Platinum Journey: Colorado Rockies to the Moab Desert
About the Trip
September 28–October 4, 2024 | 7 Days
Set out on a stunning daytime rail adventure of Colorado and Utah’s ever-changing landscapes on this CAA-hosted tour. Board Rocky Mountaineer® on a CAA-exclusive SilverLeaf Plus railcar, where you’ll enjoy panoramic views and have an enhanced experience with gourmet meals served at your seat, access to a lounge car and more. Discover the wonders of Arches National Park, including landmarks like Balanced Rock and Delicate Arch View. Soak up the scenery, from Mount Garfield to Ruby Canyon, on Rocky Mountaineer’s outdoor viewing platform. Go on a thrilling off-road Jeep tour, have a stargazing experience and enjoy fireside gatherings by the Colorado River. End your trip with a visit to Salt Lake City, known as “The Crossroads of the West”.
Member Exclusive Benefits
We reward all our CAA Members on our Extraordinary Explorations® tours/cruises.
- Bon Voyage Gift†
- 100 CAA Dollars®^
- 25% savings on CAA Travel Insurance◊
CAA Premier Collection Tours
One-of-a-kind departures that offer immersive and intimate group journeys.
- Every detail matters: From the moment you’re met at the airport to your farewell dinner, you’ll experience best-in-class service wherever you go.
- Our CAA Hosts lead you on incredible adventures to iconic destinations. They will take care of every detail on each journey.
- Travel in style: Stretch out on spacious motorcoach while exploring during the day and rest easy at night in the best hotels each destination has to offer.
- Memorable dining: Delicious local dishes and the season’s most flavourful offerings will have you savouring every bite.
The Unforgettable Rocky Mountaineer Journey
Explore awe-inspiring mountain ranges, healing hot springs and hear about the history of adventure, infamy and untold riches that make up the southwest United States. Spend two incredible days onboard Rocky Mountaineer as you journey through wild wonders accessible only by train or river on the Rockies to the Red Rocks trip between Denver, Colorado and Moab, Utah. As the train tracks curve along the Colorado River, gaze out from glass-dome coaches and revel in the history and beauty of the everchanging landscape. You will be treated to some of the most unique scenery in the United States, from the dramatic canyons and rushing rivers, to the mountain vistas and natural sandstone landscapes. Sit back, relax and enjoy your front-row seat to nature’s finest show while being treated to the finest service from the Rocky Mountaineer team including gourmet meals, custom cocktails and inspiring story telling.
This remarkable train journey is included in Day 2-3 of the itinerary.
CAA Associate Laura K. recently took this amazing journey on the Rocky Mountaineer. Read about her unforgettable journey from Red Rocks to the Colorado Rockies. Read Now
SilverLeaf Plus Service in the Exclusive CAA Railcar
Enjoy panoramic views from the glass-domed coaches, gourmet meals and drinks served at your seat and the services of the friendly Rocky Mountaineer Hosts onboard. You also enjoy access to the lounge car where you can relax and enjoy some beverages and snacks while taking in the scenery. On your way to the lounge car, soak up the scenery on the small outdoor viewing platform as you pass stunning sights like Mount Garfield and Ruby Canyon. Without a doubt, you will find the Rocky Mountaineer Hosts so personable and willing to share their knowledge of the area, making the trip even more engaging and entertaining.
- Airfare from Toronto or Winnipeg to Denver and return from Salt Lake City to Toronto or Winnipeg
- SilverLeaf Plus service on Rocky Mountaineer
- 1-night stay in first-class accommodation in Denver
- 1-night stay in moderate-class accommodation in Glenwood Springs
- 3-night stay in first-class accommodation in Moab
- 1-night stay in first-class accommodation in Salt Lake City
- Breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 4 dinners
- Land transportation via first-class motorcoach
- Sightseeing and entrance fees for Dead Horse Point State Park, Arches National Park, Moab Jeep tour, stargazing experience and Red Cliffs Lodge farewell evening
- Local English-speaking guides
- Prepaid gratuities
- Hotel porterage of 1 suitcase per person (where available)
- Destination transfers
- CAA Host
Colorado Rockies to the Moab Desert
Activity Level: Moderate. Experience ever-changing natural landscapes, thrilling off-road trails and unforgettable starlit evenings on this seven-day Red Rocks tour.
Denver – Depart on your flight from Toronto or Winnipeg to Denver. In the evening, enjoy a welcome cocktail reception followed by dinner. (D)
Glenwood Springs – Begin your daytime rail journey in the CAA-exclusive SilverLeaf Plus railcar onboard Rocky Mountaineer. Arrive at Glenwood Springs and spend your evening at leisure. (B/L)
Moab – Depart Glenwood Springs onboard Rocky Mountaineer. Cross the Colorado-Utah border and take in mountain views and red sandstone landscapes as you approach Moab. Later, enjoy a scenic drive to Dead Horse Point State Park and see the expanse of Canyonlands National Park with the Colorado River 2,000 feet below. (B/D)
Moab – This morning, visit Arches National Park for a tour and easy hike. Explore the park’s highlights which include Balanced Rock, The Windows and Delicate Arch Viewpoint. Back in Moab, embark on an unforgettable Jeep tour with a professional driver and experience breathtaking off-road trails and Moab’s famous Slickrock. Afterward, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. As night falls, join local astronomers for a stargazing experience. (B/D)
Moab – Spend your day at leisure or consult with your local guide about booking optional activities. Later, drive along the Colorado River to Red Cliffs Lodge. There, enjoy a cocktail reception dinner with live music and dancing followed by a bonfire on the banks of the Colorado River. (B/D)
Salt Lake City – Depart Moab and travel north to Salt Lake City, known as “The Crossroads of the West”. Enjoy your evening at leisure in Salt Lake City. (D)
Transfer to the airport for your return flight.
B - Breakfast | L - Lunch | D - Dinner
Terms & Conditions
*$9,849 is based on economy airfare, $11,159 is based on business class airfare from Toronto. **$9,599 is based on economy airfare, $11,129 is based on business class airfare from Winnipeg. All CAA Member prices are per person, based on double occupancy, in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated and are subject to change without prior notice until final payment is paid. All prices are correct at press time and apply to new bookings only, based on availability at time of booking. To receive CAA Member-exclusive benefits, there must be one valid CAA Member travelling per booking. Non-members booking Extraordinary Explorations will not receive Member-exclusive benefits.
†Bon voyage gift is one per person.
^CAA Dollars awarded per adult Member. To earn and redeem CAA Dollars, you must be a current CAA Member in good standing (CAA Membership dues paid in full by membership expiry date). CAA Dollars will be credited at time of departure. For more information on CAA Dollars, please visit www.caasco.com/caadollars.
◊CAA Travel Insurance is underwritten by Orion Travel Insurance Company, a CAA Company. Certain exclusions, limitations and restrictions apply. A Medical Questionnaire is required if you are 60 years of age and older. Applies to CAA Members in good standing with dues paid in full by membership expiry date. 25% savings is made up of a 10% Member savings as well as a promotional 15% savings when you purchase an Extraordinary Explorations tour through CAA Travel. This promotional offer is valid until December 31, 2024. Savings apply to the total premium excluding applicable taxes. Minimum premium applies. Excludes Visitors to Canada Insurance. Ten percent (10%) Member savings applies to Members in good standing of all other CAA clubs. Savings apply to the total premium excluding applicable taxes. Minimum premium applies. Visitors to Canada Insurance is limited to the promotional savings. Certain exclusions, limitations and restrictions apply. Subject to change without notice. A Medical Questionnaire may be required to purchase travel insurance.
Extraordinary Explorations vacations are organized and booked by CAA Travel (South Central Ontario) Inc. and CAA Manitoba (“CAA Travel”) on behalf of CAA Club Group (o/a CAA South Central Ontario and CAA Manitoba). In the event of an increase in any of the cost factors, CAA Travel reserves the right to increase the price whereby the provisions of the Travel Industry Act shall prevail. CAA Extraordinary Explorations packages are 100% non-refundable at final payment. CAA Travel service fee for cancellation prior to final payment varies by program. For full payment terms and conditions, please ask your CAA Travel Consultant.
CAA Travel reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule any tour departure in accordance with operating requirements (minimum number of participants) or circumstances beyond its control. Additional fees for checked luggage or other incidentals may be incurred and vary according to itinerary and airline. Air schedules with some tours are not available at press time and may include several connections or forced overnight at passenger’s expense. CAA Travel strongly recommends the purchase of trip cancellation and emergency travel and emergency medical insurance at the time of bookin.
Please note: Participants must be able to embark and disembark cruise ships and coaches without assistance as well as have a good level of mobility for walking tours in destinations where stairs and traditional cobblestone streets can be challenging. International transportation vehicles and facilities may not meet accessibility standards.
Depart on your flight from Toronto or Winnipeg to Denver. Meet your local tour director and transfer to your hotel. Spend the rest of your afternoon at leisure. In the evening, enjoy a welcome cocktail reception followed by dinner. (D)
Board the Rocky Mountaineer for your daytime rail journey on a CAA-exclusive SilverLeaf railcar. All SilverLeaf guests enjoy panoramic views from the glass-domed coaches, gourmet meals and drinks served at your seat and the services of the friendly Rocky Mountaineer Hosts onboard. SilverLeaf Plus gives guests an enhanced experience with exclusive access to a lounge car, where you’ll find an additional dedicated host and a bar where you can enjoy signature hand-crafted cocktails, locally-sourced wine, hand-crafted cocktails and much more. Relax and socialize with other SilverLeaf Plus guests in spacious and comfortable seating inside the lounge car, or soak up the scenery (and sunshine) on the small outdoor viewing platform as you pass stunning sights like Mount Garfield and Ruby Canyon.
Add an extra dimension to meal times with wine pairings offered with lunch as you enjoy culinary delights at your seat, accompanied by an enhanced selection from local breweries and distilleries. Treat yourself and enjoy premium pastries and desserts from Colorado bakeries, and indulge in additional courses during select meals. Arrive at Glenwood Springs and spend your evening at leisure. (B/L)
Depart Glenwood Springs onboard Rocky Mountaineer. Cross the Colorado-Utah border and take in mountain views and red sandstone landscapes as you approach Moab. Arrive in Moab and meet your local guide before enjoying lunch on your own. Check in to your hotel for a three-night stay. Later, enjoy a scenic drive to Dead Horse Point State Park and see the expanse of Canyonlands National Park with the Colorado River 2,000 feet below. This evening, meet your CAA Host and your CAA travelling companions for dinner. (B/D)
This morning, visit Arches National Park for a tour and easy hike. The unique geology of the area has created the highest concentration of natural arches in the world, with over 2,000 named arches within the park boundaries. Explore park highlights which include Balanced Rock, The Windows and Delicate Arch Viewpoint. Back in Moab, embark on an unforgettable Jeep tour with a professional driver and experience breathtaking off-road trails and Moab’s famous Slickrock. Afterward, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. As night falls, join local astronomers for a stargazing experience. With powerful telescopes, you'll be able to witness planets, galaxies, star clusters, nebulae and other incredible celestial sights. (B/D)
Spend your day at leisure or consult with your local guide about booking optional activities. Later, drive along the Colorado River to Red Cliffs Lodge for an evening of cocktails, appetizers and live music. Afterward, enjoy dinner, more music and dancing followed by a bonfire on the banks of the Colorado River. Return to your hotel in Moab for an overnight stay. (B/D)
Salt Lake City
After breakfast, depart Moab and travel north through the heart of Utah. Arrive in Salt Lake City, known as “The Crossroads of the West”. Spend the rest of your day at leisure. (B)
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Toronto or Winnipeg. (B)
B - Breakfast| L - Lunch | D - Dinner