Join us in Colorado to experience the breathtaking scenery of the Rocky Mountains from the windows of historic trains!

Starting at: $4,695 Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 A thrilling ride on the Durango & Silverton. Credit: Durango & Silverton Railway  Train traveling through spectacular scenery aboard the Georgetown Loop Railroad  The Durango Silverton Train along the mountain. Credit: John English  Cumbres & Toltec Railway. Credit: Cumbres & Toltec Railway

Railroading the Rockies

7 days from $4,695

Join us in Colorado to experience the breathtaking scenery of the Rocky Mountains from the windows of historic trains!

or Call 855-330-1542

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As an old and knowledgeable rail man (and rail buff), I evaluated very carefully similar tours I found on the Internet, both in regard to what was included, how many railroads and areas, as well as how the trips were routed and the accommodations included, and I, found Smithsonian's offering to be by far the best, especially the background and experience of the guide.

- Robert B.

If you love trains—especially steam trains—you must do this tour.

- Mary M.

The Railroading the Rockies tour exceeded expectations for me, and I had very high expectations going into the tour. 

- Leonard S.


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Jul 21 - 27, 2019 Departure
Frank Ackerman

Frank Ackerman

Frank Ackerman recently retired as the Director of the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. His four-decade career of interpreting nature and history for park and museum visitors, predominantly as a National Park Ranger, began in 1967 at Dinosaur National Monument. Following completion of his M.S. in forestry at Colorado State University and service as an Army officer in a Transportation Corps railway battalion, Frank resumed work in the park service with assignments at Grand Canyon and Death Valley National Parks. Starting in 1977 he initiated the interpretive program at then-new Voyageurs National Park before going to Cape Cod National Seashore as Chief of Interpretation and Cultural Resource Management, a post he held for eighteen years. As part of a joint venture between Amtrak and the National Park Service, Frank created an award-winning program of educational commentary aboard passenger trains in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. His current role as a study leader focuses on national parks and heritage railways throughout North America – particularly in the West and in New England.