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Arizona Utah Grand Canyon, Bryce & Zion Private Adventure

Iconic Southwest Hiking, Rafting & Canyoneering

 

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

Arrive:

Las Vegas, Nevada or Phoenix, Arizona

Depart:

Las Vegas, Nevada or St. George, Utah

Duration:

7 Days

Activity Level:

2

Departures:

See Dates

Price: from $2,895

  • Drive to the Grand Canyon

    Day 1

    Upon arrival in Phoenix or Las Vegas, secure your rental car and drive to your overnight accommodations near the Grand Canyon's South Rim.

    Accommodation: Similar Accommodation

    Transportation: 4-hour drive

  • Hike in Grand Canyon National Park

    Day 2

    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.

    Accommodation: Similar Accommodation

    Activity: Customizable hiking and touring

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Take a Scenic Drive and Float the Colorado River

    Day 3

    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.

    Accommodation: Similar Accommodation

    Activity: 4 hour raft floating

    Transportation: 3-hour drive

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Kayak Lake Powell or Visit Antelope Canyon

    Day 4

    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.

    Accommodation: Similar Accommodation

    Activity: 3 hours/4-6 miles kayaking

    Transportation: 2.5-hour drive

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Hike in Bryce Canyon National Park

    Day 5

    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.

    Accommodation: Similar Accommodation

    Activity: Customizable hiking and touring

    Transportation: 1.5-hour drive

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Hike the Narrows

    Day 6

    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.

    Accommodation: Similar Accommodation

    Activity: Customizable hiking and touring

    Meals: Lunch

  • Hike or Go Canyoneering in Zion

    Day 7

    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.

    Accommodation:

    Activity: Customizable hiking and canyoneering

    Transportation: 1 to 3-hour drive

    Meals: Lunch

Arizona Utah Grand Canyon, Bryce & Zion Private Adventure

Detailed Itinerary

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

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.

Reason #02

Along the way, professional naturalist guides offer insights into the region's incredible geology and diverse flora and fauna.

Reason #03

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.

Meet your guides

Michael Lett

Michael Lett

After graduating from Texas Tech University, Michael traveled throughout Western Europe, Asia, Australia, South and Central Americas. However, his heart belongs to the open roads of the National Parks of the United States. Michael embarked on his tour guiding career 13 years ago in Los Angeles, California. He operated coast to coast camping and lodging tours in the United States and the Canadian Rockies. He now migrates between Alaska and the great North American deserts. Michael believes Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, Death Valley, and all the lovely arches, salt flats, and ghost towns in between are some of the most special places on Earth.

Jen Barnes

Jen Barnes

Jen, is a North Carolina native and a Florida State University graduate with a degree in anthropology. Jen has taught school in Japan, cleaned fish in Alaska, and toured the entire perimeter of India. She's a music lover, a reader of anything, a fan of superhero movies, a bicyclist, a chili hound, a serious cook, and a woman of letters. But mostly she's a tour guide. She's conducted tours throughout the Southwest, from coast to coast in America, in Alaska, and in Canada. If you make her laugh, she'll be your friend for life.

Jennie Dufour

Jennie Dufour

Hailing from the northeast, Jennie grew up playing in the woods and camping in the backyard, developing a love for the outdoors. Jennie started her travel career as a travel agent and travelling the world when she could. Becoming a tour leader 8 years ago, she first started leading tours throughout the USA, Canada and Mexico. She then decided that she wanted to explore and work in other parts of the world and has since worked as an overland tour driver and leader in Eastern and Southern Africa, India, Nepal and Central America. Having worked and traveled in 49 different countries, she has now realized home is where the heart is - The Southwest USA. Always up for an adventure, in her spare time you may find her whitewater rafting the Grand Canyon, hopping on a sailboat across the Indian Ocean or hitchhiking through Morocco.

Activities

Hiking along varied terrain, floating and rafting on rivers and lakes.

Lodging

Comfortable hotels with easy access to the parks and local amenities, including a stay at an upscale hotel with pool and spa facilities.

Climate

Expect warm, sunny days and cool evenings. Daytime highs range from 60° to 100°F with evening lows from 30° to 60°F.

FAQ

How should I train for my Southwest trip?

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.

What do I need to take to hike the Narrows?

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.

When is the best time to go on this trip?

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.

What kind of wildlife am I likely to see?

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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Private Trip Pricing:

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Additional costs

  • $800 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary, including all taxes and resort fees
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • All special equipment required for activities
  • Final electronic documentation package
  • Trip logistics, operations and monitoring during travel
  • All tours and activities as detailed in the itinerary

Price does not include

  • Additional meals not noted in the daily itinerary
  • Entry fees to National Parks, museums and other attractions when not accompanied by a guide
  • Airfare, airport taxes or baggage fees for all flights
  • Optional activities and spa services
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, laundry or souvenirs
  • Discretionary tips for guides, drivers and resort staff
  • Optional travel protection
  • Rental car

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