Spirit of the Desert: The National Parks of the Southwest
The story of the spirit... "Spirit of the Desert" defies just one single definition. It's the spirit of the moment, a mood, a feeling harmonious with nature yet transcendent of earth and sky. It moves the senses to create, the mind and soul to soar, adventurers to be bold. And on this trip, co-created with documentary filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, you will become part of its amazing story. They hope this trip will lead you to a deeper appreciation of the parks, create a lasting memory, and help you feel for yourself the spirit of these special places and people.
Six national parks, two flightseeing adventures, 2 nights on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, talks with local experts, sunrise and sunset independent walks
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Grand Canyon National Park
Located entirely in northern Arizona, the park encompasses 277 miles of the Colorado River and adjacent uplands. One of the most spectacular examples of erosion anywhere in the world, Grand Canyon is unmatched in the incomparable vistas it offers to visitors on the rim. Grand Canyon National Park is a World Heritage Site.
Bryce Canyon National Park
At Bryce Canyon National Park, erosion has shaped colorful Claron limestones, sandstones, and mudstones into thousands of spires, fins, pinnacles, and mazes. Collectively called "hoodoos," these colorful and whimsical formations stand in horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters along the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in Southern Utah.
Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands preserves an immense wilderness of rock at the heart of the Colorado Plateau. Water and gravity have been the prime architects of this land, cutting flat layers of sedimentary rock into hundreds of colorful canyons, mesas, buttes, fins, arches and spires. At center stage are two great canyons, those carved by the Green and Colorado rivers. Surrounding the rivers are vast and very different regions of the park: to the north, Island in the Sky; to the west, the Maze; and to the east, the Needles. The areas share a common primitive spirit and wild desert atmosphere. Each also offers its own special rewards. Few people were familiar with these remote lands and rivers when the park was established in 1964. To a large degree, Canyonlands remains untrammeled today. Its roads are mostly unpaved, its trails primitive, its rivers free-flowing. Throughout its 527 square miles roam animals native to this land. Canyonlands is wild America.
Zion National Park
Zion is an ancient Hebrew word meaning a place of refuge or sanctuary. Protected within the park's 229 square miles is a dramatic landscape of sculptured canyons and soaring cliffs. Zion is located at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin and Mojave Desert provinces. This unique geography and the variety of life zones within the park make Zion significant as a place of unusual plant and animal diversity.
Grand Junction, Colorado takes you beyond the ski resorts of the Rocky Mountains into the mystery and majesty of the Grand Valley. Perfect for a Colorado family vacation or an adventure with friends, we offer a wide variety of lodging and activities for every budget. An inspirational walk or ride through the Colorado National Monument is a must. Quiet moments abound in the city's restaurants, boutiques, art galleries and museums. Colorado's Wine Country is here and hiking doesn't get any better than this. Bicycle enthusiasts will find plenty of trails to get the wheels turning.
Arches National Park
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