2022 Southwest National Parks

Oct. 12 – 20
Trip Operator: Orbridge (Read more details.)
Waitlist: Email to join the waitlist
Price: From $4,395 (airfare additional)
Tour Length: 9 days
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Join us on a journey to the exceptional national parks and monuments of the Southwest. Travel to Grand Canyon National Park for awe-inspiring views from the park’s rim. Admire the beauty of light striking Antelope Canyon’s narrow sandstone walls. Share a peaceful evening with Navajo storytellers, and ponder cultures past and present at a petroglyph site during a river raft ride down Glen Canyon.

Continue to Utah where you’ll spend an enjoyable time at Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks—viewing rock formations and otherworldly landscapes that must be seen to be believed.

Stay at lodges inside Grand Canyon National Park and other properties carefully selected for their rich histories, beautiful locations, and superb service and accommodations.  Spend additional time in Grand Canyon National Park or choose to join an optional helicopter flightseeing excursion over the Grand Canyon (additional fee).  Discover the sunbaked natural structures and sacred lands of Monument Valley.  Witness the towering red rock cliffs lining the Colorado River during a rafting excursion in Glen Canyon.

With the guidance of an expert Orbridge Expedition Leader and the comforts of a private motor coach, there is no better way to visit our national parks.

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Arrive in Phoenix, AZ / Scottsdale
  • Day 2 : Scottsdale / Sedona / Grand Canyon National Park
  • Day 3 : Grand Canyon National Park / Monument Valley, UT
  • Day 4 : Monument Valley / Lake Powell, AZ
  • Day 5 : Lake Powell
  • Day 6 : Lake Powell / Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
  • Day 7 : Bryce Canyon National Park / Zion National Park
  • Day 8 : Zion National Park / Las Vegas, NV
  • Day 9 : Depart Las Vegas


We offer the Tar Heel Travel program as a service to our alumni and friends of the University. As travel is a GAA member perk, we require one traveler per room to be a member of the General Alumni Association in order to be eligible to travel. For more information or to join the GAA, contact the membership office at (800) 962-0742 or join online.

Additional Information

Note: Tour schedule is subject to change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are located in areas not closely accessible by motorcoach.

Please review all tour documents carefully, especially visa, vaccine and health and safety information. Dietary accommodations cannot be guaranteed. Please contact the tour operator directly if you have any concerns participating in the tour.

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All 2022 prices and itineraries (including port order) are tentative and subject to change; final pricing adjustments may occur after the release of marketing materials.

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