Southwest National Parks

Southwest National Parks

On a 10-day journey to the Southwest, visit the natural wonders of the Southwest. At Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, Zion National Park, and the Grand Canyon, admire the otherworldly formations famously photographed by Ansel Adams. Go river rafting along Glen Canyon, walk narrow Antelope Slot Canyon, marvel at the scenic vistas of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, and share a peaceful evening with Navajo storytelling.

Trip Itinerary:

May 7 Phoenix, AZ

Welcome to sunny Scottsdale! This evening, meet your traveling companions and Orbridge Expedition Leader for a welcome drink and prepare for your upcoming adventure.

Overnight: Scottsdale Marriott Suites Old Town (R)

May 8 Scottsdale / Sedona / Grand Canyon National Park

Today, travel north through the cactus-studded Sonoran Desert, arriving in captivating Sedona for a brief stop. This breathtakingly picturesque town is a haven for artists and photographers who are dazzled by the landscape filled with remarkable red sandstone cliffs.

This afternoon, journey into the six-million-year-old Grand Canyon—a UNESCO Heritage Site—to marvel at the impressive views that make up one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Wander along the canyon rim and see the West's famous Colorado River below. Join a ranger-led program or relax and enjoy the park's offerings at your leisure.

Overnight: Grand Canyon National Park Lodges (B,D)

May 9 Grand Canyon National Park / Antelope Canyon / Lake Powell

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning and afterward, spend free time at the park or choose to take a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly over the heart of the Grand Canyon during an optional helicopter flightseeing excursion.

Later today, enjoy a guided tour of spectacular Antelope Canyon. Have your camera ready to capture the otherworldly passageways of red-orange rock, created by water erosion, which appear "flowing" and reflect light in the most stunning ways.

Continue to Lake Powell where the rest of the day can be spent relaxing and enjoying the lakeside resort.

Overnight: Lake Powell Resort (B)

May 10 Glen Canyon / Monument Valley, UT

This morning, embark upon a raft trip down the Colorado River through nearby Glen Canyon, gazing at the 700- to 1,400-foot red rock cliffs overhead and watching for the California Condor. Stop to view 6,000-year-old petroglyphs, believed to have been carved by Ancestral Puebloans. After, enjoy a coach ride through the Navajo Nation to your accommodations in Monument Valley—a lodge that's famous for its role in dozens of Old West movies, trade, and Navajo territory culture. Settle in and explore the collection of movie memorabilia and Native American artifacts in the Goulding’s Museum and Trading Post.

Tonight, retreat to an authentic Navajo cookout and storytelling presentation focused on Navajo legend, songs, and history.

Overnight: Goulding’s Lodge (B,L,D)

May 11 Monument Valley / Moab

Today enjoy an excursion aboard a 4x4 open-air vehicle through magnificent Monument Valley alongside your Navajo guide, viewing and listening to stories about the unique sandstone formations. After lunch at Goulding's Lodge, continue through Navajo country and stop at Navajo National Monument, located within the northwest portion of the Navajo Nation territory in northern Arizona.

Afterward, travel through stimulating scenery to Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument where you'll capture views of the vast canyons, immense domes, pillared monoliths, and sandstone spires. Arrive late afternoon in the resort town of Moab for a stay at a lodge perched at the foot of the dramatic red cliffs along the bank of the Colorado River. Enjoy a wine tasting at the resort's winery followed by dinner.

Overnight: Red Cliffs Lodge (B,L,D)

May 12 Moab / Arches National Park / Canyonlands National Park

This morning observe the unusual rock formations in Arches National Park—featuring more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches—including Balanced Rock and the world famous Delicate Arch.

A visit to Canyonlands National Park—the largest national park in Utah—promises spectacular views of towering rock pinnacles and striking desert landscapes.

Overnight: Red Cliffs Lodge (B)

May 13 Moab / Capitol Reef National Park / Bryce Canyon National Park

After breakfast, venture to Capitol Reef National Park to view ancient petroglyphs from the Fremont culture. After a picnic lunch on your own, choose between free time in the park or opt to visit the historic Gifford Homestead—a restored early Mormon settlement.

Later, view the slow erosion of ages in Bryce Canyon National Park. Resembling castle towers and cathedral spires, the unique hoodoos rock formations are something you will not forget. Watch the natural amphitheaters and canyons glow as you wander the rim.

Overnight: Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Hotel (B,L)

May 14 Bryce Canyon National Park / Zion National Park

Continue your journey to to Zion National Park, where your options for the day are plentiful. Perhaps hike to the Emerald Pools, stroll along the Riverside Walk, take a ranger-led program, or listen to one of many ranger talks at the Zion Human History Museum.

Overnight: Holiday Inn Express Springdale (B,D)

May 15 Zion National Park / Las Vegas, NV

After a leisurely morning, travel to Las Vegas for free time to stroll the strip or relax at the hotel.

Tonight, share your experiences of this grand adventure with your travel companions during a special farewell dinner.

Overnight: Paris Las Vegas (B,D)

May 16 Depart Las Vegas

After breakfast, guests departing during the suggested times take a complimentary transfer to McCarran International Airport for flights home. (B)

(Itinerary subject to change.)

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