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Fall in the Four Corners: An Autumnal Smorgasbord of Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico

Arrive/Depart: Durango, CO - Book Now 888-288-5844

Photo by Darleen Warnes-stry

$6,300 (Single supplement $2,100)
15 Days/14 Nights - 9/28-10/12

  • Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad
  • Dallas Divide
  • Mount Sneffels Wilderness
  • San Juan Skyway All-American Byway
  • Colorado National Monument
  • Arches National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Zion National Park
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • San Francisco Peaks
  • Oak Creek Canyon
  • Painted Desert
  • Monument Valley
  • Mesa Verde National Park


This tour emphasizes the San Juan range of southwestern Colorado as well as fall foliage "hotspots" and other scenic wonders in southern Utah and the northern tiers of Arizona and New Mexico. The first three travel days are devoted primarily to the soaring San Juans, one of the great mountain ranges in all of America. Visitors to this region will also find that it is unsurpassed in terms of the brilliance of its fall foliage. Indeed, James Kay, one of the foremost landscape photographers in the country, stated that, if forced to choose a single destination for fall foliage photography, he would select that portion of this range located "within a 20-mile radius from Telluride" (Outdoor Photographer, October 2006, p. 63). Your tour of this spectacular area will be highlighted by a circuit of the 236-mile long San Juan Skyway, a ride on the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad, and more extensive forays into the jaw-dropping Sneffels Range via backroads emanating from the Dallas Divide area.

Grand Canyon National Park

Photo by Katrina Brown

After leaving Grand Junction, Colorado, the tour route enters Utah and explores, in succession, Arches, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks in Utah. The quiet North Rim of the Grand Canyon affords visitors their first taste of Arizona. Because of its altitude, it also puts on a fine fall foliage display. Other featured destinations in Arizona include the San Francisco Peaks, which are the highest mountains in the state, and Oak Creek Canyon, located near Sedona. Next on the itinerary is Monument Valley, which was immortalized in films starring John Wayne. A stopover at Mesa Verde National Park, followed by an excursion into the mountains of northeastern New Mexico, near Santa Fe and Taos, provide the finishing touches for this tour, prior to departure from Durango, our host city.