Ride the Rails of Colorado
June 13, 2024 thru June 18, 2024
All aboard for a 6-day Colorado escapade, where the allure lies as much in the journey as the destinations. Experience the state’s splendor aboard iconic train routes, winding through majestic canyons, historic mining towns, and nature’s grand spectacles. The rhythmic chug of the locomotive, panoramic vistas from your window seat, and curated train experiences make this tour a dream for rail enthusiasts. Dive into the romance of the rails and discover Colorado like never before. Join us for a timeless adventure.
6 days, 5 nights
Activity Level 4
7 meals (5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinners) included
- Garden of the Gods Driving Tour
- Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway
- Royal Gorge Route Railroad
- National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum
- Matchless Mine
- Leadville Colorado & Sothern Railroad
- Georgetown Loop Railroad
- Idaho Springs – Miner Street
- Colorado Railroad Museum
- Rocky Mountain Wildlife Refuge
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- 5 nights lodging at excellent hotels
- Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
- 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
- Admission to all listed attractions
- Your SUN TOURS Tour Director
- All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
Embark with us today via deluxe motorcoach to Cañon City, Colorado. En route, we’ll pause for an independent lunch in Trinidad, accompanied by an additional rest stop as we traverse the distance to our final destination. Throughout our travels, feast your eyes on the mesmerizing landscapes that transition seamlessly from Northern New Mexico to Southern Colorado.
Day 2 - Royal Gorge
After a refreshing hotel breakfast, we’ll head to the Royal Gorge Route Train Station. Sink into plush seats and gaze through panoramic windows revealing Colorado’s majestic Royal Gorge. For a closer experience, step into the open-air car.
Post-journey, we’ll transition to the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad. Delve into the captivating history of a gold town, with strategic stops at scenic landmarks and the resonant Echo Valley.
Meals included: B
Day 3 - Garden of the Gods & Pikes Peak
After a hearty hotel breakfast, we’re set for a thrilling exploration of the iconic Garden of the Gods. Dive deep into its wonders with an enlightening film before we set out on a driving tour, embracing the breathtaking beauty of this Colorado gem.
Once captivated by those natural wonders, we’ll transition to the Garden of the Gods Trading Post for a replenishing lunch. Suitably refueled, our next stop is the Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway Station. Prepare to ascend an exhilarating 14,115 feet. Our 9-mile journey to Pikes Peak’s summit promises more than just a destination. Navigate along Ruxton Creek in Englemann Canyon, marvel at Minnehaha Falls, glide through Deer Park, and catch your initial view of the summit at the Mountain View siding. With scenic splendor and diverse wildlife!
Meals included: B, L
Day 4 - Railroad Experiences & History - Happy Father's Day!
After a delightful breakfast at the hotel, we’ll set course for the Colorado Railroad Museum. Dive into the rich tapestry of the railways, gain insights into the very tracks we’ve journeyed on, and immerse yourself in the storied past of locomotives.
Subsequently, we’ll have free time in the charming town of Georgetown, Colorado – aptly dubbed the ‘Silver Queen of the Rockies.’ Born from Colorado’s silver rush, Georgetown stands as one of the state’s foundational mining hubs. As you explore its vintage essence, prepare for another train adventure aboard the Devil’s Gate Train Ride, offering a captivating view of this mining marvel and the majestic Colorado Rockies.
Meals included: B
Day 5 - Immerse Yourself in the History of Mining
Hotel Indigo provides us with breakfast before we head to the National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum. Armed with insight from the museum, we will head to the Matchless Mine, one of the richest mines of Colorado’s Silver Rush.
Following, we will enjoy an independent lunch in Downtown Leadville before arriving at the Leadville, CO and Southern Railroad Station. Embark on a scenic journey, where captivating vistas of the Arkansas River Valley blend seamlessly with light-hearted tales of Leadville’s illustrious past. The intertwining legacy of mining and railroading echoes, making it a nostalgic voyage aboard the Leadville, Colorado & Southern.
As the day winds down, we’ll retreat to the comfort of our hotel. And come evening, we’ll relish a delectable dinner at Quincey’s Steak and Spirits in the heart of Salida, Colorado.
Meals included: B, D
Day 6 - Return to Albuquerque
Fuel up for your departure home with breakfast at the hotel. We will enjoy a stop at the San Luis Brewing Company for an independent lunch. As you journey back home, let the mesmerizing landscapes glide by, prompting reflections on the deep-rooted history and beauty that define the state of Colorado.
Meals included: B
Itinerary subject to change.
The name "Garden of the Gods" was coined in 1859 by two surveyors who visited the site.
One of the surveyors, M. S. Beach, suggested it would be a "capital place for a beer garden." His companion, Rufus Cable, exclaimed, "Beer Garden! Why, it is a fit place for the Gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods."
Pikes Peak stands tall at 14,115 feet (4,302 meters).
Making it one of Colorado's 53 "fourteeners" (peaks that exceed 14,000 feet in elevation).
Located in Golden, this museum is dedicated to preserving the history of railroads in Colorado.
It has one of the largest collections of historic records, photographs, and artifacts related to Colorado railroads.
Colorado is famous for its narrow gauge railroads, which were less expensive to build through the rugged Rockies.
They are narrower than the standard gauge railroads and allowed for sharper turns, which was ideal for mountainous terrains.
$1,935 per person
$2,395 per person
Final Payment Due:
April 9, 2024
Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
5 nights lodging at excellent hotels
Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Admission to all listed attractions
Your SUN TOURS Tour Director
All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: April 9, 2024
- None through April 9, 2024
- $200 – April 10 – April 23, 2024
- $1,100 – April 24 – May 7, 2024
- 100% after May 7, 2024
ACTIVITY LEVEL RATING
Level 4: Active
Expectations: The tour includes well-paced walking tours with regular breaks. Up to 2-3 hours of walking each day. To fully take advantage of all this tour has to offer, guests need to be able to walk longer distances, climb several flights of stairs and navigate steps and uneven terrain walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators). Your itinerary can include significant changes in temperature and altitude and may require a higher number of longer travel days with morning and/or evening activities. Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Excursions require standing and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited.
Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, expect a vigorous pace and enjoy participating in two to three hours of physical activity per day.
Visit our Activity Level Ratings page for full information on the ratings system.
For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is included on this tour. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach drivers. Hotel housekeeping tips are not included.
If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.
Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
SUN TOURS acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
In June, Colorado transitions from spring to summer, offering mild to warm temperatures and an abundance of sunshine, especially in the lower elevations.
Temperatures: Daytime highs in Denver and other cities at similar elevations can range from the mid-70s to mid-80s Fahrenheit (24-29°C). In the mountainous areas, temperatures can be cooler, especially at higher altitudes, with daytime highs ranging from the mid-50s to mid-70s Fahrenheit (13-24°C).
Precipitation: June can be part of Colorado's wetter season, especially in the early part of the month. Afternoon thunderstorms are not uncommon, but they tend to be brief.
Mountain Regions: While lower elevations enjoy summer conditions, higher mountain elevations might still have some lingering snowpack, especially in shaded areas or on north-facing slopes. If you're planning on hiking in the mountains, it's essential to be prepared for a mix of conditions.
Clothing: Due to the varied conditions, it's a good idea to dress in layers. While daytime temperatures can be warm and sunny, evenings can cool down, especially in the mountains.
Always check the local forecast for the specific areas you'll be visiting, as Colorado's diverse topography can result in a wide range of microclimates.
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