Sunrise Tours is a family owned and operated company that was started in 1993. The company has grown steadily over the years, and now consists of 20 fantastic employees and offices in St. Louis, Indianapolis and Kansas City. We pride ourselves on delivering extremely high quality tour experiences at a fair price, and we consider repeat Sunrise Tours customers our most important marketing “tool”.
Day 1: El Paso, TX Your journey to the Old West begins! Fly to El Paso, TX for a guided city tour and overnight stay. D
Day 2: White Sands National Monument Learn about the historic region where the Camino Real meets the American West when we visit the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. Continue to White Sands National Monument, an incredible expanse of snow-white, gypsum sand dunes covering 275 square miles and rising to 60 feet. Travel the 16-mile Dunes Drive with a local guide and the chance to scale convenient dunes along the route. Arrive for a two-night stay at the luxurious Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort. B, D
Day 3: Fort Stanton and Valley of Fires Visit one of New Mexico’s most beautiful gardens at Hondo Iris Farm. Enjoy a guided tour of Fort Stanton Historic Site, established to protect settlements along the Rio Bonito in the Apache Wars. See the gigantic Malpais Lava Flow during a stop at the Valley of Fires Recreation Area in Carrizozo. B, L
Day 4: International UFO Museum Travel the Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway to the Lincoln County Courthouse, the historic frontier site of Billy’s infamous escape in 1881. Explore the International UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell, complete with a museum guide talk. Arrive in Carlsbad, NM for a 2-night stay. B, L
Day 5: Carlsbad Caverns National Park Explore Carlsbad Caverns National Park in the Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico. Descend the elevator for a self-guided tour along a paved trail of the Big Room, a massive, eight-acre chamber with an incredible 255-foot-high ceiling filled with huge columns, and delicate stalactites and stalagmites. After a tranquil cruise on the Pecos River, enjoy an afternoon wine tasting and dinner at the historic Trinity Hotel. B, D
Day 6: Guadalupe Mountains National Park Cross the border into Texas to see the state’s highest peaks during a morning visit to Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Continue south through the wide-open expanse of West Texas to Big Bend National Park, one of the largest and most remote National Parks in the lower 48. Check in for a two-night stay in the spectacular Chisos Basin at the Chisos Mountain Lodge. B, D
Day 7: Big Bend National Park Explore one of the last remaining wild corners of the United States during our guided tour of Big Bend National Park, covering 801,000 acres of the Chihuahua Desert where the Rio Grande marks the southern U.S. border. Visit Sam Nall Ranch and Santa Elena Canyon plus a picnic lunch in the park. Enjoy an evening at leisure at the lodge. B, L, D
Day 8: Marfa, Texas Travel to Marfa, a unique West Texas town home to a surprising modern art scene while maintaining its “Old West˝ mystique. Join our local expert for a guided tour of the town’s historic sites including the Hotel Paisano, site of the James Dean movie GIANT. Visit Indian Cliffs Ranch for a delicious cowboy-style steak dinner at Cattleman’s Ranch before an overnight stay in El Paso. B, D
Day 9: Fly home from El Paso B
* Price includes round-trip airfare from STL.