10-Day Rockies to the Red Rocks Rail and Drive

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Denver, Glenwood Springs, Moab, Torrey, Bryce...
Embark on an unforgettable journey that combines the luxury of Rocky Mountaineer train, the natural wonders of Utah's National Parks, and the freedom of a self-drive to Salt Lake City. This adventure promises breathtaking landscapes, outdoor exploration, and cultural discovery.
Start Location: Denver End Location: Salt Lake City
  • 2 days on Rocky Mountaineer
  • Time in Salt Lake City to explore well known Temple Square
  • Full day expert guided tour through Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
  • Mesa Arch
  • Grand View Point and Newspaper Rock
  • Monument Valley
  • Bryce Canyon Horseback ride
  • Natural Bridges National Monument
  • Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park
Day 1: Arrive In Denver, Colorado

Arrive in Denver and spend time exploring the scenic and exciting city. Tomorrow you depart in the morning on the World-Class Rocky Mountaineer.
Overnight: Denver
Day 2: Denver to Glenwood Springs On Board Rocky Mountaineer

Depart Denver and travel onboard Rocky Mountaineer. You will journey across the Continental Divide as you take in the spectacular views of snow capped peaks, rugged canyons and the Colorado River before arriving at the resort town of Glenwood Springs. The onboard Hosts take care of your every need, so that you can relax in comfort and enjoy the vistas and delicious regionally-inspired cuisine.
Overnight: Glenwood Springs
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3: Glenwood Springs to Moab Rocky Mountaineer

Depart Glenwood Springs and travel onboard Rocky Mountaineer. Stunning red sandstone landscapes emerge as you cross the Colorado-Utah border and approach Moab, the gateway to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Today is the end of your train journey to Moab before the self-drive adventure begins.
Overnight: Moab
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4: Moab – Canyonlands and Arches Tour

We combine both Arches and Canyonlands this day into one full day of guided sightseeing and exploring. This guided tour adds a different dimension to both Canyonlands and Arches National Parks as we jump off the main roads in 4WD vehicles, leave the crowds behind and the expert guides reveal magnificent views and interpretive secrets that few get to experience. You will see famous sights and natural geologic wonders like Delicate Arch and Eye of the Whale just to name a few. The day is packed with wonder as you see wave after wave of deep canyons, formed by the currents and tributaries of Utah's Green and Colorado rivers, divided with towering mesas, pinnacles, cliffs and spires. Canyonlands has four separate districts. Most visitors opt for the accessible views at Island in the Sky near Moab, but serious hikers can extend their stay and explore the more remote and dramatic parts of the park. The large petroglyph panel of Newspaper Rock is on the scenic road to the Needles District of Canyonlands. Visitor centres in Island in the Sky and Needles are open spring through fall.
Overnight: Moab
Day 5: Capitol Reef National Park

In the morning, depart from Moab approximately 2.5 hours up the switchbacks and cross Cedar Mesa for a stop at Natural Bridges National Monument. Even if you only stop at the scenic overlooks, the three massive bridges are a wonder to behold. You cannot see the chaotic landscape of this remote monument from the highway. The amazing force of water has cut three spectacular natural bridges in White Canyon. A nine-mile scenic drive has overlooked into the canyon. Next is the Capitol Reef National Park with its splashes colour and drive a through a wilderness of sandstone formations, rock art petroglyphs that tell the story of early indigenous Fremont Culture people, and the large fruit orchards of an early pioneer settlement. In this world of spectacular coloured cliffs, hidden arches, massive domes and deep canyons, you get a feel for what the earth might have been like millions of years before life appeared. Don’t forget a slice of pie at Gifford Homestead, open seasonally.
Overnight: Torrey
Day 6: Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monument

Grand Staircase Escalante contains the most extensive network of slot canyons in Utah. On the All-American Road, the Scenic Byway 12, travel over the high-alpine Boulder Mountain and traverse the Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument. The allure of the Grand Staircase region is phenomenal. A sequence of brightly coloured cliffs mark the transitional “step” zone between Bryce Canyon National Park and the Paunsaugunt Plateau.
Overnight: Bryce Canyon City
Day 7: Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park is a series of natural amphitheaters sunk into pink cliffs and filled with delicate red rock "hoodoos." Over millions of years, water and wind as well as freezes and thaw cycles have carved endless fields of towering orange hoodoos, narrow fins and natural bridges in the high-elevation plateau. The most brilliant hues of the park come alive with the rising and setting of the sun. Summertime offers a myriad of walking and hiking trails and a 37-mile scenic drive overlooking incredible vistas (with a summer shuttle option to avoid driving in traffic). Historic Bryce Canyon Lodge’s location within the park means great access to the sites, hikes and starry skies of the park. Winter snowfall brings a whole new array of outdoor activities. For a scenic tour of the Bryce Canyon area, we include a 1 ½ hour horseback ride in the Dixie National Forest and the rim of Water Canyon Amphitheater, the first canyon in Bryce Canyon National Park. Leaving the rim, we climb Bristlecone Pine Ridge with standing 1500 year old Bristlecone Pines. (One of the oldest living things on the North American continent.) From this ridge you will also see Boat Mesa and Sinking Ship Peak, some of the higher points in Fairyland Amphitheater. This is a 6 kms loop. Continue south to Kanab and gather information at the Kanab Visitor Centre, if possible, for recommendations.
Overnight: Kanab
Day 8: Zion National Park

The allure of Zion becomes abundantly clear from the moment you pass through the park’s gates. Zion translates to "The Promised Land." For you, that means some of the most spectacular walks and drives of your lifetime and impossibly beautiful landscapes you will never forget. Carved by water and time beyond the stretch of the imagination, Zion National Park is a sanctuary of the natural order. The soaring vermillion cliffs and verdant valleys of Zion are a postcard backdrop to the gateway town of Springdale. To truly experience the park, consider planning for extra days with nights for stargazing and make an effort to take in other places around the national park.
Overnight: Cedar City
Day 9: Drive to Salt Lake City

It is an easy highway drive back to Salt Lake City today. Return your rental car and have the evening free to explore the Temple Square area on foot. Between 1853 and 1893, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints cut and hauled stone from the canyons and slowly built an icon in Salt Lake City’s skyline. Though the temple is not open for tours, visitors can explore the history, gardens, architecture, art and culture related to Mormon heritage and beliefs across 35 acres. Enjoy free weekly rehearsals of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, stop by the visitors centers and dine in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.
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  • Intermediate size car rental
  • Twin share accommodation in moderate hotels (upgrades available)
  • Full day guided tour through Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
  • Self-drive recommendations
  • Day tours as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Gratuities aboard Rocky Mountaineer
  • Gratuities for Local Guides, Tour Managers, and/or Bus Driver
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  • Meals not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary


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