the views from GEORGETOWN SCENIC RAILROAD (complimentary snacks & beverages provided).  Heading on across the Continental Divide, we’ll stop long enough in Vail Village to grab a bite and pick up a souvenir. Then sit back and watch the topography and landscape change as we go “downhill” through western Colorado to Grand Junction where we spend the night and enjoy a hearty meal at the hotel. (B,D)

Day 4, Monday, July 6

Today is a day on the road, traveling from Grand Junction south toward Montrose along some of the USA’s most scenic highways.  After stopping for a quick lunch break, visit a renown archaeological excavation site of the earliest relics found from Colorado’s ancient peoples.  Marvel at the exhibits in the CANYONS OF THE ANCIENTS VISITORS CENTER and view the actual on-going “digs” currently being excavated.  Head on to Durango, stopping “Downtown” for some shopping and dinner-on-your-own.  After a day on the highway, it’s nice to be able to stretch our legs and sample local cuisine. (B)

Day 5, Tuesday, July 7

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and head over to the Durango Depot to board the DURANGO-SILVERTON NARROW GAUGE RAILROAD train to Silverton.  On this journey, as happens on all our railroad excursions, listen to narrators relate the history of Colorado’s 1800’s mining tales and characters.  During a 2-hour layover in Silverton, visit The Shady Lady or Fetch’s Mining and Mercantile or The Pickle Barrel.  Instead of taking the long way back to Durango on the train, we’ll hop on a comfortable coach for a narrated trip down the Million Dollar Highway (also called the San Juan Scenic Byway).  Back in Durango, grab a quick dinner and head for Pagosa Springs, Colorado, where we’ll spend the night.(B,D)

Day 6, Wednesday, July 8

Up bright and early for breakfast, head for the CTSRR depot in Chama, New Mexico.  We’ll board the famed CUMBRES & TOLTEC SCENIC RAILROAD, annually voted the top-rated scenic excursion train in the U.S.  The train stops in Osier, Colorado, where passengers are invited to a buffet lunch while the steam engine is being serviced.  Once everyone is fed, the train continues to Antonito, Colorado.  Meeting our own Coach, we travel to Alamosa for the evening and a pizza party. (B,L,D)

Day 7, Thursday, July 9

We’ll pull out of Alamosa after breakfast and head to delightful Canon City. Colorado.  Boarding our Vista Dome Cars, marvel at the work of Mother Nature as we travel on the ROYAL GORGE ROUTE RAILWAY.  Lunch is served at our seats, but it’s going to be hard to keep our minds on food as we ride through the “Grand Canyon of the Arkansas”.  The track runs along the (sometimes) raging Arkansas River, under the mind-boggling Hanging Bridge and beneath the famed Royal Gorge Bridge.  Meeting up with our Coach, we’ll travel to the Garden of the Gods just outside Colorado Springs.  An trained and experienced Colorado naturalist will step on the coach to give us a guided tour of the Park.  A stop at the Visitor’s Center will include an opportunity to view exhibits and watch a Geo-Trekker movie.  Then check in to our hotel for next two nights and enjoy dinner-on-your own at any one of several restaurants within walking-distance.   (B,L)

Day 8, Friday, July 10

Begin this last full day in Colorado with another good, hearty breakfast.  Review your checklist for the CLIMB UP PIKES PEAK aboard a mini-bus (not exactly a train, but it’s the closest we could get until 2021).  The four-hour guided tour travels up historic UTE PASS through the VILLAGE OF CASCADE to the PIKES PEAK HIGHWAY.  Making our way to the top of this 14,115-foot Mountain, take in the view which inspired the anthem “America the Beautiful”.  No matter which direction you look, you too will be inspired at the grandeur of this country.  Back in Manitou Springs, grab a box lunch on our way to Cripple Creek, Colorado.  Board the CRIPPLE CREEK & VICTOR NARROW GAUGE RAILROAD for our last short train ride in the Rockies.  Spend some time in Cripple Creek, relaxing at BRONCO BILLY’S CASINO, having a cold drink at one of the historic saloons or enjoying dinner-on-your-own.  We’ll head back to our hotel in Colorado Springs for the night. (B,L)

Day 9, Saturday, July 11

Having repacked our souvenirs and mementos securely for the trip home, we’ll make one more stop before we leave Colorado Springs.  Following five months of renovations, the US OLYMPIC & PARALYMPIC TRAINING COMPLEX provides an upgraded experience for the visitor while honoring the rich heritage and enduring legacies of US Olympic and Paralympic athletes.  Our 90-minute planned visit includes the feature-filled Visitor’s Center and a guided tour of the training complex.  We’ll stop for a quick lunch on our way out of Colorado, toward Kansas and our hotel at Garden City.  Don’t forget the time change!) The hotel welcomes us with a Soup and Salad Happy Hour (included) and a restaurant on-site in case you’re in the mood for dinner-on-your-own. (B,L)

Day 10, Sunday, July 12

Leaving Garden City, we’ll hopefully “zip” across Kansas to Wichita, where we’ll enjoy a FAREWELL LUNCHEON and toast our safe trip, new friends and lasting memories.  Make your plans now to Join Sunnyland on another of our featured tours or short journeys to exciting places. (B,L)

Please Note: Many of our sightseeing stops/sites require extensive standing, sitting, walking – sometimes on unpaved or cobblestone streets, loading and unloading into horse drawn carriages, trains, and/or trolleys. Sunnyland Travel will not refund or cover any cost of expense incurred for any missed activities due to a participant’s inability to fully participate with the group. If you require assistance in walking, navigating stairs, etc., you are required to travel with a qualified physically-able companion who can accompany and provide such assistance. Due to many historic locations, the motor coach is not allowed to stay on site or remain running to provide an alternate shelter for those not able to participate in an event. Please make sure you read the itinerary fully and call one of our travel consultants if you have any questions.

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