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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Our leader, Al Dunton, knows his history! Al, Peggy and Victor make an excellent team. Train rides, beautiful scenery, historic places along with a wonderful group of people made this adventure fabulous. Highly recommend it, beyond my expectations. The jeep ride in Ouray- awesome!


The railroads of yesteryear are calling you to the beauty of Colorado! Are you ready to learn about and actually experience "riding the rails" of narrow gauge antique trains? While enjoying these well preserved beauties learn about the barons who developed railroads like the ATSF - now ATBN and DRG Railway and lead the search for silver and gold This is your calling!!


The Historic Railroads program is amazing. Whether you are a railroad buff or "just along for the ride" with a railroad buff, you will find something to enjoy. The journey through the Colorado mountains on these historic vehicles is not to be missed.


I have just returned from the History of Colorado Railroad tour and it was fabulous. Al Dutton , the historian, was so amazing with his knowledge and enthusiasm that he shared with us daily. The fall colours in the mountains were breathtaking. The organization of the trip was great. I have learned so much about rail travel as well as Colorado history. A great trip well worth experiencing.


Don't wait, go do! Time waits for no one. And yes, the house and garden will be there when you get back! To see Colorado by train, is a next to God moment. I'm going to go again in the spring, just to experience the difference. Fall was beautiful, new budding of spring!


A program of beauty, learning, adventure and overall enjoyment for 8 wonderful days.


very educational and fun. carried a lot of activity with new information every day. opened up our history and mistakes of the past with hope for the future.


Interesting trip, well organized and lot of educational information.


This was a fantastic trip! If you love the mountains and spectacular scenery you can’t go wrong with this trip. The trains take you through areas in Colorado otherwise inaccessible. Al was a great instructor!


Excellent program hat exceeded my expectations!


I have traveled extensively in my life--sometimes with groups and sometimes, more often with close friends or relatives. This was the 5th time I had been to Colorado and think the scenery in Colorado is spectacular and diverse. This time, I wanted to learn new things and gain an historical perspective. My wish was granted. Now I know so much more about how the building of railroads and mining were interrelated. I also learned a lot about the Utes and their admirable and intelligent chief, Ouray. I value history and want to approach it from many view points. Colorado scenery speaks for itself and is best viewed from trains.


Very good trip: the trains were wonderful and the info on trains was not to esoteric for the beginner. The scenery and sites were stunning.. The guides were extremely competent and friendly and even laughed at our bad jokes.


This trip exceeded our expectations. The train rides are awesome, and the scenery is spectacular! The instructor and tour manager did an awesome job. I would highly recommend this trip.


A MUST DO program. Be a kid and ride a train again while seeing unparalleled scenic vistas as well as learning all about Colorado history.


Al is a wealth of knowledge about the the railroads, geography and men behind the railroads. His presentation is entertaining as well as informative and never boring.


Historic Colorado Railroads is an amazing and interesting look back into both the history of Colorado, its people and the impact the railroads had on this state.


I could not go back to add something on the survey.


Expect to experience outstanding scenery, a varied full itinerary, well organized logistics and garner a new appreciation of those that brought the railroads to the Colorado mountains.


We had a great time but we have not been getting any photos or other e-mails about the trip and our program evaluation will not open for us to fill it out.

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One of the most rewarding, educational vacations we have ever taken. Many "WOW" moments along the way. Excellent leaders and enthusiastic travelers.


If you're a train buff, this is the program for you! In a period of 8 days you get to ride on 7 different trains in Colorado, traversing some of the most beautiful country the United States has to offer (on one of the rides you actually cross in and out of New Mexico several times!) You won't be sorry you attended this program.


Wonderful experience Eight days of trains, mountains. small towns, great company and guides. Try it! you not be disappointed


This is a great trip if you are interested in the history of railroads and their impact on Colorado and the nation. It includes seven trips on historic railroads in seven days - some open air cars available for getting close to nature! The history of the construction of these narrow and standard gauge rails is astounding, especially trying to get one built in the Black Canyon of the Gunniston, one of the newest national parks. And we had a great jeep ride up the Box Canyon in Ouray. Al Dunton, program host, knows and relates lots and lots of great railway and Colorado history. Good hotels and food!


Had a fabulous time on this trip. Saw lots of beautiful scenery, learned a lot about Colorado history, and met some wonderful people. Highly recommend.


The website give us all that was needed to make a choice that worked for us.


I am not a train person, but wanted to see the Colorado Rockies. This was an outstanding trip with superb lecturer, Staff organizer, and bus driver. I learned a lot, and highly recommend this trip. Lodging and food were great.


If you like spectacular Rocky Mountain scenery combined with historic trains up close and personal, you will LOVE this program.


The Colorado Rockies viewed by rail is an awesome and unique experience, especially when wildflowers are in bloom!!! Highly recommend.


The leaders knowledge was great! Very organized leaders & met needs of many. Highly recommend!


If you are interested in trains and how they changed the west then this is the program for you.


I highly recommend the Road Scholar trip "The Best of Colorado's Historic Railroads." The Program Leaders and Staff are among the very best I have experienced over the course of five (5) Road Scholar trips. For railroad buffs and anyone interested in an awesome tour of the Rocky Mountains via travel on many of Colorado's historic railroad routes, this is a must-see, must-do trip! . . . Rich Roy, Arkansas


The Best of Colorado's Historic Railroads program turned out to be far better than I could have anticipated and I eagerly anticipate my next Road Scholar experience in September later this year.

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