By Ensemble Travel Group · December 2021
If you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure but wanting to stay a bit closer to home, look no further. Debbie Morroni, Director of Agency and Consumer Sales at Southwest Adventure Tours, sat down with us to chat about their endless touring options that are sure to spice up your bucket list.
Q: Tell us more about Southwest Adventure Tours.
As a Destination Management Company and Tour Operator, we provide tours for individuals and groups through the Great American Southwest. We focus on conducting sightseeing, photography, and adventure tours. With Southwest Adventure Tours, ADVENTURE AWAITS!
Our specialty is small group experiences – usually between 14 and 25 passengers. We offer a wide range of multi-day tours and day tours from Las Vegas, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and other local areas adjacent to national parks. From lodge and hotel-based tours to camping and backpacking, we can provide you with unique itineraries and opportunities throughout the American Southwest.
Q: What are the most unique and unexpected tours the company offer?
Canyoneering, Rock Climbing, and Rappelling
Q: For travelers wanting to visit a U.S. national park for the first time, what are a few options you recommend?
Mighty 5 Utah from Salt Lake City – this is one of our most popular tours. Southwest Adventure Tours will show you Utah’s Mighty 5 national parks in eight days. Those parks are Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion. Each park will enable you to see unique geological formations all within the region of Southern Utah.
On our Trail of the Ancients tour, we explore thousands of years of culture, history and traditions of the ancients who dwelt in this region prior to the creation of the United States. Starting with the Archaic period, then the Ancestral Pueblo (or Anasazi), followed by the Pueblo and Navajo Indians still living on these lands today, you will have the opportunity to follow their trails and discover them on this seven-day adventure throughout the southwest.
Q: For travelers who are avid national park visitors, what are some unique tour options they may not have experienced before?
A unique tour option is Yellowstone & Grand Teton Winter Adventure. You’ll visit the parks via snowmobiles and snow coaches.
Q: What are some great destinations and tour options for families and groups of friends?
Our Grand Teton & Yellowstone Explorer Tour is a great way to see both parks and learn about the area. Glacier National Park is another amazing trip to take with your family and friends.
Q: For the “do-it-yourselfers” out there, does Southwest Adventure Tours offer any self-drive tour options?
If you are wanting to travel and explore the American Southwest, there’s no better way to explore it than in an automobile with you behind the wheel. If you are not interested in utilizing our professional guide service, let us take our years of experience and provide you with an itinerary you can use while road tripping throughout the Southwest. We offer you complete flexibility to add or remove locations, change the length of your stay at each location, and upgrade (or downgrade!) your accommodations or car rental.
Q: BONUS: For travelers looking to step outside their comfort zone, what type of tour (or which one tour) do you recommend?
We recommend the Northern Lights Alaska Tour with negative 14-degree Fahrenheit temperatures. This is a wintertime tour of the area around Fairbanks, Alaska where you can view the Aurora Borealis (aka the Northern Lights). The main auroral band usually crosses the state in an arc north of the Alaska Range, home of Denali, North America’s tallest peak, which is just south of Fairbanks. The city and its surrounding area is probably the state’s “sweet spot” for Northern Lights viewing.
Image Credit: Southwest Adventure Tours
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