Painted Canyons Of The West

Denver, Grand Junction, Colorado National Monument, Moab, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Bryce, Bryce Canyon National Park, Springdale, Zion National Park, Las Vegas

Trek across the Southwest as you take in the sienna-colored canyons, towering spires, and desert landscapes found in Utah's five national parks. The backdrop of Denver's Rocky Mountains is the starting point of your journey. In Colorado's wine country, dine with new friends and enjoy a tasting at a family-run winery. Among vistas that evoke the spirit of the Old West, marvel at the unspoiled beauty of Utah's five national parks. Make your way from Arches and Canyonlands to Capitol Reef, Zion, and Bryce National Park. Discover the bright lights and glitz of Vegas. Explore the kaleidoscope of colors found in America's rocky western landscapes.

Our prices start from

$ 2,999 LAND ONLY

9 Days • GUIDED • 11 Meals

Operated Tour

The Details

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • On some dates additional accommodations may be used.
  • Services of a tour manager
  • All on-tour transportation and related fees
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • Round trip home to airport sedan service provided when you purchase airfare through Member Choice Vacations. One transfer per person, per reservation. (Restrictions apply)
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 3 dinners

Itinerary

Engaging Experiences These special places and experiences are considered tour highlights. Look for them in the daily itineraries.

Day 1 - Denver, Colorado - Tour Begins

Sheraton Denver Downtown, Denver, CO or Crowne Plaza Hotel, Denver, CO

Trek across the Southwest as you take in the sienna-colored canyons, towering spires and desert landscapes found in Utah's five national parks. Your journey begins in the mile-high city of Denver – an urban gateway to America's natural beauty.

Day 2 - Denver - Grand Junction

Enjoy dinner and a wine-tasting in Colorado's wine country.

Doubletree Hotel Grand Junction, CO

Breakfast, Dinner Included

The Rocky Mountains are your traveling companions on the drive to Grand Junction. Look out at the natural scenery as you pass by Glenwood Canyon, a product of the Colorado River, carved more than 3 million years ago. Dine together at a family-owned vineyard and enjoy a wine tasting in the midst of Colorado wine country

Day 3 - Grand Junction - Colorado National Monument - Moab, Utah

Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab, UT

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Set out to explore the Colorado National Monument this morning along Rim Rock Drive. Make your way to Utah on the Upper Colorado Byway, known by the locals as "River Road." As the iconic Fisher Towers loom over breathtaking mesas, make your way to Red Cliffs Lodge, nestled along the banks of the Colorado River. Relax tonight at a cowboy barbecue, where grilled steak is at the top of the menu.

Day 4 - Moab - Arches - Canyonlands - Dead Horse Point - Moab

Behold incredible views at Dead Horse Point State Park in Moab.

Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab, UT

Breakfast, Lunch Included

Journey through the otherworldly oases of two national parks. Hike* along sunset-colored arches as you make your way through Arches National Park. Continue to Canyonlands National Park, resting in the heart of the Colorado Plateau, and discover a world of mesas, canyons, and arches. Close by, at the Island in the Sky, look out over a landscape of ethereal valleys and dreamy horizons. Today's park pilgrimage ends atop the sheer sandstone cliffs of Dead Horse Point State Park.

*While there is opportunity to hike on this tour, all hiking is elective and should only be undertaken by people who are physically fit and have prior hiking experience, especially at high elevations.

Day 5 - Moab - Capitol Reef National Park - Bryce

Take in the thrilling and mesmerizing scenery on Utah's most scenic byways.

Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel, Bryce, UT

Breakfast Included

Travel through the dramatic Utah desert on Scenic Byway 24. Visit Capitol Reef National Park, named for the curved white walls that resemble the U.S. Capitol building. On the Million Dollar Highway, take in views of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, where layers of warm reds and oranges melt into smooth sided peaks. Spend the night in Bryce, your jumping-off point to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Day 6 - Bryce Canyon National Park - Springdale

Explore the amazing spires of Bryce Canyon National Park, known as hoodoos.

Majestic View Lodge, Springdale, UT or Holiday Inn Express, Springdale, UT

Breakfast Included

Spend the day in Bryce Canyon National Park and see the famous hoodoos – vibrant rock formations likened to fairy chimneys. Perhaps you'll start your morning with a hike*, getting up-close and personal with the graceful geology. Consider wandering along the Navajo Loop or Queens Garden trails for incomparable views of your surroundings. As the day draws to a close, settle into Springdale, a small town perched just outside of Zion National Park.

*While there is opportunity to hike on this tour, all hiking is elective and should only be undertaken by people who are physically fit and have prior hiking experience, especially at high elevations.

Day 7 - Springdale - Zion National Park - Springdale

Climb aboard Zion's open-air tram with a guide.

Majestic View Lodge, Springdale, UT or Holiday Inn Express, Springdale, UT

Breakfast, Dinner Included

There are few places on earth that match the beauty of the red and white sandstone cliffs of Zion. Make the most of an entire day exploring this rock-ridden paradise. On Zion's open-air tram, wind along the Virgin River through the 2,400-foot deep, half-mile wide Zion Canyon. Choose how you spend the afternoon because it's your choice! Hike* independently -OR- visit Zion's Human History Museum. Tonight, toast with your travel companions at a farewell dinner.

*While there is opportunity to hike on this tour, all hiking is elective and should only be undertaken by people who are physically fit and have prior hiking experience, especially at high elevations.

Day 8 - Springdale - Las Vegas, Nevada

Luxor Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

Breakfast Included

Age-old nature is replaced with captivating energy, vibrant lights, and endless excitement in Las Vegas. The day is yours – spend your time along the neon-lit strip however you please.

Day 9 - Las Vegas - Tour Ends

Say goodbye to Las Vegas and the painted canyons of America as you depart for home.

Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land only, based on April 18, 2021 travel date. Call AAA for current airfare rates and availability. Itinerary featured is for May 2021 – April 2022 tour departures. Departures prior will vary. On some dates alternate hotels may be used..

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