National Parks of the Southwest

Venture to the American Southwest to discover its native culture and history, photograph awe-inspiring canyons and ancient cliff dwellings, and experience the adventure of the parks by helicopter, raft or horseback. Don’t miss your chance to study these captivating parks with ecologists and wildlife experts.

Want to learn more about travel to our National Parks? Check out these National Parks tips.

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Southwest National Park Tours

Southwest National Park tours offer a glimpse into the beauty of awe-inspiring canyons and ancient cliff dwellings, native culture, and unique landscapes. At Road Scholar, we have an expansive collection of National Park vacation packages for the American Southwest to choose from. 

From the red cliffs of Zion to the roaring rapids carving through the Grand Canyon, these are just some of the experiences you can enjoy exploring National Parks in the American Southwest at Road Scholar.

Highlights of Southwest National Park Tours

The American Southwest is filled with diverse ecosystems, picturesque landscapes, and rich histories worth exploring. If you’re looking for National Parks to visit in the American Southwest, take a look at some of these highlights:

  • Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona: As one of the most popular National Parks in the country, there’s plenty to see and do in the Grand Canyon. From mule tours to the base of the canyon to hiking to the crystal blue waters of Havasu Falls, these are some of the adventures you can embark on in the Grand Canyon.
  • Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado: If you’re looking to learn about the indigenous populations that first called America home, pay a visit to Mesa Verde National Park. Located in the southwestern corner of Colorado, you can learn about the history of the ancestral Puebloans or Anasazi and explore some of the most well-preserved archeological sites in America, such as Cliff Palace.
  • Arches National Park, Utah: With the densest concentration of natural stone arches in the world, Arches National Parks provides explorers a unique landscape to discover. Popular arches to visit include Sand Dune Arch, Delicate Arch, and Double Arch
  • Canyonlands National Park, Utah: A short drive from Arches, Canyonlands National Park provides impressive views of multi-colored rock layers, hiking trails with inspiring vistas, and unique rock formations like Tower Ruin.
  • Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah: From hoodoos to its natural amphitheater, Bryce Canyon is a top Southwest National Park to visit. Here, you can also view natural carved arches and watch the sunset at Inspiration Point or Sunset Point.
  • Death Valley National Park, California: Located in both California and Nevada, Death Valley National Park offers some of the most extreme weather conditions in the world. With the record for the highest recorded temperature on Earth at 134°F, Death Valley shows the intensity this park has to offer. From the rainbow-hued rocks at Artist’s Palette to Badwater Basin, which is the lowest point in the U.S. at 282 feet below sea level, Death Valley is filled with adventure.

Tips for Visiting Southwest National Parks

National Park trips in the Southwest are a great way to learn about the landscapes that define America and learn about the rich biodiversity and cultures that call this area home. With that said, it’s important to know how to prepare for National Park vacations in the Southwest. Before you embark on your journey, review these National Park travel tips:

  • Check for entrance fees before visiting
  • Double-check the park’s pet policy if traveling with a pet
  • Carry a park map with you when exploring
  • Pack storm gear, winter weather gear, and plenty of food and water
  • Store food and trash in a safe place to keep away from wildlife
  • Respect wildlife and view from a safe distance

Book Your Southwest National Park Trip with Road Scholar

At Road Scholar, we have some of the best National Park vacations in the Southwest to choose from. Whether you want to explore the red rocks of Bryce Canyon or learn about ancient civilizations in Mesa Verde, we have Southwest National Park tours for everyone. We even have group National Park tours and trips to Northwest National Parks that are great for every age and ability level.