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This worked better pre-Covid, when there were ski buses going from population center (city with train station) to ski mountains.Not obsessed with trains but Amtrak's California Zepher stops in Granby, about 2 miles from our condo in Colorado. It's a long (time wise) trip but we could use it to get to Salt Lake CIty and my BIL's place in 1 direction and to Denver (with connections to DIA) in the other.
Yea, I would not use it to go cross country only to access Granby from Denver or take it to or from Salt Lake if for some reason I didn't have a car. Granby is the next stop after Winter Park. I think that's as close to Steamboat as it gets (about 1 hr +) from there. The Zepher then runs alongside the Colorado River out to Glenwood Springs. It has those cars with the glass tops which would be awesome for photography. Like I said though, Denver to Salt Lake is a long trip by rail.This worked better pre-Covid, when there were ski buses going from population center (city with train station) to ski mountains.
Amtrak stops at Reno, which is a nice gateway to just about all the major Tahoe resorts. The train stops literally in the middle of the city (“strip”). So much so traffic had to wait while the train unload and load their passengers straddling the main drag. (Next time you go to Reno, pay attention to the rail road track as you rumble up and down the main drag (Virginia St?). The journey through the Sierra wilderness by train I think would be pretty amazing.
It obviously stops at SLC, which we all know there’re all kinds of way to get up to the mountains. Denver, which is a lot more challenging getting to any of the mountain from the city other than Winter Park.
Though between the two, the train goes by Steamboat, I believe. I suspect the scenery along the way would be pretty stunning too.
I took the train out to Denver when I was attending college in Michigan. It’s only half a day plus one night, which I slept through in my chair. But to get from Denver to the mountain, I rented a car.
Outbound was pleasant. But the return leg was horrible. The train was many hours late coming into Denver. The Denver station was tiny. Not even enough place to sit down! Also back then, the location of the Denver train station was desolate. So it’s not like I could walk to a nearby restaurant or bar to kill the time. That was the last time I traveled by train long distance.
Well, from Glenwood Springs, there’re commuter bus to get to Aspen. That wouldn’t be too bad at all!The Zepher then runs alongside the Colorado River out to Glenwood Springs. It has those cars with the glass tops which would be awesome for photography. Like I said though, Denver to Salt Lake is a long trip by rail.