This is National Park Week when all National Parks are free of charge to the public. Railroads and the National Parks have a long history of mutual cooperation. Many of the western parks were heavily promoted by railroads such as the Union Pacific and Great Northern during the golden age of the passenger train.
The Trails & Rails program is an innovative partnership program between the National Park Service and Amtrak. This program provides rail passengers with educational opportunities that foster an appreciation of a selected region’s natural and cultural heritage; it promotes National Park Service areas and provides a value-added service to encourage train ridership.
The Trails & Rails program operates on a variety of trains with more scheduled to come on line in the future.
The Sunset Limited Trails & Rails program operates between Del Rio, Texas and Alpine, Texas and is based out of Amistad National Recreation Area
The Southwest Chief Trails & Rails program operates between La Junta, Colorado and Albuquerque, New Mexico and is based out of Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site.
The Heartland Flyer Trails & Rails program operates between Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Ft. Worth, Texas and is based out of Chickasaw National Recreation Area.
The Empire Builder has four onboard programs. The first one operates from Williston, North Dakota to Shelby, Montana and is based out of Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site. The second one operates from Minot, North Dakota to Shelby, Montana and is based out of Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site. The third program operates from Seattle, Washington to Shelby, Montana and is based out of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. The fourth program operates from Chicago, Illinois to Winona, Minnesota and is based out of the Mississippi River National Recreation Area.
The Texas Eagle Trails & Rails program operates from San Antonio, Texas to Ft. Worth, Texas and is based out of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.
The Coast Starlight has two Trails & Rails programs on board. Juan Bautista De Anza National Historical Trail hosts a program between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, California, with a program to Oakland, California during the summer. Klondike Goldrush National Hisotrical Park hosts a program between Seattle and Portland, Oregon.
The Crescent has one Trails & Rails program operating from Atlanta, Georgia to New Orleans, Louisiana and is based out of Martin Luther King National Historical Park.
City of New Orleans
The City of New Orleans has current on-board program operating from New Orleans, Louisiana to Jackson, Mississippi and is based out of New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.
The Adirondack has two Trails & Rails programs. One operates from Croton-Harmon to Hudson, New York, and is based out of Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. The other program operates from Albany to Rousses Point, New York and is based out of Saratoga National Historical Park.
The Missouri Service Trails & Rails program operates from St. Louis, Missouri to Springfeld, Illinois and is based out of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.
The Maple Leaf Trails & Rails program operates from the Albany-Rensselaer station west to Syracuse, New York and is based out of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.
The California Zephyr has an on-board Trails & Rails program operating from Denver, Colorado to Grand Junction, Colorado and on the return route between these two Colorado cities.
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