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Arches-Mesa Verde Expedition: 7-day tour
School Group Rates from $189 per day
Small Groups from $239 per day

Round-trip from Salt Lake City
From From prehistoric cliff dwellings in classic desert canyons to the snow-capped peaks of the San Juan Mountains, this tour offers one of the greatest range of landscapes and activities in the entire Rocky Mountain area. Raft the Colorado River, photograph mysterious rock art, explore ancient Anasazi ruins, ride the famous Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad over a 10,000-foot pass, and soak in a private spa fed by a natural hot springs. This tour is quickly becoming a favorite for families and small groups alike.
Day 1: SALT LAKE CITY TO ARCHES NATIONAL PARK: Sego Canyon Petroglyphs, Court House Towers & hike in the area of Court House Towers
From Salt Lake City, we descend into the deserts of East-central Utah to explore the area’s prehistoric past. You will explore an archaeological site featuring rock art over 10,000 years old before arriving at Arches National Park where you will hike the Park Avenue Trail at sunset and witness the incredible color change in the areas of Court House Towers.
Day 2: ARCHES NATIONAL PARK: Hike to Delicate Arch, Balanced Rock, and Windows Section with Sunset at Double Arch
This day incldues an early morning hike to Delicate Arch, one of the most photographed features in Arches. The photo-tour incldes Balanced Rock, Petrified Sand Dunes, and Fiery Furnace Viewpoint. Late afternoon, we will explore the Windows Section and experience sunset at Double Arch.
Day 3: ARCHES NATIONAL PARKAND CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK: Colorado River Rafting or hike through Devils Garden, and Sunset at Mesa Arch
This morning begins with your choice of Class 1-2 rafting on the Colorado River or taking on the challenge of hiking through Devils Garden to view less visited sites, including Landscape Arch, the largest arch in the entire park. Afternoon and evening activities in Canyonlands National Park include Mesa Arch and sunset at the Green River Overlook.
Day 4: NATURAL BRIDGES NATIONAL MONUMENT: Edge of the Cedar State Park, Valley of the Gods & Monument Valley
Departing Arches NP, we travel south to experience Anasazi dwellings built centuries ago, including a kiva in Edge of the Cedar State park. Mid-afternnon, we photograph geological features at Natural Bridges National Monument and then descend into the Valley of the Gods. Our day concludes at Monument Valley, with monoliths and spiral towering hundreds of feet above the desert floor.
Day 5: MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK: Long House, Square Tower House, Cliff Palace & Spruce Tree Museum
Arriving at Mesa Verde National Park, we treat you to a ranger-guided tour of Long House Ruins, where you can glimpse into the lives of Ancestral Puebloans. After lunch, we take a photo-tour of several ruins from across the canyon, including Cliff Palace and Square House Tower, before departing for our hotel in Durango, CO.
Day 6: HISTORIC DURANGO-SILVERTON TRAIN RIDE: Animas River and the San Juan Mountains of SW Colorado
Board the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for a trip along the beautiful Animas River through the San Juan Mountains and over Molas Pass (10,900 ft.) and to the historic mining community of Silverton, CO. After lunch in Silverton, we continue to traverse the San Juan Mountains until we arrive at Ouray, where we treat you to a soak at the Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa.
Day 7: Return to SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH: Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument & John Wesley Powell Museum
As we leave the San Juan Mountains, we stop at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. You will discover how the deepest, most narrow canyon in the continental U.S. earned its name, "Black Canyon." The final stop on our tour is on the banks of the Green River in central Utah, at the John Wesley Powell Museum. Arrival time back in Salt Lake City is early evening.
Day 7: BLACK CANYON OF THE GUNNISON & RETURN TO SALT LAKE CITY: Black Canyon of the Gunnison Natl. Monument & John Wesley Powell Museum
As you leave the San Juan Mtns. and the Four Corners area, we treat you to one last national monument: The Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Discover how the deepest, most narrow canyon in the continental U.S.has earned its name. The final stop on your tour is on the banks of the Green River in central Utah at the John Wesley Powell Museum. Overnight: Super 8 Airport, Salt Lake City

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