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Explore the Canyonlands.

If cities aren’t really your thing but breathtaking scenery, amazing wildlife and good clean mountain air are then this itinerary will be right up your street. This is a route we first drove several years ago and it’s fair to say the variety of scenery in one itinerary probably stands this route apart from any other we offer. The whole 14 night itinerary is focused around ‘seeing’ this amazing region so we take you somewhere different every day, whilst there is plenty of driving, it’s relaxed and away from busy highways and long traffic jams.

You will marvel at the contrast between the stunning mountain scenery found in the Colorado towns of Estes Park and Aspen to the red rock canyons of Moab or Bryce and Zion National Parks and of course the majestic Grand Canyon. This really is an itinerary for the outdoor person who likes to stay on the move and see as much as possible. There are plenty of opportunities for some hiking or short walks, which really will leave you feeling, revitalised and privileged to be out amongst the awesome North American Canyonlands.

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Day 1
Arrival Denver

Depart London Heathrow – 15:45
Arrive Denver – 18:25
Journey time – 9 hours 50 minutes

Arrival into Denver where you will pick up your rental vehicle and travel to your downtown Denver hotel. Get a good nights sleep, tomorrow there is much to do and see.

Overnight – Denver


Day 2
Denver to Estes Park
70 miles

This morning pick up your Denver Visitor Guide. Here are just some of the downtown attractions you may wish to visit.

Denver highlights include –

IMAX Theater/Museum of Science and Nature/City Park
16th Street Pedestrian Shopping area
State of Colorado Capitol Building
Denver Art Museum
Denver Museum of History
Lower Downtown shops and galleries
US Mint

In the afternoon you will follow I-25 North out of Denver and begin your journey to Estes Park passing through, Boulder (home of the University of Colorado) and on to Lyons where you will enter the St Vrain Canyon and the route up to Estes Park. An even more attractive route if you have time would be Route 119 from Boulder to Nederland and then the Peak to Peak Scenic Highway to Estes Park.

Estes Park is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park – and just four short miles away this natural wonderland is a must see! You may also wish to drive up to the famed Stanley Hotel (Stephen King wrote a part of his novel, The Shining, while staying at this lodge), but note they do charge a parking fee for all non-hotel guests.

Overnight – Estes Park


Day 3
Estes Park to Glenwood Springs
210 miles

This morning head to the northeast entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park and the Horseshoe Bend Park. Continue on to the Trail Ridge Road and follow this up and over the mountains through the center of the Park. You will find several excellent photo stops along this route such as rainbow curve, and others along the top of the pass. This route is the highest continuous paved roadway in North America at over 12000 feet above sea level. The walk to the top from the visitor centre / shop is nice, but take your time at this elevation.

The route then travels down the west side of the park to Grand Lake and Grandby. At US-40 we suggest to turn right and follow past Hot Sulphur Springs to Kremmling and then down to Silverthorne. Silverthorne is the home of the largest outlet-shopping plaza in the American Rockies
. You are now in the Colorado Winter Playground, here you will find Keystone, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain and then travel over Vail Pass and past the Vail Ski Resort. Just past Vail you will enter a wide valley (hole) before entering one of the most scenic drives along this entire route, the Glenwood Canyon. Sorry, no real good places to stop along this route, just the rest areas. Just as you exit the canyon you will enter the community of Glenwood Springs.

Hotel : Glenwood Springs


Day 4
Glenwood Springs to Moab
200 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 it’s 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. For those keen on outdoor activities this would be the time to book yourself on one of the river rafting or mountain biking trips for tomorrow at one of the many outfitters located along the main street. 

Overnight – Moab


Day 5
Moab to Capitol Reef National Park
160 miles

This morning we suggest you visit the area’s other park. Travel north 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. Here you must certainly stop at the Mesa Arch short loop trail….you will not be disappointed, but be careful for any climbing on the arch! The drop is incredible. Continue to the views from the end before returning back to US-191 and the travels on for this day.

US-191 will now take you north to I-70 West, but just for a short distance as just past Green River you will need to take UT-24 South. If you have the time, the Goblin Valley is a most interesting state park area. The route will take you past Hanksville and on through the Capitol Reef National Park. Again, any of the stops and short hikes would be well worth your time in this most scenic area.

Overnight – Torrey


Day 6
Capitol Reef National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park
110 miles

The route today will be one that you will long remember, for the change in scenery and for the sheer rugged terrain. From Torrey you will take the route south over the pass, the Dixie National Forest and back into the deserts with the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Some side trips for this day are, the drive into the Monument near Boulder and Kodachrome Basin State Park. Just past Tropic you will see the signs directing you the short distance on to Bryce Canyon National Park.

First stop should be the Visitor Centre. There are several excellent short and medium hikes near to the entrance of this park again get your water!!! Here you may also sign up for some optional programs for horseback riding or helicopter flights. The rangers at the Visitor Centre may have the best ideas for you as you enter the park area based on the current conditions.

Overnight – Bryce


Day 7
Bryce National Park to Zion National Park
90 miles

Morning touring in Bryce before the short drive on (about 2 hours) to Zion National Park. One short hike suggestion at this point, as you travel into the park from the east entrance you will come to the long tunnel. Just at the entrance is a parking lot and a trail to an overview of the valley floor and Zion Park. This is well worth the short walk.

Continue on down to the park valley where you will need to stop at the Visitor Centre in order to take the shuttle further on into the park itself, no cars allowed beyond this point. The lodge for this night is found just outside the south entrance of the Zion Park in the community of Springdale. Here you will also find shops and restaurants all nearby.

Overnight – Springdale (near Zion National Park)


Day 8
Zion National Park to Grand Canyon
260 miles

This day you will pass back through the Zion Park and back to Mt Carmel Junction. (Alternative route will take you to Hurricane and then around the south and past the Pipe Springs National Monument.) From Kanab you will continue east to the Lake Powell/Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The views from the dam and city area are again impressive. Continue past Page and on through the Navajo Indian Reservation (largest in the continental USA). Just past Cameron you will find the AZ-64 route that will bring you to the eastern entrance of the Grand Canyon South Rim. Follow through the park and out the south entrance to the community of Tusayan. Here you will find your accommodation for the night.

Overnight – Tusayan (near Grand Canyon National Park)

Local Tip: Have lunch at the Chuckwaggon Cookout in Kanab where Complete North American clients get 15% off a typical cowboy all you can eat buffet. Chuckwaggon is attached to the fantastic  Little Hollywood Museum, home of many of the old western sets, which has been impeccably preserved and is free for visitors.


Day 9
Grand Canyon

A full day for exploring and hiking the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park. First suggestion is to stop at the Visitor Centre located along the rim just after you re-enter the park. You will also wish to visit the Village Area with the famed El Tovar Hotel. Some other options for this day include the Helicopter and Airplane flights over the canyon. These are from the Grand Canyon Airport located just south of your lodge, do remember to bring along photo ID just as you would for any flight these days.

You will find plenty to keep you busy, with a huge suggestion to catch either the sunrise or sunset (or both) from the canyon rim—or maybe even take one of the park tour busses for these daily events!

Overnight – Tusayan (near Grand Canyon National Park)


Day 10
Grand Canyon to Canyon de Chelly
285 miles

From you lodge you will travel south en-route to Flagstaff. Here you will catch I-40 East, Walnut Canyon National Monument is nice, but you will see better ruins in the next day or two. From Holbrook we do suggest to take the route south and the drive through the Petrified Forest National Park/Painted Desert. This drive will eventually bring you back into the Navajo Indian Reservation and on to the community of Chinle. Here you will find Indian Route-7 that will take you along the scenic ri
m drives of the Canyon de Chelly National Monument. Both rims are nice, but the south rim is the preferable if you have limited time. And again you will find several excellent photo opportunities from the viewpoints along the park drive. The lodge for this night is located back in the community of Chinle.

Overnight – Chinle


Day 11
Canyon de Chelly to Mesa Verde National Park
160 miles

From Chinle, head north and take in the much pictured rocks of Monument Valley. Continue East to the area known as the Four Corners, the only spot where four states actually meet in the USA. This actual site is on Indian land and quite “commercial”, almost to the point of tacky. It is not a suggested stop unless you really want to stand at this point and say you were in four states at one time!

Continue on to the community of Cortez where you will pass through the small town and on to the entrance of the Mesa Verde National Park. As you enter the park you should sign up for one or more of the “guided ranger hikes” to the cliff dwellings, or if just one, try to get on the Cliff Palace tour. You will not be able to visit these sites unless accompanied by a ranger at a specific hike time. Once you enter the park you will climb to the top of the mesa. Travel to the park headquarters/Visitor Centre. Here is a great museum and you can visit the Spruce Tree House from this site. Watch the time so as not to miss your ranger guided walk.

Overnight – Mesa Verde National Park


Day 12
Mesa Verde National Park to Durango
40 miles

This morning you may spend more time in Mesa Verde, or travel on to Durango. You will want to spend some time along the main street of Durango with the fun shops and restaurants, and historic hotels of this community.

Suggested alternative activity ‘Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge’ railroad journey (not included in cost):
If you would like to include the very scenic ‘Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge’ railroad journey within your ‘Canyonlands’ holiday it can be done however we will need to amend your itinerary slightly to accommodate it. You would need to extend your stay in Durango by one night as the train now only operates once a day & it departs from Durango at approx 09:00am (the journey must be pre-booked). The train will take you through some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in this region. If you do decide to take this option (& therefore have 2 nights in Durango) but still wish to keep your overall itinerary to 14 nights then we suggest that you exclude the last 2 nights of the existing itinerary (1 night in Gunnison & 1 night in Denver) & replace this with a night in Colorado Springs. You would then drive back to Denver airport (from Colorado Springs) on your last day before flying back to the UK. Please speak to us for more details if you would like to consider this option.

Overnight – Durango


Day 13
Durango to Gunnison
170 miles

Get ready to head up and over as you travel north from Durango you will pass over TWO mountain passes with the small community of Silverton located between them. This is one of the most scenic drive routes in Colorado and will bring you into the Box Canyon community of Ouray. From Ouray, continue north to Montrose where you will find an excellent museum for the Ute Indian Nation. In Montrose take the route to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (one of the newest parks in the NPS System). There really are no trails into the canyon, but the views of the world’s narrowest gorge are quite impressive.

Overnight – Gunnison


Day 14
Gunnison to Denver
200 miles

From Gunnison you will head east past Gunnison and the National Recreation area, over the Monarch Pass and into the South Park Valley. Continue to follow the route along the Arkansas River to Canon City, near here you will see the signs for the Royal Gorge, the world’s highest Suspension Bridge-nice stop and very scenic. Head north past Fort Carson Military Base and into Colorado Springs. Here we have a couple of suggestions for touring before heading north and back to Denver for this night. Visit Garden of the Gods. The city park is a MUST see for this area and offers some nice shorter trails into the huge red rocks with Pikes Peak as a backdrop. You could also visit Old Colorado City with the historic shops and galleries. From Colorado Springs you will continue north to Denver.

Overnight – Denver


Day 15
Departure from Denver

This day you will have time to relax and enjoy Denver once again until time to depart to the airport for your flight home. As you near the airport watch for the rental car return signs as they will then shuttle you to the departure terminal. Safe travels home.

Depart Phoenix – 1925
Arrive London Heathrow – 1310 (Next Day)
Journey Time – 9 hours 50 minutes

No. of nights Accommodation
1 Denver, CO Sheraton Downtown
1 Estes Park, CO Alpine Trail Ridge Inn
1 Glenwood Springs, CO Best Western Antlers Inn
1 Moab, UT Best Western Canyonlands Inn
1 Torrey, UT Best Western Capitol Reef
1 Bryce Canyon City, UT Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand
1 Springdale/Zion, UT Cliffrose Lodge
2 Grand Canyon, AZ  Holiday Inn Express Grand Canyon
1 Chinle, AZ Holiday Inn Canyon de Chelly
1 Mesa Verde, CO  Far View Lodge
1 Durango, CO Strater Hotel
1 Gunnison, CO Quality Inn
1 Denver, CO Sheraton Downtown

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  • UK & US Airport taxes
  • Accommodation – 14 nights as mentioned or similar.
  • Compact car rental based on Alamo ‘Gold Rate’ – 14 day rental.
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This is essential and not included. Should you need to purchase cover, we offer comprehensive cover at an additional cost. Please contact us for details.

Additional Experiences

Our holidays are completely tailored to suit you. We would be happy to help you choose from a vast array of additional experiences that will enhance your North America holiday adventure.

These might include:

  • City tours
  • Helicopter flights
  • Sporting event tickets
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Rafting
  • Horseback riding
  • Restaurant reservations

There are many more, often quite unique to your chosen destination so please do ask.

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We prepare every travel pack individually. We want this to be the perfect travelling companion for your adventure and to offer you all the information you need. Your personally prepared ring-bound travel itinerary booklet is detailed and is designed to serve as a wonderful reminder of your experiences for years to come when you return.

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Rockies, Canyonlands & New Mexico

This is a route we first drove several years ago and it’s fair to say the variety of scenery in one itinerary probably stands this route apart from any other we offer.

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Grand Canyon Country

By marrying this with visits to some of North America’s most spectacular National Parks we’ve created a holiday experience where you will see lots but return home feeling rejuvenated and wanting more.

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Denver, Canyonlands & Las Vegas

We have included multiple 2 night stops along the way so that you will have time to really experience & enjoy many of the “must do’s & must see’s” that this amazing area has to offer.

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In most circumstances, no visa is required for travel to the USA for any British Citizen passport holder and many other European passport holders, whose countries qualify for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). This program permits entry for up to 90 days for business or leisure purposes. Everyone must apply to use the VWP via the online Electronic System of Travel Authorization (ESTA).  Advice states this should be done online at least 72 hours prior to departure. On payment of the $14 fee this system usually issues an electronic confirmation within minutes but this is not guaranteed and there are certain criteria travellers must consider before applying via ESTA to use the Visa Waiver Program. Once granted the VWP authorization is valid for 2 years.

It is essential that everyone who plans to travel to the United States reads the information contained on the following page – Visa Waiver Program

Please note : From 21st January 2016 The United States implemented changes to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) as part of the Terrorist Travel Protection Act of 2015. One of the major changes implemented in January excludes any British National who has travelled to Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen since March 01st 2011 from using the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Full details are contained on the above link but those affected will need to apply for a Visitor Visa with the U.S. Embassy before booking their travel arrangements.

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You will marvel at the contrast between the stunning mountain scenery found in the Colorado towns of Estes Park and Aspen to the red rock canyons of Moab or Bryce and Zion National Parks and of course the majestic Grand Canyon. This really is an itinerary for the outdoor person who likes to stay on the move and see as much as possible. There are plenty of opportunities for some hiking or short walks, which really will leave you feeling, revitalised and privileged to be out amongst the awesome North American Canyonlands.

Day 1
Arrival Denver

Depart London Heathrow – 15:45
Arrive Denver – 18:25
Journey time – 9 hours 50 minutes

Arrival into Denver where you will pick up your rental vehicle and travel to your downtown Denver hotel. Get a good nights sleep, tomorrow there is much to do and see.

Overnight – Denver


Day 2
Denver to Estes Park
70 miles

This morning pick up your Denver Visitor Guide. Here are just some of the downtown attractions you may wish to visit.

Denver highlights include –

IMAX Theater/Museum of Science and Nature/City Park
16th Street Pedestrian Shopping area
State of Colorado Capitol Building
Denver Art Museum
Denver Museum of History
Lower Downtown shops and galleries
US Mint

In the afternoon you will follow I-25 North out of Denver and begin your journey to Estes Park passing through, Boulder (home of the University of Colorado) and on to Lyons where you will enter the St Vrain Canyon and the route up to Estes Park. An even more attractive route if you have time would be Route 119 from Boulder to Nederland and then the Peak to Peak Scenic Highway to Estes Park.

Estes Park is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park – and just four short miles away this natural wonderland is a must see! You may also wish to drive up to the famed Stanley Hotel (Stephen King wrote a part of his novel, The Shining, while staying at this lodge), but note they do charge a parking fee for all non-hotel guests.

Overnight – Estes Park


Day 3
Estes Park to Glenwood Springs
210 miles

This morning head to the northeast entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park and the Horseshoe Bend Park. Continue on to the Trail Ridge Road and follow this up and over the mountains through the center of the Park. You will find several excellent photo stops along this route such as rainbow curve, and others along the top of the pass. This route is the highest continuous paved roadway in North America at over 12000 feet above sea level. The walk to the top from the visitor centre / shop is nice, but take your time at this elevation.

The route then travels down the west side of the park to Grand Lake and Grandby. At US-40 we suggest to turn right and follow past Hot Sulphur Springs to Kremmling and then down to Silverthorne. Silverthorne is the home of the largest outlet-shopping plaza in the American Rockies
. You are now in the Colorado Winter Playground, here you will find Keystone, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain and then travel over Vail Pass and past the Vail Ski Resort. Just past Vail you will enter a wide valley (hole) before entering one of the most scenic drives along this entire route, the Glenwood Canyon. Sorry, no real good places to stop along this route, just the rest areas. Just as you exit the canyon you will enter the community of Glenwood Springs.

Hotel : Glenwood Springs


Day 4
Glenwood Springs to Moab
200 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 it’s 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. For those keen on outdoor activities this would be the time to book yourself on one of the river rafting or mountain biking trips for tomorrow at one of the many outfitters located along the main street. 

Overnight – Moab


Day 5
Moab to Capitol Reef National Park
160 miles

This morning we suggest you visit the area’s other park. Travel north 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. Here you must certainly stop at the Mesa Arch short loop trail….you will not be disappointed, but be careful for any climbing on the arch! The drop is incredible. Continue to the views from the end before returning back to US-191 and the travels on for this day.

US-191 will now take you north to I-70 West, but just for a short distance as just past Green River you will need to take UT-24 South. If you have the time, the Goblin Valley is a most interesting state park area. The route will take you past Hanksville and on through the Capitol Reef National Park. Again, any of the stops and short hikes would be well worth your time in this most scenic area.

Overnight – Torrey


Day 6
Capitol Reef National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park
110 miles

The route today will be one that you will long remember, for the change in scenery and for the sheer rugged terrain. From Torrey you will take the route south over the pass, the Dixie National Forest and back into the deserts with the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Some side trips for this day are, the drive into the Monument near Boulder and Kodachrome Basin State Park. Just past Tropic you will see the signs directing you the short distance on to Bryce Canyon National Park.

First stop should be the Visitor Centre. There are several excellent short and medium hikes near to the entrance of this park again get your water!!! Here you may also sign up for some optional programs for horseback riding or helicopter flights. The rangers at the Visitor Centre may have the best ideas for you as you enter the park area based on the current conditions.

Overnight – Bryce


Day 7
Bryce National Park to Zion National Park
90 miles

Morning touring in Bryce before the short drive on (about 2 hours) to Zion National Park. One short hike suggestion at this point, as you travel into the park from the east entrance you will come to the long tunnel. Just at the entrance is a parking lot and a trail to an overview of the valley floor and Zion Park. This is well worth the short walk.

Continue on down to the park valley where you will need to stop at the Visitor Centre in order to take the shuttle further on into the park itself, no cars allowed beyond this point. The lodge for this night is found just outside the south entrance of the Zion Park in the community of Springdale. Here you will also find shops and restaurants all nearby.

Overnight – Springdale (near Zion National Park)


Day 8
Zion National Park to Grand Canyon
260 miles

This day you will pass back through the Zion Park and back to Mt Carmel Junction. (Alternative route will take you to Hurricane and then around the south and past the Pipe Springs National Monument.) From Kanab you will continue east to the Lake Powell/Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The views from the dam and city area are again impressive. Continue past Page and on through the Navajo Indian Reservation (largest in the continental USA). Just past Cameron you will find the AZ-64 route that will bring you to the eastern entrance of the Grand Canyon South Rim. Follow through the park and out the south entrance to the community of Tusayan. Here you will find your accommodation for the night.

Overnight – Tusayan (near Grand Canyon National Park)

Local Tip: Have lunch at the Chuckwaggon Cookout in Kanab where Complete North American clients get 15% off a typical cowboy all you can eat buffet. Chuckwaggon is attached to the fantastic  Little Hollywood Museum, home of many of the old western sets, which has been impeccably preserved and is free for visitors.


Day 9
Grand Canyon

A full day for exploring and hiking the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park. First suggestion is to stop at the Visitor Centre located along the rim just after you re-enter the park. You will also wish to visit the Village Area with the famed El Tovar Hotel. Some other options for this day include the Helicopter and Airplane flights over the canyon. These are from the Grand Canyon Airport located just south of your lodge, do remember to bring along photo ID just as you would for any flight these days.

You will find plenty to keep you busy, with a huge suggestion to catch either the sunrise or sunset (or both) from the canyon rim—or maybe even take one of the park tour busses for these daily events!

Overnight – Tusayan (near Grand Canyon National Park)


Day 10
Grand Canyon to Canyon de Chelly
285 miles

From you lodge you will travel south en-route to Flagstaff. Here you will catch I-40 East, Walnut Canyon National Monument is nice, but you will see better ruins in the next day or two. From Holbrook we do suggest to take the route south and the drive through the Petrified Forest National Park/Painted Desert. This drive will eventually bring you back into the Navajo Indian Reservation and on to the community of Chinle. Here you will find Indian Route-7 that will take you along the scenic ri
m drives of the Canyon de Chelly National Monument. Both rims are nice, but the south rim is the preferable if you have limited time. And again you will find several excellent photo opportunities from the viewpoints along the park drive. The lodge for this night is located back in the community of Chinle.

Overnight – Chinle


Day 11
Canyon de Chelly to Mesa Verde National Park
160 miles

From Chinle, head north and take in the much pictured rocks of Monument Valley. Continue East to the area known as the Four Corners, the only spot where four states actually meet in the USA. This actual site is on Indian land and quite “commercial”, almost to the point of tacky. It is not a suggested stop unless you really want to stand at this point and say you were in four states at one time!

Continue on to the community of Cortez where you will pass through the small town and on to the entrance of the Mesa Verde National Park. As you enter the park you should sign up for one or more of the “guided ranger hikes” to the cliff dwellings, or if just one, try to get on the Cliff Palace tour. You will not be able to visit these sites unless accompanied by a ranger at a specific hike time. Once you enter the park you will climb to the top of the mesa. Travel to the park headquarters/Visitor Centre. Here is a great museum and you can visit the Spruce Tree House from this site. Watch the time so as not to miss your ranger guided walk.

Overnight – Mesa Verde National Park


Day 12
Mesa Verde National Park to Durango
40 miles

This morning you may spend more time in Mesa Verde, or travel on to Durango. You will want to spend some time along the main street of Durango with the fun shops and restaurants, and historic hotels of this community.

Suggested alternative activity ‘Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge’ railroad journey (not included in cost):
If you would like to include the very scenic ‘Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge’ railroad journey within your ‘Canyonlands’ holiday it can be done however we will need to amend your itinerary slightly to accommodate it. You would need to extend your stay in Durango by one night as the train now only operates once a day & it departs from Durango at approx 09:00am (the journey must be pre-booked). The train will take you through some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in this region. If you do decide to take this option (& therefore have 2 nights in Durango) but still wish to keep your overall itinerary to 14 nights then we suggest that you exclude the last 2 nights of the existing itinerary (1 night in Gunnison & 1 night in Denver) & replace this with a night in Colorado Springs. You would then drive back to Denver airport (from Colorado Springs) on your last day before flying back to the UK. Please speak to us for more details if you would like to consider this option.

Overnight – Durango


Day 13
Durango to Gunnison
170 miles

Get ready to head up and over as you travel north from Durango you will pass over TWO mountain passes with the small community of Silverton located between them. This is one of the most scenic drive routes in Colorado and will bring you into the Box Canyon community of Ouray. From Ouray, continue north to Montrose where you will find an excellent museum for the Ute Indian Nation. In Montrose take the route to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (one of the newest parks in the NPS System). There really are no trails into the canyon, but the views of the world’s narrowest gorge are quite impressive.

Overnight – Gunnison


Day 14
Gunnison to Denver
200 miles

From Gunnison you will head east past Gunnison and the National Recreation area, over the Monarch Pass and into the South Park Valley. Continue to follow the route along the Arkansas River to Canon City, near here you will see the signs for the Royal Gorge, the world’s highest Suspension Bridge-nice stop and very scenic. Head north past Fort Carson Military Base and into Colorado Springs. Here we have a couple of suggestions for touring before heading north and back to Denver for this night. Visit Garden of the Gods. The city park is a MUST see for this area and offers some nice shorter trails into the huge red rocks with Pikes Peak as a backdrop. You could also visit Old Colorado City with the historic shops and galleries. From Colorado Springs you will continue north to Denver.

Overnight – Denver


Day 15
Departure from Denver

This day you will have time to relax and enjoy Denver once again until time to depart to the airport for your flight home. As you near the airport watch for the rental car return signs as they will then shuttle you to the departure terminal. Safe travels home.

Depart Phoenix – 1925
Arrive London Heathrow – 1310 (Next Day)
Journey Time – 9 hours 50 minutes

Your holiday includes

  • Scheduled Flights
  • UK & US Airport taxes
  • Accommodation – 14 nights as mentioned or similar.
  • Compact car rental based on Alamo ‘Gold Rate’ – 14 day rental.
  • Exclusive travel documentation portfolio including personalised maps, itinerary and driver directions along with all applicable tickets and vouchers

Travel Insurance

This is essential and not included. Should you need to purchase cover, we offer comprehensive cover at an additional cost. Please contact us for details.

Additional Experiences

Our holidays are completely tailored to suit you. We would be happy to help you choose from a vast array of additional experiences that will enhance your North America holiday adventure.

These might include:

  • City tours
  • Helicopter flights
  • Sporting event tickets
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Rafting
  • Horseback riding
  • Restaurant reservations

There are many more, often quite unique to your chosen destination so please do ask.

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We prepare every travel pack individually. We want this to be the perfect travelling companion for your adventure and to offer you all the information you need. Your personally prepared ring-bound travel itinerary booklet is detailed and is designed to serve as a wonderful reminder of your experiences for years to come when you return.

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Rockies, Canyonlands & New Mexico

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This is a route we first drove several years ago and it’s fair to say the variety of scenery in one itinerary probably stands this route apart from any other we offer.

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Grand Canyon Country

PRICES FROM £2499

By marrying this with visits to some of North America’s most spectacular National Parks we’ve created a holiday experience where you will see lots but return home feeling rejuvenated and wanting more.

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Denver, Canyonlands & Las Vegas

PRICES FROM £2350

We have included multiple 2 night stops along the way so that you will have time to really experience & enjoy many of the “must do’s & must see’s” that this amazing area has to offer.

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Do I need a visa to travel to the usa?

In most circumstances, no visa is required for travel to the USA for any British Citizen passport holder and many other European passport holders, whose countries qualify for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). This program permits entry for up to 90 days for business or leisure purposes. Everyone must apply to use the VWP via the online Electronic System of Travel Authorization (ESTA).  Advice states this should be done online at least 72 hours prior to departure. On payment of the $14 fee this system usually issues an electronic confirmation within minutes but this is not guaranteed and there are certain criteria travellers must consider before applying via ESTA to use the Visa Waiver Program. Once granted the VWP authorization is valid for 2 years.

It is essential that everyone who plans to travel to the United States reads the information contained on the following page – Visa Waiver Program

Please note : From 21st January 2016 The United States implemented changes to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) as part of the Terrorist Travel Protection Act of 2015. One of the major changes implemented in January excludes any British National who has travelled to Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen since March 01st 2011 from using the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Full details are contained on the above link but those affected will need to apply for a Visitor Visa with the U.S. Embassy before booking their travel arrangements.

You are advised to complete your ESTA prior to confirming any travel arrangements.

To use ESTA now please only use the following website – Official ESTA Website

Complete North America Limited cannot be held responsible for cancellation charges incurred by travellers who have booked travel and are subsequently unable to travel as part of the VWP or who are unable to obtain a Visitor Visa. If you have any questions after reading the information supplied above please speak to a member of our team.

Do I need a visa to travel to Canada?

British Nationals and travellers from other European countries can enjoy visa-exempt travel to and via Canada but must first use the online Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) at a cost of CA$7.00 per person. Most online applications are approved with minutes by email but the process can take longer particularly if supporting documentation is requested. An eTA is valid for 5 years and allows you to travel for up to 6 months on any one visit.

You are advised to apply for your eTA prior to confirming any travel arrangements.

For applications and full information on the scheme please only visit – Official Canadian Government eTA Website

Complete North America Limited cannot be held responsible for cancellation charges incurred by travellers who have booked travel and are subsequently unable to travel as part of the eTA scheme or who are unable to obtain a Visitor Visa. If you have any questions after reading the information supplied above please speak to a member of our team.

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By way of observation, we thought the itinerary was excellent, covering a lot of ground and different aspects of the area’s geology but in a relatively unhurried way, leaving plenty of time to relax over a meal or by the pool. We also found the printed (and PDF) Travel Information booklet very useful.

The Hill Party (Ultimate Utah) -

Thank you so much for the holiday to Utah and Arizona you arranged for us, I can honestly say it was our best holiday yet. Because this year was so good we already planning the next, hoping to fly to Salt Lake City and travelling back to Moab and maybe spend a week at Red Cliffs.

The Severn Party (Utah & Arizona) -

The rodeo in Cheyenne was great – we would recommend that to other travellers. Bryce Canyon was the most spectacular in our opinion – better even than the Grand Canyon. All in all, you had planned a great itinerary and we would not hesitate to recommend your services to others.

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