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Southwest National Parks Adventure

Private Travel | General Interest 14 Days & 13 Nights Lead-in price: £3645

The stunning landscapes of Southwest USA unfurl before you on this 14-day self-drive journey. Your itinerary encompasses many of the region’s best national parks, including Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon and the Petrified Forest.

Enjoy the great outdoors on hiking trails for people of all abilities. Have your camera ready to capture vibrant colours and dramatic rock formations. Gain insight into Navajo and Wild West heritage from local guides. This is a chance to witness the beauty of the American Southwest, at a pace of your choosing.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Join a Navajo guide for a Jeep tour of Monument Valley, gaining insight into the landscape’s history and impressive sandstone buttes
  • Spend two nights at the lesser-visited North Rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Take a guided hike in the spectacular Zion National Park
  • Enjoy the scenery of Bryce Canyon during a gentle horse ride
  • See the unusual petrified tree stumps of Arizona’s Petrified Forest
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Standard Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Phoenix, USA

Fly directly from London to Phoenix, Arizona. Upon arrival, collect your car and drive to Scottsdale for an overnight stay at Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows. Alternatively, take a private transfer to your hotel and collect your hire car the following day. (N)

Day 2: Petrified Forest, Holbrook

Drive to the Petrified Forest National Park. En route, you may wish to stop in the city of Flagstaff, which lies along the famous Route 66 and is replete with nostalgic roadhouses and historic hotels. Stay 2 nights at La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Holbrook Petrified Forest. (B)

Day 3: Petrified Forest (Holbrook)

Your day is free for exploring the Petrified Forest National Park, whose name derives from the fossilised wood found here. The striking tree stumps are filled with colourful rings of inorganic materials such as quartz, pyrite and opal. It is also possible to visit the Painted Desert for a scenic drive, enjoying the hiking trails and viewpoints along the way. The striking red, orange and pink hues of the rock give the impression it has been painted. (B)

Day 4: Monument Valley

Travel to Canyon de Chelly this morning to visit the Navajo tribal lands – home to the Native American tribe for nearly 5,000 years. See towering sandstone cliffs, including the 229-metre Spider Rock Spire. Continue on to Monument Valley and stay at Goulding’s Lodge & Trading Post for 2 nights. This secluded property has a museum filled with movie mementos and reminders of its Navajo heritage and history as a trading post. (B)

Day 5: Monument Valley

Either this morning or afternoon, join a scenery and culture safari of Monument Valley. A Navajo guide will take you and other visitors around this fascinating landscape by Jeep, offering insights into its geography, history and traditions. Traverse deep into the side-box canyons, witness a customary performance at the natural red-rock arch of Big Hogan, and watch your guide perform a traditional chant or play a Native American flute. (B)

Day 6: Lake Powell

Continue to Lake Powell and stay overnight at the Lake Powell Resort, located directly overlooking the water. Later, join a small group for a hike into the Lower Antelope Canyon, immersing yourself in the kaleidoscopic colours of Navajo Sandstone. This characterful canyon has been formed over many years by water and wind, resulting in mesmerising shapes and vibrant hues. (B)

Day 7: Grand Canyon North Rim

En route to the Grand Canyon’s North Rim, stop at Horseshoe Bend – a dramatic horseshoe-shaped curve in the Colorado River. You may wish to try a hiking trail at this, one of the most photographed sites in the USA. Continue your drive, arriving at The Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge for a two-night stay. The North Rim has fewer visitors than the South Rim, meaning uninterrupted views of the canyon. (B)

Day 8: Grand Canyon North Rim

Enjoy spectacular views of the Grand Canyon from the North Rim, with many opportunities to try its scenic trails. At 2,683 metres, Point Imperial is the rim’s highest point, and can be accessed via a winding, vista-filled drive. The edge of the canyon provides a stunning place to watch the sunset. (B)

Day 9: Zion National Park

Journey to the renowned red rocks of Zion National Park in Utah, passing through stark landscapes on the way. Stay 2 nights at Zion Mountain Ranch. Your afternoon is free to walk through the magnificent mountain scenery of the park. (B)

Day 10: Zion National Park

Join a guide for a full- or half-day shared hike into Zion National Park, home to flowing rivers, rugged canyons and spectacular rock formations. Learn about the history, geology, flora and fauna of the region from your local guide, who knows the best places to go within the park. (B)

Day 11: Bryce Canyon

Travel to Bryce Canyon, known for its stargazing, photography opportunities and drive-up viewpoints. Stay at the Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel for 2 nights. (B)

Day 12: Bryce Canyon

Today, choose between a 3- and 1.5-hour horse ride around Bryce Canyon for a different perspective on its natural scenery. These tours are suitable for all levels, from beginner through to experienced riders. The shorter tour takes in Dixie National Forest and involves a climb of Bristlecone Pine Ridge, whereas the longer tour involves riding through the beautiful red rocks of Losee Canyon. See where Butch Cassidy would have roamed over 100 years ago by, passing an old outlaw hideout, and hear stories of times gone by. (B)

Day 13: Las Vegas

Travel from the beauty of the canyons to the bright lights of Las Vegas. Stay overnight in the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas, located in the heart of the famed Vegas Strip. This evening, you may wish to attend one of the world-class shows on offer, or visit one the high-quality restaurants found here. (B)

Day 14: Fly to the UK

Return your hire car and then catch your flight home. (B)

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION Standard tour: This Standard tour is based in 3- and 4-star hotel accommodation.

Tailor-made travel: For a price quote based on alternative accommodation, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant.

Please note: No previous horse riding experience is needed on Day 12. Modern protective equipment may not be available.

Standard private tour accommodation

  • Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows
    Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows

    Cactus-studded desert and the iconic Camelback Mountain form the backdrop of this superior retreat in Scottsdale, Arizona. Accommodation comprises 185 bungalows and suites set across the property's nine or so hectares. Interiors are characterful and stylish, drawing inspiration from art deco. Dashes of colour and pattern contrast cooling white walls and floor-to-ceiling glass. Amenities include private entrances, private patios (some with fire pits), oversized showers, coffee machines, minibars, large flat-screen televisions, and Wi-Fi. Complete with exhibition kitchen, the restaurant at Andaz Scottsdale Resort celebrates the flavours and ingredients of Southwest USA. The resort also features an outdoor swimming pool with pool-side bar and grill; and a spa boasting steam rooms, a hot tub, a separate private pool and a fitness centre.

  • Goulding's Trading Post & Lodge
    Goulding's Trading Post & Lodge

    Built by the Goulding family in 1928, this historical trading post now serves as a unique retreat around two kilometres from Mystery Valley, Arizona. Accommodation ranges from standard queen-sized rooms to a three-bedroom stand-alone home. Each room features a flat-screen satellite television, mini fridge, complimentary Wi-Fi, coffee machine, hairdryer, air-conditioning and heating, among other amenities. Capturing the Frontier spirit, there is a small on-site theatre that regular screens classic cowboy films. Meanwhile, the lodge's diner-style restaurant - raised on a red-rock slope - serves Southwestern and native Navajo cuisine with a view. Other facilities include a grocery shop and a laundromat.

  • Grand Canyon Lodge
    Grand Canyon Lodge

    One of the few properties within the Grand Canyon's lesser-visited North Rim, the Grand Canyon Lodge affords guests simple, comfortable accommodation. It was built in 1928 using local timber and limestone. There are motel-style rooms close to the main lodge, and rustic en-suite cabins set on the edge of the rim, in the shade of pine trees. At the main lodge's restaurant, guests can sample regional dishes inspired by the cuisine of the 1930s. There is also a deli serving coffee, sandwiches, salads and the like, while the saloon provides cold beverages and assorted snacks. Other lodge facilities include a gift shop selling Grand Canyon-themed items, guest laundry services, and immediate access to hiking trails.

  • Zion Mountain Ranch
    Zion Mountain Ranch

    The green plains and pink mountainscapes of Zion National Park form the scenic setting of this ranch-style hotel. The national park's east entrance lies just a five-minute drive away. A herd of buffalo roams nearby. Accommodation comprises en-suite, stand-alone cabins and lodges sprinkled across Zion Mountain Ranch's meadowland. Replete with characterful wood, interiors evoke traditional Western farmhouses. Amenities include a living space, fireplace, television, DVD player, and hairdryer. Microwaves, mini fridges and coffee facilities are also available. Facilities at Zion Mountain Ranch include a restaurant, which serves organic meals daily; a gift shop; and free parking. Popular activities available to guests include horse riding and hiking.

  • Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas
    Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas

    Part of the Waldorf Astoria condominium building, this five-star hotel lies right on the Las Vegas Strip. Casino- and smoke-free, the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas offers an alternative to the usual hotels on the Strip. Drinking and dining options include a restaurant, tea lounge, and a ‘sky bar’ showcasing panoramic city views. Other facilities include a spa, fitness centre, and indoor swimming pool. Rooms and suites are smart and contemporary. Amenities include air-conditioning, minibars, tea and coffee facilities, hairdryers, Wi-Fi, remote-control curtains, ironing equipment, and radio alarm clocks. Floor-to-ceiling windows present impressive views over the cityscape and desert beyond.

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Guideline Prices

Low season from £3645 per person

High season from £4295 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • * International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
  • * Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
  • * Car hire
  • * The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
  • * Excursions and tickets where detailed

Destinations on this tour

  • The Grand Canyon

    Stretching 446 kilometres from end to end and reaching a maximum depth of almost two kilometres, the Grand Canyon is a colossal natural phenomenon.

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  • Zion National Park

    Just a two-hour drive from Las Vegas lies Zion National Park, known for its steep, jagged cliffs, emerald pools and arid landscapes.

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  • Las Vegas

    Las Vegas is world-renowned for its casinos, fine dining and neon-lit entertainment.

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