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  • Writer's pictureSusan Van Blarcom-Young

The Rocky Mountaineer

Updated: Nov 13, 2023

Traveling by train is an exciting experience, especially when you’re traveling by the Rocky Mountaineer!

Our journey began in Las Vegas with a one-night stay in the beautiful Mirage Hotel. We chose to self-drive, so our rental car was at the airport when we landed.

The first leg of our journey took us to Zion National Park, and then on to Bryce Canyon. We continued on to the Kaibab Plateau on our way to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. It’s truly magnificent. Everyone should visit the spectacular work of nature.

We stayed overnight in Page, Arizona and saw the beautiful Lake Powell, located on the Colorado River in Utah and Arizona. This beautiful area is right on the border of these 2 states.

After departing Lake Powell, we went to the famed Monument Valley, a sacred place to the Navajo, and a place where many western movies were filmed.

From there it was on to Moab, Utah where we visited the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. The following day we dropped off our car and boarded the Rocky Mountaineer where we crossed the Utah-Colorado border, through stunning mountain views, and arrived at the resort town of Glenwood Springs. We boarded the train again the next morning for the trip to Denver crossing the Continental Divide. At one point we traveled through a 6-mile tunnel and when we came out the other end it was snowing!

We ended our journey in Denver staying at the boldest hotel in town, the Maven, where we enjoyed dinner with the friends we met along the way. I cannot recommend this enough. It was amazing!


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