Colorado Trains, Denver and More – August 17-23, 2023

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Colorado’s history is full of the impacts of railroads and mining. Both have left an indelible impact on the Colorado of today. Riding the lovingly restored and expertly maintained trains, and the ever-changing vistas they provide access to, will bring you to the edge of your seat. Marvel at the narrow ledges as they nimbly wind around and the view of the precipitous drops to the deep canyons below. Enjoy the Million Dollar Highway and consider the manpower and wealth it took to create.

Day 1 – 8/17/23 – Departure Day – Arrive in Colorado Springs

Today, we will leave Portland and make our way to Colorado Springs to stay in the Mining Exchange Hotel and start our tour. Tonight, after arriving we will enjoy a kick-off dinner together.

Day 2 – 8/18/23 – COG Railway to Pikes Peak

Today, after breakfast at the hotel, we will head for our departure on the COG railway to Pikes Peak. Enjoy extraordinary views and vistas as we climb to the peak! We will enjoy lunch together and a trip to the Garden of the Gods. Dinner will be on your own tonight.

Day 3 – 8/19/23 – Heading to Durango

After breakfast, we will check out of the hotel and make our way to Durango. Along the way, we will stop for an excellent lunch. We will check into the historic Strater Hotel and have dinner together tonight. There will be lots to see along the way!

Day 4 – 8/20/23 – The Durango Silverton Railroad

This morning breakfast will be on your own, and then we head to the rail station to depart on the Durango Silverton Rail Road. This will be an incredible trip and will take us along beautiful canyons, and rivers and over huge bridges as we make our way. After the train, we will head to Ouray and have lunch. This is the Switzerland of America. Once we have finished lunch and enjoyed the small town of Ouray, we will head to Grand Junction and check into the Grand Vista Hotel and enjoy a fine dinner together.

Day 5 – 8/21/23 – Heading to Denver

After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we will begin our trip to Denver. Along the way, we will stop for lunch in Golden. Once we arrive in Denver we will check into the luxurious Brown Palace Hotel. This evening we will enjoy a great dinner together.

Day 6 – 8/22/23 – Rocky Mt. National Park

Once we finish breakfast at the hotel, we will board the luxury coach once more for he short ride to Rocky Mt. National Park and the Estes Winter Park Grande Lake area. We will take a ranger guided tour of the park and enjoy a nice boxed lunch in the park. We will return to the hotel in the later afternoon and then enjoy a final dinner together in the evening.

Day 7 – 8/23/23 – Return Home

Today we will enjoy breakfast at the hotel, and then head to the airport for the trip home full of memories and ready for the next OregonWest Excursions tour!

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