Colorado | July 14 - July 22, 2024

Colorado Rockies, Rails, & Western National Parks

Gaze in wonder at the majestic mountain ranges, geologically diverse terrains, and natural scenic beauty that surround us on our journey through the Colorado Rockies and Western National Parks.

Three distinctively different train rides infuse our travels with a sense of Old West adventure, history, and the pure joy of riding the rails. From the Durango and Silverton Railroad to the Pikes Peak Cog Railway to the Royal Gorge Railroad, it’s all aboard for good times.

July 14 – 22, 2024

 

Package Includes:

  • Round-trip airfare — Raleigh/Durham International Airport or Charlotte Douglas International Airport
  • Eight nights’ hotel accommodations
  • Twelve meals: eight breakfasts and four dinners
  • All sightseeing and admissions as listed
  • Deluxe motor coach transportation
  • Professional tour guide and driver
  • Our State host
  • Baggage handling and hotel transfers

 

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Three train experiences: Durango and Silverton Railroad, Pikes Peak Cog Railway, and Royal Gorge Railroad
  • Four National Park visits: Mesa Verde National Park, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park
  • Vail, Colorado
  • Moab, Utah
  • Dead Horse State Park
  • Garden of the Gods
  • U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Two nights – Durango, Colorado
  • Two nights – Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Two nights – Colorado Springs, Colorado

 

Detailed Itinerary:

DAY 1: ARRIVE DENVER

Upon arrival in Denver, meet your tour director and transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay in the Mile High City. This evening, join your fellow Our State travelers for a Beer and Wine Reception and Welcome Dinner.

Overnight: Denver
Meals: D

 

DAY 2: DENVER – VAIL – GRAND JUNCTION

Today, travel west of Denver and stop in Vail, a favorite year-round resort destination for tourism and outdoor activity. Explore Vail Village and its downtown district that is reminiscent of a Bavarian Village, with a clock tower, diverse shops and restaurants, and breathtaking mountain views. Later, continue west and arrive in Grand Junction for a two-night stay.

Overnight: Grand Junction
Meals: B

 

DAY 3: GRAND JUNCTION – CANYONLANDS & ARCHES NAT’L PARKS – GRAND JUNCTION

Today, travel west into Utah to visit two of our country’s great national parks. This morning, visit Canyonlands National Park, featuring deeply eroded canyons interspersed with sheer-sided mesas and a variety of spires, arches, and unusual rock formations. Then, stop at Dead Horse Point State Park for an amazing view of the Colorado River. A short ride brings you to Moab, Utah for lunch on your own in this town famous for western movie productions. This afternoon, visit Arches National Park to see some of the famous arches (over 2,000 in total) and marvel at other red rock formations and canyons. Return to Grand Junction for dinner with your fellow Our State travelers.

Overnight: Grand Junction
Meals: B, D

 

DAY 4: GRAND JUNCTION – DURANGO & SILVERTON RAILROAD

Today, journey south to Silverton, secluded in a mountain valley at an elevation of 9,318 feet, to begin a wonderful train experience. It’s all-aboard the 1881 coalfired, steam-powered Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for a spectacular rail journey through the San Juan National Forest following the sheer cliffs of Animas River. Arrive in historic Durango for a two-night stay. Durango began as a mining town during the gold and silver booms. Today it’s a center of year-round tourism, commerce, culture, and ranching, featuring a Victorian downtown where you can enjoy the spirit of a bygone era.

Overnight: Durango
Meals: B

 

DAY 5: DURANGO – MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK – DURANGO

This morning, visit Mesa Verde National Park, home to the largest and best preserved Anasazi Indian cliff dwellings in the Southwest, including the famous Cliff Palace. Venture out on the Mesa Top Loop Road which winds around overlooks to see some of the 4,000 ruin sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. This evening in the Durango area, enjoy a fun-filled dining experience at the Bar D Chuckwagon Supper & Western Stage Show.

Overnight: Durango
Meals: B, D

 

DAY 6: DURANGO – GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK – COLORADO SPRINGS

Today, travel east to Great Sand Dunes National Park, established in 2004 and known for huge dunes and beaches created at the base of the dunes. Stop at a vistors center to learn more about this national park, containing the tallest sand dunes in North America, rising to a maximum height of 750 feet from the floor of the San Luis Valley on the western base of the Sangre de Cristo Range. Later, journey to Colorado Springs, a picturesque city situated at the foot of famous Pikes Peak and check in for a three-night stay. “The Springs,” as it is commonly referred to, attracts thousands of visitors each year for its picturesque setting, natural wonders, history, and military sights.

Overnight: Colorado Springs
Meals: B

 

DAY 7: PIKES PEAK COG RAIL – GARDEN OFTHE GODS – U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY

This morning, board the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the world’s highest cog railroad, for an 8.9-mile trip to the summit of Pikes Peak (approx. 14,110 ft.). On a clear day you can see 75 miles to Denver and over 100 miles to New Mexico. Later, visit the famous Garden of the Gods, on the National Register for Historic Places. Located where the Great Plains meet the mighty Rockies, this 1,300-acre park is home to towering sandstone formations. Then, visit the U.S. Air Force Academy located at the foot of the majestic Rocky Mountains. The Academy is Colorado’s most frequently visited man-made attraction and home to cadets participating in the officer training program. Stop at the visitors center featuring exhibits on cadet life.

Overnight: Colorado Springs
Meals: B

 

DAY 8: ROYAL GORGE RAILROAD

Today, travel to see the Royal Gorge and experience some of the most arresting scenery in all of American railroading aboard the Royal Gorge Railroad. The rail journey travels from Canon City to Parkdale along the Arkansas River through the scenic Royal Gorge and features dramatic views of the Royal Gorge Bridge, the world’s highest suspension bridge. Tonight, experience a Farewell Dinner at a popular local restaurant in the Colorado Springs area.

Overnight: Colorado Springs
Meals: B, D

 

DAY 9: COLORADO SPRINGS – DENVER -FLY HOME

Transfer to the Denver Airport for your flight home filled with wonderful memories of your travel experience.

Meals: B

 

Altitude: This tour is spent at some high altitudes — Silverton, 9,000 ft; Durango, 6,500 ft; Colorado Springs/Denver, 6,000 ft range; and includes visits to higher altitudes for shorter amounts of time, like Pike’s Peak.

 

Accommodations:

  • Eight Nights’ Accommodations
  • One Night – Sheraton or Crowne Plaza, Denver
  • Two Nights – DoubleTree by Hilton, Grand Junction
  • Two Nights – Rio Grande Inn, DoubleTree or The Strater Hotel, Durango
  • Three Nights – Hilton Garden Inn or Wyndham Antler’s Hotel, Colorado Springs

*On some dates, alternate hotels may be used

 

Tour Rates:

Regular Rate: $4,199 pp based on double occupancy

Booking Discount: $4,099* pp based on double occupancy

Single supplement: $1,150

Please ask about the “No Risk Deposit” plan.

*Booking discount applied when final payment is made by check.

 

For reservations and more information:

Premier World Discovery
Melissa Grant
877-953-8687 x 238 (Pacific Standard Time)
mgrant@premierworlddiscovery.com

 

Additional Information:

What to expect on an Our State trip:

Traveling with a group of Our State readers is an enriching, enjoyable, and safe way to experience new cultures, people, and places. In addition to the informative narration from the tour director and local guides, an Our State host will be available to assist in making your trip successful.

We usually fly to our destination, then travel by a comfortable motor coach with anywhere from 35 to 50 people who appreciate learning about new regions. Your entire trip will be guided, planned, and arranged for your upmost enjoyment. Many activities are things you can only do because you are traveling with Our State. There is some free time built in for you to explore on your own.

You can also choose not to attend an activity if you prefer something different. Please let your tour director know if you are not coming on a scheduled day.

Many meals are included. Where you have meals on your own, suggestions will be provided.

Most of the motor coaches have restrooms but every effort will be made to make regular rest stops.

One of the best parts of traveling with Our State is that you will meet new people, many of whom you will already have much in common with since most travelers read the magazine. Many guests often develop friendships that go on long after the tour is finished. Our State trips are generally filled with dynamic and friendly people.
 

Physical requirements:

Our tours are physically active but not meant to be strenuous.

Please be aware you will be on your feet, walking and standing for much of the day, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions and terrains. There will also be extended time on the motor coach when we travel from place to place. If there are any mobility issues you will need to have an able-bodied traveling companion to accompany and assist you.

Most days are moderately paced with approximately two to three total miles of walking, possibly including some hills and stairs.

We regret that we’re unable to provide individual assistance to guests with walking difficulties or other personal needs. The responsibility of the Trip Director who accompanies your trip is to ensure that the larger group enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing individual assistance to any one guest. Guests requiring such individualized assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who can provide it.

If you have additional questions, please call Our State’s Travel Director Amy Wood Pasquini at 336-286-0600, or email apasquini@ourstate.com.

 

COVID-19 Travel Precautions – Update:

Effective January 1, 2023, Our State highly encourages, but no longer requires COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters for travelers on our domestic tours. This policy goes into effect for international travelers on April 30, 2023. We will keep all participants updated of any changes to these requirements.