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Tauck: Red Rocks and Painted Canyons 8 Day Tour

Share the wonders of nature's handiwork with your family on this enchanting Utah, Nevada and Arizona vacation. 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 and Kanab, Utah ("Little Hollywood")... float along the Colorado River on a raft... flightsee over Rainbow Bridge... explore the Lake Powell area on an off-road slot canyon adventure or on a boat cruise... view Bryce Canyon's famous hoodoos and ride a horse or mule along its scenic trails with a cowboy... and take a hike at Zion National Park!

Traveling Well Includes:

  • Enjoy a complimentary night before your tour begins at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, one of the Southwest's finest resorts (subject to availability); ask at booking
  • Guided educational hike in the Grand Canyon with an instructor from the Grand Canyon Field Institute
  • Exclusive filmed vignettes by Ken Burns
  • Flightseeing adventure over Rainbow Bridge & Lake Powell
  • A private lake cruise and guided tour to view colorful slot canyons in the Navajo Nation
  • A trail ride with a cowboy in Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Optional guided Pink Jeep off-road excursion into the Sedona Hills
  • Private tram tour in Zion National Park
  • Colorado River trip in Glen Canyon on a pontoon raft
  • Visit to Kanab, Utah, to see where westerns were made
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure as noted
  • 18 meals (7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 7 dinners); all gratuities to Tauck Director, local guides & drivers; service charges, taxes, and porterage


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Day 1: Welcome to Arizona, the "Grand Canyon State"
Meals: D
Your family's Arizona vacation begins at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North at 5:30 PM. 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 Arizona vacation adventure at our welcome reception and dinner tonight.
Lodging: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Day 2: On location in Sedona and on to the Grand Canyon
Meals: B, D
Stunning red-rock formations like Coffeepot Rock, Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock form an awesome backdrop for your visit to Sedona – just like they've provided the backdrop for many Western movies; enjoy some free time in this beautiful, historic town with its own unique energy, loved by artists, New Agers and Old West fans alike. Continue on to an overnight stay at incredible Grand Canyon National Park, where you'll experience one of nature's masterpieces with your family after the crowds depart – and be sure to watch the sun set over the canyon! More than one mile deep, the Grand Canyon is connected with Bryce Canyon and Zion Canyon by a series of cliffs known as the Grand Staircase. Your family will spend the night at an inside-the-park lodge right on the canyon's South Rim, and enjoy dinner at a choice of restaurants tonight.
Lodging: Kachina Lodge

Day 3: Explore the Grand Canyon's south & east rims, then on to Lake Powell
Meals: B, L, D
If you choose to, watching the glorious sunrise at the Grand Canyon makes getting up very early well worth it! Join an instructor from the Grand Canyon Field Institute for this morning's informative, guided two-hour walk along the South Rim of the canyon, followed by some time to enjoy as you please. Keep an eye out for mule deer, squirrels and other wildlife as you explore 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.
Lodging: Lake Powell Resort

Day 4: Fly over Rainbow Bridge and explore more of Lake Powell
Meals: B, L, D
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 Arizona vacation. Get a bird's-eye view of the amazing Rainbow Bridge, Glen Canyon and Lake Powell itself on a flightseeing expedition* – or you can take a 4-hour flightseeing excursion* to explore famous Monument Valley with a Navajo guide, available at an additional cost of $199 per person (ask at booking for details). Later in the day, everyone has a choice of ways to explore the area – hop aboard a boat for a cruise on Lake Powell and spectacular views of Glen Canyon Dam, or take an off-road adventure* to one of the mysterious slot canyons of the Southwest; difficult to reach and explore on your own, they are revered for their special beauty and change color as the sun moves overhead.
Lodging: Lake Powell Resort

Day 5: Glen Canyon rafting, a touch of the Old West in Kanab & on to Bryce Canyon
Meals: B, L, D
No Arizona 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! Enjoy real Old-West-style entertainment during lunch in Kanab, Utah, this afternoon, another town you may recognize as the setting for many "cowboy" movies and TV shows. 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.
Lodging: The Lodge at Bryce Canyon

Day 6: Ride the trails of Bryce Canyon's wonderland, then off to Zion
Meals: B, L, D
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. After lunch, it's off to Zion National Park.
Lodging: Zion Lodge

Day 7: From natural treasures in Zion to neon wonders in Las Vegas
Meals: B, D
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. This afternoon, journey across a corner of the Mojave Desert from Utah to Nevada, arriving in legendary Las Vegas; take in the neon wonders of this "city that never sleeps" before joining us for a farewell dinner as your Nevada, Utah and Arizona vacation comes to an end.
Lodging: Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas

Day 8: Journey home from Las Vegas
Meals: B
Tauck's family Utah, Nevada and Arizona vacation ends: Las Vegas. Red Rocks & Painted Canyons ends today as you say goodbye to the friends you've made. 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.

Note: For activities marked with an asterisk (*) in day-by-day descriptions, participation is at your own risk; a signed liability waiver will be required.

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