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Arches National Park entrance sign
Rocky Mountaineer train en route passing aside steep mountains
Evening light over North Window with Turret Arch in the distance at Arches National Park
Panoramic skyline of Denver during sunrise
Clouds over cliff formation in the distance
Guests on board Rocky Mountaineer sharing a toast during embarkation
Puffy clouds floating over red cliffs at Arches National Park
Bryers Canyon with shallow river
Close-up of arch formation at Arches National Park
Rocky Mountaineer staff serving beverages during embarkation
Entrance sign to Canyonlands National Park
Mount Garfield under cloudy skies
Sunrise peeking through Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park
La Sal Mountain viewpoint at Arches National Park
Vast desert landscape with deep craters
Sign for town of Moab that reads Moab Again & Again The Adventure Never Ends
Kiva in Canyonlands National Park

Denver to Moab Aboard Rocky Mountaineer

Travel by rail from the mile-high city of Denver to the red rock formations of Moab by joining a luxury train journey to America's Southwest—a region steeped in history and full of opportunities to explore. Oversized windows and glass-domed coaches allow you to relax and soak in the magnificent scenery that includes colorful deserts, bewitching hoodoos, and natural archways. As the train winds alongside rivers, through mountain ranges, and past ancient rock canyons, watch for wildlife, such as bighorn sheep, bears, mountain lions, deer, and marmots. Entertaining stories from onboard hosts and comfortable travel combine with locally inspired cuisine to make this an unforgettable adventure. Off the train, enjoy nature with guided tours of Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. 

Itinerary

Day +1: Arrive in Denver, CO 
Settle in and relax before the exciting journey ahead. 
Overnight: Magnolia Denver

Day +2: Denver | Rocky Mountaineer | Glenwood Springs
Embark upon the Rocky Mountaineer for two days of extraordinary landscapes between Denver and Moab. This rail route is filled with highlights best seen by train, including Ruby Canyon and Mount Logan. 

Pass the towering Rockies on the way to Glenwood Springs, and celebrate crossing the Continental Divide with a sparkling wine toast. Later, hear engaging stories of the region from on-board hosts, and delight in a three-course lunch. Admire the scenery along the Colorado River through picturesque Byers Canyon and Gore Canyon. 

If desired, sip a signature cocktail upon approach of your overnight destination Glenwood Springs. This resort city sitting in the rugged Rocky Mountains is surrounded by the vast White River National Forest and is known the world over for its hot springs and outdoor adventures. Within the town's vibrant history, John Henry "Doc" Holliday traveled here in the late 1800s seeking a cure for his advanced tuberculosis. A museum bearing the name of this dentist-turned-gambler/gunfighter exists in the heart of downtown. Glenwood Springs also has a dynamic dining and entertainment scene.

Disembark and explore town at your leisure.
Overnight: Glenwood Springs Lodging (B,L)

Day +3: Glenwood Springs | Rocky Mountaineer | Moab, UT | Canyonlands National Park
This morning, board the Rocky Mountaineer to continue the journey southwest for another day of awe-inspiring views of colorful archways and astounding rock formations. 

Savor a two-course hot breakfast while watching the morning light bounce off the magnificent Parachute Creek and Mount Logan. Take in the red rock formations lining the cliffs in Ruby Canyon and look for Mount Garfield. At 6,600 feet, it's the highest point of the Book Cliffs and easy to spot.

As the train approaches Moab, notice the brilliant red sandstone backdrop and get an initial glimpse of iconic Arches National Park—a 73,234-acre wonderland of geological marvels. Depart the train and transfer to downtown Moab. 

After lunch on your own, visit Canyonlands National Park—the largest national park in Utah—for guided sightseeing. Canyonlands' diverse landscape promises spectacular views of towering rock pinnacles and striking desert vistas. Over time, the Colorado River and its tributaries have carved intricate buttes and river beds into this beautifully rugged terrain.

Later, transfer to the property for an evening of free time at Red Cliffs.
Overnight: Red Cliffs Lodge (B)

Day +4: Moab | Arches National Park | Moab
Following breakfast, set out for Arches National Park—featuring more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches. Observe the myriad of unusual rock formations, including Balanced Rock and the world famous Delicate Arch. See arch formations that include cliff-wall arches, free-standing arches, pothole arches, and natural bridges. In addition, there are 745 species of flora in Arches National Park. Hundreds of types of grasses, cacti, evergreens, deciduous trees, flowers, and bushes have adapted to surviving in the harsh conditions. 

Later, enjoy both lunch and the afternoon on your own. 
Overnight: Red Cliffs Lodge (B) 

Day +5: Moab | Grand Junction, CO | Flight to Phoenix, AZ | Main Program Begins 
Following breakfast, transfer to Grand Junction for the flight to Phoenix to join fellow travelers on the main program. (B)

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Pre-tour space is limited. We recommend reserving early for best availability.

(Itinerary subject to change.)

Activity Level

Moderate

It is our expectation that guests on this program are able to walk a mile at a moderate pace, get in and out of a motor coach, and walk up a flight of stairs without assistance. Guests should be comfortable boarding and disembarking trains without assistance, and walking and moving between cars while the train is in motion. Activities take place at a high elevation.

Accommodations

Magnolia Denver

Close to Denver's downtown restaurants, shopping, and entertainment areas, the Magnolia Hotel Denver is a landmark edifice providing business and fitness centers, lounge, and comfortable guestrooms. 

Room Amenities: Individual climate control, writing desk and chair,  flat-screen TV, complimentary standard Wi-Fi, phone, coffee and tea maker, safe, iron and ironing board, and en suite bathroom with premium sundries and hair dryer.

Magnolia Denver exterior
Magnolia Denver lobby
Magnolia Denver guest room
Magnolia Denver library lounge
Magnolia Denver cafe
Magnolia Denver bar

Glenwood Springs

Accommodations in Glenwood Springs are determined by Rocky Mountaineer. Glenwood Springs' properties are considered moderate two- or three-star hotels or motor inns, satisfy our standards of cleanliness and comfort, and are the best available in the area. 

Glenwood Springs is a town that’s easy to navigate. The charming downtown area—close to hotels, restaurants and attractions—is walking friendly. Browse exclusive boutiques and choose among restaurants to satisfy a taste for a delicious burger, hometown micro brew, or fine dining with a glass of hearty wine.

Red Cliffs Lodge

Located in Moab, Red Cliffs Lodge is a true example of an Old West-style property with modern amenities. Nestled on the banks of the Colorado River, enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding 2,000-foot sheer red rock cliffs.

Cool off in the swimming pool, take a dip in the hot tub, or enjoy a game of tennis, volleyball, or horseshoes. And don’t forget to check out the Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage, featuring 100 years of colorful cowboy life and history alongside Hollywood movie memorabilia dating back to the late 1930s.

Room Amenities: Individual climate control, private patio, kitchen area, TV, DSL internet connection, phone, coffee maker, and en suite bathroom with sundries and hair dryer.

Note: The lodge does not have an elevator.

Red Cliffs Lodge exterior
Red Cliffs Lodge guest room
Red Cliffs Lodge entrance
Red Cliffs Lodge outdoor pool and mountain views
Red Cliffs Lodge fitness room
Red Cliffs Lodge tennis courts
(Accommodations subject to change.)

Pre-Tour Rate**

SilverLeaf: $3,899
SilverLeaf Plus: $4,699
SilverLeaf Single: $5,699
SilverLeaf Plus Single: $6,499

Pre-tour rate is per person based on double occupancy except where noted as Single, in U.S. dollars. Single availability limited. Internal airfare from Grand Junction to Phoenix is included. Airfare otherwise not included.

What's Included

  • 1 night accommodations at the Magnolia Denver (or similar) in Denver 
  • 1 night accommodations in Glenwood Springs (hotel determined by Rocky Mountaineer)
  • 2 nights at Red Cliffs Lodge (or similar)
  • 4 breakfasts and 1 lunch
  • Alcoholic beverages while aboard the train 
  • Rocky Mountaineer rail transport with SilverLeaf or SilverLeaf Plus service
  • Guiding services of an Orbridge Expedition Leader
  • Admission to, and guided touring of, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
  • Private transportation for included park activities
  • Gratuities to Rocky Mountaineer staff, local guides, drivers, and porters
  • Internal airfare from Grand Junction to Phoenix, including luggage fees for one regular-sized bag (under 50lbs)
  • Airport transfer for guests arriving during the suggested times

The upgrade to SilverLeaf Plus provides access to a lounge car with an outdoor viewing area, enhanced meals, and premium alcohol. It also includes a room category upgrade in Moab to a Riverside Cabin.