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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.
Destinations > Texas & South West USA > National Parks Walk
10 nights hotel accommodation, all transportation by private vehicle, 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; Nov '19 - Nov '20
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, stop for a view of the Hoover Dam before driving through the Mojave Desert for just over three hours into 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 two nights here, you will 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 will no doubt get wet, but you'll witness some outstanding scenery, making it the perfect introduction to your American adventure. If you want to continue up the narrows, you will need to bring wetsuit style booties with you.
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 ones. You can warm up your legs 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. The challenging option is to ascend 760 metres (2500 feet) to experience unbeatable panoramic views of the entire national park from the top of Angel's Landing.
Driving out of Zion National Park you'll climb in elevation to almost 8000 feet 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.
Make tracks for 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 - and this is what you will visit on day five.
On day six you will walk on the Primitive Trail to Double O Arch, with free time in the afternoon 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. On day seven, you mostly have a free day for activities, but your leader will take you on a very short scenic walk to view Mesa Arch before an afternoon drive out to Canyonlands National Park. You’ll also experience the iconic view at Dead Horse Point of the Colorado River snaking its way through the water channels.
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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 on foot where you'll be walking to explore 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. However, with a full free day we highly recommend lacing up your hiking boots and walking the Bright Angel Trail down to Plateau Point. For a unique bird's eye view, why not opt for a scenic flight over the canyon, which offers perspectives that cannot be seen when visiting on foot.
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This morning you begin your hike for 8 miles back up to the rim of the canyon before making tracks back towards the desert city of Las Vegas. You travel along a section of the Route 66 and stop off in the quirky town of Seligman, packed full of pure Americana.
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 resort hotels, 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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