Three day Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Bryce and more summer tour
$740.00 per person All prices are in US currency.
Please note that there is now a new version of this tour. It can be seen here.
This three day tour is only offered in the summer months. It runs every Monday and Thursday from about the middle of May through mid October. A special Tuesday date of 12th August has been added! There is an equivalent winter tour outside those times.
This is a smaller, more personal tour. The average number of people last year was only seven
A lot of exposure to the Navajo people and their culture
PLEASE DO NOT ORDER THIS TOUR. There is now a new version of this tour. It can be seen here.
We'll pick you up at your Las Vegas Strip hotel at about 6.15 a.m. and travel north up Interstate 15, crossing into the desolate Arizona Strip, before heading up the Virgin River Gorge and into Utah. If you are not staying on the Strip, you will need to get to one of the Strip hotels. If you take a taxi or bus, we will reimburse you a maximum of $10 towards the cost, against your receipt.
The route is picturesque in parts, and we will stop briefly in the Gorge to take pictures. There will be a comfort stop at either the small southern Utah town of St. George, or the even smaller one of Hurricane.
Zion is Utah's most popular National Park, and its story is one of rock and water.
There is a special treat in store here, as you climb onto horses for a one hour ride up the Virgin River, to the Court Of the Patriarchs. Please do not be concerned if you have not ridden before. Experienced cowboys will show you what to do and lead you on the trail. Note that there is a weight limit of 220 pounds (about 100 kg). If you choose not to go horseback riding you can explore part of Zion on your own.
After riding. we'll take a leisurely drive through the park, stopping frequently to take photographs and enjoy the scenery. The road goes past the Great Arch of Zion, which is a natural photo stop.
After dropping back into Arizona and traveling past scrub land and desert, we'll enter the Kaibab National Forest, as we start climbing up to the North Rim. This part of the Grand Canyon is over 8000 feet, and it can be cold there outside the middle of the summer, so please bring the appropriate clothing. We'll drive through some magnificent groves of Ponderosa pines, and sweeping wide open meadows that are filled with deer at sunrise and sunset, before entering the gates of the Grand Canyon.
After driving back through the Kaibab National Forest, we'll head east at Jacob Lake, and start our drop down to the desert below. Depending on the time of the year, we should pass a number of Navajo roadside stands, and we'll stop to give you a chance to purchase souvenirs. After a relatively short drive along the Vermilion Cliffs, we'll reach Page, on the shores of Lake Powell.
There is a lot to see and do in Page. We hope you're not too tired for a short hike to Horseshoe Bend, a spectacular Colorado River overlook, viewed through the canyon walls below. Please bring a good pair of walking shoes with you.
Spend the night in Page. An example of the motel we use can be seen here. An extended continental breakfast is provided tomorrow morning.
The Colorado River flows from Lake Powell out of Glen Canyon Dam, towards Lee's Ferry, the official starting point of raft trips through the Grand Canyon. Today you'll be taking a float trip down the river. The adventure begins with an unusual ride down the two mile long Glen Canyon Dam access tunnel. At river level, with the dam soaring almost 600 feet above you, you will board a comfortable, motorized pontoon raft for your journey downstream.
For the next fifteen miles, you will experience one of the most dramatic stretches of river in the western United States. Your experienced guide will tell the story of the area’s soaring sandstone cliffs, crystal blue-green waters, abundant wildlife, exploration by Major John Wesley Powell (after whom Lake Powell is named) and others, and the river's modern role in the Southwest’s water and power delivery system.
A stop to view an impressive set of ancient petroglyphs will offer you a chance to stretch your legs while bearing witness to the area’s former inhabitance by ancient native cultures. If you choose, you may also refresh yourself by wading in the cold, clear river.
The river portion of your trip ends at historic Lees Ferry, gateway to the Grand Canyon. The rafting company will either take you back to Page where your guide will meet you, or the guide will pick you up at Lee's Ferry.
Travel to Monument Valley. On the way you will start to see the mesas and buttes for which the area is so well known. There will be plenty of time to take photographs, as well as stop to shop and eat at Navajo roadside stands.
Up next is a 1 1/2 to 2 hour tour of Monument Valley, conducted by a Navajo guide. Visitors love to see the buttes, mesas and other sandstone formations that are so prevalent in the Monument Valley area. Monument Valley is actually not really a valley at all, but a relatively flat plain surrounded by red cliffs, with the buttes, as well as the remnants of ancient volcanoes, towering from the earth.
For fans of old western movies, Monument Valley is the epicenter of the west, with many great cowboys and Indians films having been shot in the area. The familiar rock shapes can be seen from many miles away, with the really great scenery to be seen on the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, which straddles the Utah/Arizona border.
Amongst the sites that your tour will likely take in are Anasazi ruins, petroglyphs, movie locations, 1000 foot monoliths, rug weaving and Indian hogans. The famous monuments are visited.
First up this morning is an off road tour to Antelope Canyon, one of the most striking slot canyons known to man. A slot canyon is a narrow canyon sliced through a mesa by the forces of nature. Some canyons measure less than a yard across at the top, but drop a hundred feet or more from the rim to the bottom. Slots are cut and scoured by water and wind, with the striations of the sandstone becoming almost incandescent.
From within you will see a palette of colors transmuted by light filtering down from above and bouncing from wall to wall. Antelope Canyon can only be visited using the services of an authorized Navajo Nation guide, and we use Carolene Ekis' Antelope Canyon Tours.
Leaving Page we will drive over the Glen Canyon Dam Wall. If there is time we may stop for a few pictures. A little up the road is a little known dirt road which leads to spectacular views over Lake Powell. If the road is in reasonable condition we will drive up there to take a look at the spectacular golden canyons partially submerged under the blue waters of Lake Powell.
The road to the small town of Kanab leads past Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Kanab itself has been the setting for many western movies.
From Kanab we will travel along a picturesque Utah back road, through some tiny towns, before arriving at Bryce Canyon.
Many who have seen both Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon tell us that Bryce is far more spectacular. You will marvel at the weirdly shaped hoodoos, in an amazing array of colorful hues.
It's time to go ATV (all terrain vehicle) riding. After getting a few pointers from an experienced guide, you will hop onto your ATV, to go chasing over 14 miles (22 kilometres) of dirt road through the Dixie National Forest surrounding Bryce Canyon. Please note that you will get dusty!
Bryce is not really a canyon, but a large amphitheatre carved out of a variety of rock types. You will have the opportunity to take a stroll from Sunrise Point to Sunset Point, if you choose, and we will also check out Bryce Point, the most spectacular view at Bryce, and perhaps Inspiration Point, if there is time.
Depending on how many people are doing one of our Yellowstone tours tomorrow, the vehicle you are in will either head for Las Vegas or Salt Lake City from Bryce Canyon. The rest of the group will be taken to another vehicle to go to the other one of the two cities.
This tour is subject to a $1.00 per person fuel surcharge.
The entry fees to all parks are included.
The off road tours at Monument Valley and Antelope Canyon are included.
Two nights' accommodation is included. Examples of the different motels we use can be seen here.
Prices are based on double occupancy. A single surcharge of $82 is applicable, or we can try and match singles. If you want to have three or four to a room, you will get a lower price.
The price includes the services of a guide/driver and transportation.
The continental breakfasts are the only meals included.
The tour itinerary may change at our discretion without notice. Factors that may cause a change include, but are not limited to, the weather, vendors and road conditions.
Portions of this tour may be subcontracted to other reputable vendors. This will in no way affect your comfort or safety.
A minimum of two people may be required for a tour to depart. You may also need to book several weeks out to ensure availability.
This tour runs every Monday and Thursday during the summer months.
This tour only picks up and drops off on the Strip. If you are staying elsewhere please keep your taxi or bus receipt. We will reimburse you a maximum of $10 towards the cost of your taxi or bus.
The vehicle to be used is a mini bus or an executive van, which is a van with individual, high back, reclining seats.
Please check with us to ensure this tour is still available prior to making lodging or air bookings.
Be careful about making any show or air bookings for the date this tour returns. We are not responsible for delays getting back into Vegas or Salt Lake.
Payment Details: While we would rather you not make a booking until you are sure you want to go, you are welcome to cancel the booking any time up until 45 days prior to the start of the tour, and you will get a full refund. After that time, we will not accept a cancellation and you will have to pay for the tour in full. Trip insurance is available. Half the cost of the tour will be charged to your card any time from 45 days prior to the start of the tour, and the balance will be charged any time from 10 days prior to the start of the tour.