Summer travel dates:
Summer 1: Pre-night in Phoenix on July 15th, 2018. Tour departs Phoenix on July 16th, 2018 and returns to Phoenix on July 21st, 2018.
Summer 2: Pre-night in Phoenix on August 19th, 2018. Tour departs Phoenix on August 20th, 2018 and returns to Phoenix on August 25th, 2018.
Beat the summer heat when you vacation out West! The Phoenix Summer Cool Down tour lets you explore the cooler side of the American West including Grand Canyon National Park North Rim, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Lake Powell, and Rainbow Bridge. Bryce Canyon’s elevation offers cooler temperatures amongst the bright orange hoodoos. The towering canyon walls of Zion offer cool shade for hiking this national park. The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is 10-15 degrees cooler than the Valley of the Sun. The blue waters of Lake Powell will help celebrate your summer!
In the 1920s, this west coast itinerary was originally known as the Grand Circle. In those days, the Utah Parks Company transported Union Pacific Railroad workers from Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park and Grand Canyon National Park in a circular trip, hence the name, Grand Circle.
- Small group tour with up to 13 passengers – no crowds!
- The best historical lodging available – no lines!
- 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!
$2,735 per person for double occupancy.
$3,425 per person for single occupancy.
$2,735 per person (double occupancy) Includes guided tour, lodging, breakfast, lunch, one hosted dinner, entrance fees and taxes
Tempe Mission Palms near Phoenix, AZ
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 in 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.
Phoenix Cool Down Tour – Bryce Canyon, Zion, Grand Canyon North Rim and Lake Powell | 6-days, 6-nights
Pre-night (included in tour cost): Relax at the rooftop pool or spend the evening strolling down Mill Avenue to over 100 shops, restaurants and galleries within walking distance of the Tempe Mission Palms. Experience the serene desert landscapes and rose-colored vistas near downtown Tempe before embarking on your 6-day adventure tour.
Overnight at Tempe Mission Palms
Day 1: Feel the coolness of the early morning air as the Phoenix Cool Down tour travels north through the red rocks of central Arizona and the cool pines of Flagstaff for a quick stretch and a photo opportunity. Included today is a picnic lunch at the authentic, midcentury Lee’s Ferry Lodge at Marble Canyon, where we’ll experience the majestic views of beginning of the Grand Canyon.
The guided tour will continue west towards Jacob Lake, then south through ranch land, juniper and pine forests, and across the Kaibab Plateau into the alpine aspens and fir forests of the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. You’ll have the evening to take in views of this natural wonder of the world from 8,000 feet. A serene hosted dinner at the Lodge makes for a great end to a wonderful day.
Overnight at historic Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge
Day 2: Witness the sunrise over the North Rim for an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience. After a morning walking the Rim Trail or taking part in a National Park activity, the guided tour heads into Utah along the Mormon Trail to the enchanted Bryce Canyon National Park. With its hoodoos (odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion) and unique forests, Bryce Canyon is like no other place. While hoodoos can be found on every continent, this national park is the largest collection of hoodoos in the world! Descriptions and photographs do not do it justice! A cave without a roof? Forest of stone? An imagination of wonder will serve you on this Bryce Canyon National Park tour. The view from Sunset Point as the colors emerge just before the sun sets, will take your breath away!
Overnight at historic Bryce Canyon Lodge
Day 3: Awaken early to see the sun rising at Sunrise Point or just relax at the lodge before choosing an optional hike, horse ride, ATV off road experience, National Park Ranger activity or touring viewpoints along the road to Bryce Point. There’s something for everyone to enjoy! After lunch the route heads south and east to into the heart of Mormon Country and Panguitch, a pioneer town rich in western history.
An amazing drive leads us to Cedar Breaks National Monument, a giant amphitheater high atop the Markagunt Plateau, over 2,500 feet deep and more than three miles across. With spectacular colors formed by an abundance of mineral deposits, Cedar Breaks is breathtaking to behold. From the highest point of 10,662 feet to the lowest at 8,100 feet, there are spectacular views of dense forests of sub-alpine fir, spruce and quaking aspens, plus fields containing more than 150 species of wildflowers. Bristlecone pine, one of nature’s oldest living trees, grows in abundance along the rim.
We’ll end the day touring Zion National Park, surrounded by spectacular cliffs along the banks of the Virgin River. The name “Zion” means a place of peace and refuge. As a sanctuary with over 146,000 acres of cliffs, canyons, diverse plant and animal life, and uninterrupted beauty, Zion earns its name. Its massive sandstone walls, some as high as 3,800 feet, offer an opportunity for serenity and reflection for all who visit – and Zion Lodge offers the only in-park lodging inside this hiker’s paradise. You’ll be hosted for dinner tonight and offered a full moon walking tour from the lodge. Not a bad way to end this epic day!
Overnight at historic Zion Park Lodge
Day 4: Choose a horse ride in Zion Canyon, an exhilarating walk to Angels Landing or Emerald Pools or just enjoy the beautiful surroundings of this incredible lodge today. After lunch, the tour heads to St. George, the final resting place of Brigham Young, who was one of the founders of the Mormon faith. The historic St. George, Utah was named in honor of Mormon apostle George A. Smith, also known as the “Potato Saint” because he urged early settlers to eat raw, unpeeled potatoes to cure scurvy. Smith did not participate in the town’s settlement, but personally selected many of the pioneers that originally settled the area.
The journey then travels the old road to Page, AZ through Kane County towards the calm blue waters of Lake Powell. We’ll arrive at the lake with time for an activity in the afternoon and a beautiful meal overlooking the second largest man-made lake in the country.
Overnight at Lake Powell Resort in Page, AZ
Arise early to watch the sun rise over the 186-mile lake front. Be treated to breakfast lakeside and enjoy free time this morning to watch the boats float away from the marina before touring Glen Canyon National Recreation Area including the Carl Hayden Visitor Center.
The afternoon will bring an optional adventure of a 50-mile Lake Powell boat tour to the exquisite Rainbow Bridge, one of the largest known natural bridges in the world. It is thought that Ancestral Puebloans and earlier indigenous people used the land surrounding Rainbow Bridge before the Navajo, San Juan, Kaibab Paiute and Hope peoples began utilizing the area. The tour includes views of Warm Creek Bay, Padre Bay, and of course, a walk to tour Rainbow Bridge. After returning to the marina, the group will feast on a delicious dinner at the Rainbow Room.
Overnight at Lake Powell Resort in Page, AZ
After a sound night’s sleep, our Phoenix Cool Down tour will depart Lake Powell Resort and head south back through the ever-changing Arizona landscape, arriving back to Phoenix in the late afternoon. Stay one more night at Tempe Mission Palms or choose to make travel arrangements to return home this evening.
Pre-night in Phoenix, AZ included.
Post-night in Phoenix 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 farewell dinner
Unlimited bottled water
Entrance fees to National Parks, State Parks, Tribal Parks, or other named activities
Experienced, professional tour guide and driver and local step on guide services when required
Additional third party tours and activities not listed above
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.