Total 14 nights
Arrival at Denver, CO
Depart London Heathrow - 1605
Arrive Denver - 1850
Journey Time - 9 hours 45 minutes
Arrival into Denver where you will pick up your rental vehicle and travel towards Denver and your hotel. Drop your bags, freshen up and go for a bite to eat before retirning for the evening...
Overnight - Denver, CO
Denver to Glenwood Springs, CO - 157 miles
This morning take a glimpse of Denver - a bustling area centered around a mile-long pedestrian promenade that is lined with outdoor cafes and flower baskets. Down every street there are mountain views. The mountain panorama visible from Denver is 120 miles long and includes nearly 200 named peaks. Downtown Denver is home to three new sports stadiums, 300 restaurants, a restored historic district filled with 90 bars and brewpubs, a collection of museums, a variety of galleries and shopping, the second largest performing arts centre in the nation, three college campuses and even a unique downtown amusement park, Six Flags Elitch Gardens. The State of Colorado Capitol Building is quite beautiful and definitely worth a visit.
Then you're heading off
for Glenwood Springs where you can enjoy beautiful mountain scenery... Go for a dip in the famous Hot Springs Pool (located in the centre of the town), visit Doc Holidays grave, Fairy Caves, Glenwood Canyon, Hanging Lake, the National Forest or the latest area attraction - Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.
Whilst there, take a look at the historic Hotel Colorado - built in 1893 this is where the Teddy Bear was supposedly invented when some hotel maids sewed and stuffed a toy bear for the President (Theodore Roosevelt) to cheer him up after a fruitless grizzly hunt.
Overnight - Glenwood Springs, CO
Glenwood Springs to Moab, UT - 198 miles
Today pick up Route I-70 West and follow the Colorado River to Grand Junction. Here we suggest you take the business loop through town and follow the signage for the Colorado National Monument. This detour will take you about 2 hours through this beautiful park and you will exit the west and pick up I-70 once again at Fruita. The route will take you on into Utah at this point. You will now begin to notice the stunning change from mountains to red rock scenery. At exit 212, take the back route (most scenic) again along the Colorado River past the Fisher Towers and the back wall of Arches and into the Moab area.
Moab is a bustling little town famous for its mountain biking trails; you are likely to see one or two bikes during your stay! Your hotel is located right along the main street. We suggest you take the evening to stroll the main street where there is a very good choice of shops and restaurants.
We have allowed three nights / two full days in the beautiful mountain town of Moab as there is just so much to do here. Why not secure yourselves on one or two of the miriad of activities/excursions available in this town. We would be delighted to arrange on your behalf. Please speak to us at time of booking.
Overnight - Moab, UT
Days 4 & 5
Home to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Moab is surrounded by some of the most stunning red rock landscapes on Earth. Moab’s unique combination of small resort town hospitality, beautiful scenery and the cool waters of the Colorado River has made it one of the most sought after destinations in the southwest.
With Moab as your base camp you can choose from a plethora of outdoor activities; partake in the world famous mountain biking, hiking, four wheel driving, or river trips of any length and experience level. Those that love to walk, run, or cycle will also love the Mill Creek Parkway, a paved pedestrian walkway that meanders through the heart of Moab. For a more relaxing visit, just sit back and enjoy the scenery along the beautiful scenic drives in the the national parks or on Moabs three Scenic Byways.
Whilst here a short drive to Arches National Park is a must. You will obtain a park map at the entry gate showing you all of the stops you can make in the park to view the stunning rock formations. Details on short walks and longer hikes are also provided and the higher elevation affords some quite spectacular views. Allow 4 hours to make most of the major stops and a short walk, longer if you wish to make a longer hike.
Also, head for the park entrance of Canyonlands National Park. Travel north for a very short distance on US-191 to US-313. This is a dead-end road but it will take you to the Canyonlands National Park-Island in the Sky District, quite beautiful. Here you must certainly stop at the Mesa Arch short loop trail….you will not be disappointed. Once again there are many stops and the map provided at the park entrance marks them all. 3-4 hours for this visit should be allowed.
Downtown Moab has a great collection of restaurants, shops and galleries. Stroll through the downtown shops for a great selection of southwestern arts and jewelry, souvenirs, t-shirts, and much more. Moab’s diverse cuisine will please any palate, from regional southwestern fare to world-class gourmet. We recommend the Moab Brewing Company for good American Style food, located at the south end of Moab just as you are about to leave the town.
Overnight (2 further nights) - Moab, UT
Moab to Mesa Verde, CO - 130 miles
A pretty straight forward drive, nothing much to see on en-route so suggest you dead head straight for Mesa Verde National Park. Once again our plan works on the presumption that you will start out early for this 2 hour drive and get yourself to Mesa Verde ideally by 12 noon. The climb up into Mesa Verde from the entrance is steep with lots of switchbacks and will take you about 45 minutes to reach the visitor centre at the top.
Mesa Verde National Park is home to the ancestral pueblo cliff dwellings, which date back to the late 1200's. These people built elaborate small villages in the sheltered alcoves of the canyon walls. A visit to Mesa Verde is quite unique and you should allow at least an afternoon here to visit the remains and enjoy the scenery.
On arrival do go to the visitor centre and book yourself on one of the ranger-guided tours which operate every hour, you can then plan the rest of your afternoon in Mesa Verde around this as everything is driveable with ample parking at all pull outs of points of interest. The tours are only a few dollars and they will take you right into the cliff dwelling remains. Both are a little adventurous and required some ladder climbing to reach them but nothing too scary. Balcony House is a little more strenuous than the tour of Cliff Palace but both are exceptionally rewarding and interesting experiences.
There is an exceptional restaurant we can pesonally recommend at Far View Lodge in Mesa Vedge National Park - a total surprise and quite unlike National Park accommodation! The restaurant has stunning views of the canyons and valleys so even if you have to wait awhile ask for a table near the window. If you do have to wait go upstairs for a drink in the small bar where there is a patio balcony.
Overnight - Mesa Verde, CO
Mesa Verde to Monument Valley, UT - 138 miles
Monument Valley presents some of the most enduring and definitive images of the American West. It
is not a valley at all, but a wide, flat, sometimes desolate landscape with red mesas and buttes jutting hundreds of feet in the air. This dramatic natural architecture is made up of the surviving remnants of sandstone layers that once covered the region. Some rise up as far as 1,000 feet. Because this magnificent area has been so well filmed and photographed over the years, it may seem quite familiar, even on a first visit. It is soon evident, though, that the natural colors really are as bright and deep as those in the pictures.
Much of the Park can be seen best by taking the 17-mile Valley Drive, a dirt road beginning at the visitor center and heading southeast past spectacular towering cliffs and mesas. Eleven marked stops at scenic places guide visitors along the route, which takes about two hours to drive.
Overnight - Monument Valley, UT
Monument Valley to the Grand Canyon, AZ - 182 miles
Imagine standing at the edge of a crevasse so huge you cannot see the end and so deep that you could stack up ten 40 story buildings and they would not reach the top. At 277 miles long and 6,000 feet deep, the Grand Canyon, a World Heritage site, is the grandfather of natural wonders encompassing over 1.2 million acres. The Canyon is a mosaic of five of the seven life zones found in North America and three of the four desert types found on the continent. Over 1,500 plant, 355 bird, 89 mammal, 47 reptile, 9 amphibian and 17 fish species live here. An easy way to familiarise yourself with the Grand Canyon is on one of the free shuttle buses that operate on 4 routes. The village route runs from Canyon View Information Plaza through the village on a 60 minute round trip. The 30 minute scenic Kaibab Trail Route runs between the South Kaibab Trailhead and Yaki Point. The 75 minute round trip on Hermit Rest Route provides transportation on the 7 mile historic and scenic Hermit Road with stops at 9 canyon overlooks. During peak seasons, the shuttle bus is the only way to see this area - Don’t miss it.
We strongly suggest you that spend one of your evenings and maybe even an early morning at the Grand Canyon Rim to experience the spectacular sunrise and sunset.
Overnight - Grand Canyon, AZ
Grand Canyon, AZ
Take a full day to explore the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park. Your first stop should be the Visitor Centre located at the South Rim Village. Here you can pick up information on short hikes, special areas that you may wish to visit during the day and helicopter or airplane rides over the Grand Canyon. A visit to see the El Tovar Lodge is a must, but we also suggest any of the scenic stops or even taking one of the guided coach tours that will explain the history and geology of the area. Another must is a visit to the IMAX Theatre, located in nearby Tusayan Village, for a thrilling 3D show based around the Grand Canyon.
Overnight - Grand Canyon, AZ
Grand Canyon to Sedona, AZ - 108 miles
Today we suggest that you leave early from the Grand Canyon and head to Flagstaff, from here you pick up US-89 through Oak Creek Canyon and on into Sedona. Along the route from Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona you will find many pullouts affording superb views of the valley and Red Rock Rim. Sedona is a quaint town in a beautiful setting, there are many very pleasant walks or if you are feeling a little more adventurous we would thoroughly recommend a jeep tour to get off the beaten track and really see and experience the rugged nature of the surrounding scenery.
Overnights - Sedona, AZ
So what can Sedona offer you? You will find world-class works of art created by the best local artisans located throughout the resort. Restaurants, nightlife, art galleries and shopping are just a five-minute walk away. For the adventurous at heart, unique activities ranging from Jeep tours and hot air balloon rides to spectacular hikes - all in what USA Today calls "the most beautiful place in America." Or just relax and enjoy the rejuvenating energy of Sedona's red earth and red rocks with a pampering massage, facial or a dip in the refreshing pool.
Despite this land's myriad geological features, many tourists relate Sedona's exceptional charm to the fact that visitors conveniently can spend a day hiking, horseback riding, or bouncing in a Jeep on trails and dirt roads that crisscross this area, and then enjoy the comfort of a prestigious resort at night. Indeed, this is the paradox and enchantment of Sedona: luxurious resorts, unique shops, impressive art galleries and fine restaurants nestled in an unusually rugged canyon surrounded by an expansive national forest.
Overnight - Sedona, AZ
Sedona to Scottsdale, AZ - 117 miles
Today we continue to slow the pace of your tour down with another relatively short drive south to the desert community of Scottsdale for a 3 night ‘wind down’ stay at one of the fabulous resorts Scottsdale has become famous for. In addition to being a golfers paradise Scottsdale offers world class shopping, some of the best Spa facilities in the world, desert tours to see the flora and fauna, hot air balloon trips sand that’s not to mention the historic downtown and abundance of award winning restaurants.
Overnight - Scottsdale, AZ
Days 13 & 14
If you like the idea of venturing out of your resort why not check out the historic old town or the myraid of fabulous shopping opportunities in the area. Visitors can also enjoy a multitude of outdoor adventures and activities including hot air balloon rides, off-road desert tours, horseback riding, rafting, hiking and more. Scottsdale is famous for golf with hundreds of courses to choose from in the area, so this provides yet another leisure option for you as you take the day to adjust to the time difference - or why not just sit back relax and enjoy your surroundings...
Your resort offers numerous opportunities to relax and pamper yourself - maybe take a dip in one of its myriad of radiant pools or indulge in a treatment at the beautifully tranquil spa facility. For those looking to venture out shopping, jeep tours, balloon trips and fine dining await. At C.N.A. we would be happy to make advance reservations for you or if you wish to leave it until you arrive make full use of the hotel concierge who will be more than willing to help you plan your day.
Overnight (2 further nights) - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale is a mere 10 miles from Phoenix Airport Sky Harbor International Airport. With your flight leaving at around 7.30pm and allowing for getting there a
nd check-in you really do not need to leave your resort until around 3pm so enjoy a relaxing morning and afternoon in the Scottsdale area. Return your car to the airport location - Please note that a one-way car rental drop off fee (of approx $300 plus tax) is payable locally on this itinerary when you return the vehicle to Phoenix Airport. Check-in for your non-stop flight back to the U.K.
Depart Phoenix - 19.25
Arrive - London Heathrow - 1310*
Journey Time - 9hr 45mins
*= Next day arrival
Note: ‘From’ prices are per person based on 2 people sharing one room travelling in low season and are subject to availability. Click the 'Quick Enquiry' tab above or call us today on 0115 9610590 for an instant price based on your specific travel dates / travel party requirements.
|No. of nights||Location||Accommodation||Room type|
|1||Denver, CO||Warwick Hotel||Deluxe room|
|1||Beaver Creek, CO||Comfort Inn||Standard room|
|3||Moab, UT||Best Western Canyonlands Inn||Standard room|
|1||Mesa Verde, CO||Far View Lodge||Kiva room|
|1||Monument Valley, AZ||Gouldings Lodge*||Standard room|
|2||Grand Canyon, AZ ||Grand Hotel||Standard room|
|2|| Sedona, AZ||Amara Resort & Spa**||Standard room|
|3||Scottsdale, AZ||Omni Resort & Spa**||Standard room|
*For a supplementary cost, subject to availability, ask us about staying at The View Hotel - built and staffed mostly by Navajo, opened in December 2008 - each room enjoys the iconic view of the "mittens" in breathtaking Monument Valley.
**Resort fee applies - payable locally/not included.
'American Rockies to the Canyonlands' Inclusions:
- Scheduled non-stop flights
- UK & US Airport taxes
- Accommodation - 14 nights as mentioned or similar.
- Compact car rental based on Hertz 'Fully Inclusive Rate' - 14 day rental***
- Exclusive travel documentation portfolio including personalised maps, itinerary and driver directions along with all applicable tickets and vouchers.
***Please note that this itinerary incurs a one-way drop off fee (of approx $300 plus tax) on the car rental payable when you return the vehicle to Phoenix.
Some hotels now charge an in house daily 'resort fee' which covers things like WiFi, local shuttle service, business & fitness centres, steam room etc. irrespective of if any/all of these services are used. Hotels may also charge for parking be that self parking or valet parking. Where applicable, such fees are not included in your prepaid cost and payable by yourselves directly to hotel at check out.
Please do remember we can work on any number of variations of this itinerary to suit your own individual requirements, the possibilities are endless… Please just give us a call on 0115 9610590 or drop us a line - tell us what you'd like and we'll do the rest!
Sometimes the hotels named in this itinerary are not available at the time of booking. Under these circumstances Complete North America will book alternative accommodation of a similar standard. Such changes will be confirmed in writing to you at the time of booking confirmation. If you are not completely happy with the alternative hotel we will happily discuss other possibilities with you in the same location.
Whilst very pleasant during the summer months the contrasts in elevation mean the weather is very changeable. From mid October through April snowfall and road closures are to be expected - particularly in National Parks such as Rocky Mountain National Park and Mesa Verde. The Canyonlands take on an incredible beauty at this time of year so whilst the weather must be taken into account when planning your itinerary we would be happy to provide you with an amended route and offer you some more specific advice on what you can expect during the winter months. Please call us on 0115 961 0590 or email us.
Best days to travel, seat assignments, special requests and flight upgrades
British Airways operate non-stop flights daily into Denver & out of Phoenix so subject to availability you can select the travel date that best suits you. Should you wish to fly with an alternative carrier we would also be happy to prepare a quote for you. Where available we will be delighted to take care of any special meal requests on your flights (vegetarian, child meals etc) – please discuss with us at the time of booking. We have exceptional deals on upgrades with British Airways to World Traveller Plus, Club World and FIRST. We have discounted prices for British Airways regional flights to Heathrow, please ask for details and if you are flying from Northern Ireland or Republic of Ireland.
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