National Parks Explorer and Rocky Mountaineer
Denver | Rocky Mountaineer | Glenwood Springs | Moab & Canyonlands National Park | Monument Valley | Lake Powell | Bryce Canyon National Park | Zion National Park | Las Vegas
From the “Mile High” city of Denver to the oasis playground of Las Vegas, this journey of a lifetime starts with a journey on the famous Rocky Mountaineer and takes you through the very best of Utah’s national parks with their stunning rock formations and unbelievable sunrises and sunsets.
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National Parks Explorer and Rocky Mountaineer
Day 1 : UK - Denver
On arrival in Denver make your way to your downtown hotel for a two night stay.
Day 2 : Denver
A free day to discover Denver’s downtown area and see sights including the giant Blue Bear sculpture, historic Larimar Square and the Colorado State Capitol.
Day 3 : Denver, Rocky Mountaineer, Glenwood Springs
Board the Rocky Mountaineer for your two-day journey through the Southwest in SilverLeaf Service. Enjoy breakfast on board as you take in views of the Gross Reservoir. The train slowly gains elevation before reaching the Continental Divide. Be sure to have your camera handy as your train travels alongside the Colorado River, passing through a series of canyons. Disembark in the resort town of Glenwood Springs, where you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Breakfast & lunch included onboard. Overnight in Glenwood Springs.
Day 4 : Glenwood Springs, Rocky Mountaineer, Moab
Re-board the Rocky Mountaineer and continue along the Colorado River into Utah, taking in the stunning red rock formations lining the cliffs in Ruby Canyon. After crossing over the Colorado-Utah state line, look out for Mount Peale, the highest point of the La Sal Mountains. Your Rocky Mountaineer journey comes to an end in Moab. Make your way to the airport to collect your rental car and spend the rest of the afternoon exploring Arches National Park, home to more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches. Overnight in Moab for two nights. Breakfast on board the Rocky Mountaineer.
Day 5 : Moab & Canyonlands National Park
The choice is your today. Explore Moab on foot or perhaps head out to explore the Canyonlands National Park, the largest in Utah and only 30 miles or so from Moab.
Day 6 : Moab - Monument Valley
Home to the Navajo Tribe, the spectacular scenery of Monument Valley is captivating year round. The giant sandstone formations towering over the desert floor are a unique kind of structure you don’t see every day. They aren’t mountains, or canyons, or even just big rocks, but something else. They are monuments. Some have been given descriptive names such as Mittens, Elephant Butte, Totem Pole, and North Window. But describing them doesn’t do it justice.
Day 7 : Monument Valley - Lake Powell
Be sure to stop at Antelope Canyon on the way to Lake Powell. The beautiful and mesmerizing swirling patterns of the nearby slot canyons are a photographer's delight. Overnight at Lake Powell for 2 nights.
Day 8 : Lake Powell
A free day to relax and explore lake Powell, a tranquil desert oasis and the perfect place to relax and unwind. Perhaps board a raft to explore the spectacular Colorado River, floating past iconic sights, including Horseshoe Bend. As you travel gently down river you will also see 5,000-year-old wall carvings made by the Indigenous Puebloan people.
Day 9 : Lake Powell - Bryce Canyon National Park
Journey to Bryce Canyon National Park today and see Horseshoe Bend from a totally different perspective – at the base of sheer cliffs, within the sweeping valley along the Colorado River. At Bryce Canyon, you’ll be left in awe by its exquisite geological wonders, including the sandcastle-like pinnacles known as hoodoos.
Day 10 : Bryce Canyon - Zion National Park
If you’re up early enough you’ll see a stunning sunrise as the dawn light gradually transforms the colours of the sandstone rock formations. Then head for Zion National Park, where water and time has carved the dramatic Zion Canyon, the centre piece of this remarkable national park, where sheer cliffs rise majestically from the canyon floor showcasing stunningly colourful layers of ancient rock.
Day 11 : Zion National Park - Las Vegas
Leave the desert behind as you travel to the neon-lit oasis of Las Vegas for a two night stay in the entertainment capital of America.
Day 12 : Las Vegas
A free days to relax in your hotel, explore the shopping malls, walk the famous Strip or perhaps take to the skies on a helicopter tour to the Grand Canyon.
Day 13 : Depart Las Vegas
Drop you rental car at the airport in time to check in for your homeward flight.
Day 14 : Arrive UK