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A New Way to Experience the Landscapes of the West – Train Travel

A New Way to Experience the Landscapes of the West – Train Travel

All Aboard! I felt the familiar jolt of forward momentum as the train slowly started to roll. A whistle blew, and the train ever so slowed started to rock back and forth creaking on the tracks as the metal-on-metal friction began. I looked out my big window thinking about my upcoming journey and took in the last squinting look at the red rocks of Moab and Arches National Park as we pulled away and started our journey towards Denver. 

The Rocky Mountaineer train service between Denver and Moab is the newest way to get through the scenic Rocky Mountains. Sure – there are faster ways, but this is definitely the most scenic way to make the journey, and probably the must comfortable!

As someone who started my career working at a railroad, I love trains and have often wished that America had more train routes through our gorgeous landscape. You can find scenic short lines that only take an hour or two, but this new Denver to the Red Rocks route promised a real journey, with two equally exciting destinations at either end.  

The two-day Rocky Mountaineer trip promises endless food and drink, commentary on the region, comfort, and larger-than-life panoramic windows. There is an overnight stay in Glenwood Springs so you’ll always have daylight to enjoy the views – a luxurious opportunity only afforded to Rocky Mountaineer passengers. 

As part of a longer journey – it could serve as the perfect ending or beginning to a longer trip in the West. 

Things to do in Moab

I arrived in Moab for a few days prior to my train ticket so I could enjoy the parks and soak up the atmosphere of this unique part of the country. Whether you are starting in Moab like me, or arriving in Moab – you’ll want to plan some extra time around this charming town.  Of course, the two national parks are the draw to this region, but it also has many other adventures for all interests.  And don‘t forget the delicious restaurants, and shopping. 

Arches National Park

The main highlight of Arches is driving the 18-mile scenic park road to see some of the 2,000 arches in the park.  You might be wondering what makes something an arch:  

  1. You have to be able to see through it.
  2. It has to be at least 3 feet in height or width
  3. It is a continuous slab of rock with no running water going through it (that is called a bridge!)

Delicate Arch is by far the most well-known, but why? It’s not only used as the symbol of Moab and often…

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