Forget the crowds and high prices of the busy season. Now is your time to explore in America’s Canyonlands! On this Canyonlands escorted vacation, you’ll enjoy a night in fabulous Las Vegas, before embarking on an adventure through Bryce National Park, Zion National Park, Arches National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, Monument Valley, and Grand Canyon National Park. See some of the West’s most iconic national parks on this guided tour of Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. Witness ever changing landscapes and spectacular scenery, and hear legendary stories of Native Americans, early explorers, ranchers and cowboys, and brave frontiersmen. No words can describe the feeling of traveling through the sacred sites of the Navajo Nation and Monument Valley with a local guide. See the world-famous red buttes, mesas, and incredible blue skies made famous in acclaimed Director, John Ford’s movies such as She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and Stagecoach. Continue your Canyonlands adventure with a visit to breathtaking Bryce Canyon National Park. See the spectacular natural amphitheaters of Bryce Canyon National Park with brilliant red, orange, and white sandstone formations called hoodoos. Visit Utah’s oldest and most visit national park, Zion National Park, to see the towering rock monoliths and eroded canyon walls cut by the Virgin River, and explore amazing Arches National Park. Stand at the edge of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World—Grand Canyon National Park. Enjoy sightseeing and free time to take in the majestic landscape with time to wander along its rim. Toast your adventure with a farewell dinner to conclude your guided tour of America’s stunning southwestern national parks.
- North America
- National Parks
- Las Vegas
Day 1: ARRIVE IN LAS VEGAS.
Welcome to lively Las Vegas! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.
Day 2: LAS VEGAS–ZION NATIONAL PARK–BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK.
This morning, leave “Sin City” behind and travel northeast into Utah to visit ZION NATIONAL PARK, the state’s biggest and oldest national park. Explore Zion’s deep red canyon walls and its oasis that relies on the historic Virgin River—a tributary of the Colorado River running through the park. Next, continue to BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, where wind, water, and time have shaped the sandstone cliffs into magical and curious goblins, towers, and fins.
Day 3: BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK–MOAB.
Today, continue north and travel further into Utah’s Colorado Plateau. Arrive at the town of Moab, an outdoor adventure mecca and the location of geological drama of impressive degrees. Tonight, why not enjoy dinner at one of Moab’s restaurants or visit the shops on Main Street?
Day 4: MOAB. EXCURSION TO ARCHES NATIONAL PARK & DEAD HORSE POINT STATE PARK.
After breakfast, visit ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, carved by wind to create more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches. Later, visit DEAD HORSE POINT STATE PARK, known for the wild mustangs that roamed the area before the turn of the 19th century only to be round-up by cowboys and corralled in the nature-made promontory. Enjoy dramatic scenery as an ever-changing landscape unfolds. This evening is free to enjoy Moab on your own.
Day 5: MOAB–MONUMENT VALLEY–GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK.
After breakfast, travel south for a special visit to MONUMENT VALLEY NAVAJO TRIBAL PARK, where isolated red buttes surrounded by vast desert bring the American West alive. Join a local Navajo guide for a comfortable LF 4-WHEEL-DRIVE tour to explore Monument Valley’s backcountry. Then, visit Goulding’s Lodge for lunch and enjoy authentic Navajo fry bread. Next continue to GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World drawing more than 5 million visitors a year. After an orientation tour of Grand Canyon Village, arrive at your hotel for a 2-night stay. Be sure to view the canyon’s awe-inspiring sunset, followed by Mother Nature’s own light show of the starry sky above this designated Dark Sky Park. Tonight, why not enjoy dinner at the historic El Tovar Lodge with its displays of murals depicting the customs of the regional Native American Tribes – the Hopi, the Apache, the Mojave, and the Navajo.
Day 6: GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK.
Today, a full free day to explore Grand Canyon National Park. You may wish to partake in an exciting optional flightseeing trip over the Grand Canyon or explore the rim on foot. Visit Mather Point and the Grand Canyon Visitor Center to learn about the geology of the canyon and enjoy a visually stunning video exploration of the canyon rim to the river—from dawn to dusk. Be sure to visit the Kolb Studio, the 1905 restored family home of the Kolb brothers who created a lasting legacy of exploration photography within the canyon. Tonight, join your Tour Director for a special farewell dinner.
Day 7: GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK–LAS VEGAS.
This morning, leave the great canyons behind and return to Las Vegas with a stop at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport for those with homebound flights. Please schedule flights after 3 pm. The trip ends at Treasure Island Hotel for those guests with extra nights.
Prices for sole occupancy are available on request
Touring with Cosmos
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