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September 8-16, 2021 - Colorado Rockies Rail Tour

Tour status: Completed - Displayed as an example of a past tour

September 8-16, 2021:  Round trip of 9 days, and 8 nights!

Includes 2 nights aboard private sleeping cars,

3 nights in Denver, 

1 night each in Gunnison, Durango, and Glenwood Springs, CO

4 tourist rail lines of scenic beauty to enjoy 

Perhaps the greatest feature of the trip is that it includes the "Rockies to the Red Rocks" Rocky Mountaineer's two day tour.  Ride in the comfort of their SilverLeaf Service aboard beautiful railcars with a view of the magnificent scenery between Moab, UT – Glenwood Springs, CO – Denver, CO.  This rail tour company located in Western Canada has been a world wide success. New to 2021, they have chosen to offer their same quality service on one of the United States’ greatest scenic rail rides.  Click Here to read the Rocky Mountaineer Press Release.

Zephyr Route has created this wonderful round trip rail travel experience between Chicago and Denver aboard two superbly restored vintage railcars: Frank Thompson and Berlin. Travel first class in your private room, visit the observation lounge, and savor traditional dining car meals.


Prices are $5,700 per person for this fabulous journey.


DAY 1:  Wed 8 Sep:  Leave Chicago 2:00 PM, overnight on our private car

DAY 2:  Thu 9 Sep:  Arrive Denver 7:15 AM, Motorcoach to Georgetown Loop Train, overnight in Denver

DAY 3:  Fri 10 Sep:  Free time in Denver, overnight in Denver

DAY 4:  Sat 11 Sep:  Visit the Garden of the Gods, Ride Royal Gorge Train, overnight in Gunnison, CO

DAY 5:  Sun 12 Sep:  Ride Durango & Silverton Train, Overnight in Durango, CO

DAY 6:  Mon 13 Sep:  Travel to Moab, UT, Board Rocky Mountaineer Train, overnight at Glenwood Springs

DAY 7:  Tue 14 Sep:  Rocky Mountaineer from Glenwood Springs to Denver, overnight in Denver

DAY 8:  Wed 15 Sep: Free time in Denver, Dinner at the Chop House, Board train home, overnight on private car

DAY 9:  Thu  16 Sep:  Arrive Chicago 2:50 PM


Additional Tour Details


  • Travel trip insurance is mandatory at the traveler’s expense.  Zephyr Route can recommend a reputable vendor.

  • COVID vaccination is mandatory for all passengers and staff. Proof of vaccination must be mailed or emailed to Zephyr Route within 7 days of reserving. 

  • These requirements will be strictly adhered to.

  • $5,700.00  per passenger, double occupancy in hotels and sleeping car rooms.

  • There is only ONE SINGLE ROOM available on the private car for sleeping arrangement's, and will be reserved on a first requested basis. Please consult Zephyr Route by phone for this fare if you are interested in this room.


Your fare includes:

  • Round trip rail Chicago-Denver

  • All meals and beverages while aboard the train

  • 3 nights lodging at Denver's Brown Palace

  • Grayline motorcoach transfers in Denver and transport from Denver to Moab

  • Royal Gorge train ride dome class seating

  • Hotel in Gunnison and breakfast

  • Lunch in Silverton

  • Rail fare on Durango & Silverton

  • Hotel and breakfast in Durango

  • Rocky Mountaineer "Rockies to the Red Rocks" 2 day rail tour and meals

  • Hotel in Glenwood springs

  • Dinner buffet at Denver's Chop House

  • 10% gratuity for staff and drivers 


Download the PDF flier for more details, pictures, prices, the full schedule and additional options.

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