THE COYOTE – A SOUTHWEST USA 8 DAY TOUR
Difficulty Rating: easy to moderate
It’s the place that will take your breath away multiple times a day! See the highlights of the Southwest all in one amazing journey. From the view into the one-mile deep, 271-mile long Grand Canyon, to the Alice-In-Wonderland-like lunar landscape of Bryce Canyon to breathtaking Monument Valley, nothing is more memorable than eight days in the Southwest! Hiking, rafting, and jeep tours are just a few of the activities that you can enjoy with your four-legged friend! This is an experience that is guaranteed to leave everyone with a sense of wonder and more than a few deep thoughts of our amazing good fortune to be residents and caretakers of this amazing planet.
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- Helicopter over the Grand Canyon ($254-$300)
- Rafting the Colorado River ($100)
- Imax Theater ($15)
- Navajo Guided 4×4 Tour ($60/day)
- Horseback Ride ($45-$95)*Prices of optional activities are based on third-party providers and are subject to change without notice.
Day 1-2: Departure
Leave the surreal city behind and head south to the Hoover Dam, the world’s highest dam when it was completed in 1936. After crossing over we continue to the Grand Canyon, briefly exploring a portion of Historic Route 66, a highway that helped define American history and culture. With two nights at the Grand Canyon, there will be plenty of time to take in a sunrise or sunset, hike the canyon rim for the many amazing views, and enjoy a helicopter ride or the Imax Grand Canyon.
The morning starts with 25 miles of driving with views of the Grand Canyon as we head to the Desert View entrance and east to the Navajo Nation. A quick stop at the Code Talkers exhibit in Cayenta to get an appreciation for the invaluable role the 400 Navajo soldiers played in the allies success in the Pacific Theatre in WWII before arriving at the unmistakable scenery of so many western films. The towering buttes and formations will leave you with a sense of awe as yet another of nature’s wonders unfolds before you. And, all of that before sunset!
Prepare to have your breath taken away, yet again, as we enjoy the vistas of the red rock monuments of the Valley of The Gods, sandstone cliffs of Goosenecks State Park, the La Sal Mountains, and Canyonlands National Park on our way north to Moab, base of further adventure. Spend the afternoon on a lazy rafting trip on the Colorado River as it cuts through the sandstone cliffs before taking a evening journey into Arches National Park.
Heading west we’ll explore more beautiful and bizarre landscapes, starting with Goblin Valley, so called for the unusual rock formations. A drive through the little talked about but beautiful green landscape of Capital Reef before getting to the Escalante National Monument and Kodachrome Basin, named for the amazing colors of the rock cliffs and formations we will hike through.
We spend the morning hiking the multi colored hoodoos of this surreal landscape, a landscape that seems a mix between Alice in Wonderland and a Salvador Dali painting. From here we head through the Dixie National Forest before exploring an evening ride through the upper east canyon section of Zion and views of Checkerboard Mesa.
A leisurely morning in Zion with a hike in the canyon and optional horseback ride before heading off to Vegas. For the more adventuresome there is the option to hike to Angel’s Landing, albeit without your four legged friend.