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Visitors watching sunset over the Grand Canyon
Visitors watching the sunset
Alstrom Point at sunset in Glen Canyon National Park
Red sandstone formations along the shore of Lake Powell
Calm sunset over mountain and river
Man on horseback in the desert
Close-up of desert flora
Guests embarking on a raft excursion in Glen Canyon National Park
Hunt's Mesa landscape at Monument Valley
Desert landscape with red cliffs in the background
Lake Powell and Glen Canyon
Horseshoe Bend at the Grand Canyon's north rim
Mesmerizing stone formations at Antelope Canyon
Bridge structure over Glen Canyon
Lake Powell and surrounding mountains
Visitor looking over the Grand Canyon
Small boat cruising across Lake Powell
Steep mountains beside rustic lodging
Steep rocky cliffs
Glen Canyon mountains
Vista overlooking Bryce Canyon
Deep canyon of Bryce Canyon
Panorama at Bryce Canyon
Large stone arch formation
Mesa formations under clear blue skies
Canyon river lined with trees
Visitors lounging on the grass below a large tree
Visitors walking a nature path
Glen Canyon dam
Rustic wood fence in the desert
Southwest National Parks

Southwest National ParksItinerary

May 10 – May 18, 2023

Day 1: Arrive in Phoenix, AZ / Scottsdale 
Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Settle in at the hotel before meeting fellow travel companions and your Orbridge Expedition Leader for a welcome reception.
Overnight: Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains (R)

Day 2: Scottsdale / Sedona / Grand Canyon National Park
Thursday, May 11, 2023
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 bask in the park's offerings at leisure.
Overnight: Grand Canyon Lodging (B,D)

Day 3: Grand Canyon National Park
Friday, May 12, 2023
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. Reserve early for best availability as space is limited.)

Grand Canyon National Park is enormous, with thousands of acres of land appealing to travelers' different interests. Walking/hiking and taking photographs are popular activities, and a great way to keep memories of the adventure vibrant. 

Visit well-known viewpoints, such as Mather Point and Desert View; take a guided program that explains the geologic and human history of the canyon; or walk the rim at sunset. Other potential options for enjoying the park include strolling the trail of time, learning about the history and formation of the Grand Canyon at the Yavapai Museum of Geology, and/or visiting the historic Kolb studio to learn about the art of the Grand Canyon.
Overnight: Grand Canyon Lodging (B)

Day 4: Grand Canyon National Park / Monument Valley, UT
Saturday, May 13, 2023
After breakfast, delight in a coach ride through the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona, stopping at Navajo National Monument for the opportunity to take a short hike to an overlook to view Ancient Puebloan ruins. Continue to accommodations of 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 / Lake Powell, AZ
Sunday, May 14, 2023
After breakfast, board a 4x4 open-air vehicle to explore the magnificent Monument Valley alongside a Navajo guide, viewing and listening to stories about the unique sandstone formations. 

Savor lunch at Goulding's Lodge before setting out for Lake Powell and a guided tour of spectacular Antelope Canyon. Have a 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.

Next head to Lake Powell Resort for dinner. The evening is at leisure to relax and relish the property's amenities.
Overnight: Lake Powell Resort (B,L,D)

Day 6: Lake Powell / Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
Monday, May 15, 2023
Today's adventures include a raft trip down the Colorado River through nearby Glen Canyon. As you gaze at the 700- to 1,400-foot red rock cliffs overhead, watch for the California Condor. Stop to view 6,000-year-old petroglyphs, believed to have been carved by Ancestral Puebloans. 

Later, view the slow erosion of ages in Bryce Canyon National Park. Resembling castle towers and cathedral spires, the unique hoodoos rock formations are unforgettable. Watch the natural amphitheaters and canyons glow while wandering the rim.
Overnight: Ruby's Inn (B)

Day 7: Bryce Canyon National Park / Zion National Park
Tuesday, May 16, 2023
Today start the day with more touring of Bryce Canyon before heading to Zion National Park for a riverside walk. 
Overnight: Zion Park Lodge (B,D)

Day 8: Zion National Park / Las Vegas, NV
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Hike to the Emerald Pools at Zion and spend the morning. Take a ranger-led program, or listen to one of many ranger talks at the Zion Human History Museum. Lunch is on your own before departing for Las Vegas and the farewell reception.
Overnight: The Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa (B,R)

Day 9: Depart Las Vegas
Thursday, May 18, 2023
After breakfast, guests departing during the suggested times take a complimentary transfer to Harry Reid International Airport (formerly McCarran International) for flights home. (B)

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch , D = Dinner, R = Reception

(Itinerary subject to change.)

Activity Level:

Moderate

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. Guests should also have the ability to embark and disembark a scenic raft, have proper fit into a life jacket, and be able to remain seated and balanced in the craft.