Southwest National ParksItinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Phoenix, AZ / Scottsdale
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Settle into your accommodations before meeting fellow travel companions and Orbridge Expedition Leader for a welcome reception.
Overnight: Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains (R)
Day 2: Scottsdale / Sedona / Grand Canyon National Park
Thursday, May 13, 2021
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)
Day 3: Grand Canyon National Park / Monument Valley, UT
Friday, May 14, 2021
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)
Day 4: Monument Valley / Lake Powell, AZ
Saturday, May 15, 2021
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)
Day 5: Lake Powell
Sunday, May 16, 2021
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)
Day 6: Lake Powell / Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
Monday, May 17, 2021
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)
Day 7: Bryce Canyon National Park / Zion National Park
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
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: Springhill Suites Springdale (B,D)
Day 8: Zion National Park / Las Vegas, NV
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
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)
Day 9: Depart Las Vegas
Thursday, May 20, 2021
After breakfast, guests departing during the suggested times take a complimentary transfer to McCarran International Airport for flights home. (B)
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch , D = Dinner, R = Reception
The majority of the program’s activities will take place outdoors, and a fair amount of walking on varying terrain is to be expected. Many of the parks have dirt trails—but they are usually fairly smooth for walking—and some do have paved pathways and boardwalks. It is our expectation that guests on this program are able to walk up and down a flight of stairs, and get in and out of a motor coach without assistance. If you are able to walk a mile at a moderate pace, you will be able to enjoy all of the excursions. Also keep in mind that you will experience varying altitudes, rising up to 8,000 feet, to which you may not be accustomed.