Grand Canyon to Capitol Reef
Day One: Arrive in Phoenix, Arizona – Phoenix Skyharbor International Airport
Located in the southwestern tip of the Grand Circle, Phoenix is a fantastic gateway to the west. With activities by the dozen, Phoenix offers a wide variety of attractions including horseback riding, golfing, sightseeing, fine dining, performing arts, museums and galleries, and rodeos! Stay the night or drive right up to Grand Canyon. (www.phoenix.gov/AVIATION)
Day One/Two: Arrive in Grand Canyon, Arizona
The Grand Canyon is over a mile deep and 277 miles long, the canyon is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and offers visitors an amazing view of history, science and beauty all in one. Enjoy a narrated tour of the South Rim, hop a flight on a helicopter, trail down the canyon on a mule or simply take in the sights on your own. Don’t forget to stop off at the National Geographic Visitors Center - IMAX Theatre for a unique view of this natural wonder.
Overnight in Grand Canyon, Arizona
-Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn
-Grand Canyon Quality Inn & Suites
-Grand Canyon National Park Lodges
Day Three: Travel to Springdale, Utah
Take an afternoon tour of Zion National Park. Famous for it's deep canyons, sandstone cliffs, seeping springs and scenic vistas, Zion National Park is nature at its most eloquent. Hop the shuttle inside the park and get on and off at scenic spots along the way.
Overnight in Springdale/Zion, Utah
-Best Western Zion Park Inn
-Desert Pearl Inn
-National Park Lodges
Day Four: Travel to Tropic, Utah
Enjoy nature's erosive handiwork, as the sun sets on a vast array of fingers, spires and pinnacles, all of rosy hue, carved into fantastic shapes, some extremely delicate, others massive and sturdy.
Overnight in Tropic/Bryce, Utah
-Best Western Ruby’s Inn
-Bryce Valley Inn
-National Park Lodges
Day Five: Travel to Torrey, Utah
Capitol Reef, also known as the Waterpocket Fold, is an enormous wrinkle in the earth’s crust known as a monocline. This formation serves as the 100-mile long backbone of this National Treasure. Early settlers described this structure as an “impassable reef” of rock coining the Park’s name. The Waterpocket Fold formed between 50 million and 70 million years ago when a major geologic shift in western North America reactivated an ancient buried fault. When the fault moved, the overlying rock layers were pushed up, bent, and draped into the monocline. Enjoy a full day tour of the natural wonder.
Overnight in Torrey/Brian Head, Utah
-Cedar Breaks Lodges
Day Six: Travel to Monument Valley, Utah
Perhaps America’s most photographed landscape, Monument Valley is a scenic region encompassing approximately 5,180 sq km (2,000 sq mi) in northeastern Arizona and southeastern Utah. The landscape is characterized by tall, red sandstone buttes, mesas, and arches created by erosion, rising up to 300 m (1,000 ft) from a sandy plain. Monument Valley has been a favorite Hollywood backdrop for over 80 years and is still a traditional Navajo homeland. Take a narrated Jeep tour of this Western favorite.
Overnight in Monument Valley, Utah
Day Seven: Travel to Phoenix, Arizona/Albuquerque, New Mexico for late afternoon departure
Depart Phoenix Skyharbor International Airport or Albuquerque International Sunport Airport.