If there was one person who could truly be called an icon of the travel industry, it was Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart.
VANCOUVER — Rocky Mountaineer is heading to the Southwest United States in 2021 with a brand new, two-day rail journey.
Called ‘Rockies to the Red Rocks’, the new route will travel between Denver, Colorado and Moab, Utah and will include an overnight stay in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
The new route will be in addition to the three rail routes that run in Western Canada between Vancouver and the Canadian Rockies towns of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper.
“Rocky Mountaineer will bring a new luxury train tour to explore the historic rail route between Denver and Moab,” said founder Peter Armstrong. “Over the past 30 years, Rocky Mountaineer has become renowned for our world-class train travel experiences and now we are opening our newest train experience in the region where train travel history began. This region, with its magnificent scenery, national parks, vast opportunities to explore, will delight millions.”
Rocky Mountaineer will launch the route with a preview season of 40 departures across 10 weeks from Aug. 15 to Oct. 23, 2021. The company is working with local tourism organizations, hotels and tour operators to curate custom vacation packages that feature tours, activities and stays in Denver and Moab.
According to president and chief executive officer Steve Sammut, the new route has been in the works for several years. Time was needed to find a location that had many of the same features of Western Canada, including incredible scenery, iconic destinations and the option for an all daytime, multi-day journey that’s best experienced by train.
“Rockies to the Red Rocks will have all of this and more, and is an opportunity to bring our award-winning Rocky Mountaineer experience to showcase the epic scenery of the Southwest United States,” said Sammut.
The two-day rail journeys, including a one-night hotel accommodation in Glenwood Springs, will start at US$1,250 plus tax, per person.
For more information go to www.rockymountaineer.com/train-routes/rockies-red-rocks.