A Scenic Journey Through the Rocky Mountains on Amtrak's California Zephyr
 
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Through the Rocky Mountains on the
 California Zephyr


Denver - Winter Park - Granby - Glenwood Springs - Grand Junction, Colo. - Eastern Utah

Through Fraser River in Fraser Canyon;

Byers Canyon, shortly after the Colorado River that has joined the rails;

Gore Canyon, perhaps the most scenic area of the transcontinental train's 2,400 mile journey;

and the Colorado River between Bond and Red Canyon.

Glenwood Canyon, nearly ruined by construction of a double-decker Interstate 70 highway;

Ruby Canyon, a scenic river canyon area where the railroad tracks leave the Colorado and head toward the desert of Utah.

More information on this great route.

 

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PRAIRIE STATES

     
Amtrak at Omaha, Neb.  Nebraska Amtrak stations (ProRail Nebraska link)..    

 

DENVER/ CLIMBING FRONT RANGE

     

     

Amtrak at Denver

     

   
Climbing the Front Range above Denver      

 
       

TUNNEL DISTRICT

     

 
Entering tunnel upon ascending Rocky Mountains.  In the Tunnel District, the train enters 30 tunnels.    
       

 

Paralleling Fraser River Eastbound.

     

BYERS CANYON: START OF SCENIC COLORADO RIVER

     

    On the river valley region between Byers Canyon and Kremmling.  

Byers Canyon scenes      

GORE CANYON

     
East entrance to Gore Canyon.  Through Gore Canyon...    

In Gore Canyon, perhaps the most scenic part of the trip..

       

 

KREMMLING AREA: GORE CANYON OVERLOOK FROM TROUGH ROAD

     

     

       
 
       
       

MORE BEAUTIFUL GORE CANYON AREA

     
 

     

       

 Entering Gore Canyon from the west side.

 

Entering and exiting Gore Canyon's scenic tunnels..

GORE CANYON: RADIUM & YARMONY AREA

     

 Just out of Gore Canyon, westbound, close to State Bridge.      

MCCOY & BOND AREA

     

 

 Near Bond, Colo.      

       

DELL OVERLOOK EAST OF BURNS, COLO.

 

 

 

 Dell curve just east of Burns, Colo.  Inside Dell curve .    

 

 

SCENIC OVERLOOK NEAR BURNS ALONG COLORADO RIVER

     

       

 

       

COLORADO RIVER RED CANYON

     

Through colorful Red Canyon

 

 
       

GLENWOOD CANYON

     

   

Unfortunately, a freeway, I-70, runs through it.   Highway shots are not included.  
       

GLENWOOD SPRINGS

 

 

   

Just west of Glenwood Springs, Colo. River crossing

 

 
       

GRAND JUNCTION

Grand Junction, Colo., station stop    

 
       

PICTURESQUE RUBY CANYON

     

       
       

 
 

 

   

UTAH

Leaving Ruby Canyon... ...entering Eastern Utah's desert & mesas.  

   
       

CASTLE GATE

Entering/ leaving stunning Castle Gate, west of Helper, Utah. Eastbound passengers are greeted by these beautiful rock walls at first light.  

 
  Traveling westbound, this region can only be seen in moonlight.    

THISTLE TUNNELS

     

   
       
       

NEVADA

     
Truckee River canyon, California      
     
       
       

All pictures taken by Doug Ohlemeier, Nov. 2002, Sept. 2003 & Sept. 2004.



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