Off The Beaten Path : Group Guided Journey : Itinerary

Exploring Arches, Canyonlands, Monument Valley, and Mesa Verde


2015 DEPARTURES

5/10-5/15, 6/7-6/12, 8/23-8/28, 9/20-9/25

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Trip Length 6 days/5 nights
Group Size 4-16
Arrive/Depart Durango, Colorado
Price From $2,595 to $2,995
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Territory Map

Day 1 (Moab and Arches National Park) Today you explore the wonders of Arches National Park, which contains the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches as well as other unusual rock formations. Hikes might include the Windows, Devil’s Garden, and Landscape Arch. All in all, you will see over 20 arches, and will view the famous Delicate Arch from the overlook.
Day 2 (Canyoneering and Canyonlands National Park) Today is “Canyoneering 101”—your introduction to the fun and exciting sport of rappelling into hard-to-reach canyons. Your first rappel is down into a small stone "room," followed by another incredible rappel into an alluring green canyon, via an enormous natural stone bridge. Deep in the canyon, hike along a spring-fed stream while the guide offers insights into the geology, plant life and natural history. Then it’s off to explore the rugged Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park.
Day 3 (Canyonlands National Park and Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument) Get your morning news at Newspaper Rock State Historical Monument, which features a flat rock with one of the largest known collections of petroglyphs. The guide might lead you to yet more rock art down a primitive, off the beaten path trail. Moving on to the Needles and Islands in the Sky Districts of Canyonlands National Park, explore more intricate trails through this bizarre rock world. Hikes might include Cave Springs and Elephant Hill.
Day 4 (Monument Valley) You’ll recognize Monument Valley from old John Wayne westerns. The red mesas and free-standing rock formations, reaching up to 1,000 feet tall, are some of the most enduring and definitive images of the American West. The valley lies within the Navajo Nation, and you will be joined by a local Navajo guide, who will lead the group on a six-hour jeep tour deep into the landscape. A number of iconic formations are on the route of this photo safari, including the Mittens, Elephant Butte, Camel Butte, and the North Window.
Day 5 (Mesa Verde National Park) This will be a terrific day, with plenty of time to explore and experience the incredible Mesa Verde National Park. Mesa Verde offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Puebloan people who lived here for a period of over 700 years, from 600 A.D. to 1300 A.D. You’ll see some of the most notable and best preserved Puebloan ruins in the United States. Your guide will introduce you to this exceptional trove of Ancestral Puebloan history and present the mystery of this sophisticated culture. The largest dwelling at Mesa Verde is Cliff Palace, with 150 rooms and 75 open areas. You arrive in Durango with time to check into your room and freshen up before an exceptional farewell dinner in the heart of historic Durango.
Day 6 (Durango for flights home) Gather your memories of the week, absorb the ambience of this beautiful place one more time, and head to the airport for your connections home.