Rockin’ The Colorado Rails

July 3-12, 2020

10 Days with 18 Meals

Special Features

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

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 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!


Prices

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 to Abilene, KS, we will pause to pay our respects to President Dwight D. Eisenhower by touring his boyhood home and Presidential Library.  Just down the highway is Salina, boyhood home of radio personality Paul Harvey, and our hotel for the evening.  Dinner is on your own tonight. (L)

Day 2, Saturday, July 4

Happy Independence Day! Up early for a good breakfast then we point the coach to the West and scoot on across the western plains of Kansas.  After lunch, we will pick up an hour just before the Colorado State Line as we head towards our hotel for the evening. (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 Steam Engine Train at the Georgetown Depot and enjoy the views from GEORGETOWN LOOP RAILROAD.  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.  We will 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 VISITOR’S CENTER and view the actual on-going “digs” currently being excavated.  We head on to Durango, stopping “Downtown” for some shopping and dinner-on-your-own.  (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 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. We will enjoy dinner together 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. (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 train, marvel at the work of Mother Nature as we travel in our Domed Car 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 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.  A Colorado naturalist will step on the coach to give us a guided tour of the Park.   We will then check in to our hotel for next two nights. (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! 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, after lunch we will make our way to Cripple Creek, Colorado.  Board the CRIPPLE CREEK & VICTOR NARROW GAUGE RAILROAD for our last 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 visitors while honoring the rich heritage and enduring legacies of US Olympic and Paralympic athletes.  Our visit includes the feature-filled Visitor’s Center and a guided tour of the training complex.  We’ll stop for lunch on our way out of Colorado, toward our hotel in Garden City, Kansas.  Don’t forget the time change! (B,L)

Day 10, Sunday, July 12

Leaving Garden City, we’ll hopefully “zip” across Kansas, 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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