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Ruby Canyon, Rocky Mountaineer
Denver Capital Building, Colorado
Denver, Colorado
Red Canyon, Rocky Mountaineer
SilverLeaf Service; Rocky Mountaineer
Arches National Park, Utah
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Zion National Park, Utah
Las Vegas at Night
Grand Canyon Railway, Aerial View
Lake Powell, Arizona
Mesa Verde National Park
Durango
Steam Locomotive, Durango & Silverton Railway, Colorado
Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado
Garden of the Gods, Colorado
Denver, Colorado

Colorado & The Canyonlands

16 day Rail & Self Drive Holiday – from £4460

With flights from £5110

Explore the wonderous landscapes of Colorado, Utah and Arizona by road and rail, including the Rocky Mountaineer’s newest route, Rockies to the Red Rocks.

Highlights
  • Follow the meanders of the Colorado River on the Rocky Mountaineer
  • Immersers yourself in the landscapes of Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks
  • Ride on the historic Grand Canyon and Durango & Silverton Railways
  • Visit Lake Powell and the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde
  • Marvel at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Garden of the Gods

Your Itinerary

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You can customise your Colorado holiday by adding extra nights or destinations. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Denver Capital Building, Colorado

Day 1 – Denver

Welcome to Denver, Colorado! After making your way to the hotel, head out to explore the…

Welcome to Denver, Colorado! After making your way to the hotel, head out to explore the ‘Mile High City’, with its iconic Rocky Mountains backdrop. Denver is making a name for itself on the food and drink scene, with a a great choice of restaurants in Lower Downtown and at Denver Pavilions, as well as craft breweries and rooftop cocktail bars in the hip Highland district.

    Hotel Indigo or similar

Denver Capital Building, Colorado
Denver, Colorado

Day 2 – Denver

Today is yours to discover Denver at your leisure. Near the city centre you’ll find the…

Today is yours to discover Denver at your leisure. Near the city centre you’ll find the Denver Art Museum, the zoo and botanic gardens. To the east, in the foothills of the Rockies, is the Colorado Rail Road Museum and Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave.

    Hotel Indigo or similar

Denver, Colorado
Red Canyon, Rocky Mountaineer

Day 3 – Denver to Glenwood Springs

You will be met at your hotel this morning, for the short drive to Denver’s 38th/Blake…

You will be met at your hotel this morning, for the short drive to Denver’s 38th/Blake Station. Feel the excitement build as your board the Rocky Mountaineer Rockies to the Red Rocks luxurious rail journey through the US southwest.

Crossing the Continental Divide, soak in the spectacular views of rugged canyons and the mighty Colorado River that surround you. Enjoy breakfast and lunch onboard, meet your fellow rail travellers and learn about the regions fascinating history and geology from your ever-helpful hosts.

Arrive in the resort town of Glenwood Springs in the afternoon, where you will spend the night.

    SilverLeaf & SilverLeaf Plus: Glenwood Springs hotel (comfortable, moderate standard)

    Breakfast and lunch on board
Red Canyon, Rocky Mountaineer
SilverLeaf Service; Rocky Mountaineer

Day 4 – Glenwood Springs to Moab

After a restful night’s sleep, your USA Rocky Mountaineer journey continues, departing Glenwood Springs and crossing…

After a restful night’s sleep, your USA Rocky Mountaineer journey continues, departing Glenwood Springs and crossing the Colorado-Utah border. Mountain views give way to the iconic red sandstone landscapes of the Beehive State as you approach the quaint town of Moab.

You’ll be transferred to your hotel and have the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure.

    Hyatt Place Moab Hotel

    Breakfast
SilverLeaf Service; Rocky Mountaineer
Arches National Park, Utah

Day 5 – Moab

Today is yours to explore the ‘Scarlet City’ or join a tour to Arches or Canyonlands…

Today is yours to explore the ‘Scarlet City’ or join a tour to Arches or Canyonlands National Parks, the reserve visitor centres only around 15 and 40 minutes away respectively. Arches National Park has has over 2,000 natural stone arches and hundreds of towering pinnacles, as well as a number of precariously looking giant balanced rocks. Canyonlands offers a wonderful wilderness; a dramatic desert landscape carved over millennia by the Colorado River.

    Hyatt Place Moab Hotel

Arches National Park, Utah
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Day 6 – Moab to Bryce Canyon

This morning, you will be met at your hotel, to embark on your guided tour through…

This morning, you will be met at your hotel, to embark on your guided tour through the incredible landscapes of Utah. First stop is Capitol Reef National Park, which has been described as ‘100-mile pinch in the earth’s crust, in the geographical middle of nowhere!’ Towering rusty-red cliffs, canyons and almost surreal rock formations await.

Continuing on Utah’s Scenic Byway 12 (scenic being an understatement!) you’ll travel through the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, a series of plateaus that dramatically drop from one to the next, before you reach Bryce Canyon, famous for its amphitheatre of hoodoos.

    Bryce Canyon hotel

    Lunch
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Zion National Park, Utah

Day 7 – Bryce Canyon to Las Vegas

From Bryce Canyon, your tour of Utah continues, heading southwest to Zion National Park, where massive…

From Bryce Canyon, your tour of Utah continues, heading southwest to Zion National Park, where massive sandstone cliffs of red, pink and cream soar into a brilliant blue sky. Experience the 1.1 mile Mount Carmel Tunnel and gaze across Zion Canyon, in places 2,640 feet deep, carved by the Virgin River. Your journey continues to the bright lights of Las Vegas.

    Platinum Hotel & Spa or similar

    Breakfast, lunch
Zion National Park, Utah
Las Vegas at Night

Day 8 – Las Vegas to Williams

This morning, pick up your hire car to begin your self drive adventure. Around 40 minutes…

This morning, pick up your hire car to begin your self drive adventure. Around 40 minutes east of Las Vegas, on the Nevada/Arizona border is the impressive Hoover Dam, a more than worthy photo stop. Just over an hour’s drive further, and you’ll reach the town of Kingman, from where you can either continue to Williams on the main highway, Interstate 40, or join the Historic Route 66 and pass the iconic Hackberry General Store and Grand Canyon Caverns.

    Las Vegas > Williams | 219 miles

    Grand Canyon Railway Hotel or similar

Las Vegas at Night
Grand Canyon Railway, Aerial View

Day 9 – Grand Canyon

All aboard! Today, you’ll travel on the lovingly restored Grand Canyon Railway from…

All aboard! Today, you’ll travel on the lovingly restored Grand Canyon Railway from Williams to Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim. Watch as the scenery transforms from desert, to prairie to pine forest, as the train winds its way into the National Park, enjoying live music and stories of cowboy antics from onboard entertainers en route. You will then have around 3.5 hours to explore, with Mather Point, Hopi Point and other a number of other lookouts within walking distance.

Alternatively, you can drive to Grand Canyon, with parking available in Grand Canyon Village.

    Grand Canyon Railway Hotel or similar

Grand Canyon Railway, Aerial View
Lake Powell, Arizona

Day 10 – Williams to Lake Powell

Depart Williams this morning and travel towards Flagstaff, before heading North to Lake Powell. A roughly…

Depart Williams this morning and travel towards Flagstaff, before heading North to Lake Powell. A roughly 3 hour journey through unmistakably Western USA scenery, there are several places to stop along the way, including Navajo Moenave Dinosaur Tracks, Antelope Pass Vista and the breathtaking Horseshoe Bend.

The somewhat surreal landscapes of Lake Powell, where cream and red cliffs rise from deep blue waters, were artificially created by the construction of Glen Canyon Dam. You can take a scenic afternoon boat tour to the dam, indulge in a sunset dinner cruise or just relax by the swimming pool at your resort.

    Williams > Lake Powell | 174 miles

    Lake Powell Resort or similar

Lake Powell, Arizona
Mesa Verde National Park

Day 11 – Lake Powell to Mesa Verde

It’s a long drive today, but worth it. Bid farewell to Lake Powell and drive towards…

It’s a long drive today, but worth it. Bid farewell to Lake Powell and drive towards Monument Valley, the setting for more Western movies than any other; here unique sandstone formations punctuate the desert landscape. A 17 mile scenic loop, off USA Highway 163, takes you past the most iconic buttes and mesa in the Navajo Tribal Park, with panoramic vistas galore. Continue from Monument Valley to the equally wonderous Mesa Verde.

    Lake Powell > Mesa Verde | 247 miles

    Far View Lodge Mesa Verde or similar

Mesa Verde National Park
Durango

Day 12 – Mesa Verde to Durango

This morning, you have plenty of time to explore Mesa Verde National Park, which protects over…

This morning, you have plenty of time to explore Mesa Verde National Park, which protects over 4000 archaeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings of the ancient Anasazi people. To enter the cliff dwellings you must join a range led tour, typically available mid-May to late October. Advance booking with National Park Service is recommended.

The drive from Mesa Verde to Durango, a welcome town with tree-lined streets and mountainous backdrop.

    Mesa Verde > Durango | 50 miles

    Historic Strater Hotel or similar

Durango
Steam Locomotive, Durango & Silverton Railway, Colorado

Day 13 – Durango & Silverton

Today, enjoy a leisurely trip to yesteryear on the historic Durango & Silverton…

Today, enjoy a leisurely trip to yesteryear on the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Sit back and enjoy the 3.5 hour journey, as the train winds alongside the Animas River through the San Juan Mountains to the former gold and silver mining  town of Silverton, population just 622 in 2020. You’ll have around 2 hours in the town before travelling back to Durango, by rail or coach.

    Doubletree by Hilton, Durango or similar

Steam Locomotive, Durango & Silverton Railway, Colorado
Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

Day 14 – Durango to the Great Sand Dunes

An early start is recommended today, as it is just under 3 hours to reach the…

An early start is recommended today, as it is just under 3 hours to reach the Great Sand Dunes National Park, with Treasure Falls a worthy stop en route. Covering 30 square miles, you can’t help but wonder how 6.5 billion cubic meters of golden sand got here. The National Park is home to the tallest sand dune in North America, and offers some amazing photo opportunities with the Rocky Mountains in the background.

After enjoy the park, drop down to Alamosa, the closest main town, for the evening.

    Durango > The Great Sand Dunes | 170 miles

    Holiday Inn Express Alamosa or similar

Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado
Garden of the Gods, Colorado

Day 15 – Alamosa to Colorado Springs

On the outskirts of Colorado Springs is the Garden of the Gods, another almost surreal geological…

On the outskirts of Colorado Springs is the Garden of the Gods, another almost surreal geological wonder, where sandstone rock formations tower above the wooded parkland below, against the backdrop of the snow-capped Pikes Peak and (typically) brilliant blue skies. There are a number of hiking trails around the garden, as well as mountain bike and e-bike rental available.

    Alamosa > Colorado Springs | 165 miles

    The Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel or similar

Garden of the Gods, Colorado
Denver, Colorado

Day 16 – Colorado Springs to Denver

Your holiday to Colorado and the Canyonlands comes to an end today. Make your way from…

Your holiday to Colorado and the Canyonlands comes to an end today. Make your way from Colorado Springs to Denver International Airport for your flight home, on which you can start planning your next West USA adventure…

    Colorado Springs > Denver | 85 miles
Denver, Colorado

Your Itinerary

You can customise your Colorado holiday by adding extra nights or destinations. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Day 1

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Denver

Welcome to Denver, Colorado! After making your way to the hotel, head out to explore the ‘Mile High City’, with its iconic Rocky Mountains backdrop. Denver is making a name for itself on the food and drink scene, with a a great choice of restaurants in Lower Downtown and at Denver Pavilions, as well as craft breweries and rooftop cocktail bars in the hip Highland district.

    Hotel Indigo or similar

Denver Capital Building, Colorado

Day 2

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Denver

Today is yours to discover Denver at your leisure. Near the city centre you’ll find the Denver Art Museum, the zoo and botanic gardens. To the east, in the foothills of the Rockies, is the Colorado Rail Road Museum and Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave.

    Hotel Indigo or similar

Denver, Colorado

Day 3

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Denver to Glenwood Springs

You will be met at your hotel this morning, for the short drive to Denver’s 38th/Blake Station. Feel the excitement build as your board the Rocky Mountaineer Rockies to the Red Rocks luxurious rail journey through the US southwest.

Crossing the Continental Divide, soak in the spectacular views of rugged canyons and the mighty Colorado River that surround you. Enjoy breakfast and lunch onboard, meet your fellow rail travellers and learn about the regions fascinating history and geology from your ever-helpful hosts.

Arrive in the resort town of Glenwood Springs in the afternoon, where you will spend the night.

    SilverLeaf & SilverLeaf Plus: Glenwood Springs hotel (comfortable, moderate standard)

    Breakfast and lunch on board
Red Canyon, Rocky Mountaineer

Day 4

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Glenwood Springs to Moab

After a restful night’s sleep, your USA Rocky Mountaineer journey continues, departing Glenwood Springs and crossing the Colorado-Utah border. Mountain views give way to the iconic red sandstone landscapes of the Beehive State as you approach the quaint town of Moab.

You’ll be transferred to your hotel and have the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure.

    Hyatt Place Moab Hotel

    Breakfast
SilverLeaf Service; Rocky Mountaineer

Day 5

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Moab

Today is yours to explore the ‘Scarlet City’ or join a tour to Arches or Canyonlands National Parks, the reserve visitor centres only around 15 and 40 minutes away respectively. Arches National Park has has over 2,000 natural stone arches and hundreds of towering pinnacles, as well as a number of precariously looking giant balanced rocks. Canyonlands offers a wonderful wilderness; a dramatic desert landscape carved over millennia by the Colorado River.

    Hyatt Place Moab Hotel

Arches National Park, Utah

Day 6

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Moab to Bryce Canyon

This morning, you will be met at your hotel, to embark on your guided tour through the incredible landscapes of Utah. First stop is Capitol Reef National Park, which has been described as ‘100-mile pinch in the earth’s crust, in the geographical middle of nowhere!’ Towering rusty-red cliffs, canyons and almost surreal rock formations await.

Continuing on Utah’s Scenic Byway 12 (scenic being an understatement!) you’ll travel through the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, a series of plateaus that dramatically drop from one to the next, before you reach Bryce Canyon, famous for its amphitheatre of hoodoos.

    Bryce Canyon hotel

    Lunch
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Day 7

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Bryce Canyon to Las Vegas

From Bryce Canyon, your tour of Utah continues, heading southwest to Zion National Park, where massive sandstone cliffs of red, pink and cream soar into a brilliant blue sky. Experience the 1.1 mile Mount Carmel Tunnel and gaze across Zion Canyon, in places 2,640 feet deep, carved by the Virgin River. Your journey continues to the bright lights of Las Vegas.

    Platinum Hotel & Spa or similar

    Breakfast, lunch
Zion National Park, Utah

Day 8

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Las Vegas to Williams

This morning, pick up your hire car to begin your self drive adventure. Around 40 minutes east of Las Vegas, on the Nevada/Arizona border is the impressive Hoover Dam, a more than worthy photo stop. Just over an hour’s drive further, and you’ll reach the town of Kingman, from where you can either continue to Williams on the main highway, Interstate 40, or join the Historic Route 66 and pass the iconic Hackberry General Store and Grand Canyon Caverns.

    Las Vegas > Williams | 219 miles

    Grand Canyon Railway Hotel or similar

Las Vegas at Night

Day 9

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Grand Canyon

All aboard! Today, you’ll travel on the lovingly restored Grand Canyon Railway from Williams to Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim. Watch as the scenery transforms from desert, to prairie to pine forest, as the train winds its way into the National Park, enjoying live music and stories of cowboy antics from onboard entertainers en route. You will then have around 3.5 hours to explore, with Mather Point, Hopi Point and other a number of other lookouts within walking distance.

Alternatively, you can drive to Grand Canyon, with parking available in Grand Canyon Village.

    Grand Canyon Railway Hotel or similar

Grand Canyon Railway, Aerial View

Day 10

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Williams to Lake Powell

Depart Williams this morning and travel towards Flagstaff, before heading North to Lake Powell. A roughly 3 hour journey through unmistakably Western USA scenery, there are several places to stop along the way, including Navajo Moenave Dinosaur Tracks, Antelope Pass Vista and the breathtaking Horseshoe Bend.

The somewhat surreal landscapes of Lake Powell, where cream and red cliffs rise from deep blue waters, were artificially created by the construction of Glen Canyon Dam. You can take a scenic afternoon boat tour to the dam, indulge in a sunset dinner cruise or just relax by the swimming pool at your resort.

    Williams > Lake Powell | 174 miles

    Lake Powell Resort or similar

Lake Powell, Arizona

Day 11

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Lake Powell to Mesa Verde

It’s a long drive today, but worth it. Bid farewell to Lake Powell and drive towards Monument Valley, the setting for more Western movies than any other; here unique sandstone formations punctuate the desert landscape. A 17 mile scenic loop, off USA Highway 163, takes you past the most iconic buttes and mesa in the Navajo Tribal Park, with panoramic vistas galore. Continue from Monument Valley to the equally wonderous Mesa Verde.

    Lake Powell > Mesa Verde | 247 miles

    Far View Lodge Mesa Verde or similar

Mesa Verde National Park

Day 12

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Mesa Verde to Durango

This morning, you have plenty of time to explore Mesa Verde National Park, which protects over 4000 archaeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings of the ancient Anasazi people. To enter the cliff dwellings you must join a range led tour, typically available mid-May to late October. Advance booking with National Park Service is recommended.

The drive from Mesa Verde to Durango, a welcome town with tree-lined streets and mountainous backdrop.

    Mesa Verde > Durango | 50 miles

    Historic Strater Hotel or similar

Durango

Day 13

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Durango & Silverton

Today, enjoy a leisurely trip to yesteryear on the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Sit back and enjoy the 3.5 hour journey, as the train winds alongside the Animas River through the San Juan Mountains to the former gold and silver mining  town of Silverton, population just 622 in 2020. You’ll have around 2 hours in the town before travelling back to Durango, by rail or coach.

    Doubletree by Hilton, Durango or similar

Steam Locomotive, Durango & Silverton Railway, Colorado

Day 14

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Durango to the Great Sand Dunes

An early start is recommended today, as it is just under 3 hours to reach the Great Sand Dunes National Park, with Treasure Falls a worthy stop en route. Covering 30 square miles, you can’t help but wonder how 6.5 billion cubic meters of golden sand got here. The National Park is home to the tallest sand dune in North America, and offers some amazing photo opportunities with the Rocky Mountains in the background.

After enjoy the park, drop down to Alamosa, the closest main town, for the evening.

    Durango > The Great Sand Dunes | 170 miles

    Holiday Inn Express Alamosa or similar

Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

Day 15

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Alamosa to Colorado Springs

On the outskirts of Colorado Springs is the Garden of the Gods, another almost surreal geological wonder, where sandstone rock formations tower above the wooded parkland below, against the backdrop of the snow-capped Pikes Peak and (typically) brilliant blue skies. There are a number of hiking trails around the garden, as well as mountain bike and e-bike rental available.

    Alamosa > Colorado Springs | 165 miles

    The Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel or similar

Garden of the Gods, Colorado

Day 16

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Colorado Springs to Denver

Your holiday to Colorado and the Canyonlands comes to an end today. Make your way from Colorado Springs to Denver International Airport for your flight home, on which you can start planning your next West USA adventure…

    Colorado Springs > Denver | 85 miles
Denver, Colorado

This Holiday Includes

15 nights hotel accommodation
2 day Rocky Mountaineer rail journey
Travel by air-conditioned coach between Moab and Las Vegas
Guided tours of Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks
9 days car hire, with unlimited mileage
Grand Canyon and Silverton & Durango scenic rail journeys

Departure Dates

Check for departure dates that suit you:

2024-04-22

2024-04-29

2024-05-06

2024-05-13

2024-05-20

2024-05-27

2024-06-03

2024-06-10

2024-06-17

2024-06-24

2024-07-01

2024-07-08

2024-07-15

2024-07-22

2024-07-29

2024-08-05

2024-08-12

2024-08-19

2024-08-26

2024-09-02

2024-09-09

2024-09-16

2024-09-23

2024-09-30

2024-10-07

2024-10-14

2025-04-23

2025-04-27

2025-04-30

2025-05-04

2025-05-07

2025-05-11

2025-05-14

2025-05-18

2025-05-21

2025-05-25

2025-05-28

2025-06-01

2025-06-04

2025-06-08

2025-06-11

2025-06-15

2025-06-18

2025-06-22

2025-06-25

2025-06-29

2025-07-02

2025-07-09

2025-07-16

2025-07-23

2025-07-30

2025-08-06

2025-08-13

2025-08-20

2025-08-27

2025-08-31

2025-09-04

2025-09-07

2025-09-11

2025-09-14

2025-09-18

2025-09-21

2025-09-25

2025-09-28

2025-10-02

2025-10-05

2025-10-09

2025-10-12

2025-10-16

2025-10-19

This Rocky Mountaineer and self drive package is also available in reverse. For departures and availability please call 0333 234 0922.

Flights & More

Ask your FREEDOM Consultant to include Economy, Premium or Business Class flights for a complete ABTA and ATOL protected package.

They can also add extra nights and experiences in places you choose, to create the exact holiday you are looking for. Popular options include:

  • An upgrade to SilverLeaf Plus on the Rocky Mountaineer, from £895
  • Extra nights in Las Vegas, Lake Powell, Colorado Springs or any location on your self drive

Next Step

Please get in touch with our America Experts to start planning your holiday. You’ll have a single point of contact from your first enquiry through booking.

Colorado & The Canyonlands

16 day Rail & Self Drive Holiday – from £4460

With flights from £5110

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room. Taxes and fees are included. Hotels are subject to availability and may be substituted for accommodation of similar or higher standard.
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Colorado & The Canyonlands, Route Map