The southwestern U.S. is getting a new luxury train route through some of the country’s most scenic territory.
The Rockies to the Red Rocks journey, set to start in August 2021, will take passengers on a two-day ride from Denver to Moab, Utah, winding through the Rocky Mountains and Utah’s gorgeous natural arches. It makes an overnight stop in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, a town known for its hot springs and rugged Rocky Mountain views.
Rocky Mountaineer, the company behind the route, operates three existing luxury trains in Western Canada — between Vancouver and the Canadian Rocky Mountain towns of Banff, Lake Louise, and Jasper.
"The work to find a new route has been underway for several years,” Steve Sammut, president and CEO of Rocky Mountaineer, said in a statement announcing the expansion. “We needed to find a special location with many of the same features we have in Western Canada — incredible scenery, iconic destinations, and the option for an all daytime, multiday journey that is best experienced by train.”
The company is known for its glass-domed trains, chef-designed menus, expansive outdoor viewing platforms, and a lack of sleeping cars. It instead aims to showcase mountain views during the day and deliver passengers to comfortable, cloud-like hotel beds at night.
Prices for the two-day trip start at $1,250 per person, including a one-night hotel stay. Passengers travel from Denver through the Rocky Mountains on the first day, stay overnight in Glenwood Springs, and travel to Moab the following day.
The company is planning for 40 departures between Aug. 15 and Oct. 23, 2021.
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