National Parks & Canyon Country with Little Bighorn (8606)

15 Day Tour from Denver to Las Vegas

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On this vacation, marvel at the West's premier natural wonders and see spectacular scenery, memorials, monuments, parks, canyons, and much more. Your tour starts in Denver and heads to South Dakota for visits to Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. On this special departure, you’ll also visit Little Bighorn Battlefield, which commemorates one of America’s most famous battles. Here, learn the true story of “Custer’s Last Stand.”

Continue to Buffalo Bill’s frontier town of Cody, Wyoming. Then, head to Yellowstone National Park to see magnificent views of Yellowstone Canyon, Lower Falls, and world-famous Old Faithful Geyser. Overnight in Yellowstone National Park (depending on the time of year) before journeying into breathtaking Grand Teton National Park for a delightful walk along glacier-fed Jenny Lake. In nearby Jackson, with its wooden sidewalks and swing-door saloons, you’ll have plenty of free time to tour on your own.

Next, it’s on to Salt Lake City, Utah’s capital, for a sightseeing tour. Then, marvel at the hoodoos and dramatic landscapes of Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park. Stunning scenery awaits you in both parks, so have your camera ready! Continue into Arizona to Page, on the shores of Lake Powell, and cross the Painted Desert to amazing Grand Canyon National Park. Your hotel is located in the park, giving you a rare opportunity for great views and time to explore this spellbinding place. For a thrill of a lifetime, take an optional flightseeing trip over the Grand Canyon. Finally, travel to Las Vegas, where this spectacular vacation ends.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Sightseeing:
In Salt Lake City, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore, and Tatanka. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Guides:

Services of a professional Tour Director.

Scenic Highlights:
Black Hills, Deadwood, Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful, Grand Teton National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Lake Powell, Painted Desert, and Grand Canyon National Park.

NOTE:
On vacations that include an overnight stay in Las Vegas, at least one member of the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older.
This special departure includes all activities on our regular departures plus one night in Sheridan (after Deadwood and before Cody) and a visit to the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

3 breakfast, 3 continental breakfasts

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Denver

Welcome to Denver, the “Mile High City,” capital of Colorado and gateway to the Rocky Mountains. Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2 Denver–Cheyenne–Black Hills of South Dakota–Keystone

Depart Denver and travel north to Cheyenne, the state capital of Wyoming, then it’s on through the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, immortalized in a famous song from the musical ‘Calamity Jane’, to the historic frontier town of Custer. Overnight in Keystone.

Day 3 Keystone–Mount Rushmore–Deadwood

See CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL, a monument carved out of a mountain that pays respect to the great Native American hero, Chief Crazy Horse. Drive deep into the Black Hills, through what was Sioux Indian territory, to see the stunning granite faces of MOUNT RUSHMORE, a giant monument to four great American presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Afterward, visit TATANKA: The Story of the Bison, and experience the richness of the Lakota people. On to Deadwood, a lawless frontier town during the 1876 Gold Rush, where Jack McCall murdered Wild Bill Hickok during a poker game. Overnight here, and discover Deadwood’s Wild West ways as you walk in the footsteps of legends like Calamity Jane and Seth Bullock.

Day 4 Deadwood–Sheridan. Little Big Horn Battlefield

We head this morning through the rich high country where open-range cattle kings made war on the homesteaders in the 1890's. This afternoon we visit the LITTLE BIGHORN BATTLEFIELD NATIONAL MONUMENT which commemorates one of America's most significant and famous battles. Here on June 25 and 26, 1876, two divergent cultures clashed in a life or death struggle. During your time at the Battlefield, hear the story of the great war leader of the Sioux, Crazy Horse, and about the defeat of the US Seventh Cavalry by Lakota (Sioux), Cheyenne, and Arapaho warriors. While standing in the midst of this beautiful and tranquil setting, learn the true story of "Custer's Last Stand" that has been immortalized in thousands of books, paintings and films. We overnight in the town of Sheridan located in the Bighorn Mountains.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Sheridan-Cody

This morning, we arrive in Buffalos Bill's frontier town of Cody. During your free time here, we suggest a visit to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, home to five unique museums including the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, the Plains Indians Museum, Cody Firearms Museum, and the Buffalo Bill Museum telling the life and legend of this bigger-than-life character. Enjoy a stroll down Cody's main street with its unique shops and restaurants making sure to visit the historic Irma Hotel for a cold drink in the saloon. You may also wish to join our optional trip down the Shoshone River.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Cody–Yellowstone National Park

Proceed through Shoshone National Forest to YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK. Travel along Grand Loop Road to Artist Point for views of the Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Overnight in Yellowstone National Park.

NOTES:
Accommodations used by Cosmos in Yellowstone National Park are typically open from late May through late September. Departures before or after these opening dates will stay in West Yellowstone.

Routing and areas visited in Yellowstone National Park are always subject to favorable weather, gate access, and road conditions; therefore, routings may be adjusted.

Day 7 Yellowstone National Park

Today, explore more of America’s first national park by returning to visit the geyser basins with bubbling mud paint pots and the reliable “blow” of Old Faithful. In addition to superb mountain scenery, the park is one of the world’s principle wildlife preserves and a photographer’s paradise.

Day 8 Yellowstone–Grand Teton National Park–Jackson

Head south into magnificent GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, one of America’s last preserves of wild solitude. Its 13,770-foot-high ridges are crested with snow most of the year. Stroll along the shores of beautiful glacier-fed Jenny Lake before ending the day in the Wild West town of Jackson with its wooden sidewalks and swing-door saloons. This evening, join an optional barbecue cookout and Wild West show.

Day 9 Jackson

Time to relax in Jackson, or how about joining a scenic trip down the Snake River? Enjoy an 8-mile float trip that begins at Pritchard Creek and travels past the nesting areas of both bald eagles and ospreys. Later, the afternoon is free in Jackson to explore the shops and museums of historic downtown. This evening, maybe stroll along the old-time boardwalks downtown and enjoy supper at one of the swing-door saloons.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 10 Jackson–Salt Lake City

Today, leave Jackson and drive to Salt Lake City, Utah’s vibrant capital. Set on the edge of Great Salt Lake Desert, this center of the Mormon religion is where Brigham Young declared to his followers, “This is the place.” An included sightseeing tour features a glimpse of Temple Square, the Capitol Building, and beautiful downtown Salt Lake City.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 11 Salt Lake City–Bryce Canyon National Park

Journey through sagebrush landscape to BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK with its 20 miles of sandstone cliffs and ever-changing colors. See some of Earth’s most brilliant shades of rock, sculpted by nature into pillars called “hoodoos.”

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 Bryce Canyon National Park–Zion National Park–Page

First stop today is ZION NATIONAL PARK with its landscape carved over millions of years by rushing streams. Steep canyons, stone towers, and verdant vegetation form the scenery of Zion. Then, head east into Page on the shores of Lake Powell, originally built to house workers during the construction of the massive Glen Canyon Dam, which holds back the waters of 186-mile-long Lake Powell.

Day 13 Page–Painted Desert–Grand Canyon National Park

Enjoy an optional flight over scenic Monument Valley. Then, cross the Painted Desert and head through Kaibab National Forest before arriving at GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK in the early afternoon. Marvel at one of the Natural Wonders of the World as you experience amazing views. You’ll have plenty of time to do some viewing before dusk, as your accommodation is inside the National Park.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 14 Grand Canyon National Park–Las Vegas

For a once-in-a-lifetime thrill, take an optional helicopter flightseeing trip over the Grand Canyon, with incomparable views of flame-colored walls plunging 4,800 feet into the Colorado River. Leaving the high country of Arizona, we pass through Williams on famous Route 66, and then the old Mojave gold-strike country, which still has traces of century-old ghost towns. Arrive in Las Vegas—a neon desert oasis packed with spectacular hotels and casinos.

Day 15 Las Vegas

The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport are included. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore “Sin City” further with a variety of exciting optional activities.

 Tour Director

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 Accommodations

DENVER Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel (SF)
KEYSTONE Mt. Rushmore White House Resort (T)
DEADWOOD First Gold Hotel & Gaming (ST)
SHERIDAN Best Western Sheridan Center (MF)
CODY Buffalo Bill Village (ST)
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK Yellowstone National Park Lodges (NP) or Brandin’ Iron Inn (T)
JACKSON Painted Buffalo Inn (ST)
SALT LAKE CITY Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites (MF)
BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK Best Western Ruby’s Inn (ST)
PAGE Quality Inn Lake Powell (ST)
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK Grand Canyon National Park Lodges (NP)
LAS VEGAS Harrah’s Las Vegas (F)

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Denver
Deadwood
Cody
Jackson
Salt Lake City
Page
Grand Canyon National Park
Las Vegas

Denver

Denver City & Mountain Tour

Denver City & Mountain Tour

Spend the morning seeing all that Denver has to offer: Larimer Square, Civic Center Park, the United States Mint, the 16th Street Mall and more. Then take an excursion through Bear Creek Canyon to Evergreen, to the top of Lookout Mountain, the site of Buffalo Bill's Grave and Museum. This is a fully narrated tour showing you the best of Denver city and Denver's mountain parks.

Approximate value: $90 USD per person

Denver City Tour

Denver City Tour

Experience two sides of Denver: a historic western town and thriving modern city--all in one trip. You'll journey back to the 19th century and experience the elegance of historic Larimer Square. You'll see beautiful Civic Center Park, the State Capitol Building, the United States Mint, The Denver Art Museum, bustling 16th Street Mall with its wide variety of restaurants, specialty shops, and street side entertainment. At the end of this tour, you'll no longer be a stranger to the Mile High City. This tour departs the hotel at 1:15 pm.

Approximate value: $40 USD per person

Denver Mountain Parks Tour

Denver Mountain Parks Tour

This four-hour excursion includes a visit to Red Rocks Amphitheater, a famous and spectacular outdoor concert hall that is a millennia-old geological creation named after its red sandstone monoliths. You will also visit Lookout Mountain, the gravesite of Buffalo Bill Cody, Bear Creek Canyon, and drive past the home of Coors beer. This tour departs the hotel at 7:30 am.

Approximate value: $55 USD per person

Deadwood

Deadwood City Tour

Deadwood City Tour

As we travel down Deadwood's cobblestone streets, you will hear about an era gone by. Recount local history beginning with Custer's expedition followed by the Gold Rush and lots more. Hear the stories of legendary Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, and other notable characters from local guides that are almost as entertaining as the history itself.

Approximate value: $10 USD per person

Cody

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Visit the world's finest western museum. This five-museum complex includes the Buffalo Bill Museum, the Cody Firearms Museum, the Plains Indian Museum, the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, and the Natural History Museum.

Approximate value: $19 USD per person

Shoshone River Raft Trip

Shoshone River Raft Trip

On this scenic white-water float trip down the Shoshone River, your guide maneuvers you through striking red canyons. See native wildlife and hear about the geology, mountain men, and pioneers of the area as you experience the thrill of the occasional rapid. You will be on the water for approximately 45 minutes. This river is a level 2 with occasional rapids, participants must be comfortable paddling, and it is very likely you will get wet. Note: Life jackets are provided and required. (Available Mid-May to Mid-September; subject to favorable weather & water conditions)

Approximate value: $39 USD per person

Jackson

Chuckwagon Cookout & Show

Chuckwagon Cookout & Show

Experience the thrill of bygone years when covered wagons crossing over Teton Pass in Jackson were a common sight. Traveling by horse-drawn covered wagons, you are swept away from the Town of Jackson into beautiful Cache Creek Canyon. Keep your eyes open; you never know whom you may encounter on the trail-after all, this is the west. You'll pull in to 'camp,' where you'll enjoy a delicious barbecue meal and the riotous entertainment of mountain men and cowboys.

Approximate value: $48 USD per person

Wildlife Scenic Float Trip

Wildlife Scenic Float Trip

The 8-Mile Scenic Float begins at Pritchard Creek and travels past the nesting areas of both bald eagles and ospreys. The trip is a great way to see the beauty of the river and the geology that forms the Grand Canyon of the Snake River, without getting wet. The river is home to a variety of waterfowl and native animals including moose, deer and river otters. Early morning is the watering time for most animals along the river, and affords the best opportunity for wildlife viewing. Feel free to bring your camera with you! (3 hours)

Approximate value: $70 USD per person

Salt Lake City

Dinner at Temple Square Roof Restaurant

Dinner at Temple Square Roof Restaurant

Start the evening with a visit to the Temple Square garden. Then experience Utah's premier gourmet buffet at The Roof Restaurant. Groups arriving on Thursday nights will have the opportunity to see the Tabernacle Choir rehearse. If you are not visiting Temple Square on a Thursday night you will have the opportunity to see the Family Search Center and get a lesson on genealogy. (Not available on Sunday nights)

Approximate value: $53 USD per person

Page

Antelope Canyon Cruise

Antelope Canyon Cruise

On this 90-minute cruise of Lake Powell, you'll glide through the narrow walls of Antelope Canyon, famous for its tapestry colors and unusual rock formations. Includes transportation to and from your hotel in Page and the Glen Canyon National Park entrance fee.

Approximate value: $50 USD per person

Antelope Canyon Slot Tour

Antelope Canyon Slot Tour

Come with your guide to a spectacular petrified sand dune, created by wind, water and sand, presenting a sculptured masterpiece. Nothing can describe this work of Mother Nature. Experiencing this beauty will leave you breathless. Trips are approximately one and a half hours long and you will travel in a 4-wheel drive vehicle to the Canyon entrance. From there you will walk into the Canyon, you will be at the bottom of the Canyon looking up 130 feet to the top. There is no hiking or climbing involved, only easy walking on the Canyon floor which is level for the most part. Your experienced Navajo guide will show you great places to take photographs as you explore this awe-inspiring wonder.

Approximate value: $40 USD per person

Monument Valley 90-Minute Flight

Monument Valley 90-Minute Flight

You will experience everything seen on the shorter Rainbow Bridge flight, plus much, much more! This is your only chance to see Monument Valley, the site of many well-known Western movies. The rock formations you will see on this surrealistic flight are totally different from those in the Grand Canyon. (90 minutes, weather dependent)

Approximate value: $275 USD per person

Tower Butte Helicopter Tour

Tower Butte Helicopter Tour

Rising 5,000 feet above sea level, Tower Butte is one of Mother Nature's most unique formations, providing the perfect setting for your Helicopter Landing adventure! After boarding your state-of-the-art helicopter, you will fly eastward over Antelope Canyon, Land of the Navajo Nation and Lake Powell as your Helicopter ascends Tower Butte. You won't believe your eyes when you touch down and disembark. The 360-degree panoramic view is absolutely breathtaking - see Glen Canyon, Lake Powell, the Kaiparowitz Plateau, the Grand Staircase and the Vermillion Cliffs. Enjoy approximately 20 minutes on the Butte for sensational photo opportunities and interpretive information about the Navajo culture and the ties to their Land. Only accessible by Helicopter, this helicopter adventure offers incredible memories, spectacular photographs and bragging rights to an exclusive view of the American Southwest and Land of the Navajo Nation.

Approximate value: $249 USD per person

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon Helicopter Flightseeing - North Canyon Tour

Grand Canyon Helicopter Flightseeing - North Canyon Tour

Explore impressive Dragon Corridor, the deepest and widest part of the Canyon, and one of the most remarkable panoramas of the Grand Canyon. The Tower of Ra, a 6,076-foot butte named in the 1800s after the Egyptian sun god, comes into view, as do other fanciful rock formations resembling temples and shrines. Fly in a comfortable, climate controlled helicopter with specially designed windows for optimum viewing. (25-30 minute) Subject to favorable weather conditions.

Approximate value: $200 USD per person

Grand Canyon Imax

Grand Canyon Imax

Fly like a condor over the rim and into the Canyon, be drenched in the power of the raging Colorado River without ever leaving your seat at the Grand Canyon National Geographic Visitor Center. And relive the history and mystery of one of the most storied natural wonders of the world. From the mysterious Anasazi who inhabited the Canyon 4,000 years ago, viewers at The National Geographic Visitor Center will travel through Grand Canyon history to join Major John Wesley Powell as he challenges the unexplored Canyon and raging Colorado River in 1869. (40 minute multimedia presentation)

Approximate value: $14 USD per person

Imperial on EcoStar

Imperial on EcoStar

The Imperial Air Tour with EcoStar helicopter features awe-inspiring views of the beautiful Eastern gorge of the Grand Canyon aboard our environmentally friendly, EcoStar EC130 aircraft. With forward-facing stadium seating and a nearly 180 degree field of view, you'll enjoy unobstructed sights of the eastern portion of Grand Canyon, the Little Colorado confluence, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and the Dragon Corridor. These areas, the widest and deepest of the Grand Canyon, offer guests the most comprehensive views and experiences only available from the air! (45-50 minutes) This excursion is subject to favorable weather conditions.

Approximate value: $294 USD per person

Las Vegas

Black Canyon Raft Trip With Transportation from Black Canyon River Adventures

Black Canyon Raft Trip With Transportation from Black Canyon River Adventures

This is a unique day trip aboard a motor-assisted raft which allows the visitor to leisurely enjoy and share in the history, desert wildlife and beauty in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. Black Canyon/Willow Beach River Adventures will provide round trip transportation. You will be transported on our tour buses to the launch area at the base of the Hoover Dam. This is an extremely rare view of the Hoover Dam that very few people have the opportunity to see. At this time, you will board our large comfortable rafts which have been carefully constructed with your party's safety in mind. During this excursion, our experienced and knowledgeable guides will share with you the history of this magnificent geological area. The high canyon walls will leave you breathless. Be prepared to see Desert Big Horn Sheep, Osprey, and Great Blue Heron in their natural setting. Bring your camera because it is seldom you will have an opportunity such as this to view the wonders of nature. Our rafts will stop along the shore to give you a chance to swim or play in the cool clear waters below Hoover Dam. You might take this opportunity to enjoy the box lunch provided while watching and listening to the sights and sounds of this magnificent desert. Your trip will end on the Arizona side of the river at Willow Beach. Here you will board our comfortable tour buses for the return trip over the crest of the Hoover Dam to your Las Vegas hotel. Fun for all ages, no paddling experience necessary. This is truly an experience to remember. (Approximately 8 hours round trip from hotel to hotel) Price includes NPS fee.

Approximate value: $160 USD per person

Grand Celebration Helicopter Experience

Grand Celebration Helicopter Experience

Embark on an unforgettable, narrated flight from Boulder City to the floor of the Grand Canyon. Descend 4,000 feet toward your exclusive landing site and enjoy breathtaking beauty of the Grand Canyon. Touch down by the banks of the Colorado River. Compliment your journey with a delightful picnic meal and refreshments served under an authentic Indian "Ramada". You will have ample time to take photos and explore the canyon floor. Before taking back off toast your journey with a champagne toast. Your tour also includes majestic views of historic Boulder City, Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam, Guano and Eagle Points, the famous SkyWalk and the Grand Canyon itself. (Approximately 4 hours, hotel to hotel, weather dependent). You can upgrade to Prime time 9:00 am - 11:30 am for an additional $20.00 please speak to your tour director.

Approximate value: $469 USD per person

Hoover Dam Classic

Hoover Dam Classic

Travel to Hoover Dam in style and comfort aboard our custom Tour Trekker. Your talented guide will share many points of interest along the way. You'll truly appreciate the extra care and comfort you receive from Pink Jeep Tours. The Hoover Dam Discovery Tour offers ample time for exploring this National Historic Landmark and engineering wonder of the world. See live presentations, a fascinating film on the Dam's construction and history, exhibit gallery, observation deck, and venture down to the observation room in the power plant to view the massive generators. You'll also encounter dramatic views of both the Colorado River and Lake Mead, the largest manmade body of water in the Western Hemisphere. (4 hours)

Approximate value: $92 USD per person

Hoover Dam Upgrade Top to Bottom

Hoover Dam Upgrade Top to Bottom

From the Lake Mead Overlook, you're transported to the Colorado River by van on the Lower Portal Road, where construction crews traveled each day. You'll see the original gauging station used to measure water level and flow, and dynamite storage bunkers used during construction. Then, a guided Colorado River float tour by raft offers you close-up views few people have ever seen of Hoover Dam, mighty power plants, and Black Canyon. You'll also learn historical facts and get an astounding view of the Hoover Dam Bypass project and construction of the nearly 2000-foot-long bridge spanning over 900 feet above the river. This is absolutely the best photo opportunity of the Hoover Dam and Colorado River!

Approximate value: $165 USD per person

Lake Mead Cruise And Hoover Dam Discovery Tour

Lake Mead Cruise And Hoover Dam Discovery Tour

Explore Lake Mead on a paddle-wheeler boat, viewing amazing sights such as Hoover Dam and the Arizona Paint Pots. Your tour begins with a stop at Hoover Dam, one of the greatest engineering feats ever accomplished. There you will take a guided tour starting at the visitor's center that will include an informative movie, a trip to the generator room on the Nevada side and time to explore a number of exhibits at the center. After a 90-minute stay at the dam you will move on to Lake Mead. Here enjoy the largest man-made lake in the United States with more than 550 miles of shoreline. Board the Desert Princess, a three-level Mississippi-style paddle wheeler with two enclosed climate-controlled decks and a third observation deck. Cruise the beautiful waters of Lake Mead and view the unparalleled sights of Hoover Dam and the steep canyon walls that surround it. View Boulder Island, Sentinel Island and see the Arizona Paint Pots. You will also enjoy lunch on board the Desert Princess. (Approximately 7.5 hours)

Approximate value: $140 USD per person

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