When my forever-adventuring mother initially suggested the trip, I thought, “Palm Springs?” It seemed out of left field, as our family trips typically revolve around National and State Parks with lots of hiking. After visiting, I can see why she was so excited to travel to the Coachella Valley. Each day was a special treat […]
The Desert Southwest is land of red rock canyons, sweeping plateaus, and towering hoodoos, and our National Parks Grand Slam 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, where you explore the park’s trails by day and spend your 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.