Canyon Lands

Small Group Adventure Tour of Western US National Parks, Tours of the Canyonlands

On this roundtrip exploration of Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and Nevada’s famous canyons, enjoy a leisure, adventure, and photography tour.

The small group tours traveling through Utah, Arizona, Colorado and Nevada offer an opportunity to see many of the Grand Circle’s impressive formations. Enjoy easy to moderate hikes and strolls, accompanied by one of our trained tour guides in western America’s most photographed national parks. Lose yourself in the contrasts of blue sky and bright red to yellow sandstone, ranging from pillars to chasms to natural arches and bridges. Enjoy a magnificent sunset at the Grand Canyon. Experience interactive museums and visitor centers, participate in ranger-guided tours. Then take an optional boat ride on warm-water Lake Powell or an optional whitewater rafting trip on the Colorado River, and swim in heated hotel pools. Stay for one night in an authentic Native American Hogan in Monument Valley on Navajo tribal lands, where you will enjoy the sunset and a campfire program (alternatively, hotel accommodation can be arranged).

Nights are spent in comfortable hotel rooms, some including breakfast, pools, and workout centers, others with historic character or log cabin style architecture. Ride in our comfortable, air-conditioned tour bus as we lead you to new sights, and inform you about unique local geology, history, and wildlife.

Interested in the Canyon Lands small group adventure travel tours? Contact us for details, custom group tours, optional activities and more.

Marble Canyon

Marble Canyon, Arizona

 

 

 


Itinerary of our USA National Parks Group Tour on the Colorado Plateau, Days 9 - 15

Day 9: Durango – Mesa Verde National Park – Four-Corners Monument – Bluff

Today we participate in a ranger-led climb into the ancient cliff dwellings of Native Americans at Mesa Verde National Park. Later, we stop at Four-Corners-Monument where you can stand at the point where four states intersect, munch on fry bread, and find Native American art at economical prices. The evening and night in Bluff, Utah.

Mesa Verde N.P.

Mesa Verde N.P.

Four Corners

Four Corners

Day 10: Bluff – Valley of the Gods – Gooseneck State Park – Monument Valley

We drive on to famous Monument Valley where many western movies have been filmed. On the way we explore seldom visited Valley of the Gods, then stop and walk at scenic Gooseneck State Park, where the San Juan River meanders around high sandstone cliffs. At Monument Valley we stop at the visitor center featuring a large collection of Native American art. Today’s highlight is a Navajo-guided tour through Monument Valley and a night spent in an authentic hogan. Our Navajo hosts offer a campfire program, a traditional dinner, and breakfast. Enjoy a spectacular sunset and sunrise in Monument Valley (except February departure).

Monument Valley

Monument Valley

Navajo Hogan

Navajo Hogan

Day 11: Monument Valley – Horseshoe Bend – optional Antelope Canyon tour – Lake Powell – Page

We drive to Page near Lake Powell. There, we take a short hike to view the Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River. We recommend an optional tour with Navajo guide into Antelope Canyon, a photograper’s dream. Antelope Canyon’s soft sandstone walls create nature’s art at its best. In the afternoon you can enjoy Lake Powell: sign up for an optional boat rental, or take a boat tour. Night in Page, Arizona

Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon

Lake Powell

Lake Powell

Day 12: Page – Marble Canyon – Pipe Springs National Monument – Coral Pink Sand Dunes – Kanab

We stop in the area around Marble Canyon and Lee’s Ferry and touch the water of the Colorado River. We enjoy a visit to nearby Pipe Springs National Monument, a Mormon Pioneer Settlement, where on a ranger-guided tour we learn about the Kaibab-Paiute native peoples. When the evening sun light hits the Coral Pink Sand Dunes we are ready with our cameras and stroll through the sand dunes. 2 nights in movie town Kanab.

Marble Canyon

Marble Canyon

Pipe Springs N.M.

Pipe Springs N.M.

Day 13: Kanab – Grand Canyon North Rim (summer program – in spring visit of Grand Canyon South Rim)

We descend a ways into the canyon on a hike and take several strolls along the rim, enjoying incomparable views over the largest canyon in the world. We watch for condors soaring above the canyon rim. Depending on timing, we participate in a ranger talk about the unique canyon environment. We enjoy a peaceful sunset at Grand Canyon. 2 nights in Kanab, an historic western movie town. (** Winter and Spring Tours will visit Grand Canyon South Rim due to snow, and spend one night in Cameron, Arizona instead of Kanab, Utah).

Grand Canyon N.P.

Grand Canyon N.P.

Coral Pink Dunes

Coral Pink Dunes

Day 14: Zion – Mt. Carmel Highway – Zion National Park – Las Vegas

A scenic drive on Mt. Carmel Highway leads to Zion National Park with its massive towering rocks and deep gorges colored in shades of cream, orange and red. You will have the opportunity to go on short hikes over fascinating sand stone formations and visit a wonderful overlook. In the later afternoon, we drive back to Las Vegas for the last night of the tour.

Zion N.P.

Zion N.P.

Zion N.P.

Zion N.P.

Day 15: End of Tour

Today, our journey ends. You can fly home or choose to extend your stay. We will gladly assist you with hotel reservations.

Canyon Lands Grand Circle Adventure Tour Schedule Day 1 – 8.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at info@traveldreamwest.com. Our Canyon Lands adventure travel tours leave three times a year and can be reserved for a group as custom adventure travel tours.