Tailor-Made Holiday

USA Family Trip - Grand Canyon & SW National Parks

11 days

from £3,550pp

This family holiday in the south west USA explores some of the best national parks in the region including Zion, Bryce Canyon and Arches. Stay in ranches and comfortable private tented camps for an adventurous taste of the USA.

  • Fly over the Grand Canyon by helicopter for a bird’s eye view
  • Visit national parks such as Zion, Bryce and Arches for stunning rock formations and scenery
  • Stay in a private tented camp in the Capitol Reef National Park, a fun and unique experience
  • White water raft down the Colorado River

Las Vegas

The suggested holiday begins in Las Vegas, explore the vibrant city and surrounding desert. Take a scenic helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam offering breath-taking views.

Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon

Travel by hire car with the freedom to explore at your own pace. Stay at a ranch and visit nearby Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon, two extraordinary places with incredible rock formations and endless walking trails.

Private tented camping

A highlight of this holiday is staying in a private tented camp in a stunning remote location. The camp is set up just for you and comes complete with a chef, camp staff and guide. Days are spent exploring with a guide that knows every corner of the area, find the best spots for a special picnic lunch or watch the sunset without the crowds.

Arches and Canyonlands National Park

Arches and Canyonlands National Parks offer other-worldly red rock scenery with a huge concentration of stone arches as well as endless opportunities for hiking, mountain biking and jeep trips.

Raft the Colorado River

End this trip with an exciting day rafting the white waters of the Colorado River, deep at the bottom of the canyon.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

PLEASE NOTE THE ABOVE FLIGHT COST IS A SUGGESTED FROM PRICE. FLIGHT COSTS WILL BE CONFIRMED AT TIME OF BOOKING. ALL FLIGHTS ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Las Vegas


Las Vegas, located in the desert of southern Nevada is famous worldwide for its bright lights, themed hotels, shows and of course gambling. The casinos that stretch all along Las Vegas Boulevard, known as the Strip, are more than just one armed bandits and blackjack tables, they have an array of fine restaurants, boutique shops, museums and extravagant entertainment. Escape from the city and visit nearby Hoover Dam, Lake Mead or take a flight over the Grand Canyon.


Car Hire
Pick up place: Las Vegas Airport
Drop off place: Grand Junction
Duration of hire: 10 days
Type of vehicle: Car


You will be staying at Aria Resort & Casino

Day 2

Helicopter Tour over the Grand Canyon
Explore the surrounding region by air with a heli-adventure. The spectacular Grand Canyon will be a highlight of this trip offering a bird’s eye perspective of this magnificent canyon landscape. Other highlights of the tour include the famous Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and Fortification Hill, an extinct volcano and end flying over the Las Vegas Strip.

Drive from Las Vegas to Zion Mountain Ranch


A three hour journey through Nevada and into southern Utah.


Zion National Park, located in south west Utah, is full of sandstone cliffs, narrow slot canyons and unique flora and fauna. The park has a unique geography as it lies at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and Mojave Desert regions. During your visit to the park you may see mountain lions, mule deer, eagles, condors and many other animals in their natural setting. An outstanding feature of the park is Zion Canyon, 15 miles long and up to half a mile deep, cut through the red and tan-coloured Navajo Sandstone by the North Fork of the Virgin River. When not checking out the parks abundant wildlife try a day of canyoneering or a Jeep tour through Zion's incredible sandstone canyons.


You will be staying at Zion Mountain Ranch

Day 3

Explore Zion National Park
Day at leisure, a great option would be to go into Zion National Park and do some hiking. If feeling adventurous hike up the Virgin River and into the Narrows, the largest slot canyon in the world. Hike beside 200 metre high walls that are only 10 metres apart in places. After hiking head into the lovely town of Springdale for some great food and visit some of the art galleries.


You will be staying at Zion Mountain Ranch

Day 4

Drive from Zion Mountain Ranch to Escalante


Drive from Zion Mountain Ranch to Escalante, a two hour drive. Stop enroute at Bryce Canyon National Park.


The Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument in southern Utah is one of the most scenically diverse areas in the world. An area of colourful sandstone cliffs, narrow slot canyons, plains and plateaus. The monument can be divided into two distinct areas, the Escalante River Canyon which has waterfalls, arches and narrow canyons and the more remote and less visited Grand Staircase which has the most extensive network of slot canyons in Utah.


Bryce National Park Visit
Bryce Canyon, which despite its name, is not a canyon but a giant natural amphitheatre full of Hoodoos - pillars of rock formed by wind, water and ice erosion. There is no place quite like Bryce Canyon, descriptions fail, a cave without a roof or forest of stone? It is a beautiful place which won't fail to fascinate.


You will be staying at The Slot Canyon Inn

Day 5

Time to Yourself
Day to explore the small town of Escalante and the nearby Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. A suggestion would be to walk the three mile trail to the spectacular Calf Creek Falls or take a guided walk into one of the many fascinating slot canyons in this area.


You will be staying at The Slot Canyon Inn

Day 6

Goblin Valley Private Camping
Drive today to Goblin Valley. On the way stop off at Capital Reef National Park, quieter than other parks in the area but still spectacular.

There are several great hikes and places to visit including Hickman Bridge.

After Capital Reef continue towards Goblin Valley where your private camp will be waiting for your arrival.

Goblin Valley is a valley renowned for thousands of amazing mushroom-shaped rock pinnacles, hence it is often referred to as Mushroom Valley.

Great for hiking and photography, for the more adventurous canyoneering and rock climbing is possible.


You will be staying at Private Tented Camp

Day 7

Goblin Valley
In the morning breakfast will be cooked by the camp cook and there is time to relax and take in the serenity of the environment. This isolated place provides an amazing backdrop for hiking, photography, and possibly canyoneering or rock climbing. Spend the day with a private guide who knows the area well. Seek out the best places for a picnic lunch or to watch the sunset.

Return to camp when ready, dinner will be made and served and then sit back and wait for the stars to come out.


You will be staying at Private Tented Camp

Day 8

Drive from Goblin Valley to Moab


A journey of about two hours.


Moab's unique combination of beautiful red rock scenery, two national parks, and the cool waters of the Colorado River has made it one of the most sought after destinations in the southwest. Within minutes of town you will find yourself surrounded by out-of-this-world red rock landscape of Arches National Park. Less than an hour's drive will put you atop the mythical sounding Island in the Sky, a remarkable district of Canyonlands National Park that makes you feel as if you are on top of the world. Let Moab be your base camp for world famous mountain biking, hiking, four wheel driving, or river trips of any length and experience level.


Arches NP
Explore Arches National Park, known for over 2000 natural sandstone arches and a wonderful place for photography and walking. A couple of great hikes are to Double O Arch or to Devils Garden which passes by 12 arches.


You will be staying at Sorrel River Ranch

Day 9

Full Day Whitewater Rafting through Westwater Canyon, Colorado River
Westwater Canyon was created where the Colorado River cut across the edge of an ancient Precambrian mountain range. The hard basement rock forces the river into a narrow canyon creating outstanding whitewater. Travel down 12 class III/IV rapids with names like Funnel Falls, Skull, and Sock It To Me. The day provides a great mix of whitewater and unique scenery. (Minimum age: 12 yrs)


You will be staying at Sorrel River Ranch

Day 10


Car Hire
Drop off place: Grand Junction
Type of vehicle: Car

Drive from Moab to Grand River Junction


A journey of about one and a half hours.

Fly Grand Junction to Denver

Fly Denver to London

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Sorrel River Ranch

Sorrel River Ranch

Sorrel River Ranch is located near Moab, Utah set within the magnificent surroundings of the south-western desert....

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Zion Mountain Ranch

Zion Mountain Ranch

Zion Mountain Ranch is located just outside Zion National Park in a spectacular scenic setting....

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Private Tented Camp

Private Tented Camp

Camp in a private remote setting in Goblin Valley State Park, far removed from the rest of the world....

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For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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