Explore five great National Parks in spellbinding Red Rock Country—including the 4,000-feet-deep and 277-mile-long Grand Canyon! Sunset at the canyon is simply spectacular. We’ll marvel at the towering rock formations in Sedona…the natural rock bridges of Arches National Park…grand mesas, buttes and pinnacles in Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks…radiant cliffs at Capitol Reef National Park, which the Navajo called “sleeping rainbows”…and a visit to an ancient Pueblo village in the heart of Navajo Country. The textures, colors and contours of these vibrant desert landscapes across five national parks will take your breath away!
- Visit the historic Indian ruins of Montezuma Castle, preserved cliff dwellings carved into the sandstone cliffs
- Visit to the south rim of the Grand Canyon
- Enjoy the famed Sunset Tour to catch the canyon sunset
- Visit Utah’s spectacular Zion National Park
- Visit Bryce Canyon National Park
- Admire the radiant cliffs of Capitol Reef National Park
- Visit Arches National Park with more than 1,500 stone arches
- Get a picture postcard view of Monument Valley
- Learn about the “Code Talkers” of World War II and the important role they played in military communications
DAY 1: VALLEY OF THE SUN
This evening, meet your friendly travel companions at tonight’s welcome dinner and hear about the excitement ahead. D
DAY 2: SEDONA
We start our canyon experience by visiting the historic Indian ruins of Montezuma Castle, preserved cliff dwellings carved into the sandstone cliffs. Then thrill to a scenic desert drive to Sedona, a city surrounded by unbelievable towering rock formations. Enjoy a visit to Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village to explore the eclectic shops and galleries on your own. Join us on the optional Sedona Trolley tour where you will get an up-close view of the desert! Later relax and enjoy the views from your balcony in Sedona. B
Option—Sedona Trolley Take in all the best places around town on a fun-filled trolley tour, including a stop at the remarkable Chapel of the Holy Cross and a breathtaking photo stop at Airport Mesa. Price: $29 per person.
DAY 3: GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
This morning, travel through Oak Creek Canyon, a steep, narrow and very colorful gorge, then get ready for our visit to the south rim of the Grand Canyon! After receiving a detailed history of the park at Mather Observation Point, enjoy some free time at the rim and maybe even do some hiking if you choose. Cap off the day with the Park’s famed Sunset Tour to catch the canyon sunset. B, L
DAY 4: GRAND CANYON/LAKE POWELL
Venture on to Desert View Watchtower for a last breathtaking look at the canyon before heading north. After lunch we’ll tour Glen Canyon Dam, a vital link in the Colorado River Storage Project, which is a series of dams and reservoirs crucial to life in several southwestern states. Glen Canyon Dam stands 710 feet high from the bedrock and contains an amazing 9 trillion gallons of water when Lake Powell is full! This afternoon, try an optional cruise on the brilliant blue waters of Lake Powell. B, L
Option—Lake Powell Cruise Enjoy the beautiful rock formations, painted walls and amazing colors of Lake Powell. Price: $57 per person.
DAY 5: ZION NATIONAL PARK
Today at Utah’s spectacular Zion National Park, we see an unusual combination of plummeting canyons, wide plateaus and soaring multicolored sandstone cliffs. Relax as we ride along on a guided tram tour along the park’s Scenic Drive. Then enjoy a peaceful evening before starting another day of geological and cultural wonders in Bryce Canyon. B, L
DAY 6: BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK/COWBOY NIGHT
In Bryce Canyon National Park, pinnacles of limestone, sandstone and mudstone shoot toward the sky in fanciful formation. Then in the desert town of Escalante, meet Shannon and Jenifer Steed. Shannon will share the town’s unique history with us, and you’ll get a “taste” of life in southern Utah when he and Jenifer cook up a great meal for dinner, complete with “cowboy” entertainment. B, D
DAY 7: CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK/MOAB
Start the day with the grand mesas, buttes and pinnacles of Escalante National Monument and explore a replica of a six-room, 1,000 A.D. dwelling in an Anasazi Indian Village. Next, we’ll admire the radiant cliffs of Capitol Reef National Park—the Navajo called them “sleeping rainbows”—followed by the rock sculptures of Goblin Valley. Tonight, you’re free to explore downtown in Moab, where we unpack for the next two nights. B, L
DAY 8: ARCHES NATIONAL PARK
With more than 1,500 arches, this geographic wonder of the world awaits! No one quite knows why this many sandstone “arches” were formed by nature in this one national park. We have a chance to see and photograph dozens! In the afternoon, relax or take a swim at the hotel or take one of the options below. B, L
Choose one option: Option—Jet Boat Cruise This three-hour, 32-mile jet boat ride on a calm stretch of the Colorado River takes you from Canyonland National Park to Dead Horse State Park. Price: $110 per person.
Option—Off-Road Hummer Adventure Experience a two-hour “extreme” ride through the beautiful remote backcountry. Although these trips are off the main road, the guides are well-versed on these trails, and your Hummer, the ultimate 4x4, provides an exciting yet comfortable ride. Price: $110 per person.
DAY 9: NAVAJO NATION/WWII “CODE TALKERS”
Today, head to the heart of Navajo Country. Get your camera ready for a picture postcard view of Monument Valley. Learn about the “Code Talkers” of World War II and the important role they played in military communications. B, L
DAY 10: PHOENIX
This morning return to Phoenix where we say farewell to your newfound friends–and to the Southwest’s rugged natural beauty. B
- Departure: May 15, 2022
- Return: May 24, 2022
- Double $2997
- Triple/Quad $2757
- Single $3815
*Per person rates + travel protection TBD
* Includes round-trip airfare from STL or MCI
Sedona: 86° / 53°
Grand Canyon: 93° / 63°
Moab: 83° / 50°
Phoenix: 94° / 67°
Orange luggage tags are provided and are to be placed on your “checked luggage” (large bag). You do not need a tag for your carry-on bag, for which you will be responsible for taking on and off the coach. There is limited space in the cabin of the coach, so unless you require your carry-on bag while traveling, we will stow it in the luggage compartment.
New reservations will require a $250 per person deposit unless otherwise noted. As always, your deposit is still fully refundable for any reason until final payment. We are happy to accept cash, check (preferred) or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover) for your deposit.
Throughout 2021 we limited capacity on all our tours. This policy was so overwhelmingly popular by Sunrise travelers, we have made it permanent. In 2022 and beyond, we will limit the capacity on our motorcoaches to 80%. Most Sunrise Tours travel on 50-seat coaches with extra legroom, which means guests will enjoy extra legroom AND at least 6-8 empty seats. In the rare cases when we charter a 55-seat coach, there will be at least 10 open seats on the bus.
Our popular on-board refreshment service on travel days will feature a variety of soda, beer, wine spritzers, juices and sparkling water choices served in recyclable aluminum cans. This is a safe and eco-conscious way for us to deliver the ever-popular Sunrise Tours “happy hour” on tour. We do not typically serve bottled water and ask that while on tour you be responsible for your own hydration and consider the Sunrise Tours drink service a welcome refreshment.
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