- 5 Days
- Activity Level
- Group Size
America's Southwest: A Luxury Train Adventure Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Denver, CO
After arriving, settle in and relax for the exciting journey to come. Meet your fellow travelers for a welcome reception this evening at the hotel. Afterwards, enjoy the remainder of the evening and dinner at your leisure.
Overnight: The Maven Hotel (R)
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.
Enjoy breakfast aboard the train as you set out past the towering Rockies on the way to Glenwood Springs and cross the Continental Divide. 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 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.
After lunch on your own in Moab, head out to Canyonlands National Park for guided sightseeing. It is the largest national park in Utah. Canyonland's 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.
Tonight, we'll enjoy a special "Cowboy Cookout" at the lodge.
Overnight: Red Cliffs Lodge (B,D)
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.
After enjoying lunch in downtown Moab, take the free afternoon to explore the terrain or relax at the lodge.
Return to the lodge for a farewell reception, followed by dinner and a restful evening.
Overnight: Red Cliffs Lodge (B,D,R)
Day 5: Moab / Grand Junction / Flights Home
After breakfast, guests departing during the suggested times take a complimentary group transfer to Grand Junction for flights home. (B)
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, R = Reception
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.