The Canyon Country Experience

The Canyon Country Experience2018-05-08T18:17:10+00:00

Project Description

Spend seven days exploring the best National Parks of the southwest and immersed in Native American Culture.  The ever-changing landscapes of Canyon Country are something that everyone should witness in their lifetime. Each stop will leave you in awe of its unique beauty, a beauty that only the forces of nature can accomplish over centuries of time.

DAY 1 – Arrive Las Vegas

Arrive in the “Entertainment Capitol of the World,” Las Vegas.  A shuttle transfer will take you to your Casino Resort Hotel.  Your Tour Director is there to greet you and assist with check in.  The rest of the day is free to relax and explore all that Las Vegas has to offer on your own. Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV

DAY 2 – Route 66-Grand Canyon

This morning, depart Las Vegas and travel past Lake Mead and Hoover Dam entering Arizona with a rest stop in Kingman for touring of the Route 66 Museum, which highlights the glory days of cross-country automobile travel.  Then drive on what was once Route 66 as we head east through northern Arizona with a stop for lunch on own along the way.  This afternoon you will see “One of the Wonders of the World,” Grand Canyon National Park.  This 1.2 million acre national park hosts a vast variety of wildlife and scenic wonders.  Learn about the geology and history of the canyon while taking in its breathtaking beauty at all the best view points along the South Rim including Grand Canyon Village.  The Colorado River is the main contributor in the creation of the vast canyon and can still be seen carving its way through the rock roughly a mile below.  After time to visit many of the scenic points, check into the hotel just outside the park.  This evening, get to know your fellow passengers as you join the group for a welcome dinner. BW Squire Inn, Tusayan, AZ (B,D)

DAY 3 – Navajo Nation-Monument Valley

Continue sightseeing of Grand Canyon National Park as you traverse the South Rim to Desert View for one final look before exiting the park.  Enter the Navajo Nation and continue on to Tuba City for touring of the Explore Navajo Museum where you will learn about Navajo history, culture and art.  The Navajo Code Talkers exhibit is also a highlight of the Museum.  After time for lunch on your own, depart and travel across the heart of the Navajo Nation on your way to world-famous Monument Valley and historic Goulding’s Lodge.  After checking in, meet your Navajo guide and board a 4-wheel drive vehicle for a scenic tour of Monument Valley, location for scores of famous western films, television programs and commercials.  As we travel through the valley and visit famous locations such as John Ford Point, Artist Point and The Totem Pole, we will also learn more of the Navajo traditions and way of life.  Then experience an evening of Navajo culture, food and entertainment. Goulding’s Lodge, Monument Valley, UT (B,D)

DAY 4 – Arches

Depart Monument Valley traveling north to Blanding where the Anasazi Indians will come alive today as you learn of their history and discover their artifacts at Edge of the Cedars Museum & Ruins.  Next we make our way to the town of Moab, also known as the “Adventure Capitol of Utah,” and have some free time for shopping and lunch on your own.  Then you are off to nearby Arches National Park for sightseeing.  The 18,000 square-foot visitors center will introduce you to the unique geologic forces that created the highest concentration of natural arches in the world with over 2,000 named arches within its 73,000-acre boundary.  Visit all the park highlights including Park Avenue, Balance Rock, The Windows and Delicate Arch.  This evening join the group for a unique experience as you take a Sunset Jet Boat Ride on the mighty Colorado River through spectacular red rock canyons.  As the sun dips in the west, the canyon colors come to life while you learn about the river’s ecosystem, geology and history.  After a thrilling ride, enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner served on the banks of the Colorado River before returning to your hotel. Fairfield Inn, Moab, UT (B,D)

DAY 5 – Dead Horse Point-Capitol Reef

This morning travel to Dead Horse Point State Park for one of the most spectacular scenes in the southwest.  You will see the expanse of Canyonlands National Park stretching to the south and the mighty Colorado River 2,000 feet below.  Next arrive Capitol Reef National Park for a wonderful picnic lunch under towering cottonwood trees and sightseeing of ancient petroglyphs, beautiful rock formations, deep canyons and pioneer history.  The park was established to protect a 100-mile wrinkle in the earth’s crust called The Waterpocket Fold.  Next enjoy a drive on one of America’s most spectacular roads.  Scenic Highway 12 has been designated as an “All American Road,” the crown jewel of the Scenic Byways system.  Drive up and over Boulder Mountain reaching altitudes over 9,000 feet with incredible views of Capitol Reef, the Circle Cliffs and the Henry Mountains.  Stop in the town of Boulder for touring of Anasazi State Park with its ancient Indian ruins.  Then travel through Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument, with vast expanses of cream and rose colored Navajo sandstone.  There are dramatic cliffs, high mesas, beautiful streams and deep canyons in multi-hued colors across the 1.9 million acre monument.  This evening arrive Bryce Canyon and check into your hotel located just outside the park. BW Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel, Bryce Canyon, UT (B,L)

DAY 6 – Bryce Canyon-Zion

Enter Bryce Canyon National Park for sightseeing.  The hues and intricate shapes of Bryce Canyon carry even the most mature adult away into a fairyland fantasy.  The Paiute Indians used a word to describe Bryce that translates into, “red rocks standing like men in a bowl-shaped canyon.”  Mormon settler Ebenezer Bryce, for whom the canyon was named, described it as “a hell of a place to lose a cow.”  Then take a short drive to see Utah’s oldest and most famous national park, Zion National Park.  An early Mormon settler described the park’s massive formations as “temples built by hands, not of man.”  The Paiutes believed mischievous spirits lived among the 2,000-foot high towers and would not enter the canyon alone or remain there after dark.  There will be time for lunch on your own followed by the opportunity to explore Zion Canyon, a brilliant green canyon set against the backdrop of sheer red cliffs, with an occasional lacy waterfall fanning out from the rocks.  This evening arrive in St. George for hotel check in followed by a farewell dinner. BW Abbey Inn, St. George, UT (B,D)

DAY 7 – Departure

This morning travel across the Nevada desert returning to the Las Vegas Airport for your departure home.  As you travel home, remember all the wonderful memories and friends you have met on your fabulous vacation!  (B)