Rocky Mountaineer launched its inaugural route in the Southwest United States this week with the first-ever luxury train journey between Denver and Moab.
The Rockies to the Red Rocks route, revealed in November last year, is a two-day rail journey boasting all of the premium elements that make up the unparalleled Rocky Mountaineer experience, with an overnight stay in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
Guests can expect spacious glass-domed train coaches, incredible scenery, onboard storytelling, delicious cuisine, friendly service, and a social atmosphere.
The route features stunning landscapes – between Denver and Glenwood Springs, guests will journey alongside the Colorado River and through a series of canyons with steep rugged rock walls, while the route between Glenwood Springs and Moab highlights mountain vistas, desert cliffs and rock formations.
The onboard culinary experience features cuisine prepared using ingredients local to the Southwestern US, which will be complemented with beverage service and served directly to guests’ seats, so they can enjoy the scenery as they dine.
The inaugural US route is just one step in Rocky Mountaineer’s long-term vision of expanding its journeys to diverse destinations, building on its three rail routes in Western Canada that run between Vancouver and the towns of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper in the Canadian Rockies.
“This new Rockies to the Red Rocks route is a celebration that has been several years in the making as we continuously seek unique locations with incredible scenery and iconic destinations that are best experienced by train,” said Peter Armstrong, Founder and Interim CEO of Rocky Mountaineer. “We look forward to welcoming guests for a train journey that delivers the incredible experience and award-winning service that Rocky Mountaineer is well known for while they enjoy the epic scenery, flavours and hospitality of the Southwest United States.”
In Glenwood Springs, guests spend one-night in hotel accommodation. Prices start from US$1,250 per person.
The maiden departure was on 15 August 2021, with this preview season running until 19 November. A seven-month season is already planned for 2022.
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