National Parks of the Southwest

Starting From

$3,695/person

Number of days

6

Start Location

Las Vegas, Nevada

End Location

Las Vegas, Nevada

Group Size

4-9

Operated by

MT Sobek

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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.

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MT Sobek

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Itinerary

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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