7 days 7 nights
Southwest Desert Loop

Total Price: $798

 

Starts: San Francisco, California

Ends: San Francisco, California

$100 reserves your spot today!

From desert oases to sandy landscapes speckled with colorful wildflowers to enchanting islands, this trip takes us on an adventure around the most grandeur destinations in the American Southwest.  We’ll soak in hot springs, venture to hidden swimming holes, explore magical Sedona and camp in solitude beneath starlit skies. Revitalize the body, soothe the soul and awaken the senses on a trek through the sprawling desert wilderness.

Welcome to the Green Tortoise!

Day 0: 

Meet at the bus loading zone at the intersection of Columbus and Montgomery Street in downtown San Francisco with your e-ticket.

The bus departs at 9:00 PM.  

Custom Sleeper Coach Drive Night

Day 1:

We spend the morning relaxing in a stunning hot spring. Soak in the steamy pools along a river winding through the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.  This afternoon, see how early settlers lived while they worked in historic mining camps on a stroll around Kernville.  You may choose to visit the museum and local shops or get your heart pumping on a rafting adventure or hike. 

Custom Sleeper Coach Drive Night

Optional Swim

Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 2

After breakfast at the Salton Sea, we take a scenic drive to Anza-Borrego State Park.  Hike deep into Palm Canyon to explore the desert oasis flourishing between it’s walls.  You’ll have a chance to dip your toes or jump right into the shimmering pools that form between massive boulders.  The further you scramble, the more diverse flora and fauna you’ll see! The hike ends at an enchanting watering hole enclosed by gigantic California fan palms.  

Camp Night

Optional Swim / Showers Available

Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 3

A short drive brings us to one of Joshua Tree National Park‘s best kept secrets! A hike up the Cottonwood Wash will reveal another desert palm oasis. We have the chance to see firsthand why this area of the park was an important spot for thirsty early explorers. Keep an eye out for bighorn sheep on their search for water.  Enjoy a longer adventure to Mastodon Peak for spectacular views of the expansive wilderness.

Custom Sleeper Coach Drive Night 

Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 4

We say sayonara to California and wake up in Arizona for a day of adventuring beneath the red rock walls of Sedona. Spend the day meditating in this awe-inspiring wilderness on any number of trails leading from town. Take in the massive pillars towering above you as you hike alongside blooming prickly pear cacti. You may choose to go souvenir shopping for native artworks or spend the day sipping coffee in a local cafe. In the afternoon, take a short walk to Montezuma Well, where natives built pueblos in canyon walls. Learn why the natural spring is still important to the endemic species and local residents in the area on a nature walk around the national monument.

Camp Night 

Showers Available

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 5

We make our way to the Wet Beaver Wilderness, where the junction of Dry Beaver Creek and Beaver Creek form an alluring swimming hole. The day is spent hiking on top of mesas and taking a dip in one of Arizona’s prized watering holes. The red rock formations around the desert wilderness are a picturesque setting for our day of venturing around yet another beautiful oasis. We’ll eat dinner out in Flagstaff and prepare for our day on Santa Cruz Island tomorrow.

Custom Sleeper Coach Drive Night

Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch 

Day 6

We awake at the California coast to hop on an unforgettable ferry ride to the Channel Islands.  Poise your camera for the chance to snap photos of dolphins, whales and other marine life.  The day is spent indulging in the unique biology of the archipelago while hiking over rolling hills and meandering through farm houses restored from the Spanish colonization in the early 19th century.  You may choose to stay shoreside and spend a day relaxing on the beach in Ventura, California.  This evening, we’ll meander the palm-lined streets of historic downtown Santa Barbara and snuggle up in the bus for a night drive back to San Francisco.

Custom Sleeper Coach Drive Night

Optional Swim / Showers Available

Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch

Day 7

We wake up right back where we began to say farewell to our new adventure pals.  Until next time!

  • 70% of Meals
  • Travel by Custom Coach
  • National and State Park Entrance Fees
  • Semi-Guided Exploration of the Parks and Cities
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Camping Fees
What’s Not Included
    • Sleeping Bag  (Rent one from us!)
    • Tent  (You don’t need one.  You can sleep on the bus!)
    • River Rafting
    • Channel Islands Ferry
    • Kayaking Tour

You’ll be traveling in a custom sleeper coach! 

 

A sleeping bag is required for this adventure. If you don’t have one, rent one from us upon booking!  Just $15 for the entire trip.

 

A tent is not required.  You are welcome to sleep on the bus or use one of our pads to sleep beneath the stars.  You may rent a tent from us for $50 (if you really want one).

 

Our coaches are equipped with a camp kitchen.  No need to bring your own cookware or utensils.  Bring a reusable lunch container to store your packed lunch and a reusable water bottle.

Departure: 9:00 PM – San Francisco, CA, Columbus and Montgomery St. Bus Loading Zone

Arrival:  8:00 AM – San Francisco, CA, Columbus and Montgomery St. Bus Loading Zone

Dates & Prices

Saturday, March 28 – Saturday, April 4, 2020

Fare: $649 + Food/Parks: $149
Total: $798

From desert oases to sandy landscapes speckled with colorful wildflowers to enchanting remote islands, this trip takes us on an adventure around the most grandeur destinations in the American Southwest.  We’ll soak in hot springs, venture to hidden swimming holes, explore magical Sedona and camp in solitude beneath starlit skies.  Revitalize the body, soothe the soul and awaken the senses on a trek through the sprawling desert wilderness.

Day By Day

0. San Francisco, CA – Drive Night

 1. Hidden Hot Springs / Kernville – Drive Night

2. Anza Borrego Desert State Park – Camp Night

3.  Joshua Tree National Park – Drive Night

4.  Sedona – Camp Night

 5. Wet Beaver Creek Wilderness – Drive Night

 6. Channel Islands National Park – Drive Night

7. San Francisco, CA – Arrival