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Red Rocks & Painted Canyons 2021 (For Families)

8 days with Tauck   Rating: Deluxe

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Arrive Phoenix 
Tour begins: 5:30 PM, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. A transfer is included from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. Arrive early and enjoy the amenities of your desert resort. Meet new friends who will join your family on this southwestern adventure at our welcome reception and dinner tonight. (D)

Day 2 Sedona & The Grand Canyon 
Stunning red-rock formations like Coffeepot Rock, Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock form an awesome backdrop for your visit to Sedona, Arizona – just like they've provided the backdrop for many Western movies. Spend some free time exploring this beautiful, historic town with its own unique energy, loved by artists, New Agers and Old West fans alike, and have lunch as you please. Continue on to Grand Canyon National Park, where you'll check out the Grand Canyon Overlook and Mather Point, guided by instructors from the Grand Canyon Field Institute. Your family will spend the night at an inside-the-park lodge right on the canyon's South Rim, from which you can experience one of nature's masterpieces after the crowds depart. Enjoy dinner at a choice of restaurants on the South Rim tonight. (B, D)

Day 3 The Canyon's east rims & Lake Powell 
If you choose to, watching the glorious sunrise at the Grand Canyon makes getting up very early well worth it! Enjoy some time to explore the South Rim of the canyon as you please; keep an eye out for mule deer, squirrels and other wildlife on the cactus-studded landscape. Later, on a guided driving tour of the canyon's East Rim as you depart Grand Canyon National Park, stop at several points including Desert View Lookout, each offering a different view of the canyon, en route to your next destination... unique, man-made Lake Powell in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Have fun at tonight's private pizza party at your lakefront resort. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Flightseeing & a Slot Canyon Walk 
Your adventures at man-made Lake Powell, formed from the Colorado River by the Glen Canyon Dam in the 1960s, will be a highlight of your family's southwestern odyssey. Get a bird's-eye view of the amazing Rainbow Bridge, Glen Canyon and Lake Powell itself on a flightseeing expedition* (weather permitting) – or you can take an optional 4-hour flightseeing excursion* to explore famous Monument Valley with a Navajo guide, available at an additional cost (see Pricing & Availability or ask at booking for details). After lunch at Lake Powell, take a private off-road excursion in an open-air 4x4 touring vehicle to explore one of the colorful slot canyons in the Navajo Nation. Return to your resort for dinner at leisure. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Rafting on the Colorado River 
No southwestern family vacation would be complete without a canyon rafting experience – and your family will never forget floating along the Colorado River through Glen Canyon together aboard a raft* today, quietly spotting the animals who live amid the unique sandstone landscapes; pack your spirit of adventure – and your sunblock! After a stop for lunch, continue on to an overnight inside Bryce Canyon National Park, where you're treated to spectacular views of natural bridges, limestone cliffs and astounding stone spires, known as hoodoos, in shades of pink, red and orange. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Saddle up in Bryce Canyon 
The hoodoos, spires, pinnacles and other amazing geologic formations of Bryce Canyon put on a magnificent "performance" as the rising sun plays over them – so you may want to get up extra early at your rustic lodge and walk a short distance to catch the show! Weather permitting, you'll saddle up and share the adventure of a trail ride*, on either a horse or a mule, escorted by a cowboy guide who will point out hidden sights within Bryce Canyon's ever-changing world of naturally carved amphitheaters, rocky spires, gravity-defying bridges, balanced rocks and sculpted limestone cliffs. After lunch, it's off to Zion National Park, where your family enjoys an overnight inside the park at historic Zion Lodge, with dinner at leisure at the lodge this evening. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Hiking & Rockin' in Zion National Park 
Spend the morning exploring Zion National Park's remarkable features – deep canyons, lush valleys, sandstone cliffs, mountain peaks, emerald pools and pink-colored gorges – as you please; eight different rock strata, deposited over 200 million years and creamy-pink Navajo Sandstone cliffs soaring 2,200 feet in height, tell the story of Earth’s history here. This afternoon, journey across a corner of the Mojave Desert from Utah to Nevada, arriving in legendary Las Vegas, a neon-bright world crafted by visionaries and entertainers. Take in the man-made wonders of this "city that never sleeps" before joining us for a special farewell reception and dinner as your family's southwestern adventure comes to an end. (B, D)

Day 8 Journey home from Las Vegas 
Tour ends: Las Vegas. Check-out time is 12:00 noon. Fly home anytime; a transfer is included from Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas to Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport. Allow yourself a minimum of two hours to check in for your flight (B)
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All This Included
Share the wonders of nature's handiwork and the spirit of pure adventure with this Arizona family vacation package. You’ll experience the very best of the American West—together. Journey to three iconic national parks, visit scenic towns and landmarks, enjoy family-friendly activities and trace the footsteps of dreamers and heroes.  See the sun rise over the Grand Canyon with a stay at an inside-the-park lodge right on the rim, and walk along the South Rim with an instructor from the Grand Canyon Field Institute... discover classic Western towns like red-rock Sedona, Arizona... float along the Colorado River on a raft... fly over Rainbow Bridge... take a private off-road tour to view colorful slot canyons in the Navajo Nation... view Bryce Canyon's famous hoodoos and ride a horse or mule along its scenic trails with a cowboy... and explore the treasures of Zion National Park!
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Insider stories about the national parks during filmed narratives by filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan
  • All gratuities to Tauck Director, local guides, & drivers
  • Guided educational hike in the Grand Canyon with an instructor from the Grand Canyon Field Institute
  • A flightseeing adventure over Rainbow Bridge & Lake Powell
  • A private off-road tour to view colorful slot canyons in the Navajo Nation
  • A trail ride with a cowboy in Bryce Canyon National Park
    18 meals; service charges, taxes & porterage
Accommodations
Scottsdale: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
Sedona: Kachina Lodge
Grand Canyon National Park: Lake Powell Resort
Bryce Canyon National Park: The Lodge at Bryce Canyon
Zion National Park: Zion Lodge
Las Vegas: Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
Notes
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  • Children under 18 must be booked in a room with at least one adult. Quadruple accommodations are not available for four adults. Triples and quadruples are usually a two-bedded room with a rollaway cot, when available. Hotels in the remote canyons of the Southwest, although chosen from the best available, may not compare with facilities found in more populated areas.Room upgrade in Las Vegas is available.
  • Recommended age: 8+; children must be 7+ for mule / horseback riding.
  • For activities marked with an asterisk (*) in day-by-day descriptions, participation is at your own risk; a signed liability waiver will be required.
  • Monument Valley Option – add $199. View colorful sandstone buttes, mesas and spires best appreciated from above on an optional flightseeing adventure* from Page, Arizona, to Monument Valley, iconic setting of many classic western films. Land near the valley within the Navajo Indian Reservation, where a Navajo guide takes you for a close-up view of the incredible monoliths rising from the valley floor; fly back to Page midday and return to Lake Powell.
  • Some accommodations within the national parks are operated by concessionaires for the National Park Service. Service staff, housekeeping and food and beverage are often part-time / seasonal hires and are relatively inexperienced; service and accommodations may not compare to Tauck’s hotels in other locations. The accommodations selected are in the heart of the park and afford exceptional access to some of the most spectacular destinations on Earth.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.