Western USA National Parks Loop

5 Days | Explore the National Parks of the USA’s wild west

4.8 out of 5 based on 91 reviews submitted.
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Deserts, canyons, lakes and valleys await on a five-day adventure through western USA’s most spectacular national parks. Hike through the diverse scenery of Zion National Park, marvel at sandstone spires in Bryce Canyon National Park, join a Navajo guide to learn about the history of Monument Valley and take in one of the natural wonders of the world at Grand Canyon National Park. Let an expert local guide share stories of the landscape and discover there’s more to each destination than what meets the eye.

Trip overview

Map of Western USA National Parks Loop including United States Of America
Start
Las Vegas, United States
Finish
Las Vegas, United States
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
United States
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
SSEP
This trip generates 29 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Hike through the varied landscapes of Zion National Park, taking in views of massive canyon walls and red sandstone cliffs as you go.
  • Learn about the culture and history of Monument Valley during a Navajo guided tour, followed by a traditional homecooked, family-style Navajo lunch.
  • Stroll along the canyon rim in Bryce Canyon National Park to admire the out-of-this-world sandstone spires known as hoodoos.
  • Kayak across the waters of Lake Powell, weaving your way past fascinating rock formations as your leader shares stories of the lake’s history.
  • Marvel at one of the nation’s greatest national parks, The Grand Canyon, and walk along the rim, hike into the canyon or take in an epic sunset or sunrise (depending on season)
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll learn about our Intrepid Foundation partner, the Grand Canyon Conservancy. Donations help them protect Grand Canyon National Park and support trail restoration, conservation of native plants and wildlife, and educational programs. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This is a fast-paced trip that covers a lot of ground in a short time. You'll be travelling in a private vehicle with your group. Extra space can be tight, and conditions may feel a little cramped. It’s all part of the adventure and a great way to get to know your fellow travellers. Please read the itinerary carefully for travel time estimates.
  • The trip involves a lot of walking through Zion National Park and Bryce National park, so be prepared with hiking shoes, a water bottle and day pack.
  • Lunches will be simple picnic style so perhaps bring some of your own snacks if you think you’ll get hungry between meals.
  • We will be travelling to the desert, which means it is often very warm during the day but cold at night, so make sure you pack the appropriate clothing for all weather.
  • You may also want to check out our Best of Western USA if you have a longer time to explore the region:
  • https://www.intrepidtravel.com/united-states/best-western-usa-152105

Itinerary

Map of Western USA National Parks Loop including United States Of America

Inclusions

Meals

4 breakfasts, 3 lunches

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights)

Activities
  • Zion National Park - Walks
  • Bryce Canyon - Leader-led Walk
  • Horseshoe Bend Visit
  • Lake Powell - Kayaking
  • Monument Valley - Navajo guided 4x4 Jeep tour including traditional lunch
  • Grand Canyon National Park - Entrance
Add on activities
  • Page - Antelope Canyon Tour - USD70

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Important notes

1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 8 am on Day 1 in Las Vegas. Please make your own way to the Joining Point listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary.
2. On the final day, this trip finishes at approximately 4 pm on arrival in Las Vegas. You will be dropped at the same location as the joining point. If departing this day, please do not book any flights before 8 pm.
3. There is no accommodation included in Las Vegas on this trip. If you wish to spend more time in Las Vegas, we'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). Speak to an Intrepid booking agent for more information.
4. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
5. Please ensure you have checked local state information regarding COVID-19 restrictions and regulations before you travel.
6. During the months of November and December we are often unable to kayak on Lake Powell. Instead we will explore Peekaboo Canyon or Antelope Canyon by foot instead.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 91 reviews submitted.
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Kristin · Traveled May 2024
This was a trip of a lifetime! For someone who doesn't travel much nor have much time to take off of work, a 5 day, small group trip was the way to go. Our guide, Wes, was awesome! He was organized and very knowledgeable about the southwest. I met like minded travel companions who shared the same level of enthusiasm. We packed in so much in 5 days! I highly recommend this specific trip.
Review submitted 02 Jun 2024

Paul · Traveled May 2024
The trip was fast paced but did deliver on what it promised. The National Parks are amazing however better use of the time at Grand Canyon needs to be reviewed. Great leader, thanks Wes for giving us great memories.
Review submitted 30 May 2024

Big · Traveled May 2024
I thoroughly reveled in this 5-day tour that traversed vast terrain, offering a delectable sampling of each event, peppered with exclusive excursions. Zion's wonders left me yearning to return solo or engage in a more immersive tour." Gary, our phenomenal guide, exuded unwavering empathy and zeal throughout. Skillfully adapting to our group, predominantly senior passengers, he thoughtfully accommodated us with additional restroom breaks. Surprisingly, I embraced this change, relishing the allure of small-town gas stations and savouring elusive Amurican snacks. While I typically prefer adrenaline-fueled adventures, I managed to seize moments in the early morn and twilight to immerse myself in the cherished essence of small-town Amurica. Notably, Page, AZ boasts 'The Bowl,' a bowling alley that effortlessly transports you into 'The Big Lebowski,' where characters casually emerge for fresh air or a leisurely smoke. I'm already plotting my return to Page, AZ, to further revel in 'The Dude's' spirit. During this tour, I encountered a remarkable 99% of delightful individuals, with a negligible exception. As long as he stayed faaar (right)away from me it was all good.I attribute this to factors beyond our guide's control. Despite my reserved demeanour, I relished an exceptional overall experience. While the accommodations were fairly standard, their efficiency fulfilled their purpose. Gary deserves a stellar 10/10 rating.
Review submitted 28 May 2024

Gabrielle · Traveled April 2024
This was a quick and comprehensive trip. We got a great overview of the Western US. The hiking was a solid 2 rating, and was balanced by many other activities. The leader was absolutely fantastic!!! Highly recommend!
Review submitted 05 May 2024

Lauren · Traveled April 2024
Phenomenal tour with an exceptional leader! The locations visited were jaw dropping and eye stealing!
Review submitted 05 May 2024
Western USA National Parks Loop
From
AUD $2,764