Southwest Native Trails

Southwest Native Trails: Schedule days 9-16

American Southwest Culture and National Parks Tour – Texas, New Mexico and Arizona Tours
Explore Santa Fe, Sedona, and Tucson while touring beautiful National Parks and lesser known landscapes of the Southwest

 

The second half of our Southwest culture tour incorporates some incredible national monuments, including White Sands, Chiricahua, and Organ Pipe Cactus. Explore the preserved fort at Fort Davis and Old Town Mesilla. Revisit stations of the Apache Wars, touch on popular history at Tombstone, and immerse yourself in ranch life at Apache Spirit Ranch–all the while moving within expansive western landscapes and subtle desert ecosystems. Between natural beauty and cultural immersion this tour will leave you with many incredible memories.

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Red cliffs in distance

Red Rocks State Park, Arizona


Daily itinerary of the Southwest National Parks and Culture Tours: Day 9 - 16

Day 9: Fort Davis, Texas, Day Trip

After breakfast we explore nearby Fort Davis, one of the best preserved forts of the West. One of Texas’ most scenic roads takes us past many natural features and much history. We hike and enjoy the views. The first stage-coach in the area–the Butterfield Overland Stage Mail Coach–passed through here, carrying mail from Missouri to California. In the afternoon, we relax at a historically important large mineral spring in the warm, clear water. Evening under the clear skies of the Texas desert.

Fort Davis, Texas

Fort Davis, Texas

Davis Mountains

Davis Mountains

Day 10: Fort Davis – Apache Reservation

We drive north crossing the border to New Mexico and reach the Mescalero Apache Reservation. Our journey passes through beautiful, mountainous landscapes. We stop at a state park for a short hike and picnic. Relax at the Apache owned 4-star stylish Inn of the Mountain Gods with Casino at the southern tip of the Rocky Mountains. Take an evening stroll along the lake at the inn.

Inn of the Mountain Gods

Inn of the Mountain Gods, Apache Reservation

Lake at Inn of the Mountain Gods

Lake at Inn of the Mountain Gods on the Apache Reservation

Day 11: Apache Reservation – White Sands NM – Las Cruces NM

Today, We visit St. Joseph Apache Mission  and explore the famous White Sands National Monument. We will learn about the enormous Gypsum Sand Dunes and will explore them on a nature trail. In the evening we will visit the historic Mesilla, A well preserved originally Mexican town that was an important trade center in the 18th century.

Mesilla Old Town

Mesilla Old Town

White Sands National Monument

White Sands National Monument

Day 12: Fort Bowie – Apache Pass – Chiricahua NM –  Dragoon AZ 

We visit Fort Bowie in Cochise County, built in 1862 as a base for the US military’s fight against the Apaches. Today, Fort Bowie is a ghost town, a place full of Indian and settler history. We walk over the Apache Pass. Our next stop, Chiricahua National Monument, a unique landscape of eroded, volcanic rock offers wonderful hiking trails and views. Evening and 2 nights in a historic Ranch in Arizona visited by many famous people and featured in several western movies.

Geronimo at Fort Bowie

Geronimo at Fort Bowie

Chiricahua NM

Chiricahua NM

Day 13: Day Tour: Amerind, Tombstone

After a typical ranch breakfast, we visit the nearby Dragoon Mountains, where Geronimo’s grave is believed to be. Large round blocks of granite create a mysterious atmosphere. We spend a short time at Amerind Foundation, supporting Indian culture and history. Later, we explore and enjoy the Old West in Tombstone, the setting for the shootout at the OK Corral. In the later afternoon we get back to our ranch. You can choose  an optional horse back ride,  or just relax at the swimming pool.

Mail Stage in Tombstone

Mail Stage in Tombstone

horseback riding

horseback riding on the ranch

Day 14: Tucson – Arizona Sonora Desert Museum – Saguaro NP

After breakfast we drive to Tucson, a mid-sized city with shopping opportunities and a well-known Spanish colonial catholic mission, San Xavier del Bac Mission, built in 1780. Earlier this area belonged to “New Spain” and was run by Spanish Franciscans. Later, in 1821, San Xavier became a part of Mexico and then in 1854 was made part of the United States. We explore this beautiful mission. The afternoon we spend at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum–a combination zoo and botanical garden– which gives us an understanding of the magnificent desert ecosystem. Later, we visit Saguaro National Park for a memorable sunset. Night in Tucson.

Sonora Desert Museum

Sonora Desert Museum

sunset at Saguaro National park

sunset at Saguaro National park

Day 15: Tucson – Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument – Phoenix, Arizona

Today we Travel along the American/Mexican border. we enjoy the beautiful diversity of cacti and wildflowers at
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.  We visit the Visitor’s Center, then take a short hike to admire the unique organ pipe cacti amid many other cactus varieties. We picnic here, enjoying the desert stillness. In the afternoon, we make our way back to the big city. Night in Phoenix.

Organ Pipe Cactus NM

Organ Pipe Cactus NM

wild cactus in bloom

wild cactus in bloom

Day 16: Flights depart from Phoenix, Arizona

After breakfast,  the Southwest Native Trails Tour ends. The hotel offers free shuttle service to the airport. Thank you for traveling with us and have a safe flight home! For those interested in extending their stay in the Phoenix area, we would be happy to assist you.

Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix, AZ

group-goodbye