Day 1. Arrival at Montrose Regional Airport
This is a 45 minute flight from Denver International Airport. We will receive you at your airport and will take you to your hotel where you can rest and recuperate.
Day 2. Tour of the Ute Museum and drive to Mexican Hat, Utah
This part of the American Southwest has been the traditional home of the Ute, Navajo and Hopi cultures. The museum is a great introduction to the Ute tribe and we will spend some time there before making the transition into Navajo territory
Day 3. Goosenecks and Monument Valley
Native American cultures and the nature that surrounds them are intimately linked. It would be silly to even begin to try to understand their culture and belief systems without the context of their surroundings. In the morning we will explore Goosenecks National Park and in the afternoon we will head into Monument Valley where you can interact with some members of the Navajo tribe. For the sunset we will drive to Moki Point where you can get a panoramic view of Goosenecks and Monument Valley together
Day 4. Drive across the border from Utah to Arizona and to Shiprock, New Mexico
Shiprock was formed when magma fed a giant volcano in New Mexico. Over the years the volcano that was primarily made of ash weathered away leaving behind the "pipe" that was feeding it. To the Navajo this is a sacred rock and their settlement with the same name was created next to the banks of the San Juan River. We will arrive there on Sunday on time for the local flea-market. This is a fantastic opportunity to not only interact with the locals, but also contribute to their local economy by purchasing handicrafts, hand-made jewellery and try-out some of their delicious cuisine
Day 5. Chaco Canyon National Park
Chaco Canyon is the largest preserved Native American settlement of the American southwest. Although the inhabitants of Chaco have no ties with the modern Hopi and Navajo, they lived in a very similar landscape and came up with similar adaptations to deal with the environmental challenges. This is a world-heritage site which is so remote that not many make it out here - which is one of the reason we want to take you there!
Day 6. Mesa Verde National Park
After spending the day at Chaco Canyon we will spend the night in Farmington. The next morning we will drive into Colorado and visit Mesa Verde National Park. This is the largest collection (over 500) cliff dwellings in the world and we will spend the day visiting quite a few of these.
Day 7. Drive over the Red Mountain Pass and back to Montrose
We will head back to Montrose over the Red Mountain Pass and some spectacular mountain scenery stopping in the picturesque town of Ouray to look at some beautiful waterfalls. The next morning we will drop you off at Montrose Regional Airport for your departure flight