The Old Southwest Grand Circle

Days

Fifteen Days

From

$9,000

Journey Type

Land

Best Time of Year

March- November

Highlights

  • Knowledgeable, Experienced, Informative Private Tour Guide
  • Comfortable Transportation in a cozy SUV
  • Colorado River Smooth Water Float Trip
  • Monument Valley Tour
  • Mesa Verde Cliff House Tour (Seasonal)
  • Durango Silverton Railroad Train Ride
  • White Water River Rafting
  • Horseback Rides
  • Jet Boat
  • Visit the Navajo Nation and Experience unique Southwestern Show 
  • Cowboy Dinner and a Show
  • Park Entrance Fees
  • Taxes, Fees, and Gratuity Associated are all Included with All Activities (voluntary tour guide tips excluded)

 

Cities & Landmarks

  • Arches National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Capitol Reef National Park
  • Zion Canyon National Park
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Antelope Canyon
  • Monument Valley
  • Durango Silverton Railroad Train 
  • Mount Carmel Junction
  • Grand Staircase
  • Escalante Monument
  • San Juan Mountains
  • Horseshoe Bend
  • Hoover Dam

15-day Southwest National Parks Grand Circle Tour

Do you want to see as many National Parks as you can? Then book our Southwest National Parks Grand Circle Tour, which includes 7 National Parks and an old train ride. Explore amazing, famous National Parks like Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, Zion Canyon Mesa Verde and more. This includes Utah’s Mighty Five and many more. Shoot down white water rapids with an experienced guide or take a lazy, scenic river float. These are just some of the items packed into our extensive Grand Circle Tour.

Spend 15 magical days exploring petrified dunes, vibrant pine forests, and deserts with picturesque sunsets. Enjoy the comfort of a small group setting. Usually, there are no more than ten guests. Each small group has a private guide to tell stories of the old days and give insight into what you are experiencing. With its walking, scenic views, local restaurants, hidden gems, and other fantastic experiences, the Southwest National Parks Grand Circle Tour awaits you! 

Daily Breakdown:

    Day 1: Las Vegas to Zion National Park

    Day 2: Zion National Park

    Day 3: Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park

    Day 4: Grand Staircase Escalante Monument

    Day 5: Capitol Reef National Park

    Day 6: Arches National Park

    Day 7: Canyonlands National Park

    Day 8: Mesa Verde National Park

    Day 9: Durango & Silverton Railroad

    Day 10: Monument Valley

    Day 11: Float Trip & Antelope Canyon

    Day 12: Grand Canyon

    Day 13: Grand Canyon Caverns

    Day 14: Grand Canyon Caverns

  Day 15: Las Vegas

 

Day 1: Las Vegas

Fly from your hometown to McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada, where you will meet your travel companions. You will be transported to the hotel with your baggage. This service is included in the tour price. This first evening is open for your leisure, though we are happy to suggest many things to do. At 7 pm, after a Welcome Dinner, continue to get to know your fellow travelers. 

Day 2: Zion National Park

Enjoy a locally-inspired breakfast. We will help you load up at 7:30 am for an 8 am departure. Your guide will escort you north from Las Vegas via Interstate 15 to Mesquite, NV; There we will stop to stretch our legs for 15 minutes. After, we will cross the Virgin River Gorge, continuing north on Interstate 15. This stretch of road boasts sixteen incredible bridges, spanning deep gorge and the river below. After lunch, you’ll visit Brigham Young’s house on a guided tour. The journey continues as we see the Temple of Saint George from the road. Not long after, we will arrive at the hotel where we’ll spend the night. After dinner, we will drive through the park to see the sunset. The sunset is always unique and always amazing. On each side of the road, the rising red and yellow cliffs of Zion Park stretch skyward to the star-studded sky. 

Day 3: Zion Park

The high red and yellow cliffs of Zion National Park will loom above us on both sides of the road. Day 3 in Zion Park will be breathtaking. Your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby. From there, you will travel to Zion National Park to explore places like White Throne, Angel’s Landing, the Court of the Patriarch and the Narrows. All the while, learn local history and hear stories of the area’s incredible past.

Day 4: Bryce Canyon

We will help you gather your bags at 7:30 am as departing at 8 am. The view is impressive as we travel to Mount Carmel Junction. We’ll make a morning break here. The trip to Bryce Canyon National Park will continue around 10 am. We enter the park at approximately 2 pm where you will see red and yellow hoodoos (unique rock formations), pinnacles, and spires. After we leave the park around 4 pm, we will check into Ruby’s Lodge for the night where you will enjoy another amazing eating experience.

Day 5: Grand Staircase Escalante Monument Capitol Reef National Park

On the fifth day of your incredible journey, you will travel down Road 12, known as the All-American Road for its picturesque views and deep canyons carved through the landscape. In time, we will arrive in Moab, Utah. We will settle into the hotel where we will start our evening events, beginning with dinner. Take a ride into the park at night. Examine the millions of stars. We’ll stay here for two nights. 

Day 6: Arches National Park

Arches National Park allows viewing and exploring some of its 2,000+ arches. Unparalleled, distinctive, and unspoiled, the park is exactly as it has been for centuries. Unchanged, dreamlike, out of this world. The list of landscape features and formations is almost endless: fault lines, petrified dunes, arches, bridges, balanced rocks, spires, and many, many more. On this day, we are going to visit Delicate Arch, Landscape Arch, Double Arch Park Avenue, Windows Section, Balanced Rock, Courthouse Wash, and other interesting areas in the park. While traveling through the park, you can explore the Cove of Caves, the Garden of Eden, the Petrified Sand Dunes, the Fiery Chamber Viewpoint, the Double Arch, and others. We’ll jump on the jet boat and tour the park via the Colorado River. Then you’re off to another amazing dinner. 

Day 7: Canyonlands National Park

You’ll visit the National Park of Canyonlands: Island in the sky. You’ll see a wilderness of countless canyons, buttes, mesas, and other geological features that were carved by the Colorado and Green Rivers over millions of years. You can walk along the canyon’s rims. Visit one of the park’s most photographed geological features the Mesa Arch. It is best to photograph this formation in the morning. Walk along the world’s edge to Grandview Point, Murphy Point, or Upheaval Dome. You’ll then enjoy the San Rafael Swell on the way to Capitol Reef National Park, where you’ll walk to Hickman Bridge. Enjoy Grand Wash and seek out geodes (rocks with crystals inside) and other activities in this little-known, under-visited park. In one of the local hotels in this area, dinner and an enjoyable evening will be experienced. Once you’ve finished, you’ll return to Moab, UT for lunch and a lovely evening before you end at the hotel. 

Day 8: Mesa Verde National Park- 4-Corners National Monument

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel at 7:30 am. Leaving at 8 am. South from Moab to Monticello, then east to Colorado. There will be a short leg stretch in Dove Creek and lunch in Cortez. We then travel to the National Park of Mesa Verde. You’ll visit the dramatic ruins of Pueblo’s old cliff houses, built-in shallow caves, and rocky overhangs. Then stop at viewpoints and a museum at the top of the table before heading through the San Juan Mountains. Destination tonight: Durango, Colorado. Durango during the night) 

Day 9: Durango & Silverton Railroad

Experience a steam engine train ride on Durango and Silverton Railroad, an impressive 1881 track that snakes along the canyons of the Animas River. It will be lunchtime when you arrive in Silverton. Enjoy a delicious lunch in Silverton.

Day 10: Monument Valley & Canyon de Chelly

Driving south out of Durango, you will visit the Aztec Ruins in Aztec, NM. Then travel on toward the 4 Corners where you’ll have the opportunity to stand in four states at one time! From 4 Corners you’ll go south to Chinle and Canyon de Chelly where tonight you’ll stay in Kayenta AZ.

Day 11: Monument Valley & Chelly Canyon Park

Experience Canyon de Chelly from the bottom riding in a 6x 6 truck with a Navajo Guide. Then we’re going to Monument Valley. You will also visit classic Western filming spots and less frequent outcroppings in the backcountry.

Day 12: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend

Your journey through Antelope Canyon will take about two hours, giving photographers plenty of time. Antelope Canyon, formed by erosion and flash floods, is one of the world’s most famous slot canyons. You’ll tour Antelope Canyon’s hypnotic canyons with a local Navajo as your guide. 

After Antelope Canyon we head over to Horseshoe Bend is a horseshoe-shaped incised meander of the Colorado River located near the town of Page, Arizona, in the United States. We take some pictures. Then head off to Glen Canyon Dam for a 14-mile float trip down the Colorado River. Surrounded by deep sandstone canyons, plus a stop to view some fascinating petroglyphs. Finish this trip we pick you up at the dock and head straight to Grand Canyon Village.

 Day 13: Grand Canyon

Breakfast at the hotel, departure at 8a. Lunch is going to be at Cameron Trading Post. You’ll have time to explore the trading post until 2p. At approximately 3 pm, you will enter Grand Canyon National Park, and the first stop will be at the Desert View Overlook. From Desert View, you’ll travel along the river to the Grand Canyon Village, where you’ll spend the night. You’ll see the IMAX theater movie about the Grand Canyon after checking into the hotel… Return to the hotel in time for the Rim’s sunset. 

Day 14: The Grand Canyon Caverns

Bag pull 6:30a, hotel breakfast, departure 8a. In Williams, there’s going to be a leg stretch stop, and then we’ll be off to Route 66. Following the longest undisturbed stretch of this nostalgic highway, you will visit the city of Seligman for a lunch break; stop at the Grand Canyon Caverns for a tour of the largest dry caverns in the United States; travel through Peach Springs, headquarters of the Hualapai Tribe, home of the Wild and Hackberry General Store’s Valentine Keepers. We’ll come to Kingman for dinner and night accommodation. 

“The Grand Canyon Caverns are the largest dry caverns in the United States, located 200 to 300 feet below the surface and accessible through our exploration lift. With this elevator, you enter and leave the caverns, dropping 21 underground stories, making the caverns readily available. Since the caverns are so deep underground, the temperature is always constant, the temperature is mild 56 degrees, and there is no moisture. The caves offer several unique geological formations that can easily be seen from our smoothly paved footpaths. The walking trails have handrails, and there are several benches on the way to rest. “

Day 15: Las Vegas

Bag pull 7:30a, including breakfast at the hotel. Setting off 8a. You’ll have a tour of the historic district of the old town, see the Sahuaro Cactus, visit the Locomotive Park and stop at the Powerhouse Visitor Center for a leg stretch and last chance for souvenirs from AZ. Leaving Kingman AZ at 11 am. Then travel to Hoover Dam for the Dam Tour. After the Tour and some photos then travel to Las Vegas to Check-in at 15:00. Dinner included tonight in the hotel, and everyone is saying goodbye! 

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