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Monument Valley National Park, Utah, USA

Explore the South-West National Parks

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

13 Days

Prices Start from

£3,700 ex. flights

Unveiling some of the most visually stunning landscapes of south-west USA, this adventure journeys far beyond the tourist trail to Havasupai Indian Reservations and unexpected canyon oases. Encompassing helicopter flights, privately guided treks and unique explorations with Navajos, this customisable itinerary is designed to give a comprehensive introduction to these show-stopping National Parks.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Sisters Rocks, Monument Valley National Park, Utah, USA 1

Monument Valley

Tour one of the grandest landmarks is the USA in the company of a local Navajo guide.

Grand Canyon National Park, USA 2

Trek Hualapai Canyon

Hike switchbacks to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, passing a labyrinthine of red sandstone.

Grand Canyon National Park, Colorado River, USA 3

Float Colorado River

Go downstream past soaring cliff walls on the blue-green waters of the Colorado River.

Zion National Park, Utah, USA 4

Flora & Fauna of Zion

Explore Zion National Park, looking out for mountain lions, mule deer and eagles.

Why we like it

Combining the ultimate bragging rights of having explored some of the nation’s most iconic parks with days spent camping in a remote canyon and touring with a private Navajo guide, intrepid travellers embarking on this route are rewarded with a jam-packed exploration. Offering everything from peaceful bobbing along the Colorado River to celestial night sky workshops with a professional astronomer, this trip can be tailored to suit any activity level or interest. As the route traversed on this itinerary lies in the south-west, where an extremely dense congregation of unique parks are located, nature-loving wayfarers are able to gain a comprehensive and intimate knowledge of the parks in this region with comparatively minimal time spent travelling. What’s more, the trip can begin or end with time spent amongst the bright lights of Las Vegas, the famed desert city known for its all-night casinos.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Phoenix
  • Day 2
    Phoenix - Grand Canyon National Park
  • Days 3-5
    Havasu Canyon
  • Day 6
    Grand Canyon National Park
  • Day 7
    Grand Canyon National Park - Monument Valley National Park
  • Day 8
    Monument Valley National Park - Lake Powell
  • Day 9
    Lake Powell
  • Day 10
    Lake Powell - Zion National Park
  • Day 11
    Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Day 12
    Zion National Park - Las Vegas
  • Day 13
    Las Vegas
Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA
Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA
Toroweap, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA
Toroweap, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA

Remote Grand Canyon: Camping & Heliflights

Journey overland on iconic Route 66 to the Grand Canyon and, rather than loitering with the crowds on the rim, venture on foot to the secret places below. Cross tropical blue streams, wade through lush meadows of wild grapevines and clamber up narrow canyons, arriving at a private camp in a place that is home to around 450 Havasupai people. Paddle beneath a pristine 60-metre waterfall as your private guides prepare dinner, before settling down for a peaceful slumber in your spacious tent (or perhaps under the stars). Avoid the steep trek out of the canyon by taking a short helicopter flight to the canyon rim, admiring the spectacular scale of the Grand Canyon from above.

Sisters Rocks, Monument Valley National Park, Utah, USA
Sisters Rocks, Monument Valley National Park, Utah, USA

Insider's Monument Valley: Explore with a Navajo Guide

Drive through Monument Valley, a Navajo Tribal Park and one of the grandest and most photographed landmarks in the USA. In the company of a Navajo Hatalii (or medicine-man), circle through incredible tribal lands on a narrated journey focusing on the cultural significance of the plateau that is characterised by a cluster of huge sandstone buttes. This exclusive tour opens up areas that the general public does not have access to, including a visit to Navajo Hogan where a number of native artefacts are kept.

Lake Powell, Utah and Arizona, USA
Lake Powell, Utah and Arizona, USA

Float Down Lake Powell

Stay on the edge of Lake Powell, a huge reservoir on the Colorado River, where there are extensive opportunities for impressive hiking, heart-pounding rappelling and leisurely kayaking. With the sheer red-rock walls of the Canyon soaring 500 metres above, journey downstream on one of the most dramatic stretches of the Colorado River atop a float. Stop to take a dip in the cold clear waters of the river and have lunch at Petroglyph Beach. We can also arrange private houseboat tours or trips aboard captained vessels.

Zion National Park, Utah, USA
Zion National Park, Utah, USA

Zion National Park: 4x4 Tours & Riverside Yoga

Discover the unique geography of Zion National Park, renowned for its sandstone cliffs, narrow slot canyons and distinctive flora and fauna. Looking out for mountain lions, mule deer and condors, it is possible to embark on canyoning or 4×4 tours through the park’s sandstone cliffs. We can arrange expertly guided hikes through its narrow river-carved canyons, enriching yoga sessions beside meandering rivers or rousing mountain bike adventures through classic badlands panoramas. Golden hour workshops in the company of a professional photographer and unforgettable scenic helicopter tours are other exclusive options in Zion.

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA
Milky Way, Bryce Canyon, USA
Milky Way, Bryce Canyon, USA

Explore Bryce Canyon

Against the sprawling and unmatched landscape of Bryce Canyon, spend a day exploring its natural amphitheatres full of crimson-coloured hoodoos (pillars of rock formed by wind, water and ice erosion). In this forest of stone, we can arrange a private dark sky Milky Way photography workshop, horseback rides with a local cowboy or intimate stargazing experiences with a professional astronomer in one of the darkest skies in North America.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Zion Mountain Ranch £££££

  • USA
  • Farmstead and Ranches

Zion Mountain Ranch is located just outside Zion National Park in a spectacularly scenic setting. It is the closest lodging to the east gate of the park. From here it is possible to visit several other national parks including Bryce Canyon National Park, the Grand Canyon and Lake Powell. The ranch is surrounded by 2,700 acres of high mountain meadows and forests where a herd of buffalo graze and roam. There are a selection of private self-contained cabins and lodges, all comfortably furnished and with views over the meadows, the grazing buffalo herd or the canyon. Some cabins come with private sauna or jacuzzi. Activities available include horse riding, canyoneering, mountain biking, fly fishing and hiking.

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El Tovar Hotel £££££

  • USA
  • Wilderness

El Tovar is a historical hotel on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. The hotel was designed in 1905 as a cross between a Swiss chalet and Norwegian Villa and today is a National Historic Landmark. The hotel has a selection of different room types some with incredible views over the canyon and El Tovar offers dining options and activities. The location and views are what really make this historical property special.

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Amangiri £££££

  • USA
  • Unusual
  • Wellness and Spa

Amangiri is an intimate resort hidden within Canyon Point offering spectacular views across the desert valley. The resort has been carefully designed to imitate the surrounding landscapes, using natural materials and textiles such as polished concrete, so it blends with its surroundings. The minimal and sleek architecture combines with elegant furnishings and each of the 34 suites has floor to ceiling glass doors creating an open feel and maximising the magnificent views across the valley desert. All suites have a private terrace and fireplace and some have private pools.

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Lake Powell House Boat £££££

  • USA
  • Unusual

The Lake Powell houseboat, a floating home, can sleep 16 people comfortably. It has all the amenities you would want, including a full kitchen, central heating and air conditioning, an upper deck hot tub, al fresco bar area and water slide. The boat comes with kayaks and a speed boat to reach far off places on the lake.

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All the way through the process - from us explaining what we wanted through to the programme that Roxy created - everything was excellent. Roxy understood our requirements perfectly and created a trip that exactly fitted the bill.

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From my first conversation with Roxy, it was clear that her knowledge was very good indeed. She listened to our ideas and created a fantastic bespoke holiday for us, and the pre-trip information was first class.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
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From £3,700 Per person

When to travel

USA in July

Being one of the hottest months of the year, with temperatures regularly reaching 28°C in the big cities, July remains a peak time to visit the US.

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