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 historic towns and witness grand feats of engineering.
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Program No. 4345RJ
9 days
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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
Keep the Pace
Walking up to one-half mile on varied terrain. Climbing on/off motorcoach and railroad cars. Elevations of 5,000-12,500 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • 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.
  • Relive historic railroad wars in the depths of the Royal Gorge.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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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.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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