Denver-to-Moab train route planned

Rocky Mountaineer offers luxury train journeys with glass-domed coaches. The company announced plans to offer a new two-day route between Denver and Moab, Utah starting in 2021. (Photo courtesy Rocky Mountaineer)

A company operating luxury train journeys has announced plans to offer a  route between Denver and Moab, Utah.

Rocky Mountaineer plans to offer what’s billed as the Rockies to the Red Rocks route starting in 2021. The two-day trip will include an overnight stay in Glenwood Springs.

“Over the past 30 years, Rocky Mountaineer has become renowned for our world-class train travel experiences, and now are opening our newest train experience in the region where American train travel history began,” said Peter Armstrong, founder of the company. “This region — with its magnificent scenery, national parks and vast opportunities to explore — will delight millions.”

Rocky Mountaineer plans to launch the route with a preview season of 40 departures across 10 weeks from Aug. 15 to Oct. 23. Fares start at $1,250 per person and include one-night hotel accommodations in Glenwood Springs.

The company is working with tourism organizations, tour operators and hotels to create custom packages that include activities, tours and accommodations.

Steve Sammut, president and chief executive officer of Rocky Mountaineer, said the coronavirus pandemic makes it uncertain when tourism will recover. “However, we believe American travelers and those from around the world will be eager to explore this region by rail with us, and we look forward to welcoming them in 2021 and beyond.”

Lisa Langer, director of tourism for Visit Glenwood Springs, welcomed the announcement. “This is such happy news for our community and those along the entire route as we have all been prudently working to reboot travel during a very challenging year.”

Rocky Mountaineer operates the largest privately owned luxury tourist train in the world and operates three routes between Vancouver and Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise in Western Canada.