National Parks Walk

Zion, Bryce, Arches and Grand Canyon National Parks offer the best trails in Southwest USA. Hike into the belly of the Grand Canyon down to Plateau Point, enjoy a sunset view or opt for a scenic flight for a bird's eye view. Explore the backroads of Monument Valley with a Navajo guide and observe strange red rock formations in Arches and Bryce Canyon National Parks. Skirt the switch-back trails in Zion up to Angels Landing for views of the valley below. This dedicated walking tour means you can explore the national parks the way they were meant to be - on foot and with camera at the ready!

  • Duration: 11 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Supplier Tour ID: PLZ/208643
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Las Vegas, United States
  • Finishes: Las Vegas, United States
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Las Vegas
  • Zion National Park
  • Arches National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Monument Valley



Day 1: Las Vegas

Welcome to the neon city in the Nevada desert, Las Vegas. This brash, iconic city offers travellers the chance to explore the over-the-top resort hotels, see a show, shop or simply indulge in a spot of people watching. A welcome meeting will be held at approximately 18:00 hrs. in the evening with free time afterwards to explore the cityscape at night and see the neon lights in all their glory.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Helicopter flight US$124
  • Roller coasters US$25-$40
  • Gun range US$20-$100
  • Get married (not legally binding) US$220


Day 2: Las Vegas - Zion National Park

After leaving Las Vegas, drive through the Mojave Desert before arriving in the state of Utah and at your destination for today, Zion National Park. Zion Canyon was named by the early Mormon settlers of Utah, who thought of it as their ‘promised land’. Some of the best hiking in the desert terrain of Southwest USA can be found here, in and around the fertile Virgin River Gorge. With a two-night stop, you'll have plenty of time to explore. Upon arrival, you leader will take you on a walk to Emerald Pools as an introduction to Zion National Park, as well as Western USA. Trail name: Emerald PoolsMileage: 3 miles Duration: 2 hours Elevation gain: 45 meters

Meals Included: Meals paid locally


Day 3: Zion National Park

Today is all about exploring Zion National Park and one option, albeit a challenging one, is to ascend 760 meters (2,500ft.) to experience unbeatable panoramic views of the entire national park from the top of Angels Landing. Angels Landing is definitely not for the faint-hearted, although if you can hold your nerve on this strenuous trail, fortune certainly favours the brave. Trail name: Angels LandingMileage: 5 miles Duration: 4 hours Elevation gain: 453 meters In the afternoon, why not walk beside the Virgin River or walk inside The Narrows, a stunning water channel where you'll witness some outstanding scenery. Keep in mind you will need to bring your own wetsuit style boots with you to navigate the rocky river (which changes in the level of depth).

Meals Included: 1 breakfast included, other meals paid locally


Day 4: Bryce Canyon National Park

Driving out of Zion National Park you'll climb in elevation to almost 8,296ft and traverse a high plateau to Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce Canyon is a fascinating natural amphitheatre of pink, orange and white sandstone spires, known locally as hoodoos. There are a variety of scenic overlooks and trails that range from easy to moderate in difficulty.The Navajo or Peek-a-Boo Loop trails will enable you to hike right in amongst these unique rock formations with your tour leader. Some of you may prefer to remain on the rim and photograph the ever-changing shadows and hues as the sun makes its way across the wide-open sky. The inspiring hoodoos will make a lasting impression and leave you yearning for more. Trail name: Peekaboo and Navajo LoopMileage: 5.9 miles Duration: 3.5 hours Elevation gain: 505 meters

Meals Included: 1 breakfast included, other meals paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Western horseback riding US$65-$90


Day 5-7: Arches National Park - Canyonlands National Park

Make tracks for Arches National Park. Stunning red sandstone arches have been created over millions of years by the whipping winds that brush down the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. The park offers leisurely hikes through spectacular sandstone landscapes with intriguing names like the Devil's Garden. One of the more widely recognised arches and by far the most visited is Delicate Arch, a 65ft., freestanding arch that has become one of Utah's most famous icons - and this is what you will visit on day five. Trail name: Delicate ArchMileage: 3 miles Duration: 2.5 hours Elevation gain: 146 meters On day six you will walk on the Primitive Trail to Double O Arch, with free time in the afternoon to spend the afternoon ‘off the trail’, experiencing the charms of Moab - the small eclectic town that serves as the gateway to both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. On day seven, you mostly have a free day for activities, but your leader will take you on a very short scenic walk to view Mesa Arch before an afternoon drive out to Canyonlands National Park. You’ll also experience the iconic view at Dead Horse Point of the Colorado River snaking its way through the water channels. Trail name: Primitive Trail to Double ArchMileage: 6 miles Duration: 4 hours Elevation gain: 88 meters

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Mountain biking US$100
  • Extreme off-road hummer tour US$90-$100


Day 8: Monument Valley

Today you travel south-east to the Navajo Nation's greatest treasure - Monument Valley. A sacred land to those who call it home, the red sandstone monoliths have been the backdrop to countless Western movies. After arriving to the hotel, you set out on a backcountry 4x4 (vans in winter) driving tour, heading deep into the heart of the valley. After stops to photograph both the famous and lesser-known sights in the park, you come to 'the end of the road'. Your local Navajo guide will then lead you even deeper into the park on foot where you'll be walking to explore places that very few non-Native Americans ever to get to see. Finish your day with yet another unforgettable sunset in the valley and a traditional Navajo meal.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally


Day 9-10: Grand Canyon (South Rim)

On to Grand Canyon National Park; one of those rare places that has yet to be adequately described, painted or photographed in its entirety. This incredible spectacle is difficult to comprehend, even as you stand at the rim or hike down into the canyon. Carved over several millennia, this massive wonder of nature is 277 miles (445 km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide and over one mile deep (1.6km). Snaking through the canyon floor is the mighty Colorado River, which runs 1,450 miles (2,330km) through seven US states and two Mexican states.Watch as the sun sets on this incredible place and attempt to comprehend this canyon's staggering proportions and power. There are many rim trail walks that you can enjoy using the park’s transport, as well as the park ranger's guided nature walk, or you may just wish to sit in quiet contemplation on the edge of this natural wonder. However, with a full free day we highly recommend lacing up your hiking boots and walking the Bright Angel Trail down to Plateau Point. For a unique bird's eye view, why not opt for a scenic flight over the canyon, which offers perspectives that cannot be seen when visiting on foot. Trail name: Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point (unguided)Mileage: 10.7 miles Duration: 7-8 hours (with lunch stop) Elevation gain: 3000ft+ NB: Grand Canyon National Park regulations limit group size and do not allow guided hikes. Your tour leader will provide briefings, directions and maps, but are not permitted by the National Park Service to walk with you on the trails.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Helicopter flight US$284


Day 11: Route 66 - Las Vegas

This morning you begin your journey back to the desert city of Las Vegas. En route you drive along a section of the original Route 66, stopping at the town of Seligman which is filled the brim with pure Americana. This stop makes for some wacky photos but also echoes back to a time when the mother road was the main highway to cross America.This incredible adventure comes to an end as you return to Las Vegas - and if you fancy trying your hand at a spot of gambling, you've come to the right place! Nowhere else in the world will you find as many resort hotels, clubs and all-you-can-eat buffets, making Las Vegas the perfect place to celebrate an amazing trip.This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

  • Professional tour leader and Navajo guide in Monument Valley
  • All transportation by private vehicle
  • Free Wi-Fi in your vehicle (Maximum 5 users at one time)
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel: 10
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Tour Highlights:
  • Monument Valley half day hiking and backroads tour led by a Navajo guide and included dinner in the valley
  • Guided hikes in Zion National Park
  • Follow the trails deep into Bryce Canyon
  • Hike to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park
  • Walk the Grand Canyon rim trails and go down into the belly of the canyon
  • Explore Canyonlands National Park
  • Iconic view over Dead Horse Point
  • Cruise the Las Vegas Strip
  • Wine and cheese ‘Sundowner’ in an area of natural beauty