Leading you to the nation’s most fascinating chasms, hoodoos, and other rock formations, this canyonlands vacation is as multilayered as the ancient tiers of stone that formed them. Starting under the neon lights of Las Vegas, you’ll make your way to the flame-colored walls of six national parks throughout Arizona and Utah, including Grand Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Parks. Rock on with a Lake Powell boat cruise through stunning Glen Canyon and a 4-wheel drive ride through the Navajo Nation’s majestic Monument Valley. Backcountry barbecues, rustic and resort lodges, all within a stone’s throw of the nation’s most spellbinding views only deepen your canyonlands experience.
Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas!
At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome drink.
May 15: Las Vegas - Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Life is Grand - Leave the bright neon lights of Las Vegas behind and cross the old Mojave gold-strike country. Travel on a stretch of the legendary Route 66 to Grand Canyon National Park. There’s time to wander along the canyon rim, join a ranger-led program, or simply savor the sunset.
May 16: Grand Canyon National Park - Lake Powell
Taking the Plunge - For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, take our optional flightseeing excursion over the heart of the Grand Canyon for incomparable views of crimson canyon walls plunging 4,800 feet into the Colorado River. Later this morning, we travel north to the shining shores of Lake Powell, created in 1963 when the Glen Canyon Dam held back the waters of the mighty Colorado River, forming a vast blue lake surrounded by beautiful sandstone walls. Upon arrival, enjoy a leisurely boat cruise and the opportunity to photograph the fascinating scenes created by the sharply eroded canyon walls (weather permitting). Enjoy marina-view rooms at the lakeside resort features sweeping views over the lake.
May 17: Lake Powell
Earth, Wind & Water - Today is yours to explore on your own.
May 18: Lake Powell - Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Campfire Stories - This morning, continue into Navajo country to Goulding’s Lodge in the heart of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. As you approach the lodge, witness one of the most dramatic and photographed points on earth. Upon arrival, take a dip in the pool and admire the Western sky above or perhaps explore the Goulding’s Museum and Trading Post, home to a wonderful collection of movie memorabilia and Indian artifacts. Tonight, travel with a Navajo guide into the red rock backcountry for a private Globus Local Favorite Navajo backcountry cookout.
May 19: Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park - Moab, Utah
Four-Wheeling & Weaving Stories - In the cool hours of morning, set out on a Globus Local Favorite 4-wheel-drive backcountry tour with a Local Navajo Guide. Later, we continue north to Moab, an outdoor mecca, for a relaxing 2-night stay at Red Cliffs Lodge on the Colorado River. Enjoy a Globus Local Favorite Western BBQ overlooking the Colorado River.
May 20: Moab - Arches National Park - Canyonlands National Park - Dead Horse Point State Park
Crimson Canyons - This morning, we visit Arches National Park, home to more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch. Be on the lookout for the elusive desert big horn sheep high on the cliff sides. Next, on to magnificent Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park for aerial views of winding river through deep red rock canyons. The remainder of the day is yours to relax at your resort. Wander through the onsite Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage, enjoy the outdoor pool (seasonal), or simply relax taking in the views of 2,000 foot cliffs that surround the resort.
May 21: Moab - Capitol Reef National Park - Bryce Canyon National Park
This morning, drive along Utah’s Journey Through Time Scenic Byway and through Capitol Reef National Park. Continue through the land of natural bridges, narrow canyons, and expansive views to Bryce Canyon National Park.
May 22: Bryce Canyon National Park
Rock Stars - A day of rich contrasts leads you to a full day to explore Bryce Canyon National Park.
May 23: Bryce Canyon National Park - Zion National Park - Las Vegas, Nevada
Stones that Touch the Sky - After breakfast, say goodbye to the Hoodoos and descend into a stunning ½-mile-deep canyon for Zion National Park. Enjoy a boxed picnic lunch on the front lawn of Zion Lodge with free time to explore. Continue to Las Vegas where your Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
May 24: Las Vegas
Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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