Summer 2018 travel dates: Pre-night in Phoenix on June 1, 2018. Tour departs Phoenix on June 2, 2018 and ends in Las Vegas, NV on June 7, 2018.
Fall 2018 travel dates: Pre-night in Phoenix on September 21, 2018. Tour departs Phoenix on September 22, 2018 and ends in Las Vegas, NV on September 27, 2018.
Explore national parks and Native American sites of the American West on a 6-day, 5-night adventure. This guided tour takes you to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, the incredible sandstone buttes of Monument Valley Tribal Park, Zion, the oldest national park in Utah, through the magical honey-colored slots of Antelope Canyon, and to the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area at Lake Powell. Stay at the national park lodges when you tour with DETOURS!
- Small group tour with up to 12 passengers – no crowds!
- The best historical lodging available
- Custom touring vehicles with individual leather captain’s chairs that recline, plenty of legroom and flatscreen TV
- Expert guides who are CPR and FirstAid certified
- Breakfast, lunch, one hosted dinner and pre-night at Tempe Mission Palms included in tour price!
$2,990 per person for double occupancy.
$3,830 per person for single occupancy.
We can make arrangements for you to return to Phoenix with our tour guide on June 8, 2018 or September 28, 2018 for an additional fee of $150 per person.
$2,990 per person (double occupancy) Includes guided tour, lodging, breakfast, lunch, one hosted dinner and taxes
Tempe Missions Palms near Phoenix, AZ
Most hotels on the Las Vegas Strip
Cancellation and Payment Policy
Tours canceled within 35 days of departure will be charged in full.
A 10% non-refundable deposit will be taken by credit card at the time of booking.
Private Tour Option
This tour can also be operated as a private tour. Contact a tour specialist for details.
Our vehicles are designed to carry up to 13 passengers on individual leather captain’s seats. Groups range from 8-13 passengers.
Our guides have many years of experience in leading tours throughout the American West. Their knowledge and enthusiasm will ensure that everyone gets the most from each destination.
The hotels will be 3-4 stars. The accommodation has been chosen to give passengers the best access to the surrounding areas. For those traveling alone there are single occupancy rates available.
This tour offers a wide range of walking opportunities, which require a reasonable level of fitness, mostly due to possible elevation changes. The level of activity can be suited to and catered for almost all levels of fitness. It is not an activity holiday, just an active holiday.
Individual luggage must be kept to a maximum of one piece of luggage less than 50 pounds. It is recommended to travel with a small day pack for easy access to camera, sun block, and clothing. We advise our clients to pack as lightly as possible.
Temperatures across the American West vary by season. We recommend our guests bring jackets in the event of changing weather patterns.
Post Tour Accommodation Packages
Post tours packages are available through your travel agent.
Travel insurance is a vital aspect to booking a holiday, giving you protection against unforeseen circumstances that could otherwise spoil your holiday. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that properly covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking.
Terms and conditions will be provided and must be agreed upon separately for this tour.
National Parks and Native Lands Tour | 6-day, 5-night Tour From Phoenix
Please note this tour begins in Phoenix, AZ and ends in Las Vegas, NV.
Pre-night (included in tour cost): Located in the heart of downtown Tempe on Mill Avenue, Tempe Mission Palms hotel features a rooftop pool, incredible cuisine at Mission Grille, and the sweet smell of citrus in the courtyard. Discover the celebrated hotel retreat in the heart of vibrant downtown Tempe. There is no better way to start your tour than relaxing at the Mission Palms in Tempe with access to over 100 shops, restaurants, and galleries nearby.
Day 1: Departing from the Phoenix area, today offers a fantastic range of scenes – from the Sonoran Desert, through the red rocks of Sedona and the Ponderosa pines of Flagstaff, and culminating in the ultimate views of the South Rim at Grand Canyon National Park. Add an optional 45-minute helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon for an aerial view of this great Wonder of the World. You may choose to hike to several viewpoints along the rim or explore the Visitor’s Center to take advantage of Park Ranger activities. Sunset overlooking the Canyon is the perfect end of this amazing day!
Overnight at Maswik North at Grand Canyon National Park
Day 2: The view at sunrise from the edge of the Grand Canyon is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. The Canyon appears to move and change as the sunlight reflects off the multi-colored walls. We’ll journey along the East Rim of Grand Canyon to Desert View Point, overlooking Navajo Nation and the Sacred Hopi Mesas and passing the Little Colorado River Gorge before enjoying breakfast at Cameron Trading Post. The tour will continue on to Navajo Nation with views of the Painted Desert and Black Mesa before arriving at Monument Valley Tribal Park. The tribal park is the heart of Dinetah, the Navajo word for their land. A sunset tour of Monument Valley will take your breath away – and a full moon this night will be otherworldly!
Overnight at historic Goulding’s Lodge in Monument Valley
Day 3: Be sure to rise early to witness sunrise over Monument Valley with a truly unforgettable view of the sandstone formations called “The Mittens.” A local Navajo guide will join us for a tour of this iconic destination. The Monument Valley tour touches all of the famous monoliths of Monument Valley and explores the spectacular rock formations of the restricted areas. Highlight include “The Mittens,” “John Ford’s Point,” “Three Sisters,” “North Window,” “Totem Pole,” and “Yei Bi Cheis,” and “Artist’s Point.” The restricted areas included in today’s tour will highlight Anasazi Petroglyphs and magnificent rock formations such as “Ear of the Wind,” “Sun’s Eye,” “Moccasin Arch,” and “Big Hogan Arch.”
After our Monument Valley tour, our route heads west to Lake Powell and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area for two nights at the incredible Lake Powell Resort. Before arriving at the resort, there is a spectacular hike to Horseshoe Bend. Below, the emerald green Colorado River makes a horse-shoe shape bending 270 degrees before rushing towards the Grand Canyon. An afternoon tour into Antelope Canyon is a perfect end to a wonderful day, providing exclusive access into the narrow, colorful, and sculpted geology of the lower end of this magical slot canyon. This high-walled Navajo sandstone side-arm of Lake Powell is famous for its coloration and unusual formations. Once at the resort, dinner tonight will be in the Rainbow Room at Lake Powell Resort with the group.
Overnight at Lake Powell Resort in Page, AZ
Day 4: Two incredible activities today will blow your mind! Enjoy an optional boat tour that cruises 50 miles of the unique Lake Powell shoreline to Rainbow Bridge National Monument, one of the largest known natural bridges in the world. The bridge extends 290 feet into the sky and 275 feet across Bridge Canyon. See firsthand how wind and water powerfully sculpted this remarkable landscape. Rainbow Bridge has much cultural importance to a number of area Native American tribes, including the Navajo, and has been designated a Traditional Cultural Property by the National Park Service.
Our afternoon activity will be a Navajo-guided walking tour of Lower Antelope Canyon, which the Navajo call Hasdeztwazi or “Spiral Rock Arches.” Herds of pronghorn antelope roamed freely in and around the canyon, which the English name is derived from. The honey-colored canyon was created over many thousands of years by the relentless forces of water and wind, slowly carving the sandstone into the forms, textures, and swirling shapes that we observe today. Incredible photography opportunities are available all day!
Overnight at Lake Powell Resort in Page, AZ
Day 5: Zion National Park, the oldest national park in Utah, is the next destination on our western tour. The route travels through very traditional Mormon communities along Scenic Highway 89 and through the national park gateway town of Kanab. Entering Zion National Park is an experience in itself, with views of awe-inspiring rock formations and vistas including Checkerboard Mesa as we enter Zion Canyon. As our Zion tour continues we will be surrounded by towering red sandstone cliffs along the Virgin River. Your expert guide will take time to point out waterfalls and hanging gardens at the park, and allow free time for you to wander, hike, or just relax at the base of these impressive cliff walls. A hosted dinner tonight at the Lodge will cap off an unforgettable trip!
Overnight historic Zion Lodge in Zion National Park
Day 6: You can choose to relax this morning to enjoy the surrounding of this historic National Park Lodge, or head back into the Canyon to further explore the trails, Visitors Center and National Park activities. After lunch, the tour heads southwest, off of the Colorado Plateau, through the Virgin River Gorge and into the Mojave Desert. Once arriving in Las Vegas, you can make a reservation for a show, feed some coins into the ‘one armed bandits,’ or just wander the glitzy resorts along the Strip and take in the atmosphere!
Pre-tour lodging included.
Post tour lodging in Las Vegas, NV available upon request.
Double occupancy lodging in a 3-4 star hotel/lodge throughout the tour including pre-night at Tempe Mission Palms
Meals: All breakfasts, all lunches and one hosted farewell dinner
Entrance fees to National Parks, tribal parks, or other named activities
Experienced and professional tour guide
Third Party Tours: Monument Valley Navajo Tour, Antelope Canyon Tour
Additional third party tours and activities not listed above
Rainbow Bridge boat tour
Meals not listed above
Incidental hotel fees
DETOURS Tours offers small group touring in our custom vehicles featuring leather captain’s chairs for maximum comfort.
Because DETOURS travels with a maximum of 13 passengers, this allows us to take a flexible approach and take full advantage of touring opportunities in the American West.
Due to the developing tourism industry in the area, changes can and do occur in this type of program. Weather conditions, sometimes severe enough to limit where we can drive or walk, can also alter the program. As visitors, we will respect this, and remain flexible and open to local conditions, safety concerns and unforeseen opportunities. Our guides will do their best to keep things on track and in the event that our schedule changes, they will try to keep disruption to a minimum, consider your wishes, and organize other options as far as it is reasonable and practical to do so.