National Parks of the Southwest

Overview

On this ultimate Southwest adventure, hike among spectacular natural structures in three crown jewels among the national parks: 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 pinnacles; and Zion Canyon, called a "Yosemite dressed in red." Along the way, learn how the region's incredible rock formations appeared, and about its diverse flora and fauna from professional naturalist guides. To top it off, pamper yourself in comfortable lodges in stunning locations.

  • Hike through three treasured national parks - Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion - in just one week

  • Explore Kodachrome Basin and see the beautiful, rugged terrain of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

  • Witness sunrise at Bryce Canyon and sunset at Zion National Park, all in one day

  • Arrive: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Depart: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Group Size: 4-9 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 10 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    Reach the Grand Canyon's North Rim

    Meet with your MT Sobek trip leader in the Hyatt Place Las Vegas lobby at 8am. After a brief orientation, depart and travel northeast through the deserts of the remote Arizona Strip, up onto the Kaibab Plateau and toward the Grand Canyon's North Rim. In the afternoon we'll enjoy a picnic lunch at a scenic spot along the way. Then set off on a short warm-up hike following the Transept Trail, ending at the Grand Canyon Lodge - home for the next two nights. Enjoy dinner in its magnificent dining room.

    • Accommodation: Grand Canyon Lodge
    • Activity: 1 hour/2 miles hiking at 8,000' elevation
    • Transportation: 4.5-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Day02

    Descend into the Grand Canyon

    After breakfast, dip below the rim on the North Kaibab Trail, the only maintained trail into the canyon from the North Rim. Choose one of three turn-around points, for different levels of fitness and accomplishment. Watch your step down this steep trail, as the incredible views can distract during the descent to Coconino Overlook - and for the more ambitious members, down to the Supai Tunnel. For an ultimate challenge, continue on the North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs. Return to the lodge for a drink on the patio before tonight's dinner.

    • Accommodation: Grand Canyon Lodge
    • Activity: 5-7 hours/10 miles hiking with 3,200' elevation gain
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day03

    Hike the Hoodoos of Bryce Canyon

    After breakfast and a leisurely morning, 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, the starting point for the hike along the rim trail to Sunset Point. Descend into this wild land of rock, through a surreal maze of pink hoodoos, spires, and rock windows. After exploring this otherworldly landscape, settle into the lodge and enjoy a fine dining experience.

    • Accommodation: Bryce Canyon Lodge
    • Activity: 2-3 hours/3-7 miles hiking with 800' elevation gain/loss
    • Transportation: 3.5-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day04

    Explore Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

    After breakfast, venture deep into the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument for a hike to the enchanting Lower Calf Creek Falls. Walking between cliffs of Navajo Sandstone, pass beaver ponds and prehistoric rock art sites before reaching the 126-foot waterfall - a perfect spot to cool your feet under shady cottonwood trees. The drive back to our lodge is peppered with gorgeous vistas from sweeping grasslands to narrow canyons and sandstone cliffs.

    • Accommodation: Bryce Canyon Lodge
    • Activity: 3 hours/6 miles hiking with minimal elevation gain/loss (optional routes)
    • Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day05

    See Sunrise at Bryce Canyon & Sunset at Zion

    Rise and shine for an optional sunrise hike to Inspiration Point, within Bryce Canyon National Park. As the sun peeks over the horizon, it illuminates the canyon's hoodoos so have your camera ready! Next, return across the Paunsaugunt Plateau and enter Zion National Park. Upon arrival, choose your own afternoon activity. Have the opportunity to conquer the challenging hike up Angels Landing before the sun peeks over the canyon walls. A classic Zion hike, the 5-mile-roundtrip Angels Landing trail leads to one of the most breathtaking views in all of the American Southwest! Or on one of the many park trails, including visiting the museum and visitors center, learn about the area's history in more detail.

    • Accommodation: Pioneer Lodge
    • Activity: 1-3 hours/1-5 miles hiking with 1,700' elevation gain/loss (optional routes)
    • Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day06

    Revel in the Magic of Zion National Park

    After an early breakfast, 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 trade our hiking boots for water shoes as we enter the famous Virgin River Narrows. Hike in a narrow gorge with soaring 1,000-foot walls. After a picnic lunch, head back to Las Vegas for a drop-off at either the Hyatt Place Las Vegas or the airport.

    • Activity: 2-3 hours/4-5 miles hiking with 1 mile wading in creek
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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Upcoming Departures

  • AvailableMay 19 - 24, 2019
  • AvailableJun 06 - 11, 2019
  • AvailableSep 08 - 13, 2019
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek delivers this grand-slam in just six 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

There's no camping on this trip, yet you're fully immersed in mind-blowing landscapes and given a rare perspective into their evolution.

Meet Our Guides

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.

What To Expect

  • Activities

    Thrilling hikes from moderate to thigh-burning; scenic drives and panoramic picnics amidst surreal rock formations; lush forests and alpine meadows.

  • Lodging

    Comfortable lodges and rustic cabins throughout offer easy access to the parks, as well as upscale amenities, and spectacular views.

  • Climate

    Weather is variable in summer months, but temperatures range from 75°F to 90°F in the daytime, and 50°F to 60°F at night.

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.

  • Can I drink the water from stream or lakes?

    Purified water is available at the lodge. It is important that you do not drink unfiltered water from streams or lakes along the trail.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Are we in safe hands with your guides?

    Yes, our hiking guides are very experienced in the mountains. We require our guides to be certified as Wilderness First Responders and to have several years of wilderness and guiding experience.

  • 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.

Dates & Pricing

Pricing Dates

Scheduled Dates

  • Available
    May 19 - 24, 2019
  • Available
    Jun 06 - 11, 2019
  • Available
    Sep 08 - 13, 2019
  • Available
    Oct 06 - 11, 2019

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2019
$3,695.00 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $800.00 Single Supplement
  • $90.00 National Park Fees

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Departure day group airport transfer
  • Basic medical and emergency evacuation insurance

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if departing outside of the group transfer
  • Optional travel protection

Testimonials

  • "Yes! Every aspect of the trip was superb -- trip leaders, compatibility of the group, lodging, food, level of difficulty of hikes, and breathtakingly beautiful scenery. It was a unique vacation experience that will keep me coming back to MTSobek."

    Constance R.

    MT Sobek Traveler, National Parks of the Southwest

  • "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 C.

    MT Sobek Traveler, National Parks of the Southwest

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