Cross off six National Parks and many National Monuments from your bucket list on this eight day guided tour! Discover Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Grand Canyon National Park and Monument Valley as you travel through the Colorado Plateau. The National Parks of the American West Tour is based on availability.
The Red Rock wonders of the Grand Staircase in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona are some of the most isolated and unique landscapes in the world! Covering approximately 130,000 square miles, the Colorado Plateau plays host to such features as hoodoos, goblins, and reefs. This tour provides a close look into the magical National Parks and Monuments of the Colorado Plateau, and Heart of the Navajo Nation at Monument Valley, that will provide lasting memories.
Departing from Las Vegas, we will embark on our tour taking advantage of the morning light as we head east to the Colorado Plateau. Our route will take us through the Virgin River Gorge and through Alpine forests at Cedar Breaks National Monument for a taste of things to come. Our destination is Bryce Canyon National Park for a short walk in the late afternoon light and for sunset overlooking the incredible formations below Sunset Point.
Overnight in Bryce Canyon City, UT
The view at sunrise from the edge of Bryce Canyon changes rapidly as the light spreads over the sandstone formations. Today we head onto one of the most scenic and isolated routes in North America, The Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument. There will be time to hike the famous Calf Creek Trail in the Grand Staircase if you so wish. We then continue along Highway 12, rising to the Aspen forests of Boulder Mountain and to our unique hotel near Capitol Reef National Park.
Overnight in Torrey, UT
Following a short stroll in Capitol Reef National Park and a memorable organic farm lunch stop, the tour heads east past the Henry Mountains, through the San Rafael Swell, across the Green River, and into the Colorado River Basin at Moab. There will be time to enjoy the resort facilities and the views of the stunning cliffs and river. The lodge offers many activities for a real Western experience.
Overnight in Moab, UT
Everybody will have the opportunity to hike to the famous Delicate Arch for sunrise, which is moderately strenuous and worth every effort. Those wishing a less strenuous walk can access a lower trail with a fantastic view of this Utah icon. This is followed by a wonderful walk into the Devil's Garden which features several famous Arches and viewpoints.
You can enjoy the Lodge surroundings and facilities or wander around Moab this afternoon, before we head to Dead Horse Point State Park, for a remarkable afternoon and sunset experience overlooking Canyonlands National Park, above the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers. The panorama will take your breath away! Everyone can find their own space along the rim trail and take it all in.
Overnight in Moab, UT
An early morning start will send us south to Natural Bridges National Monument for a short stroll and to Goosenecks State Park for lunch. The drive down the amazing Moki Dugout into the Valley of the Gods is breathtaking! After crossing the San Juan River we enter the Navajo Nation and finish the day at Monument Valley Tribal Park on the Navajo Nation. We will be joined by a Navajo guide who will escort us into the valley for a memorable late afternoon tour of this very sacred place.
Overnight in Monument Valley, UT
We will have the opportunity to experience sunrise over Monument Valley before heading east across the northern Navajo Nation. Antelope Canyon, with the twisting, narrow sandstone ‘slot’ canyon, is an adventurer’s paradise and a wonder to behold. A Navajo guide will escort us into this incredible place. After a short hike to Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River, it is a scenic drive to Lees Ferry and the Vermillion Cliffs for a visit to the Zero Mile of Grand Canyon. From the Vermillion Cliffs, our route climbs to the Ponderosas of the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park for unforgettable vistas at Cape Royal and Point Imperial.
Overnight Grand Canyon North Rim, AZ
We will spend the morning exploring the viewpoints, rim trails, visitor’s center, or hiking into Bright Angel Canyon to experience what’s below the rim. At over 1000 feet higher than the South Rim, and with far fewer visitors, the North Rim is truly a special place. After our time in the Grand Canyon, the tour heads back into Utah, with an unforgettable scenic drive to Zion National Park, and our lodgings at the base of Zion’s towering cliffs. Zion National Park offers a free shuttle system for maximum flexibility and freedom.
Overnight in Zion National Park, UT
Numerous trails are available today using the shuttles, such as the Narrows, Weeping Rock, Virgin River Trail, Emerald Pools, and Angels Landing for those looking for a more challenging hike. There are also Natural History courses and guided Ranger walks and activities available. You will be spoiled for choice! There is a hosted dinner tonight to say goodbye.
Overnight in Zion National Park, UT
Today we head back into the Mojave Desert through and transfer to the Las Vegas airport to connect to your flight, or to your hotel for post tour accommodation. Please do not schedule flights with departures prior to 3:00pm.
Pre Tour Lodging package included on the Las Vegas Strip.
Post Tour Lodging packages are available upon request.
DETOURS Tours offers small group touring in our custom vehicles featuring leather captain’s chairs for maximum comfort.
Because DETOURS travels with a maximum of 13 passengers, this allows us to take a flexible approach and take full advantage of touring opportunities not available to large Coach Tours or Fly Drive Holidays.
Due to the developing tourism industry in the area changes can and do occur in this type of program. Weather conditions, sometimes severe enough to limit where we can drive or walk, can also alter the program. As visitors, we will respect this, and remain flexible and open to local conditions, safety concerns and unforeseen opportunities. Our guides will do their best to keep things on track and in the event that our schedule changes, they will try to keep disruption to a minimum, consider your wishes and organize other options as far as it is reasonable and practical to do so.
Our vehicles are designed to carry up to 13 passengers on individual leather captains’ seats, and groups range from 8-13 passengers. This tour can also be operated as a private charter for groups from 2-13 passengers.
Our guides have many years of experience in leading tours throughout North America. Their knowledge and enthusiasm will ensure that everyone gets the most from each destination.
All hotels and lodges on tour are 3-4 stars. The accommodations have been chosen to give passengers the best access to the destinations we visit. For those traveling alone there is a per night supplement charge.
This tour offers a wide range of walking and hiking opportunities, which require a reasonable level of fitness mostly due to elevation changes. The level of activity can be suited to and catered for almost all levels of fitness. It is not an activity holiday, just an active holiday.
Health and Vaccinations
It is imperative that you have both a dental and medical check-up and we recommend that you ensure your Tetanus inoculations are up to date. Our drivers and guides are first aid qualified and a medical kit is carried at all times.
Individual luggage must be kept to a maximum of one main piece of luggage less than 50 pounds and one daypack less than or equal to 30 litres. It is recommended to travel with a backpack or soft overnight bag with a small day pack for easy access to camera, sun block, outer-layer clothing and food for lunch while hiking or walking etc. It is recommended to plan ahead and arrange to store bulky items pre-tour. This daypack should be suitable for carrying additional. We advise our clients to pack as lightly as possible.
It is a good idea to bring broken in hiking/walking shoes. It is wise to have a light but waterproof rain jacket and a fleece or good sweater for nights and mornings. A hat and a good daypack are important. Overall the tour is very casual but there will be the opportunity for smart, casual dress at dinner on a few nights.
Spring offers all four seasons depending on elevation. Temperatures during the tour may range from a high of 70-85°F in the day to a low of 40-55°F at night. October temperatures for this area range from a high's around 70-80°F, but may drop into the 30's at night.
Post Tour Accommodation Packages
Post tours packages are available through your travel agent.
Travel insurance is a vital aspect to booking a holiday, giving you protection against unforeseen circumstances that could otherwise spoil your holiday. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that properly covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking.
Zion, Bryce Canyon, Grand Staircase, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, and Grand Canyon North Rim, and Monument Valley