National Parks Walk

National Parks Walk

Start: Las Vegas Finish: Las Vegas

Visiting: Las Vegas, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon City, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Oljato-Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Arizona, Monument Valley,


Duration: 10 Nights

Physical rating: Moderate

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour code: PLZ

Tour operator: Exodus

Group size: 6 - 13

Age range: 16 to 99

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

Zion, Bryce, Arches and Grand Canyon National Parks offer the best hiking 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 guided hiking tour means you can explore the national parks the way they were meant to be - on foot and with camera at the ready!

Highlights

  • iconWalk the Grand Canyon rim trails and go down into the belly of the canyon
  • iconHike to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park
  • iconGuided hikes in Zion National Park
  • iconFollow the trails deep into Bryce Canyon
  • iconWine and cheese ‘Sundowner’ in an area of natural beauty
  • iconExplore Canyonlands National Park
  • iconExperience the Las Vegas Strip
  • iconIconic view over Dead Horse Point
  • iconGuided hiking in Zion National Park
  • iconMonument Valley half day hiking and backroads tour led by a Navajo guide and included dinner in the valley

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Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Start Las Vegas

Location: Las Vegas

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Bally's Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

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
• Roller coasters US$25-40

icon Day 2 : To Zion National Park

Location: Zion National Park

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: La Quinta Inn & Suites (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

After leaving Las Vegas, we drive through the Mojave Desert before arriving
in the State of Utah and our 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 stay we have plenty of time to discover Zion. Upon
arrival, your leader will take you on a walk to Emerald Pools, as an
introduction to Zion National Park.

icon Day 3 : Walking in Zion National Park

Location: Zion National Park

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: La Quinta Inn & Suites (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Today is all about exploring Zion National Park and it's network of
trails. One option, albeit a challenging one, 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 - you'll need nerves of steel for this strenuous trail!

In the afternoon, we recommend a walk beside the Virgin River or inside The
Narrows, a stunning water channel where you'll witness some outstanding
scenery. Keep in mind you will need to bring your own wetsuit style boots
with you to navigate the rocky river (which changes in the level of depth).

icon Day 4 : To Bryce Canyon, afternoon hike

Location: Bryce Canyon City

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name:  Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Driving out of Zion National Park we 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 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.

Optional activities:
• Western horseback riding at Bryce US$65-$90

icon Day 5 -6 : Arches National Park and Canyonlands

Location: Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Adventure Inn Moab (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

We 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 hiking trails 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 (visited on Day 5).

On Day 6 you'll 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. Day 7 is mostly a free day for
optional 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.

Optional Activities:

* Mountain biking US$60
* Extreme off-road hummer tour US$79

icon Day 7 : To Monument Valley for trekking

Location: Oljato-Monument Valley

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Kayenta Monument Valley Inn (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

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
to the hotel, we sout 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, we 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. 

icon Day 8 -9 : Grand Canyon (South Rim)

Location: Grand Canyon

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Holiday Inn Express - Tusayan (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

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 leader will provide briefings, directions and maps,
but are not permitted by the National Park Service to walk with you on the
trails.

*Optional activities:*
• Grand Canyon helicopter flight US$289

icon Day 10 : To Las Vegas on Route 66; tour ends.

Location: Las Vegas

Meals: No Meals

This morning we begin our journey back to the desert city of Las Vegas. En
route we 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 we return to Las Vegas - 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.

What's Included

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    Tour leader throughout

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    2 breakfasts, 1 dinner

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    All transport and listed activities

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    We can include flights from the UK.  Please contact us for a quote.

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    All accommodation

What's Not Included

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    Optional activities

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    Single accommodation (available on request)

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    Flights

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    Travel insurance

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    Visas or vaccinations

Food

1 breakfast is included on this trip. On this tour we 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. The leader 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.

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What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

omfortable hotels and motels with en-suite bathroom facilities

Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

Yes

What is the maximum group size?

13

Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

16+ age people can go on this tour.

Reviews

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YOSEMITE AND THE CANYONLANDS
Writing my reveiw after returning yesterday....  Visiting the Grand Canyon has been an ambition  since childhood, and I chose this trip as I hoped it would offer a chance to see multiple sites and ....more Writing my reveiw after returning yesterday.

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  Visiting the Grand Canyon has been an ambition  since childhood, and I chose this trip as I hoped it would offer a chance to see multiple sites and I believed the camping and walking would provide a real taste of the country.

  I was not disappointed but how can any other holiday live up to this experience .

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YOSEMITE AND THE CANYONLANDS
I have wanted to see those National Parks for quite a few years. So glad I finally did! It's amazing how much we actually managed to see and do in those ....more I have wanted to see those National Parks for quite a few years.

So glad I finally did! It's amazing how much we actually managed to see and do in those two weeks.

So many highlights.

Highly recommend it.

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Scenery on a grand scale!our 2 tour leaders
Our two tour leaders introduced themselves, and said that their aim was to give us the best holiday we had ever had. They succeeded ! Each day we ....more Our two tour leaders introduced themselves, and said that their aim was to give us the best holiday we had ever had.

They succeeded ! Each day we found ourselves in the most awesome ( and I don't usually use that overused word!) grand scale landscape of desert and rocks, canyons and cacti.

Walking in this scenery was the best way to appreciate it.

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National Parks Walks
Awesome, amazing, stunning, jaw-dropping. I have always wanted to see the Grand Canyon and some of the iconic red rock images so familiar the world over. It turns ....more Awesome, amazing, stunning, jaw-dropping.

I have always wanted to see the Grand Canyon and some of the iconic red rock images so familiar the world over.

It turns out that the Grand Canyon is every bit as captivating as expected, but on this trip there are many equally impressive treats in store and I found it impossible to choose a favourite.

This trip over delivers in spades.

The only possible flaw is that it is so, so much to take in.

No sooner have you been blown away by the beauty of one park you are on to the next to get blown away all over again.

There were 12 in our group and all seemed equally pleased with itinerary.

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Outstanding scenery and hiking in truly stunning US National Parks
5 National Parks, each with something different to offer, but all share magnificent natural beauty. Our leader Jeff was also outstanding and his knowledge of not only each park, but ....more 5 National Parks, each with something different to offer, but all share magnificent natural beauty.

Our leader Jeff was also outstanding and his knowledge of not only each park, but the US in general and it’s nature and history added to the whole experience.

Jeff was able to get us away from the crowds (walk more than half a mile from car parks and suddenly you feel you have escaped the crowds and your experience changes for the better).

Going in early September was perfect as it was glorious weather.

We enjoyed beautiful sunrises and sunsets, both easy walks and more challenging walks and a memorable barbecue under the stars, with our Navajo guide, in the less visited areas of Monument Valley with its glorious red rocks and silence as you’re far away from people and traffic.

Returning to the brashness and noise of Las Vegas at the end of the trip to fly home was a shock to the senses and made you appreciate the sense of escape you have on the National Park treks even more!; ....less
YOSEMITE AND THE CANYONLANDS
I had a really fantastic adventure thanks to all of the people sharing the holiday with me, and to our tour guides Colin Galgon and Charlie Taussig. Colin and Charlie ....more I had a really fantastic adventure thanks to all of the people sharing the holiday with me, and to our tour guides Colin Galgon and Charlie Taussig.

Colin and Charlie went out of their way to make this a very memorable trip!; ....less
walking in the national parks
a very good mix of hiking and sightseeeing in several US national parks. great scenery with comfortable accomodation of a far higher standard than i had expected. a very good mix of hiking and sightseeeing in several US national parks.

great scenery with comfortable accomodation of a far higher standard than i had expected.

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YOSEMITE AND THE CANYONLANDS
Great fun, good walking, lovely people. What more could you want from a holiday. Great fun, good walking, lovely people.

What more could you want from a holiday.

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National Parks Walk
The entire trip was full of surprises (always good ones) - too many to recount all here. The following is a piece I wrote on my return (for a group ....more The entire trip was full of surprises (always good ones) - too many to recount all here.

The following is a piece I wrote on my return (for a group for whom I write regularly; my pieces form part of a local weekly 'talking news' for visually impaired listeners).

This one recounts just one of the several revealing walks we took on this trip.

For us participants it was an experience of real discovery, but at all times we were most carefully monitored by our leaders, and we always had every confidence in them.

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YOSEMITE AND THE CANYONLANDS
The travel notes description of the trip exactley matched my experiance however I had not trully realized just how long,  the long driving days would be. The travel notes description of the trip exactley matched my experiance however I had not trully realized just how long,  the long driving days would be.

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