6 days departing DURANGO from

Style: In-Depth
Destination: USA West
Tour Code: ISW

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Trip Overview

The Desert Southwest is alive! Canyons, adventure and luxury dominate this trip through western America where you experience the more popular regions, but in a very different way. Enjoy a private backroads tour of Monument Valley with the Navajo, followed by a backcountry desert experience through Moab's beautiful slot canyons and towering arches carved by the elements. Visit Mexican Hat, an iconic structure eroded by the elements, and Mesa Verde National Park, where the Ancestral Puebloans made their home for over 700 years. By day, explore this incredible area, but retire to your high standard hotels and lodges in the evening to relax in comfort.

Included Highlights
  • Private jeep and walking tour of Monument Valley with a Navajo guide. Enjoy dinner in the heart of the valley with the Navajo
  • Full day private tour through Moab's less frequented backcountry slot canyons
  • Visit incredible Dead Horse Point with views over Canyonlands National Park
  • Visit towering stone structures in Arches National Park
  • Explore Mesa Verde National Park - home of the Ancestral Pueblo people
Tour Facts and Features
Accommodation: 3 lodge nights, 1 resort night and 1 night hotel in Monument Valley in twin share accommodation. For your own room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see 'Dates and Prices' tab).
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle and 4WD
Meals: 5 breakfasts and 2 dinners included
Guided: Services of a professional tour leader and local specialist guides
Group size: Maximum 13
Age range: 16+

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Trip Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.

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Optional Activities (paid locally)

Our optional activities offer the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip which can be arranged once you are on tour via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.

  • Mountain biking - Moab US$45-$110
  • Float trip on the Colorado River - Moab US$60-$91
  • Extreme off-road hummer tour - Moab US$90-$100
  • Canyoneering - Moab US$100
  • Durango & Silverton Railroad day trip US$89+ (before or after the tour)

Day 1: Durango

Welcome to the city of Durango in Colorado. This historic frontier mining town has something to offer both the culture vultures and adrenaline junkies. Discover the boutique restaurants, charming galleries and stroll past exquisitely restored Victorian buildings in downtown Durango before taking in the city's surrounding scenic beauty. In the evening at 18:00, there will be a welcome meeting to meet your tour leader and fellow travellers.
Accommodation: Purgatory Resort | Meals: No meals included

Purgatory Resort
This gateway resort is situated in a beautifully dramatic area in Durango, surrounded by mountains with amenities including heated outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness centre and complementary Wi-Fi.

Day 2: Mexican Hat - Monument Valley

Today you travel to the Navajo Nation's greatest treasure, Monument Valley, via the iconic monument of Mexican Hat. A sacred land to those who call it home, the red sandstone monoliths have been the backdrop to countless Western movies. After arriving at the hotel, you set out on a backcountry 4x4 (vans in winter) driving tour, heading deep into the heart of the valley. After stops to photograph both the famous and lesser-known sights in the park, you come to 'the end of the road'. Your local Navajo guide will then lead you even deeper into the park on foot where you'll be walking to explore places that very few non-Native Americans ever to get to see. Finish your day with yet another unforgettable sunset in the heart of the valley, where the Navajo prepare a meal and you learn about their ancient cultures and customs.
Accommodation: The View Hotel | Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

The View Hotel
This relaxed Navajo-owned property is within Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Rooms feature locally-woven rugs and Native American decor, along with flat-screen TVs, minifridges, microwaves, coffeemakers, balconies with patio furniture and views of the valley. Amenities include free Wi-Fi in the lobby and an exercise room.

Day 3: Arches National Park - Moab

Stunning red sandstone arches have been created over millions of years by the whipping winds that brush down the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. The park offers leisurely hikes through spectacular sandstone landscapes with intriguing names like the Devil's Garden. One of the more widely recognised arches and by far the most visited is Delicate Arch, a 65ft freestanding arch that has become one of Utah's most famous icons. Your leader takes you through the desert, pointing out various points of interest and of course, the overwhelming number of arches within the borders of the national park. In the afternoon, why not spend a few hours experiencing the charms of Moab - the small eclectic town that serves as the gateway to both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.
Accommodation: Red Cliffs Lodge | Breakfast included

Red Cliffs Lodge
Red Cliffs is an award-winning lodge which is nestled along the banks of the Colorado River, surrounded by deep-cut Canyonlands and steep cliff walls. While the west is best known for its rugged landscape and hardy adventures, staying at the Red Cliffs Lodge is anything but primitive.

Day 4: Moab

Explore the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park by comfortable 4WD. On this trip, you travel up Salt Creek and into the archaeological epicentre of Horse Canyon. The walls appear sculpted by an artist with their smooth flowing form as you travel the canyon's sandy terrain. Continue to the southern entrance of Canyonlands near Church Rock, passing one of Utah's first and still operational ranches before entering the Needles. Leaving the pavement at Salt Creek, we soon arrive at Paul Bunyan's Potty; the most famous arch in Horse Canyon.

A short traverse through the canyon leads to your next stop, Tower Ruin, a well preserved Ancestral Puebloan home. This dwelling was probably lived in seasonally by farmers migrating between Horse Canyon and the mesa top. Midday signals a stop for picnic lunch and is a great time for you to drill the guides for more information on the area's human and natural history. After lunch, make your way to the Four Faces pictograph panel plus Castle and Fortress Arches; returning afterwards back down Horse Canyon for a short stop at the Newspaper rock petroglyphs before arriving back to Moab. This full day takes you well off-the-beaten-path and reveals a side to the area that few visitors have the privilege of seeing.
Accommodation: Red Cliffs Lodge | Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

Day 5: Moab

The first half of the day is free for activities that Moab is so famous for. These include an extreme Hummer tour, canyoneering, a float trip on the Colorado River or mountain biking the slick rock. In the late afternoon, you'll take a drive out to Dead Horse Point for a walk along the rim trail to that iconic view of the Colorado River snaking its way through the water channels. This is the perfect place to watch the sun set over Canyonlands National Park and observe how the rocks change hue with the lowering sun.
Accommodation: Red Cliffs Lodge | Meals: Breakfast included

Day 6: Mesa Verde National Park - Durango

This morning you travel west back into Colorado and to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mesa Verde National Park, located in Montezuma County. See how the Ancestral Puebloans, often referred to as the Anasazi, lived and be in awe of this archaeological masterpiece as you explore the 600 cliff dwellings. You spend the day here with your tour leader, exploring and learning about the area before arriving back to Durango where this tour ends upon arrival.
Meals: Breakfast included

This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We recommend booking post-tour accommodation if time allows. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

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  • Prices are land only. Call 0333 999 7965 for a flight inclusive quote (UK)

Solo Sleepers Optional Solo Sleeper

There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from per person. This will guarantee you your own room for every night of the tour. The number of single rooms we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.

Important Notes

We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.

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Why not arrange your own Grand American Adventures departure? For groups of 8 or more, we can offer tailor-made private departures for any of our published tours enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our style of travel at special rates. Tailored itineraries and departure dates can be chosen to suit your needs. (Subject to seasonal/operational restrictions).

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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place

Hotels Before and After your trip

Tours begin and end at our designated hotels listed below in the departure and arrival cities. You can book additional hotel nights online or contact our sales team.

Purgatory Lodge


This resort offers a variety of lodges with a host of options available. Most resort accommodations offer free Wi-Fi, flat screen tv, washer/dryers, heated outdoor pool and waterslide, hot tub and fitness centre. There is also a variety of on-site restaurants and shops.

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      Based on single, twin or double room.

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We recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. You MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation. We can offer you a comprehensive travel insurance policy which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed.

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