Tucked away in the Chihuahua Desert of southern New Mexico and West Texas lie 4 lesser-known and lesser visited National Parks. These hidden gems of the Southwest boast sparkling white sand dunes, the highest peak in Texas, a massive cave system, and a 1,500 foot slot canyon that creates the southern border. The unique variety of the area doesn’t stop there, with a James Dean movie set, tales of extraterrestrials, and the legend of Billy the Kid.
- Visit the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument
- Visit one of New Mexico’s most beautiful gardens at Hondo Iris Farm
- Explore the International UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell
- Explore Carlsbad Caverns National Park in the Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico
- Visit Big Bend National Park, one of the largest and most remote National Parks in the lower 48
- Guided tour of Marfa TX, including the Hotel Paisano, site of the James Dean movie GIANT
DAY 1: EL PASO, TX
Your journey to the Old West begins! Fly to El Paso, TX for a guided city tour and overnight stay. D
DAY 2: WHITE SANDS NATIONAL PARK
Learn about the historic region where the Camino Real meets the American West when we visit the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. Continue to White Sands National Park, an incredible expanse of snow-white, gypsum sand dunes covering 275 square miles and rising to 60 feet. Travel the 16-mile Dunes Drive for the chance to see spectacular dunes along the route. Arrive for a two night stay at the luxurious Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort. B, D
DAY 3: FORT STANTON AND VALLEY OF FIRES
Visit one of New Mexico’s most beautiful gardens at Hondo Iris Farm. Enjoy a guided tour of Fort Stanton Historic Site, established to protect settlements along the Rio Bonito in the Apache Wars. See the gigantic Malpais Lava Flow during a stop at the Valley of Fires Recreation Area in Carrizozo. B, L
DAY 4: INTERNATIONAL UFO MUSEUM
Travel the Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway to the Lincoln County Courthouse, the historic frontier site of Billy’s infamous escape in 1881. Explore the International UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell. Arrive in Carlsbad, NM for a two-night stay. B, L
DAY 5: CARLSBAD CAVERNS NATIONAL PARK
Explore Carlsbad Caverns National Park in the Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico. Descend the elevator for a self-guided tour along a paved trail of the Big Room, a massive, eight-acre chamber with an incredible 255-foot-high ceiling filled with huge columns, and delicate stalactites and stalagmites. B, D
DAY 6: GUADALUPE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
Cross the border into Texas to see the state’s highest peaks during a morning visit to Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Continue south through the wide-open expanse of West Texas to Big Bend National Park, one of the largest and most remote National Parks in the lower 48. Check in for a two-night stay in the spectacular Chisos Basin at the Chisos Mountain Lodge. B, D
DAY 7: BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK
Explore one of the last remaining wild corners of the United States during our guided tour of Big Bend National Park, covering 801,000 acres of the Chihuahua Desert where the Rio Grande marks the southern U.S. border. Visit Sam Nall Ranch and Santa Elena Canyon plus a picnic lunch in the park. Enjoy an evening at leisure at the lodge. B, L
DAY 8: MARFA, TEXAS
Travel to Marfa, a unique West Texas town that is home to a surprising modern art scene while maintaining its “Old West˝ mystique. Join our local expert for a guided tour of the town’s historic sites including the Hotel Paisano, site of the James Dean movie GIANT. Visit Indian Cliffs Ranch for a delicious cowboy-style steak dinner at Cattleman’s Ranch before an overnight stay in El Paso. B, D
DAY 9: FLY HOME FROM EL PASO. B
- Departure: April 4, 2022
- Return: April 12, 2022
- Double $2559
- Triple/Quad $2369
- Single $3169
*Per person rates + travel protection TBD
* Includes round-trip airfare from STL or MCI
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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