An Interview with Katie Arenas, Avid Traveler & OBP Travel Planner Katie Arenas grew up with an appreciation for the outdoors through immersive travel with family, friends, and as a solo traveler. She let her passion for active outdoor adventure lead her all the way to her role at Off the Beaten Path, where she […]
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.