Welcome to Utah’s Mighty National Parks, renowned for awe-inspiring views, impressive rock formations and otherworldly landscapes that must be seen to 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 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. And 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. This evening enjoy a Beer & Wine Reception followed by a Welcome Dinner with your fellow Alumni travelers.
(D) Overnight: Grand Junction, CO
DAY 2: GRAND JUNCTION – MOAB
This morning travel to see the Colorado National Monument along the Rim Rock Drive. Then enjoy Wine Tasting in Colorado’s burgeoning wine region near Grand Junction. Later head to Utah and 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 before joining your fellow travelers for dinner.
(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. The area was established as a national park in 1964 and is known for its dramatic desert landscape carved by the Colorado River. Later stop at Dead Horse Point State Park, towering high above the Colorado River offering breathtaking views of canyon country and the snaking Colorado River. This afternoon an optional Hummer ride will be available.
(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 of 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: CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK
Depart Moab this morning for the scenic drive to visit Capitol Reef National Park, which lies
in Utah’s south-central desert. The area is an oasis of colorful sandstone cliffs, impressive
domes, and soaring monoliths, and was designated as a national park in 1971. The park got
its name from the great white rock formations which resemble the U.S. Capitol building, and
from the sheer cliffs that presented a barrier to early travelers. Early inhabitants referred to
the area as the “land of the sleeping rainbow” because of its beautiful contrasts: multi-colored sandstone surrounded by verdant riverbanks and arid desert vegetation. Stop at several points of interest including Hickman Bridge and the Visitor Center to learn more about this national treasure. The evening in Moab is at your own pace.
(B) Overnight: Moab
DAY 6: ARCHES NATIONAL PARK – CANYONLANDS BY NIGHT
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. This red-rock wonderland will amaze you with its contrasting colors and formations. The afternoon is free to relax or explore Moab on your own. This evening meet your fellow Alumni travelers for a Beer & Wine Reception followed by a Farewell Dinner at Canyonlands by Night. The experience features a cowboy-style Dutch oven meal followed by an evening Colorado River Cruise down the calm-water section of the river. The cruise guide will point out things of interest then as darkness settles the unique 40,000 watt natural light & narrated sound show begins on the illuminated canyon walls above the river.
(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 time and adventures in Utah.