UTAH’S  Canyonlands, National Parks, National Monument & Hidden Treasures

July 5 – 15, 2017

(10 nights/11 Days)

 

 

 

 

 

July 5thOur quest begins today as we travel through Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky to overnight @ the Drury in Sikeston, Missouri(D) 

 

July 6th:  A special treat is in store for you today as we stop @ Warm Springs Ranch, home of the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales. You will learn all about these fascinating & majestic animals.  Don’t miss your photo op! Our home tonight will be in Salina, Kansas with dinner @ a local restaurant. (B, D) 

 

July 7th:  You will learn about the history & legends of Kansas this morning as we tour Fort Hays established in 1867.  The Kansas Pacific Railroad planned to establish a town site near the fort.  William Cody, who had been hunting buffalo for the railroad established a town. Wild Bill Hickok served as “Special Marshall:  during this time.  Many others familiar names will come alive during this tour.  We travel into Colorado this afternoon to overnight @ the Drury in Stapleton, C0. (B,SD)

 

July 8th:  Today, we travel across Colorado to Moab, Utah for a 2 night stay.  You will have time to explore Moab this afternoon.  Our evening begins @ the Colorado Riverside where you will be served a cowboy-style Dutch oven dinner in a dining room overlooking the river.  After dinner, you will board a flat-bottomed boat and head up the river with a knowledgeable & entertaining guide who will point out of things of interest & ignite your imaginations. The Canyonlands by Night & Day Sound and Light Show is a not-to-be-missed unique experience.  It is an old fashioned light show.  There are no colored or laser lights and the music is appropriate for the historical references.  The stories included in the show make references to how the settlers of the area believed the area was created.  A great ending to your 1st night in Moab. (B,D)

 

July 9th:   We will meet our step-on guide this morning.  We will enter a red rock wonderland, as we visit Arches National Park & discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world.  The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks.  Your noon meal will be a Riverside Buffet.  This afternoon, we continue with our guide to Canyonlands National Park that preserves 337,598 acres of colorful canyons, mess, buttes, fins, arches and spires in the heart of southeast Utah’s high desert.  Water and gravity have been the prime architects of this land, sculpting layers of rock into the rugged landscape you see today. Our next adventure is Dead Horse State Park, 2,000 feet above a gooseneck in the Colorado River with an everchanging landscape.  These canyons were carved by ice, water and wind creating a visual masterpiece. You will discover many stories in these canyons, cowboys of the 1800’s, chasing wild mustangs onto Dead Horse Point, using the narrow neck to block the natural corral, stories of ancient hunters resting along the cliff tops in preparation for their next kill & stories of survival for plants & animals in this land.  We will return to the hotel late afternoon.  This evening is free to explore & have dinner on your own. (B, L)

 

July 10th:   Discovery awaits you as we enter Capitol Reef National Park.  We will stop @ the Visitor’s Center  to see the 18 minute orientation movie.  Here in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with rainbow-hued sandstone “reefs” and canyons.  Home of people for thousands of years, petroglyphs etched in rock walls & painted pictographs remain as sacred remnants of the ancient Indians saga. After exploring this amazing park, we’re on our way to Bryce National Park where our guide will join us as we drive around the loop showing us the natural amphitheaters sunk into pink cliffs and filled with delicate red rock “hoodoos”. You’ll see for yourself why this is called Voodoo Country.  After learning all about Bryce National Park from our guide, we drive down to Kanab, Utah to stay for 2 nights. (B, Picnic Lunch, D) 

 

July 11th:  This morning,  our guide joins us as we drive to Zion National Park to see the soaring towers and massive monoliths.  Zion is Utah’s most visited park.  As we travel, our guide will tell stories about the towns and the byway carves through the red rock of the Virgin River corridor.  Enjoy the beautiful landscapes as your imagination run wilds as you take in your surroundings.  We leave Zion with vivid memories of  the beauty etched in our minds. You’ll have a visual delight when we stop @ Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park to see the pink sand, contrasted against the steep cliffs and outcroppings of southern Utah. Our guide will tell us all about the movie site for The Greatest Story Ever Told.  Our travel goes on as we reach Jacob’s Lake for lunch before we visit the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.  The North Rim offers everything, except the crowds. We will travel through the Kaibab Plateau-North Rim Parkway, with breathtaking views @ the first overlook. We travel through the gentle green forests, to the rugged, restless collection of colors and canyons, buttes and mesas, wildlife and vegetation.  You’ll always remember this awesome beauty & want to come back again. We drop our guide off in Kanab & have a free evening with time to relax and think about all the beauty you have seen today. (B, L)

 

July 12th:   There will be a stop to see & learn about Lake Powell this morning as we continue our journey for a stop @ The Four Corners Monument.  You can be in Utah, Colorado, Arizona & New Mexico @ the same time.  A great photo op!  You can shop visit the Navaho Vendors to purchase jewelry & other homemade items.  We will travel on to Bloomfield, NM to overnight.  Dinner will be @ a local restaurant. (B, D)

 

July 13th: Our journey continues across New Mexico & Texas with  adventures along the way & into Elk City, OK to overnight. (B, D)

 

July 14th:   There will be a mystery to solve as we venture east today.  We will overnight in Memphis, Tennessee. (B, D)

 

July 15th:   We arrive home today, with new experiences & adventures that we will talk about for years to come.  Then, it’s time to sign up for our next trip! (B)

 

Cost Per Person: Double Triple Quad Single
  $2,400 $2,280 $2,170 $3,050


 

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