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National Parks Walk

from $3,149.00

Discover five National Parks in the USA

  • Reviews 8 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    1 - 13
All about the National Parks Walk.

Zion, Bryce, Arches and Grand Canyon National Parks offer the best trails in Southwest USA. Hike into the belly of the Grand Canyon down to Plateau Point, enjoy a sunset view or opt for a scenic flight for a bird’s eye view. Hike through the backroads of Monument Valley with a Navajo guide and observe strange red rocks formations in Arches and Bryce Canyon National Parks. Skirt the switch-back trails in Zion up to Angels Landing for views of the valley below. This dedicated hiking tour means you can explore the national parks the way they were meant to be – on foot and with camera at the ready!

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All accommodation (7 hotel and 3 motel nights)
* 2 breakfasts
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Optional activities (pay locally)

Highlights

  • Discover five National Parks
  • See the magnificent Grand Canyon
  • Visit Monument Valley
  1. Day 1 Start Las Vegas.

    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.*Optional activities:*• Go karting US$26• Vegas Strip Helicopter flight US$124• Gun range US$100 (different packages available)• Get married in Las Vegas (not legally binding) US$220• Roller coasters US$25-40*Standard Hotel*

  2. Day 2 To Zion N.P.

    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*Possible hiking options:**Easy:* Emerald Pools | 1.9-6.7km/1-4hrs | elevation 21-68m*Moderate:* The Narrows | Variable up and back trail | elevation 213m*Strenuous:* Angel’s Landing | 8.7km/3-4hrs | elevation 453m*Standard Hotel*

  3. Day 3 Walking in Zion N.P.

    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 meters (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.*Standard Hotel*

  4. Day 4 To Bryce Canyon, afternoon hike.

    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 amphitheater 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.*Possible hiking options:**Easy:* Rim Trail | 1.5-3km/0.5-1.5hrs | elevation 10m*Moderate:* Navajo Loop and Queens Garden | 2.4km/1.5-2hrs | elevation 167m*Strenuous:* Peekaboo Loop | 8.5km/3-4hrs | elevation 473m*Other optional activities:*• Western horseback riding at Bryce US$65-$90*Standard Hotel*

  5. Day 5 To Moab via Goblin Valley; walking in Arches N.P.

    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. Enjoy a visit out to Canyonlands National Park and that iconic view at Dead Horse Point of the Colorado River snaking its way through the water channels.*Standard Motel*

  6. Day 6 Walking in Arches N.P. or optional activities

    Walking in Arches N.P. or optional activities*Standard Motel*

  7. Day 7 Canyonlands N.P and free time.

    Canyonlands N.P and free time.*Standard Motel*

  8. Day 8 To Monument Valley for trekking.

    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 4×4 (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.*Standard Hotel*

  9. Day 9 Visit the Grand Canyon

    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.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.*Possible hiking options:**Easy:* Rim Trails: Amount of hiking differs depending on where you begin and finish / Elevation varies approximately 200m*Moderate:* Indian Garden Campground: 7.7km round trip/3-4 hours (with lunch stop) / elevation 933m*Strenuous:* Plateau Point: 15.2km round trip/7-8 hours / elevation 900m*Other optional activities:*• Grand Canyon helicopter flight ( ) US$254-$284*Basic Hotel*

  10. Day 10 Free day hiking at the Grand Canyon.

    Second day at the Grand Canyon.*Basic Hotel*

  11. Day 11 To Las Vegas stopping on Route 66 en route; depart.

    This morning you begin your journey back to the desert city of Las Vegas. En route you drive along a section of the original Route 66, stopping at the town of Seligman which is filled the brim with pure Americana. This stop makes for some wacky photos but also echoes back to a time when the mother road was the main highway to cross America.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 in Las Vegas at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book your post-tour accommodation 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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Where you stay

7 hotel and 3 motel nights. Hotel and motel accommodation will be in clean, comfortable hotels or lodges with en-suite bathroom facilities, chosen for their friendly atmosphere and proximity to the highlights of the region. You will be roomed with a fellow passenger of the same sex on a twin share basis (two people per room) unless you are travelling as a couple.

Eating and Drinking

2 breakfasts included on this trip.

On hotel based tours, you will usually eat out in local restaurants. To help you budget for your meals on average hotel breakfasts cost from US$6-12, lunches from US$8-15 and dinners from US$13-30; this does not include alcoholic beverages. Wine costs approximately US$5 per glass and beer US$4 per bottle. Please also be aware that a tip of approximately 15%-20% is added to group meals in North American restaurants. Applicable taxes will also be added to all listed menu prices.

Your tour leader may offer your group the option to operate a ‘lunch only’ food kitty, this has proven to be a popular alternative to three daily restaurant meals. Leaders will explain this option while on your tour, and the whole group will have to agree for this system to run.

Please make sure we are aware of any special meal requirements before travelling. We will do all we can to accommodate for various dietary requirements but in certain parts of North America certain food types can be limited.

This walking tour is designed for active adults and offer a well-paced mix of walks for all levels of fitness. Most walks are of moderate difficulty and are up to four hours in length. For the more adventurous there are often optional, moderate to strenuous hikes of up to eight hours duration in some locations. Your tour leader will organise these on your behalf and you will pay locally in cash. You’ll find the main optional activities listed above under each itinerary day description, along with guideline prices. It may not be possible to do all optional activities listed on each tour.

Although each tour follows an itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility and from time to time your tour leader may suggest changes.
This may be due to road conditions, weather or a visit to a special attraction or event that happens to be in progress. Flexibility is key and often a side diversion will be a highlight of the tour. Hikes and optional activities cannot be guaranteed and may vary depending on ability, group interest, local weather conditions and time of year.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

YOSEMITE AND THE CANYONLANDS

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    One of the highlights for me was definitely Angel's Landing. Just the views from up there, looking all the way down to where we just came from. Loved it. Bryce Canyon was also just so beautiful. First trying to take in the actual size of it from the viewpoints (impossible) and then exploring it on the trails. I also did the helicopter flight over Grand Canyon. Yes, it's quite expensive but it was worth it. The pilot was really good and informative as well. Highly recommend it!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leaders were Diane and Anita. It's quite a privilege to have two guides, especially on the hikes. One would be in front and the other behind the group so nobody was left behind. I'm really glad we had Anita as one of our guides. She was just so laid back, always in a good mood, helpful and could answer all our questions. She had really good people skills.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Obviously have some water bottles that you can refill all the time if you don't have a camelback/watersystem. You have access to water at every campsite and visitor centre. At a couple of the campsites you need quarters for the shower. All campsites felt really safe so we just left our phones and batteries to be charged at the restrooms.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I wasn't too keen on the Navajo 'sleep over' (optional extra). It was lovely sleeping under the stars, but besides from that it was just as I expected. Too many people and not intimate at all. And I wouldn't exactly call the dances (except for 5 minutes) for local or authentic. It was more about getting everybody up and dance around. I wasn't impressed with the Navajo guide, Rich, either. We did not get any useful information from him. All we learned about Navajos and their culture was from Anita. I think some of the other groups enjoyed it, but it just wasn't for me. There were some long drives, as to be expected, but we had plenty of stops at petrol stations etc where you can get a cold drink or coffee. This trip was just amazing. I saw so much, I never know where to start when people ask about my trip. And just thinking about it now, I want to go back!

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

walking in the national parks

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    scaling the terrifyng heights of Angels Landing. walking through the waters of the narrows azure blue skies against the vibrant rocks of bryce sunset walk and picnic at arches with return by moonlight hiking the south kaibab trail of the grand canyon hiking the remote parts of canyonlands
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    abbi and evan were both very organised and good at co-ordinating plans which often changed at short notice, especially dealing with crisis management when our hotel had not been booked and they had to organise 2 nights accomodation at short notice. they interacted with the group and made an effort to keep everyone happy. i would never have made the heights of angels landing without her motivational skills! both good drivers and never felt put at risk.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    be prepared for some long drives although regular stops were made and get some basic fitness as some of the walks are quite challenging. if you want to see vegas you really need to add days before or after as there is no opportunity on the trip.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    take plenty of cash as US is relatively expensive once you add on taxes and the expected tipping. the only slight issue i felt was the bus felt a little cramped compared to some of the trips i have done in the past and with long drives it made it less enjoyable on the travelling days. quite a full on itinerary if you took part in everything, lots of early starts to enjoy cooler temperatures and the sunrises etc.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

A MUST DO HOLIDAY - BOOK NOW!!!!!

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I honestly can not select anything specific as there were so many 'jaw dropping' moments.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Evan and Abby were absolutely fab! The leaders MADE THIS HOLIDAY and put huge efforts into every minute of the day. Exodus, please value these people because without them or people like them, the quality of your holidays would be significantly reduced!
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take limited clothing as there are opportunities to rinse clothes. Usual stuff about layers, all weathers etc.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Trip notes need updating to include more specific, up-to-date information about items needed for hiking

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Scenery on a grand scale!our 2 tour leaders

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Oh, so many! I leaned against a cool cave wall listening to our Navaho Indian guide drumming and singing. I did a day walk in the desert heat of Canyonlands National Park, and marvelled at the beauty of the immense natural rock garden.....sand, red rocks, flowering cacti, shrubs and architectural dried twisted tree trunks,.. Far better than any man made garden. I waded 7 miles through the Virgin River in the Narrows at Zion National Park, with the canyon walls soaring high above. I watched sunrise and sunsets paint fabulous colours on the Grand Canyon, Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, the red spires of Monument Valley and the pink and orange Hoodoos of Bryce Canyon. ..........Every day was a highlight! And we ate our lunches and 2 dinners in spectacular surroundings.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Evan and Brendon were fantastic leaders, and worked hard to make sure we got the most from our holiday. They were extremely knowledgable, good drivers, well organised, communicated clearly, and looked after us really well. On tricky scrambling or precarious parts of the walks, they gave confidence, and respected our limitations. They were fun and friendly.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take clothes for all seasons ! We had snow, hail, rain, wind, as well as a lot of sun and heat.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

National Parks Walks

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I don't think I've had so many stand-out moments from a 10 day trip before. Often many in a single day... The first sight of Delicate Arch, and then just sitting there with it in front of us, waiting for the sunset, while eating dinner carried up by our guides. Sunrise at Bryce Canyon - really special. First view of Grand Canyon - lit up at sunset - wow! Angels Landing, Zion NP - after you've done it you don't think of it as being that scary.... but before you do it, when you are looking at the way ahead, it looks pretty terrifying!! Wading through the Narrows in Zion - a lot of fun. A fantastic walk through Canyonlands NP including squeezing through the Joint Trail.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Evan & Brendan were outstanding - full of enthusiasm & information about everywhere we went. On the first day they told us that they wanted to make this the best holiday ever, and then proceeded to do everything they possible could to make that happen. Lots of optional activities, sunset / sunrise trips, anything anyone asked for seemed to be possible. They organised some nice early starts, which meant we were on the trails before they got too busy (perfect for Angel's Landing), and also so we got the most out of every day. They also cooked a great BBQ at Dead Horse Point - another highlight.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take clothes for all weathers - it was freezing cold at the Grand Canyon & raining (some snow on the ground the next morning), .. and then a couple of days later in Canyonlands we were scorching in shorts and worrying about the heat! Proper water bottles are good - loads of places to fill them up. I'm not used to such luxury accommodation - very comfortable - no need to take a hairdryer or a travel towel!! You do spend a lot of time on the bus, but it is a lovely bus and everyone is encouraged to sit in different seats each day to share the pain of the wheel arch seats at the back. Some long days, but I think that's a good thing (much better to pack loads into 10 days rather than have 3 weeks at a slow pace and more expense!) If seeing Las Vegas is your thing, then book some extra nights there - otherwise no time. I was worried that paying for all the meals on top would be expensive - it wasn't at all - we could buy our own supermarket food for breakfast and store it in cool boxes in the trailer (so if you don't eat big brekkie - bargain!). Guides also organised a lunch kitty - we paid $53.30 each and for that had 8 picnic / packed lunches plus 2 dinners (and we ate a lot....) So that only left the remaining dinners to pay for, which weren't expensive. You need to get into the habit of tipping all the time!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I loved this trip. We had a different itinerary than was originally advertised - we were supposed to start with Zion, then go clockwise ending at the Grand Canyon and then the Havasupai Reservation. But we couldn't stay at the Havasupai, so our trip was changed to start at the Grand Canyon and end at Zion, with an extra day at Moab and the Grand Canyon instead. Which I think worked absolutely perfectly. Seeing the Grand Canyon was the big thing for me, so it was great to "get it over with"! at the beginning of the trip, then I was still blown away by everything else we saw afterwards. Starting the final day with the walk to Angels Landing was just a perfect way to end. It was hard to believe a few hours later when we were back in Vegas how that day had started...

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