B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Saturday, 10 Jun 2017: Arrive Phoenix; Travel to Sedona; Welcome Dinner (D)
Schedule arrival into Phoenix no later than 1:00 pm. Once everyone has arrived, we will depart for Sedona. We'll have dinner together to get better acquainted and to discuss our upcoming week. Overnight Sedona - 1 night
Sunday, 11 Jun 2017: Free Morning in Sedona; Travel to Grand Canyon (B)
Enjoy free time in Sedona this morning or take advantage of optional activities such as a balloon ride or "Pink Jeep" tour before departing for the Grand Canyon. Sedona is famous for natural red-rock formations, as well as for the wonderful artisan crafts that can be found in numerous galleries around town. This area is a haven for everyone who loves spectacular scenery and open spaces. Overnight Grand Canyon - 2 nights
NOTE: If you are interested in taking a balloon ride this day, indicate this on your reservation form. Reservations for the balloon ride must be made many months in advance (cost not included; must be paid directly to the balloon concession supplier).
Monday, 12 Jun 2017: Ranger-Guided Tour; Free Time to Explore Grand Canyon (D)
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast or rise early to watch the sun rise over the canyon. This morning we'll have a guided tour with a park ranger. Afterward, you are free to explore on your own. There are interpretative Ranger programs, mule rides down the canyon or along the rim, leisurely walks and rigorous hikes and so much more. There is no shortage of things to do and see. Your WTT Tour Leader will help pair up travelers with similar interests so you have someone to explore with, or you can venture out on your own if you wish. Make this your day for a very personal tour of the canyon. We will have dinner together tonight to swap stories about or day's adventures.
NOTE: If you are interested in doing a mule ride this day, so indicate on your reservation form. Reservations for the mule ride must be made many months in advance (cost not included; must be paid directly to the mule concession supplier).
Tuesday, 13 Jun 2017: Depart Early for Monument Valley; Navajo Tribal Park; Moab
We have an early morning departure for Monument Valley. Monument Valley is a Navajo Nation tribal park that preserves both the Navajo way of life and some of the most striking and recognizable landscapes of sandstone buttes, mesas and spires in the entire Southwest. Actually, this is not a valley at all, but rather a wide, flat landscape interrupted by colorful red buttes and spires rising hundreds of feet into the air. These are the last remnants of the sedimentary rock layers that once covered the entire region. We continue to Moab, Utah where we will settle in for a few days. Overnight Moab - 3 nights
Wednesday, 14 Jun 2017: Arches National Park; Free Time (B,D)
This morning we'll rise early to beat the heat and pay a visit to Arches National Park. This park contains the world's largest concentration of natural arches - sublime spans of stone that seem to defy gravity. Some are delicate ribbons curving skyward and then twisting back to the earth. Others are openings chiseled into massive mountains of otherwise solid rock. We will travel the scenic canyon drive providing easy access to some of the most impressive sites. Then this afternoon there will be plenty of free time to relax or explore this charming town and surrounding area. We'll regroup tonight to have dinner together.
Thursday, 15 Jun 2017: Morning Canyonlands National Park; Afternoon Free Time (B)
Canyonlands is the largest national park in Utah, and its diversity staggers the imagination. The Island in the Sky sits atop a massive 1500 foot mesa, quite literally an Island in the Sky. From these lofty viewpoints visitors can often see more than 100 miles in any given direction, resulting in panoramic views that encompass thousands of square miles of canyon country. After returning to Moab, the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Friday, 16 Jun 2017: Capitol Reef National Park; Bryce Canyon National Park (B,D)
Our destination today is Bryce Canyon. On our way we stop at Capitol Reef National Park, characterized by sandstone formations, cliffs and canyons, and a 100-mile long bulge in the earth's crust called the Waterpocket Fold. Erosion has carved the rock into marvelous shapes with its twisting canyons, massive domes, monoliths and spires of sandstone. Our visit will be brief, but will include rock carvings that make you wonder if the local tribes were visited by astronauts - the helmet is quite distinct on one of the figures! Upon arriving at Bryce Canyon National Park, we will drive the scenic road, stopping at viewpoints of the amphitheater. Bryce Canyon was designated a national park due to the uniqueness of the rocks. These famous spires called "hoodoos" are formed when ice and rainwater wear away the weak limestone. Wind and water have carved fantastic shapes into the landscape: castles, towers, fins and a multitude of strange creatures. Later we'll have dinner together. Overnight Bryce - 1 night
Saturday, 17 Jun 2017: Depart Early for Zion; Full Day at Zion; Farewell Dinner (B,D)
We leave Bryce Canyon this morning for a leisurely drive to Zion National Park, famous for its multi-colored sheer cliffs and monolithic sandstone walls which astound visitors. Massive canyon walls ascend toward a brilliant blue sky. To experience Zion, you need to walk among the towering cliffs, or challenge your courage in a small narrow canyon. These unique sandstone cliffs range in color from cream, to pink, to red. They could be described as sand castles crowning desert canyons. We will have our Farewell Einner this evening so that you can have a free evening in Las Vegas. Overnight Zion - 1 night
Sunday, 18 Jun 2017: Drive to Las Vegas; Free Afternoon (B)
We depart this morning for Las Vegas, NV. After arriving at the hotel, the afternoon and evening are free to explore Las Vegas with your fellow travelers. Overnight Las Vegas - 1 night
Monday, 19 Jun 2017: Return Home from Las Vegas
Alas, our adventure has come to an end. Make your return flight at your convenience.