- Ride a vintage steam train
- The Rocky Mountaineer
- Canyonlands National Park
- Mesa Verde National Park
- Discover Native American heritage
Canyons, Trains and the Rockies
- VIP door to door
- All breakfasts and more
Travel by road and rail through the Rocky Mountains
Combine incredible scenery and rich culture on this tour of Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. Experience the high altitudes of the Rocky Mountains, discover otherworldly landscapes on tours of five national parks, gain an insight into Native American history at the beautifully preserved cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloan tribes, take a ride aboard a heritage steam train through the San Juan Forest, and discover New Mexico’s Spanish heritage in Santa Fe.
A highlight of your trip is sure to be a two-day rail adventure through the southern Rockies aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train. Journey from Denver, the ‘Mile High City’, past vast canyons and incredible rock formations to the red sandstone cliffs of Moab. This tour is ideal for returning visitors to the US keen to explore further, or for those seeking outdoor adventures.
12 nights in hotels and 1 in flight
17 meals: 12 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 4 dinners (D)
Saga tour manager
- Return flights and transfers
- Welcome dinner
- Farewell dinner
- Porterage at all hotels
Included excursions and visits
- Guided tour of Denver
- Anheuser-Busch brewery tour and tasting session
- Guided tour of Rocky Mountain National Park
- Two-day Rocky Mountaineer train journey
- Guided tour of Arches National Park
- Guided tour of Canyonlands National Park
- Visit Mesa Verde National Park
- Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad experience
- Tour Taos Pueblo and meet the Navajo community
- Guided tour of Santa Fe
- Guided tour of Great Sand Dunes National Park
- Orientation tour of Colorado Springs
- Aerial gondola ride over Royal Gorge Bridge
- Visit the Garden of the Gods
Use of audio headsets on guided tours
Your tour includes a ride on this heritage railroad aboard a steam-powered locomotive. Originally constructed in 1881 to transport silver and gold ore from the San Juan mountains, the railroad immediately became popular as a scenic route for passengers thanks to the incredible mountain and forest vistas. The railroad has since been named a National Historic Landmark and has featured in a number of Hollywood movies such as Around the World in 80 Days and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Your three-and-a-half hour journey from Silverton to Durango follows the same 45 miles of track used by miners, cowboys and settlers of the Old West over a century ago.
- Day 1 UK-Denver
- Day 2 Denver
- Day 3 Rocky Mountain National Park
- Day 4 Rocky Mountaineer
- Day 5 Rocky Mountaineer
- Day 6 Canyonlands National Park
- Day 7 Moab-Durango
- Day 8 Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
- Day 9 Durango-Santa Fe
- Day 10 Santa Fe
- Day 11 Santa Fe-Colorado Springs
- Day 12 Colorado Springs
- Day 13 Colorado Springs-Denver-UK
- Day 14 UK
Sonesta Denver Downtown
Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn
The Lodge at Santa Fe
Hilton Garden Inn Colorado Springs Downtown Hotel
Day 1 UK-Denver
After taking your VIP door-to-door travel service to the airport, fly to Denver, Colorado.
Stay three nights at the 3-star Sonesta Denver Downtown (3Q). The eco-friendly, boutique hotel is centrally located and features a rooftop heated pool, restaurant, and bar.
Day 2 Denver
Embark on a full-day guided tour of Denver.
Colorado’s state capital dates back to the Old West era, and combines the urban sophistication of craft breweries, world-class restaurants, art galleries and museums, with outdoor adventures in the nearby Rocky Mountains. Learn about the city’s history and see the top attractions, such as the State Capitol, the United States Mint and Larimer Square, Denver’s historic block. Your tour includes a visit to the Anheuser-Busch brewery for a guided tour and tasting session.
A welcome dinner is included this evening. B, D
Day 3 Rocky Mountain National Park
Spend the day exploring the Rocky Mountain National Park on an included excursion.
The park covers 415 square miles of mountain, forest, lakes and alpine tundra, and is home to moose, beaver, elk and hundreds of species of bird. Drive through the park along Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous paved road in the United States, reaching an elevation of 12,183 feet (weather dependent). B
Day 4 Rocky Mountaineer
Transfer to the train station and board the Rocky Mountaineer train for two-day rail journey through the incredible landscapes of Colorado and into Utah.
Enjoy a light morning snack and beverages as you take in the views of picturesque Byers Canyon and Gore Canyon, and celebrate crossing the Continental Divide with a sparkling wine toast as you journey through Moffatt Tunnel. Lunch is served on board as you travel alongside the Colorado River, arriving in Glenwood Springs in the early evening.
Stay overnight in a hotel in Glenwood Springs chosen by Rocky Mountaineer. B, L
Day 5 Rocky Mountaineer
Re-board the Rocky Mountaineer for your second day of rail travel to Moab in Utah.
Today you’ll journey past ancient canyons and cross the Colorado-Utah state border as you enjoy a two-course breakfast on board. Admire the scenic views of Mount Garfield and the red rock formations of Ruby Canyon before arriving in Moab at lunchtime. This afternoon, visit Arches National Park, known for its namesake red rock arches.
Stay two nights in Moab at the 3-star Aarchway Inn (3Q). The hotel is located two miles from the national park and has an outdoor pool, hot tub and river walkway. B
Day 6 Canyonlands National Park
Join a morning visit to Canyonlands National Park, the largest national park in Utah.
The colourful landscape here is comprised of canyons, mesas and buttes eroded by the Colorado and Green rivers. Drive through the park, making regular photo stops at viewpoints, and explore the visitors centre.
Return to Moab and spend the afternoon at leisure at the hotel, before dinner at a local restaurant. B, D
Day 7 Moab-Durango
Travel by road to Durango in southern Colorado (158 miles, three hours), visiting Mesa Verde National Park en route.
This UNESCO-listed park is home to some of the best-preserved Ancestral Pueblo archaeological sites in the US. From AD 600 to 1300, the Pueblo tribes built and inhabited over 600 dwellings in the overhanging cliffs of Mesa Verde. Take a tour of the national park, established in 1906 by President Roosevelt to protect the rich cultural heritage of the Pueblo people, and look down at the massive Cliff Palace, the largest cliff dwelling in the world.
Continue to Durango and stay two nights at the 3-star Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn (3Q). Located close to historic downtown Durango, the hotel offers easy access to shopping and dining outlets. Facilities include an indoor pool, hot tub and fitness centre. B
Day 8 Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Drive to the mining town of Silverton (48 miles, one hour) to ride the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
Relive the ‘Golden Age’ of the railway as your journey aboard the vintage steam train takes you from Silverton back to Durango, following the Animas River through San Juan National Forest, a route inaccessible by car.
Dinner is at a local restaurant. B, D
Day 9 Durango-Santa Fe
Cross the border into New Mexico today as you drive to Santa Fe (212 miles, four hours).
The journey takes you through the towns of Vallecito, Pagosa Springs, and Chame, before arriving in Taos, a town rich in Pueblo history. Spend time at historic Taos Plaza in the heart of the town, an old Spanish fortified walled plaza. Then, in the company of a local guide, tour Taos Pueblo, part of the Navajo Nation and the only UNESCO-listed Native American community. Explore the multi-story adobe buildings of the Pueblo that have been inhabited for over 1,000 years.
Continue to Santa Fe, where you’ll stay two nights at the 3-star The Lodge at Santa Fe (3Q). The hotel is set on a hill overlooking the city and features an outdoor pool, Mexican restaurant and a bar. B
Day 10 Santa Fe
Join a morning guided tour of Santa Fe, the oldest state capital in the US, founded in 1610.
Here Spanish, Native American and Old West influences combine to form a colonial city with a unique character. Your guide will show you the highlights of this city founded by Spanish missionaries, then you have the afternoon free to spend at leisure, or you might like to continue exploring independently. Perhaps visit the art galleries of Canyon Road, shop for Native American handicrafts, or visit one of the city’s many museums, such as the Georgia O’Keefe Museum. B
Day 11 Santa Fe-Colorado Springs
Make the long journey north to Colorado Springs (324 miles, five hours), visiting Great Sand Dunes National Park en route.
The park is home to the tallest dunes in North America, alongside 149,137 acres of tundra, forest, and wetlands. After exploring, enjoy a picnic lunch in the park.
Continue to Colorado Springs where you’ll stay two nights at the 3-star Hilton Garden Inn Colorado Springs Downtown Hotel (3Q). The hotel boasts mountain views and has an indoor pool, restaurant and fitness centre. B, L
Day 12 Colorado Springs
Join an orientation tour of Colorado Springs this morning.
The city lies at the eastern foot of the Rocky Mountains and is a popular destination for walkers and outdoor adventurers. Continue to the Royal Gorge Bridge, America’s highest suspension bridge, considered a major feat of engineering. Look forward to an included aerial gondola ride, reaching 1,200 feet above the Arkansas River and offering incredible panoramic views of the surrounding gorge and park.
A farewell dinner is included this evening. B, D
Day 13 Colorado Springs-Denver-UK
This morning visit the Garden of the Gods, a public park and registered National Natural Landmark known for its towering sandstone formations.
Transfer to Denver airport this afternoon (82 miles, 90 minutes), for your return overnight flight to the UK. B
Day 14 UK
Arrive in the UK this morning and take your included VIP door-to-door travel service home.
On your two-day journey aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train, look forward to included SilverLeaf service, consisting of a single-level glass-dome coach with full glass-dome windows, breakfast and lunch served at your seat, outdoor viewing area and complimentary beverages and snacks. Alternatively, you can choose to upgrade to SilverLeaf Service Plus. This includes all the benefits of the SilverLeaf Service, plus exclusive access to the lounge car, complete with a mixologist serving craft signature cocktails, and an additional small outdoor viewing area. You’ll also benefit from an elevated dining experience with an additional course at meals and premium alcoholic beverages.
Breakfasts on days 5-9 are served in local restaurants.