Spend one night in Las Vegas and explore Utah’s canyonlands and red rocks on an open air tram tour through Zion National Park. See the famed “Pink Cliffs” of Bryce Canyon National Park and venture into Dead Horse Point State Park with its amazing views of the Colorado River and massive sandstone walls. Tour Arches National Park to see the largest concentration of stone arches in the world. Travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train in Silver Leaf Class from Moab to Glenwood Springs following the Colorado River and passing beautiful red rock formations, desert cliffs and canyons.
1 Arrive in Las Vegas
Arrive today in “The Entertainment
Capital of the World” exciting Las Vegas. Transfer to your
hotel on the Las Vegas Strip and get acquainted with your new
surroundings. Tonight, your Tour Manager hosts a welcome
dinner leaving you plenty of time to enjoy this glittering city.
2 Red Rock Country and Zion National Park
Leave the bright lights of Las Vegas behind and venture into the
canyonlands and red rocks of southern Utah. Come to awe-inspiring
Zion National Park, where the Virgin River has cut a
dramatic rugged gorge through multi-hued sandstone, shale and
limestone. Look up at the towering rock walls surrounding you
on all sides as you tour this incredible natural wonder aboard an
open-air sightseeing tram.
Feel free to hop-off and hop-on as you make your way through the canyon. Be sure to leave time for
exploring and shopping in picturesque Springdale. Meals: B, D
3 Bryce Canyon National Park
Begin the day with a drive to the famed “Pink Cliffs” of Bryce Canyon National Park. Follow the Rim Drive to view the vividly-colored, fantastic rock formations approximating castles, temples and even whole cities sculptured in stone! Bryce’s endless concentration of “Hoodoos” – irregular columns of rock, is the largest collection in the world. Then, continue to Moab located at the heart of canyon country.
Meals: B, L
4 Arches National Park & Board the Rocky Mountaineer
Begin the day in Arches National Park with contains the largest
concentration of stone arches in the world. The park has over
2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring
pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. A local guide
shows you the massive red sandstone arches and describes the
culture of those that have occupied the region.
In the afternoon, board the famed Rocky Mountaineer
in Silver Leaf Class and
begin the journey eastward. Depart Moab and travel through
Colorado Canyons National Conservation Area. See Parachute
Creek and Mount Logan while following the scenic Colorado
River and taking in beautiful red rock formations, desert cliffs of
Ruby Canyon and mountain vistas. Overnight is in Glenwood
Springs, Colorado. Meals: B, D
5 Ride the Rocky Mountaineer to Denver
A full day aboard the Rocky Mountaineer
is the plan for the day. Enjoy
the breathtaking views from the comfort of your spacious, reclining seats and through the train’s oversized glass-dome windows.
The onboard culinary experience highlights cuisine and
ingredients local to the Southwestern U.S. From dense wooded
forests and white-capped mountains of White River National
Forest, to the picturesque Byers and Gore Canyons and the
raging rivers and tranquil mountain lakes of Arapahoe National
Forest, this journey is a joy.
Cross the Continental Divide with a sparkling wine toast while cutting through the six-mile-long
Moffatt Tunnel. Later, arrive in Denver for a two-night stay.
Meals: B, L
6 Rocky Mountain National Park
This morning, venture into Rocky Mountain National Park, a living showcase of the grandeur
of the Rocky Mountains. With elevations ranging from 8,000 feet
on the wet, grassy valleys to 14,259 feet at the weather-ravaged
top of Longs Peak, the park is filled with breathtaking scenery
and experiences. Following the Trail Ridge Road a stop at the Alpine Visitor Center offers an opportunity to learn more about this fascinating place.
Return to Denver where a local guide conducts a narrated tour. Tonight, your Tour Manager hosts a
farewell dinner at the historic Buckhorn Exchange. Meals: B, D
7 Homeward Bound
This morning a group transfer to the Denver International Airport for flights home departing after
12:00 p.m. Meal: B