Colorado Scenic Train Rides and Fall Foliage
September 26-October 6, 2017
$1,999 from Baton Rouge
Escorted by Wayne Barnes
Final payment: August 1, 2017
Itinerary & Registration
See the Rockies in their fall glory
This will be our 11th year in a row to do this wonderful trip. Most everyone who has gone rated it highly. Foliage can vary from year to year, but our date is usually when foliage is at its peak. The fall color in the Rockies is mostly the Aspens which are a light green until the fall, when they turn golden in color – a spectacular sight. Our motor coach will be with us all the way & will carry our baggage so no baggage handling on the trains.
Day 1, Tues., Sept. 26 – Wichita Falls, Texas – Early morning departure from Zachary and Baton Rouge. Routing is along I-10 to Lafayette, I-49 through Alexandria and Natchitoches to Shreveport, 1-20 to Dallas. Overnight in Wichita Falls.
Day 2, Wed., Sept. 27 – Alamosa, Colorado – Through Amarillo, Texas to Alamosa for overnight.
Day 3, Thurs., Sept. 28 – Durango, Colorado – All day ride on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, one of the best railway experiences in the world. It is America’s highest and longest narrow gauge railroad. Overnight in Durango.
Day 4, Fri., Sept. 29 – Durango – Visit Mesa Verde National Park with its famous cliff dwellings. Overnight in Durango.
Day 5, Sat., Sept. 30 – Montrose, Colorado – This morning we board the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for our spectacular 3 ½ hour ride to Silverton, hugging the walls high above the Animas River Canyon. Overnight in Montrose.
Day 6, Sun., Oct. 1 – Winter Park, Colorado – Morning journey to Grand Junction to board the Amtrak train for a beautiful journey through the Rockies. Overnight in Winter Park.
Day 7, Mon., Oct. 2 – Colorado Springs, Colorado – In the heart of the Rockies, we ride the historic Georgetown Loop Train, crossing the Devil’s Gate High Bridge in the midst of Colorado’s most breathtaking scenery. Then highlights sightseeing in Denver. On to Colorado Springs to visit the Air Force Academy and Chapel. Overnight in Colorado Springs.
Day 8, Tues., Oct. 3 – Colorado Springs, Colorado – We visit the Garden of the Gods Park, ride to the top of Pikes Peak on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Enjoy eating, shopping, and exploring quaint Manitou Springs. Overnight in Colorado Springs.
Day 9, Wed., Oct. 4 – Garden City, Kansas – Morning train ride through the Royal Gorge on the Royal Gorge Scenic Railway, billed as the “most scenic train ride in North America.” We will pass under the Royal Gorge Bridge, 1200 feet below the highest suspension bridge in the world, traveling along the raging Arkansas River. Overnight in Garden City area.
Day 10, Thurs., Oct. 5 – Ardmore, Oklahoma – Visit Dodge City and Boot Hill. Then across Oklahoma to its capital, Oklahoma City, where we visit the National Memorial. Overnight in Ardmore area.
Day 11, Fri., Oct. 6 – Drive south into Texas, I-20 to Shreveport, I-49 to Lafayette, I-10 to Baton Rouge/Zachary.
SUPPLEMENTS & REDUCTIONS
Single Supplement: $550
Triple Reduction: $120/person
Quad Reduction: $190/person
- Price is per person, double occupancy and includes all transportation from Baton Rouge
- Six special train rides
- First class hotels and all entrance fees
- Breakfast daily
- One lunch and one dinner
- Full sightseeing
- Baggage handling
- Taxes and tips including tips for guides, escort and driver
- Tips for personal services such as maid service, meals on your own are not included