July 31 - August 7, 2019

Day 1: As we look forward to a wonderful railroads tour, we make our way to the Colorado Springs area for our first night. (D)


Day 2: Today we board our first train, the Royal Gorge Railroad for a scenic ride through the Royal Gorge, alongside the Arkansas River. From the open-air observation cars, you might see hawks circling above or observe some big horn sheep, see evidence of abandoned roads, rails, and mines, the bridge overhead, and how the river cut its way through the gorge. Lunch is included at the Royal Gorge Park and you have some free time to explore. Later this afternoon, we invite a step-on guide to take us through Garden of the Gods. Learn how the towering sandstone rock formations got there and enjoy the dramatic views. We overnight at the same hotel in Colorado Springs.  (B, L)


Day 3: This morning we visit the Olympic Training center, while honoring the rich heritage and legacies of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes. We get a glimpse of the facility these incredible athletes train in. Then it’s off to our next rail experience, the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad! We ride over historic LaVeta Pass through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. This is the highest and longest route on a standard gauge rail in Colorado. Enjoy a ride full of history, mining tales, wildlife sightings, and geology. Tonight we stay in Alamosa. (B)


Day 4: The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, the finest remaining example of the original Denver and Rio Grande narrow gauge line, was built in the 1880’s to serve miners and loggers. One hundred years ago, this daring steam engine railroad opened up the Great American West. Over 64 miles of unspoiled scenery awaits us as we climb through the spectacular San Juan Mountains. Wailing whistles bounce down canyon walls and far below the Los Pinos River glistens in sunlight while smoke bellows into the air. Through tunnels and over trestles, you experience it all! Lunch is included at the half-way point. During the six-hour ride, we go back and forth between New Mexico and Colorado. Tonight we stay in Durango. (B, L)


Day 5: The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad awaits us this morning! This coal-burning locomotive traverses through the San Juan National Forest along the Animas River. The sights and scenery you encounter on this trip through the National Forest are truly spectacular. After lunch in Silverton, we tour the Old Hundred Gold Mine. Here we travel 1/3 of a mile into the heart of Galena Mountain in a vintage miner’s “Man-Trip” car. Next, it’s on to Ouray over part of the “Million Dollar Highway” and the Red Mountain Pass for our overnight stay in Ouray. (B)


Day 6:  This morning we take a guided 4x4 Jeep adventure into the San Juan mining country. This 3-hour trail ride is framed by towering mountain vistas and colorful canyon walls. We view ghost towns, mining relics and cabins, wildflowers, and waterfalls. Just past the lower Camp Bird Mine, we pass through the ghost town of Sneffels and historic Revenue, Atlas, and Ruby Trust mines. The tour stops at Twin Falls, one of the most photographed waterfalls in the area. After lunch, we visit the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park. See some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock, and craggiest spires in North America. We overnight in Grand Junction. (B, L)


Day 7:  Train #5 is the California Zephyr, part of the Amtrak route that goes through Colorado. We board at Grand Jct and traverse the Rocky Mountains, cross the Continental Divide, travel through tunnels and canyons, and arrive at Union Station in Denver. Overnight east of Denver. (B)


Day 8:  Today we say good-bye to the magnificent mountains, beautiful scenes, and our 5 railroad experiences as we make our way back to Yoder. (B)


July 31-Aug 7, 2019

Head to the cool Rockies this summer and enjoy 5 railroads, a jeep ride in the mountains, and more!

Heritage Tours

PO Box 77

Yoder KS 67585



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