On this ultimate Southwest national park family adventure, experience the majesty of the Grand Canyon, with its awesome walls of red rock and inspiring sunsets. Paddle the rocky shoreline of Lake Powell with one night of lakeside camping. Marvel at Bryce Canyon, a fairytale amphitheater of spires, columns, and pink pinnacles. Immerse yourself in Zion National Park, exploring its steep red cliffs, enormous sandstone monoliths soaring into brilliant blue skies, and serene riverbanks. Along the way, learn how the region's incredible rock formations appeared, and about its diverse flora and fauna.
Experience the sheer magnitude of the Grand Canyon from the South Rim
Horseback ride and hike among mystical towering spires, hoodoos, and rock formations in Bryce Canyon
Spend a night under stars camping on the shores of Lake Powell
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After breakfast, meet your MT Sobek trip leader in the lobby at 8am and depart for the Hoover Dam. The Hoover Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Nevada and Arizona. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression. Following our visit to the Hoover Dam, we continue 4 hours to the Grand Canyon South Rim.
This afternoon, we will bike along the Canyon rim on a road closed to public vehicle traffic. This scenic stretch of road features some of the best views along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Following our bike ride, we will settle in to our hotel in nearby Tusayan.
Enjoy a full day exploring Grand Canyon National Park. Descend into the canyon on a hike on the famed South Kaibab Trail. Along the way learn about the unique ecosystem, the deep Native American connection to the Canyon and the wonders of this special place. Expect sweeping views, ancient rocks, fossils, curious critters, and diverse plant life. Stop mid-day for a picnic lunch. Explore some of the historic buildings and scenic view points along the canyon rim in the afternoon.
We depart the Grand Canyon early this morning and have a scenic three hour drive to Page where we embark on our overnight kayaking trip on Lake Powell. The journey begins with a scenic boat ride to Padre Bay where we will begin kayaking. Spend the day exploring the remote slot canyons and coves of Lake Powell.
This evening we make camp amid the majestic scenery.
After a hearty camp breakfast, we will have another adventurous day of exploring Lake Powell by kayak. We return to the marina in early afternoon and head to our overnight accommodations near Bryce Canyon National Park. After dinner we are joined by an astronomer for a special stargazing experience. The Utah desert's predictable weather, low humidity and dark night skies make it the perfect location for viewing the Milky Way Galaxy, millions of stars, recognizable constellations and even some far off galaxies millions of light years away.
This morning, we descend into the natural amphitheater of Bryce Canyon National Park on horseback. Depart Sunrise Point and experience the Wall of Windows, The Chessmen, Silent City, and the Bristle Cone Pine Trees (some of the oldest living things on earth). Then we enjoy a picnic lunch at a scenic overlook before we depart for Zion National Park. This afternoon, we hike the Emerald Pools Trail taking in the views of Red Arch Mountain, Lady Mountain and the colorful cliffs in every direction.
We start our day at Zion National Park with a canyoneering excursion which starts with a short hike followed by active exploration of some of the areas narrow slot canyons. Canyoneering involves a combination of hiking, rappelling, scrambling and possibly wading through canyon pools. Canyoneering is a perfect family bonding experience with interactive problem solving of natural canyon obstacles. Most routes offer more beauty than physical challenges making for a fun and rewarding adventure. This afternoon, we take a leisurely hike along the the Virgin River and cool off with a splash in the cool waters.
After breakfast we depart for Las Vegas to catch afternoon homebound flights.
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Our top-notch North America guides have extensive experience leading fun and rewarding family adventure trips.
This trip is the perfect introduction to hiking in three well-loved National Parks, with expert insight into flora, fauna and Leave No Trace practices.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Personally tailored adventures, hand-picked with your desired activity level in mind. Each activity is designed and operated to our highest standards.
A variety of comfortable and ideally located accommodations carefully selected with your travel style and budget in mind.
Expect warm, sunny days and cool evenings; weather is variable depending on elevation. Daytime highs can range from 60° to 100°F and evening lows from 40° to 60°F.
No previous experience is required. You will receive all the training while travelling to enjoy your activities.
Yes, but we plan the activities so you are most active in the cooler hours of the day.
The best training is hiking. Work up to hiking similar distances with your daypack loaded with the same weight you will be carrying on your day hikes.
Wildlife commonly seen includes: Mule Deer, Utah Prairie Dogs, Chipmunks, Golden-mantled Ground Squirrels, Pronghorn (antelope), Gray Fox, Ravens, Steller's Jays, Clark's Nutcrackers, Red-tailed Hawks, Turkeys, and Mountain Short-horned Lizards. Black Bear, Elk, and Mountain Lions are rarely seen.
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