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All aboard: Rocky Mountaineer makes first-ever tracks from Colorado

The Rocky Mountaineer is celebrating after making its highly anticipated inaugural Rockies to the Red Rocks journey, in the Southwest United States.

The Rocky Mountaineer is celebrating after making its highly anticipated inaugural Rockies to the Red Rocks journey, in the Southwest United States.

The first-ever Rocky Mountaineer train journey between Denver, Colorado and Moab, Utah, departed this week, as the Rockies to the Red Rocks route began its preview season, which is set to make 56 trips before mid-November.

Beginning its journey in Colorado’s capital, Denver, the train departed Union Station on Sunday.

The local community in Glenwood Springs gathered to greet passengers as the train pulled in for its overnight stop in the historic hot spring town.

An evening of celebrations planned by the town followed, including live entertainment, market stalls and a formal welcome by Mayor Jonathan Godes.

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The Rockies to the Red Rocks route is a two-day rail journey boasting all of the premium elements that make up the unparalleled Rocky Mountaineer experience.

Guests can expect spacious glass-domed train coaches, incredible scenery, onboard storytelling, delicious cuisine, friendly service, and a social atmosphere. 

The route also 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.

Rocky Mountaineer says the onboard culinary experience features cuisine prepared using ingredients local to the Southwestern U.S., which will be complemented with beverage service and served directly to guests’ seats, so they can enjoy the scenery as they dine.

“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.” 

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Liz Birdsall, International Market Manager, Colorado Tourism Office, commented, “We are thrilled to welcome the prestigious Rocky Mountaineer to our state and showcase some of Colorado’s diverse landscapes that many travellers haven’t been able to travel through and up close to until now.”

A full seven-month season begins in 2022, running from mid-April to mid-November, with options for agents to extend customer itineraries with additional nights in Denver and beyond.  

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