Explore the stunning landscapes around Moab by train with the Rockies to the Red Rocks route from Rocky Mountaineer.
This two-day rail journey is steeped in history and panoramic views — think breathtaking plains, mountain vistas and chromatic deserts alongside towering red rock canyons carved by the Colorado River. The Moab to Denver route can be traveled eastbound, westbound, or with a return journey, and includes an overnight hotel stay in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Whether you begin or end your journey in Moab, reserve time to explore off-train highlights like Arches and Canyonlands national parks or Dead Horse Point State Park, as well as the unlimited opportunities for guided outdoor recreation.
The Rockies to the Red Rocks one-way route covers more than 350 miles of the American Southwest and is filled with highlights best seen by train, including Ruby Canyon, Mount Garfield and Moffat Tunnel. The Rocky Mountaineer coaches feature oversized glass-dome windows, an outdoor viewing area and are attended by Hosts with stories about the route's historic sites, scenery and wildlife. Rocky Mountaineer offers SilverLeaf Service on this route, or guests may choose to enhance their onboard experience with SilverLeaf Plus. All guests enjoy meals served right to their seat. Guests opting for SilverLeaf Plus service enjoy an elevated dining experience with wine pairings and premium beverage options as well as exclusive access to the lounge car.
One of the most iconic and life-altering events in U.S. history — the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad — happened in Utah on May 10, 1869. Today, you can visit the Golden Spike National Historic Park in Northern Utah to relive the history with exhibits and demonstrations. And in Central Utah discover the city of Helper, named after the team of “helper” coal-powered steam engines that assisted freight trains up the neighboring canyon and summit. Home to the Western Mining and Railroad Museum, Helper features a treasured historic Main Street and burgeoning artist community.
"This two-day rail journey is steeped in history and panoramic views — think breathtaking plains, mountain vistas and chromatic deserts alongside towering red rock canyons carved by the Colorado River."
Where to Stay In Moab
Tucked in southeastern Utah, Moab is a major hub for outdoor recreation and offers a plethora of lodging options. Downtown you’ll find high-end or boutique options like Hoodoo Moab and Radcliffe Moab, and on the northern outskirts of town are the Sorrel River Ranch and Red Cliffs Lodge. You’ll also find a number of nearby camping and RV options.
Moab is a thrill-seeker's playground. But it’s also a place where you can stretch your legs or hone your skills in nearly every outdoor pursuit. There are quick hikes leading to world-famous landmarks, technical sandstone features to bike and some of the greatest regions of undisturbed backcountry in the American West. No matter how you choose to spend your time in Moab, come prepared with a sense of exploration, adventure and plenty of water.
The Canyonlands Region of Utah combines the best of the Moab area's easy proximity to Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park's most accessible district with some of the United State's most remote and culturally significant landscapes.
Moab is Utah’s adventure epicenter — a place where world-renowned natural destinations are scattered around a town that’s brimming with local charm. Be sure to bring a vivid imagination and taste for exploration along with your hiking shoes, sunscreen and water bottle, because this is not your typical retreat.