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Grand Staircase - Escalante

July 18 - 25, 2023

Rockies to the Red Rocks National Parks Explorer with Rocky Mountaineer

More information on this great trip is available in our Travel Talks blog. Please click here to watch the recorded presentation. 

Join AAA Central Penn on this rail trip through the Rocky Mountains to the Red Rocks of Utah and its five national parks filled with stunning mountain views and awe inspiring red sandstone landscapes.

Booking Deadline: May 4, 2023

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Occupancy Rate Per Person
Double $6,319
Single $7,839

All non-members must add $60 to the above rates.

Rates are subject to availability at time of booking and include taxes, fees and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. All pricing and included features are based on a minimum of 20 passengers. 

Desired pick up location is not guaranteed until passenger minimums are met. 

Included Features

  • Free parking and roundtrip transfers to a local airport (will not be offered if group air is from Harrisburg International Airport)
  • Roundtrip airfare from a local airport to Denver and return from Las Vegas
  • Roundtrip transfers - airport/hotel
  • Seven-night hotel accommodations
  • Meals: 6 Breakfasts; 4 Lunches; 2 Dinners
  • 2-days aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train in SilverLeaf Service
  • Onboard host gratuities
  • Gratuities for Rocky Mountaineer Tour Director/Driver
  • Sightseeing and admissions as stated in itinerary
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person (may not be available at all hotels)
  • Services of a Discoveries Journey Manager


  • Denver, CO
  • 2 Days aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train with SilverLeaf Service
  • Glenwood Springs, CO
  • Moab, UT
  • Arches National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Stargazing Experience with local astronomers
  • Capitol Reef National Park
  • Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Dinner and a show at Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill.
  • Zion National Park
  • Las Vegas, NV


Tuesday, July 18: Depart for Denver

Depart by motorcoach to a local airport for a flight to Denver, CO. Transfer by private motorcoach from the airport to your luxury boutique hotel, the Thompson Denver. Centrally located in the heart of vibrant LoDo, Denver’s lower downtown area, it’s an easy walk to historic Union Station, Coors Field, the Ballpark District and the busy bars and restaurants of the Dairy Block. Check in and enjoy the rest of the day and evening on your own to explore the city. Hotel: Thompson Denver, Denver, CO

Wednesday, July 19: Rocky Mountaineer Train – Denver to Glenwood Springs

Transfer to the Rocky Mountaineer Station. Board the Rocky Mountaineer train for your journey from the vibrant city of Denver to the western resort town of Glenwood Springs. Cross the Continental Divide as you take in the spectacular views of rugged canyons and the Colorado River before arriving. Today's viewing highlights include Moffatt Tunnel, Big Ten Curve, Gross Reservoir Dam as well as Byers, Gore and Glenwood Canyons. Breakfast and lunch will be served onboard. Arrive into Glenwood Springs with plenty of time on your own for browsing the shops, dinner in a local restaurant and how about a geothermal soak in a hot springs pool surrounded by Rocky Mountain views that soothe and inspire? Your Glenwood Springs hotel will be just a short walk from the train station and your luggage will be delivered to you at the hotel. Hotel: TBD, Glenwood Springs, CO (Breakfast, Lunch)

Thursday, July 20: Rocky Mountaineer Train – Glenwood Springs to Moab

This morning board the Rocky Mountaineer train for a second day where you will continue your journey west across the Colorado-Utah border with stunning mountain views in the background. Red sandstone landscapes will emerge as you approach Moab, the gateway to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Today's viewing highlights include Parachute Creek, Mount Logan, Ruby Canyon, and Book Cliffs. Upon an early afternoon arrival, meet your local Tour Director and board a motorcoach for a scenic drive to Canyonlands National Park for sightseeing, including the Visitors Center, Mesa Arch and Grandview Point. Then enter Dead Horse Point State Park for one of the most spectacular scenes in the southwest. Return to Moab, check in to your hotel, and enjoy an included group dinner at a local restaurant. Hotel: Hyatt Moab, Moab, UT (Breakfast, Dinner)

Friday, July 21: Arches National Park & Stargazing

Depart this morning for Arches National Park. The unique geology of this area created the highest concentration of natural arches in the world with over 2,000 named arches within the park boundary. You will visit the park’s highlights including Balance Rock, The Windows and Delicate Arch Viewpoint. Enjoy an afternoon on your own to experience Moab's quaint downtown village and choose from numerous restaurants for lunch and dinner. Later tonight, join the group for a private Stargazing Experience as you join local astronomers to explore the wonders of the night sky and our universe. (Breakfast)

Saturday, July 22: Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon National Park

Depart Moab by motorcoach for a full day sightseeing tour. Travel through the town of Green River and the San Rafael Swell on your way to Capitol Reef National Park for touring and an included lunch. Highlights this morning include a drive along Scenic Highway 12, one of America’s most spectacular roads, and incredible views of Capitol Reef and the Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument with its vast expanses of cream and rose colored Navajo sandstone. In the late afternoon, arrive at Bryce Canyon National Park, home to the largest collection of hoodoos in the world. Check into your hotel located just outside of this park. This evening, join the group for some wonderful western food and entertainment at Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill. Hotel: Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel, Bryce, UT (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Sunday, July 23: Bryce Canyon to Zion National Park 

Return to Bryce Canyon National Park for a morning view. Then take a short drive to view Zion National Park, Utah's oldest and most famous national park, to see the towering mountains and red canyons. Later in the afternoon, arrive at the gateway town of Springdale and check in to your hotel. Dinner will be on your own to choose from a variety of local restaurants, and the rest of the evening is free for you to explore the local town. Hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites Springdale, Springdale, UT (Breakfast, Lunch) 

Monday, July 24: Zion National Park to Las Vegas

Return to Zion National Park for an additional sightseeing experience. Enjoy lunch together at a local restaurant before you arrive at your final destination, Las Vegas. The rest of the day is yours to explore and enjoy all that Las Vegas has to offer. Hotel: Treasure Island, Las Vegas, NV (Breakfast, Lunch )

Tuesday, July 25: Depart for Central PA

Transfer to the Harry Reid International Airport for your flight home and transportation back to Central PA.

Hotels and itinerary are subject to change at any time without notification and/or compensation.

Your Activity Level: 3

This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, upstairs, or on uneven walking surfaces, should be expected.


General Information

Travel documents:

U.S. State department and destination specific travel regulations at the time of brochure printing required the following document for your travel, either a valid government issued REAL ID or passport. Travel regulations and state compliance requirements are subject to, and have been known, to change. For the most current requirements, which due to potential changes may be other than this listed here, please consult with your Travel Advisor.

Additional vaccination and travel requirements may be required. As travel policies are rapidly changing as a result of COVID-19, final requirements will be communicated prior to departure. Please see your travel advisor for additional information.



A deposit of $650 per person will confirm your reservation. Final payment is due to AAA by  May 4, 2023.

Cancellation Penalties:

Deposit date to day of departure                  $25 per person, plus....

From January 15 - May 18, 2023                  $650 deposit per person plus any additional suppliers' fees
From May 19 - June 2, 2023                         50%  per person, plus any additional suppliers' fees
After June 2, 2023                                        100% non-refundable

*Airfare is non-refundable after final payment


For your protection AAA recommends travel insurance. Pre-existing medical conditions may be waived with proper
coverage if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of initial deposit only. Other conditions may apply; ask your
travel agent. AAA recommends Allianz.


Air arrangements are handled by the tour operator. Seat assignments cannot be confirmed until the tour operator releases names to the airlines 30 days prior to departure. Specific seat requests cannot be guaranteed. Some flight schedules may contain code share agreements.


The daily temperatures in the national parks in Utah for July average in the low 90s during the day with cooler evenings. Pack for a variety of temperatures. Casual clothes that can be layered work best. Comfortable walking shoes are a must, and a small umbrella is recommended.


One suitcase per person with a maximum weight of 50 pounds is allowed for this tour. You may also bring a carry-on bag small enough to fit under your seat. A small day pack is recommended while on the Rocky Mountaineer Train. Baggage fees are not included in the cost of the trip. Baggage fees and other charges may be directly assessed by airlines or airport.

Travel Assistance:

For personal comfort, group participants who need assistance are required to have a traveling companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing the needed assistance.


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