About This Trip

15 Day Tour from Denver to Denver

Mother Nature has loaded the West with stunning scenery, and on this National Parks tour, you’ll witness some of natures finest. From red-rock formations and breathtaking canyons to free-flowing rivers and alpine landscapes, you’ll marvel at magnificent scenery throughout this tour.

This National Parks tour features Colorado National Monument, with its towering monoliths and canyons; Arches National Park, with its 2,000 preserved sandstone arches; Canyonlands National Park, with its canyons, mesas, and buttes; Dead Horse Point State Park, where massive vertical cliffs intersect with canyons carved by ice and water; Capitol Reef National Park, with one of the most scenic drives in the U.S.; Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, with its spectacular cliffs and terraces; Bryce Canyon National Park, where slow erosion over the ages has created fantastically sculpted rock formations; Zion National Park, a spectacle of massive stone formations; breathtaking Grand Canyon National Park; Monument Valley, where you’ll see the massive formations on a 4-wheel-drive tour; and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, with its spectacular narrow opening and sheer walls.

Step back in time as you visit Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you’ll see the cliff dwellings that Ancestral Puebloans called home from 600 to 1300 AD. Just imagine what life was like living there! Other tour highlights include a scenic ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad through San Juan National Forest and a visit to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, where you can trace the footsteps of some of our nation's most respected leaders.

Dates & Prices

  • Tour A:
    Jun 14 2019 to Jun 28 2019
  • Tour B:
    Aug 23 2019 to Sep 6 2019
  • Tour C:
    Sep 13 2019 to Sep 27 2019
  • Land Only from: $2489 Per person based on double occupancy.
  • Single Room Supplement $1020

Tour Information

Tour/Price Includes

  • 14 nights accommodations, double occupancy, with private facilities
  • 5 Breakfasts [B]
  • 1st-class touring coach, train & ferries per itinerary
  • Visits to the following National Parks: Arches, Canyonlands, Capital Reef, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde and Gunnison
  • View the following National Monuments: Escalante, Navajo, Sunset Crater
  • Additional sites include: Dead Horse Point State Park, Route 66, Monument Valley, Garden of the Gods; Seven Falls; US Olympic Training Center and the U.S. Air Force Academy
  • 4-wheel-drive excursion with Navajo guide in Monument Valley
  • Ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad to Silverton
  • Tour Director for Days 1 - 14
  • Choose from a variety of optional activities

Disclaimer

NOTE: Tour prices are Land Only rates based on per person double occupancy. Airfare is additional and is available through Brekke Tours. Rates and schedules subject to availability and change without notice.

Additional tour dates are available. Inquire about discounts for September departures. For availability and booking, please contact our office at 1-800-437-5302.

Please read Brekke's Terms and Conditions for this tour carefully before registering.

Tour Map

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Denver

Welcome to Denver! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions. Overnight at Holiday Inn Cherry Creek, located just minutes away from Denver's major attractions, landmarks, outdoor activities, world class shopping, museums and events.

Day 2 Denver―Vail―Glenwood Canyon―Grand Junction

Travel west into the Rockies and stop in Vail, one of America’s most popular mountain resorts. Continue through the massive 1,800-foot-high walls of Glenwood Canyon before reaching the awe-inspiring natural beauty and dramatic red-rock landscape of Grand Junction. Overnight at Grand Vista Hotel offering a spectacular view of the Grand Mesa and Colorado National Monument.

Day 3 Grand Junction―Colorado National Monument―Arches National Park―Moab

This morning, visit COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT with its canyons that drop as much as 500 feet deep. On to ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, with more than 2,000 preserved natural sandstone arches. Overnight in Moab at the Big Horn Lodge located in the heart of the Canyonlands, just a short distance from Arches National Park.

Day 4 Excursion to Canyonlands National Park & Dead Horse Point State Park

The day begins with magnificent CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK, a colorful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas, and buttes by the Colorado and Green Rivers. The remote Maze, the rugged Needles, and our destination today, the “Island in the Sky.” Continue on to DEAD HORSE POINT STATE PARK, where your Tour Director tells you the legend behind the name. Stroll along the Rim Walk, towering 2,000 feet directly above the Colorado River. The Mesa provides breathtaking views of southeastern Utah’s canyon country and the pinnacles and buttes of Canyonlands National Park. The afternoon is free for independent activities. Overnight at Big Horn Lodge.

Day 5 Moab―Capital Reef National Park―Escalante National Monument―Bryce Canyon National Park

Today’s route past Capitol Reef National Park and Escalante is one of the most spectacular, yet unknown, scenic drives in the USA. The majesty of Capitol Reef will intrigue you with its twisting canyons, massive domes, monoliths, and spires of sandstone. Next, travel along Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, where slow erosion over the ages has created fantastically sculpted rock formations resembling castle towers and cathedral spires. The natural amphitheaters and canyons glow with different lights throughout the day. Overnight at the Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn.

Day 6 Bryce Canyon National Park―Zion National Park―Page

Today, descend into half-mile-deep ZION NATIONAL PARK. “Zion” means a place of peace and refuge. Enjoy the colorful sandstone walls that rise thousands of feet above the lush greenery of the canyon floor. Later travel to the shores of Lake Powell, and join the optional cruise on the waters of America’s second-largest man-made reservoir. Overnight at the Quality Inn Lake Powell in the northern Arizona town of Page, located on the southern shores of magnificent Lake Powell.

Day 7 Page―Williams

Visit NAVAJO NATIONAL MONUMENT, located within the Navajo Nation, and established to preserve three prehistoric cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloan People. After lunch, SUNSET CRATER VOLCANO NATIONAL MONUMENT! Roughly 900 years ago, the eruption of this volcano reshaped the surrounding landscape. Afterward our journey continues to Williams, a picturesque mountain town with Route 66 as the Main Street and the gateway to the Grand Canyon. Enjoy one of the best preserved stretches of the Mother Road in America. Walk Main Street and you’ll find vintage neon on buildings that are preserved to their original character, and restaurants that have the character of the Route 66 heyday. Overnight at the La Quinta Inn and Suites with breathtaking views of the pines.

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Day 8 Excursion to Grand Canyon National Park

Today, experience one of the Natural Wonders of the World and see the beauty and splendor of GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK. The day is free to enjoy the park at your leisure. Wander along the canyon rim for breathtaking views. For a once-in-a-lifetime thrill, take an optional helicopter flightseeing trip over the Grand Canyon. Overnight at the La Quinta Inn and Suites.

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Day 9 Williams―Monument Valley―Kayenta

To experience the American West immortalized on the silver screen, journey across the Navajo Nation to MONUMENT VALLEY. Situated on the Arizona/Utah border, the valley’s scenic desert vistas and iconic buttes have appeared in countless classic Western films. See the massive formations on a memorable 4-WHEEL-DRIVE TOUR. Then, on to Kayenta, or join the optional Navajo cookout for dinner, surrounded by red-rock canyons. Overnight at Kayenta Monument Valley Inn located on the largest Indian Reservation in the US.

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Day 10 Kayenta―Mesa Verde National Park―Durango

First stop this morning is MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you walk in the footsteps of Ancestral Puebloans and see their mysterious, centuries-old cliff dwellings. Spend time at the park’s museum and visitor center, depicting the story of these people who mysteriously disappeared almost 700 years ago. Afterward, head to Durango in the Animas River Valley, surrounded by the San Juan Mountains. Tonight, maybe explore the historic downtown. Overnight at the Durango Downtown Inn situated amidst the hustle of bustle of the downtown area of Durango.

Day 11 Excursion on Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Board the DURANGO & SILVERTON NARROW-GAUGE RAILROAD this morning for a scenic ride through San Juan National Forest. Experience the adventure of traveling by a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive on the same tracks that miners, cowboys, and settlers of the Old West took more than a century ago. This historic train has been in continuous operation for more than 125 years, and the locomotives used to pull today’s train are 1923-1925 vintage. The train hugs steep canyon walls as it winds its way through the Rio de las Animas Canyon, with vistas of snowcapped peaks. Free time in Silverton, once a major mining town that owes its name to the bragging statement by an early miner, “We have no gold, but silver by the ton!” Overnight at the Durango Downtown Inn.

Day 12 Durango―Ouray―Black Canyon on the Gunnison National Park―Gunnison

Travel north through the San Juan Mountains, stopping in Ouray, a small community nestled in some of the Rockies’ most rugged and towering peaks. This afternoon, visit one of America’s newest national parks: BLACK CANYON OF THE GUNNISON NATIONAL PARK. The unique and spectacular landscape was formed slowly by the action of water and rock scouring. No other canyon in North America combines the narrow opening, sheer walls, and startling depths that you will see here. Overnight at the the Comfort Inn Gunnison Hotel, which is located on the north edge of Gunnison, surrounded by the vast wilderness of Gunnison County.

Day 13 Gunnison―Buena Vista―Colorado Springs

Our journey continues through beautiful Buena Vista, a picture-perfect town that has retained a Wild West charm and is nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Continue to Colorado Springs, where the view from the top of nearby Pikes Peak inspired Katharine Lee Bates to compose America the Beautiful more than 100 years ago. Visit the GARDEN OF THE GODS, a city park that is a garden of towering red-rock formations. Overnight at the Academy Hotel.

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Day 14 Colorado Springs―Seven Falls―US Olympic Training Center―US Air Force Academy―Denver

Visit SEVEN FALLS and discover why it has earned a spot on National Geographic’s list of International Waterfalls. At the OLYMPIC TRAINING CENTER enjoy a guided tour of the flagship training facility where the USA Swimming and Shooting teams have their national headquarters on complex. Conclude your vacation with a visit to the U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY and trace the footsteps of some of our nation’s most revered leaders. Return to Denver in the late afternoon for an evening at leisure. Overnight at the Holiday Inn Cherry Creek.

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Day 15 Denver―Depart

Your vacation ends this morning. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore Denver further with a variety of exciting optional activities.