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

Watch the Colorado landscapes paint a beautiful watercolor of greens and blues as you experience this region aboard historic trains. Deepen your understanding of the Rocky Mountains as you slow down the whizzing world around you to relive the glory days of train travel. Aboard historic railroads, wind your way through mining towns, join experts in history museums and study the impressive feats of engineering that have stood the test of time. On this train-and-coach journey, trace the parallel development of the railroads and of Colorado’s settlement, and discover what hidden gems lie in its modern cities. If learning and fun are what you’re after, you’re on the right track!
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 ...

  • Compare and contrast steam and diesel trains as you ride the Durango and Silverton, and Cumbres and Toltec, narrow-gauge railways.
  • Experience the engineering marvel of Georgetown Loop as you cross bridges and climb the narrow canyon, and journey by 4x4 through the spectacular San Juan Mountains.
  • Ride along the Royal Gorge Route, Colorado’s oldest scenic railroad, to learn about its complicated history with the local railroad industry.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Featured Expert
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Steve Patterson
From eastern Tennessee, Steve Patterson joined the Santa Fe Railway in Kansas, after graduating from East Tennessee State University. Steve retired in 2007 after 42 years, working as a locomotive engineer for 19 of those years. He and his wife Maxine settled in Arvada, Colorado in 1980 and have traveled around the world by train. A longtime rail buff and photographer, his photographs have appeared in 147 railroad books and received the Railroad History Award in Photography from the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society.

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

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