Saturday is National Train Day!

Trains take us where we need to go, want to go. They remind us of what other lives seen only out the window look like. They employ our townspeople, bring passengers with a few extra dollars to spend into local coffee shops, draw activity to rural towns, attract funds to the roads and buildings around the stations. They bring us to school, to work, to visit a friend in need. They connect our towns together. They connect us to each other. They tell the American story.

Join Amtrak this Saturday (May 11, 2013) at the sixth annual National Train Day to show that trains matter to you, your town, and your community. Attend an event around the country, host your own, and until then, spend some time on this site to learn more about the ways trains impact our daily lives.

Green River, Utah is fortunate enough to have an Amtrak stop. We’re in the center of the California Zephyr line which runs from San Francisco to Chicago. Experienced travelers say the California Zephyr is one of the most beautiful train trips in all of North America. As you climb through the heart of the Rockies, and further west through the snow-capped Sierra Nevadas, you may find it hard to disagree. The Zephyr runs daily between Chicago and San Francisco, coursing through the plains of Nebraska to Denver, across the Rockies to Salt Lake City, and then through Reno and Sacramento into San Francisco. Highlights include: Rocky Mountains, Sierra Nevadas, Moffat Tunnel, Colorado’s Glenwood Canyon, Green River!, Winter Park, Truckee River, Donner Lake/Pass, and San Pablo Bay. Additionally, on-board guides from the California State Railroad Museum provide historical and sightseeing commentary between Reno and Sacramento seasonally.

The California Zephyr line features the Trails & Rails program, an innovative partnership program between the National Park Service and Amtrak. The Trails & Rails program provides Amtrak passengers with educational opportunities to foster an appreciation of a selected region’s natural and cultural heritage and renews the long tradition of associating railroads with National Parks. The California Zephyr has an onboard Trails & Rails program operating between Denver to Grand Junction.

We love train travel, and we encourage people to travel to and from Green River via Amtrak. It’s extremely enjoyable, easy, and relaxing (as opposed to traveling by car or plane). It’s the best way to experience our great country! If you need additional information about Amtrak, please visit their website or stop by our office for route maps, brochures, etc.