PAINTED CANYONS OF THE WEST

Featuring Utah’s Five National Parks

See the vibrant hoodoo rock formations at Bryce Canyon National Park

Explore the amazing spires of Bryce Canyon National Park, known as hoodoos; Spend two nights in Moab with time to explore Arches and Canyonlands national parks; and enjoy dinner and a wine-tasting in Colorado’s wine country.  Take in mesmerizing scenery on Utah’s most picturesque byways; Behold incredible views at Dead Horse Point State Park in Moab; Climb aboard Zion’s open-air tram with an expert guide.  Marvel at the sleek white formations at Capitol Reef National Park; and experience a ‘Cowboy Dinner’ in Moab as the sunset illuminates canyon walls above the Colorado River**.

Grand Junction National Park from a high vantage point

 

May 30 – June 7, 2021

 

Group #1023107

Highlights include Colorado National Monument, Moab, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Las Vegas, and more.  9 days, 11 meals, hotel, airfare, and taxes.  Double $3,699, Single $4,599, Triple $3,649.

(Book before November 30, 2020 and save $100 per person)

A Map showing the progression of the tour

 

Day 1: Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel

Day 2: Grand Junction Hotel, Grand Junction, CO

Days 3-4: Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab, UT

Day 5: Bryce Canyon National Park, Bryce, UT

Days 6-7: Zion National Park Hotel, UT

Day 8: Las Vegas Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

 

 

Day 1: Sunday, May 30, 2021: Trek across the Southwest as you take in the sienna-colored canyons, towering spires, and desert landscapes found in Utah’s five national parks.  Your journey begins in the mile-high city of Denver – an urban gateway to America’s natural beauty.

 

 

Day 2: Monday, May 31, 2021: The Rocky Mountains are your traveling companions on the drive to Grand Junction.  Lout out at the natural scenery as you pass by Glenwood Canyon, a product of the Colorado River, carved more than 3 million years ago.  Dine together at a family-owned vineyard and enjoy a wine tasting in the midst of Colorado wine country. (B, D) 

Fisher Towers loom over the breathtaking mesas of the River Road

Day 3: Tuesday, June 1, 2021: Set out to explore the Colorado National Monument this morning along Rim Rock Drive. Make your way to Utah on the Upper Colorado Byway, known by the locals as “River Road.”  As the iconic Fisher Towers loom over breathtaking mesas, make your way to Red Cliffs Lodge, nestled along the banks of th4e Colorado River.  Relax tonight at a cowboy barbecue, where grilled steak is at the top of the menu.  (B, D) 

Dead Horse Point as seen from the cliffs above

Day 4: Wednesday, June 2, 2021: Journey through the otherworldly oases of two national parks.  Hike* along sunset-colored arches as you make your way through Arches National Park.  Continue to Canyonlands National Park, resting in the heart of the Colorado Plateau, and discover a world of mesas, canyons, and arches.  Close by, at the Island of the Sky, look out over a landscape of ethereal valleys and dreamy horizons. Today’s park pilgrimage ends atop the sheer sandstone cliffs of Dead Horse Point State Park.  (B, L) 

The rock formations in Capitol Reef National Park remind one of the Capitol building

Day 5: Thursday, June 3, 2021: Travel through the dramatic Utah desert on Scenic Byway 24.  Visit Capitol Reef National Park, named for the curved white walls that resemble the U.S. Capitol building.  On the Million Dollar Highway, take in views of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, where layers of warm reds and oranges melt into smooth sided peaks.  Spend the night in Bryce, your jumping-off point to Bryce Canyon National Park.  (B)

A Lone Pine Tree against the background of Canyon Lands National Park

Day 6: Friday, June 4, 2021: Spend the day in Bryce Canyon National Park and see the famous hoodoos – vibrant rock formations likened to fairy chimneys.  Perhaps you’ll start your morning with a hike*, getting up-close and personal with the graceful geology.  Consider wandering along the Navajo Loop or Queens Garden trails for incomparable views of your surroundings.  As the day draws to a close, settle into Springdale, a small town perched just outside Zion National Park. (B)

A foot bridge across the river in Zion National Park

Day 7: Saturday, June 5, 2021: There are few places on earth that match the beauty of the red and white sandstone cliffs of Zion.  Make the most of an entire day exploring this rock-ridden paradise.  On Zion’s open-air tram, wind along the Virgin River through the 2,400-foot deep, half-mile wide Zion Canyon.  Choose how you spend the afternoon because it’s your choice!  Hike* independently -OR- visit Zion’s Human History Museum.  Tonight, toast with our travel companions at a farewell dinner. (B, D)

The Iconic Welcome to Las Vegas sign at night

Day 8: Sunday, June 6, 2021: Age-old nature is replaced with captivating energy, vibrant lights, and endless excitement in Las Vegas.  The day is yours – spend your time along the neon-lit strip however you please. (B)

 

 

Day 9: Monday, June 7, 2021: Say goodbye to Las Vegas and the painted canyons of America as you depart for home. 

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*While there is opportunity to hike on this tour, all hiking is elective and should only be undertaken by people who are physically fit and have prior hiking experience, especially at high elevations.

 

 

**This tour requires average physical activity – Level 2.  This means you like a balanced approach to travel.  You feel confident walking at least 30-45 minutes at a time over a variety of terrains – from cobblestone streets to easy straightaways to a couple hills or flights of stairs.  You’re comfortable walking a few city blocks at a time but need some time to unwind and relax.

The views along the Grand Junction Silverton Road are breathtaking

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One of the more than 2000 arches in Arches National Park

Experience it!  Arches National Park

 

 

Just north of Moab, bordered by the Colorado River, discover the natural beauty of Arches National Park.  There are more than 2,000 stone arches within the park’s boundaries, formed as a result of the underground salt bed that the park rests upon.  The arches are 65 million years in the making, serving as a geological window into the past.  In addition to arches, you’ll find towers, balancing rocks, and massive sandstone boulders.  Wander along the winding hiking trails and take in the otherworldly nature – wildflowers bloom her in bright yellows, purples, and greens, and clear skies (due to lack of light pollution) lead to unparalleled star gazing.

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