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Thursday 19 August 2021

Rocky Mountain high: a brand new railway experience

The Rocky Mountaineer company is known for some of the most spectacular railway journeys in the world. 

This week, the company launched its inaugural route launch in the south-west United States with the first-ever luxury train journey between Denver, Colorado, and Moab, Utah, with an overnight stay in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. 

The preview season runs through to November 19, with a seven-month season planned for 2022.

The Rockies to the Red Rocks route is a two-day journey with all of the premium elements that have made the Rocky Mountaineer experience famous. 

Guests can expect spacious glass-domed train coaches, remarkable scenery, on-board storytelling, fine cuisine, friendly service, and a social atmosphere, the publicity blurb promises.

Between Denver and Glenwood Springs, the train will travel alongside the Colorado River and through a series of canyons with steep, rugged rock walls, while the route between Glenwood Springs and Moab features mountain vistas, desert cliffs and rock formations. 

The on-board culinary experience features cuisine prepared using ingredients local to the south-west and 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 the latest step in Rocky Mountaineer's long-term vision of expanding its journeys to diverse destinations, adding to the three rail routes in Western Canada that run between Vancouver and the spectacular 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 south west United States."

The  two-day rail journey, which includes one-night hotel accommodation  in  Glenwood Springs, starts from  $US1,250 per person. 

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