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Colorado's Historic Trains Featuring Six Trains

Colorado's Historic Trains Featuring Six Trains

Discover the breathtaking landscapes of Colorado on an unforgettable train journey. Experience historic railroads, stunning scenery, and rich cultural heritage with Starr Tours.

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Colorado Trains

Trip Duration: 9 Days/8 Nights

 

Starr has partnered with Mayflower Tours, a professional tour operator handling escorted tour arrangements. With 40 years experience, Mayflower's goal is to provide travelers with an unforgettable experience featuring sightseeing, history, culture, and fun!

 

 

Trip Inclusions:

  • Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 4 Dinners

  • Tour Director upon arrival in Denver

  • Round Trip airfare EWR/PHL airport

  • Transfers between airport & hotels

  • Baggage handling and related gratuities

 

 

Trip Highlights:

 

Rocky Mountain National Park

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 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.

 

Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad

Travel to historic Leadville to board the Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad. While onboard, learn about the fascinating history of the railroads while traveling north along the Arkansas River Valley. Rising up 1,000 feet from the valley floor you will be greeted by spectacular views of Fremont Pass and the two tallest peaks in Colorado, Mount Massive and Mount Elbert.

 

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Voted one of the “Top Ten Most Exciting Train Journeys in the World” by the Society of American Travel Writers, this route winds through the spectacular and breathtaking canyons in the remote wilderness.

 

San Juan National Forest

San Juan National Forest encompasses about 1.8 million acres in the southwestern corner of Colorado. From high-desert mesas to alpine peaks, these federal lands are managed for multiple uses and visitors are asked to respect each other and the natural resources. The San Juan National Forest Headquarters is located in Durango, Colorado.

 

Mesa Verde National Park

Visit the land of the ancient Pueblo Indians in Mesa Verde National Park. The fascinating cliff dwellings and culture of these people provide you with a look into a society that existed approximately 1,400 years ago. Building elaborate stone communities, the Ancestral Puebloan people developed their own society that existed for some 700 years, before disappearing.

 

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

The original Rio Grande Line. This is America’s most spectacular narrow gauge steam railroad. Explore 50 miles of wild and rugged territory between Chama, New Mexico and Antonito, Colorado, the highest point on the railroad.

 

Royal Gorge Railroad

Aboard the Royal Gorge Railroad follow the 12-mile route along the old Denver and Rio Grande Western train line. Ride through the “Grand Canyon of the Arkansas” on an unforgettable journey over the famous Hanging Bridge, which clings precariously to the steep granite walls of Royal Gorge.

 

Garden of the Gods

This 1,300 acre park reflects the rich diversity of the terrain and red sandstone formations tell a unique geological story.

 

Pikes Peak Cog Railway

Begin the day with a “Ride to the Clouds” aboard the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the highest cog railroad in the U.S. which stretches nine miles long as it vertically climbs to almost 14,000 feet.

 

Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad

Scenic wonders await around every curve and this century-old steam locomotive is reminiscent of the gold mining days of the area.

 

Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park

Big enough to be overwhelming, still intimate enough to feel the pulse of time, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park exposes you to some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock, and craggiest spires in North America. With two million years to work, the Gunnison River, along with the forces of weathering, has sculpted this vertical wilderness of rock, water, and sky.

 

Curecanti National Recreation Area

Curecanti National Recreation Area is a National Park Service unit located on the Gunnison River in western Colorado. Established in 1965, Curecanti National Recreation Area is responsible for developing and managing recreational facilities on three reservoirs, Blue Mesa Reservoir, Morrow Point Reservoir and Crystal Reservoir, constructed on the upper Gunnison River in the 1960s by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to better utilize the vital waters of the Colorado River and its major tributaries. A popular destination for boating and fishing.

 

Monarch Pass

Monarch Pass (elevation 11,312 feet) is a high mountain pass in central Colorado, in the Rocky Mountains of the western United States. The pass is located on the Continental Divide at the southern end of the Sawatch Range along the border between Gunnison and Chaffee counties, approximately 25 miles (40 km) west of the town of Salida. The pass carries U.S. Highway 50 over the Sawatch Range, providing a route between Tomichi Creek in the upper basin of the Gunnison River on the west and the South Arkansas River, a tributary of the Arkansas River, on the east.

 

 

Need to Know:

Proof of Citizenship Requirement: Real ID or Passport

 

Deposit/Payment Policy:

  • Deposit is $300 non-refundable per person. 

  • Final payment is due by 5/8/2025.

 

Cancellation Penalties:

If cancellation occurs from booking date to 5/8/25, a $300.00* per person penalty will be assessed.

If cancellation occurs between 5/9/25 and 6/17/25, a $1,250.00* per person penalty will be assessed.

If cancellation occurs between 6/18/25 and 7/17/25, the passenger is in full penalty and no refund will be granted.

 

*In addition to the cancellation polices listed above, if additional payments have been made to Starr for the purpose of securing your airline reservation, these monies are non-refundable once received. Any name changes after final payment is made will be assessed a per person change fee. The amount of the fee will be determined by the airline.

 

Flight Information:

TBD *Flights are subject to change.

 

Only 1 piece of checked baggage is allowed on this trip and there will be a charge by the airline to check any luggage.

 

Travel Insurance:

Travel Insurance provides protection for your travel investment and it should always be considered. We recommend The National Tour Association's (NTA) Travel Protection Plan administered by Aon Affinity. You can purchase the enhanced plan within 14 days of deposit to cover preexisting conditions or 'cancel for any reason' coverage.

For more information: https://www.starrtours.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/NTA-Plan-Flyer-Starr-Tours.pdf

For frequently asked questions: https://www.starrtours.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/NTA-Plan-Flyer-FAQ_2023.pdf

To purchase: Call 800-388-1470 or log onto: nta.aontravelprotect.com

Starr's Tour Operator location # for AON is 306035.

 

Gratuities:

Gratuities to individuals noted below are not included in the price of your tour package. Customary recognized guidelines are as follows:

*Motorcoach Driver – $4-$6 per tour guest, per day

*Tour Director – $4-$6 per tour guest, per day

 

 

Accessibility:

Starr has a select quantity of wheelchair accessible motorcoaches available; therefore, we suggest you contact a Travel Advisor to discuss any needs you may have before reserving your trip.

Day 1:

Welcome to Denver, the "Mile High City." Meet your fellow travelers at 5:00 p.m. for a get-acquainted dinner hosted by your Tour Manager.

Day 2:

Departing Denver, 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 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.

Day 3

Today, travel to historic Leadville to board the Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad. While onboard, learn about the fascinating history of the railroads while traveling north along the Arkansas River Valley. Rising up 1,000 feet from the valley floor you will be greeted by spectacular views of Fremont Pass & the two tallest peaks in Colorado, Mount Massive & Mount Elbert. Later, travel through scenic Monarch Pass & Curecanti National Recreation Area & visit the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park while en route to Montrose.

Day 4

Today, it’s "full steam ahead" as you board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Voted one of the “Top Ten Most Exciting Train Journeys in the World” by the Society of American Travel Writers, this route winds through the spectacular & breathtaking canyons in the remote wilderness of the two-million acre San Juan National Forest. The locomotives used today remain 100% coal-fired, steamoperated & are maintained in their original condition. Later, check into the Sky Ute Casino Resort.

Day 5

Visit the land of the ancient Pueblo Indians in Mesa Verde National Park. The fascinating cliff dwellings & culture of these people provide you with a look into a society that existed approximately 1,400 years ago. Building elaborate stone communities, the Ancestral Puebloan people developed their own society that existed for some 700 years, before disappearing.

Day 6

Your day begins as you board the motorcoach and ride to the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, the original Rio Grande Line. This is America’s most spectacular narrow gauge steam railroad. Explore 50 miles of wild & rugged territory between Chama, New Mexico & Antonito, Colorado, the highest point on the railroad.

Day 7

Aboard the Royal Gorge Railroad follow the 12-mile route along the old Denver & Rio Grande Western train line. Ride through the “Grand Canyon of the Arkansas” on an unforgettable journey over the famous Hanging Bridge, which clings precariously to the steep granite walls of Royal Gorge. Then, enjoy a drive through the stunning Garden of the Gods. This 1,300 acre park reflects the rich diversity of the terrain & red sandstone formations tell a unique geological story.

Day 8

Begin the day with a "Ride to the Clouds" aboard the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the highest cog railroad in the U.S. which stretches nine miles long as it vertically climbs to almost 14,000 feet. Then ride on the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad. Scenic wonders await around every curve & this century-old steam locomotive is reminiscent of the gold mining days of the area. This evening assemble for a farewell dinner, sharing memories of this unforgettable scenic rail adventure.

Day 9

Following breakfast, say goodbye to Colorado with a group transfer to the Denver International Airport for flights home.

Note

Itinerary is subject to change.

Accommodations

 

Day 1:

Holiday Inn East or DoubleTree Hotel, Denver, CO or similar

 

Day 2:

Comfort Suites, Dillon, CO or similar

 

Day 3:

Hampton Inn, Montrose, CO or similar

 

Day 4 and 5:

Sky Ute Casino Resort, Ignacio, CO or similar

 

Day 6:

Hampton Inn, Alamosa, CO or similar

 

Day 7 and 8:

Radisson Hotel, Colorado Springs, CO or similar

 

Note: Hotels are subject to change until tour's departure.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available for this tour. Pick up points vary by departure date so to see which date(s) your preferred location(s) is available, click “view” below.

Note: Not all pick-up points are available for all tours or all departure dates. Also, with less than 3 people booked from a pick-up point, that pick-up point may be changed or eliminated. If so, we will alert you approximately 30 days prior to departure.

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City, State Address
Bensalem, PA (MAIN) Best Western Plus Phila Bensalem (MAIN)
3499 Street Rd Bensalem, PA
Cherry Hill, NJ (MAIN) Cherry Hill Train Station Parking Lot (MAIN)
Next to ShopRite at 2240 W Marlton Pike
Chester, PA (MAIN) Harrah's Philadelphia Casino (MAIN)
777 Harrah's Blvd
Hamilton, NJ (MAIN) Hamilton Station Park & Ride Garage (MAIN)
800 Sloan Avenue Hamilton, NJ
Iselin, NJ (MAIN/HUB) APA Hotel Woodbridge (MAIN/HUB)
120 S Wood Avenue Iselin, NJ
Phila (NE), PA (MAIN) Phila (Northeast) KleinLife (MAIN)
10100 Jamison Ave (at Red Lion Rd) Philadelphia PA
Phila (South), PA (MAIN) Oregon Diner 302 W Oregon Ave (at 3rd St) (MAIN)
Philadelphia, PA
Toms River, NJ (SHUTTLE) Toms River Park & Ride (SHUTTLE)
400 Highland Parkway S. Toms River, NJ
Wall Twnship NJ (SHUTTLE) Judy Blume Service Area (SHUTTLE)
100 Garden State Parkway Wall, NJ

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