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9-Day Rails and Trails Tour from Salt Lake City, Denver Out - Fully Guided Tour Code: 928-19397

From USD$1750
Jun 14, Jul 12, Sep 13
Salt Lake City, UT
Spanish; Italian
9 8
Visit Albuquerque, Arches National Park, Canyonland National Park, Colorado Springs, Durango, Gallup, Grand Junction, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Gunnison National Forest, Mesa Verde National Park, Moab, Ouray, Salt Lake City, Silverton, Taos. Inclusions: Accommodation for 8 nights, including taxes (porterage not included), Air-conditioned motorcoach and guide for the entire tour
Price In USD (Price per person based on double occupancy)
Price (/Person)
    Single $2415
    Double $1750
    3rd Person
    Adult $1085
    (Age 8-16)
    4th Person
    Adult $1254
    (Age 8-16)
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  • Child price applies to children 8-16 years, sharing a room with 2 adults. Children under 8 years old are not allowed to participate in the tour.
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Day 1: Salt Lake City

Independent transfer to the hotel Crystal Inn and Suites.
Standard Hotel: Crystal Inn and Suites

Day 2: Salt Lake City-Canyonland National Park-Moab (224 miles)

Morning orientation tour of Salt Lake City including the State Capitol building, the famed Temple Square and Tabernacle. Upon conclusion of the tour, depart in a southern direction to one of Utah’s natural wonders: Canyonlands National Park, which preserves a colorful landscape eroded into numerous canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado river and its tributaries.
  • Salt Lake City, UT

    Salt Lake City, UT
    Utah's gorgeous capital city sits amidst the mountains of the American Southwest on the shores of the breathtaking Great Salt Lake. The city is steeped in history and architecture in addition to wondrous vistas and scenery.

    Utah State Capitol (Outside Visit)

    Utah State Capitol
    The home of all of the governmental processes for the state of Utah, the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. The building is done in the ornate neoclassical revival style, purposefully reminiscent of the nation capitol in DC.

    Temple Square

    Temple Square
    Approximately ten acres in size, Temple Square is the center of religious activity for the Church of Latter Day Saints, housing the Temple and Tabernacle that are central to the religion.
  • Canyonland National Park, UT

    Canyonlands National Park is known for its dramatic desert landscape carved by the Colorado River. Island in the Sky is a huge, flat-topped mesa with panoramic overlooks. Whitewater rapids flow through Cataract Canyon.
  • Moab, UT

    Moab is a city in Grand County, in eastern Utah, in the western United States. The population was 5,046 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat and largest city in Grand County. Moab attracts a large number of tourists every year, mostly visitors to the nearby Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.
Standard Hotel: Big Horn Lodge or Aarchway Inn
Breakfast: Included

Day 3: Moab-Arches National Park-Grand Junction-Montrose (215 miles)

It is just a very short drive from Moab to yet another magnificent National Park: Arches, a symphony of colors and shapes, created by the forces of nature. Afterwards, head west to return to Colorado for a visit of Colorado National Monument, which preserves one of the grandest landscapes of the American West. Experience sheer-walled, red rock canyons along the twists and turns of 23-mile-long Rim Rock Drive, where you may spy bighorn sheep and soaring eagles. Overnight stay in the town of Montrose.
  • Arches National Park, UT

    Arches National Park, UT
    Arches National Park is home to the breathtaking scenery of natural stone arches, like the Delicate Arch and Fiery Furnace. It is close to Moab and Canyonlands National Park.

    Duration: 1-2 Hours

  • Grand Junction, CO

    A home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States.

    Colorado National Monument

    The Colorado National Monument is a park full of deep valleys and red-walled canyons, once thought to be impassable to humans. The park is full of vast open spaces, highlighting the immense size of the wilderness in the western U.S.

    Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 8:00am - 6:00pm

Standard Hotel: Super 8 or Hampton Inn Montrose
Breakfast: Included

Day 4: Montrose-Gunnison National Forest-Ouray-Silverton-Durango-Cortez (2055 miles)

Visit of nearby Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Next, ride along the famous "Million Dollar Highway," stop along the way in the must-see town of Ouray. In early afternoon, arrive in the mining town of Silverton to board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad to Durango. Take a trip back in time as this coal-fired, steam-powered train chugs along rails that were originally laid at the end of the 19th century, winding through a wilderness inaccessible by car. In Durango, board the coach again for the final stretch to Cortez for an overnight stay.
  • Gunnison National Forest, CO

    A U.S. National Forest covering 1,672,136 acres. The forest was created by Theodore Roosevelt on June 13, 1905 as the Cochetopa Forest Reserve, and named after explorer John W. Gunnison.

    Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

    Beautiful Black Canyon in western Colorado is a natural wonder. Black Canyon has been carved by the Gunnison River into one of the steepest canyons in North America. The breathtaking scenery includes the Painted Wall, Colorado's steepest cliff.
  • Ouray, CO

  • Silverton, OR

    Silverton is a city in Marion County, Oregon, United States. It is situated along the 45th parallel about 12 miles northeast of Salem, in the eastern margins of the broad alluvial plain of the Willamette Valley.
  • Durango, CO

    The county seat and the most populous municipality of La Plata County, Colorado, United States. It is home to Fort Lewis College.

    Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

    This National and Civil Engineering Historic Landmark is a narrow-gauge heritage railroad and museum that runs between the Colorado towns of Durango and Silverton. It has been running steam trains continuously since 1881 and has become a popular tourist attraction.
Standard Hotel: Baymont Inn and Suites Cortez
Breakfast: Included

Day 5: Cortez-Mesa Verde National Park-Gallup-Albuquerque (269 miles)

Depart from Cortez for a visit of Mesa Verde National Park. Continue south into New Mexico to come to a stop in Gallup. In the afternoon head west alongside Route 66 towards Albuquerque.
  • Mesa Verde National Park, CO

    A National Park and World Heritage Site located in Montezuma County, Colorado, which protects some of the best preserved Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites in the United States.
  • Gallup, NM

    Gallup is the county seat of McKinley County and the most populous city between Flagstaff and Albuquerque, along the historic U.S. Route 66. A substantial percentage of its population is Native American, with residents from the Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni tribes.
  • Albuquerque, NM

    The most populous city in the U.S. state of New Mexico. Albuquerque is home to the University of New Mexico, also the home of the International Balloon Fiesta, the world's largest such gathering of hot-air balloons from around the globe. The event takes place during October.
Standard Hotel: Baymont Albuquerque Airport
Breakfast: Included

Day 6: Albuquerque-Santa Fe (56 miles)

Start the morning with an orientation tour of the city, including Nob Hill and Old Albuquerque. Next, visit the Petroglyph National Monument. From here, proceed to the Turquoise Trail, a 50-mile-long scenic highway linking Albuquerque and Santa Fe through rolling hills with mountain views and quaint historic mining towns. Following the trail, travel north to Madrid, once a ghost town and now a thriving artist enclave. At the end of the Turquoise Trail, arrive in enchanting Santa Fe
  • Albuquerque, NM

    The most populous city in the U.S. state of New Mexico. Albuquerque is home to the University of New Mexico, also the home of the International Balloon Fiesta, the world's largest such gathering of hot-air balloons from around the globe. The event takes place during October.

    Petroglyph National Monument

    Petroglyph National Monument protects a variety of cultural and natural resources including five volcanic cones, hundreds of archeological sites and thousands of carvings by Ancestral Pueblo peoples and early Spanish settlers. The monument stretches 17 miles and is a living museum of cultural and natural resource in Albuquerque.
Standard Hotel: Inn at Santa Fe
Breakfast: Included

Day 7: Santa Fe-Taos-Great Sand Dunes National Park-Puebla (1519 miles)

Follow the Rio Grande Gorge north to the Taos region, a thriving artist community. Visit Taos Pueblo. Explore their unique way of life which has remained unchanged for almost ten centuries. Proceed north into Colorado to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Overnight stop in Pueblo.
  • Taos, NM

    Taos Pueblo

    This ancient Native American settlement has been standing for more than one thousand years, and has been occupied almost continuously over that millennia. Its long history has earned it a place on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO

    Nestled right into the base of the Rocky Mountains in southern Colorado, the Great Sand Dunes National Park features the tallest dunes in North America, which rise about 750 feet above the surrounding San Luis Valley.
Standard Hotel: Quality Inn Pueblo
Breakfast: Included

Day 8: Puebla-Colorado Springs-Denver (1486 miles)

Head north to take in the majestic scenery of the aptly named Garden of the Gods Park. Enjoy the final stretch of scenic mountain views while driving to Breckenridge, a popular ski resort with beautifully preserved Victorian houses. Continue to Denver.
  • Colorado Springs, CO

    A home rule municipality that is the largest city by area in Colorado, covers 194.9 square miles (505 km2). It's situated on Fountain Creek and is located 60 miles (97 km) south of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver.

    Garden of the Gods

    This lovely spot, set aside among red sandstone rocks, provides amazing views of famous Pikes Peak off in the distance. It is the best location in the region to view the sunset in the distance.

    Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 8:00am - 7:00pm

Standard Hotel: Wingate by Wyndham Denver Airport
Breakfast: Included

Day 9: Denver

End of escorted tour.
Breakfast: Included
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Location Address Departure
Salt Lake City, UT 230 W 500 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101-2309 8:00am
Remark:Day 2
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the stated departure time.
  • All guests will check out from the hotel in Denver at the last day (airport transfers in Denver are not included).

Price Includes

  • Daily Continental Breakfast
  • Orientation tour of Salt Lake City, Albuquerque and Santa Fe
  • Admission to: Colorado National Monument, Petroglyph National Monument, Taos Pueblo, Garden of the Gods and all National Parks
  • Train ticket Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (one way, Silverton to Durango)
  • Accommodation for 8 nights, including taxes (porterage not included)
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach and guide for the entire tour
  • Tour guide service ( Level 3: fully-guided tour)

Price Excludes

  • Prices do not include air travel, country entry or departure fees, airport porter fees, visas, phones, valet, all items of a personal nature and beverages and food unless otherwise stated.
  • Tips to the Tour Director and Driver (Suggested: Drivers: $4 - $6 per person per day; Guides: $4 - $6 per person per day).
  • The Extra fees can be paid directly to the tour guide in cash, credit card or travelers check in USD. The extra costs, i.e. the optional excursions are only payable if the passengers choose to join one or more of those.

Additional Note

  • Some hotels may offer complimentary breakfast to all hotel guests which is reflected in the breakfast surcharge. No refunds can be given for such complimentary meals.
    Depending on local health guidelines in place at time of travel, some breakfast meals may be offered on a bagged to-go basis, through Starbucks gift cards or omitted.


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    Up to 16 days prior to departure - 10% of total purchase amount
    2-15 days prior to departure - 50% of total purchase amount.
    1 day prior - Day of departure or no show - 100% per person.
    Unused features are non-refundable. No shows forfeit entire payment.
    The refund amount will be credited directly to your TakeTours wallet as credits for future use. Or the refund can also be forwarded directly to your credit card with a 6% handling fee.
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