I have a special place in my heart for trains and old fashioned train rides. They fill me with a sense of nostalgia and longing for a time that seemed more innocent and pure. The idea of taking a long ride through the mountains feels like an adventure worth having. So when I heard about a new glass-topped train that takes riders on a 2-day adventure from Denver, Colorado to Moab, Utah I knew I had to check it out.
The new “Rockies to Red Rocks” route offers panoramic views of mountain peaks, desert canyons as well as out-of-this-world red rock formations. As you wind alongside the Colorado River for much of its length, you will get to see some amazing sights.
The Rocky Mountaineer train company, which already offers three glass train routes in Canada, has been mapping out the perfect route through the U.S. portion of the Rockies for years and they’ve finally laid down the tracks.
The first leg of the journey takes passengers through the Gross Reservoir Dam, Byers Canyon, and Gore Canyon, and ends in Glenwood Springs, where they spend the night.
The second day, the train ventures into Ruby Canyon, past Mount Garfield, and into the scarlet city of Moab.
The route opens in August of 2021. The entire trip, including hotel, gourmet cuisine, and storytelling tour guides, costs $1250.
This vacation isn’t just luxurious but it is actually beneficial to the environment. Part of your ticket helps pay for conservation efforts by the Rocky Mountaineer, which won the “Sustainable Train Journey” award in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2021 for planting trees and helping preserve the natural landscapes along its routes. So you can get the experience of a lifetime and give back to the land you are there witnessing in all its glory.