NEW DESTINATIONS: Includes the International UFO Museum, White Sands, Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano, Native American ancient ruins and monuments, Antelope Canyon, Aztec Ruins, Canyon de Chelly and the Red Rock capital of Sedona.
Red Rock Canyons of Arizona & New Mexico
August 30-Sept. 11, 2021 (13 days)
$3,299* from Baton Rouge
Led by Wayne Barnes
Pricing is approximate and subject to change based on supplier changes.
Price is per person based on double occupancy and includes deluxe motor coach with restroom, first class accommodations, full sightseeing and entrance fees, breakfast daily, baggage handling, all taxes and tips including guides and drivers. Single supplement - $750 per person; Triple reduction - $115 per person
Day 1 - Abilene, Texas - Early morning departure from Zachary and Baton Rouge. Pick-ups along the way in Lafayette, Alexandria, Shreveport and Dallas or other places along the route. Option of flying into Albuquerque and out of Amarillo.
Day 2 - Alamogordo or Ruidoso, New Mexico - Today we drive to Roswell, N.M., and visit the International UFO Museum and Research Center. Then on to Lincoln and the courthouse where Billy the Kid was jailed and escaped. The 84-mile-long Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway offers sweeping mountain views. Overnight in Alamogordo/Ruidoso.
Day 3 - Albuquerque, NM – Visit to White Sands National Monument, one of the world’s great natural wonders. Used as a missile testing range during World War II and where the first atom bomb exploded. Overnight in Albuquerque.
Day 4 - Gallup, N.M. – Visit the Acoma, a Native American tribe that has lived in this area for more than 2,000 years. Explore New Mexico’s “Land of Fire and Ice,” an Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano located directly on the Continental Divide. Drive through El Morro National Monument.Visit Red Rock, the crown jewel of Gallup’s parks with spectacular red cliffs formed over 200 million years ago. See Window Rock, the capital of the Navajo Nation and the Veteran’s Memorial at the base of Window Rock. Overnight in Gallup.
Day 5 - Sedona/Cottonwood - Morning drive across Arizona. An afternoon visit in the Sedona/Cottonwood area includes the enchanting Tuzigoot National Monument, Montezuma Castle National Monument and the Verde Canyon Train which takes us through secluded scenic areas. Tonight, dinner is included at Cork and Catch, a gourmet dining experience sure to surprise and delight.
Day 6 - Sedona Area, N.M. – Today’s included activities in and around the “Red Rock” capital of Sedona includes the Trolley tour to the Chapel of the Holy Cross for beautiful scenery and spectacular red rock formations. Included are the Pink Jeep tours in Coyote Canyons with awe-inspiring scenes.Visit the historic Tlaquepaque Village for shopping.
Day 7 - Jerome/Sedona/Oak Creek Canyon/Page, AZ - Morning in the Sedona area includes enchanting Jerome, the historic “Town on the Mountain.” Visit the imposing Douglas Mansion with a museum dedicated to the history of the area. See why Jerome has become a magnet for artists and tourists. Afternoon drive through beautiful Oak Creek Canyon and on north to Page for overnight.
Day 8 - Chinle, AZ – This morning we visit Antelope Canyon, a slot canyon known for intricate and gorgeous rock formations, featured in movies and magazines. Later we drive through Monument Valley, a filming location for Western movies.Visit Canyon de Chelly National Monument, an expansive park with Native American ruins, including the famed Spider Rock spire. Overnight in Chinle.
Day 9 - Aztec, N.M. – Morning tour of Canyon de Chelly National Monument, and then into northern New Mexico.
Day 10 - Taos, N.M. – Morning visit to the Aztec Ruins that includes a 900-year old ancestral Pueblo Great House. After an afternoon drive through beautiful northern New Mexico, we cross the Rio Grande River Bridge, 1,272 feet long, 650 feet above the river. Overnight in Taos, one of the oldest U.S. towns and home of Kit Carson, the most famous scout of the early West. Visit the Taos Pueblo.
Day 11 - Amarillo – Today we visit Palo Duro Canyon State Park, the most spectacular and scenic landscape feature in the Texas Panhandle and formed by millions of years of water erosion.
Day 12 - Terrell, TX – We continue our journey home. Overnight in Terrell.
Day 13 - Home - Arrive home.
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