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Yet_family_bg National Parks of the Southwest: A Family Adventure

Dates: July 7 - July 16, 2019

Total Duration: 10 days

Cost: $6,490 (adults) per person, double occupancy; $5,990 (child 7-15)

Deposit (per participant): $1,000

Activity level: Moderately Active

Maureen Long

Tour Operator: Criterion Travel, Inc.

Region: North America And Caribbean


The Southwest has some of the most fascinating geological features and intriguing cultural history in our country. During a 10-day exploration of five superb national parks (Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, and the Grand Canyon) accompanied by local guides who specialize in leading families through the American Southwest, enjoy a variety of excursions including walks, hikes, bike rides, and river rafting, all tailored to the interests and abilities of the group, as well as educational activities and fun adventures for family members of all ages.

Marvel at the Southwest's breathtaking geology and fascinating natural history on interpretive walks at five national parks and one state park. Zion is renowned for its spectacular landscapes of high plateaus, sheer canyons, and monolithic cliffs. Bryce boasts the largest collection of hoodoos (odd-shaped pillars of rock resulting from erosion) in the world. Escalante Petrified Forest State Park features fossilized dinosaur bones that date back to the Upper Jurassic Period. Capitol Reef's Waterpocket Fold (a wrinkle on the earth) is filled with cliffs, canyons, domes, and bridges for nearly 100 miles. Arches is home to more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch. The Grand Canyon is, in a word, grand and often considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Learn about Native American culture and traditions from Navajo guides in Monument Valley and at the Grand Canyon's Tusayan Ruins and Museum. Participate in fun, active adventures including river rafting on the Colorado River and bicycling along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Enjoy behind-the-scenes access to the Kolb Photograph Studio at the Grand Canyon, which is closed to the public.

Maureen Long

Maureen Long, Professor of Geology and Geophysics at Yale, is an observational seismologist, using... more>>