Choosing Your Tour

Southern Segment (16 Days) Featured Destinations:

• Carlsbad Cavern National Park
• Santa Fe NM
• Bandelier National Monument
• Mesa Verde National Park
• Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park
• Grand Canyon National Park
• Lake Powell
• Zion National Park
• Bryce Canyon National Park
• Goblin Valley State Park OR Horseshoe Canyon
• Arches National Park OR Canyonlands National Park

Northern Segment (14 Days) Featured Destinations:

• Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
• Aspen CO
• Dinosaur National Monument
• Jackson WY
• Grand Teton National Park
• Yellowstone National Park
• Glacier National Park
• Whitefish MT

Please Note: Full Tour (30 Days/Both Segments) Includes All Featured Destinations

 

Orange trail denotes the Southern Segment of the tour, and red trail identifies the Northern Segment. Click on a letter to see more information for a specific area.

The Epic American West Tour Map

Carlsbad Caverns Santa Fe & Area Arizona - Utah Utah Parks Aspen & Area Yellowstone Glacier National Park

 

If your choice of tour is entirely dependent on your personal schedule, you can choose your dates below and then click on the "Description" link to read about what to expect. If your choice of travel dates is flexible, some of the general differences in the tours may influence your preference. For example:

Our tour departing in May (Spring) of each year is filled with bright green leaves and wildflowers.

Both of the tours scheduled for the autumn feature changing leaves of red and gold.

The springtime northbound tour offers a slight chance of snow.

The northbound tour departing in August (Autumn) will probably have the highest average temperatures, and fall colors will be encountered only at higher altitudes. There will still be a slight chance of snow.

The southbound tour departing in late September is almost certain to include some amount of snowfall, and lots of changing leaves at lower altitudes. At higher altitudes the trees may already be bare.

The May tour does not overnight in Aspen, Colorado because the town is nearly shut down at that time of year - with most restaurants closed, etc. So, we will take our accommodations in Glenwood Springs instead. We will still take a drive up to Aspen (and the Maroon Bells area if the road is open) for anyone in the group who would like to go.

The southern segment of the tour requires more advance decisions by our guests because many of the choices are geographically specific and/or involve activities with limited availability.

The northern segment allows more flexibility, and in many cases will not require that any decisions be made until the day before.

 

Northbound Tour 2018 – Mid-May to Mid-June

1. Full Tour – 30 days:
Leaving from El Paso TX, May 15th, 2018 and ending in Whitefish MT, June 13th, 2018.

Guest(s) should plan to arrive and depart:

El Paso TX – May 14, 2018

Kalispell MT – June 14, 2018

2. Southern Segment – 16 days: (Description)

Leaving from El Paso TX, May 15th, 2018 and ending in Grand Junction CO, May 30th, 2018.

Guest(s) should plan to arrive and depart:

El Paso TX – May 14, 2018

Grand Junction CO – May 31, 2018

3. Northern Segment – 14 days: (Description)

Leaving from Grand Junction CO, May 31st, 2018 and ending in Whitefish MT, June 13th, 2018.

Guest(s) should plan to arrive and depart:

Grand Junction CO – May 30, 2018

Kalispell MT – June 14, 2018

Northbound Tour 2018 – Late August to Late September

4. Full Tour – 30 days:

Leaving from El Paso TX, August 18th, 2018 and ending in Whitefish MT, September 16th, 2018.

Guest(s) should plan to arrive and depart:

El Paso TX – August 17, 2018

Kalispell MT – September 17, 2018

5. Southern Segment – 16 days: (Description)

Leaving from El Paso TX, August 18th, 2018 and ending in Grand Junction CO, September 2nd, 2018.

Guest(s) should plan to arrive and depart:

El Paso TX – August 17, 2018

Grand Junction CO – September 3, 2018

6. Northern Segment – 14 days: (Description)

Leaving from Grand Junction CO, September 3rd, 2018 and ending in Whitefish MT, September 16th, 2018.

Guest(s) should plan to arrive and depart:

Grand Junction CO – September 2, 2018

Kalispell MT – September 17, 2018

Southbound Tour 2018 – Late September to Late October

7. Full Tour – 30 days:

Leaving from Whitefish MT, September 17th, 2018 and ending in El Paso TX, October 16th, 2018.

Guest(s) should plan to arrive and depart:

Kalispell MT – September 16, 2018

El Paso TX – October 17, 2018

8. Northern Segment – 14 days: (Description)

Leaving from Whitefish MT, September 17th, 2018 and ending in Grand Junction CO, September 30th, 2018.

Guest(s) should plan to arrive and depart:

Kalispell MT – September 16, 2018

Grand Junction CO – October 1, 2018

9. Southern Segment – 16 days: (Description)

Leaving from Grand Junction CO, October 1st, 2018 and ending in El Paso TX, October 16th, 2018.

Guest(s) should plan to arrive and depart:

Grand Junction CO – September 30, 2018

El Paso TX – October 17, 2018