Denver to Moab Aboard Rocky Mountaineer
All aboard! Travel by rail between 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 touches that define comfort 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.
Day +1: Arrive in Denver, CO
After arriving, settle in and relax for the exciting journey to come.
Overnight: The Oxford Hotel
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.
Set out past the towering Rockies on the way to Glenwood Springs, and then celebrate crossing the Continental Divide with a sparkling wine toast. Later, get excited for lore, lunch, and landscapes! Hear engaging stories of the region from onboard hosts and delight in dining on a three-course lunch. Tour along the Colorado River through picturesque Byers Canyon and Gore Canyon.
If desired, sip a signature cocktail upon approach of overnight destination Glenwood Springs. Disembark and reminisce about the day in comfortable accommodations.
Overnight: Glenwood Springs Lodging (B,L)
Day +3: Glenwood Springs / Rocky Mountaineer / Moab, UT
Rested and relaxed, depart Glenwood Springs aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, heading 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 out for Mount Garfield. At 6,600 feet, it's the highest point of the Book Cliffs and easy to spot. These sandstone cliffs and mountains stretch nearly 200 miles from west to east—another great reason to take more photographs!
The train continues to follow the Colorado River and crosses over the state line between Mack, Colorado, and Westwater, Utah. Watch for Mount Peale. It’s the highest point of the La Sal Mountains at 12,726 feet. Due to their immense height, these mountains are usually snow-capped until early summer.
As the train reaches Moab, you’ll be greeted by its brilliant red sandstone backdrop and get a first glimpse of the iconic Arches National Park—a 73,234-acre wonderland of geological marvels. Depart the train and travel to downtown Moab. The local guide joins the group for the Moab adventure. Welcome to the scarlet city!
After lunch on your own in Moab, transfer to the property for a free afternoon and evening at Red Cliffs.
Overnight: Red Cliffs Lodge (B)
Day +4: Moab / Arches National Park / Canyonlands 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.
Next 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.
Return to the lodge for dinner on your own and a restful evening.
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
This pre-tour is not escorted by an Orbridge Expedition Leader. Included sightseeing is accompanied by a local guide. Space is limited, so it's recommended to reserve early for best availability.
The majority of the program’s activities will take place outdoors and a fair amount of walking on varying terrain is to be expected. Many of the parks have dirt trails—but they are usually fairly smooth for walking—and some do have paved pathways and boardwalks. 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, walking and moving between cars while the train is in motion, and navigating steep, narrow stairs to the upper level of the observation car. Activities take place at a high elevation.
The Oxford Hotel
First opened in 1891, The Oxford Hotel is one of Denver's most notable historic properties, having served famous guests, including President Theodore Roosevelt and the Dalai Lama. Ideally located in the bustling LoDo neighborhood, in close proximity to local attractions, it offers an inviting respite that combines historic charm with contemporary convenience. No two rooms are exactly alike, sporting décor both lavish and era-themed, featuring a mix of early 20th-century French, English, Victorian, and American influences.
Room Amenities: Individual climate control, writing desk and chair, flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, alarm clock, phone, coffee maker, minibar, iron and ironing board, and en suite bathroom with sundries and hair dryer.
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.
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.
SilverLeaf Plus: $3,899
SilverLeaf Single: $4,899
SilverLeaf Plus Single: $5,399
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 Durango to Phoenix is included. Airfare otherwise not included.
- 1 night accommodations at The Oxford Hotel (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
- Rocky Mountaineer rail transport with SilverLeaf or SilverLeaf Plus Service*
- Guiding services of a local guide
- Admission to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, included guided touring
- Private transportation for included park activities
- Gratuities to Rocky Mountaineer staff, local guides, drivers, and porters
- Internal airfare from Grand Junction to Phoenix
- Airport transfer for guests arriving during the suggested times
*The upgrade to Silver Leaf Plus provides access to a lounge car with an outdoor viewing area, enhanced meals, and premium alcohol. Additionally, there are Deluxe accommodations provided in Moab which include Riverside Cabins.