Like almost all our tours, this is a small group trip. The vehicle used generally has between nine and 14 seats. Our guides are skilled in the geology, customs, traditions, history and people of the areas through which you travel – feel free to ask all and any questions!
We'll leave the bright lights of Vegas in the rear view mirror as we depart town. The route to the Grand Canyon takes us past both Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. A bridge has been built over the Colorado River, and this road bypasses Hoover Dam. Because of this, some tours that go out to the Grand Canyon may no longer stop there for a photo opportunity.
Leaving Hoover Dam we travel through the desert, before arriving in the small Arizona town of Kingman, where we pick up the freeway towards the Grand Canyon. At Williams, Arizona, we head north for about 50 miles (80 kilometres), towards the South Rim.
Once in the Grand Canyon, the first major stop will be Mather Point, the deepest part of the Grand Canyon. From there you will visit Bright Angel Lodge, where there are many great views, and you will also have the opportunity to get yourself something to eat, buy souvenirs, and shoot some awesome photographs! After absorbing the vistas your guide will take you to the Grand Canyon airport.
Day 1 - Grand Canyon to Monument Valley - About 1 1/4 hours
You will climb into a small plane for a flight over the Grand Canyon, before heading east for Monument Valley over some beautiful scenery. At Monument Valley you will enjoy wonderful views of the rock formations from the air, before landing at the airport.
Day 1 - Monument Valley - About 1 1/2 hours to two hours
Up next is a tour of Monument Valley conducted by a Navajo (Indian) guide in an off road vehicle. 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.
You will experience the authentic west as your guide takes you into the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. As you might imagine there are numerous photo opportunities, and your guide will stop frequently. He or she will also tell you about Navajo customs and traditions along the way.
Amongst the sites that your tour will likely take in are movie locations, 1000 foot monoliths, rug weaving, and, of course, the famous monuments are visited.
Day 1 - Flight from Monument Valley to Bryce Canyon - About an hour
Your Navajo guide will drop you off at the small Monument Valley air strip for the flight to Bryce Canyon. This would take over five hours by road, but you will get there in a little more than an hour! The desert and rock formations underneath are beautiful, and you will also fly over the Colorado River as it passes through the Glen Canyon National Recreation area.
When you land at Bryce one of our guides will take you the short distance into the park. Please be aware that because of the logistics involved in getting people between two small airports that are both in the middle of nowhere, there may be a wait of up to 15 minutes from the time that you land at Bryce until the time the guide arrives.
Many who have seen both Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon tell us that Bryce is far more spectacular. You will marvel at the weirdly shaped hoodoos, in an amazing array of colorful hues.
Bryce is not really a canyon, but a large amphitheater carved out of a variety of rock types. People tell us they have had a spiritual experience when they gaze out over the hoodoos for the first time. You will wonder not only how they got there, but also what carved them into those mythical shapes, in assorted colors.
We will tour all three of the main view points at Bryce. These are Sunset Point, Inspiration Point, and Bryce Point. You will find that each is more spectacular than the next, and at all three there is time to get out, walk around and experience the magic.
On the way out of the park there is a brief stop at the Visitor Center to enable you to buy souvenirs.
Departing from Bryce Canyon there is an optional stop at Red Canyon, a state park which we pass through on the way.
We travel north across the Paunsaugunt Plateau, through the tiny town of Panguitch, and over a small mountain range, before picking up Interstate 15 going south. There will be a couple of stops on the way to Vegas, to enable you to stretch your legs, grab a bite to eat or use the restroom.
Drop offs take place on the Strip.
We regret that no cancellations or changes will be accepted, and no refunds will be given.
Payment And Cancellation Details: CANCELLATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR THIS TOUR. Changes will also not be accepted, and refunds will not be given. Please consider purchasing trip insurance as our cancellation policy is strictly enforced. Your card will be charged within 12 hours of making the booking. The credit/debit card used must be in your name and must be present, so we can take an imprint. Please contact us if this is not possible. Please ensure you have the card you used with you. If the card is not in your name please let us know ahead of time, as our credit card authorization process will need to be completed.
The name on your credit card statement will be USA Park Tours.
The days and dates this tour runs can be seen in the calendar at the top right of this page.
Pick ups and drop offs take place at certain Strip properties. If you are staying elsewhere, please catch a taxi and we'll reimburse you a maximum of $10 against the receipt.
The tour departs at 6.00 a.m.
There may be a five person minimum for a tour to depart. That is not five in your group but a total of five.
The vehicles we use are coaches, mini buses or vans with individual, high back, reclining seats.
The entry fees to all parks are included.
A sack lunch is included
All times are approximate. We are not responsible for the consequences of any delays, and this itinerary may change without notice.
A Navajo led off road tour at Monument Valley is included.
After booking please wait for our email confirmation prior to making lodging or air bookings.
Depending on the number of people, the plane to be used will be either a six passenger or nine passenger airplane. On very rare occasions a 19 to 22 passenger airplane, or a four passenger airplane, may be used.
Bad weather, dangerous conditions or factors beyond our control may result in the cancellation or postponement of this tour, or a portion thereof. Should this occur, the only amount we will refund is the actual cost of the tour, or the portion that is omitted.