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National Parks & Canyon Country


Denver, Custer, Lead, Cody, Yellowstone, Jackson, Salt Lake City, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas


12 days


USD 1059



Type of Tour



18 Aug 2001 - 22 Sep 2001

Departure Dates

Prices USD

2001 Sat

Aug 18, 25 / Sep 01, 08


2001 Fri

Aug 24, 31 / Sep 07


2001 Fri

Sep 14


2001 Sat

Sep 15


2001 Fri

Sep 21


2001 Sat

Sep 22


Prices are for all land arrangements.
Single room supplement : $482
Triple room reduction per person : $82
Reduction for joining on day 2 in Denver upon departure : $49
Reduction for leaving on day 8 in Salt Lake City after sightseeing : $116

Package price Include

Services of a professional tour director

Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling

Private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach

Sightseeing tour in Salt Lake City

Visits to Cheyenne, Mount Rushmore, Custer, Borglum Historical Centre, Deadwood, Devils Tower, National Monument, Cody, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Hoover Dam
Other scenic highlights: Black Hills, Yellowstone Canyon, Jackson Lake, Bear Lake, Salt Lake, Lake Powell, Painted Desert
Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable
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Departure Dates & Prices Tour Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Day 1. DENVER : Your Cosmos tour director is on hand to assist with check-in. Early this evening meet your travelling companions at a welcome reception hosted by your tour director.

Day 2. DENVER-BLACK HILLS-CUSTER : Depart downtown Denver this morning and leave Colorado traveling north to Cheyenne, the state capital of Wyoming, renowned in the old days as "hell on wheels." Next see the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota and continue on to Custer. Tonight join the optional outing to see the renowned Crazy Horse Memorial, followed by dinner and a fun-filled country music show.

Day 3. CUSTER-MOUNT RUSHMORE-LEAD : Deep in the Black Hills, once Indian hunting country, behold the magnificent granite faces of MOUNT RUSHMORE, a giant monument to four presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Then stop at the BORGLUM HISTORICAL CENTER in Keystone to hear a fascinating account of the ingenious sculptor Gutzon Borglum and his works. Next is Deadwood, a brawling town during the gold-mining days where Wild Bill Hickok was murdered by Jack McCall during a poker game. From here it's a short drive to Lead.

Day 4. LEAD-DEVILS TOWER-CODY : Begin the day with a visit to the "flying-saucer haunted" DEVILS TOWER. On through the rich high country to Buffalo, where open-range cattle kings made war on the sheep ranchers in the 1890s. Drive by Sheridan at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains, the scene of many fierce battles between the U.S. Cavalry and the Sioux, Cheyenne, and Crow Indians. Overnight in Buffalo Bill's frontier town of Cody.

Day 5. CODY-YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK : Proceed through the Shoshone National Forest to splendid YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK. Travel along Grand Loop road to Artist Point on the south rim with magnificent views of Yellowstone Canyon and the stupendous Lower Falls. Next see the geyser basins with bubbling mud paint pots and finally the consistent "blow" of Old Faithful, Yellowstone's great geyser. Overnight in Yellowstone National Park.

Day 6. YELLOWSTONE-GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK-JACKSON : Head south into the magnificent summer and winter playground of GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK. With its saw-toothed 13,500-foot-high ridges crested with snow most of the year - one of America's last preserves of wild solitude. Stop at beautiful glacier-fed Jenny Lake at the foot of the rugged spires for a pleasant stroll along the shore, before ending the day in all-western Jackson. This evening, perhaps a drink astride a cowboy saddle in a knotty-pine saloon.

Day 7. JACKSON : With its wooden sidewalks and swing-door saloons, Jackson is like a living film set. Time today for an optional excursion - perhaps a gondola ride, climbing 4,000 feet from the valley floor to the crest of the Tetons, or catch a glimpse of a moose or bald eagle! Why not complete your western experience by joining the barbeque cookout and Wild West show this evening? You'll enjoy it.

Day 8. JACKSON-BEAR LAKE-SALT LAKE CITY : Great Scenery via Salt River Pass and across a corner of Idaho to Sky blue Bear Lake. Arrive in Salt lake City by early afternoon. Magnificently set on the edge of a salt desert and near mountains covered in forests and abundant with lakes, this is the centre of the Mormon religion where Brigham Young declared to his followers, "This is the place." Upon arrival tour the vibrant capital of Utah. Some of the sights you'll see include Temple Square with it's impressive six-spired temple and adjacent tabernacle, the State Capital, beehive House, and "This is the place" monument.

Day 9. SALT LAKE CITY-BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK-CEDAR CITY : Through sagebrush landscape to BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK with its 20 miles of breathtaking sandstone cliffs and ever-changing colors. Marvel at some of Earth's most brilliant shades of rock, which have been sculpted by erosion into pillars called "hoodoos" and other fantastic forms. Drive west through Dixie National Forest to Cedar City.

Day 10. CEDAR CITY-ZION NATIONAL PARK-PAGE : Travel to ZION NATIONAL PARK with its striking landscape carved out by rushing streams over a period of millions of years. Steep canyons, vertical stone towers, and verdant vegetation form the contrasting scenery of Zion, once a refuge for Mormon pioneers. Head south into Arizona to Page, nestled on the shores of Lake Powell.

Day 11. PAGE-PAINTED DESERT-GRAND CANYON : Begin your morning with an optional scenic flight over Monument Valley. You'll fly over Lake Powell and across Navajo Indian lands before reaching the uniquely shaped monuments themselves. Then a scenic drive through Kaibab National Forest, and across the Painted Desert. An early afternoon arrival at the South Rim of GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK with plenty of free time to explore the canyon rim. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, take our optional helicopter flightseeing excursion with incomparable views of flame-colored walls plunging 4,800 feet into the Colorado River. Overnight in Grand Canyon National Park

Day 12. GRAND CANYON-LAS VEGAS : Leave the high country of Arizona for a photo stop at the 700-foot-high Hoover Dam. Afterward head for the modern phenomenon of Las Vegas, a fantastic city of feverish gambling, neon lights, bars, and glamorous shows featuring some of the world's top entertainers. A stop at McCarran International Airport for tour members with homebound flights. (Please schedule flights after 5 p.m.) The tour ends in Las Vegas at the Imperial Palace in the late afternoon.

Cosmos Hotels

DENVER Comfort Inn Downtown (ST), CUSTER Sun Mark Inn (ST), LEAD Best Western Golden Hills Resort (F), CODY Buffalo Bill Village (ST), YELLOWSTONE N.P Yellowstone Park Lodges (ST/NP), JACKSON Wagon Wheel Village (ST), SALT LAKE CITY Qaulity Inn (ST), GRAND CANYON Grand Canyon Park Lodges (ST/NP), LAS VEGAS Imperial Palace (F)

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