Vote for your favorite Train Ride!

USA Today’s 10best Scenic Train Rides nominees include two of our members, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad and the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Help them out by voting for your favorite!

Vote- Best Scenic Train Ride Nominees: 2021 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards

Voting for the Best Scenic Train Ride is open! Cast your vote daily to help pick the 2021 10Best Readers’ Choice Award for Best Scenic Train Ride.


Commercial Bus Tours Return to the Grand Canyon!

Long awaited news for the tourism industry in the Grand Canyon has arrived! The following was included in Grand Canyon Nation Park’s newsletter email. Please visit their website for more information by clicking here.

“Commercial bus tours will again be a regular sight at Grand Canyon National Park in the coming weeks. The following two commercial vehicle occupancy models have been established and are effective May 8, 2021: 

  • Operators committing to have all customers/passengers either vaccinated or tested immediately before the trip (72 hours) will be permitted to operate in the park at 100% capacity. 
  • Operators that cannot commit to having all customers/passengers either vaccinated or tested immediately before the trip (72 hours) will be limited to 50% of vehicle capacity, or 10 persons (including driver, guide), whichever is greater
  • Continued COVID-19 mitigations and other CDC recommendations will remain in place for commercial operators. 
  • Operators will sign a certification document. Their signature on the document certifies they understand and agree to comply with the established parameters. This document will not need to be presented at entrance stations but should be carried in the tour vehicle. 

Operators will be responsible for conducting their operations in a manner that is safe and protects the health of employees, customers and the public.”


The Grand Canyon East Entrance will open on April 8, 2021!

For more information about the East Entrance opening and what to expect please visit this link:

Grand Canyon National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

Located in Arizona, Grand Canyon National Park encompasses 277 miles (446 km) of the Colorado River and adjacent uplands. The park is home to much of the immense Grand Canyon; a mile (1.6 km) deep, and up to 18 miles (29 km) wide. Layered bands of colorful rock reveal millions of years of geologic history.


Become a Member of the Haak’u Museum!

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Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Announcement

Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways announces that two Colorado Byways have also become National Byways! Congratulations to Scenic Byways of Legends and Silver Thread Scenic And Historic Byways!

Colorado Scenic Byway: Highway of Legends

The lore of this area is vivid, swirling in the spiritual myths of the American Indians and the history of their clashes with Spanish explorers. Like much of Colorado, where the promises of fortune led, trouble followed and tales of outlaws “settling their differences” are common.

Colorado Scenic Byway: Silver Thread

Lake City not only serves as an outstanding base of operations for outdoor adventure, but also serves as one of the largest collections of preserved buildings from the 1870s. Stroll through the heart of town and you’ll quickly get a sense for Lake City’s authenticity.


Mesa Verde’s Far View Lodge announces its opening on May 1st, 2021!

With concerns of the pandemic still an issue, many have chosen to explore the great outdoors to get out of the house, yet remain safe. Mesa Verde National Park, located near Cortez, CO, offers that opportunity with its amazing archaeological sites. Visit https://www.visitmesaverde.com/ to explore what you have been missing and to plan your next trip!

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