4345
Colorado
The Best of Colorado’s Historic Railroads
The story of Colorado is stitched together with mining seams and railroad lines. Come learn why as you ride historic trains, visit national parks and witness grand feats of engineering.
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Program No. 4345YXQ
Length
9 days
Starts at
2,699
Getting There
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At a Glance

Ride the historic trains of Colorado and traverse the rugged Rocky Mountains to relive the glory days of train travel. Through interactive lectures, museum visits and railroad rides, trace the parallel development of the railroads and of Colorado’s settlement.
Activity Level
Moderate
Walking up to one-half mile on varied terrain. Climbing on/off motorcoach and railroad cars. Elevations of 5,000-14,100 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • View the top of America from atop Pikes Peak and relive historic railroad wars in the depths of the Royal Gorge.
  • Ride steam trains along the Cumbres & Toltec and Durango & Silverton narrow-gauge railways.
  • Experience the engineering marvel Georgetown Loop and journey by 4x4 through the spectacular San Juan Mountains.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available. Frequently asked: the best dates for experiencing the beautiful aspen fall gold are the Programs beginning Sept. 15 and 22.
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Al Dunton
For more than four decades, Al Dunton has been sharing his knowledge and passion for railroads with thousands of eager rail students and enthusiasts. He has lectured for Colorado State University (CSU) history classes, the CSU American West Lecture Series, and CSU continuing education courses. Al is the owner and managing editor of Centennial Publications, specializing in U.S. railroads, Colorado and western history. Al and his wife, Lynne, live in Fort Collins in their restored 1878 building.
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