Rocky Mountaineer: Rockies to the Red Rocks

Rockies to the Red Rocks is a brand new rail tour by Rocky Mountaineer – the Canadian rail-tour company that operates luxury scenic train rides – and the DH and I got to experience one of the first tours this month. This was a fantastic experience! Join me as I recap the journey, highlight what makes Rocky Mountaineer different from any other product, and discuss the ideal demographic.

The Rocky Mountaineer Experience

When you board a Rocky Mountaineer train, it’s like stepping back in time when rail travel was at its peak, complete with red carpets and mimosas. Along the way you enjoy spectacular views, many of which are only available by kayak or train, while the Hosts share stories about the region’s history in storytelling form. The expanded windows enable guests to soak in the panoramic views.

The train ride is unrushed, daylight-only rail travel. This means you’ll spend a leisurely day onboard, immersed in the environment. At night, you’ll sleep in one of Rocky Mountaineer’s partner hotels. Luggage magically appears in your room long before you do.

Notice the curved windows at the top!

Our Itinerary

Rockies to the Red Rocks is a 2-day experience that runs in both directions. We travelled from Moab to Denver as those dates worked best for us, with an overnight in Glenwood Springs.

Highlights of our tour included:

  • Arches National Park
  • La Sal Mountains
  • Colorado-Utah State Line
  • Grand Junction
  • Multiple canyons
  • Winter Park
  • Moffat Tunnel
  • Crossing the Continental Divide (more on this in another post!)
  • Big 10 Curve
  • Book Cliffs

Onboard Dining

Another category in which Rocky Mountaineer excels in onboard dining. During the booking process, you’ll have the opportunity to note any dietary restrictions and/or preferences. Meals are hearty and plentiful.

I am still dreaming about the breakfast waffle, which was perfection!

Two Levels of Service

Rockies to the Red Rocks has two levels of service: SilverLeaf (which we experienced) and SilverLeaf Plus. Features exclusive to SilverLeaf Plus are:

  • Separate dining car
  • Larger viewing platform
  • Elevated dining experience with signature cocktails

Travel Journalist Samantha Brown did the same route a week before we did. She’s pictured here in the SilverLeaf Plus dining car.

📷: @samanthabrowntravels

SilverLeaf is fantastic. However, having more room to move around is always worth the upgrade.


  • All meals, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks onboard the train
  • Hotel accommodation in midpoint destinations
  • Rail station transfers at midpoint destinations
  • Luggage delivery at midpoint destinations

What’s Not Included?

  • Flights
  • Pre and post stay
  • Hot Springs admission in Glenwood Springs

I can assist with you booking everything above as part of your Rocky Mountaineer package.

Ideal Rocky Mountaineer Client

The ideal Rocky Mountaineer client is an experienced traveler who appreciates leisurely luxury travel and is willing to pay a premium for it. By nature, travel by rail is unrushed. Every need is catered to so that you can relax and enjoy the scenery, service, and fellowship.

Rocky Mountaineer itineraries are perfect for couples or solo travelers as this form of small, group travel fosters an environment for interacting with other guests.

Accommodations are in place for those with mobility issues.

Each train car has two bathrooms, one of which is ADA compliant. It is not the one featured here.

Why Book with Me?

With first-hand knowledge and industry contacts, I will help prepare you for every step of the journey. I am your single point of contact for anything you may need before, during, or after travel.


Think you may be interested in a Rocky Mountaineer: Rockies to the Red Rocks adventure? Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.

Rockies to the Red Rocks / Salt Lake City & Moab / Colorado Post Stay

As a full-service travel agent, I would love to be of assistance to you. I am passionate about what I do and pour that energy into crafting perfectly planned itineraries for you. Email to learn more.

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