Forts, Trains & the Arkansas River

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See some of Colorado's most beautiful sites — from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Browns Canyon National Monument and the Royal Gorge Bridge — on this five-day trip that will make your family want to extend their trip to enjoy the outdoors even more.
Sustainability Activity
Support Restoration

Visit the San Luis Valley Brewing Company and order a San Luis Valley’s Cumbres & Toltec #168 IPA — all proceeds go to the restoration of the #168, which will be returned to its natural habitat on the tracks of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad.

Day
1
El Pueblo Trading Post Photo
Activity
El Pueblo History Museum

El Pueblo History Museum showcases the region's many cultural and ethnic groups through innovative exhibits including the Borderlands of Southern…

Insider's Tip
Take a Bike Ride

After you've visited the museum, hop aboard a bike and head along the Arkansas River. You'll pass 100-year-old cottonwoods and see Pueblo's Riverwalk.

Lunch
Bingo Burger - Pueblo

We pride ourselves in locally sourced food and products. From the farms of colorado to the breweries as well!

Insider's Tip
Hit the Road

Get on the road for an hour and a half and head south to Fort Garland.

Activity
Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center

Fort Garland was built in 1858 during US expansion into the West. Visitors can explore life in an 1800s Army fort including five original adobe…

Insider's Tip
Drive to Dinner

Point your car west on US-160 for a little less than 30 minutes to Alamosa for dinner.

Dinner
Angelo's Pizza Parlor

Making pizza has been a tradition in our family, and the recipes have been passed down through many generations. The passion for good food always…

Activity
San Luis Valley Brewing
Offers the finest in craft brews and fine food in an inviting atmosphere.
Lodging
Holiday Inn Express-Alamosa
An average of 300 sunny days per year makes our Alamosa, CO hotel a top choice for vacationers. Just off Highway 160, this Holiday Inn Express¨ hotel…
Day
2
Breakfast
Milagros Coffee House

Drink Coffee....Love Others!  Milagros Coffeehouse not only serves a full line of delicious espresso and coffee drinks, teas, and baked goods, we…

Activity
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

2021 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED: May 29-October 24

We are happy and excited to announce our 2021 Schedule with new trips, including a historic…

Lunch
Dine at Osier Station

All full-day rides on the Cumbres & Toltec include a delicious hot lunch at scenic Osier Station. Selections include roast turkey with all the trimmings, hot meatloaf and a salad bar.

Insider's Tip
Continue Your Ride

Since the Cumbres & Toltec is a full-day ride, you'll keep chugging along after lunch.

Dinner
Siam Cuisine
Japanese restaurant where you can dine in, take out or get their food delivered. Tempura House has an extensive menu, including favorites like pho,…
Activity
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Because the dunes and surrounding mountains are designated wilderness, this is a great place to enjoy unspoiled natural beauty in a variety of ways…
Lodging
Great Sand Dunes Lodge
Come and enjoy the peace and serenity of the Great Sand Dunes National Park at the Great Sand Dunes Lodge. Relax at the foot of the majestic Sangre…
Day
3
Insider's Tip
Get an Early Start

To start your day off right, grab breakfast at the hotel before heading out for the day.

Activity
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Because the dunes and surrounding mountains are designated wilderness, this is a great place to enjoy unspoiled natural beauty in a variety of ways…
Insider's Tip
Drive to Lunch

Head out of the park to Villa Grove — it's about an hour from the dunes.

Lunch
Villa Grove Trade
Restaurant, convenience and grocery store. Live music and specials every second and fourth Sunday of the month.
Activity
Monarch Crest Scenic Tramway

At the top of Monarch Pass, the scenic tram ride provides excellent views of the Continental Divide from above. Open May through the fall.

Insider's Tip
End Your Day in Salida

Thirty minutes east of the tramway lies Salida, where you'll be ending the day.

Dinner
Boathouse Cantina

We serve fresh, organic and local produce and there is no doubt that you can taste the difference! Sit next to the river and sip on one of our…

Activity
Salida Creative District

Arkansas-Riverside Salida was named one of Outside Magazine's Top 10 Best Small Towns in 2009, and since then it's become even better! Its…

Lodging
Gateway Inn & Suites - Salida
Accommodations in Salida offering convenient location to skiing and rafting.
Day
4
Breakfast
Little Red Hen Bakery

European-inspired breads that we bake daily in our conventional indoor ovens, as well as biscotti, granola, Scottish shortbread, scones, muffins,…

Activity
Bill Dvorak Rafting, Kayak & Fishing Expeditions

Colorado's 1st licensed outfitter. Est. 1969. Whitewater from class II to V offered daily (1/2- to 8 day) trips on 8 different rivers. Custom fly…

Lunch
Sweetie's Sandwich Shop
Hot and cold sandwiches, salads, seasonal soups, sweets, soft serve and more.
Activity
Browns Canyon National Monument

For centuries, the granite cliffs, colorful rock outcroppings and stunning mountain vistas of Browns Canyon National Monument have attracted…

Insider's Tip
Drive to Cañon City

You'll be ending this trip in Cañon City, so get on the road — will take an hour and a half — and get there in time for dinner.

Dinner
8 Mile Bar and Grill
Gorgeous mountain views, Colorado crafted beers, patio seating and great food add a fantastic finish to your rafting adventure.
Activity
Take an Evening Stroll

Take a self-guided tour of downtown Cañon City as the sun sets.

Lodging
Parkview Inn Motel
We offer beautiful and clean rooms at reasonable rates, family and efficiency rooms, non-smoking rooms, guest Laundry facilities, free wireless…
Day
5
Breakfast
Waffle Wagon
Blueberry waffles, biscuits and gravy, breakfast burritos with green chili, great coffee and much more!
Activity
Colorado Jeep Tours

At Colorado Jeep Tours we pride ourselves on providing high quality, scenic, and informative jeep tours. Our tours offer a variety of information,…

Lunch
Bridge View BBQ
Bridge View BBQ, where a whole smorgasbord of southern cooking is at your fingertips. Stop in for a cut of their brisket, delicious sammies, cheesy…
Activity
Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

Royal Gorge Bridge & Park is open daily. Marvel at awe-inspiring panoramic views from one of the world's highest suspension bridges and enjoy more…

Dinner
Le Petit Chablis

Housed in a restored Victorian home, this elegant restaurant blends a romantic atmosphere with authentic French cuisine.

Activity
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey has been making its own wines since 2002 and has won over 100 awards and medals in prestigious international wine…

Lodging
Lark Landing B&B
Lark Landing B&B is a luxury guest retreat offering an exclusive private suite overlooking the Arkansas River.