National Parks Walk
|Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Why we love it:
- Hike the best national park trails of Utah and Arizona on this comprehensive walking tour
- We experience trekking in all these natural wonderlands with a wide range of options that cater for everyone, from easy trails for the recreational walker to advanced hikes that would challenge the intrepid walker
- In iconic Monument Valley, our Navajo-guided hike and jeep tour is sure to be an unforgettable journey into the heart of Navajo culture and history, showcasing a proud people of the desert and their traditional ways
- After our sojourn in the wilderness, we end our journey where we started – amid the glitter of exciting Las Vegas
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Las Vegas - Zion National Park
Travel time: approx. 3 hours (260 km or 160 miles)
Accommodation: Alexis Park or similar, Las Vegas
- Your tour starts at 7:30am at the Alexis Park Resort Hotel in Las Vegas. As this is an early start we recommend booking a night's pre-tour accommodation at this hotel, which can be arranged when you book the tour.
- After leaving Las Vegas, you'll drive northeast through the Mojave Desert 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 Gorge.
- With an early arrival today and two nights here, you will have plenty of time to explore. /you'll stetch our legs on the Virgin River walk, which is a leisure stroll on a flat, paved path.
- (Walking time: approximately 2-2½ hours)
Day 2: Zion National Park
Accommodation: Pioneer Lodge Zion or similar, Zion NP
- You will have a full day to further explore the delights of Zion National Park. In this park there are a variety of hikes to chose from, ranging from easy to strenuous ones.
- On your designated walk, you will ride the free shuttle to the Grotto Shuttle stop where the trail starts at the bridge crossing the Virgin River. An incredible view will greet us after an 8km (5 miles) hike round trip hike (including a lunch stop at the viewpoint) up the massive rock, rising 760 metres (2500 feet) from the canyon floor directly in front of us. This is Angels Landing, a challenging option that offers unbeatable panoramic views. In getting to the top we achieve an elevation of 453 metres (1488 ft).
- (Walking time: approximately 5 hours including lunch stop)
- Most of the way you will be walking on a paved path, but on the last ½ mile (0.8 km) each way you'll follow a steep, narrow and exposed ridge that includes long drop-offs. Those of you who at least reach Scout’s Lookout (end of paved section) will also be rewarded with brilliant views.
- You'll follow the same trail back and there is an option to extend your walk and continue on to view the magical Emerald Pools, on a path down to the car park. This is one of many short, but beautiful trails heading to the valley floor. If weather conditions permit, you may choose to hike deep into the Zion Narrows. Those choosing not to trek can partake in some optional horse riding.
Day 3: Bryce Canyon National Park
Travel time: approx. 1½ hours (140 km or 90 miles)
Accommodation: BW Bryce Grand Hotel or similar, Bryce Canyon NP
- Driving out of Zion National Park you will climb in elevation 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.
- In the morning you will walk on the Rim Trail from Bryce Point to Sunset Point. This gives you a chance to remain on the rim and photograph the ever-changing shadows and hues as the sun makes its way across the wide-open sky. (Walking time: approximately 2 hours)
- In the afternoon you can partake in a walk on the Queens Garden Trail and come back via the Navajo Loop Trail. On this walk you will follow an earth path that can be undulating, but extremely beautiful, taking you right in amongst the unique rock formations. (Walking time: approximately 2 hours)
Day 4-5: Arches National Park - Moab
Travel time: approx. 5½-6 hours (450 km or 280 miles)
Accommodation: BW Greenwell or similar, Moab
- You will stop to visit Goblin Valley today.
- Arches National Park is located just a few kilometres outside the town of Moab, Utah. Stunning red sandstone arches have been created by a million years of wind whipping down the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. The park offers leisurely hikes through spectacular sandstone landscapes with colourful names like the Devil's Garden. Many of the incredible arches are known by descriptive names such as Landscape Arch and the famous Delicate Arch.
- You will embark on the Devils Garden Trail that takes you to Tunnel Arch, Pine Tree Arch, Primitive Trail, Private Arch, Double O Arch, Navajo Arch, Partition Arch and Landscape Arch. This is a 6.75 km (4.2 miles) round trip is undulating with many short elevation changes, rocky footing and some exposure to heights. Short side trips are required to view Navajo and Partition Arches. (Walking time: approximately 3-3½ hours)
- You will tend to stop around midday as it can be very hot around this time. In the afternoon you will head off for a walk on the Windows Section Trail that covers Cove of Arches, Double Arch, North Window, South Window and Turret Arch. This is an easy to follow flat trail on a sandy, dirt track. (Walking time: approximately 1½ hours)
- There is an option to further extend your route. You can take a sunset drive up to Delicate Arch for that classic arch photo!
- You will have a full free day to enjoy some further optional hikes. Alternatively some of you may choose to spend the afternoon ‘off the trail’ by floating on the nearby Colorado River or experiencing the charms of Moab - the small eclectic town that serves as the gateway to both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.
Day 6: Canyonlands National Park - Moab
Accommodation: BW Greenwell or similar, Moab
- Today is devoted to visiting Canyonlands National Park. This spectacular park centres on the Colorado River and the Green River and all the canyons and formations that surround these two great waterways.
- You will take a walk on the Neck Spring Trail to 'Island in the Sky'. Distance is about 8 km (5 miles). It is a well-marked trail and is easy to follow. (Walking time: approximately 3-4 hours)
- Drive to Dead Horse Point State Park and walk along the canyon rim for that classic view.
Day 7: Monument Valley
Travel time: approx. 3 hours (240 km or 150 miles)
Accommodation: Kayenta Mon Val Inn or similar, Monument Valley
- Today you will travel southeast on to the Navajo Nation's greatest treasure - Monument Valley, which 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.
- After preparing camp we set out on a spectacular, back-country 4WD tour deep into the heart of the valley.
- After stops to photograph both the famous and lesser-known sights in the park, you will come to the 'end of the road'. Your local Navajo guide will then lead you even deeper into the park to a trail's end and you will visit places that very few non-Native Americans ever get to go to as you enjoy an easy walk out in the desert. (Walking time: approximately 2 hours)
- You will finish your day with yet another unforgettable sunset in the valley.
Day 8: Grand Canyon National Park
Travel time: approx. 3 hours (280 km or 180 miles)
Accommodation: Canyon Plaza Grand Canyon or similar, Grand Canyon NP
- On to Grand Canyon National Park, one of those rare places that no one yet has adequately described, painted or photographed in its entirety. 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 watch the sunset on the first night and attempt to comprehend this canyon’s staggering dimensions and power.
- There are many walks that you can enjoy ranging from easy walks to moderate ones, as well as the park ranger's guided nature walk or you may just wish to sit in quiet contemplation on the edge of this natural wonder.
- In your free time, we highly recommend a scenic flight over the canyon, which offer perspectives that you cannot see by just visiting on foot.
- Today you'll enjoy a Rim Trail walk of the canyon. It offers a very different, but overwhelmingly grand view of the canyon (walking time: approximately 3-4 hours).
Day 9: Grand Canyon National Park
Accommodation: Canyon Plaza Grand Canyon or similar, Grand Canyon NP
- Today you will walk deep into the canyon on a strenuous trek on the Bright Angel Trail. The Bright Angel Trail was originally an Indian trail used by the Havasupai people to commute between the rim and Indian Garden. This incredible walk snakes right down into the canyon and the scenery changes constantly, so it is not until we look sideways and behind that we will notice how magnificent and towering the mountains are from where our trek has taken you.
- The rocks are shaded with different colours whilst wild flowers and picture-postcard views pave your way. You will continue down to Indian Gardens, an oasis of tranquillity where you would be forgiven for thinking you could be anywhere else, but inside the belly of the Grand Canyon. From here you will continue to your furthest point for the day - Plateau Point. From the viewpoint you will see as the Colorado River cuts through the canyon and enjoy views that are sure to take your breath away. You may even be lucky enough to see golden eagles or condors circling above or riding the wind currents. From here the only way is up, which you can tackle at your own pace, stopping along the way to admire the scenery.
- Please note that the walk to Plateau Point is a challenging one, but you have the option of turning back at any of the rest houses or at Indian Gardens if you would prefer not to go the full distance. (Walking time: approximately 9 hours including breaks)
Day 10: Las Vegas
Travel time: approx. 5½-6 hours (450 km or 280 miles)
- 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. 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.
- Your tour concludes upon arrival at the gateway hotel between 5pm and 6pm. Optional post-tour accommodation is available at the gateway hotel - the Alexis Park Resort Hotel. Please inquire when booking your tour. If you are planning to fly out of Las Vegas tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 9pm (21:00 hrs).
What to know
A good level of general fitness is required. We may be walking on uneven terrain for between 2-5 hours per day. The trek up to Angels Landing in Zion National Park can take up to a full day.
- The services of two professional tour leaders
- Accommodation, Sightseeing (entrance fees where relevant): Goblin Valley, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Monument Valley and Grand Canyon National Park
- 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
- Items of a personal nature
- Daily budget
We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
- Bryce River Canyon - Western horseback riding
- Extreme off-road Hummer Tour
- Grand Canyon scenic flight
US$234 (25 min) or US$264 (40 min)
- Scenic walks and hikes
What to know
Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region. We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.
Visas and Permits
Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. 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.
Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
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. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.
Pre Departure Information
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. All travelling times and walking times quoted in the itinerary are also estimates only and can vary substantially due to unscheduled stops and traffic or weather conditions.
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!
7 November 2013
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