THE MIGHTY 5 & GRAND CANYON

THE MIGHTY 5 AND GRAND CANYON

  • Arizona, Utah
$3120.00 - $4460.00

Fully Escorted By Denny Otte, take in the natural wonders of Arizon and Utah!

You will spend 11 nights and 12 days touring of some of the most amazing, naturally occuring formations and landmarks, including the Grand Canyon and the mighty 5 National Parks in Utah.

CALL 1-800-282-4287 EXT# 1402 FOR RESERVATIONS

Pricing / Info

Trip Departs October 5th - October 16th, 2020

Price per Person:

  • $3345.00 Double Occupancy
  • $3120.00 Triple Occupancy
  • $4460.00 Single Occupancy

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To Make a Reservation Call:
Denny Otte 800-282-4287 EXT# 1402
or Local 419-874-4225 EXT# 1402

OR
Please email dotte@bluelakes.com to be put on a pre-reservation list.

Mailing Address:
Blue Lakes Charters & Tours
12418 Williams Rd. – Perrysburg, OH 43551

Your Itinerary

Monday, October 5th

Departing Ohio this morning and travel across Illinois on the way to Iowa, and the state capital of Des Moines for overnight. Take advantage of the “Kickback” service with drinks and a light dinner. (555 miles) Drury Inn, West Des Moines, IAl

Tuesday, October 6th

After breakfast, continue your westward journey across the farmland of Iowa and into Nebraska.
Visit the Great Platte River Archway Monument, a museum dedicated to the history of settling the west that spans an interstate highway. Continue your journey west for overnight in Sterling, Colorado. Dinner included at a local restaurant. (548 miles) BW Sundowner, Sterling, CO (B,D)

Wednesday, October 7th

Continue west this morning with a stop in Denver to meet your Southwest Adventure Tours tour director. Enjoy a “Rocky Mountain High” as you travel through Colorado. Pass through Vail, home of one of the most famous ski resorts in the world and stop for lunch on own along the way. Just west of the Rockies lies the beautiful Red Rock country of Western Colorado including Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction. Then enter Utah and take a scenic drive through Castle Valley following the Colorado River on your way to the town of Moab for a two night stay. Not only is Moab is known as Utah’s Adventure Capitol and home to two National Parks, it has also been the location for many classic westerns and modern movies. Evening free for dinner on own. (466 miles)[Field] Fairfield Inn, Moab, UT (B)

Thursday, October 8th

This morning take a short drive to nearby Arches National Park for sightseeing. The visitor’s center will explain how geologic forces created the highest concentration of natural arches in the world with over 2,000 named arches within its 73,000-acre boundary. Visit the highlights of the park including The Windows and Delicate Arch. Return to Moab with free time for lunch on own and shopping. In the afternoon, enjoy a scenic drive to Dead Horse Point State Park, one of the most spectacular scenes in the southwest. See the expanse of Canyonlands National Park stretching to the south and the mighty Colorado River 2,000 feet below. This evening, join the group for a fun and scenic adventure as you take a Jet Boat Ride on the Colorado River through colorful red rock canyons. As the sun begins to lie low in the west, the rock colors become more vibrant and your river guide will tell you about the river’s ecosystem, geology and history. After an amazing experience, enjoy a delicious dinner served riverside before returning to your hotel. A wonderful way to conclude a great day! Fairfield Inn, Moab, UT (B,D)

Friday, October 9th

Depart Moab and travel west to Capitol Reef National Park for sightseeing of ancient petroglyphs, beautiful rock formations, deep canyons and pioneer history. Human history in the area has spanned from ancient Puebloan Culture to modern native tribes to early Mormon Pioneers. Then enjoy a wonderful picnic lunch under ancient cottonwood trees. After your time in Capitol Reef, take a drive on one of America’s most scenic roads. Scenic Highway 12 has been designated as an “All American Road,” the crown jewel of the Scenic Byways system. First, drive over Boulder Mountain reaching elevations over 9,000 feet with spectacular views of the Capitol Reef and beyond. You will pass through Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, with dramatic cliffs, high mesas, clear streams and deep canyons across the 1.9 million acre monument. In the late afternoon, arrive Bryce Canyon National Park for sightseeing and optional hiking. Soon you will arrive at Bryce Canyon National Park for another great day of sightseeing and hiking. The amazing colors and other worldly shapes of Bryce Canyon please the eye and spark the imagination. The Paiute Indians used a word to describe Bryce that translates into, "red rocks standing like men in a bowl-shaped canyon." You will visit the best viewpoints and have time to hike down in the reaches of the canyon with towering trees and rock formations on every side. Mormon settler Ebenezer Bryce, for whom the canyon was named, described it as "a hell of a place to lose a cow." After an afternoon of exploration, check into your hotel located just outside the park with the evening free for dinner on own. (267 miles) BW Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel, Bryce Canyon, UT (B,L)

Saturday, October 10th

This morning return to Bryce Canyon National Park for a spectacular morning view. Then take a short drive to see Utah's oldest and most famous national park, Zion National Park. An early Mormon settler described the park's rock formations as "temples built by hands, not of man." The local Native Americans believed mischievous spirits lived within the 2,000-foot high canyon walls and would not enter the canyon alone or stay after dark. With a full day to explore the park, there will be plenty of time to explore Zion Canyon, a lush green canyon set against sheer red cliffs, with an few cool waterfalls cascading down from above. The free shuttle system provides access to touring, hiking trails and more. Your guide will lead some sightseeing and also assist participants to find hiking trails and activities that will fit their interests and activity level. The park shuttle also connects with the town shuttle so you can explore at your own pace. After a full day, take a short drive to your hotel in Kanab with the evening free on own. (130 miles)[Field] Comfort Suites, Kanab, UT (B)

Sunday, October 11th

Depart Zion National Park and travel across the Arizona Strip before climbing the beautiful Kaibab Plateau. Reaching elevations over 8,000 feet, the Kaibab was a favorite of Teddy Roosevelt and is home to a rich variety of wildlife including elk, deer, turkey and the unique white tailed Kaibab Squirrel. Enjoy a rest stop at Jacob Lake Inn, an old fashion family run lodge started in 1923. Then enter Grand Canyon National Park North Rim, *A UNESCO World Heritage Site, for an afternoon of sightseeing. This 1.2 million acre national park hosts a vast variety of wildlife and scenic wonders. You will learn about the geology and history of the canyon while taking in its breathtaking beauty. The North Rim receives one tenth the number of visitors compared with the more developed South Rim and thus provides a much quieter and more natural Grand Canyon experience. Continue on to Lake Powell Resort located lakeside and check in. This evening join the group for dinner in the Rainbow Room with wonderful views of Lake Powell at sunset. (277 miles) Lake Powell Resort, Lake Powell, AZ (B,D)

Monday, October 12th

Enter Utah's Movie Country today as you travel east into the Four Corners area. Your first stop this morning is Goulding's Trading Post in Monument Valley, where you will have a chance to snap photos of the original set built for the filming of John Wayne's She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. Meet your Navajo guide and board a 4-wheel drive vehicle for a scenic tour of Monument Valley, location for scores of famous western films, television programs and commercials. Travel through the valley and visit famous locations such as John Ford Point, Artist Point and The Totem Pole while learning more of the Navajo traditions and way of life. After a wonderful tour, return to Goulding’s and enjoy a traditional Navajo Taco lunch. Next, you are on your way to “Four Corners”, the only place in the United States where four states meet. You will be able to stand in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona, all at the same time. Travel a short distance to Cortez, Colorado for your overnight accommodations. (275 miles)[Field] Hampton Inn, Cortez, CO (B,L)

Tuesday, October 13th

After breakfast, travel to nearby Mesa Verde National Park for a day of exploration. Here you will visit cliff dwellings where the mysterious Anasazi once lived. Known as the "Ancient Ones" to the Navajo, the Anasazi lived in the Four Corners area almost a thousand years ago, then suddenly disappeared - leaving their incredibly well-preserved dwellings to intrigue and challenge modern man. This is the nation’s largest archeological preserve with 4,000 sights including 600 cliff dwellings. Spend some time in the Visitors Center with its large collection of ancient artifacts for an introduction to the ancient culture. A local expert will guide you through the most famous ruin sites with a stop at the Spruce Tree Terrace Cafe for lunch on own. After a fascinating tour of the park, we’ll continue our journey east through Colorado and our destination in Salida. (269 miles) Comfort Inn, Salida, CO (B)

Wednesday, October 14th

Depart Salida and continue north to Colorado Springs and Garden of the Gods for touring. An abundance of plant and animal life can be found throughout its 1,340 acres, as well as the magnificent red sandstone rock formations, for which the Garden is best known. We’ll also make a stop at the Garden of the God’s Trading Post for some last minute shopping. Continue north into the Denver area and say good-bye to your Southwest Adventure Tours tour director as you drop him off at the Denver Airport. Continue into Kearney, Nebraska and our overnight stay. (538 miles) Comfort Inn & Suites, Kearney, NE (B,D)

Thursday, October 15th

After breakfast, we’re off to continue the journey through America’s heartland heading toward the Hawkeye State, Iowa. Stop in Des Moines for lunch on own, then visit West End Architectural Salvage, home of a popular DIY and HGTV remodeling reality series. Explore and shop the 50,000 square feet of reclaimed, recycled and salvaged materials (including jewelry) taken from old homes, abandoned schools and turn-of-the-century churches. This relic also features a large café complete with coffee bar featuring hot and cold espresso drinks, Italian sodas and fruit smoothies. Continue east and enjoy the remainder of the travel day relaxing and visiting with your travel companions. We are on our way to Davenport for overnight. Tonight, join the group for a farewell dinner. (484 miles) BW Plus Steeplegate Inn, Davenport, IA (B,D)

Friday, October 16th

After a hearty breakfast, your group begins its journey home, but not before we visit the world famous John Deere pavilion, the visitors center and World Headquarters of the John Deere Corporation. After our visit relax as you travel home, taking this chance to think back on the marvelous scenery and wonderful friendships you have discovered in the past few days. What an unforgettable vacation you've had in the West! (387 miles) (B)

Tour Includes 11 nights’ accommodations Services of a Southwest Adventure Tours tour director, (day 3 – day 10) 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners Entrance fees to attractions, National Parks and Monuments as mentioned in itinerary Luggage handling (one suitcase per person) *Gratuities are included for furnished meals, and the Southwest Adventures tour director, local guides and outfitters out west are included **Gratuities are not included for the Bus Driver or Blue Lakes Tour Guide Luggage handling (one suitcase per person)