Rail the Rockies
It’s hard to imagine that there once was a time when jets didn’t fly and wagons were the only mode of transportation for ladies, families, and those carrying large loads. Then came the advent of the railroad and many a small town became a major hub due to their proximity to Colorado's mines. Throughout the Rocky Mountains, there are many scenic railways that take us back to an earlier time, and we have selected the five best.
Georgetown Loop Railroad (summit elevation of 9,116 ft)
The Georgetown Loop Railroad was one of Colorado's first visitor attractions. Completed in 1884, this spectacular stretch of three-foot narrow gauge road was considered an engineering marvel for its time.
Royal Gorge Route Railroad (in the Arkansas River Canyon)
Construction through the gorge required a hanging bridge at a point where the gorge narrows to 30 feet. Here the railroad is suspended over the river as shear rock walls go down into the river on both sides.
Rio Grande Scenic Railroad (summit elevation 9,624 Ft)
The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad begins in Alamosa, CO and travels on historic tracks that were completed on June 22, 1878 over La Veta Pass. Passengers can again experience the excursion train on rails that curve and wind through steep rocky grades and mountain meadows with elk, eagles, and bears cohabiting the land.
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (summit elevation of 10,022 ft)
Built in 1880 and little changed since, this railroad is the finest and most spectacular example of steam era mountain railroading in North America. Everything about it exists today as if frozen in time.
Durango/Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (summit elevation of 10,899 ft)
From the very beginning, the railroad was promoted as a scenic route for passenger service although the line was constructed primarily to haul mine ores, both gold and silver, from the San Juan Mountains.
We will also be visiting the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, Glen Eyrie Castle and Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, and Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Canon City.
Tour includes tickets to all the above mentioned trains and into all the venues, lodging with breakfast at the hotels, transportation, and snacks & bottled water on the coach.
Master’s Touch Tours purchases Travel Insured group protection plan on behalf of all travelers.
$2,225 per person based on double occupancy
$2,960 per person based on single occupancy
Deposit: $675 per person
Tour dates: July 8 - 16, 2019
Reservation deadline: 5/29/2019