All Aboard: Luxury Train Good for Business and the Environment

Train travelers aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, which rolls into Glenwood Springs from April through October, receive an unforgettable, premium vacation experience while the hot springs town reaps an abundance of economic and environmental benefits.

The Rocky Mountaineer, a luxury Canadian-based train operator, has resumed travel to Glenwood Springs. Now through October 28, the glass-domed trains are traveling through the Colorado Rockies and stopping in the hot springs town, giving the local economy a boost, all while keeping the environmental impact to a minimum.

World Class Scenic Train Travel to Glenwood Springs

In 2021, Rocky Mountaineer launched its newest rail route, which travels between Denver, Colorado, and Moab, Utah. Rockies to the Red Rocks showcases the knockout scenery of the American Southwest and provides unparalleled on-board hospitality that includes storytelling, premium cuisine and signature cocktails in a mix-and-mingle atmosphere. Guests encounter the sights of nature’s beauty from the comfort of their railcar.

The Benefits Keep Rolling In

Downtown train station collageA draw that appeals to passengers, as well as local business owners, is the overnight stay in Glenwood Springs. For guests, it provides the chance to explore the area; for businesses, it boosts coffers in expected and unexpected ways.

“Glenwood Springs is an ideal overnight destination for Rocky Mountaineer train journeys thanks to its welcoming hotel properties, variety of dining options and many local shops to enjoy. Guests experience the warm hospitality of this picturesque community from the moment they step off the train. It truly is a wondering experience for guests after their day on the train,” said Nicole Ford, director of communications and stakeholder relations for Rocky Mountaineer.

Because passengers don’t sleep on the train, an overnight layover translates into occupied hotel rooms. Last year, the arrival of Rocky Mountaineer accounted for 3,790 nights at Glenwood Springs accommodations. But what many people don’t know is that the rail line also relies on local sources for food, beverages and products used for onboard service. Additionally, when guests step off the train, they typically wander around for dining, shopping and visiting attractions. The rail company is currently working with the City of Glenwood Springs, tourism entities and business partners to further enhance the experience for passengers and residents.

In its inaugural year, more than 7,000 people traveled the route with Rocky Mountaineer offering 56 departures. Thanks to that enormous success, 2022 will see an increase to 94 departures and the opportunity for even more revenue chugging into the local economy.

An Eco-Conscious Form of Travel

Amtrak California ZephyrIn addition to giving the local economy a lift every time a passenger train rolls into Glenwood Springs, riding the rails—either aboard the Rocky Mountaineer or Amtrak’s California Zephyr—is one of the most environmentally friendly forms of travel. Greenhouse gas emissions of trains are a whopping 80% less than cars! The only mode of transport more eco-friendly than train travel is walking, and Glenwood Springs makes that easy to do.

The historic train depot is centrally located downtown surrounded by lodging, dining, entertainment and attractions. Taxis and shuttles are conveniently available when the train arrives but Glenwood Springs is a highly walkable town. For passengers, a fresh-air stroll to accommodations and exploring on foot is just the ticket after a rail journey. Adding to the convenience, a pedestrian bridge accessed by stairs or an elevator spans the Colorado River, connecting downtown with North Glenwood where many hotels and the hot springs attractions are located. Nearby Bethel Plaza under the bridge is a hub for restaurants, live entertainment and shopping. Trails, parks, river access and bike rentals are also easily accessible from downtown.

For Glenwood Springs businesses, Rocky Mountaineer is an example of a tourism initiative that provides income without the impact. Learn more about green practices and eco-friendly programs in Colorado’s favorite hot springs town. Make plans to visit Glenwood Springs today!