Spend two days onboard Rocky Mountaineer, travelling between Denver and Moab, with extraordinary landscapes including vast canyons, natural archways and enchanting hoodoos. The journey is filled with highlights best seen by train and includes an overnight stay in Glenwood Springs, Denver and Moab.
Looks like one does get a ride on some trackage that is not used normally by passenger trains - the industrial spur from CP Brendel on the route of the California Zephyr to the siding at CP Emkay, which is close to Moab, and used also by a Uranium mining operation apparently. This spur actually ends further on beyond Moab, on the Colorado River at a Potash mining operation, called unsurprisingly "Potash".
We looked at taking the Rocky Mountaineer and decided that for the price of a 2 day journey (cheapest trip), we could take Amtrak sleepers in (high priced) June from the east to Grand Junction (GJT), pay for a rental car and 10 days of hotels in GJ, Moab and in between. We go this June.
There are some dozen packages (Red Rocks) Train between Denver and Moab with an overnight stop at Glenwood Springs
There are ways to make these one-way trips into round trips
From Moab there are Motor Coach excursions to National Parks - Monuments - Las Vegas and Salt Lake City
From Denver the tracks flirt (parallel) with I70 and the Colorado river crossing the continental divide
From Glenwood Springs the tracks parallel I70 to the Junction of Highway 191
at Crescent Junction (west of Thompson Springs) then parallel that Hy 191 to the Junction of 279 at that point there is
an Uranium Mining siding that looks to be the staging place at the end of the line for turning the train around for the trip back.
The tracks do go on thru a tunnel to that Potash facility as posted by jis.
Google Map LINK
Blow it up Zoom it In and Out to follow the tracks - - - - - You will really need to ZOOOM it in to see the tracks and when the
tracks disappear voila a tunnel find out where it comes out on the other end - fun !