Spirit of the Desert

Visit Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Grand Canyon, Zion

in USA

Available as a Self Drive or Escorted Tour holiday

9 nights from £4,850 per person.

ID: TCL-4-178


Author and filmmaker Dayton Duncan on Tauck's ultimate Southwestern and Grand Canyon vacation: "When Ken Burns and I set out to make The National Parks: America's Best Idea for PBS, we were not interested in making a travelogue or a nature film. We wanted to tell the story of an idea – a uniquely American idea – that a nation's most special and sacred sites should be set aside, not for royalty or the rich alone, but for everyone and for all time. In our partnership with Tauck, we chose to craft our first tour around six national parks in the Southwest that evoke the haunting spirit of the desert – the spirit of the nautral beauty and the spirit of the people.

We'll take you behind-the-scenes to tell some of the stories of our days filming in the national parks of the Southwest, and you'll meet several people who helped us along the way. Through them, you'll hear rich stories and learn about the characters and events that shaped the parks – and come away with much more than a gallery of scenic pictures. We hope this trip will lead you to a deeper appreciation of the parks, create a lasting memory, and help you feel for yourself the spirit of these special places."

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Package Summary
  • Exclusive to Tauck! Filmed vignettes by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan share their own personal stories and tell the stories of those who shaped the creation & preservation of the national parks
  • Six National Parks! On the ground or by air, explore Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, Zion and Grand Canyon national parks – more than any other Tauck trip
  • Two Flightseeing Adventures! Fly over the extraordinary remote reaches of Capitol Reef National Park and see the Grand Canyon from the air en route to Las Vegas
  • Two Nights on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon provide a fresh, “new” perspective of the park; you’ll have a privileged, less conventional national park experience that is enjoyed by fewer than 10% of all park visitors
  • Local experts associated with Ken Burns’s documentary, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, give special talks and lectures
  • Dawn Patrol & Sunset Scouts – independent sunrise and sunset spirit-of-the-moment experiences in the national parks, taking place at the best times of the day, for a rich and emotional connection
  • Insights and perspectives by a member of the Navajo Nation
  • Mild-to-moderate float trip on the Colorado River
Summary Itinerary
  • Day 1 – An amazing week begins in Grand Junction
  • Day 2 – Arches National Park… sandstone arches, then a float trip on the river
  • Day 3 – The desert from a Navajo perspective… and inspiration at Canyonlands National Park
  • Day 4 – Flying over Capitol Reef National Park and on to Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Day 5 – Bryce Canyon and Zion, plus a talk on “singaways”
  • Day 6 – Striking images on a full Day in Zion
  • Day 7 – Pipe Spring National Monument and on to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park
  • Day 8 – ToDay is a Day to learn and explore on your Grand Canyon vacation
  • Day 9 – Grand Canyon vacation flightseeing to Las Vegas
  • Day 10 – Zion, Bryce, Canyonlands, Arches, Capitol Reef and Grand Canyon vacation Days conclude

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