Summary

Destinations: North America
  • 6 Days
  • Trip code: ISW
  • Activity: Culture, New Cultural Holidays
  • Min age: 16
  • Group size: 1 - 13
Leisurely

Explore canyons and towering arches of the Southwest

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.

Key information
  • 5 nights in hotels and lodges
  • 6 days land only
  • Group normally 1 to 13, plus local leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Travel by private vehicle and 4WD
Activities
  • 5 nights in hotels and lodges
  • 6 days land only
  • Group normally 1 to 13, plus local leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Travel by private vehicle and 4WD
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 – Needles and Chesler Park

  • 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
What's included
  • Food

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 – Needles and Chesler Park

  • 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

Dates & Pricing

Reviews

Accommodation

Hotels and lodges

*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, balcony with patio furniture and views of the valley. Amenities include free Wi-Fi in the lobby and an exercise room.

*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.

Essential Info

Eating and Drinking

2 dinners included.

On hotel based tours when meals aren’t included , you will usually eat out in local restaurants. We have detailed on the day by day itinerary, which meals are included and when you are likely to be eating out. To help you budget for your meals on average hotel breakfasts cost from US$6-12, lunches from US$8-15 and dinners from US$13-30; this does not include alcoholic beverages. Wine costs approximately US$5 per glass and beer US$4 per bottle. Please also be aware that a tip of approximately 15%-20% is added to group meals in North American restaurants. Applicable taxes will also be added to all listed menu prices. Please make sure we are aware of any special meal requirements before travelling. We will do all we can to accommodate for various dietary requirements but in certain parts of North America certain food types can be limited.

Is this trip for you?

This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company Grand American Adventures (GAA). As such the departures are not exclusive to Exodus and groups may be a mixture of Exodus, Grand American Adventures, and other clients. This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer service that you are used to. GAA operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel.

This active tour is suitable for people of most levels of experience and fitness, although we recommend some training prior if you intend to hike the national park trails. Active tours are about exploring the places you visit so whether it’s sightseeing, walking or hiking, you’ll be experiencing the best from each place.

There are opportunities for optional activities during your tour. Your tour leader will organise these on your behalf and you will pay locally in cash. You’ll find the main optional activities listed above under each itinerary day description, along with guideline prices. It may not be possible to do all optional activities listed on each tour.

Although each tour follows an itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility and from time to time your tour leader may suggest changes. This may be due to road conditions, weather or a visit to a special attraction or event that happens to be in progress. Flexibility is key and often a side diversion will be a highlight of the tour. Hikes and optional activities cannot be guaranteed and may vary depending on ability, group interest, local weather conditions and time of year.