Southwest National Parks

8 Days, September 20-28, 2023 (waitlist only)

$4,695 from Phoenix, AZ

Tour Operator:


Ken Burns, borrowing a phrase from Wallace Stegner, has described our National Parks as “America’s best idea.” And why not? The country our ancestors dreamed about still resides in America’s national parks. We began our exploration of the Parks several years ago with a visit to the Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone, and the Grand Tetons, then followed it up the next year with an equally popular trip to our Southwest National Parks. We’re returning to the Southwest again this year for the wonders of the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Park. Once again, in this brilliant expanse of mountain, desert, and canyon, you will be able to find breathing space and glimpse the mythic grandeur of our national heritage.

In addition to these and other national treasures, our itinerary will include a 4-wheel drive tour of Monument Valley, a Glen Canyon rafting trip down the Colorado River, and a visit to a traditional Navajo hogan with a Navajo guide.  Optional activities include a helicopter excursion over the Grand Canyon and a pre-tour train ride from Denver to Moab about the Rocky Mountaineer. Our excellent accommodations include overnight stays in lodges located either within or immediately adjacent to our park destinations.

Returning as our naturalist guide will be Kent Taylor, who has served our National Parks trips so ably over the years. Working with Kent, National Parks guides are also specially trained in wildlife ecology, as well as history and lore. This will be an educational adventure as well as a terrific holiday.

With beautiful scenery, wildlife, hiking, storytelling, and grand vistas, this is a trip that young and old alike will remember always.