Upcoming Trips

Highway 12 The All American Road and Grand Escalante National Monument

Highway 12 All American Road & Grand Escalante National Monument

September  5th-7th, Tuesday-Thursday

$468 (Based Upon Double Occupancy)

Day One:  We’ll leave the Valley with a stop for coffee & goodies on our way to Cameron Trading Post for lunch on self.  A true Travel Club favorite, Cameron Trading Post—nestled along the Colorado River and just 30 minutes south of the Grand Canyon, has been catering to Arizona tourists since the early 1900’s.  They serve great food at moderate prices, and they have a huge menu with something for everyone.  After lunch it’s back on the bus and we’ll hit it for Kanab, Utah—an incredibly scenic drive that takes us through Navajo land with views of Marble Canyon, Lake Powell, Glen Canyon Dam and more.  After checking into our hotel, we’ll take a little time for a refresh, before heading out to round up some dinner on self, and later we’ll enjoy a free evening. 

Day Two:  Breakfast is included at the hotel.  After breakfast we’re back on the bus headed for Utah’s famous Highway 12, a designated All American Road—in a state that boasts 5 spectacular national parks, 7 jaw dropping national monuments, 43 state parks, two national recreation areas, and countless Bureau of Land Management recreation sites.  Highway 12 passes through red Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and over Boulder Mountain in the Dixie National Forest, finally ending near the entrance to Capitol Reef National Park.  It is 120 miles of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, and the only paved road that runs through 1.9 million acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.  Just to be clear, National Parks and National Monuments are both administered by the National Park Service, and are both identical in their function and purpose.  Both are types of federally protected lands, and share the common goal of preserving and protecting significant natural and cultural resources.  The major difference between a park and a monument is the manner in which they are created.  A park is established through an Act of Congress, and the land may originate from a variety of sources, including public and private land.  A national monument is established by Presidential proclamation, and this land is to be taken only from existing public (federal) ownership.  That being said, Bill Clinton designated Grand Staircase-Escalante as a National Monument, and at 1.9 million acres it is the largest National Monument in the nation.  Our plan is to make it to Torrey, Utah, gateway to Capitol Reef, for a late lunch.  We’ll stop along the way for photo ops and snacks!  After lunch on self, it’s back on the bus and we’ll enjoy a loop trip returning to Kanab on the highway.  Back at the hotel, we’ll take some time for a refresh before we head out to wrangle up some grub, and later we’ll enjoy a free evening.   

Day Three:  Breakfast is included a the hotel, then it’s bags out, and we’re headed back to the Valley with plenty of incredible scenery and great stops along the way.  This is going to be the road trip of a lifetime!  Call in your reservations and come with us. 

 

 

 

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