Winter Wonderland

USA Small Group Winter Bus Tour – National Parks Winter Vacation

An adventure bus tour like no other this winter vacation for small groups offers a chance to see the west during the quiet season


These wintertime small group bus tours offer the chance to see some of the USA’s most famous national parks in a season when only five percent of the million yearly visitors come here. Enjoy guided hikes through silent winter landscapes in impressive national parks of the West. Known for its rock arches, colorful formations, and expansive landscapes, Utah is a dream come true for photographers and nature lovers. The shorter days of winter allow easy viewing of sunrises and sunsets over incredible landscapes with glowing winter light –all without the crowds of tourists found here at other times of the year.

Reflect on the beauty of nature on this winter tour, then relax in the evenings and enjoy the good company of other tour guests. Restaurants are chosen for their good food and charm, and our comfortable hotels offer a wonderful place to rest at the end of an eventful day. Enjoy an overview of places and events in the daily itinerary listed below. Interested in this beautiful winter tour of Utah and Arizona?

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Zion National Park in winter.


Top Attractions of our National Park winter vacations - Winter Wonderland Days 9 - 15

Day 9: Durango – Mesa Verde National Park – 4-Corners Monument – Bluff

Spend the morning learning about native history in the impressive Mesa Verde National Park, where well preserved archeological buildings of ancient inhabitants will be toured. A ranger will lead us through these ancient homes, inhabited by Pueblo Native Americans around 600 B.C. The interesting visitor center with attached museum and an informative film adds background information. As we continue our journey we will stop at the Four Corners monument on Navajo land where Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico touch. The night will be spent in the small wild west town of Bluff.

Mesa Verde N.P.

Mesa Verde N.P.

Four Corners

Four Corners

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

As we continue our journey we pass by Gooseneck State Park where the San Juan River tightly curves and meanders through the desert. We visit Goulding’s Trading Post, where John Ford and John Wayne stayed while filming the famous movies. Arriving in Monument Valley we’ll stop by the Visitor Center with its large collection of Native art and crafts. You are invited with the Navajo natives for a tour through Monument Valley, a dinner and entertainment and will be staying at an authentic Hogan for the night. The Hogan is heated. Enjoy the unique sunset and sunrise when breakfast will be served.

Monument Valley

Monument Valley

Hogan Monument Valley

Hogan Monument Valley

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

Arriving in Page, we wander to Big Bend, where the Colorado River creates the classic horseshoe shape in the famous sandstone plateau. An optional Native American guided tour is available through the magnificent Antelope Canyon, with walls carved by the power of water and red walls that remind of a fairy-tale world, this canyon is a paradise for photographers. In the afternoon we will visit Glen Canyon Dam and the visitor center or – depending on the weather you can choose to rent a boat to further explore the Navajo canyon and Lake Powell.

Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon

Colorado Big Bend

Colorado Big Bend

Day 12: Page – Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

Today we will drive south to the most famous of all National Parks – the Grand Canyon. We will stop for several shorter walks to beautiful viewpoints and visit the museum and visitor center. Weather dependent we will take a longer hike along the Grand Canyon rim and enjoy the incredible views of the enormous canyon. We will watch the IMAX film about the Grand Canyon from National Geography. An optional helicopter flight over the canyon can be arranged in advance. The evening is spent in a Native American trading post, where we spend the night in an elegant hotel.

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Museum

Grand Canyon Museum

Day 13: Colorado River – Pipe Springs National Monument – Coral Pink Sand Dunes – Kanab

Cross the Colorado River on a high bridge by Marble Canyon and explore the landscape around Lees Ferry on foot. In Pipe Spring National Monument, a testament to the life of early pioneers, you can see how settlers survived and thrived. We will join in a ranger led tour to learn about the settlement and the Native Americans that lived nearby and whose ancestors still live on a nearby reservation. A walk through the Coral Pink Sand Dunes area offers views of unique, rose colored sand dunes, a beautiful contrast to the frequently snow-covered ground. The night is spent in the town of Kanab, made famous by various wild west movies.

Pipe Springs NM

Pipe Springs NM

Coral Pink Dunes

Coral Pink Dunes

Day 14: Zion National Park – Las Vegas

A beautiful drive on the Mt. Carmel road brings us to Zion National Park, the last of the parks on our tour of the magnificent west. With massive, red and crème cliffs and deep gorges Zion offers a variety of hikes from which you can choose. In the afternoon we will drive back to Las Vegas for our last night together. We say our good-byes at the last dinner together.

Mt. Carmel Drive

Mt. Carmel Drive

Zion N.P.

Zion N.P.

Day 15: Las Vegas

Individually travel on or head home. We are happy to help you arrange additional accommodations in Las Vegas and can give you suggestions for shows and events.

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