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Hike the best National Park trails of Arizona and Utah on this impressive walking tour. Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands and the Grand Canyon each offer unique landscapes, while our Monument Valley tour will be an unforgettable journey.
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8 hotel nights & 2 basic hotel nights, all transportation by private vehicle (excluding 2 nights at Havasupai Reservation, services of two professional tour leaders for maximum support and flexibility and free wi-fi available in your vehicle. Please note all meals paid locally, maximum group size 12.
Selected Dates, 28 May - 04 Nov '18 & 22 Apr - 03 Nov '19
Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands and Grand Canyon National Parks offer the best trails in the Southwest USA. Trek to the remote Havasupai Reservation with incredible waterfalls and enjoy the surreal landscapes in this hiker's paradise. Opt for a scenic flight over one of the world's most spectacular natural wonders, the magnificent Grand Canyon, or soak up the scenery at sunset. A Navajo guided back roads tour of Monument Valley and a night out in Las Vegas, completes this incredible walking holiday in the USA.
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Learn about the geological and environmental diversity of the southwest, with guided walks of Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park.
Experience life as a local Navajo, on a half day hike through Monument Valley.
Travel along a section of the Route 66 and stop off in the quirky town of Seligman, packed full of pure Americana.
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Welcome to the neon city in the Nevada desert, Las Vegas. This brash, iconic city offers travellers the chance to explore the over-the-top casinos, see a show, shop or simply indulge in a spot of people watching. A welcome meeting will be held at approximately 18:00 hrs in the evening with free time afterwards to explore the cityscape at night and see the neon lights in all their glory.
After leaving Las Vegas, drive through the Mojave Desert before arriving in the State of Utah and your destination for today, Zion National Park. Zion Canyon was named by the early Mormon settlers of Utah who thought of it as their `promised land'. Some of the best hiking in the desert terrain of Southwest USA can be found here, in and around the fertile Virgin River Gorge. With a two night stop, you'll have plenty of time to explore. Upon arrival your leaders will take you on a walk by The Narrows, a stunning water channel where you'll witness some outstanding scenery. This makes for the perfect introduction to your American adventure.
With a full day to further explore the delights of Zion National Park there are various hikes to choose from, ranging from easy to strenuous. You can warm up by walking on one of the shorter, but equally as beautiful trails from the valley floor to view the magical Emerald Pools. You can also cool off from the summer sun by exploring the Riverside Walk but you'll need to bring (your own) wetsuit style boots with you. The challenging option is to ascend 760 metres (2,500ft.) to experience unbeatable panoramic views of the entire national park from the top of Angels Landing. Angels Landing is definitely not for the faint-hearted although, if you can hold your nerve on this fairly strenuous trail, fortune certainly favours the brave.
Driving out of Zion National Park you'll climb in elevation to almost 8,296ft and traverse a high plateau to Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce Canyon is a fascinating natural amphitheatre of pink, orange and white sandstone spires, known locally as hoodoos. There are a variety of scenic overlooks and trails that range from easy to moderate in difficulty. The Navajo or Peek-a-Boo Loop trails will enable you to hike right in amongst these unique rock formations with your tour leader. Some of you may prefer to remain on the rim and photograph the ever-changing shadows and hues as the sun makes its way across the wide-open sky. The inspiring hoodoos will make a lasting impression and leave you yearning for more.
Observe the obscure rock formations of Goblin Valley State Park before arriving at Arches National Park. Stunning red sandstone arches have been created over millions of years by the whipping winds that brush down the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. The park offers leisurely hikes through spectacular sandstone landscapes with intriguing names like the Devil's Garden. One of the more widely recognised arches and by far the most visited is Delicate Arch, a 65ft., freestanding arch that has become one of Utah's most famous icons. Alternatively, some of you may choose to spend the afternoon `off the trail' experiencing the charms of Moab - the small eclectic town that serves as the gateway to both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.
See Day 5 for today's itinerary.
Today you travel south-east to the Navajo Nation's greatest treasure - Monument Valley. A sacred land to those who call it home, the red sandstone monoliths have been the backdrop to countless Western movies. After arriving at the hotel, you set out on a backcountry 4x4 (vans in winter) driving tour, heading deep into the heart of the valley. After stops to photograph both the famous and lesser-known sights in the park, you come to 'the end of the road'. Your local Navajo guide will then lead you even deeper into the park, where you'll visit places that very few non-Native Americans ever to get to see. Finish your day with yet another unforgettable sunset in the valley.
On to Grand Canyon National Park; one of those rare places that has yet to be adequately described, painted or photographed in its entirety. This incredible spectacle is difficult to comprehend, even as you stand at the rim or hike down into the canyon. Carved over several millennia, this massive wonder of nature is 277 miles (445 km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide and over one mile deep (1.6km). Snaking through the canyon floor is the mighty Colorado River, which runs 1,450 miles (2,330km) through seven US states and two Mexican states. Watch as the sun sets on this incredible place and attempt to comprehend this canyon's staggering proportions and power. There are many rim trail walks that you can enjoy using the parks transport, as well as the park ranger's guided nature walk, or you may just wish to sit in quiet contemplation on the edge of this natural wonder. We highly recommend a scenic flight over the canyon, which offers perspectives that cannot be seen when visiting on foot. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally NB: Grand Canyon National Park regulations limit group size and do not allow guided hikes. Your tour leaders will provide briefings, directions and maps, but are not permitted by the National Park Service to walk with you on the trails.
Havasupai means `people of the blue-green waters'. Visitors are able to hike down to this remote community within the Havasupai Indian Reservation, where mail still arrives by horseback. Hike past spectacular waterfalls and when you gaze upon the turquoise waters that cascades down into the pool below, you'll understand why this place is so special. Visiting this wonderful place is an extremely unique experience as the village cannot be accessed by road, deterring most of travellers. The trail to Supai begins at Hualapai Hilltop and follows an eight mile, snaking path down to the village below. Upon arrival you'll check into your lodge and take a short walk to you to a series of waterfalls which will simply take your breath away. It feels as though you have entered another country, far removed from America, but in fact you have only just scratched beneath the surface. The following day your leaders will take you on the rewarding hike down a trail that leads towards to the Colorado River. The trail down will reveal the intricacies of the canyons colours and smooth rocks weathered by years of flash flooding. The flora and ecosystems within the canyon become apparent as your senses become heightened and with the added benefit of two guides you can walk at your own pace. NB: The reservation is very basic but an incredible place to visit and very rewarding. Meal options will be limited, you'll need to carry your own luggage (although you can leave some luggage in the trailer) and services will be limited. This can be a challenging hike for some and temperatures in the canyon tend to be hot. It is important you have a reasonable degree of fitness to ensure you are able to complete the 8 mile hike down and the same on the return leg.
See Day 9 for today's itinerary.
This morning you begin your hike eight miles back up to the rim of the canyon before making tracks back towards the desert city of Las Vegas. This incredible adventure comes to an end as you return to Las Vegas and if you fancy trying your hand at a spot of gambling, you've come to the right place! Nowhere else in the world will you find as many casinos, clubs and all-you-can-eat buffets, making Las Vegas the perfect place to celebrate an amazing trip. This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.
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