On this ultimate private adventure through the Southwest, explore four of the United States' premier national parks! Begin with the majesty of the Grand Canyon and its narrow slot canyons and epic sunsets. Next, marvel at Bryce Canyon, a fairytale amphitheater of spires, columns, and pink pinnacles. Hike the beautiful, rugged terrain of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and end by immersing in Zion National Park, exploring massive red walls, enormous sandstone monoliths, and serene riverbanks. Along the way, learn how the region's incredible rock formations appeared, and how its diverse flora and fauna manage to thrive. Each night, stay in comfortable lodges offering Southwest hospitality in stunning locations.
Experience the iconic southwest through some of its top parks
Take a step into another time by hunting for petroglyphs and fossils along canyon walls
Enjoy some time on the water as you float the Colorado River and kayak Lake Powell
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Meet your guide this morning for a full day private hike in Grand Canyon National Park. Choose a more strenuous hike on the famed South Kaibab Trail, or take a more leisurely route offering stops at the South Rim's scenic vistas. Both options offer the chance to 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.
After checking out of your hotel this morning, drive to Page. If time permits, consider stopping for a short hike and photo stop at the specular Horseshoe Bend Overlook just outside Page on Highway 89.
This afternoon offers a fantastic half-day scenic float on the Colorado River through Glen Canyon. Begin the adventure driving through a two-mile tunnel (with dinosaur tracks!) before embarking on the raft. Float to Petroglyph Beach where a short walk leads to a panel of fascinating carved images depicting sheep and other animals. Along the way, listen to stories of the ancestral Puebloan people who lived here. Return to Page by vehicle, passing the Vermilion Cliffs and beautiful orchards along the way, and check into tonight's hotel.
This morning offers the choice of kayaking on Lake Powell or visiting Antelope Canyon. Those who wish to kayak will meet their guide for a briefing and board their kayaks- the best way to get up close to the unrivaled beauty and grandeur of Lake Powell. Today's route explores some of the lake's more remote canyons and coves.
Those who choose to explore Antelope Canyon will meet a group for a shared walking tour. A photographer's dream, the canyon is known for its wave-like structure and the almost supernatural appearance of sunbeams shining through the canyon's openings. Keep that camera handy!
This afternoon, drive to tonight's hotel near Bryce Canyon, perhaps stopping along the way for an evening hike on Angel's Palace Trail in Kodachrome State Park.
Spend today exploring the rock hoodoos and natural amphitheaters of Bryce Canyon National Park. Today offers a more strenuous hiking option allow the Peekaboo and Queens Garden Trails or a lighter hiking option mixed with sightseeing of the hoodoos and spires accessible by road.
On either route, listen as a knowledgeable guide explains how the forces of wind and water created this unique landscape, and stop midday for a picnic lunch. After the hike, drive to tonight's lodging near Zion National Park.
Experiencing the Narrows in Zion National Park is a must-do for many avid hikers, and today offers multiple options to experience this legendary landscape of emerald pools, soaring rocks walls, and hidden oases. Meet your guide this morning for a full day exploring this spectacular slot canyon, following the banks (and stepping into!) the Virgin River through the narrowest section of Zion Canyon. Your guide will select a route to fit current conditions and meet your desired activity level, stopping at pretty spot midday for a picnic lunch. After a full day of hiking, return to the lodge with time to relax and celebrate.
This final morning in Zion offers the choice to explore on a private canyoneering excursion or guided hike- both tailored to fit current conditions and meet your desired activity level. Those who choose canyoneering will meet their guide for an active exploration of some of the area's narrow slot canyons. Expect to hike, rappel, scramble, and wade through canyon pools. Those who choose to hike will meet a private guide for a fantastic hike on one of the park's iconic trails, passing towering walls and canyons so narrow that sunlight rarely penetrates the bottom.
This afternoon, bid goodbye to the Southwest and drive to St. George or Las Vegas to return your rental car and board your homebound flight.
MT Sobek delivers this grand-slam in just seven days - ideal if you don't have loads of time but want a real-deal adventure.
Along the way, professional naturalist guides offer insights into the region's incredible geology and diverse flora and fauna.
You will visit some of the premiere Southwest National Parks with the luxury of lodges. A fantastic way to visit these treasures and recover for your next epic daily hike.
Hiking along varied terrain, floating and rafting on rivers and lakes.
Comfortable hotels with easy access to the parks and local amenities, including a stay at an upscale hotel with pool and spa facilities.
Expect warm, sunny days and cool evenings. Daytime highs range from 60° to 100°F with evening lows from 30° to 60°F.
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.
You will be hiking in knee-deep water. Strong water-friendly footwear with toe protection is a must. Hiking poles really help with keeping your stability.
The areas we visit are generally at higher elevations so the warmer months of the year are ideal. The canyons of the Southwest are wonderful destinations from mid-May through mid-October.
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.
We offer this trip on a private basis with seasonal departure dates that offer great flexibility (pending availability). Click below to request dates and an MT Sobek Regional Specialist will be in touch to help organize your private adventure.
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