Cowboys & Canyons - Family Adventure
|Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
A Hebrew word meaning ‘a place of peace and relaxation’, Zion National Park was gifted its name by Mormon pioneers in the 1860s. Cut by the Virgin River, the sandstone canyon now plays host to some 2.5 million visitors each year, who all come for staggering views from the base upwards. First established in 1919, the Zion National Park lives up to its name.
Why we love it:
- Experience an authentic ‘Wild West’ adventure with the whole family, exploring the spectacular national parks of the southwest.
- This is the ideal adventure that samples the very best of an incomparable region, combining stunning scenery and horse riding in a ranch with touring the fascinating backroads and learning about Native American culture.
- Starting in Las Vegas, we head to dynamic Zion National Park, with its high cliffs and cascading waterfalls.
- ‘Breathtaking’ and ‘out of this world’ are only a couple of descriptions used by visitors to Bryce Canyon National Park.
- Encounter a kaleidoscope of colours and a fantasyland of rock spires that are simply amazing. Staying overnight in a mountain ranch gives you that real western experience and a chance to ride a horse.
- Monument Valley is the ancestral home of the Navajo people and a perfect setting for incredible sunsets and sunrises.
- Then on to the famous and spectacular Grand Canyon National Park before heading back to the bright lights of Las Vegas for the end of our adventure.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Las Vegas
- Today is an arrival day, there are no activities planned. You may like to use this opportunity to explore Las Vegas, enjoy a swim in one of the many pools, catch a show, or feast at one of the famed all-you-can-eat buffets.
Day 2: Zion National Park
- There will be a group meeting at 7:30am, where you will have the opportunity to meet your group leader and fellow travellers before departing Vegas.
- After leaving Las Vegas, you will drive northeast for just over three hours into the State of Utah and your 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 Gorge. With an early arrival today and two nights here, you will have plenty of time to explore. You will stay at the Pioneer Lodge or in a similar standard of accommodation.
Day 3: Zion National Park
- You'll have a full day to further explore the delights of Zion National Park. There are various hikes to chose from, ranging from easy to strenuous. You'll warm up your legs by taking a short hike from the valley floor to view the magical Emerald Pools. You can also cool off from the summer sun by exploring the Riverside Walk.
- The challenging option is to ascend 760 metres (2500 feet) to experience unbeatable panoramic views from the top of Angels Landing. If weather conditions permit, you may choose to hike deep into the Zion Narrows. There is also a chance to partake in some horse-riding.
Day 4: Bryce Canyon National Park
- Leaving Zion National Park you will climb to almost 2438 metres (8000 feet) 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 from easy to moderate in difficulty.
- The Navajo or Peek-a-Boo Loop trails will enable you to hike right in amongst these unique rock formations. 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.
Day 5: Western Ranch in Utah
Meals included: 1 lunch, 1 dinner
- Your next stop is a very special one as you spend a day checking out life on an authentic Western Ranch nestled in the secluded high country of central Utah. You will spend a night in ranch house cabin-style accommodation, set amidst stunning mountain scenery. Whether you’re an experienced horse-rider or a novice, this is certainly the place to get on a horse and take a ride around the wide expanses and absorb the beauty of the great outdoors. As the sun go down, You will have the chance to huddle around a camp fire and exchange stories like the cowboys have done for all those years. Country-style hospitality and sumptuous home-cooked meals are all included during your stay at the home on the range.
Day 6: Monument Valley
Meals included: 1 breakfast
- Today you'll travel southeast and past Vermillion Cliffs along the border of Utah and Arizona on our way to Lake Powell and Page, Arizona. Weather and time permitting, you may have the chance to do some sightseeing and have a swim in the lake before carrying on to Monument Valley.
- In the heart of the Navajo Nation, Monument Valley is sacred land to those who call it home. The red sandstone monoliths have been the backdrop to countless ‘westerns’ featuring cowboys riding off into the sunset. Explore the incredible array of rock formations on an optional guided 4x4 tour and learn the magic and myth of the rich Native American culture.
Day 7-8: Lake Powell
- Located on the border of Utah and Arizona and created by the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River, Lake Powell has a shoreline that stretches longer than the western coast of the USA.
- Many say that Glen Canyon was even more spectacular than the Grand Canyon before the dam was built. Now the lake is a haven for watersports or just relaxing in one of the many sandstone coves. An ideal spot for a family holiday, you will enjoy days of fun in the sun and stay a couple of nights in a hotel near this beautiful lake.
Day 9-10: Grand Canyon National Park
- Leaving Monument Valley you will travel south through the Navajo Reservation to the Cameron Trading Post to browse and shop for local jewellery, crafts and cultural souvenirs. Then you will traverse the eastern entrance of Grand Canyon and catch your 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. You will include a session at the IMAX Theatre, which will give you a good overview of the area and how it developed. In your free time, we highly recommend a scenic flight over the canyon, which offer perspectives that you cannot see by visiting on foot. There are many walks that you can enjoy ranging from easy to moderate.
Day 11-12: Las Vegas
- From Grand Canyon you will complete your journey by travelling back to Las Vegas, Nevada. Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of North America – home to pirates and pyramids, weddings and waterfalls. Nowhere else in the world will you find as many casinos, clubs and all-you-can-eat buffets.
- Your tour will come to an end after breakfast on Day 12.
- The services of a professional tour leader.
- Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Navajo guided tour of Monument Valley, Grand Canyon National Park and Grand Canyon IMAX Theatre.
- Overnight in a western ranch including meals and horse riding.
- Transport in a customised vehicle.
Some meals are included on your trip (except for North America trips - please refer to your day-to-day itinerary). However, sometimes we think you'll benefit from getting out and discovering the local cuisine. So when a meal is not included, it's a great opportunity to try something new. For group trips, ask your leader for tips on where to get the best meal, or you might decide to dine out as a group and experience the fun together.
- International flights
- Airport transfers
- Airport departure taxes
- Any optional tours and activities
- Tips and items of a personal nature
- Daily budget
We have chosen some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. For group trips, speak to your leader if you are interested in any of the following:
- Grand Canyon scenic flight
US$234 (25 min) or US$264 (40 min)
- Great National Park hikes
- Horseback riding
- Mountain biking
- Scenic walks and hikes
What to know
Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.
Visas and Permits
It is your responsibility to ensure you have all required visas for your trip. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of certain countries, including Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa, if certain requirements are met. Under the VWP, time spent in Canada, Mexico and adjacent islands counts towards the maximum of 90 days stay allowed under the program. You will be required to complete an online visa waiver prior to travelling (at a cost of US$14). This can be done at: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/
For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent.
You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.
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Customs and Culture
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.
Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in.
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.
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Peregrine Adventures and Grand American Adventures.
This trip is operated by our partners, Grand American Adventures, a US based company with nearly 40 years experience in adventure travel. They also share our ethos for offering unique holiday adventures. As this is a code-shared departure you can expect there to be both Grand American Adventures and Peregrine travellers on your trip.
In the event of an emergency or if you wish to report a problem on tour please do not hesitate to call Grand American Adventures' toll free* 24-hour emergency contact number.
Toll-Free (*in the US): 1 (800) 345 - 8777
International: 001 (310) 719 - 9877
Possible Itinerary Amendments
Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, our stated itinerary should be used as a guideline.
About this Information
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
12 November 2013
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