This tour runs every Tuesday and Friday from mid May through September. You will be picked up in the downtown Salt Lake City area shortly before 8 a.m. for the trip down Interstate 15 to south eastern Utah. To the south of Provo we head east over Spanish Fork Canyon - a spectacular mountain pass - before dropping down the other side to an area where the outlaw Jesse James and his gang used to operate.
There are comfort stops on the way.
At Moab there is a half hour break to enable you to stretch your legs and grab a bite to eat.
Up next is a 1 1/2 to two 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.
There is an early start this morning, as there is so much to do! After breakfast, which is included in the tour price, the first activity 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.
The road from Page to the Grand Canyon goes across the Navajo Nation reservation, before entering the Grand Canyon at the lesser used east entrance. We will stop almost as soon as we enter the park, to take in the Desert View Watchtower, and admire the Hopi Indian artwork inside. This is where you will also get your first views of the Grand Canyon!
Day 2 - South Rim of the Grand Canyon - About 2 1/2 hours
The Grand Canyon needs no explanation, and we will take you to some of the best vantage points to enjoy the never ending vistas. These include Mather Point, Yavapai Point, and Bright Angel Lodge where you will have the opportunity to buy yourself a meal.
Although expensive, a helicopter is really the best way to see as much of the Grand Canyon as possible in a short period of time. You now have the option of taking a helicopter tour.
The trip being offered is the North Canyon helicopter tour. You fly over the deepest and widest parts of the Grand Canyon, through the Dragon Corridor, and on to the North Rim, where you can view the geological differences between the two rims. On the way back to the South Rim you will take in breathtaking views of temples, shrines and other rock formations. The tour is about half an hour long, and it must be ordered ahead of time, preferably when you order the main tour itself.
If you choose not to take the helicopter tour you can spend time shopping in the small town of Tusayan.
This tour is subject to a $1.00 per person fuel surcharge.
This tour runs every Tuesday and Friday from mid May through September.
The entry fees to all parks are included.
Vehicles are mini buses or executive vans, which are vans with individual, high back, reclining seats.
The off road tour at Monument Valley is included.
One night's accommodation is included at the Quality Inn at Page at Lake Powell (www.qualityinnpage.com).
Prices are based on double occupancy. A single surcharge of $44 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.
A hot breakfast buffet is the only meal 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 only picks up in the downtown Salt Lake City area.
It drops off on the Strip and one central downtown location.
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 into Las Vegas.
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.