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West USA Family Hiking Adventure

A two week holiday for families who love hiking. Explore beneath the rim of the Grand Canyon on a three day mule-supported trek to the beautiful Havasu Falls, before heading north to Utah and hiking in two of the states's most stunning national parks: Arches and Canyonlands.

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Itinerary

Overview

  • Three day mule supported trek to Havasu Falls
  • Guided Hikes in Arches & Canyonlands National Parks
  • Guided tour of Monument Valley
  • For children aged 8+
This holiday begins in Las Vegas (or Phoenix if you prefer) and after allowing a couple of nights to recover from the flight, you will head to Peach Springs on the original Route 66. The next day, you will begin your three day trek, hiking through the Havasupai Reservation passing through desert landscape until you reach your campground, from where you will spend the next days exploring the three main waterfalls in the area, 2,500ft below the Canyon rim. There will be plenty of chances to stop by swimming holes and marvel at the vast cascades and the spactacular scenery. Your third and final day of the trek sees you heading back to civilisation; you will pick up your car and drive on to Tusayan where you will stay the night. The next day you will be driving through the Grand Canyon National Park - you will want to start early so that there is plenty of time to stop and look at the views along the way. Once you leave the Grand Canyon behind, you will head further to the desert before reaching Monument Valley with perhaps some of the most iconic desert scenery in the world. Here, you will have the chance to go on a 4WD tour of the valley lead by a Navajo guide, who will tell you about the Navajo culture and will also point out some of the more famous Western movie locations.

From Monument Valley, you will then drive north into Utah towards Moab. If the Monument Valley tour has piqued your interest in Native American culture, you may like to make a small detour en-route to Newspaper Rock, with some absolutely fantastic examples of Native American petroglyphs.

Your base near Moab is in a cabin on the banks of the Colorado River where you can spend the evenings relaxing on the terrace. During the days, you will have the chance to explore the two famous and most scenic national parks in the region; Arches & Canyonlands. Your guide will take you on a 3 day guided hike in the labyrinth of the Fiery Furnace in Arches, to discover hidden arches and some extraordinary rock formations, leaving you free to explore the rest of the park at your leisure in the afternoon. The following day, you will have a full day hike in Canyonlands National Park, with some breath-taking views to rival the Grand Canyon.

You will then have a free day to spend, either relaxing at your lodge, or exploring Moab, which is a lovely town with some excellent independent restaurants. Then it's a 3 hour drive to Salt Lake City where there will be time for some last minute shopping before you head back home.

Day-by-day

Itinerary in Brief


DAY 1: Arrive Las Vegas
DAY 2: Las Vegas
DAY 3: Drive to Grand Canyon West
DAY 4 - 6: Havasu Falls Trek
DAY 7: Grand Canyon
DAY 8: Drive to Monument Valley
DAY 9: Monument Valley Guided Tour
DAY 10: Drive to Moab
DAY 11: Fiery Furnace Guided Hike
DAY 12: Guided Hike in Canyonlands National Park
DAY 13: Moab
DAY 14: Drive to Salt Lake City
DAY 15: Fly Home


Extended Itinerary


DAY 1: ARRIVE LAS VEGAS
After arriving in Las Vegas, you will pick up your hire car and drive to your hotel where we suggest you take it easy and recover from your flight.
Meals Included: n/a
Accommodation: Platinum
Driving Time(where relevant: 15 minutes

DAY 2: LAS VEGAS
Las Vegas is full of sights and given the right attitude, is a fun place to explore. Children are allowed to walk through casinos, but are not permitted to gamble, or stop and watch gambling. Activities families may enjoy include visiting a water park, watching the circus acts at Circus Circus and visiting the Adventure Dome theme park.
Meals Included: n/a
Accommodation: Platinum
Driving Time(where relevant: n/a

DAY 3: DRIVE TO GRAND CANYON WEST
Leaving Las Vegas behind, you will drive to Peach Springs in the Hualapai Reservation in Grand Canyon West. Travelling along a section of the original Route 66, the journey takes around 3 hours.
Meals Included: n/a
Accommodation: Hualapai Lodge
Driving Time(where relevant: 3 hours

DAY 4: HAVASU FALLS TREK
You will meet your guide after breakfast and then prepare for your hike. You will walk 10 miles through a picturesque sandstone canyon, stopping along the way to enjoy pictographs and spectacular desert flora/ fauna. Also pass through the village of “Supai” the only village within the Grand Canyon, where the Havasupai tribe has been living for centuries 8 miles below the rim. Upon arrival at the campground your guide will set up camp while you relax by Havasu Creek or the falls. 10 miles of hiking
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Driving Time(where relevant: n/a

DAY 5: HAVASU FALLS TREK
After breakfast, prepare to spend the day exploring. Your guide will give you the opportunity to explore the three main waterfalls (Havasu Falls, Mooney Falls and Beaver Falls), various side canyons and wonderful swimming holes. You may also opt to spend the day relaxing by the creek, taking in the spectacular scenery of the canyon. Whether you wish to spend the whole day hiking and swimming or simply relaxing in camp, your guide can customise the day to fit your needs. 3 to 6 miles of hiking
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Driving Time(where relevant: n/a

DAY 6: HAVASU FALLS TREK
Rise early for breakfast and one last chance to go see the falls. Enjoy the hike back to Hualapai Hilltop where you will enjoy a tasty lunch overlooking the canyon. 10 miles of hiking. Once you reach your car, you will then drive on to Tusayan, the gateway village to the Grand Canyon National Park, where you will be staying for the next two nights.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express
Driving Time(where relevant: 2 hours

DAY 7: GRAND CANYON
Today is yours to explore the Grand Canyon National Park. You will be staying in Tusayan, which is a short drive to the Grand Canyon visitor centre. There are several walking trails that you can follow, or you might decide to hire bicycles and ride along the Greenway trail to Hermit's Rest.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express
Driving Time(where relevant: n/a

DAY 8: MONUMENT VALLEY
Today you will leave the Grand Canyon, driving east along Desert View Drive, with plenty of opportunities to stop and admire the magnificent views as you go. As you progress East, the landscape becomes flatter and more desert-like, until you reach the iconic Monument Valley made famous by John Wayne' s Western movies, where you will stay in a motel with views of the famous mitten rocks.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Gouldings
Driving Time(where relevant: 4 hours

DAY 9: MONUMENT VALLEY GUIDED TOUR
This morning you will have a half day off-road tour of Monument Valley, following in the footsteps of John Wayne. Your Native American guide will take you on a drive showing you the iconic scenery seen in classic Westerns and more modern offerings. The scenery is stunning and the experience is a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the Native American culture.
After your tour, you might want to have a swim in the hotel’s pool, sit and admire the views form your balcony or rent a DVD and watch one of the great classic Westerns!
Meals Included: n/a
Accommodation: Gouldings
Driving Time(where relevant: n/a

DAY 10: DRIVE TO MOAB
Today you drive north from Monument Valley to Moab. The drive takes about 4 hours, but we suggest a diversion along the way to Newspaper Rock where you can see some amazing petroglyphs.
Meals Included: n/a
Accommodation: Red Cliffs
Driving Time(where relevant: 4 hours

DAY 11: MOAB - FIERY FURNACE GUIDED HIKE
This morning you will get up early to go and meet your guide, who will take you for a guided hike in the fiery furnace in the spectacular Arches National Park. This hike is only available as a guided option and takes you away from the crowds of tourist to hidden arches and a unique landscape. Your experienced guide will explain the geology to you and walk you through this fascinating rocky labyrinth.
The rest of the afternoon, you may want to explore the park in more detail
Meals Included: n/a
Accommodation: Red Cliffs
Driving Time(where relevant: n/a

DAY 12: MOAB - GUIDED DAY HIKE CANYONLANDS
Today your guide will pick you up and drive you to Canyonlands National Park, offering an off-the-beaten-track trek with expansive views, cool desert water holes, and a variety of topography that’s unique to this incredible part of the planet. Lunch is included in the price.
Meals Included: Lunch
Accommodation: Red Cliffs
Driving Time(where relevant: n/a

DAY 13: MOAB
Today is a day of leisure in Moab. You can relax around your lodge, or we can arrange an optional one day rafting trip for you on the Colorado River.
Meals Included: n/a
Accommodation: Red Cliffs
Driving Time(where relevant: n/a

DAY 14: DRIVE TO SALT LAKE CITY
This morning sees you checking out of of your Moab hotel and driving to Salt Lake City. Once you have arrived, you can either relax around the pool or take advantage of the cheaper prices and head to the shops. For those wanting to do some sight-seeing, then a visit to the Temple Square is recommended.
Meals Included: n/a
Accommodation: Little America
Driving Time(where relevant: 3 1/2 hours

DAY 15: FLY HOME
Today is your departure day. You will need to drop your car off at the airport before catching your flight home
Meals Included: n/a
Accommodation: n/a
Driving Time (where relevant): n/a

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Excellent family choice
- Walking distance from the strip
- Sophisticated, smart and safe
- Roof terrace & pool

Our rating

6/10

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Price rating 3

Our rating

6/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Swimming pool
- Complimentary breakfast
- Clean, comfortable rooms

Gouldings Lodge

Monument Valley

Our rating

6/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Swimming pool
- Great views
- Family friendly

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Beautiful river views
- Spacious cabin accommodation
- Good sized pool

Little America

Salt Lake City

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Convenient location close to airport
- Swimming pools

Details

Getting there

This holiday begins in Las Vegas and ends in Salt Lake City (although you can finish in Denver if you prefer.) We can arrange flights for you, please get in touch to discuss your quote.

When is best?

The best times of year for this trip are Easter and autumn when the temperature in the Grand Canyon is cooler; it is too hot to do the trek in the summer months.

Is it for me?

The Grand Canyon hike is available for children aged 8+. You will be walking 40km over the three days although you will only be carrying your water and day packs - mules will carry food and camping equipment.

There is a reasonable amount of driving in this holiday. We have road tested this trip ourselves with a 7 year old and found the distances manageable. The driving is fairly easy and often through scenic landscapes, but you will sometimes covering up to 5 hours in a day.

Safety

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth office check www.gov.uk/travelaware

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