NATIONAL PARKS

WESTERN CANYONS

Found here: stop-in-your-tracks scenery and unadulterated adventure! There’s a reason the Western Canyons of Arizona, Utah, and Nevada have been the stage for escapist Westerns, artistic inspiration, and the catalyst for many a traveler to fall in love with America’s outback. Picture towers of precariously balanced boulders, cavernous canyons that dive into the earth, and delicate sandstone arches sculpted over centuries by the wind and the rain. You’ll see all of this and more on a Western Canyons vacation. So magical are the vistas that when painter Frederick Samuel Dellenbaugh debuted an exhibit of Zion’s landscapes in 1904 at the World’s Fair, viewers insisted they were make-believe.

The best part? These vast, unreal desertscapes are totally hands-on. They beg to be climbed, hiked, biked, photographed, repelled, and rafted. Even more magical is happening upon ancient rock paintings, adobe villages tucked inside the eye of a cliff, and standing in the footsteps of iconic explorers. We’ll help you discover them all on a private, custom Western Canyons vacation.

HIGHLIGHTS

GRAND CANYON


GRAND CANYON

Stand at the lip of the Grand Canyon on your Grand Canyon vacation and you’re standing on two-billion years of history—nearly half of Earth’s existence. Here, the sheer magnitude of nature’s power reigns supreme. You’ll watch the mighty Colorado River snake its way along the bottom, carving away at some of the earth’s oldest exposed rock as it’s done for over six-million years. You’ll be instantly humbled witnessing the sun rise and set over glowing cliffs, trekking six-thousand feet down the walls, and learning about the fascinating history and geology of the region.

WHAT WE REVEAL
It’s no surprise millions of visitors pass through Arizona every year to catch a glimpse of the canyon. We’ll help you experience the wow moments on your Grand Canyon vacation while dodging the crowds and following in the footsteps of the first explorers. Our naturalist guides will lead you down gorgeous trails suited to all levels of hikers, to the quietest vistas, and on exciting bike tours of the southern rim. Along the way you’ll unlock the millions of years of history preserved in the rocks and be in awe of even the tiniest plants and creatures. For a truly special experience, we can arrange a helicopter flight over and into the Grand Canyon or a behind-the-scenes gallery visits. Plus, we know the sweet-spot when it comes to planning ahead for your Grand Canyon vacation and securing hard-to-get accommodations on the South and North Rim.

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> Zion National Park
> Sedona
> The Southwest

ZION NATIONAL PARK


ZION NATIONAL PARK

A Zion National Park vacation begins the second you glimpse those famous megalithic cliffs in front of you. These mighty red-and-white rocks, and the Virgin River valley through them, shelter canyons filled with emerald pools, switchback trails that tightrope mountain spines, weeping rocks, alpine meadows, and hidden grottoes. The scale of the cliffs is neck straining – some of them span 2,200 feet from top to bottom. Zion National Park is particularly special because no matter your hiking ability, there is a way to access these treasures—from leisurely strolls on well-maintained pathways to multi-day treks deep into the heart of the park.

WHAT WE REVEAL
Zion National Park vacations are some of our most requested trips. By far the biggest draw is the hiking. The forest of pinnacles here is spectacular, and your private guide will take you for walks on trails away from the crowds to see some of the best formations. We can arrange for privately guided hikes to suit your group’s desires and abilities. A 3-hour drive northeast from Las Vegas, 1.5 hours from Bryce Canyon National Park and in close proximity to the Grand Canyon, Zion is the perfect starting point for an exciting, multi-stop adventure through the Western Canyonlands.

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> Bryce Canyon National Park
> Grand Canyon
> Capitol Reef National Park

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK


BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK

Photographs and words can’t do justice to the stunning, otherworldly wilderness of Bryce Canyon’s amphitheater of pinnacles, pillars and hoodoos; the indigenous people who first lived in the area called the formations “red rocks standing like men.” Indeed, they resemble fingers, stacks of rings, pinnacles, spires and fins, with colors that range from bright oranges to bold yellows and reds. Sculpted by forces of erosion over millions of years, Bryce Canyon (named for Mormon pioneer Ebenezer Bryce) is not a true canyon; rather, it’s the scalloped edge of a huge mesa called Paunsaugant Plateau in southwestern Utah. Besides being a dreamscape for photographers, Bryce has some of the clearest and cleanest air on the planet and thus is one of the best places for night sky stargazing.

WHAT WE REVEAL
Bryce Canyon is one of the most popular parks in the USA… and for good reason. It is open year-round, although it can be blazing hot in mid-summer and very cold in winter. The rim at the canyon varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet in elevation.

During your Bryce Canyon vacation, our naturalist guides will take you to some of the park’s best scenic overlooks along the 17-mile road and lead you on hikes down into the hoodoos. In addition to explaining how the forces of wind and water created the hoodoos, your guide will select a beautiful location for a picnic lunch. You’ll return to your hotel in the late afternoon with time to relax before dinner.

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> Grand Canyon
> Zion National Park

MOAB


MOAB

Just outside of Moab is this sandstone wonderland. During your Arches National Park vacation you’ll be smack in the middle of the world’s highest density of rock arches on earth; there are over 2,000 of them! These seemingly impossible formations have been carved by the wind and rain for centuries. Surrounding them are fantastical spires with giant boulders teetering on their tops.

The single road that passes through the park is a mellow drive. There are photographic viewpoints and trailheads over rolling sandstone plateaus to the famous sites including Fiery Furnace and the Delicate Arch, as well as lesser-known but equally captivating spots only reachable on foot.

WHAT WE REVEAL
Everyone will be dazzled by Arches; a park that enthralls visitors of all ages with its relaxed trails. Be sure to go cycling or learn to rock climb in Moab, raft the Colorado River, tour and hike in the stunning Canyonlands National Park, and even venture further afield to Zion National Park or Capitol Reef National Park. We promise you’ll be totally wowed.

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> Arches National Park
> Canyonlands National Park
> Grand Junction & Western Colorado

ARCHES NATIONAL PARK


ARCHES NATIONAL PARK

Just outside of Moab is this sandstone wonderland. During your Arches National Park vacation you’ll be smack in the middle of the world’s highest density of rock arches on earth; there are over 2,000 of them! These seemingly impossible formations have been carved by the wind and rain for centuries. Surrounding them are fantastical spires with giant boulders teetering on their tops.

The single road that passes through the park is a mellow drive. There are photographic viewpoints and trailheads over rolling sandstone plateaus to the famous sites including Fiery Furnace and the Delicate Arch, as well as lesser-known but equally captivating spots only reachable on foot.

WHAT WE REVEAL
Everyone will be dazzled by Arches; a park that enthralls visitors of all ages with its relaxed trails. Be sure to go cycling or learn to rock climb in Moab, raft the Colorado River, tour and hike in the stunning Canyonlands National Park, and even venture further afield to Zion National Park or Capitol Reef National Park. We promise you’ll be totally wowed.

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> Moab
> Canyonlands National Park
> Capitol Reef National Park

CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK


CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK

We escape on a Canyonlands National Park vacation when we want to feel like we’re totally alone in the great unknown. Canyonlands is one of those rare places that remains under the radar just enough that you can still feel like you have the place all to yourself. Mostly wilderness, with few people and fewer roads, hiking through Canyonlands feels like a real back-country adventure even if you just wander a few yards off the main road. With this in mind, a mere half-hour hike can take you to outlandish vistas over oceans of tie-dye rock monuments.

WHAT WE REVEAL
It isn’t always easy to know how to navigate Canyonlands expansive wilderness. This is where Revealed America comes in. We work with private guides who use vehicles optimized for the terrain and show guests the subtleties and intricacies of the area. Our guides know the geology, flora, fauna, weather—and stories, always the most important part of any tour. Make your experience special with a picnic lunch in the still of the canyons.

We recommend combining a trip to Canyonlands with visits to other parks nearby: Arches National Park, Capitol Reef National Park and Utah’s Monument Valley. We can create a custom itinerary that will include exactly the kind of experience you’re looking for, with just the right blend of relaxation, adventure, and exploration.

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> Arches National Park
> Capitol Reef National Park
> Moab

SEDONA


SEDONA

Sedona is the ultimate jumping-off point for any Southwest adventure. The sandstone buttes that frame this community create a stunning red rock backdrop, and contain hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails. At sunset the whole town glows as the evening light brings new vibrancy to their desert hues.

Sedona has become a center for art and its historic uptown area is the perfect place to spend a leisurely afternoon meandering through its many galleries, boutiques and restaurants. Those more inclined to adventure will find it in spades as the town’s central location make it the ideal starting point for further exploration of the canyons and forests of Arizona and beyond.

WHAT WE REVEAL
Meet your private guide for a world famous 4×4 Jeep adventure. Become awestruck as you travel on and over the red rock formations, taking in panoramic vistas of Sedona’s sandstone mesas and pinon pine forest. Hang on as your Jeep navigates the rocky trail, climbing to the top of a red rock lookout point and then descending the Road of No Return. And although you may not associate fly fishing with Sedona, our guides know all the right places along Oak Creek. At night, be thrilled by a private stargazing experience; you’re likely to see more stars than ever before as you learn about the heavens above.

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> Grand Canyon
> Scottsdale
> Western Canyons

LAS VEGAS


LAS VEGAS

While active, outdoor adventure is not likely the first thing that comes to mind when you conjure up images of Las Vegas, this glittery city is a fantastic gateway for Nevada’s rugged landscape. Eschewing the slot machines and 24/7 buffets, you may find yourself driving through the Valley of Fire – classic desert scenery that is the very stuff wild west films are made of – or kayaking along the Colorado River or cycling through Red Rock Canyon. And yet … there is much to explore within the city confines and we’ll take you there as well.

WHAT WE REVEAL
This being Las Vegas, it’s only right that we take you to the iconic “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign and the original Las Vegas Strip, featuring the Feemont Street Experience, with 12.5 million lights and 550,000 watts of amazing sound at VivaVision. Venture to Hoover Dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. Spend a day in wild west ghost towns after a scenic drive through the Mojave Desert on Historic Route 66. Visit the site of a former silver mine, complete with mine shafts and tunnels. Tip back a refreshing cold brew at an original cowboy saloon. In the magical city that never sleeps, our insider recommendations will keep you on your toes. Further afield, use Las Vegas as a jumping-off point for a Grand Canyon exploration, where you’ll hike on trails seldom used by other hikers and take off for an insightful helicopter flightseeing tour over the most stunning of American natural wonders.

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> Zion National Park
> Bryce Canyon National Park
> Grand Canyon

CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK


CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK

We have the early pioneers to thank for calling a dry, rocky bunch of rock in southern Utah a reef. Typically when one hears “reef,” it conjures up images of rainbow-hued fish and pastel-painted coral. Not so here in Utah. For hundreds of miles parallel ridges rise from the desert like giant waves – it’s called the Waterpocket Fold. Its sheer size blocked east-west travel for decades. Today, your Capitol Reef National Park vacation takes full advantage of the beautiful rugged landscape, with rock the color of blood oranges and cathedral-esque sandstone formations. Capitol Reef is a birdwatcher’s paradise; you may see bald eagles, peregrine falcons, even pelicans – as well as petroglyphs dating back as far as 700 CE.

WHAT WE REVEAL
Venture to the lesser-known sections of Capitol Reef National Park on fantastic hikes of all lengths, or on a jeep tour along a rugged road into the wilderness. There are massive domes to be marveled at (many of which echo the US Capitol’s own dome), and shady orchards at the Mormon community of Fruita to be wandered. Pick cherries in June, apricots in July, pears in August and apples in September. Walk to the 133-foot-long Hickman Natural Bridge for glimpses of Fremont culture ruins. Your Capitol Reef National Park vacation will be spent in awe of the Navajo sandstone formations and pioneering history that are so emblematic of this region, from the Temple of the Sun and Temple of the Moon, to the Pioneer Register, where you’ll see listed the names of miners, settlers and other adventures who passed through starting in 1871.

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> Bryce Canyon National Park
> Zion National Park
> Moab

LAKE POWELL & MONUMENT VALLEY


LAKE POWELL & MONUMENT VALLEY

Lake Powell sure packs a punch with 185 miles of water in which to boat and swim, plus millions of acres of desert to explore in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. This vast playground was formed in the 1960s when a massive dam was built and flooded Glen Canyon. No matter the time of year, water lovers flock here for houseboating and swimming in the wonderfully warm waters, fishing in the springtime and hiking at North and South Lake come fall. Nearby, Monument Valley offers an untrammeled wilderness, with the best views from Highway 163. With their brick-red spires and sandstone towers, some as tall as 1,200 feet, you’ll recognize these iconic views as soon as you see them. Wander the same land that was once home to Ancestral Puebloans, who vacated the area approximately 700 years ago.

WHAT WE REVEAL
To fully partake in the riches of Lake Powell and Monument Valley, you’ll travel with local, expert guides, who are able to grant entrée into otherwise inaccessible areas of the region. At Monument Valley Tribal Park, you’ll meet a personal Navajo guide, who will unveil this undeveloped landscape, including Elephant Butte, the Three Sister spires, Big Chief Monument and Sleeping Dragon Rock. Snap photos in the restricted-to-most-visitors Sun’s Eye Arch and some of the valley’s oldest Anasazi ruins, petroglyphs and pictographs.

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> Grand Canyon
> Canyonlands National Park
> Mesa Verde National Park & Durango

SCOTTSDALE


SCOTTSDALE

Whether you’re in it for the contemporary and western art that lines the walls of the city’s ubiquitous galleries, or the incredible natural, outdoor adventure that awaits just outside the city limits, a Scottsdale vacation is a dream. Lush green lawns, sparkling fountains, shops full of Native American crafts – from handwoven Navajo rugs to Zuni silver jewelry – fascinating museums, world-class dining and more await those exploring the Valley of the Sun.

WHAT WE REVEAL
We have the insider tips to make the most of your Scottsdale vacation, ensuring that you won’t leave a rock unturned. Stop into the unique Musical Instrument Museum, a hit for all ages with its collection of more than 15,000 instruments and associated objects representing every inhabited continent. Head into the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, with more than 170 miles of trails boasting blooming cacti, wildflowers, cactus wrens and several hundred species of migrating birds. Among our favorites: the two-trail Ringtail Trail hike to Lost Dog Overlook, an ancient tool-making site – the rock flakes you’re standing on very well could have been part of the original tools. Then, on to Bell Pass, the Sunrise or the Wingate. It is hard to choose just one hike, so we’ll adapt our trekking days to your level and then get out there! Take a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon. Tee off on the many championship golf courses that dot the valley like a verdant quilt. Tune in to the art and history of the region at the Museum of the West, with its outstanding collection of Western art and rare historic artifacts.

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> Grand Canyon
> Sedona

SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK


SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK

Journey to the land of the nation’s largest cacti, Saguaro National Park in Tucson, Arizona. This universal symbol of the American West is only found in a very small portion of the country, making it all the more meaningful when you’re standing right next to one. The park itself lies to the east and west of Tucson, making a Saguaro vacation a pleasing blend of cosmopolitan city life and magnificent desert explorations.

WHAT WE REVEAL
You’ll likely return home with more photos than you can count of the giant saguaro silhouetted against a pastel desert sunset. We don’t blame you. These majestic sentinels are protected here in Saguaro National Park. Nearby, you’ll find the 98-acre Sonoran Desert Museum, where 85 percent of the exhibits are outdoors. We’ll explore 21 interpreted acres as we walk through various desert habitats and search for the 230 different animal species and 1,200 fauna types. Stop at one of the world’s most comprehensive regional mineral collections and satisfy your inner rock- and gem-lover. Much of our exploration will focus on the awe-inspiring western half of the national park, the Tucson Mountain District. With more than 165 miles of hiking trails, we have much to choose from. Depending on your interests and fitness level, hikes may range from Douglas Spring Trailhead to the more remote Italian Spring Trailhead. Some of the best views of a saguaro-filled valley are at the culmination of the short and easy Valley View Overlook Trail.

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> Grand Canyon
> Sedona
> Scottsdale

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