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Canyon Country In-Depth - Small Group Tour

5 Nights Tour from £2,629 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

This tour begins in the historic town of Durango, Colorado where you’ll be surrounded by soaring jagged mountains and culture before venturing through some of the most iconic images of the American West. Travel through the unique red sandstone formations of Mexican Hat and Monument Valley, exploring many of its hidden sights, and then visit two of Utah’s grandest national parks, Arches and Canyonlands before returning to Colorado and viewing the hundreds of stunning cliff dwellings that belonged to ancestral Puebloans at Mesa Verde National Park.

Highlights

  • Embark on a backcountry 4x4 tour through the massive red sandstone monoliths that rise hundreds of feet above the desert floor in Monument Valley and meet up with a Navajo guide who will lead you through hidden sights that few non-Native Americans ever get to see
  • Visit the remarkable fiery red arches in Arches National Park, including world famous Delicate Arch and numerous other unique rock formations
  • Take in the iconic vista from Dead Horse Point in Canyonlands National Park
  • Explore Mesa Verde National Park and its remarkable ancient cliff dwellings

You’ll fly into Durango connecting from another USA city, such as Denver. If you would like to extend your holiday with a few nights in this great city before or after the tour, then we can tailormake this for you.

 

Details

Day 1 – Arrival in Durango

Begin your journey through America’s spectacular canyon country in the historic town of Durango. This incredibly scenic frontier mining town in southwestern Colorado is surrounded by the peaks of the jagged San Juan Mountains offering a wealth of activities for outdoor adventures along with a surprising number of cultural attractions. Plan to arrive early so that you’ll have time to wander the streets, passing magnificently restored Victorian buildings, and popping into the charming shops and galleries, or perhaps grabbing a bite to eat in one of the many boutique restaurants before heading to your accommodation for the night.

Overnight: General Palmer Hotel Durango (or similar)

Day 2 – Mexican Hat – Monument Valley

After an evening of relaxation, and perhaps soaking in the hot tub, it’s time to head to Monument Valley, one of the most enduring and definitive images of the American West. You’ll travel through Mexican Hat, known for its curious rock formation, a large flat rock that sits precariously atop a much smaller base, and pass jaw-dropping scenery that includes massive red sandstone monoliths, many of which stretch hundreds of feet above the desert floor – a backdrop for countless Western movies over the years. Upon arrival to your destination, you’ll be taken on a backcountry 4X4 driving tour into the heart of the valley, with plenty of photo stops along the way. Once you’ve come to “the end of the road,” your local Navajo guide will bring you even deeper into the region for a rare opportunity to explore its hidden sights, something that few non-Native Americans ever get to experience. Cap off your day with a mesmerizing sunset while the Navajo prepares a meal and fills you in on the ancient cultures and customs.

Overnight: Goulding's Lodge Monument Valley (or similar) – Breakfast & dinner included

Day 3, 4 & 5 - Moab - Arches & Canyonlands National Parks

Today you’ll travel to Moab, the gateway to two of Utah’s most awe-inspiring national parks: Arches and Canyonlands. Arches is characterisfed by its breathtaking red sandstone arches, created by the elements over millions of years. The park is home to more than 2,000 of these arches, and other unique formations like stone spires, fins, towers and columns, along with petrified dunes, vast sandstone buttes and coloruful, meandering canyons. You’ll get to see the most visited and most famous arch of all, Delicate Arch a 65-foot-high freestanding arch that’s become one of the state’s most beloved icons as your guide leads you through the landscape to explain just what it is you’re viewing. Afterward, take time to stroll the streets of Moab, a small town with a big reputation for outdoor adventure. Pop into the Museum of Moab to learn about its past, dating all the way back to prehistoric times with artefacts that include massive bones from dinosaurs, before heading into your luxurious lodge on the Colorado River for the night.

In the morning, it’s time to explore Canyonlands and its impressive Needles District by 4X4. This is your chance to see the striking beauty of this remote land that’s hidden behind the main roads, witnessing out-of-this-world views while learning about the ancient history of the people who lived here over 1,000 years ago along with countless marvels, like Horse Canyon’s most famous arch, Paul Bunyan’s Potty and the renowned Tower Ruin, a well-preserved Ancestral Puebloan home that was likely used seasonally by farmers who were migrating between Horse Canyon and the mesa top. Before making your way to the Four Faces pictograph panel, and the Castle and Fortress arches, you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch where you can rest and grill you guides for information on the park’s human and natural history. On the way back through Horse Canyon, stop at Newspaper Rock to see the rock panel carved with one of the world’s most extensive collections of petroglyphs discovered to date.

On your final day in Moab, you’ll have your choice of one of the many exciting recreational activities the area is famous for, including mountain biking the slick rock, floating down the Colorado River, canyoneering or an extreme Hummer tour. Afterward, you’ll embark on a scenic drive back to Canyonlands, for a hike that features one of the best panoramic vistas in the region and one of the most photographed in the world. You’ll walk around the rim to Dead Horse Point, where the setting sun creates a magnificent fiery glow against the multi-layered 2,000-foot cliffs that line the Colorado River which snakes through the narrow channels of the gorge.

Overnight: Red Cliffs Lodge (or similar) – Breakfast included

Day 6 - Mesa Verde National Park

Venture west back to southwestern Colorado where it all began, but first, visit Mesa Verde National Park, where you can walk in the ancient footsteps of the ancestral Puebloans, or Anasazi as they’re often called, who once lived in the park’s remarkably beautiful cliff dwellings. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to some of the most-well-preserved archaeological sites in America, with over 4,500 found within its borders, including Cliff Palace with its 150 rooms, once housing a population of about one hundred. You’ll see how the ancient people lived as you explore and stand in awe of these dwellings, a true archaeological masterpiece, before returning to Durango, where your tour comes to an end at 17.00. If you’d like to add on an extra night in Durango then we can book this, but please note that due to the time that the tour ends, your return flight must be booked for departure after 9pm.

  • International flights
  • Travel on the tour in an air-conditioned private vehicle
  • Accommodation for 5 nights - 3 lodge nights, 1 resort night and 1 hotel night
  • 5 breakfasts and 2 dinners
  • Services of a professional tour leader
  • Private jeep and walking tour of Monument Valley with a Navajo guide, including dinner
  • Full day private tour through Moab’s less frequented backcountry slot canyons
  • Visit Dead Horse Point for an iconic view of Canyonlands National Park
  • Visit towering sandstone structures in Arches National Park
  • Explore Mesa Verde National Park – home of the Ancestral Pueblo people

 

What’s Not Included

  • Transfers to the joining point of the tour and away from the finishing point
  • Meals paid locally

 

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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