Grand-scale landscapes, colorful human history, and bold and beautifully bare geology come together in the Desert Southwest. Here, soaring rock monoliths meet deep canyons, ancient Anasazi cliff dwellings bump up against early-1900s trading posts, and fossil reefs and pictographs from millions of years ago come face-to-face with modern artists. Such a region instills the urge to explore.
Choose one of our guided group tours in the Desert Southwest and its many national parks—such as Big Bend, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains, Mesa Verde and Zion—and you can float the Colorado River, the lifeblood of this arid area; climb to mysterious ruins of Ancestral Puebloans, whose stories are still to be told; step into a legendary trading post that dates back to 1916; witness firsthand pictographs in caves inhabited by early Mescalero Apaches; trek to a 250-million-year-old fossil reef tucked within a sweeping bend of the Rio Grande; gaze at stars in some of the nation’s darkest skies; hike in the wildest of wildernesses; and ring in the New Year on the rim of the Grand Canyon.
If you’re more of a freestyler, we’ll put you in the driver’s seat of an iconic Airstream—along with an itinerary custom-designed just for you—so you can set off on a Desert Southwest adventure tour that takes in the art, cultures and history of places such as Mesa Verde, Santa Fe and Taos. Dip a paintbrush into watercolors and learn how to capture the scene with a local artist, become an off-roader with a Navajo guide on a jeep tour through Monument Valley or chill out in a remote field camp where yours is the only site within a vast, panoramic view.
Make your Desert Southwest adventure travels true investigations into the grand and colorful; the bold and the bare.