Desert Spectacular Tour from St. George Utah - 7 Days

Desert Spectacular Tour from St. George Utah - 7 Days

This week long Desert Spectacular Tour will take you to the most incredible and spectacular high desert vistas to be found in the US - a vigorous trip through many of the desert landscapes of northern Arizona and southern Utah.

The high Mojave Desert offers the pristine shifting sands, mysterious hoo doos and legendary canyons that few people ever see. This adventure tour takes you to many of the most scenic spots in the region, through a small group tour that requires a considerable amount of hiking. We always focus on photography, so our objective is to take time to capture the essence of the landscape, but on this tour you will be required to hike 2-4 miles at times, in loose sand and over rocky terrain, but not up steep inclines or mountainsides.

Come and enjoy this unique adventure, and join us for a thrilling journey through this unforgettable landscape in the desert Southwest.

Your tour is guided by a professional photographer who will assist you in capturing outstanding images of some spectacular scenery.

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Tour/Activity Details


7 days & 6 nights


2014 Tour Start Dates

June 1

Please Note: Availability calender only shows the starting dates for this tour and the time shown is for booking purposes only.

Minimum 4 Days Advance Booking Required (we strongly suggest ordering well in advance since these small group tours usually sell out). Rates are per person for the occupancy stated. All guests under 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Please order online or call to order or for more information.



  • Transportation - entire tour itinerary will be provided
  • Lodging - all motel/hotel accommodations, single or double occupancy for entire tour are included
  • Meals - breakfast and lunch for entire tour are included
  • Professional Guide Service - you will be joined by a professional guide and photographic consultant for the entire tour
  • Fees and Admissions - all fees and admissions will be paid as part of the tour

Does NOT Include:

  • Transportation to and from St. George, UT~ Passport and visa fees
  • Meal beverages other than tea, coffee or water
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Room service or other services beyond the basic night's stay at motels
  • Food outside of included meals and provided snacks
  • Laundry service
  • Telephone or other charged communication services
  • Luggage and travel insurance
  • Optional excursion fees
  • Any costs related to cameras or recording devices
  • Tips or gratuities to guides or tour leaders
  • Also expenses incurred due to inclement weather, or other acts of God, altered river, road or trail conditions, sickness, flight delays, or unforeseen security issues


  • Monument Valley
  • Canyon de Chelly
  • Tuba City AZ
  • Page AZ
  • Painted Desert
  • Wildflowers
  • Spectacular Canyons
  • Lake Powell
  • Marble Canyon
  • Hopi Reservation
  • Navajo Reservation
  • White House Ruin
  • Chinle AZ
  • Spider Rock
  • Anasazi Ruins
  • Petroglyphs
  • Twin Trails
  • Desert Landscapes
  • The Mittens
  • The Three Sisters
  • The Ear of the Wind
  • Sand Dunes
  • Hoodoos

Sample Itinerary:

You begin your trip in St. George, Utah and move east through Zion National Park. You'll stop at a little known area of brilliant dunes for a chance to photograph what others seldom see, and to experience some of the white cliffs of the area that are legendary in southern Utah. As the day progresses you make your way over to Lake Powell and take in this paragon of the high desert late in the day, staying in the area for the night at a well appointed motel.

The next two days you will travel into the Painted Desert to locations that are known only to a few desert explorers and very few photographers to capture the essence of this vast ancient area of volcanic ash and striated badlands, and even a mercurial lake that comes and goes with the seasons and the rains. This land is part of the Navajo and Hopi Reservations, as most of our tour is, and we will have many opportunities to see tribal towns and even shop in Native American gift shops for keepsakes and treasures.

Your next area of interest is over toward Monument Valley and the famous mesas, buttes and totems of the red desert. Having been regular travelers to this region for over thirty years you have numerous opportunities to visit and photograph the many landmarks of the region, and to discriminate among the landscapes, traveling to the best places to capture images from dawn to dusk in the high desert.

As the week progresses, you will find yourself in eastern Arizona and traveling among the deep canyons of the Navajo using local guides and transportation to go to places that cannot be reached by non-Indian travelers. The streams and canyon walls and the numerous petroglyphs and ancient canyon dwellings are very special here and provide a haunting beauty and ethereal light in these canyon recesses. But as you may know, everything is not a picture, and it is a pleasure to introduce you to the best of what is photogenic throughout the canyon lands of eastern Arizona.

Finally, you will begin your trek back to St George by way of one or two of the best landscape views that you will have seen on the entire trip. This is the desert Southwest at its finest, and we look forward to having you join us and experience this incredible journey for yourself, as we share our experience in capturing this land through our cameras. Share the adventure!


Reservations are made on a first-come-first-served basis and tour sizes are between 4 and 9 persons only.

A minimum total of 4 participants is required for the tour to operate. Usually, cancellation of a tour due to insufficient participation will occur 30 days before the tour start date. In the event this tour has to be cancelled due to insufficient participation or other reason outside our control, a full refund will be made. However, we are not responsible for any expenses incurred by the traveler in conjunction with the tour such as airfare or other non-refundable arrangements, and we strongly recommend that tour participants purchase travel insurance to cover themselves when booking a tour.

Minimum Age: Due to the hiking and other activities on this tour, participation is limited to a minimum age of 7. All participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Accommodations are typically in 2-3 star motels and include private baths. All prices quoted are per person for double occupancy, and single supplements must be ordered for any single traveler.

Meals: Included as indicated in itinerary. In some locations cash will be provided to each tour participant to purchase a meal, especially when the restaurant facilities are in remote locations or there is a choice available in a given location. At other planned locations, the meals will be paid for at the time they are taken, by the tour guide, or prepaid by the tour company strictly at its option. This is to maximize the comfort and convenience of tour participants.

Bottles of water and very limited snacks will be available in the tour vehicle.

Transportation: From the time we leave from our designated motel at the beginning of a tour, until we return, all transportation is provided or arranged for all participants. Exceptions would only be for non-tour excursions on helicopters, planes or other side trips not specified in the itinerary. We do use park shuttles where mandated in national parks. The primary tours are conducted in vehicles occupied by only our tour participants.

Hiking/Physical Ability: Included walks and hikes are deemed easy to moderate levels of activity. No special skill is required, but all tour participants should be in good physical condition and able to walk/hike 1-3 miles at a reasonable, non-competitive pace. We make casual photography and rest stops along trails and paths wherever we go. Also be aware that most of the tours are set in drier climates than you may be used to, and the drinking of water is key to remaining alert and feeling well. Please note that many of the park sites are located at or above 7,000 to 8,000 feet and often require some acclimation. Drink water regularly from the time you arrive at the start of your tour, and use whatever you require from the cooler in the tour van as well.

Traveler Responsibility: Trip members are responsible for choosing tours that are consistent with their ability, fitness, and overall health. All travelers are required to complete and return a trip enrollment form and consent to applicable Terms and Conditions prior to the commencement of their tour. Travelers are also responsible for reading and understanding all pre-departure materials provided by their tour guide, bringing appropriate clothing and gear as suggested by the tour guide, and acting in a manner that is considerate of other people with whom they come in contact.

Luggage: There is limited space in the vans, and since we will be on the move traveling from location to location, it is requested that you limit your luggage to one checked bag, a carry on, a small hiking day pack for your camera and personal items, and a small tripod if you choose. Digital photographers who opt to bring a laptop do so at their own risk. All personal luggage is the owner's responsibility and we assume no responsibility for any wear and tear, damage, breakage or loss.

Smoking/Illegal Drugs/Alcohol: Smoking is not permitted in non-smoking rooms, at meals, or in tour vehicles. Because of the dryness and high risk of forest fires in parks and along rural routes, it is necessary that you refrain from smoking on hikes and when the van stops at pullouts. Smoking is permitted at rest stops where local ordinances permit and if other tour participants are not bothered. Illegal drugs are not permitted at any time. Alcohol is not permitted during excursions, sightseeing or on hikes. You may order alcoholic beverages at meals and pay for them.

Zion Tours and its tour suppliers reserve the right to accept or reject any person as a trip member at any time.

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this tour, covering medical and cancellation expenses. This is for your peace of mind!

Documentation: Upon confirmation of your order, we will email you an E-Ticket that will include contact information for your tour guide so you may obtain the responsibility disclaimers to be signed and a questionnaire to be filled out and returned to the guide. A detailed itinerary, tour check list and clothing suggestions will be provided by the guide at an appropriate date prior to departure.

Limitations of Liability: Zion Tours, its owners, agents, employees, suppliers and affiliated companies hereby give notice that they only act as agents for motels, transportation companies, land operators, and suppliers of travel services, and assume no responsibility or liability whatsoever in connection with the operation, safety, condition or service of any motor vehicle, boat or other conveyance, inn, lodge, or hotel which may be used wholly or in part, for services to Zion Tours participants. Zion Tours, its operators and agents will not be responsible for any act, error or omission, nor for any injury, loss, accident, delay, inconvenience, irregularity, or damage that may be occasioned by any cause whatsoever, including acts of nature, civil disturbance, government restrictions, or failure of any means of conveyance to adhere to public schedule.

Zion Tours and its tour suppliers reserve the right, either prior to or after departure, in its good faith and discretion and in circumstances that warrant it, to change or reprice any tour, trip or expedition. This includes, but is not limited to, the right in such circumstances to alter or omit any part of the itinerary, to substitute hotel or trip leaders, or to change any means of conveyance without notice and without allowance of refund, with the liability for increased costs – if any – to be borne by the traveler.

If any tour is canceled due to acts of insurrection, strikes, acts of God, or any other cause beyond our control, refunds will be based on the difference between the original trip price and the cost of services already provided.

Trip members grant tour operators express permission to take photographic records of its trips for promotional and commercial use.

Minimum 4 Days Advance Booking Required (we strongly suggest ordering well in advance since these small group tours usually sell out). Rates are per person for the occupancy stated. All guests under 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

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