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National Parks of the Southwest — Grand Canyon, Bryce & Zion

Trip Length 6 days

From $3,495

  • Hike through three treasured national parks—Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion—in just one week
  • See the beautiful, rugged terrain of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
  • Learn how the Southwest's incredible rocks were formed, and about the region's diverse flora and fauna, from Mountain Travel Sobek's professional, naturalist guides
  • Pamper yourself MTS-style, in comfortable lodges set in stunning locations!

When it comes to unique landscapes, it’s hard to top the American Southwest! Surreal rock formations reveal a diverse and ancient geology, and provide a rare perspective into the evolution of the planet. Hike among these natural structures in three of the National Park Service’s crown jewels: the Grand Canyon, with its awesome walls of red rock, hundreds of plunging waterfalls, and narrow slot canyons; Bryce Canyon, a fairytale amphitheater of spires, columns, and pink hoodoos (pinnacles); and Zion Canyon, called a “Yosemite dressed in red.” And MTS delivers this grand-slam in just six days—ideal and within reach if you don't have loads of time but really want the feeling of getting away. Explore Kodachrome Basin and see the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Along the way, learn how the region's incredible rock formations appeared, and about its diverse flora and fauna, from MTS's professional, naturalist guides. Pamper yourself in comfortable lodges set in stunning locations—that's right, no camping! After spending a week among these mind-blowing landscapes, your body might be tired, but your mind will be at peace. A visit to the Southwest is the ultimate cure for what ails you


US National Park Service

Follow expert guides on an excellent adventure and enjoy our national treasures on our September 10, 2017 departure. We’ll donate 10% of the trip price per guest to the US National Park Service.

Day 1: Reach the Grand Canyon's North Rim

NOTE:  You must arrive in Las Vegas on the day prior to day one.

Rise and shine to meet with the MTS trip leader in the Hyatt Place Las Vegas lobby at 8am. After a brief orientation, we'll depart and travel northeast through the deserts of the remote Arizona Strip and up onto the Kaibab Plateau. We then change direction and head south across the high-elevation meadows toward the Grand Canyon’s North Rim. The North Rim is 1,500 feet higher and receives 60% more rainfall than the South Rim. Its remote location, low visitation, and high elevation create an island of quiet green forests and alpine meadows filled with wildflowers—a stunning contrast to the enormous red abyss of the Grand Canyon.

In the afternoon we'll reach Point Imperial and enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the Grand Canyon. Then we'll set off on a short warm-up hike following the Transept Trail, which ends at the Grand Canyon Lodge—our home for the next two nights.

The original Grand Canyon Lodge was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1937 by architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood. Today the lodge is a National Historic Landmark, and its rustic construction of limestone walls and timbered ceilings complements the North Rim’s lush beauty. Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner in its magnificent dining room, which offers fine dining with a western flair and a view of the canyon.

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Grand Canyon Lodge

Day 2: Descend into the Grand Canyon

After an early breakfast, we'll dip below the rim on the North Kaibab Trail, the only maintained trail into the canyon from the North Rim. Guests of all abilities will enjoy this trail by choosing one of three turn-around points, each perfect for different levels of fitness and accomplishment. Watch your step down this steep trail, as the incredible views can distract you during our descent to Coconino Overlook—and for the more ambitious members, down to the Supai Tunnel. For those looking for an ultimate challenge, we'll continue on the North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs where we will dip our feet in the cool waters while enjoying a picnic lunch. Don’t get too excited about your accomplishment yet! It’s not over until you’ve returned to the rim—a total of 10 miles and 3,200 feet in elevation change for the longest option. 

For those who turn around at Coconino Overlook or Supai Tunnel, we'll spend the afternoon sightseeing along the road to Cape Royal. The views from here are stunning and easily accessible via paved pathways traversing along the canyon’s rim. Angels Window, Vishnu Temple, the Little Colorado River, and Unkar Wash are all seen from Cape Royal, making it one of the best views of the Grand Canyon. Then we'll return to the lodge for a well deserved drink on the patio tonight before dining with a view of the setting sun.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Grand Canyon Lodge

Day 3: Hike the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon

After breakfast and a leisurely morning, we'll drive north into Utah and ascend the Paunsaugunt Plateau before entering Bryce Canyon National Park. Words cannot describe the sweeping views from the rim of Bryce’s amphitheater, where we'll begin our hike along the rim trail to Sunset Point. Soon it is time to descend into this wild land of rock as we hike downhill through a surreal maze of pink hoodoos, spires, and rock windows. After exploring this otherworldly landscape, we'll settle into our lodge and enjoy the fine dining of Bryce Lodge before getting a good night’s rest in anticipation of adventures to come.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Bryce Canyon Lodge OR Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel

Day 4: Explore Kodachrome Basin and Grand Staircase-Escalante

Soak in the serene surroundings of our lodge while breakfast is served. We’ll then venture into Kodachrome Basin State Park, which contains eroded, multicolored rock formations in various shades of red, yellow, pink, white, and brown. Together with the deep blue sky and occasional green vegetation, this combination of colors led the National Geographical Society to name the area Kodachrome Basin (with the consent of the Kodak Film Corporation). One especially unique feature of the park is the presence of many spires or “chimneys” of rock, known as sand pipes, which are thought to be solidified sediment that filled ancient springs or geysers, and then were left standing after the softer surrounding sandstone rock weathered away.

Next we'll drive deep into the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument for a hike to the enchanting Lower Calf Creek Falls. Walking between mineral-streaked cliffs of Navajo Sandstone, we pass beaver ponds, prehistoric rock art sites, and more before reaching the base of the 126-foot waterfall.  On a warm summer day, this place is a veritable desert paradise, with shady cottonwood trees and clear waters to cool our feet.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Bryce Canyon Lodge OR Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel

Day 5: Sunrise at Bryce Canyon to sunset at Zion

Rise and shine for an optional sunrise hike on the Peekaboo Loop, our favorite hike within Bryce Canyon National Park. As the sun peeks over the horizon it illuminates the canyon's hoodoos, so be sure to have your camera ready! Next we'll return across the Paunsaugunt Plateau and enter Zion National Park, where we'll spend our final evening. Upon arrival, guests have the opportunity to choose their own activity for the afternoon. Options include hiking in the Narrowsthe Narrows—a get-your-feet-wet hike in a narrow gorge with soaring 1000-foot walls—or on one of the many park trails, shopping in Springdale, or visiting the local museum and visitors center to learn about the history of the area.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Pioneer Lodge

Day 6: Revel in the magic of Zion National Park

After an early breakfast, we'll enter Zion National Park and begin the day’s hike strolling beneath shady cottonwood and sycamore trees by the Virgin River’s edge. Soon we begin ascending and it is time to conquer the challenging hike up Angels Landing before the desert sun peeks over the canyon walls. A classic Zion hike, the 5-mile-roundtrip Angels Landing trail leads you to one of the most breathtaking views in all of the American Southwest! This thigh-burning trail ascends 1,700 feet over a distance of 2½ miles to the summit, which is ringed on three sides by the Virgin River below. After returning to the canyon floor for a picnic lunch, we'll head back south to the bright lights of Las Vegas, where we drop you at either the Hyatt Place Las Vegas or the airport around 6:30pm. If you plan on flying out this evening, please do not schedule your flight before 8pm.

  • Breakfast/Lunch

Sep 10 - 15, 2017 Special giving back trip with 10% of the trip price per guest donated to the US National Park Service

Sep 24 - 29, 2017

Oct 01 - 06, 2017

May 20 - 25, 2018 Staying at The Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel

Jun 03 - 08, 2018

Sep 09 - 14, 2018

Oct 07 - 12, 2018

pricing

2017 Prices
$3,495 (4+ members)
$650 single supplement

2018 Prices
$3,495 (4+ members)
$700 single supplement

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Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel — Bryce Canyon

The Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel offers the newest luxurious accommodations for visitors to Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. The hotel features two four story towers, accessing 164 luxurious guest rooms, interior corridors, a large lobby, business center, exercise facilities, guest laundry, complimentary breakfast buffet and nearby full service restaurant. The Bryce Canyon Grand also offers an enclosed courtyard offering guest privacy for the pool, whirlpool, and patio areas. Experience Bryce Canyon’s newest and most luxurious accommodations and amenities with the best in western hospitality.

Bryce Canyon Lodge — Bryce, Utah

The rustic beauty of the Bryce Canyon Lodge is second only to the spectacular setting that surrounds it. Ideally located near the canyon rim and hiking trailheads, guests are only steps away from scenic viewpoints, fine dining, shopping, and park programs. All rooms have telephones, clock radios, hair dryers, coffee-makers, portable fans, and thermostat-controlled heat. To preserve the lodge's rustic feel and experience, there are no televisions. No air conditioning is needed, as the mild climate in Bryce boasts summer highs that rarely reach above 80 degrees. There is Wi-Fi in the main lodge.

Grand Canyon Lodge — Grand Canyon, North Rim

Kick back in your cabin at The Grand Canyon Lodge—the only lodging inside the National Park on the North Rim. The cabins are located within easy walking distance from the canyon rim at Bright Angel Point. Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987, the lodge offers a place of comfort and quiet serenity, where you can fully appreciate the jaw-dropping scenery of the Grand Canyon.

Pioneer Lodge — Springdale, Utah

Located only a mile from the entrance of Zion National Park, the Pioneer Lodge mixes scenic views with local history and all the comforts of home (free Wi-Fi, TVs, air conditioning, and more). From standard two-queen rooms to family-friendly three-bedroom suites, these bright and airy accommodations are a comfortable place to lay your head after a long day of adventuring.

"Driving through the magnificent Colorado Plateau with great guides and other fun people was like a traveling party. My wife and I did things on this trip that we wouldn't have done otherwise, wading up the Virgin River through the Narrows of Zion, climbing up to Angel's Landing, and more." Greg Carl

"I highly recommend Mountain Travel Sobek and plan to travel with them again." Armead Johnson (National Parks of the Southwest guest)

  • Hike through three treasured national parks—Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion—in just one week
  • See the beautiful, rugged terrain of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
  • Learn how the Southwest's incredible rocks were formed, and about the region's diverse flora and fauna, from Mountain Travel Sobek's professional, naturalist guides
  • Pamper yourself MTS-style, in comfortable lodges set in stunning locations!

When it comes to unique landscapes, it’s hard to top the American Southwest! Surreal rock formations reveal a diverse and ancient geology, and provide a rare perspective into the evolution of the planet. Hike among these natural structures in three of the National Park Service’s crown jewels: the Grand Canyon, with its awesome walls of red rock, hundreds of plunging waterfalls, and narrow slot canyons; Bryce Canyon, a fairytale amphitheater of spires, columns, and pink hoodoos (pinnacles); and Zion Canyon, called a “Yosemite dressed in red.” And MTS delivers this grand-slam in just six days—ideal and within reach if you don't have loads of time but really want the feeling of getting away. Explore Kodachrome Basin and see the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Along the way, learn how the region's incredible rock formations appeared, and about its diverse flora and fauna, from MTS's professional, naturalist guides. Pamper yourself in comfortable lodges set in stunning locations—that's right, no camping! After spending a week among these mind-blowing landscapes, your body might be tired, but your mind will be at peace. A visit to the Southwest is the ultimate cure for what ails you


US National Park Service

Follow expert guides on an excellent adventure and enjoy our national treasures on our September 10, 2017 departure. We’ll donate 10% of the trip price per guest to the US National Park Service.

reviews

"Driving through the magnificent Colorado Plateau with great guides and other fun people was like a traveling party. My wife and I did things on this trip that we wouldn't have done otherwise, wading up the Virgin River through the Narrows of Zion, climbing up to Angel's Landing, and more." Greg Carl

"I highly recommend Mountain Travel Sobek and plan to travel with them again." Armead Johnson (National Parks of the Southwest guest)

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Reach the Grand Canyon's North Rim

NOTE:  You must arrive in Las Vegas on the day prior to day one.

Rise and shine to meet with the MTS trip leader in the Hyatt Place Las Vegas lobby at 8am. After a brief orientation, we'll depart and travel northeast through the deserts of the remote Arizona Strip and up onto the Kaibab Plateau. We then change direction and head south across the high-elevation meadows toward the Grand Canyon’s North Rim. The North Rim is 1,500 feet higher and receives 60% more rainfall than the South Rim. Its remote location, low visitation, and high elevation create an island of quiet green forests and alpine meadows filled with wildflowers—a stunning contrast to the enormous red abyss of the Grand Canyon.

In the afternoon we'll reach Point Imperial and enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the Grand Canyon. Then we'll set off on a short warm-up hike following the Transept Trail, which ends at the Grand Canyon Lodge—our home for the next two nights.

The original Grand Canyon Lodge was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1937 by architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood. Today the lodge is a National Historic Landmark, and its rustic construction of limestone walls and timbered ceilings complements the North Rim’s lush beauty. Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner in its magnificent dining room, which offers fine dining with a western flair and a view of the canyon.

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Grand Canyon Lodge

Day 2: Descend into the Grand Canyon

After an early breakfast, we'll dip below the rim on the North Kaibab Trail, the only maintained trail into the canyon from the North Rim. Guests of all abilities will enjoy this trail by choosing one of three turn-around points, each perfect for different levels of fitness and accomplishment. Watch your step down this steep trail, as the incredible views can distract you during our descent to Coconino Overlook—and for the more ambitious members, down to the Supai Tunnel. For those looking for an ultimate challenge, we'll continue on the North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs where we will dip our feet in the cool waters while enjoying a picnic lunch. Don’t get too excited about your accomplishment yet! It’s not over until you’ve returned to the rim—a total of 10 miles and 3,200 feet in elevation change for the longest option. 

For those who turn around at Coconino Overlook or Supai Tunnel, we'll spend the afternoon sightseeing along the road to Cape Royal. The views from here are stunning and easily accessible via paved pathways traversing along the canyon’s rim. Angels Window, Vishnu Temple, the Little Colorado River, and Unkar Wash are all seen from Cape Royal, making it one of the best views of the Grand Canyon. Then we'll return to the lodge for a well deserved drink on the patio tonight before dining with a view of the setting sun.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Grand Canyon Lodge

Day 3: Hike the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon

After breakfast and a leisurely morning, we'll drive north into Utah and ascend the Paunsaugunt Plateau before entering Bryce Canyon National Park. Words cannot describe the sweeping views from the rim of Bryce’s amphitheater, where we'll begin our hike along the rim trail to Sunset Point. Soon it is time to descend into this wild land of rock as we hike downhill through a surreal maze of pink hoodoos, spires, and rock windows. After exploring this otherworldly landscape, we'll settle into our lodge and enjoy the fine dining of Bryce Lodge before getting a good night’s rest in anticipation of adventures to come.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Bryce Canyon Lodge OR Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel

Day 4: Explore Kodachrome Basin and Grand Staircase-Escalante

Soak in the serene surroundings of our lodge while breakfast is served. We’ll then venture into Kodachrome Basin State Park, which contains eroded, multicolored rock formations in various shades of red, yellow, pink, white, and brown. Together with the deep blue sky and occasional green vegetation, this combination of colors led the National Geographical Society to name the area Kodachrome Basin (with the consent of the Kodak Film Corporation). One especially unique feature of the park is the presence of many spires or “chimneys” of rock, known as sand pipes, which are thought to be solidified sediment that filled ancient springs or geysers, and then were left standing after the softer surrounding sandstone rock weathered away.

Next we'll drive deep into the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument for a hike to the enchanting Lower Calf Creek Falls. Walking between mineral-streaked cliffs of Navajo Sandstone, we pass beaver ponds, prehistoric rock art sites, and more before reaching the base of the 126-foot waterfall.  On a warm summer day, this place is a veritable desert paradise, with shady cottonwood trees and clear waters to cool our feet.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Bryce Canyon Lodge OR Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel

Day 5: Sunrise at Bryce Canyon to sunset at Zion

Rise and shine for an optional sunrise hike on the Peekaboo Loop, our favorite hike within Bryce Canyon National Park. As the sun peeks over the horizon it illuminates the canyon's hoodoos, so be sure to have your camera ready! Next we'll return across the Paunsaugunt Plateau and enter Zion National Park, where we'll spend our final evening. Upon arrival, guests have the opportunity to choose their own activity for the afternoon. Options include hiking in the Narrowsthe Narrows—a get-your-feet-wet hike in a narrow gorge with soaring 1000-foot walls—or on one of the many park trails, shopping in Springdale, or visiting the local museum and visitors center to learn about the history of the area.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Pioneer Lodge

Day 6: Revel in the magic of Zion National Park

After an early breakfast, we'll enter Zion National Park and begin the day’s hike strolling beneath shady cottonwood and sycamore trees by the Virgin River’s edge. Soon we begin ascending and it is time to conquer the challenging hike up Angels Landing before the desert sun peeks over the canyon walls. A classic Zion hike, the 5-mile-roundtrip Angels Landing trail leads you to one of the most breathtaking views in all of the American Southwest! This thigh-burning trail ascends 1,700 feet over a distance of 2½ miles to the summit, which is ringed on three sides by the Virgin River below. After returning to the canyon floor for a picnic lunch, we'll head back south to the bright lights of Las Vegas, where we drop you at either the Hyatt Place Las Vegas or the airport around 6:30pm. If you plan on flying out this evening, please do not schedule your flight before 8pm.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
lodgings

Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel — Bryce Canyon

The Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel offers the newest luxurious accommodations for visitors to Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. The hotel features two four story towers, accessing 164 luxurious guest rooms, interior corridors, a large lobby, business center, exercise facilities, guest laundry, complimentary breakfast buffet and nearby full service restaurant. The Bryce Canyon Grand also offers an enclosed courtyard offering guest privacy for the pool, whirlpool, and patio areas. Experience Bryce Canyon’s newest and most luxurious accommodations and amenities with the best in western hospitality.

Bryce Canyon Lodge — Bryce, Utah

The rustic beauty of the Bryce Canyon Lodge is second only to the spectacular setting that surrounds it. Ideally located near the canyon rim and hiking trailheads, guests are only steps away from scenic viewpoints, fine dining, shopping, and park programs. All rooms have telephones, clock radios, hair dryers, coffee-makers, portable fans, and thermostat-controlled heat. To preserve the lodge's rustic feel and experience, there are no televisions. No air conditioning is needed, as the mild climate in Bryce boasts summer highs that rarely reach above 80 degrees. There is Wi-Fi in the main lodge.

Grand Canyon Lodge — Grand Canyon, North Rim

Kick back in your cabin at The Grand Canyon Lodge—the only lodging inside the National Park on the North Rim. The cabins are located within easy walking distance from the canyon rim at Bright Angel Point. Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987, the lodge offers a place of comfort and quiet serenity, where you can fully appreciate the jaw-dropping scenery of the Grand Canyon.

Pioneer Lodge — Springdale, Utah

Located only a mile from the entrance of Zion National Park, the Pioneer Lodge mixes scenic views with local history and all the comforts of home (free Wi-Fi, TVs, air conditioning, and more). From standard two-queen rooms to family-friendly three-bedroom suites, these bright and airy accommodations are a comfortable place to lay your head after a long day of adventuring.

Dates and Pricing

Sep 10 - 15, 2017 Special giving back trip with 10% of the trip price per guest donated to the US National Park Service

Sep 24 - 29, 2017

Oct 01 - 06, 2017

May 20 - 25, 2018 Staying at The Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel

Jun 03 - 08, 2018

Sep 09 - 14, 2018

Oct 07 - 12, 2018

pricing

2017 Prices
$3,495 (4+ members)
$650 single supplement

2018 Prices
$3,495 (4+ members)
$700 single supplement

Activity Level Moderate
Trip Length 6 days

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