Welcome to Utah’s Mighty National Parks, renowned for awe-inspiring views, impressive rock formations and otherworldly landscapes that must be seen to be believed. Enjoy 5 nights at one-hotel on this relaxed tour that features Canyonlands & Arches National Parks along with Dead Horse Point State Park and Monument Valley.
Begin your tour with a scenic byway drive from Grand Junction to Moab. Enjoy a Colorado River Cruise to view the canyon walls and ancient Indian petroglyphs. Explore Canyonlands National Park, carved by Utah’s two mightiest rivers. Stand 2,000 feet above a gooseneck in the Colorado River at Dead Horse State Park for a breathtaking view of vertical cliffs. Visit and walk along one of our country’s great national parks to see the stunning collection of natural sandstone formations at Arches National Park. Journey on a guided, scenic drive to explore Monument Valley Navajo Tribal area and experience one of the most majestic points on earth. View the areas oddly shaped monoliths, buttes and mesas of red sandstone and stop at famous John Ford’s point, the location of many classic Westerns. Conclude your tour with a wine tasting and a Cowboy Cookout with incredible views of the surrounding mesas.
DAY 1: Arrive Grand Junction , Colorado
Upon arrival meet your Tour Director and transfer to your hotel. The ‘River City’ extends a warm welcome as your gateway to an in-depth encounter to explore Utah’s National Parks. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner this evening and get acquainted with your traveling companions.
(D) Overnight: Grand Junction, CO
DAY 2: Grand Junction – Moab
Depart Grand Junction for Moab, Utah with a stop to see the Colorado National Monument along the Rim Rock Drive. Travel along Scenic Byway 128 referred to by locals as the River Road and one of the most beautiful and breathtaking drives imaginable. Travel through canyons carved by the Colorado River and see the iconic Fisher Towers, towering cliffs and mesas, incredible rock formations, beautiful ranch resorts, painted canyons and enough red rock to overload the senses. Check into your hotel in Moab and unpack for a five-night stay. Later enjoy a Colorado River Cruise in a covered boat to an amazing part of this area. Cruise down the calm-water section of the Colorado River. As you navigate down the river, enjoy the views of 2,000 plus foot canyon walls towering above. Your cruise offers wonderful views of Moab arches, Indian petroglyphs and more.
(B,D) Overnight: Moab
DAY 3: Canyonlands National Park – Dead Horse Point State Park
Today visit Canyonlands National Park featuring deeply eroded canyons interspersed with sheer-sided mesas and a variety of spires, arches and unusual rock formations. A stop is made at Dead Horse Point State Park, towering high above the Colorado River offering breathtaking views of canyon country and the snaking Colorado River.
(B) Overnight: Moab
Day 4: Moab – Monument Valley
This morning embark on a full day adventure to Monument Valley. Enter the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal area offering vistas of stunning rock formations on your way to Monument Valley, the most filmed area in the west. Enjoy an included lunch at Goulding’s Lodge and free time to visit Goulding’s Museum & Trading Post to see a collection of Indian artifacts and a movie set from a John Wayne film. Later enjoy a Monument Valley Scenic Drive Tour with a knowledgeable Navajo guide aboard a four-wheel vehicle. Explore the areas oddly shaped monoliths, buttes and mesas of red sandstone. This area was the setting for some of John Ford’s most memorable films. Return early this evening to Moab.
(B,L) Overnight: Moab
DAY 5: Moab On Your Own
The day is free for you to explore Moab and the area as you wish. An optional tour will be available today.
(B) Overnight: Moab
DAY 6: Arches National Park
This morning tour Arches National Park, one of our country’s great national parks. Explore and see some of the famous arches, over 2,000 in total and marvel at other red rock formations and canyons. The afternoon is free to relax or explore Moab on your own. Later visit the Red Cliffs Lodge offering a ranch-like experience amid western charm. The Lodge is nestled high on the banks of the Colorado River and surrounded by magnificent 2,000-foot Red Rock Cliffs. Enjoy a wine tasting at the Castle Creek Winery located on the property as well as free time for a self-guided tour of the Movie History Museum housing historical movie-making memorabilia. Next enjoy a Cowboy Cookout Farewell Dinner at the lodge offering incredible views of the Colorado River and surrounding mesas.
(B,D) Overnight: Moab
DAY 7: Moab – Grand Junction – Flight Home
Depart Moab and transfer to Grand Junction for your flight home filled with wonderful memories of your Utah’s Mighty National Parks Adventure.