Colorado Trip Part I

Wifey and I am just back from a trip out to Colorado to visit with son Grant, daughter-in-law Katia and grandson Milo. We made stops in Denver, Grand Junction, and Edwards, which is up in the Rockies at around 7,000 Ft AGL in the Vail Valley. We flew into Denver and overnighted at The Oxford Hotel. Next day, we took the California Zephyr from Denver over the Rockies to Grand Junction, to meet-up with Grant and his family.  I’ve decided to break this trip blog into 2 posts because of all the photos. First the Denver to Grand Junction part, then Grand Junction back to Denver. The Zephyr is billed as the premier train trip in the US and I have to say, it’s definitely worth the price of admission for the views. We parked ourselves in the Sightseer Lounge Car to take-in the view, many of which are only available by train through remote Rockies’ countryside. The train takes awhile to climb the front range of the Rockies after leaving Denver. Once you start the climb, the view just continues to outdo the last. You pass through increasingly spectacular canyons – Fraser, Byers, Gore, Red and Glenwood, with stops in Granby, Winter Park/Fraser, and Glenwood Springs on the way to our destination on the train, Grand Junction.

Wheels up in Albany, Denver bound!

Wheels up in ALB, Albany, Denver bound!

Fog over the Hudson, south bound for a plane change in BLT, Baltimore.

Fog over the Hudson, south bound for a plane change in BWI, Baltimore.

You can tell you're over the mid-west, near Denver, by the crop circles.

You can tell you're over the mid-west, near Denver, by the crop circles.

Touchdown, DEN - Denver.

Touchdown, DEN - Denver.

The Oxford Hotel, in the heart of Denver's Lodo District.

The Oxford Hotel, in the heart of Denver's Lodo District.

Grant and I enjoying a pint of Fat Tire in the hotel bar.

Grant and me enjoying a pint of Fat Tire in the hotel bar.

Alfresco dining at McCormick's Fish House and Bar

Alfresco dining at McCormick's Fish House and Bar

Denver train station, just down the street from the Oxford Hotel.

Denver train station, just down the street from the Oxford Hotel.

All-aboard the Zepher for Grand Junction.

All-aboard the Zepher for Grand Junction.

We didn't wast any time heading for the observation car to enjoy the view.

We didn't wast any time heading for the observation car to enjoy the view.

Looking East as the train climbs the front range of the Rockies

Looking East as the train climbs the front range of the Rockies

Into our first canyon, either Coal Creek or South Boulder - not sure which.

Into our first canyon, either Coal Creek or South Boulder - not sure which.

Out of the canyon, and on to the next views.

Out of the canyon, and on to the next views.

The Fraser River Canyon

The Fraser River Canyon

More Fraser Canyon

More Fraser Canyon

Out of the canyon and on to Byers and the Colorado River.

Out of the canyon and on to Byers and the Colorado River.

Byers Canyon

Byers Canyon

Out of Byers along side the Colorado, heading for Gore.

Out of Byers along side the Colorado, heading for Gore.

Coming into Gore Canyon

Coming into Gore Canyon

Gore Canyon and the Colorado River

Gore Canyon and the Colorado River

Next up, Red Canyon.

Next up, Red Canyon.

Entering Red Canyon along the Colorado

Entering Red Canyon along the Colorado

The Red Canyon

The Red Canyon

Leaving Red Canyon

Leaving Red Canyon

Next up, Glenwood Canyon and Glenwood Springs.

Next up, Glenwood Canyon and Glenwood Springs.

The canyon.

The canyon.

More Glenwood.

More Glenwood.

Glenwood Springs with the Denver Hotel in background-a good place to stay.

Glenwood Springs with The Hotel Denver in background-a good place to stay.

The California Zephyr at Glenwood Springs Depot.

The California Zephyr at Glenwood Springs Depot.

On to Grand Junction and our destination.

On to Grand Junction and our destination.

Mount Garfield and the Bookcliff Mountains.

Mount Garfield and the Book Cliff Mountains.

Coming into Grand Junction and the end of this post. Phew!

Coming into Grand Junction and the end of this post. Phew!

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