Winter Wonderland

USA Small Group Winter Vacations – A Western Winter National Parks Tour

Experience the highlights of Canyonlands, Bryce, Grand Canyon and other National Parks in the quiet of winter.


Our winter USA National Parks vacation tour will take you through magical, peaceful landscapes without the massive crowds of summer. Only a few tourists venture out into these expansive national parks in winter, giving you the unique opportunity for what feels like a private tour. Join us as we tour through Utah and Arizona during winter and see a different side of these national treasures.

Serene, snow covered national parks will greet our Winter Wonderland visitors. Clean, crisp air and untouched landscapes provide ample opportunities for taking photographs, viewing wildlife, and enjoying the wilderness. Our tour guides will suggest unique optional wintertime activities, including snowshoe walks, dog sled adventures, horse sleigh excursions, or a ride on a historic steam train through the deep snows of the Rocky Mountains.

Find an overview of our small group winter vacations itinerary below. This tour of national parks in winter remains flexible to accommodate changing weather conditions, giving us the opportunity to customize the tour as needed and provide the best possible winter adventure.

Arches National Park

Interested in the Winter Wonderland USA tour through Utah, Arizona, Colorado and Nevada? Contact us today to reserve your spot!


Top Attractions of our National Park winter vacations

Day 1: Arrival in Las Vegas

Welcome to Las Vegas, the entertainment capitol of the world, complete with world-class contemporary architecture, shopping and shows. Our tour begins on the Las Vegas strip where the team of Travel Dream West welcomes you with a dinner, meet in the lobby of our hotel at 6pm. Your tour guide and driver will introduced themselves and go over tour information and itinerary, handing out your detailed winter tour documentation, complete with daily maps.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Las Vegas by Night

Las Vegas by Night

Day 2: Las Vegas – Valley of Fire State Park – Red Canyon – Bryce

Depart Las Vegas in the morning, heading towards Utah. A stop at the Valley of Fire State Park offers a snow free hike through impressive red cliffs. View detailed Petroglyphs, signs of the ancient cultures which lived in this region. An evening stroll through Red Canyon will give you the first glimpse of the one of a kind sandstone formations that await us in Bryce Canyon. We head on to the entrance of Bryce Canyon National Park where a comfortable hotel welcomes us for our two nights in this area.

Valley of Fire S.P.

Valley of Fire S.P.

Red Canyon

Red Canyon

Day 3: Bryce Canyon National Park

Today’s highlights are all found within the fascinating Bryce Canyon National Park with its many bizarre, colorful rock formations. The peaceful, snowy winter landscape provides a unique contrast to the red, pink, white and brown spires of the canyon as seen from Sunset Point, Sunrise Point, Bryce Point and Inspiration Point. On foot we will wander along the rim of the canyon. A stop at the informational visitor center offers insight into the canyon’s natural history with a video and various exhibits. The rest of the day can be spent on optional activities – pack yourself in warm clothes and head out for a horse-drawn sleigh ride, or rent snowshoes and do some independent exploring of the canyon. Try your skating skills on the nearby ice rink and enjoy hot coffee or tee to warm up. For many nature enthusiasts Bryce Canyon counts as the most beautiful of all USA National Parks, and during this season it is truly transformed into a winter wonderland.

Bryce Canyon N.P.

Bryce Canyon N.P.

Sleigh Rides

Sleigh Rides

Day 4: Bryce – Kodachrome State Park – Escalante Petrified Forest State Park – Calf Creek Falls – Torrey

A drive on the picturesque All-American Highway 12 leads us along the Escalante National Monument. Along with many white powdered landscapes where we will stop for photographs we will also visit the Kodachrome Basin State Park with colorful, interesting formations of sandstone, before heading on to an area of fossils with million year old tree trunks. In the afternoon, if the weather allows, a longer hike leads to impressive waterfalls, the Lower Calf Creek Falls. Spend the night in the small town of Torrey in a hotel with views across the red stone landscape.

Highway 12

Highway 12

Calf Creek Falls

Calf Creek Falls

Day 5: Torrey – Capitol Reef National Park – Goblin Valley State Park – Sego Canyon – Moab

Today’s program centers around Capitol Reef National Park with its gigantic cliffs. A two and a half hour hike through this wonderland will provide solitude and incredible views – with no other tourists in sight. Then we head on to Goblin Valley State Park where we can wander around unique rock formations. If the roads are clear Sego Canyon will welcome us with pictographs, proof of ancient cultures. Spend the next two nights in a comfortable hotel in Moab, Utah.

Capitol Reef N.P

Capitol Reef N.P

Goblin Valley S.P.

Goblin Valley S.P.

Day 6: Moab – Arches National Park

Spend the morning relaxing or independently exploring the many galleries and shops of Moab. In the afternoon we will explore one of the most beautiful of all the National Parks, Arches with its many graceful rock arch formations. Where in summer thousands of tourists flock here, in winter this park offers silence and undisturbed landscapes. For photographers this park is a highlight, with the opportunity to capture the beauty of this park at sunset.

Moab

Moab

Arches N.P.

Arches N.P.

Day 7: Moab – Canyonlands National Park – Dead Horse Point State Park – Durango, Colorado

A morning drive brings you to Canyonlands National Park with it’s expansive views across the Colorado Plateau. After a walk and stop at the visitor center the tour will continue south to the wild west town of Durango, where we will spend the next two nights. At night you can visit one of the many bars of Durango.

Canyonlands N.P.

Canyonlands N.P.

Canyonlands N.P.

Canyonlands N.P.

Day 8: Durango – Silverton – San Juan Mountains (Rocky Mountains)

Durango and Silverton are both historic mining towns located within the Rocky Mountains. A highly recommended optional ride on the Durango & Silverton steam train takes you through the winter landscapes of the Cascade Canyon. The steam train, which brought silver and gold from the San Juan mountains in 1882, offers unique views of this region. It’s also possible to go on a horse or dog sled ride with prior reservations. Alternatively explore the great restaurants, galleries and shops of Durango.

Durango old town

Durango old town

Durango & Silverton

Durango & Silverton

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If you have any questions about our Winter Wonderland tour please feel free to contact us at info@traveldreamwest.com.