Enjoy a round-trip tour of the Grand Canyon with a scenic stop at the Cameron Trading Post. Snap pictures there before arriving at the Grand Canyon with plenty of time to explore.
Sedona’s Sunrise to Sunset National Monument Tour
Availability: Daily at 9 a.m.
Duration: 8 Hours
- From :
- $ 190
Visit Five National Monuments!
Forget the large buses and crowded passenger vans and let us transport you! Our van accommodates 5-6 passengers comfortably to five national monuments in northern Arizona.
The first stop on our excursion is Tuzigoot National Monument, a 1,000-year-old ancient ruin inhabited by the ancient Anasazi. Here, you can learn about the ways of these Anasazi and their ancient culture that allowed them to live sustainably in this high desert environment. Discover a fascinating culture, capable of expert architecture, astonishing astronomical knowledge, refined agricultural skills, and sophisticated artworks. Enter one of the major structures and marvel at their masterful building style.
We have allotted time here to meander in and around some of the trails located nearby that lead into the Verde River Greenway. Enjoy a great view of Tavasci Marsh and Sycamore Canyon.
Our second stop is Montezuma Castle and Well. Upon passage of the Antiquities Act by President Roosevelt, Montezuma Castle was earmarked and bestowed as one of the first four national monuments. President Roosevelt identified Montezuma Castle as a place of the greatest ethnological value and scientific interest. This is considered to be one of the best preserved prehistoric cliff dwellings in North America. While access to the actual ruins was initially allowed, public access was discontinued in 1951. Nearly 350,000 visitors descend on this national monument annually to gaze through the windows of the past.
Next, meander up to the cool pines in Flagstaff, Arizona where you can enjoy a spectacular view of Mount Humphreys, Arizona’s tallest mountain.
From there, we set off for the Wupatki national monument. Rich in Native American ruins, the monument is administered by the National Park Service in close conjunction with the nearby Sunset Crater Volcano national monument. Wupatki was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966. The listing included three contributing buildings and 29 contributing structures on 35,253.2 acres.
We wrap up our monument tour with the Sunset Crater Volcano national monument. According to the National Park Service, the date of the eruptions that formed the 340-meter-high cone (1,120 ft) was initially derived from tree-rings, suggesting the eruption began between the growing seasons of A.D. 1064 and 1065. However, more recent geologic and archaeological evidence places the eruption around A.D. 1085. The largest vent of the eruption, Sunset Crater itself, was the source of the Bonito and Kana-a lava flows that extended about 2.5 kilometers (1.6 mi) NW and 9.6 kilometers (6 mi) NE, respectively.
- We arrange transportation to and from your hotel to the drop off point on the day of your excursion
Join us at five unique national monuments!
Additional vents along a 10-kilometer-long fissure (6.2 mi) extending southeast produced small spatter ramparts and a 6.4-kilometer-long lava flow (4 mi) to the east. The Sunset Crater eruption produced a blanket of ash covering an area of more than 2,100 square kilometers (810 sq mi) and forced the temporary abandonment of settlements of the local Sinagua people. The volcano has partially revegetated, with pine trees and flowers. It is considered dormant by volcanologists.
Damage from visitors forced the National Park Service to close a trail leading to the crater, but a short trail at the base is still accessible.
The hiking trail below the summit skirts the substantial Bonito Lava Flow. This hardened lava is black and appears fresh as it has devastated the forest in its path. The lava flow also created an ice cave or tube that is now closed to the public after a partial collapse.
We will conclude our journey with a leisurely drive down through Oak Creek Canyon. Depending on your schedule we can stop at various points of interests in the canyon which is widely considered and rated as one of the most scenic roads to travel in North America!
Your day exploring five national monuments in Arizona will end at around 5 – 6 p.m. back at your hotel in Sedona. Your tour (of up to 6) includes a lunch of your choosing and all entrance fees to the parks mentioned above!
- Close-toed shoes
- Comfortable hiking clothes