Tailor-Made Holiday

Private Camping in Yellowstone & Lake Powell, USA

12 days

from £7,350pp

This suggested USA holiday visits a number of national parks including Yellowstone, Zion and Bryce Canyon as well as time on Lake Powell. Stay in comfortable private tented camps and a ranch to get a real taste of the wilderness of the USA.

  • Visit Yellowstone National Park with a private guide finding the hidden gems
  • Explore Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon, two areas with unique scenery
  • Paddle by kayak deep into the slot canyons of Lake Powell
  • Steppes has access to special permits to stay in private tented camps in remote locations 

Yellowstone National Park

Begin this USA adventure in West Yellowstone, camping in style in a remote spot away from the busy areas within the park itself. There is no set agenda, the private guides can advise and suggest options to choose from each day. Go into Yellowstone National Park and visit the lesser known areas which are great for wildlife as well as the more famous geothermal sites. Travelling with a specialist guide who knows the park well avoid the busiest spots and more crowded times of the day and find the best places to watch the sunset. Not only visit Yellowstone National Park but also the nearby areas of Hebgen Lake, great for fishing.

Zion Mountain Ranch

From here fly south to Utah and stay in Zion Mountain Ranch. A beautiful setting surrounded by meadows, forests and mountains and just on the edge of Zion National Park. Time here is free to hike around the ranch, relax in the spa or visit enchanting Bryce Canyon or Zion with the famous slot canyons.

Lake Powell

Drive to the edge of Lake Powell, an area of incredible scenery and a playground for those that love water sports. Travel across the lake by speed boat to a secluded private camp, home for the next few days. Time will be spent swimming, water skiing and sightseeing by speed boat. For a more peaceful option travel by kayak or stand-up paddle board deep into the many slot canyons that surround the lake. Travel with a guide who can explain about the fascinating geology and find the best areas away from the crowds.

Why stay in a private tented camp

The private fully serviced camps offer the chance to stay in outstanding locations and in comfort. Accommodation in the popular national parks can be low quality and very crowded, so this offers a great alternative. Steppes Travel has access to special permits that allow camping in these areas, often in places no-one has camped before.

Read more about our private tented camping in Lucia van der Post's article in the Financial Times How to Spend it

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

  • International flights
  • Internal flights
  • All accommodation and meals as stated in the itinerary
  • All transfers

what is excluded

  • Gratuities

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 Denver

Fly Denver to Bozeman


A historic frontier city, Bozeman began life as a stopping point on the Bozeman trail, which linked the Oregon Trail with the mining town of Virginia City. As a reminder of the city's 'wild west' past, large numbers of heritage buildings dot the peaceful streets.

Nowadays, the city's mining and trapping heyday has passed, but its role as an entry point into the ever-popular Yellowstone National Park has led to a thriving tourist industry. Outdoor activities abound in Bozeman, with skiing, hiking and wildlife trekking all available in the surrounding area.


Car Hire
Pick up place: Bozeman Airport
Drop off place: Bozeman Airport
Duration of hire: 5 days
Type of vehicle: Car


You will be staying at Best Western Plus GranTree Inn, Room only

Day 2

Drive from Bozeman to West Yellowstone Private Tented Camp


Today drive two and a half hours south through part of Yellowstone National Park on a beautiful drive that runs parallel to the Gallatin River (a major tributary to the Missouri River) and arrive at the private West Yellowstone tented camp.


Spend the afternoon relaxing or hiking and exploring in the nearby Gallatin National Park


You will be staying at Private Tented Camp, Full board

Day 3

Full Day Exploring in the Hayden Valley, Yellowstone National Park
Leave camp early in a customised safari style vehicle with a guide and drive 30 minutes into Yellowstone National Park. Today will be spent viewing wildlife in the Hayden Valley, witnessing the magnificent Yellowstone Falls and taking in all the amazing geothermal features of the park including the most famous one Old Faithful. During the day stop in a secluded spot for a picnic lunch.

Upon arriving back in camp the guides will have a great hand crafted dinner ready to eat as the sun sets over the meadow.

Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872 by Ulysses S. Grant, was the first national park in the world and home to the majority of the world's geysers. The diversity found in these 3,500 square miles is amazing and ranges in both geology and wildlife. The park is made up of many lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges. Amongst these is Yellowstone Lake; one of the largest high-altitude lakes in North America and Old Faithful the most famous geothermal feature in the world. It is also home to 1,700 species of trees and plants and hundreds of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles. During a visit to this park, it is possible to see grizzly bears, wolves, bison, elk and many other animals in their natural setting.


You will be staying at Private Tented Camp, Full board

Day 4

Hebgen Lake
Today spend the day at nearby Hebgen Lake with the guide. There is great kayaking, swimming and fishing on offer at this amazing lake. A picnic lunch will be set up in a secluded spot. Also visit nearby Quake Lake which was formed after a large earthquake blocked off part of the Madison River above Hebgen Lake and created a second smaller lake.

Return to camp and relax while dinner is made.


You will be staying at Private Tented Camp, Full board

Day 5


Car Hire
Drop off place: Bozeman Airport
Type of vehicle: Car

Drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman


A journey of approximately two and a half hours.

Fly Bozeman to St George


Car Hire
Pick up place: St George Airport
Drop off place: Page Airport
Duration of hire: 7 days
Type of vehicle: Car

Drive from St. George through Zion National Park to Zion Mountain Ranch


Drive an hour from St. George to Zion National Park and take in the amazing views of the red sandstone walls. Exit through the east entrance and drive five minutes to Zion Mountain Ranch.


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, Room only

Day 6

Free day to explore the area. A good option would be to drive two hours to Bryce Canyon


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 Zion Mountain Ranch, Room only

Day 7

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, Room only

Day 8

Drive from Zion Mountain Ranch to Lake Powell


Drive two hours to Antelope Point Marina, Lake Powell. Meet the guide and captain and board an open bow eight metre speed boat that will whisk you off into the private camp hidden deep in a canyon on the lake.


Lake Powell is a huge reservoir on the Colorado River, created by flooding the Glen Canyon. Lake Powell has more coastline than the entire west coast of the United States, as a result there are numerous canyons and slot canyons to explore. Opportunities for hiking, rappelling and exploring deep into the slots in kayaks are plentiful.


Journey Across the Lake to Camp
There will be plenty of opportunities to swim, water ski, tube or just relax on the boat before arriving at camp.


You will be staying at Private Tented Camp, Full board

Day 9

Day on and around Lake Powell
Awake to a freshly prepared breakfast after a night sleeping under the most amazing stars. Head out today by boat with the captain and guides to explore Lake Powell. There is no set itinerary but a good option would be to go up lake and do some canyoneering or hiking to Rainbow Bridge, one of the largest natural bridges in the world. Along the way there there will of course be plenty of opportunities to swim in hidden coves or do more water sports. During the day a picnic lunch will be set up in a quiet spot with spectacular views.

Return in the evening for dinner back at camp.


You will be staying at Private Tented Camp, Full board

Day 10

More Adventures on Lake Powell
Another day of fun on Lake Powell. Options today include kayaking or stand up paddle boarding into slot canyons, go as far back until the canyon becomes too narrow even for the kayak. Some of these canyons it is possible to get out of the kayak and hike even deeper and find fossils, petroglyphs and animal tracks that few people have ever seen. Have a picnic lunch on the shores of the lake.

Return to camp for dinner.


You will be staying at Private Tented Camp, Full board

Day 11


Car Hire
Drop off place: Page Airport
Type of vehicle: Car

Boat back to the marina and then drive to Page


Travel back across the lake for the last time to Antelope Point Marina. Drive 20 minutes to Page airport for the onward flight.

Fly Page to Phoenix

Fly Phoenix to London overnight

Accommodation

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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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