CANYONS & INDIAN LANDS Trip Notes

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Trip code : APCZ
Trip length : 7
Trip starts in : LAS VEGAS
Trip ends in : LAS VEGAS
Maximum group size : 13

highlights

  • Soaring cliffs and cascading waterfalls at Zion
  • Learn Native American Culture at Monument Valley
  • Spend two nights at Grand Canyon National Park

This 7 day tour from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon visits the best National Parks and Native American lands that the Southwest USA has to offer. Travel along the Grand Staircase taking in the towering red sandstone cliffs of Zion and the supernatural hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, before a two night stop at the breathtaking Grand Canyon, a truly unrivaled natural wonder. Enjoy a visit to the spiritual heart of the Navajo Nation - Monument Valley, where you'll learn how the landscape shapes Native American myths and modern-day Navajo alike.

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Day
1

Las Vegas to Zion National Park

After leaving Las Vegas, we drive northeast for just over three hours into the State of Utah and our destination - 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 this desert terrain of southwest USA can be found here in and around the fertile Virgin River as it meanders below massive, cathedral-like, sandstone walls.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day
2

Zion National Park

We have a full day to further explore the delights of Zion National Park. There are various hikes to choose from, ranging from easy to strenuous ones. We warm up our legs by taking some of the short hikes from the valley floor to view the Lower Emerald pool and then continue on to the sparkling Upper Emerald pools, passing a waterfall along the way to discover Zion's "beach." We can also cool off from the summer sun by exploring the Riverside Walk section of the Virgin River.

If you are feeling ambitious, enjoy the park's more challenging option and ascend 760 metres (2500 feet) to experience unbeatable panoramic views from the top of Angels Landing. After a beautiful but strenuous hike along the knife-edge ridgeline you will be rewarded with one of the most breathtaking and powerful panoramas you will ever experience. If weather conditions permit, you may choose to hike deep into the Zion Narrows. Of course, horse riding is available if you'd prefer a seat with a view!
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day
3

Bryce Canyon National Park

Leaving Zion National Park we climb in elevation to almost 2438 metres (8000 feet) and traverse a high plateau to Bryce Canyon National Park. "Mysterious", "breathtaking" and "out of this world", are only a few of the descriptions offered by past visitors to describe this 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 from easy to moderate in difficulty. The Navajo or Peek-a-Boo Loop trails will enable us to hike right in amongst these unique rock formations. Wherever you walk, you will encounter a kaleidoscope of colours and a fantasy land of rock spires that will leave you searching for your own way to describe this 'indescribable' place. Some of us 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.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day
4

Monument Valley

Today we travel southeast along the border of Utah and Arizona and make a stop at the immense Glen Canyon Dam en route to the most photographed location in the USA - Monument Valley. in the heart of the Navajo Nation. This is sacred land to those who call it home and the red sandstone monoliths and spectacular sunsets and sunrises have been the backdrop to countless 'westerns' featuring cowboys riding off into the desert. Explore the incredible array of rock formations on an optional guided backroads tour (included for 2014 departure dates) and learn the magic and myth of the rich Native American culture.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day
5-6

Grand Canyon National Park

Leaving Monument Valley we travel south through the Navajo Reservation to the Cameron Trading Post to browse and shop for local jewellery, crafts and cultural souvenirs. Then we traverse the eastern entrance of Grand Canyon and catch our first glimpse of it at Desert View. 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 445 kilometres (277 miles) long, up to 29 kilometres (18 miles) wide and over 1.6 kilometres (1 mile) deep. Snaking through the canyon floor is the mighty Colorado River, which runs 2330 kilometres (1450 miles) through seven US states and two Mexican states.

We include a session at the IMAX Theater, which will give you a good overview of the area and how it developed. In your free time, we highly recommend a scenic helicopter flight over the canyon, which offer perspectives that you cannot see by just visiting on foot. Alternatively, stroll the easy meandering South Rim Trail, hike your way down the more challenging trail to Plateau Point, or simply relax at the canyon's edge and enjoy a spectacular sunset over one of the World's natural wonders.
Accommodation: Hotel/Lodge included | Meals: Paid locally

Day
7

Route 66 & Las Vegas

From Grand Canyon we travel south to Williams and west to Seligman and stop for an optional lunch at the Snow Cap Diner along the iconic Route 66. We then continue on and stop at Hoover Dam if time allows before completing our journey back in Las Vegas, Nevada. Las Vegas is the fastest growing city in United States and the entertainment capital of North America - home to pirates and pyramids, weddings and waterfalls. If it is gambling you want, you have come to the right place! Nowhere else in the world will you find as many casinos, clubs and all-you-can-eat buffets.

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.

included

  • Services of a professional tour leader
  • 6 hotel nights in 3 star twin share accommodation. For your own room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab)
  • All transportation by private vehicle
  • Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • Scenic walks and hikes
  • Monument Valley - Home of the Navajo
  • Bryce Canyon's rock spires
  • Zion's sandstone cliffs, canyons & valleys
  • Grand Canyon IMAX Theater
  • Cruise the Las Vegas Strip
  • Travel along the iconic Route 66
  • Navajo guided backroads tour in Monument Valley (2014 only)
  • Visit to Glen Canyon Dam

optional-extras

  • Grand Canyon helicopter flight US$244-$274
  • Navajo guided 4x4 tour of Monument Valley US$45-$55
  • Las Vegas helicopter flight: US$115
  • Western horseback riding at Bryce US$40-$80

other-important-information

We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.

This tour is operated by our partners Grand American Adventures

 

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