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Red Cliffs by Rail - 8 Days

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September 21, 2019 - September 28, 2019 $2,299
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Red Cliffs by Rail
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Ride the rails via Amtrak to experience the beauty of Colorado and Utah staying at the Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge in Moab, on the Colorado River surrounded by magnificent red cliffs!

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After an overnight in Denver, enjoy a daytime ride on Amtrak from Denver to Grand Junction, Colorado. You’ll venture to the Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge, tour Dead Horse Point State Park, Arches National Park, enjoy a float trip on the Colorado River, explore Canyonlands National Park by jet boat, have a picnic at Capitol Reef, travel through Escalante National Monument, visit Bryce Canyon, take a day trip to Zion National Park and end with a glimpse of Salt Lake City.

 

Day 1
Day 1 - Arrive into Denver

Make your way to Denver Colorado where you will check into your hotel for the night. You will have a voucher for independent airport transportation. There will have time for shopping, browsing and dining this evening. Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, Denver, CO

Day 2
Day 2 - Denver to Moab

After checking out, you will be transferred to the Amtrak station. All aboard the California Zephyr for your daylight ride to Grand Junction, Colorado. You will enjoy spending time in the very large glass dome area viewing the panoramic scenery of the magnificent countryside. Seeing the country by train is a very unique experience that ranges from relaxing in the dome area to socializing in the café/lounge. Delicious meals are available in the dining car. You will arrive at approximately 4 p.m. in Grand Junction, Colorado. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the beautiful Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge, your home for the next 4 nights. The Red Cliffs Lodge is nestled in the magnificent red rock cliffs. A prime rib dinner (or alternate entree) is included this evening at the lodge. Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge, Moab UT (D)

Day 3
Day 3 - Rafting on the Colorado River

After breakfast, depart for a scenic raft trip. Travel upstream from Red Cliffs and launch the rafts onto the Colorado River at Hittle Bottom backed by an astounding view of magnificent Fisher Towers. Calm waters on this journey provide relaxation and some time to learn about the unique geology of Castle Valley. After a wonderful float, you'll see Red Cliffs Lodge just around the bend signaling an end to the excursion. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the amenities and activities available at Red Cliffs Lodge such as the movie museum at the resort with memorabilia of the John Wayne movies filmed in the area. Your tour director will also organize an optional shopping trip to the town of Moab for those who are interested. Tonight enjoy an included dinner at the resort near the banks of the Colorado River. Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge, Moab UT (B,D)

Day 4
Day 4 - Dead Horse Point & Arches National Park

Breakfast is included this morning before you meet our local guide and travel to Dead Horse Point State Park for one of the most spectacular scenes in the southwest. You will see the expanse of Canyonlands National Park stretching to the south and the mighty Colorado River 2,000 feet below. Our guide will point out all the highlights. A picnic lunch is included. This afternoon, you visit the Arches National Park for sightseeing and short hiking. The brand new 18,000 square foot visitors center will introduce you to the unique geologic forces that created the highest concentration of natural arches in the world with over 2,000 named arches within its 73,000 acre boundary. Visit all the park highlights including Park Avenue, Balance Rock, The Windows and Delicate Arch. Your evening is at leisure. Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge, Moab UT (B,L)

Day 5
Day 5 - Jet Boat Tour of Canyonlands National Park

Breakfast is included this morning at the lodge. Today you may relax in the morning or enjoy a full day of exciting activities in the “Adventure Capitol of Utah!” As an option, at an additional cost, you may choose to experience the world famous Slickrock that brings thousands of 4WD enthusiasts from around the world to Moab as you take a 2-hour Hummer tour on the Hell’s Revenge Trail. Or, you may choose horse back riding. Later everyone heads into Moab where lunch is included before you depart on an afternoon Jet Boat Tour of Canyonlands National Park on the Colorado River. The red rock walls reach 2,000 feet above you as you wind through the canyons and learn about the geology and history of this mystical land. After a fun day of activity and sightseeing, return to Red Cliffs Lodge for a fun cowboy cookout. Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge, Moab UT (B,L,D)

Day 6
Day 6 - Moab to Bryce Canyon

Enjoy breakfast and check out before you depart for a full day of touring. Today you will awaken with the anticipation of seeing some of Utah's most spectacular scenery. Leave Moab and drive through the town of Green River, skirt the San Rafael Swell, and arrive at Capitol Reef National Park to enjoy a picnic lunch before sightseeing ancient petroglyphs, beautiful rock formations, deep canyons and pioneer history. Enjoy a drive on one of America’s most spectacular roads.  Scenic Byway 12 has been designated as an “All American Road,” the crown jewel of the Scenic Byways system.  First, drive over Boulder Mountain reaching elevations over 9,000 feet with spectacular views of the Water Pocket Fold and beyond. Travel through Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument, with vast expanses of cream and rose-colored Navajo sandstone. There are dramatic cliffs, high mesas, beautiful streams and deep canyons in multi-hued colors across the 1.9 million acre monument. In the late afternoon, arrive Bryce Canyon National Park for sightseeing.  The hues and intricate shapes of Bryce Canyon carry even the most mature adult away into a fairyland fantasy. The Paiute Indians used a word to describe Bryce Canyon that translates into, "red rocks standing like men in a bowl-shaped canyon."  Mormon settler Ebenezer Bryce, for whom the canyon was named, described it as "a hell of a place to lose a cow."  After an afternoon of exploration, you will make a stop for dinner on your own and later check into the hotel located just outside the park. Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel, Bryce Canyon, UT  (B,L)

Day 7
Day 7 - Bryce and Zion National Parks

Enjoy breakfast before departing with your guide for a one and half hour ride over to Zion National Park where you will stay for the remainder of the day. Your guide will be with you in Zion to tell you about the natural wonders of the park.  Zion was designated in 1919, making it Utah’s oldest National Park.  It is known for its incredible canyons and spectacular views.  Later this afternoon you will return to the hotel to freshen up before heading for a farewell dinner at the Bryce Canyon Lodge. Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel, Bryce Canyon, UT (B,D)

Day 8
Day 8 - Bryce Canyon to Salt Lake City

Breakfast will be in-tour before you check out and board your coach for a scenic ride into Salt Lake City for lunch on your own and a glimpse of the city before going to the airport. (B)

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