Vegas & Blazin’ Canyons (Self-Drive)

8 days
Difficulty Level
2000 km

Vegas & Blazin’ Canyons (Self-Drive)

Embark on an extraordinary 8-day Self-Drive tour through the stunning landscapes of Nevada, Arizona, and Utah, where the majestic canyons and national parks await to take your breath away. You’ll visit iconic destinations such as the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, Mexican Hat, Moab, Arches National Park, Zion, and Red Rock Canyon, each offering its unique beauty and challenges.

The adventure is enhanced by the thrill of driving on some of the most exciting roads the region has to offer, including the Escalante Stairway, the Veterans Memorial Highway (Hwy 95), and the historic Oatman Highway. These routes provide not only stunning scenery but also a driving experience unlike any other.

But it’s not just about the breathtaking landscapes; this tour is also packed with attractions that add to the richness of the experience. Spend two unforgettable nights in the vibrant city of Las Vegas, explore the cowboy town of Williams, and travel through historic Route 66 towns like Oatman, Kingman, Hackberry, and Seligman. This Self-Drive tour is the perfect one-week getaway for those looking to fulfill their dream vacation.


Motorcycle/Car rental w/unlimited milage
1st choice vehicle model class
Shared room in biker-friendly hotels
Continental breakfast at most hotels
Entrance fees Nat. parks
Welcome meeting
Multi-lingual Tour leader
Transport to rental company
Support van w/ luggage
State min. SLI insurance
Loss damage Waiver
Half-shell helmet
Tour PDF w/route description.
Pictures from the tour
NOT Included
Optional attractions
Vehicle model guarantee
Security deposit for LDW
Food and beverages
LDW Zero & insurance upgrades
Anything not listed in “Included” above



Day 1: Arrival Las Vegas, Nevada

Welcome to Las Vegas! The excitement of your departure day has finally arrived, and what better place to kick off your adventure than in the vibrant city of Las Vegas? Known for its dazzling lights, world-class entertainment, and endless entertainment options, Las Vegas promises an unforgettable experience from the moment you arrive.

Whether you’re drawn to the iconic casinos and resorts along the famous Las Vegas Strip, eager to explore the city’s vibrant nightlife scene, or interested in discovering the nearby natural wonders and attractions, Las Vegas has something for everyone.


Day 2: Las Vegas - Williams

(Driving day 1: 451 km/284 miles)

Today marks the exhilarating beginning of your Las Vegas & Blazing Canyons Self-Drive tour, an unforgettable adventure through the heart of the desert’s breathtaking landscapes. The first day challenges you with the heat and rewards you with stunning scenery, setting the tone for an epic journey.

The journey then takes a turn towards the historic and captivating Oatman, an old village rooted in the early 20th century during the gold rush era. As you navigate through Oatman, the presence of roaming donkeys and the town’s playful “outlaws” will transport you back in time, offering a unique blend of history and humor. It’s a reminder to secure your bike, as the charm of this town comes with its own set of whimsical challenges.

Leaving Oatman behind, the road to Kingman unfolds with an array of narrow, curvy paths that climb and descend through the mountains and deserts. This stretch is not just a route but a canvas, offering what could be the best filming opportunities of the entire tour, capturing the essence of your journey through these contrasting landscapes.

A pit stop at a traditional Route 66 gas station in Hackberry provides a momentary retreat into history. This spot, seemingly lifted from an old movie, offers a chance to enjoy a refreshing Coke in the shade, surrounded by memorabilia that tells tales of a bygone era.

The day’s adventure continues as you drive on to Seligman and Williams, each leg of the journey unveiling more of the rich tapestry that makes up this incredible region. Today is just the beginning, with each mile bringing new sights, sounds, and experiences that will enrich your soul and leave you in awe of the vast beauty and complex history of the American Southwest.


Day 3: Williams - Tuba City

(Driving day 2: 222 km/138 miles)

Welcome to the tour’s highlight: the majestic Grand Canyon! Today promises to be a breathtaking journey as you make your way to Tuba City. If you have booked a helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon, get ready for an unforgettable experience. Hovering in the air over one of the seven wonders of the world provides a truly magical perspective that will stay with you forever.

Take your time to explore the Grand Canyon up close before continuing your adventure toward another renowned natural wonder: Monument Valley. However, before reaching Monument Valley, you’ll make an overnight stop in Tuba City, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of this remarkable landscape.


Day 4: Tuba City - Moab

(Driving day 3: 420 km/262 miles)

Your day begins with a drive to Monument Valley, an iconic natural wonder that defies description. As you approach, you’ll be greeted by the classic Wild West landscape of towering sandstone rock formations. The reddish hues of the rocks create a stunning contrast against the desert backdrop, offering a breathtaking sight that must be seen to be believed. Monument Valley’s influence on the perception of the wild west becomes palpable as you immerse yourself in its unparalleled beauty.

Continuing your journey, you’ll pass by Mexican Hat, another intriguing natural formation that resembles either a sombrero or a stone formation, depending on your perspective. From there, you’ll head north to Moab, situated at the entrance of the Arches National Park. The drive to Moab promises to be unforgettable, with awe-inspiring vistas unfolding at every turn. As you navigate through these majestic rock formations, you’ll find yourself in the heart of the Navajo Indians’ territory, further enhancing the spiritual ambiance of the journey.

Upon reaching Moab, you’ll be surrounded by its spectacular surroundings, providing the perfect backdrop for an evening of exploration and relaxation. This driving experience is sure to leave an indelible mark on your memory.


Day 5: Moab - Hanksville

(Driving day 4: 283 km/176 miles)

Get ready for another unforgettable tour highlight! Your day begins with an exploration of Moab and the awe-inspiring Arches National Park, where you’ll encounter unforgettable rock formations that will leave you breathless. Marvel at the natural beauty surrounding you as you wander through this iconic park.

After soaking in the wonders of Arches National Park, you’ll embark on the great Colorado River Run, tracing the path of the mighty river as it winds its way out from the park. Your journey leads you to Red Cliffs Lodge, renowned for its delicious lunches and stunning views. Take some time to savor a meal amidst the picturesque scenery before continuing your adventure.

Next, you’ll make your way towards Hanksville, where more remarkable landscapes await. From towering cliffs to expansive vistas, the drive to Hanksville promises to be a feast for the senses. Prepare to be captivated by the natural beauty that surrounds you at every turn on this unforgettable journey.


Day 6: Hanksville - Kanab

(Driving day 5: 379 km/235 miles)

Get ready for another day of awe-inspiring landscapes as you continue your journey through Utah. The national parks seem to appear one after the other like beads on a string, each offering its own unique beauty. From the whimsical rock formations of Goblin Canyon to the rugged grandeur of Capitol Reef, Thousand Lake, and Otter Creek State Park, you’ll be treated to a series of breathtaking vistas.

The highlight of the day awaits as you ride up and down the elevations of the Escalante Staircase, a geological marvel that will leave you in awe. With each twist and turn of the road, you’ll find yourself unable to wipe the smile from your face.

But the magic doesn’t end there. Bryce Canyon awaits, with its otherworldly rock formations that defy description. Prepare to be enchanted by the surreal landscape that rivals even the Grand Canyon in its splendor.

As you journey through Dixie National Forest, the beauty of the landscape only continues to unfold, leading you to yet another gem: Zion National Park.


Day 7: Kanab - Las Vegas

(Driving day 6: 386 km/241 miles)

Get ready for another thrilling day of adventure! Your journey begins with a drive through the spectacular beauty of Zion National Park. As you wind your way through the park, you’ll be treated to some of the world’s most stunning rock formations and breathtaking vistas. Be prepared for the exhilarating experience of navigating the famous switchbacks of Zion, where every curve offers a new perspective on the awe-inspiring landscape.

After emerging from Zion, it’s a straight shot to the neon-lit oasis of Las Vegas, where you’ll have the rest of the day to explore this vibrant city. Las Vegas, known as “Sin City,” offers a plethora of attractions and entertainment options to suit every taste.

From iconic landmarks like Caesar’s Palace and the Bellagio to the extravagant shows, casinos, and shopping malls, Las Vegas has something for everyone. Don’t miss the chance to witness the mesmerizing volcanic eruptions at the Mirage or the captivating water show outside the Bellagio. And if you’re feeling lucky, try your hand at one of the many world-renowned casinos scattered throughout the city.

Las Vegas is a city like no other, where every corner holds the promise of adventure and excitement. Enjoy your time exploring this dazzling metropolis, and make memories that will last a lifetime!


Day 8: Departure - Home Travel

As you bid farewell to the Vegas & Blazing Canyons Self-Drive tour and the vibrant energy of Las Vegas, you carry with you the spirit of adventure and a heart full of unforgettable experiences. This journey has taken you through the heart of the American Southwest, showcasing its spectacular landscapes and historic towns.

Thank you for choosing to tour with Explorify, and we sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed the ride. We wish you a safe and pleasant trip home, and we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back on one of our other tours.

Please note: Due to time differences, travelers from Europe will arrive home on the date or day after departing from the US.

Additionally: While this itinerary provides a framework for the tour’s activities and experiences, it’s important to note that deviations may occur. On self-drive tours, you have the freedom to act as your own tour guide, deciding whether to follow our suggested route or explore detours along the way.