Southwest National ParksItinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Phoenix, AZ / Scottsdale
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Settle into your accommodations before meeting fellow travel companions and the 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 / Williams
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.)
After enjoying Grand Canyon National Park, around mid-afternoon today board the historic Grand Canyon Railway with first-class tickets bound for Williams, Arizona. Experience the delight of this train voyage as others from around the world have done since 1901. With an unforgettable ride on one of the lovingly restored cars, hear folklore and tales from the crew while characters and musicians bring the Old West to life.
Overnight: Grand Canyon Railway Hotel (B,D)
Day 4: Williams / Monument Valley, UT
Saturday, May 15, 2021
Following breakfast at the hotel, travel 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 5: Monument Valley / Capitol Reef National Park
Sunday, May 16, 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.
Lunch today will be at Goulding's Lodge, where you can feast on authentic southwestern and Navajo flavors.
After surveying Monument Valley, we will head towards Capitol Reef National Park, located in south-central Utah in the heart of red rock country. This park is filled with cliffs, canyons, domes, and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a wrinkle on the earth extending nearly 100 miles. Along the way, a stop is planned at Natural Bridges National Monument. A testament to the amazing powers of water and time, Natural Bridges features some of nature's finest work.
Overnight: Capitol Reef Resort (B,L,D)
Day 6: Capitol Reef National Park / Bryce Canyon National Park
Monday, May 17, 2021
Today we will tour the beauty of Capitol Reef National Park. Late morning we will depart for a scenic drive along Route 12 with a stop at Anasazi State Park and Museum to further explore the Ancestral Puebloan culture.
Anasazi State Park Museum is an ancient village located on six acres in beautiful Boulder, Utah. Once the site of one of the largest Ancestral Puebloan communities west of the Colorado River, it was occupied by an estimated 200 Anasazi from 1050 to 1200 A.D. Partial excavations have unearthed about 100 structures and thousands of artifacts. The farming village culture of the Anasazi people led them to work on creating baskets, pottery, sandals and other items out of available materials.
In addition, 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: Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel (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—as well as 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 be comfortable boarding and disembarking a train as well as getting 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.