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Grand Canyon Trek & South West National Parks

Havasu Canyon trek in the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon

14 days

from £4,495pp

Explore some of the most visually stunning landscapes and national parks of the south west USA, including the Grand Canyon. Venture beyond the rim and trek to Havasupai Indian Reservation, a lush and unexpected oasis at the bottom of the canyon.

  • Trek down to Havasu Canyon, the largest side canyon of the Grand Canyon.
  • Explore the incredible, iconic landscape of Monument Valley with a Navajo guide
  • Float along the Colorado River, surrounded by the majestic sandstone cliff walls.
  • Discover the spectacular national parks of Southern Utah including Bryce Canyon & Zion National Park.

Begin this adventure at one of the most iconic and well known landscapes in the USA, the Grand Canyon. Move away from the crowds on the rim and venture down to the Havasu Canyon, home to 450 Havasupai. Camp for a few days at a private site exploring this incredible area. Cross tropical blue streams and wade through lush meadows of wild grapevines, clamber up narrow side canyons with red rock walls towering high above and take a swim beside a 60 metre waterfall. Avoid the steep trek out of the canyon, and take a short helicopter flight to admire the scale of this huge canyon.

The rest of this trip will not disappoint in terms of scenery. Arizona and Southern Utah have some of the most varied and scenically beautiful national parks. Drive through Monument Valley, a Navajo Tribal Park and one of the grandest and most photographed landmarks is the USA. Gain an insight into the Native Indian culture, exploring the huge sandstone buttes with a Navajo guide. Visit Zion National Park, which due to its location has unique geography, full of sandstone cliffs, narrow slot canyons and distinctive flora and fauna. Bryce Canyon is a national park where descriptions fail, a beautiful place which will not fail to fascinate with natural amphitheatres full of Hoodoos – pillars of red rock.

During the trip stay on the edge of Lake Powell, a huge reservoir on the Colorado River, with more coastline than the entire west coast of the United States. There are numerous canyons and slot canyons to explore, with extensive opportunities for hiking, rappelling and kayaking. Take a lazy float trip down the smooth waters of the upper Colorado River, a fantastic way to experience the scale, beauty and wildlife of this area.

In stark contrast to all the natural wonders of the trip, end in Las Vegas, the man-made city of architectural and neon wonders.

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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Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Phoenix

Car Hire
Pick up place: Phoenix airport
Drop off place: Las Vegas airport
Duration of hire: 13 days
Type of vehicle: Car

You will be staying at Boulders Resort and Spa

Day 2

Phoenix to Grand Canyon Inn, Route 66
Head north through the Sonoran Desert and into the high elevation plateaus and red rock canyons of north-central Arizona. Gain elevation, and travel across the Colorado Plateau to the Grand Canyon Caverns Inn.

Meet with the group at the Grand Canyon Caverns Inn, during dinner the guides will brief on the following morning’s activities and provide an overview of the guided hiking trip in Havasupai.

You will be staying at Grand Canyon Caverns Inn

Day 3

Travel to the bottom of the Grand canyon
After an early breakfast, drive the short distance to the trailhead, which is perched on the edge of the canyon. Starting at an elevation of 1,500 metres, the trail to Havasupai switchbacks down for 1.5 miles until it reaches a dry streambed and levels out. The canyon walls seem to grow taller as you descend deeper into the labyrinthine red sandstone of Hualapai Canyon.

At mile 8 in the hike the canyon begins to widen and vegetation abounds at the village of Supai, the most remote village in the U.S., where even the mail still arrives by pack animal. A little further down the trail, walk past 20m New Navajo Falls, 10m Rock Falls and 30m Havasu Falls.

Arrive in camp and explore the Havasupai campground while guides prepare dinner. Sleep under the stars or retire to your spacious tent for a peaceful night of slumber.

The Grand Canyon in northern Arizona, is one of the first national parks in the United States and one of the most well-known. It is a vast steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River, which stretches over 270 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and with a depth of 1,800metres. It is a stunning place that overwhelms the senses with its size and beauty.

You will be staying at Havasupai Camp Ground

Day 4

Explore Havasu Canyon
Awaken in camp, nestled beneath the towering cottonwood trees along the banks of Havasu Creek and a short walk from the canyon’s enormous waterfalls.

Every morning and afternoon take guided hikes around Havasupai, some of the most spectacular and awe-inspiring treks in the world. Cross tropical blue streams and wade through lush meadows of wild grapevines, clamber up narrow side canyons with red rock walls towering hundreds of metres overhead, even take a swim beside a 60m waterfall. All the guided hikes in Havasupai are optional, maybe choose to instead spend a lazy afternoon or morning reading a book in a hammock by Havasu creek.

You will be staying at Havasupai Camp Ground

Day 5

Havasu Canyon
Further explorations of this stunning and remote canyon.

You will be staying at Havasupai Camp Ground

Day 6

Ascend from the Grand Canyon
Take a short helicopter flight from the village of Havasupai to Hualapai Hilltop on the rim of the canyon. From here return to the Grand Canyon Caverns Inn.

You will be staying at Grand Canyon Caverns Inn

Day 7

Drive from the Grand Canyons Caverns Inn to Monument Valley

A journey of about four and a half hours.

Monument Valley is a stunning area straddling the Utah-Arizona border, one of the grandest and most photographed landmarks is the USA. It is an area on the Colorado Plateau characterised by a cluster of huge sandstone buttes, standing proud up to 30 metres.

You will be staying at The View Hotel

Day 8

Half Day tour of Monument Valley with Navajo guide
Arriving at Monument Valley a professional Navajo Medicine man will join the car and narrate a tour through their incredible tribal lands. Spend time exploring the parks cultural significance, geologic features as well as its prominence in recent cinema. Visit areas of the Valley that the general public does not have access to including a Navajo Hogan to see native artefacts.

Drive to Lake Powell

A journey of approximately two hours.

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.

You will be staying at Lake Powell Resort

Day 9

Full day float on the Colorado River
Experience all that the mighty Colorado River has to offer through the entire 15.5 miles Glen Canyon stretch on this smooth water rafting trip. With the sheer red-rock walls of the Canyon soaring 500 metres above, journey downstream on one of the most dramatic stretches of the Colorado river. While underway admire the soaring sandstone cliffs, crystal blue-green waters and abundant wildlife. Your guide will tell the area's story of former inhabitation by Native cultures and the exploration by Major John Wesley Powell.

Half way through the trip, stop at Petroglyph Beach for lunch. There is the chance to stretch legs, take a dip in the cold clear waters of the river, and take a short hike to view ancient petroglyphs left by the Native American tribes of the area. Continue through iconic Horseshoe Bend and end the trip at historic Lees Ferry.

You will be staying at Lake Powell Resort

Day 10

Drive to Zion National Park

A journey of about two hours.

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 11

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

Day 12

Drive to Las Vegas

An approximate journey time of two and a half hours.

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.

You will be staying at Aria Resort & Casino

Day 13

Car Hire
Drop off place: Las Vegas airport
Type of vehicle: Car

Fly Las Vegas to London overnight


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Zion Mountain Ranch

Zion Mountain Ranch

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