6 Natural Wonders of the Southwest US

Spring and summertime are the best for vacations, so pay a visit to the myriad of national parks and landmarks in the Southwestern US! The Grand Circle Tours we have listed on TakeTours offer a wide variety of options for seeing the very places that have become famous the world over. Here’s a quick factsheet to help you decide where to go and when:

Zion National Park

  • Utah’s first National Park gets nearly 3 million visitors per year.
  • Zion is most well known for the spectacular canyons carved by the Virgin River, which vary in color from red to orange.
  • The Virgin River Gorge, which is partially in the park, stretches from southwestern Utah all the way through western Arizona.
  • Zion’s climate is similar to that of the Mojave Desert, so we recommend doing research in advance and coming prepared with the proper clothing for your visit.
Zion National Park
Zion National Park

 

Bryce Canyon National Park

  • Despite its name, Bryce Canyon is not actually a canyon, as the land was not sculpted by a river. Bryce is actually a collection of horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters.
  • Bryce Canyon National Park happens to host the largest collection of hoodoos in the world. A hoodoo is a tall, thin spiral of rock that is primarily found in desert climates. They range in size from 5 feet to 150 feet tall.
  • Bryce is also known for its red-colored landscape, which is wonderfully picturesque.
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park

 

Four Corners

  • This is the only place in the US where you can physically be in four states at once: Guests can have one hand in Arizona, one in Utah, a foot in New Mexico, and another in Colorado all at the same time. Take a unique picture and don’t forget to send them over to us, we especially love seeing customer tour pictures!
  • Four Corners is managed by the Navajo Nation. By taking a tour of the visitor center, you are able to get quick history lesson about this incredible native people.

Four Corners

 

Arches National Park

  • Located in western Utah, this park features over 76,000 acres dotted with more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, all painted in a breathtaking red.
  • If you have never been here before, perhaps you have seen pictures of the world-famous Delicate Arch or the Landscape Arch, the longest natural arch in the world.
Arches National Park
Arches National Park

 

Antelope Slot Canyon

  • Antelope Slot Canyon gets its name for the many herds of antelope that used to freely roam this area.
  • Upper Antelope Canyon stands at about 4,000 feet elevation and is the most visited by tourists.
  • Depending what time of year you visit, the lighting gives the canyons an entirely different appearance. Photographers love both the challenge and reward presented by the breathtaking canyon.
  • We actually don’t know when this park was first discovered, but the Navajos have been in the area for many years. It was officially made a Navajo Tribal Park in 1997.
Antelope Slot Canyon
Antelope Slot Canyon

 

Petrified Forest National Park

  • Located in northeastern Arizona, this nearly-150-square-mile park sits on the borders of Apache County and Navajo County.
  • Popular with tourists, geologists, historians, and archaeologists, this park is well-known for the many fossils found in the area, including fallen trees that lived about 225 million years ago, during the late Triassic Age.
  • A little-known fact about this park is that is the only National Park that dedicated itself to projecting a portion of the world-famous Route 66.
  • In addition to the many fossils found here, this park also has one of the best native grassland ecosystems in our country.
Petrified Forest National Park
Petrified Forest National Park

 

7-Day Grand Circle tours start at $574, and 10-Day vacation packages start under $1000. Plus, all tours include hotel accommodations and transportation! With various departures from Las Vegas, San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland, you really can’t go wrong. Book your tours on TakeTours.com today!