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

Explore the National Parks of the USA’s wild west

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.


Start
Las Vegas, United States
Finish
Las Vegas, United States
Destination
United States
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Code
SSEP
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

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 around the rim, hike into the canyon or take an optional helicopter ride overhead.

Is this trip right for you?

  • 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.

  • This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations and working with new partners can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

Itinerary

Welcome to Utah! The real wild west is home to some of the USA’s most incredible scenery. Your adventure begins in Las Vegas where you’ll meet your group and local leader for a welcome meeting to fill you in on the days ahead, then hop aboard a private van. Get to know each other over a picnic lunch, then venture into the stunning landscapes of Zion National Park. Your leader will brief you on the various self-guided walks available within the park, spanning from leisurely strolls along shady tracks to something alittle more challenging.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Zion National Park - Walks
Meals Included
  • Lunch
Special Information
MEETING YOUR LEADER ON DAY 1:
There is no accommodation included in Las Vegas on this trip. On Day 1, please make your own way to the Hotel lobby to meet your leader at 8AM (See joining instructions for more details)
ACCOMMODATION: We will be staying in a hotel in La Verkin which is the gateway town to Zion National Park
After breakfast this morning it’s time to make tracks for Bryce Canyon National Park – make sure your camera is ready to go as some of the views you’ll come across today are truly out of this world! Take a short drive in your private vehicle, then spend the morning hiking through the epic landscapes of the park. Walk along the canyon rim and marvel at hundreds of unique sandstone towers, known as hoodoos, that jut out from the natural amphitheatre. Relax while you enjoy a picnic lunch and take in your magnificent surroundings, then hike down into the canyon for a closer look at the fascinating hoodoos. We then spent overnight in Page.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bryce Canyon - Leader-led Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Journey south this morning, driving through more spectacular scenery before arriving at Lake Powell. This gorgeous reservoir is certainly a sight to behold from the shore, but to really appreciate it you’ve got to get on the water. Jump in a kayak and paddle across the water’s surface, weaving your way through remarkable rock formations while your leader regales you with stories of the lake’s history. Back on dry land, set out for a gentle walk along Horseshoe Bend, taking in beautiful views with every step. Tonight we stay overnight in the nearby town of Page.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Horseshoe Bend Visit
  • Lake Powell - Kayaking
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
NOVEMBER DEPARTURES: During the month of November we are unable to kayak on Lake Powell. Instead we will include Antelope Canyon by foot instead. We will be entering the Canyon from the Lower section. You will be guided through the iconic sandstone walls, shaped by years and years of water and wind. The walk through the canyon is a good 1/4 mile, once you’ve reached the end of the canyon you will then proceed to hike around the canyon – this hike does involve soft sand, stairs, and ramps, best to wear closed-toe shoes
Start the day with a drive out to Monument Valley – one of the world’s most iconic sights. If this landscape dotted with towering sandstones buttes looks familiar to you, it’s no surprise – Monument Valley has been the filming location for many famous Western films. More importantly, this is the native land of the Navajo Indians. Once you arrive, you’ll transfer from your vehicle to a 4X4 jeep and enjoy a Navajo guided tour of Monument Valley, where you’ll have the chance to learn more about their rich culture and history in the area, before sitting down to a traditional homecooked, family-style Navajo lunch. We continue our journey onto the iconic Grand Canyon in time for a sunset along the rim!
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Monument Valley - Navajo guided 4x4 Jeep tour including traditional lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Enjoy an optional sunrise at the Grand Canyon and some walks along the rim or maybe choose the optional helicopter flight over the canyon.Once you’ve had your fill of incredible views, it’s time to return to Las Vegas with a stop along Historic Route 66. You will arrive back in Las Vegas at approximately 4pm, where your tour will end at the same hotel it started at.

Included Activities
  • Grand Canyon National Park
Optional Activities
  • Grand Canyon - Helicopter flight (45 mins) - USD350
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
There is no accommodation included in Las Vegas on the last day.  We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). Speak to an Intrepid booking agent for more information.

Meals

4 breakfasts, 3 lunches

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights)

Included 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

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Important notes

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FIRST DAY:  Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 8 am. Please make your own way to the Joining Point Hotel listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary.
LAST DAY:  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 6 pm.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: 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.
COVID: Please ensure you have checked local state information regarding COVID-19 restrictions and regulations before you travel.
NOVEMBER DEPARTURES - during the month of November we are unable to kayak on Lake Powell. Instead during these departures we will explore Antelope Canyon by foot instead.

Essential trip information

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