Rocky Mountaineer will reposition a fleet of its SilverLeaf rail carriages south across the Canadian border for its new Southwest USA route, unveiled late last week. While its signature GoldLeaf luxury service won’t be offered on the Denver to Moab route, the rail company will introduce a new product; SilverLeaf Plus.
The new Rockies to the Red Rocks daytime journey will operate from mid August until the second half of October 2021. Forty departures have been scheduled between the hubs in Colorado and Utah (with an overnight pitstop in Glenwood Springs) along with a collection of extended touring packages from Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.
Nicole Ford, Director of Communications said the company had long had goals of expanding its routes to showcase the Rocky Mountaineer experience in new destinations.
“We were to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary in 2020 and we had hoped to do this with an announcement about this new route,” Ford told LATTE.
“Unfortunately, our work on the route was put on hold as we focused on seeing the business through the devastating impact of the pandemic.
“The continuing uncertainty of when international travel will reopen and recover, combined with having excess train cars we don’t anticipate using on our Canadian routes next year, created the opportunity to restart work on this route.”
She said the US Rockies experience will be similar to its hallmark Canadian journeys from Vancouver to Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff, however the storytelling component and the culinary experience will be specific to the Southwest region.
Six of Rocky Mountaineer’s existing SilverLeaf rail cars will be deployed in the inaugural season across the border, with Ford saying the route passes through areas that the GoldLeaf rail cars would simply not fit.
What is SilverLeaf Plus?
Guests will have the option to add SilverLeaf Plus to their journey in the United States.
It includes all the benefits of our SilverLeaf Service, plus exclusive and unlimited access to a lounge car, an elevated dining experience with an additional course during select meals, and premium alcoholic beverages.
Rocky Mountaineer has two lounge cars in its fleet that have been operating on Western Canada routes, typically used by private groups.
“The SilverLeaf Plus experience… is a way for us to offer an enhanced experience for guests who select the option,” Ford said.
SilverLeaf Plus can be added to the new journey with a starting price of US$395 per person.
Prices for the Rockies to the Red Rocks journey start at US$1,250 (plus tax) per person.
Lead image: Arches National Park, Utah