8718
Arizona/Utah
On the Road: Absolute Southwest — A Canyonlands Adventure
This one has it all – three iconic National Parks, two National Monuments, a raft trip on the Colorado, a Jeep trip in Monument Valley and quintessential S.W. landscapes throughout!
Rating (4.95)
Program No. 8718RJ
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12 days
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4.95 Average
Susan
(5)

Spectacular in every way!

Margaret
(5)

Absolute Southwest - A Canyonland Adventure for 11 nights was the best Roads Scholar tour we have ever done Would highly recommend it to all ! It totally fulfilled our bucket list dream !! John and Peggy Delano - Rockport , Maine

Ruth
(5)

Our Road Scholar adventure to the Southwest far exceeded our expectations. We saw sites we would not have seen on our own and were impressed with the leaders and the private guides that were explored throughout the trip.

Judy
(5)

After researching other tours to the National Parks, I selected Road Scholar. Everything was taken care of and all we had to do was enjoy the adventure. I look forward to taking more trips with Road Scholar and gaining more knowledge about our country and our world!

Sally
(5)

This trip exceeded my expectations. Dave is so passionate about geology, Karen was a skilled driver and provided wonderful cultural commentary. Our large and diverse group was a delight. Well done Road Scholar- once again!

Lisa
(5)

If you're interested in learning as well as traveling, Road Scholar may be just the ticket for you! My husband and I just completed our very first trip called Absolute Southwest-Canyonlands which started in Phoenix and covered much of Colorado Plateau, including Sedona, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon, floating down the Colorado River, seeing Bryce Canyon National Park and experiencing Zion National Park. Every day was another big adventure which kept us hopping and yet enjoying the fun while learning so much about that area. We met so many great new people, and I just shared many of my hundreds of photos taken on our trip with them through Shutterfly. We would love to take another Road Scholar trip...as long as we can just decide on which one!

John
(5)

All aspects of the trip were just great except two. The bus breaking down twice was very disturbing. One of the times was on the highway in a pine forest, soon before a rest stop. Those who needed the rest stop has to go into the pine forest to get relief. Matt set up a procedure that make it less embarrassing to folks in need. A bus break down can happen but when it happened twice in two days is not forgivable. We all appreciate the compensation you gave us. As I mentioned before someone should be observant of the special needs of some people even though those in need didn't complain, they were good troupers.

Frances
(5)

If you haven't visited the Southwest, this is your best opportunity. Seeing such natural wonders, including the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Antelope Valley, Monument Valley and Zion National Park in the company of congenial fellow travelers and a most engaging and knowledgeable tour leader is a dream come true!

Judy
(5)

This is a great program & includes a wide variety of interesting experiences that are available because of the locations visited. One of the best RS trips I've taken. The two weeks flew by!

Marla
(5)

This was my first trip, but I’m going to check with Road Scholar first before I book any future tours. Loved everything about this trip!

Marguerite
(5)

This program has a medium level of activity. If you have never been to these parks, this is a great trip. The grandeur of the west is not to be missed!

Donna
(5)

Good, user-friendly website.

Margaret
(5)

A great way to see so many of our national treasures with interested and interesting companions

Christine
(2)

Wonderful trip. Hiking the Grand Canyon, Zion trails and seeing Monument Valley was superb. Great group leaders. Loved this trip. March 2018 Chris S

Kathy
(5)

This is a 5+ Star Rated Program! This trip went beyond my highest expectations. In addition to the amazing sights we saw and the fabulous experiences we shared, It was an incredible learning experience. Our group leader, Don Lago, was amazing. His knowledge of the region, it's history, geology, and culture of the people was infused with his apparent love for the southwest and it's Canyonlands. Throughout our travels he imparted his knowledge to us and my inquisitive fellow travelers kept the discussion going. We were also fortunate to have Joanna Josephs join Don in his leadership role for the latter part of the journey. Joanna is a delightful person who sings, plays guitar and also has a vast knowledge of the area to include a good knowledge of the plant life in the region. She was a joy to have onboard! Our bus driver, Mike, was the icing on the cake. Not only was he personable, but he was incredibly accommodating. I highly, highly recommend this trip. It does indeed "have it all".

Dennis
(5)

Wonderful experience--we saw some of the greatest sights our country has to offer in a period of 11 days. Highly recommended!

Frederick
(5)

My wife and I just completed the Canyonlands Adventure program and we cannot recommend it highly enough! If you are fortunate to have Don Lago and Joanna Joseph as leaders you will be blessed indeed! The beauty and variety of the locales and events were beyond our wildest expectations. You MUST experience it...despite hundreds of pictures being there is the only way!

Stephen
(5)

An amazing journey into the people, culture, grandeur, and majesty of the Southwest. I learned so much in 12 days with equally inquisitive participants with a guide who was second to none.

Willy
(5)

This tour was well organized, the sites were phenomenal and the experience was well worth the tuition.

Doug
(5)

They can look at my evaluation if they desire. Excellent program. We will definitely use them again. Program exceeded our expectations. Wonderful 12 days.

Barbara
(5)

I found this trip to be quite incredibel. One of the reason the trip was incredible was due to our trip leaders, Jeff Strang and Jennifer Beltz. Their depth of knowledge, love of the geology, and history of the southwest was obvious. They made the learning experience powerful. They, explained things in terms that I could understand. From the grandeur of the Grand Canyon, floating down the Colorado River in Glen Canyon, the majestic cliffs of Bryce and Zion and Navajo National Monument Valley. Antelope Canyon was amazing. Thank you Road Scholar for making this a perfect vacation experience.

Jeannette
(5)

National parks are indeed a national treasure! Visitors during the shoulder season in late March benefit from fewer crowds at Grand Canyon, Bryce, and Zion Nat'l Parks. Road Scholar's staff with their background and experience make the trip memorable and worthwhile.

Harris
(5)

Very good value for the money. A number of world famous sites in one trip, good accommodations and meals. Winter trip is good, no crowds. But Roads Scholar failed to check that all places to visit, shuttles, etc. would be open when we were there. Disappointing, but overall trip very good.

Paul
(5)

Beautiful sites to visit, we got very lucky on the weather which was perfect. The weather at this time of year is a little bit risky but we got lucky. Benefits included fewer crowds and upgraded accommodations, although being early in the year meant that a few attractions were closed or under construction.

Diane
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

I found this trip to be quite incredible. One of the reason the trip was incredible was due to our trip leader, Dave Hall. His depth of knowledge on geology, particularly the Southwest, was obvious. But he made the learning experience powerful in that he could judge his audience in regard to our level of knowledge. Thus, he explained things in terms that all of us could understand. His love for this part of our country was clear. But what was really a winner was that he was funny and personable. He also worked very well with our bus driver, George, who was not just a bus driver. He was always on top of all needed details. What was also special was that he was always personable and a great guitar player and singer which we heard one night. 3/4ths the way through our trip, Joanna Joseph joined the trip who was similar to Dave- knowledgeable and personable as well as a great folk singer. The trip worked well because all three worked well together. I also loved the fact that when we were in Monument Valley and going down the Colorado river near Glen Canyon that we had Navajo guides. Their love of the land and willingness to share personal cultural and spiritual stories made the trip so special. I truly gained a much better sense of the Navajo culture than i had before. I thought the hotels were all good especially the one we stayed in when we were in Sedona and Zion National Park. The others were more than adequate. That was true of the food as well. One thing that I would recommend is that less printed marketing materials are sent out. Many of us are also environmentalists and getting this level of marketing seems wasteful. I think you should give people the option to receive marketing material electronically. The scale of the marketing is the one thing that seems inconsistant with Road Scholars non-for-profit status. But overall, i plan on doing more Road Scholar tours and have recommended this particular one to several friends.

David
(5)

I'd rate this trip an 11 out of 10!

William
(5)

Great Trip! Got a lot of bang for the buck, very informative and scenic

David
(5)

This trip provided the perfect opportunity to share an experience with like minded people who appreciate Nature and this country's beautiful Southwest. We had visited the places we visited on this trip on our own but this time we shared it with others and acquired knowledge and information from our group leader and others we never would have acquired on our own

Doug
(5)

This was a fantastic trip and a great value. Matt, Joanna and Alex (our driver) were all excellent. I would recommend this trip to all of my friends and I can’t wait to book another journey with Road Scholar.

Constantine
(5)

This trip is accurately listed as a best value! If you haven't seen these sites, I don't know of a better way to do it unless walking a mile or so on an excursion has become an impossible achievement. The sights are truly amazing even if you have to do it at a slower pace as I did. The staff was very accommodating to encourage participation.

Mary Jo
(5)

The Southwest Canyonlands experience was a wonderful way to see some of our country's best features! Overall great experience.

Margaret
(5)

This was the trip of a lifetime, every day was better than the day before, yet every day was the best day! Landscape, history, culture, geology, accommodations, transportation (Mike), leadership (Jeff), friendships made, all exceptional. I'll definitely be doing another RS program.

Matthew
(5)

The trip was wonderful. It exceeded my expectations. I will do another soon.

Ivy
(5)

This Canyonland trip exceeded my expectations I will definitely recommend it to my friends.

SING Y.
(5)

The Absolute Southwest A Canyonlands Adventure tour, that we recently went on, is definitely one of the best trips we have ever experienced. We could never have packed in so many wonderful attractions for the price we paid, if we had to plan the trip ourselves. Sing Chung

Paula
(5)

Just returned from the Absolute Southwest-A Canyonlands Adventure. It was a wonderful program packed with awesome places to visit, and a wealth of information about the beautiful Southwest part of this country. I would highly recommend this program to anyone.

Susan
(5)

This was my third Road Scholar program, and the best yet! Can't beat the itinerary: the grandeur and beauty of the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Sedona, and Antelope Canyon, plus extras like an all-day jeep exploration of Monument Valley and lesser-known but even more interesting Mystery Valley, and a peaceful raft ride through spectacular Glen Canyon. Any single day would have made this a worthwhile trip; to have day after day of incredible experiences was amazing. Group leader Jeff Strang from Northern Arizona University was exceptional: knowledgeable and personable, he made sure we learned a lot but we had fun doing it, and as usual, we enjoyed the company of our fellow Road Scholars. Trip of a lifetime that exceeded my high expectations!

Grace
(5)

What an adventure! A busload of folks equipped with curiosity, eagerness and gumption, we made our way from Phoenix north, through sites of astounding geology and ancient human habitation. Matt, our learned geologist guide, and Alex, our skilled and kind driver, kept us informed and comfortable. We did have some challenges! Weather, for one. A downpour while rafting on the Colorado River. A thunder storm, power outage and snow in Grand Canyon. Then a bus breakdown near Bryce. All handled with the common sense of experience. and a large dose of patience and good humor. My photos memorialize the sites, but the camaraderie will make me smile for years to come. A splendid trip. Road Scholar does it again!

Charles
(5)

Finally got to see all these magnificent sights in the Southwest USA, and learned quite a bit about them as a bonus!

Jane
(5)

A wonderful experience visiting some of the most memorable and magical locations in the natural world.

Steve
(5)

This was a wonderful, informative trip with astoundingly beautiful scenery.

Sue
(5)

This trip was an AMAZING opportunity to see Southwestern area of the US. It far exceeded my expectations!!! The expertise/knowledge shared, number and beauty of sights seen, and the opportunity to interact with and learn from Native Americans was a blessing that I will always cherish!!! Many thanks to Northern Arizona University for partnering with Road Scholar to provide this unforgettable experience!!!!

Paulette
(5)

Wonderful experience

Brian
(5)

The Canyonlands area is unique to the USA and should be on the agenda of anyone visiting the USA. The progamme not only shows the fabulous geography of this area, but also the social history, and present status, of the original, pre-European, inhabitants. Note that during "March Break" the parks will be crowded. If possible, you may want to take the tour during September or Ocotober.

Cindy
(5)

If the Grand Canyon is on your "bucket list", I strongly recommend this program!

Sylvia
(5)

A great experience with lots of variety, including a raft trip on the Colorado and Navajo-led jeep tours through the reservation canyons. A highlight of the trip was staying at Gouldings Ledge in Monument Valley.

Margaret
(5)

Programme delivered as advertised. Grand Canyon and others were very busy due to March Break. Might be better to take the programme in September or October.

Elmer
(5)

The group leader, Jeff, was friendly, helpful, approachable and knowledgeable.

John
(5)

This was a great program. As a geology student, I had to memorize the stratigraphy of the Grand Canyon 50 years ago. Getting to see it finally was a bucket list experience. I only regret that my poor knees did not allow a hike down to the bottom.

Linda
(5)

This program exceeded our expections! We really wanted to return to the Grand Canyon but mainly see Bryce and Zion National Parks. Well, we were in for a surprise at how much we enjoyed Monument Valley and the Page area. Everyday was something new, beautiful, and exciting. Our stay at Gouldings was especially nice. Jeff Strang, our leader, really made the trip. He was very knowledgeable, organized and had a great sense of humor. The hikes were great and not too difficult. We were blessed with perfect weather every day! I would recommend this trip to anyone who enjoyed and appreciates the outdoors.

Marilyn
(5)

This program provides a sampling of some of the most extraordinary and beautiful landscapes our country has to offer. It was natural beauty on steroids!

Thomas
(5)

This program was just perfect, very educational and enjoyable. A great value and excellent way to see the Canyonlands area of the southwest and to learn about its geology, history and indigenous occupants.

David
(5)

The south west Canyon trip exceeded all exceptions. We saw breath taking beautiful mountains, had great educational sessions on geology, native tribes, plants, and animals. Our guide shared stories of local history and events of the area. We will be going on more Road Scholar trips.

Beth
(5)

We loved this trip! Road Scholar far exceeded our expectations. The program was thoughtfully planned with a good balance of activities and "down" time. Our guide, Matt Turner, enriched the experience with his depth of knowledge, sense of humor and superb organizational skills! We look forward to our next Road Scholar tour!

Sarah
(5)

We just completed On The Road: Absolute Southwest- A Canyonlands Adventure (#8718OB). It was a fabulous trip with an incredible, knowledgeable and well organized leader. We saw some incredible scenery and learned so much about the history and geology of the area. I would recommend this trip to everyone.

Marjorie
(5)

Covers a lot of ground, but comfortably, in an organized fashion.

Faye
(5)

Program exceeded my expectations. Road Scholar was recommended to me by relatives and I would highly recommend the Canyonlands Tour. Things I liked: variety of experiences, educational value, participants were always on time and interested in the subject presented. It was as if we had a common goal which we did essentially. Knowledge of tour guides. I would never have had the experiences on my own and in the time frame and for the price that RS provided.

Susan
(5)

Looking for a trip of a lifetime?? This is it!! A perfect combination of sightseeing, history, geology, amazing side trips and hidden gems! All perfectly planned for you so that you can relax and enjoy!!

Marc
(5)

This trip was phenomenal and exceeding my already high expectations from reading the itinerary. Highly recommended!

Kathryn
(5)

This trip provided a wonderful introduction to this fascinating part of the US. Even those in the group who had visited here before found something new. I hope I will have the opportunity to experience this area in greater depth on the future Road Scholar trips.

Bill
(5)

The Canyonlands adventure is an incredible value for the money. If you've ever wanted to see the Grand Canyon, Bryce, and Zion with well-qualified and engaging tour guides, this is for you.

Deborah
(5)

I recently returned from a Road Scholar trip to the Southwest (an 11 day trip through Canyonland) and it was a tremendous experience. Everything about the program is top-notched; its tour guide(s) bus line and driver, hotels, and incredible destinations. It was educational, inspiring, and ultimately a life-changing experience for me. I loved every minute of it!

Earl
(5)

This trip is a great overview of the American Southwest. Amazing scenery, unique rock formations, interesting historical sites, and beautiful wilderness areas.






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