Native Lands and National Parks Tour From Phoenix | 6-Days, 5-Nights
GRAND CANYON SOUTH RIM • MONUMENT VALLEY • CANYON DE CHELLY • LAKE POWELL • ANTELOPE CANYON • HORSESHOE BEND
Explore Native American sites and National Parks of the American West on a 6-day, 5-night adventure.
Experience the best American West National Parks and native lands at Grand Canyon National Park, Canyon de Chelly, incredible sandstone buttes of Monument Valley Tribal Park, magical honey-colored slots of Antelope Canyon, and Horseshoe Bend Overlook. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area at Lake Powell offers incomparable boat tour opportunities with towering canyon walls that zoom by as you enjoy the ride. This journey offers an insight into the natural and cultural history of this vast and diverse region. From the Sonoran Desert to the high desert of the Navajo Nation and Colorado Plateau, we’ll take you places that coach tours and self-drive tours can’t venture.
- Small group tour with up to 12 passengers – no crowds!
- The best lodging available – no lines!
- Custom touring vehicles with comfortable, individual captain’s chairs, plenty of legroom, and large picture windows to enjoy the views
- Expert guides who are CPR and First Aid certified
Tour Dates & Pricing
Spring 2019: April 15 & May 20 & June 10
Fall 2019: August 26 & September 16 & October 14
$1,995 per person for double occupancy
$2,635 per person for single occupancy
Packages start at $1,995*
*Double Occupancy. Includes guided tour, lodging, some meals, entrance fees, and taxes
Courtyard by Marriott Tempe Downtown, Tempe Mission Palms, and The Scott Resort
Cancellation and Payment Policy:
Tours require a 10% non-refundable deposit by credit card at the time of booking. Final tour balance is due 36 days prior to tour departure date. Tours canceled less than 36 days prior to departure or no shows will be charged in full.
Pre and Post Tour Accommodations:
For an additional cost, DETOURS can book pre and/or post tour accommodation packages at preferred hotels. We recommend booking pre and post tour accommodations at Courtyard by Marriott Tempe Downtown, Tempe Mission Palms, or The Scott Resort. We pick up and drop off at these hotels only. Guests staying at other hotels will be responsible for transportation to the nearest pick up location on the first day and from the nearest drop off location on the final day.
Our vehicles are designed to carry up to 12 passengers in individual captain’s chairs. Tour group size will range from 8 guests, which is our guest minimum to operate this tour, up to 12 guests in our custom tour vans.
Because DETOURS travels with a maximum of 12 passengers, this allows us to take a flexible approach and take full advantage of touring opportunities in the American West.
DETOURS custom touring vehicles are specifically designed for small groups with comfortable, individual captain’s chairs.
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 accommodations have been chosen to give guests the best access to the surrounding areas. For those traveling alone, there are single occupancy rates available.
Third Party Activities:
Any third party activities not listed in tour itinerary are not included. There will be free time on some days and if you wish to participate in any additional third party activities, there will be an additional out-of-pocket cost.
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, sunblock, and other personal items. We advise our clients to pack as lightly as possible.
Temperatures range from very cool in the mornings and evenings, with warm days. A layered clothing approach works best. Temperatures across the American West vary by season and unexpected weather is always a possibility. We recommend our guests bring jackets in the event of changing weather patterns.
Private Tour Option:
This tour can also be operated as a private tour. Contact a tour specialist for details.
A minimum number of guests must be met for this tour. You may be booked on stand by until the tour is confirmed.
Due to the developing tourism industry in the area, changes can and do occur in this type of program. Weather conditions that are severe enough to limit where we can drive or walk can alter the program. As visitors, we will respect this and remain flexible and open to local conditions, safety concerns, and unforeseen circumstances. Our guides will do their best to keep things on track, but 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.
Departing from the Phoenix area, today offers a fantastic range of scenes from the Sonoran Desert, historic Route 66 in Winslow, and the Navajo Nation. Winslow, Arizona is our first stop – “where I was standing on a corner” – to visit the historic La Posada Hotel, which serves as a reminder as to why Route 66 and the Santa Fe Railroad was so important back in the day. We’ll continue with a tour of Hubbell Trading Post Historical Site, where the past lives on! Navajo artists still bring their rugs and silver work to trade here. After having a chance to marvel at the intricate artwork of the Navajo, we will head onward to Chinle, the home of Canyon de Chelly. We’ll tour the south rim of Canyon de Chelly with overlooks of Spider Rock and the ancient White House Ruins.
Overnight at Thunderbird Lodge, Chinle, AZ
An early morning start allows us to be among the first to enter Canyon de Chelly. A Navajo guided tour will take us into this amazing maze of canyons and ancient dwellings. Navajo farmers and shepherds still inhabit the canyon, and we pay due respect. This iconic Native American destination has inspired films, novels, and legends.
On to Monument Valley Tribal Park! In the heart of Dinetah, the Navajo word for their land, is this iconic destination. A local Navajo guide will join us for a tour of Monument Valley, which touches all of the famous monoliths of Monument Valley and explores the spectacular rock formations of the restricted areas, which can only be seen with a guide. Highlights include The Mittens, John Ford’s Point, Three Sisters, North Window, Totem Pole, 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.
Overnight at Goulding’s Lodge, Monument Valley
Be sure to rise early to witness the unforgettable sunrise over Monument Valley, with an unparalleled view of the sandstone formations called The Mittens. Then, 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 overlook, the emerald green Colorado River makes a horse-shoe shape bending 270 degrees before rushing towards the Grand Canyon. An optional afternoon scenic boat 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 will be served at the Rainbow Room at Lake Powell Resort with the group.
Overnight at Lake Powell Resort, Page, AZ
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, Page, AZ
As we head south past the Vermillion Cliffs and Painted Desert, we’ll stop at Cameron Trading Post on the Little Colorado River for lunch. The desert gardens are unique and the shopping for authentic Navajo crafts is excellent. We’ll journey along the East Rim of Grand Canyon to Desert View Point, overlooking Navajo Nation and the Sacred Hopi Mesas. As we approach the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, add an optional 45-minute helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon for an aerial view of this great Wonder of the World! You may also choose to hike to several viewpoints along the rim, explore the Visitor’s Center to take advantage of Park Ranger activities, or enjoy a cocktail at the historic El Tovar Lodge in the Grand Canyon Village (we recommend the prickly pear margarita!) Enjoy the views of a Southwest sunset while overlooking the canyon as a perfect end to this amazing day!
Overnight at Grand Canyon National Park hotel
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 find a secluded section to witness the wonder of nature! Heading south, our tour passes the volcanic region of the San Francisco Peaks in the historic Route 66 and Railroad town of Flagstaff, into a scenic drive through Oak Creek Canyon, and to the Red Rock wonders of Sedona for a scenic picnic lunch overlooking the incredible rock formations. The day ends with a descent back into the Sonoran Desert to the Phoenix area.
- Lodging for five nights
- Five breakfasts and one dinner
- Entrance fees to National Parks, State Parks, and Tribal Parks
- Unlimited bottled water
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- Additional third party tours and activities not listed above
- Meals not listed above
- Incidental hotel fees
- Travel insurance
- Guide gratuities
It is recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes with good tread and travel with a small day pack for easy access to camera, sunblock, and other personal items. We advise guests to pack as lightly as possible. Temperatures across the American West vary by season. We recommend bringing a jacket in the event of changing weather patterns.
Limit luggage to one suitcase that is less than 50 pounds and a day pack.
This tour offers a wide range of walking opportunities, which requires a reasonable level of fitness, mostly due to possible elevation changes. The level of activity can be tailored to almost all levels of fitness.
Weather appropriate clothing, hiking shoes, sunscreen, camera, snacks, extra cash or debit/credit card, day pack/backpack, government issued ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.)
Temperatures across the American West vary by season. We recommend our guests bring jackets in the event of changing weather patterns. Please check weather prior to tour and pack accordingly.
We recommend making a reservation at least 45 days in advance to ensure you have secured your spot outside of the cancellation policy. Bookings can be made up to one year in advance of departure date.
Any third party activities not listed in tour itinerary are not included. There will be free time on some days and if you wish to participate in any additional third party activites, there will be an additional out-of-pocket cost.
The accommodations have been chosen to give guests the best access to the surrounding areas.
Courtyard by Marriott Tempe Downtown, Tempe Mission Palms, and The Scott Resort
We recommend booking pre and post tour accommodations at Courtyard by Marriott Tempe Downtown, Tempe Mission Palms, or The Scott Resort. We pick up and drop off at these hotels only. Guests staying at other hotels will be responsible for transportation to the pick up location and from the drop off location.
No, but we can assist with pre-tour accommodations for additional cost.
No, but we can assist with post-tour accommodations for additional cost.