Water Tour

Come join DARCA on Amtrak’s California Zephyr train this December for a tour of water history in Colorado. The tour begins at the Denver Amtrak Station on Friday, December 3rd at 8:05 AM. Once everyone is on board, the train will carry participants westward through Arvada, towards Rocky Flats and into Coal Creek Canyon.  Next the train approaches Moffat Tunnel which leads participants out of Denver’s water collection system. Once across the Continental Divide, transmountain diversions begin to have an effect on Colorado’s water system. As the train approaches the final destination in Glenwood Springs, participants pass the Xcel Energy Shoshone Power Plant along the Colorado River.

Along the train route from Denver to Glenwood Springs, participants will pass various water features, see the influence of water on the surrounding landscape and learn about water’s influence on Colorado’s history. The train travels along the Colorado River and away from developed areas and highways, offering riders exceptional views and a real insight into historic Colorado.While participants enjoy the ride to Glenwood Springs, speakers from various fields and businesses will address both Colorado’s past and present relationship with water. Vibrant historians, critics and water workers will show participants the impact of water on Colorado.
Once the train arrives in Glenwood Springs, all guests are encouraged to take a dip in the lovely hot springs or enjoy the many spas in the Hotel Colorado.On Saturday morning, if participants wish to learn more of Colorado’s history they can check out the Amtrak Train & Railroad Museum or Frontier Historical Museum. If they are looking for a winter escape Glenwood offers an outdoor skating rink and perfect shops for holiday presents. If they want to continue relaxing, they can return to the hot springs pool, spa or vapor caves.By 12:10 PM on Saturday, December 4th all participants must return to the Amtrak station to begin the return journey to Denver.This workshop is intended to give participants an inside look at Colorado water as well as an enjoyable weekend getaway. DARCA hopes for everyone to gain knowledge while having some wintertime fun! Order today online or contact DARCA for more information. This price does not include a room. The Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs has given participants a discount rate of only $89. The Hotel Colorado can be reached at 1-800-544-3998 or www.HotelColorado.com. Please arrive at the Denver Amtrak Station (1701 Wynkoop Street) no later than 7:15 AM with your identification. The tickets are roundtrip and cannot be exchanged. There are parking structures run by Central Parking that can be payed for overnight parking, however, we encourage travelers to carpool or take the bus. You can also check out the tour booklet online by clicking here.