Imagine… Southwest Parks

a roadtrip from the red buttes to the redwoods, from scenic seashore to splashy Vegas, and of course, to the one and only Grand Canyon.
At Rare Finds, we have designed a 5-Park Circuit where you will have a chance to sleep on a houseboat, a glamping spot, vintage railroad hotels, a posh 5* architectural desert marvel, and even a cabin right on the rim of the Grand Canyon.

The Grand Canyon is one of our specialties.

Our founder, Melanie, first went there as an 8 year old, standing with her toes at the rim and peering over the edge. Since that early visit, we have hiked all the way to the bottom to Phantom Ranch.

Rafted through its heart with Western River Expeditions

And celebrated family Christmas at the historic Buckey O’Neill cabin on the rim.

And Supai Falls? Not part of the national park, this remote tribal area of the canyon is home to the Havasupai people, translated as People of the Blue Green Waters. It takes a helicopter or a horse – or just a pair of hiking boots – to get there, and Rare Finds Travel can show you the ropes.
We’ve jeeped Zion’s backcountry and hiked its Narrows – and learned the tricks to a full-moon-hike around the hoodoos of Bryce!

Vermillion Cliffs!

And even the little-known national park of Vermillion Cliffs! We can lay out the best strategies for White Pocket versus the Wave, share some novel ideas for avoiding the crowds of Zion, tell you about Full Moon walks at Bryce, and design the perfect 2 days at Arches.

Las Vegas, whose airfares are cheap to attract gamblers, makes a good hopping off spot for you too, but don’t think that you have to hit the casinos. Get some Vegas zen by doing yoga with the dolphins! Learn about the mob’s early influence at the Mobster Museum. And don’t miss the live mermaid show.

A houseboat on Lake Powell makes an unforgettable family vacation. One of the only trips that founder Melanie ever repeated with her own family, you can jetski back through the labyrinth of canyons to Rainbow Bridge, the longest rock span in the world. Explore caves on the seashore and roast marshmallows on beach bonfires. At night, you can sleep atop your houseboat, under a powdered-sugar sky. It’s the stuff that family lore is made of!

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