Deserts of Arizona, 8-Day Trip

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The deserts of Arizona offer spectacular red buttes, mesas situated against cobalt skies and the largest cacti in the nation. Add some canyons, monuments, and arid temperatures and this is a must see American West road trip.


The deserts of Arizona offer spectacular red buttes, mesas situated against cobalt skies and the largest, slowest growing cacti in the nation.  Add some deep and narrow canyons, richly colored sandstone monuments, as well as dry, arid temperatures and this is a must-see American West road trip.

R-tinerary’s planned, tested and organized 8-day adventure in the deserts of Arizona from Saguaro National Park near Tucson to Camelback Mountain in Phoenix.  And then to the absolute must-see locations in Page and onto the classic western icons of Olijato-Monument Valley.

Along our route visit Mission San Xavier del Bac.  Here one can contemplate the beautiful architecture, as well as the historical importance of this Spanish Catholic Mission Church.  Explore Taliesin West, a National Historic Landmark.  This was the winter home, school, and laboratory of Frank Lloyd Wright.  Peer down at the wonder of Horseshoe Bend along the Colorado River.

Journey through Upper Antelope Canyon, a magical and mysterious slot canyon.  It is a great place to take some incredible photographs.  Then traverse the rungs and ladders to view the spiral rock arches of Lower Antelope Canyon.  Walk around the Left Mitten on Wildcat Trial in the desert of Monument Valley staring in awe at the immense size of this monolith.

Finally, drive just over the border to the solitude of Valley of the Gods. Here travelers can gaze at the sandstone valley of isolated buttes, towering pinnacles, and wide open spaces.

R-tinerary has viewed these breathtakingly beautiful desert sights.  We have traveled the dirt and rocky roads and spied the storied American frontier.  In this guide, we share our detailed travel plans.  Finally, we provide information on our accommodations, dining choices, and excursions.

Since we have done all the work, now you can have all the fun!

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4 reviews for Deserts of Arizona, 8-Day Trip

  1. Martha and Joel

    Crowds in Page near upper and lower antelop canyon and at camelback mountain. The info on valley of the gods and taliesin was great!

  2. Marlene Straughton

    Many of the places rtinerary traveled to in Arizona were on our bucket list. Took a small risk, bought the trip… couldn’t of been more happy! Thanks, you made the stress of planning this trip gone!

  3. Ronda Parker

    The perfect early summer trip with kids! The plans kept all of us busy and enjoying the west. We will try rtinerary’s Yellowstone plans next.

  4. Alice S.

    Wow is all I can say. I love AZ. The mountains, the cleanliness, all of it. My only complaint is that I did this trip in the summer… I wished I had waited for cooler weather.

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