Magical Places of the Desert Southwest

The Desert Southwest is a land of red rock canyons, sweeping plateaus, and towering hoodoos. Our selection of itineraries gives you a taste of it all. Traveling through this dramatic landscape provides a surprise at every turn: ancient ruins, thousand-foot cliffs, and lush desert oases. 

In Arches National Park, marvel at the world’s largest concentration of natural arches. Head into the depths of Canyonlands National Park, where towering sandstone pinnacles pierce the desert sky. Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Parks round out Utah’s “Mighty Five,” introducing you to hoodoos, cliffs, and slot canyons on naturalist-led explorations.

Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments can’t be missed, two rugged and wild regions that stand out as truly off-the-beaten-path destinations.

In Arizona, see the legendary Grand Canyon, exploring the park’s trails by day and spending nights on the edge of the chasm. Horseshoe Bend and Monument Valley make for unforgettable stops on the Utah-Arizona border, and the ancient ruins in Mesa Verde National Park complete your journey.

The Desert Southwest Grand Slam gets you up close and personal with this region’s highlights. You’ll return home smiling, with red desert dirt in your boots and memories to last a lifetime.

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Private Custom Journeys in the Southwest

Explore national parks, pique your cultural curiosities, and find beauty and connection in remote, beautiful places.

Small Group Adventures in the Southwest

Travel with a small group and expert local guides to elevate the fun and optimize your sense of the landscape and area history.

Get lost in a world of towering red rock and endless blue sky.

This Desert Southwest video showcases captivating topography and scenery that can’t be captured in a photo or a painting. Catch a glimpse of one of OBP’s many awesome departures out for a week in the magical Desert Southwest.

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