Immerse yourself in the majestic beauty of the American Southwest, discovering the geological wonders of our national parks including visits to Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon. Millions of years of uplift and erosion have left a spectacular, monumental imprint across America's Southwest plateau.
* Explore the Southwest's natural wonders with a knowledgeable Orbridge Expedition Leader.
* Visit all five U.S. national parks in Utah.
* Experience a Navajo cookout and storytelling, take a 4-wheel drive tour through Monument Valley, and take in the beauty of the Grand Canyon.
* Follow the paths of Ancestral Puebloans and pioneers at Zion National Park, behold the monolithic hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park, and visit Arches National Park to see its intricately eroded arches.
* Enjoy special inclusions such as a Glen Canyon rafting trip and a visit to beautiful Antelope Slot Canyon.
Day 1: Arrive Phoenix, AZ / Scottsdale
Day 2: Scottsdale / Sedona / Grand Canyon National Park
Day 3: Grand Canyon National Park / Antelope Canyon / Lake Powell
Day 4: Glen Canyon / Monument Valley, UT
Day 5: Monument Valley / Moab
Day 6: Moab / Arches National Park / Canyonlands National Park
Day 7: Moab / Capitol Reef National Park / Bryce Canyon National Park
Day 8: Bryce Canyon National Park / Zion National Park
Day 9: Zion National Park / Las Vegas, NV
Day 10: Depart Las Vegas
Optional pre-tour: Scottsdale, AZ
**Itinerary and pricing subject to change up until date of brochure publication**
Deborah L. Nichols is the William J. Bryant 1925 Professor of Anthropology and Department Chair. Her expertise includes archaeology, complex societies, early cities, cultural ecology, and Mesoamerica. She has conducted archaeological research in the U.S. Southwest and Mexico with support from the National Science Foundation. Nichols' current research looks at the relationship of politics and imperialism on rural-urban relations and the development of markets in Central Mexico from the time of the earliest civilizations through the Spanish Conquest. She is also interested in the relationship of Native Americans and archaeology. She has published over 40 articles on archaeology and several edited volumes.