The Durango/Silverton Railroad
& Mesa Verde National Park
July 22nd-25th, 2019 Monday-Thursday
$729 (Double Occupancy)
Day One: We’ll leave the Valley with a stop for coffee & goodies, on our way to Flagstaff, where we’ll enjoy lunch on self at the restaurant of your choice. Historic and charming, Flagstaff is home to many great little restaurants. After lunch it’s back on the bus, and we’re headed into Southwest Colorado and the Four Corners Region. This is a land of unsurpassed natural beauty and incredible history. We’ll check into Sky Ute Casino Resort, our luxurious headquarters for the next three nights. Later we’ll enjoy dinner on self, with several amazing restaurants to choose from, and a free evening. Check out the indoor pool, fitness center, bowling alley, miniature golf course, or the casino if you are so inclined.
Day Two: Breakfast is on self at the hotel before jumping back the bus headed for Mesa Verde National Park. Spanish for Green Table, Mesa Verde offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from AD 600 to 1300. Today the park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States. We’ll also enjoy lunch on self at The Far View Terrace, offering a wide variety of choices along with local favorites, such as Navajo tacos. Late afternoon, we’ll return to our hotel, where we’ll enjoy a free evening and dinner on self.
Day Three: Breakfast is on self at the hotel. After breakfast, it’s back on the bus headed for Durango, just 20 minutes away. We’ll board the Durango/Silverton, a historic train on 45 miles of rails originally laid in 1882, between the railroad-built town of Durango, and the mining town of Silverton. We’ll travel along the Animas River through wilderness inaccessible by any road! We’ll arrive in Silverton, Colorado, a National Historic Landmark, with plenty of time to enjoy lunch on self, with several wonderful restaurants to choose from. We’ll also explore the downtown area, home to unique shops, art galleries and some very interesting architecture. We’ll return to Durango by motorcoach, offering an entirely different perspective of this remarkably scenic region. Early evening we’ll return to our hotel to enjoy dinner on self and all that our resort has to offer.
Day Four: Breakfast is on self at the hotel. After breakfast it’s bags out, and we’re headed for home with a stop for lunch on self in Flagstaff, and plenty of great sightseeing to enjoy along the way. This is a remarkable tour. Don’t miss it!