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America's National Parks by Train: Rocky Mountains, Arches & Zion

10 days |  13 days with Grand Canyon National Park & Phoenix extension
10 days |  13 days with Grand Canyon National Park & Phoenix extension
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Arches National Park
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Explore some of the United States' most awe-inspiring landscapes.

Towering mountains, otherworldly rock formations, ancient petroglyphs, and scenic train rides await on this journey through the American West. Begin your exploration in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park, where you'll walk along scenic trails and spot wildlife up close. Then, travel by train over rugged mountain terrain to Utah, where you'll explore the dramatic natural landscapes and Native American history of Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon, and Zion national parks. Round out your tour with an overnight in bright, bustling Las Vegas.

Your tour package includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 2 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 beer tasting
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Included highlights

  • Craft beer tasting
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • A ride on the Rocky Mountaineer
  • Continental Divide crossing
  • Moab Petroglyphs
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Rocky Mountain National Park Region3 nights
Day 1: Arrival in Denver & transfer to Rocky Mountain National Park Region
Included meals: Welcome dinner, Beer tasting

Welcome to Colorado! Transfer to your hotel in the Rocky Mountain National Park region. Then, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers for a welcome dinner and beer tasting at a local brewery.

Day 2: Rocky Mountain National Park
Included meal: Breakfast

Set out to explore the wonders of Rocky Mountain National Park.

  • Drive along the Trail Ridge Road, which soars to 12,000 feet in elevation (weather-dependent).
  • Stop to take photos and several short trail walks.
  • Look out for wildlife, including elk, bighorn sheep, moose, and bears.
  • Enjoy free time in the college city of Boulder, known for its culinary scene, breweries, and vibrant downtown.
Day 3: Free day in the Rocky Mountain National Park Region
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a full free day exploring the Rocky Mountain National Park region, or add an excursion.

Top of the Rockies: Pikes Peak Cog Railway

From $115 per person

Glenwood Springs1 night
Day 4: Travel on the Rocky Mountaineer Train to Glenwood Springs
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, board the Rocky Mountaineer train at Denver’s Union Station for a scenic ride through the Rockies to Glenwood Springs.

  • Admire canyons, towering mountain peaks, and reservoirs on your day-long journey.
  • Cross over the Continental Divide as you pass through Moffat Tunnel.
  • Enjoy an included lunch aboard the train.

Please note: Learn more about the benefits of upgrading to SilverLeaf Plus on the Rocky Mountaineer in our FAQ.

Moab2 nights
Day 5: Travel to Moab on the Rocky Mountaineer Train & Moab sightseeing
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Continue your scenic journey on the Rocky Mountaineer.

  • Make your way to Utah, crossing through desert canyons, basins, plateaus, and mesas of western Colorado and Utah.
  • Spot Mt. Garfield, a dramatic natural formation within the Book Cliffs mountain range, from the train.

Arrive in Moab, then enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant before heading out on a sightseeing tour.

  • Explore some of Moab’s beautiful rock art and petroglyphs, which date back as far as 3500 B.C.
  • Learn about the history of regional Native American tribes from your local guide.

Enjoy a free evening in Moab or add an excursion.

Red Rocks Sunset Hummer Safari

From $165 per person

Day 6: Arches National Park
Included meal: Breakfast

This morning, gaze at the red rock sculptures carved by nature as you explore Arches National Park, home to more than 2,000 arches, spires, domes, pinnacles, and fins.

Please note: The order of activities may vary based on season.

Enjoy a free afternoon in Moab or add an excursion.

Colorado River Raft Trip

From $119 per person

Zion National Park Region, Utah2 nights
Day 7: Zion via Bryce Canyon National Park
Included meal: Breakfast

Make your way through scenic southwestern Utah to tour Bryce Canyon National Park by bus and on foot.

  • Take in up-close views of the distinctive pink limestone and sandstone formations.
  • See the awe-inspiring arches, bridges, and pinnacles known as hoodoos.

Then, continue on to your hotel near Zion National Park and enjoy a free evening.

Day 8: Sightseeing of Zion National Park
Included meal: Breakfast

Take a tour of Zion National Park, which is located at the intersection of the Great Basin, the Colorado Plateaus, and the Mojave Desert.

  • View the yellow- and orange-hued rocks during an open-air tram ride.
  • Hear commentary on the surrounding landscape from a local guide.
Las Vegas, Nevada1 night
Day 9: Las Vegas via Valley of Fire State Park
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Stop in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada’s first state park, before continuing on to Las Vegas to celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner.

Flight Home
Day 10: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or continue on to Grand Canyon National Park.

Extension to Grand Canyon National Park & Phoenix
Just when you thought America's landscapes couldn't get any more grand, enter the Grand Canyon. A mile deep and up to 18 miles wide, the canyon is laced with hiking trails that promise jaw-dropping scenery and photo ops aplenty. Soak in its massive size and scale, and its distinctive color palette, before capping off your adventure with a visit to Sedona and Montezuma's Castle National Park.
Grand Canyon, Arizona2 nights
Day 10: Grand Canyon National Park via Hoover Dam
Included meal: Breakfast

Depart from Las Vegas and make your way to the Hoover Dam, an iconic American landmark that separates the states of Nevada and Arizona. Meet up with a local guide for a tour and learn about the dam’s fascinating construction and history.

Continue on to Grand Canyon National Park and get settled at your hotel.

Day 11: Grand Canyon National Park
Included meal: Breakfast

Set out to explore the Grand Canyon, one of the most-visited national parks in the U.S.

  • Join your Tour Director for a walk along the South Rim.
  • Walk through a ponderosa pine forest and admire panoramic views of the sandstone landscape from a plateau at the end of the trail.

Enjoy free time to hike other trails, explore the various museums and shops along the rim, or add an excursion.

Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride

From $259 per person

Phoenix, Arizona1 night
Day 12: Phoenix Region via Sedona
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Explore the Southwest landscapes of Arizona as you make your way toward Phoenix.

  • Visit Sedona, a city known for its festive art scene, and enjoy free time to shop, eat, and explore its many galleries.
  • Make photo stops at the majestic rock formations surrounding Sedona, including Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, and Courthouse Butte.
  • Stop at Montezuma Castle National Monument to view cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloans, an ancient culture with ties to the Hopi and Yavapai tribe.

Celebrate your trip with your group at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Flight Home
Day 13: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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4.8 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.8 out of 5

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    5 out of 5 stars

    10/12/23 by 1st-time traveler Anonymous

    5 out of 5 stars

    National Parks out West
    10/12/23 by 1st-time traveler Anonymous

    This tour covers 3 states, 4 National Parks, 1 State Park. Lots of great optional activities. Full days packed with lots to experience. The National parks are this country's best treasure. Each park is unique and special because it offers a diverse opportunity in scenery and wildlife. Much to cover ...

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Tour
    6/11/23 by 1st-time traveler Deborah

    The America's National Parks by Train tour was a wonderful experience. The beauty of Bryce, Arches, Zion, and Rocky Mountain National Parks is beyond description. The tour director, Nancy, was great in every way. She made sure everyone was comfortable; she was very knowledgeable about the places ...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

    Hotels

    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Courtyard by Marriott Boulder Longmont
    Courtyard by Marriott Boulder Longmont

    This relaxing hotel is located in Longmont within the Rocky Mountains National Park area. Guests enjoy the indoor pool, fitness center, and bicycle re...

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    Courtyard by Marriott Glenwood Springs
    Courtyard by Marriott Glenwood Springs

    This peaceful hotel is located in downtown Glenwood Springs. Guests enjoy the indoor pool, stunning views of the Rocky Mountains, and fitness center. ...

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    Aarchway Inn
    Aarchway Inn

    This unique hotel is located just minutes away from Arches National Park in Moab. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, fitness center, and on-site restauran...

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    Holiday Inn Express Springdale - Zion
    Holiday Inn Express Springdale - Zion

    This rustic, lodge-style hotel is located in Springdale, Utah next to Zion National Park. Guests enjoy a fitness center, pool, and laundry facilities....

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    Horseshoe Las Vegas
    Horseshoe Las Vegas

    This massive hotel is located right off of the Las Vegas Strip. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, multiple restaurants, and convenient location. Nearby y...

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    Holiday Inn Express & Suites Grand Canyon
    Holiday Inn Express & Suites Grand Canyon

    This comfortable hotel is located just 15 minutes from the Grand Canyon National Park entrance. Guests enjoy the indoor swimming pool, a full breakfas...

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    Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix Downtown
    Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix Downtown

    This comfortable hotel is located in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, a fitness center, and an on-site restaurant. Nearby you’ll fi...

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    Flights

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