Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

  • In the company of your private naturalist guide, explore the geological wonders of Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks, and Sedona’s Red Rock State Park.
  • Raft down a peaceful stretch of the Colorado River, floating through Glen Canyon and iconic Horseshoe Bend, surrounded by towering sandstone walls.
  • Stay at a lodge perched on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, and watch the sun rise and set over this incredible chasm from picture-perfect overlooks.
  • Camera in hand, venture into world-famous slot canyons, including Zion Narrows and the awe-inspiring Antelope Canyon.

Itinerary

Itinerary

The scenic splendor of the American Southwest is matched by its fascinating geological history. From the depths of the Grand Canyon to the towering cliffs of Zion, explore iconic national and state parks in Arizona and Utah alongside a private naturalist guide. Along the way, engage in local culture amid the vibrant art scene of Sedona and at an authentic Navajo trading post.

Day 1: Arrive Phoenix, Arizona

Arrive in Phoenix and transfer to your stylish mid-century modern hotel in Scottsdale. Explore the lively shops and restaurants of Old Town Scottsdale at your leisure.

Accommodations:Hotel Valley Ho
Day 2: Red Rock State Park/Sedona/Grand Canyon National Park

Marvel at the fortress-like sandstone canyon of Red Rock State Park, then head out on foot along a network of hiking trails that lead to scenic vistas. Challenge yourself to a long hike; or opt for a shorter trail, followed by a visit to the town of Sedona to explore its vibrant galleries and shops. Continue through scenic Creek Oak Canyon to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim, and get orientated at the National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center. Check in at your hotel, perched directly on the rim, and enjoy dinner with a view at the Arizona Room restaurant.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Thunderbird or Kachina Lodge
Day 3: Grand Canyon National Park

Delve into the incredible ecosystems and geology of the South Rim, choosing from a range of hikes of varying difficulty, each offering sweeping views at every turn. Eat lunch along the trail or at a local market, then drive along the rim for a multitude of perspectives at popular scenic viewpoints such as Moran, Hopi, Mojave, and Pima Point. Later, catch an unforgettable sunset at Powell Point, Yavapai Point, or Hopi Point.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Thunderbird or Kachina Lodge
Day 4: Grand Canyon National Park/Glen Canyon/Lake Powell

Rise early for an unforgettable sunrise over the canyon. After breakfast back at the hotel, head to the Cameron Trading Post, where Navajo people sell and trade wool, livestock, and crafts. Browse the gift shop stocked with authentic handicrafts, and lunch on Navajo fry bread tacos. Then join a rafting trip along the calm waters of Glen Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, drifting beneath towering cliff faces. Later, stop at the iconic Horseshoe Bend viewpoint for a spectacular panorama of the Colorado River; and if time and energy allow, hike to the cliff-top overlook. Later, settle into your hotel on the shores of stunning Lake Powell.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Lake Powell Resort
Day 5: Antelope Canyon/Springdale, Utah

Begin the day with a thrilling trek into Antelope Canyon. Delve into this mesmerizing slot canyon on your choice of three shared excursions, which range in length, group size, physical activity, and photographic opportunities. Afterwards, transfer to Springdale and settle into your riverside lodge, situated in the shadow of the vermillion cliffs of Zion National Park. Dine on your own tonight.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Desert Pearl Inn
Day 6: Zion National Park

Spend the day immersed in the spectacular scenery of Zion National Park. Take your pick of the park trails, with options to see the cliffs towering above Emerald Pools, jaw-dropping views at Scout Lookout or Observation Point, the sheer walls of the world-renowned Narrows, and more. Explore all day, or retreat to the lodge this afternoon to relax. This evening, toast your Southwest adventure at a popular local restaurant.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Desert Pearl Inn
Day 7: Zion National Park/Depart

Consider rising at dawn for a memorable sunrise hike on Zion’s three-mile Watchman Trail, ascending 300 feet to an overlook atop the first layer of cliffs. After breakfast at the lodge, transfer to the airport in St. George or Las Vegas and catch your flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast