Southwest National Parks

Southwest National Parks

Join us on a journey to the exceptional national parks and monuments of the Southwest. Travel to Grand Canyon National Park for awe-inspiring views from the park’s rim. Admire the beauty of light striking Antelope Canyon’s narrow sandstone walls. Share a peaceful evening with Navajo storytellers, and ponder cultures past and present at a petroglyph site during a river raft ride down Glen Canyon.

Continue to Utah where you’ll spend enjoyable time at Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks—viewing rock formations and otherworldly landscapes that must be seen to be believed.

With the guidance of an expert Orbridge Expedition Leader and the comforts of a private motor coach, there is no better way to visit our national parks.

Trip Itinerary:

May 11 Arrive in Phoenix, AZ / Scottsdale

Settle into your accommodations before meeting fellow travel companions and Orbridge Expedition Leader for a welcome reception.
Overnight: Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains (R)

May 12 Scottsdale / Sedona / Grand Canyon National Park

After breakfast, travel north through the cactus-studded Sonoran Desert, arriving in captivating Sedona for a brief stop. This breathtakingly picturesque town is a haven for artists and photographers who are dazzled by the landscape filled with remarkable red sandstone cliffs.

Continue on to Grand Canyon National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—to marvel at the impressive views that make the park one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Wander along the canyon rim and admire the West's famous Colorado River below.

This afternoon, join a ranger-led program or relax and enjoy the park's offerings at your leisure.
Overnight: Maswik Lodge (B,D)

May 13 Grand Canyon National Park

Following breakfast, spend free time exploring the park or take a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly over the heart of the Grand Canyon during an optional helicopter flightseeing excursion. (You may purchase this optional excursion in advance from our Guest Services team. We recommend you reserve early for best availability as space is limited.)

Later, enjoy a coach ride through the Navajo Nation to your accommodations in Monument Valley—a lodge that's famous for its role in dozens of Old West movies, trade, and Navajo territory culture. Settle in and explore the collection of movie memorabilia and Native American artifacts in the Goulding’s Museum and Trading Post.

Tonight, retreat to an authentic Navajo cookout and storytelling presentation focused on Navajo legend, songs, and history.
Overnight: Goulding’s Lodge (B,D)

May 14 Grand Canyon National Park / Monument Valley, UT

Today enjoy an excursion aboard a 4x4 open-air vehicle through magnificent Monument Valley alongside a Navajo guide, viewing and listening to stories about the unique sandstone formations.

After lunch at Goulding's Lodge, continue through the northwest portion of the Navajo Nation territory in northern Arizona, stopping at Navajo National Monument for the opportunity to take a short hike to an overlook to view Ancient Puebloan ruins.

Later today, arrive at Lake Powell for two lovely evenings at the lakeside resort.
Overnight: Lake Powell Resort (B,L,D)

May 15 Monument Valley / Lake Powell, AZ

This morning, embark upon a raft trip down the Colorado River through nearby Glen Canyon, gazing at the 700- to 1,400-foot red rock cliffs overhead and watching for the California Condor. Stop to view 6,000-year-old petroglyphs, believed to have been carved by Ancestral Puebloans.

Enjoy a picnic-style lunch followed by leisure time. Perhaps choose to join an optional relaxed cruise around Lake Powell (to register, please see the front desk), or relax and enjoy the amenities at the property.
Overnight: Lake Powell Resort (B,L)

May 16 Lake Powell / Bryce Canyon National Park, UT

Today, set out on a guided tour of spectacular Antelope Canyon. Have your camera ready to capture the otherworldly passageways of red-orange rock, created by water erosion, which appear to be "flowing" and reflect light in the most stunning ways.

Later, view the slow erosion of ages in Bryce Canyon National Park. Resembling castle towers and cathedral spires, the unique hoodoos rock formations are something you will not forget. Watch the natural amphitheaters and canyons glow as you wander the rim.
Overnight: The Lodge at Bryce Canyon (B,L)

May 17 Bryce Canyon National Park / Zion National Park

Continue your journey to Zion National Park where your options for the day are plentiful. Perhaps hike to the Emerald Pools, stroll along the Riverside Walk, take a ranger-led program, or listen to one of many ranger talks at the Zion Human History Museum.
Overnight: Zion Park Lodge (B,D)

May 18 Zion National Park / Las Vegas, NV

After a morning hike in Zion, travel to Las Vegas for free time to stroll the strip or relax at the hotel.

Tonight, share your experiences of this grand adventure with your travel companions during a special farewell reception.
Overnight: The Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa (B,R)

May 19 Depart Las Vegas

After breakfast, guests departing during the suggested times take a complimentary transfer to McCarran International Airport for flights home. (B)

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