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National Parks Of The Four Corners Search Tour Calendar
Featuring Arches, Canyonlands & Mesa Verde National Parks, Durango-Silverton Train

Tour Dates: September 21 - 27, 2018

7 Day Package
11 Meals Included
New Itinerary

Price:
$1799 Per Person / Double Occupancy
$2399 Per Person / Single Occupancy


Discover the geologic wonders of the “Four Corners” region of Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico on this adventure into some of our nation’s most captivating parks and monuments. On this seven-day journey to four states you’ll visit four national parks, four national monuments and several state parks that will each take your breath away with their geological eccentricities. From the red rocks at Arches National Parks and Colorado National Monument, to the spectacular cliffs at Canyonlands and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Parks, to the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde and a ride aboard the historic Durango-Silverton Railroad, this memorable adventure features unique landscapes untouched by civilization, inaccessible to vehicles and truly awe-inspiring. 
 

Tour Highlights:  

  • Stay two nights in Moab to explore Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, Dead Horse Point State Park and experience the iconic "Canyonlands by Night" sound and light show
  • Get a spectacular look into the lives of the Anasazi at Mesa Verde National Park and Hovenweep National Monument 
  • See the bridges from the scenic drive in Natural Bridges National Monument
  • Visit Goosenecks State Park and gaze 1,000 feet below to see the rare geologic formation created by the San Juan River
  • Stand in four states at once at Four Corners National Monument 
  • Follow the Animas River onboard the historic Durango-Silverton Railroad 
  • Take a scenic drive through Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
  • Experience sheer-walled, red rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive in Colorado National Monument

Fine Hotels / Great Locations:

  • Nights 1-2: Springhill Suites - Moab, UT
  • Nights 3-4: Desert Rose Inn - Bluff, UT
  • Night 5: Doubletree Hotel - Durango, CO
  • Night 6: Springhill Suites - Grand Junction, CO
Day By Day Itinerary:
Day 1
Friday, 9/21/2018 - Travel to Moab
Optional transfers from home or our departure points will have us at the Los Angeles International Airport this morning for our flight to Grand Junction arriving later this afternoon. By flying into and out of Grand Junction, we can spend more time exploring the national parks, rather than driving to them. Those passengers not taking advantage of the optional group air, should arrive at the Grand Junction Airport by 3:00 p.m. Onboard our deluxe motorcoach, we’ll travel west into Utah and continue to Moab, gateway to the massive red rock formations in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Situated on the cool waters of the Colorado River and surrounded by two national parks that are home to some of the most stunning red rock landscapes on Earth, Moab’s unique location makes it one of the most sought-after destinations in the American Southwest. After time at leisure in downtown Moab for dinner on your own, we’ll begin a two-night stay here at a hotel adjacent to the Colorado River.
Day 2
Saturday, 9/22/2018 - Arches & Canyonlands
Following an included breakfast, we’ll join a local guide for a full day exploring the spectacular national parks surrounding Moab with an included picnic lunch. Canyonlands National Park is the largest national park in Utah, and its diversity staggers the imagination. We’ll explore the “Island in the Sky District” making several stops to take in the spectacular views. We continue to Dead Horse Point State Park, providing one of the most photographed scenic vistas in the world. Towering 2,000 feet above the Colorado River, the overlook provides a breathtaking panorama of Canyonlands’ sculpted pinnacles and buttes. This afternoon we continue to Arches National Park, home to the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches. We’ll make several stops to admire the spectacular arches and other geological formations including colossal sandstone fins, massive balanced rocks, soaring pinnacles and spires. This evening we’ll enjoy an included cowboy-style Dutch oven dinner in a dining room overlooking the Colorado River. We’ll then board a slow moving, flat-bottomed boat and take a leisurely cruise on a calm part of the Colorado River with a knowledgeable and entertaining guide. Once darkness settles in, 40,000 watts of natural light will illuminate the canyon walls above us. Lights, shadows, music, and narration allow the stories of the canyon’s formation, creation, and history come to life in a spectacular and original evening program that "Canyonlands by Night" has operated since 1963.
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Lunch
Dinner
Day 3
Sunday, 9/23/2018 - Moab to Bluff
After an included breakfast this morning, we head south to Natural Bridges National Monument. Here we’ll enjoy an included picnic lunch and travel Bridge View Drive, the paved 9-mile drive that provides overlooks above the three majestic natural bridges that invite you to ponder the power of water in a landscape usually defined by its absence. We continue south to Bluff to begin a two-night stay at a 3-diamond, boutique inn that is a true “diamond in the rough.” Located at the west entrance to historic Bluff, the Desert Rose Inn architecture is an all-wood style building with massive timbers which excite the senses with their intimate charm. Enjoy dinner at leisure at the inn this evening.
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Lunch
Day 4
Monday, 9/24/2018 - Goosenecks & Hovenweep
Following an included breakfast, we’ll visit Goosenecks State Park – a small park that affords a million-dollar view of a rare and amazing geologic formation – an entrenched river meander – that is, a deeply-cut river bend that make you want to pull out your camera and take a photograph. Look down 1,000 feet below and see the results of 300 million years of geological activity as the San Juan River winds and carves its way through the desert. Extend your view outwards and peer upon formations as far away as Arizona. This afternoon we visit Hovenweep National Monument – both a mystical pilgrimage and a fascinating study in ancient culture. This enchanting and inspiring place is known for the abandoned Ancestral Puebloan ruins built within a wilderness of mesas and canyons sparsely dotted with sage and juniper. Upon returning to our boutique inn, we’ll enjoy an included outdoor barbecue dinner under the stars.
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Dinner
Day 5
Tuesday, 9/25/2018 - Bluff to Durango
Following an included breakfast this morning, we’ll travel to the Four Corners Monument. This is the only place in the United States where four states intersect so you can stand in four states (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado) at one time. We continue this afternoon to Mesa Verde National Park, located in the southwest corner of Colorado. Some of the most notable and best-preserved cliff dwellings in the United States, Ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi) Indians lived here for more than 700 years between AD 600 to 1300. We‘ll visit the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum which depicts the story of the people who once thrived on this 8,000-foot plateau. On a one-hour ranger-guided tour of the Cliff Palace you’ll enter the largest of these cliff dwellings (to participate in the tour of the Cliff Palace, you must be able to climb five, 8-10 foot ladders, and walk ¼ mile over a flat 100 foot vertical climb). We continue to Durango with time at leisure to explore historic downtown Durango featuring a variety of restaurants and within walking distance of our river-front hotel.
Breakfast
Day 6
Wednesday, 9/26/2018 - Durango to Grand Junction
Following an included breakfast this morning, we’ll board the legendary Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. “All aboard” for a 3 ½ hour journey to re-live the sights and sounds of yesteryear as we travel through the Colorado Rockies between Durango and Silverton. The rugged peaks, alpine meadows and crystal lakes take us back to the early days of the West, when mountain men searched this untouched land for traces of bear and mountain lion. This afternoon we continue by motorcoach on a scenic drive north on the miraculous “Million Dollar Highway.” Mid-September to early October offers the best opportunity to enjoy the rich fall color tapestry carpeting Colorado’s Ironton and Red Mountain corridor. It’s not uncommon this time of year to see thick Aspen foliage including breathtaking red and gold aspens clinging to the steep canyon walls. Further north, we’ll visit Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, featuring some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock, and craggiest spires in North America. Traveling along South Rim Road, we’ll make several stops at scenic view points to peer down 2,000 feet below to the Gunnison River which along with the forces of weathering, has sculpted this vertical wilderness of rock, water, and sky. This evening we’ll check into our downtown Grand Junction hotel with an included dinner at a locals’ favorite.
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Dinner
Day 7
Thursday, 9/27/2018 - Colorado National Monument
Following an included breakfast, we’ll embark on one of the grandest scenic drives in the American West – the 23-mile Rim Rock Drive in Colorado National Monument. Take in the views of red rock canyons made up of rock layers that are nearly two billion years old. Extraordinary forces of erosion and time carved these layers to make this a rugged land of determination and toughness. This afternoon we arrive at the Grand Junction Airport for our return flight to Los Angeles. Those passengers not taking advantage of the optional group air, should plan to depart the Grand Junction Airport no earlier than 2:00 p.m. Those with pre-arranged transfers will be returned to their respective drop-off points. The incredible sights and stories of the National Parks in the “Four Corners” region not soon forgotten.
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Tour Inclusions:

  • 6 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations
  • 11 Meals: 3 dinners, 2 lunchs, 6 breakfasts
  • Services of a professional Good Times Travel tour director
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with local guides
  • Admissions per itinerary
  • Transportation on a deluxe motorcoach
  • Airport-hotel transfers (with purchase of group air)
  • Luggage handling throughout the tour

Additional Information:

  • Join this tour from one of the following departure points: CON, FV, SBL, LHS
  • A deposit of $250 p.p is required to reserve space
  • Balance payment due 60-90 days prior to departure
  • Roundtrip group airfare available from $495 p.p.
  • Travel protection/cancellation insurance is available and highly recommended
  • Tour Pace: On-the-Go (visit our common questions page for details on activity levels)
  • Activity Level: High (visit our common questions page for details on activity levels)
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