Grand Canyon & the American Southwest Guided Walking Holiday

Discover hidden wonders of this wild and rugged landscape

Code: GCWHW

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Activity types:

  • Culture
  • History
  • Outdoors

Level

  • 2
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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £3,999.00 - 14 nights

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Holiday overview

2019 Grand Canyon & the American Southwest Trip Notes will be available to download soon. Trip notes for the 2018 Grand Canyon itinerary can be found here.

One of the world's seven natural wonders, you'll be excused for having your breath taken away in the Grand Canyon and the other stunning landscapes we encounter on this holiday. Hike over lava rocks in Snow Canyon, discover the rock formations at Zion National Park and see the parade of dramatic rocks through the canyon lands of America's South West. Immerse yourself in this playground of smoothed rock, twin rivers, narrow canyons, wildflower gardens, secret meadows and otherworldly colours. Spend your days enjoying the natural wonders of America's National Parks on foot and take in the magnificence of the Grand Canyon and Arches National Park. Then, in the evening, relax in handpicked lodges and hotels, stargazing beneath the unspoiled desert skies.

Holiday highlights

  • Chance your luck on the gaming tables beneath the bright lights of Las Vegas
  • Immerse yourself in the Grand Canyon as you descend the sheer sides of the gorge on the South Kaibab Trail
  • Discover Zion National Park's waterfalls, steep overhanging cliffs and surreal rock formations
  • Hike the Devil’s Garden Trail below the stunning stone spans of Arches National Park

Price includes

  • 14 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Full board from dinner on arrival to breakfast on day of departure
  • A full programme of guided walks led by local guides and an HF Holidays' leader
  • All sightseeing, and entrance fees
  • Travel by air-conditioned coach/minivan
  • Tips

In pictures...

Accommodation

3 to 4-star standard modern hotels offering comfortable, spacious rooms with excellent facilities. All hotels have their own pool, some also offer spa. These are American spas, which often are hot tubs adjacent to a swimming pool, not spa centres as we would know them in the UK. Here you can relax in the evening after your day's walks. The hotels are set amidst magnificent scenery, offering us ideal locations for access to the national parks. 

Below is the accommodation for our 2019 Grand Canyon & the American Southwest holiday; for details of accommodation on our 2018 Grand Canyon & Monument Valley holiday, please see the 2018 Trip Notes.

Exterior of Golden Nugget hotel, Las Vegas

Las Vegas - Golden Nugget

We begin and end our holiday at this hotel, with 1 night stays on our first and final nights. The Golden Nugget offers iconic Vegas ambience with a luxurious, modern feel. In the vibrant downtown area, the hotel features a lagoon-style pool and spa.

Exterior of Holiday Inn Express, Springdale

Springdale - Holiday Inn Express or Hampton Inn

Tucked among the towering red rock cliffs of Zion Canyon, the Holiday Inn Express offers spectacular scenic views. Rooms have excellent amenities, including space for walking gear and comfortable beds. 

Alternatively, we stay at the Hampton Inn, located a short distance from the Holiday Inn Express. The hotel features an outdoor pool and fitness centre. Rooms include tea/coffee makers and free WiFi.

 Best-Western-Ruby's-Inn, USA

Bryce Canyon - Best Western Ruby's Inn

Part of the Best Western chain, Ruby's Inn has a distinctive Southwestern feel. Situated at the entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park, this hotel offers the perfect base for exploring this spectacular area.

Example of guest room at Defiance House Lodge, Utah

Bullfrog - Defiance House Lodge

Overlooking the lake, the lodge is our gateway to explore the local area. Rooms feature tea/coffee making facilities, toiletries, fridge and hair dryer. Rooms have either a patio or balcony from where you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

 River-Terrace-Inn in USA

Green River - River Terrace Inn

Located on the banks of the Green River, we enjoy a short stay in the large, comfortable rooms of the River Terrace Inn. We have time to relax in this scenic setting, walk the gardens or take a dip in the outdoor pool.

Example of a room at Aarchway Inn, Moab

Moab - Aarchway Inn

A warm welcome awaits at the Aarchway Inn. Located on the edge of town, between picturesque red rock and the buttes of the Colorado River, and close to nearby national parks.

Exterior of Thunderbird Lodge, Canyon de Chelly

Canyon de Chelly - Thunderbird Lodge

Owned and operated by the Navajo Nation, this lodge is a unique and historic property, full of charm and comfort. An interpretation area will introduce you to the area's history, located in the onsite trading post. Rooms are welcoming and feature a number of amenities including satellite TV, hairdryer and free WiFi.

 Canyon-Plaza-Resort in USA

Grand Canyon - Canyon Plaza Resort

The Canyon Plaza Resort is situated only a mile south of the entrance to the Grand Canyon itself. The outdoor pool and jacuzzi are perfect for relaxing weary limbs after a long day walking.


On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.

Itinerary

Guided Walking & Sightseeing in the Grand Canyon and American Southwest

The 2019 Trip Notes will be available to download soon

Explore some of the best known national parks - and some hidden gems! - in all their glory as we hike some famous routes and a some trails which take us off the beaten track to discover lesser-known areas of this amazing corner of America.

Day 1 - arrive in Las Vegas

Skyscaper hotels at Las Vegas at nightArrive at Las Vegas airport, and transfer to our downtown hotel. The rest of the day is then at leisure to relax ahead of our adventure - there may be time for you to try your luck in a casino or to explore Fremont Street.

Day 2 - Snow Canyon

Landscapes of Snow Canyon, UtahWe'll head out to hike a loop trail at Snow Canyon, passing by lava tubes and slick rocks with moqui marbles. Later, we'll discover something of the area's prehistory with a visit to a dinosaur track site.

Days 3-4 - Zion National Park

Zion National ParkOn our first day here, we've got a whole day to explore the national park. Our walk will take us out to Angel's Point - there's then an option, for those who fancy a bit of a challenge, to take on a short Via Ferrata section.

The next day, we'll get out early to walk on the Watchman Trail before driving to Bryce Canyon in time for sunset. This evening, don your Stetson and boots as we head out to enjoy an evening of entertainment with a Cowboy dinner show!

Day 5 - Bryce Canyon

Rocky towers at Bryce CanyonToday we'll spend a whole day walking in Bryce Canyon. We'll take in Queens Garden, the Peekaboo trail and follow in the footsteps of Native Americans on a Navajo trail. Our route will take us to a great picnic spot, with beautiful views over ancient bristle cone pines.

Day 6 - Capitol Reef National Park to Strike Valley Overlook

Dramatic landscapes of the Capitol Reef National ParkEnjoy a scenic drive via Highway 12 over petrified sand dunes then via the Burr Trail to Capitol Reef National Park, where we'll spend the day walking, heading out to Strike Valley overlook. We'll enjoy stunning views along the way. Later, we'll head to our waterside lodge at Lake Powell, an amazingly wild and beautiful area.

Day 7 - Little Wildhorse Canyon

Walkers in Little Wild Horse CanyonToday's walk takes in a loop trail through this well-known canyon, narrow and curvy rock walls. We'll then continue on to our hotel in Green River, which overlooks the river itself.

Day 8 - Arches National Park

Incredible rock arches at Arches National ParkWe have two walks to enjoy today: Double O Arch and Devils Garden; and Delicate Arch. We then head to Moab, where we'll be staying for two nights.

Day 9 - Needles, Canyonlands National Park

The Needles in Canyonlands National ParkToday we'll complete the Squaw and Lost Canyon loop with a full day in the remote region of Needles in Canyonlands National Park. This is sure to be an incredible walk!

Day 10 - Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly

Stunning landscape of Monument VallleyWe drive to Monument Valley, where we'll enjoy a jeep tour around this iconic landscape before the onward drive to Chinle, Canyon de Chelly where we'll be staying in the historic and Navajo-owned Thunderbird Lodge.

Day 11 - Canyon de Chelly

View of Canyon de Chelly, ArizonaExplore the Canyon de Chelly and the sacred Navajo land on all-day guided walk with a local Navajo guide. We'll walk along the Bare Trail (with slick/exposed rock) to the  base of the canyon; from here, we'll walk along the canyon floor past Native American ruins and rock art, at times walking through creeks.

Days 12-13 - the Grand Canyon

Inspirationl scenery of the Grand CanyonOn our journey to the Grand Canyon, we'll stop to visit the National Historic Site of Hubbell Trading Post. Here you can see sheep, rugs, jewellery and more as you wander the 160 acre site. From here, we'll head to Hopi Mesas to visit the Walpi, an ancient Native American village. Arguably one of the most inspiring places in Arizona, we'll take in the amazing vistas of the sky and distant horizons as we look down over the valleys. 

We continue to the Grand Canyon, where we'll stay for the next two nights. Once there, we'll end the day on a high, watching as the sun sets over the vast and majestic expanse of this famous canyon.

The next day, enjoy a guided walk in the Grand Canyon National Park with our local guide. We'll hike along the famous South Kaibab Trail to Skeleton Point, enjoying the amazing views that surround us as we go.

Day 14 - to Las Vegas

This morning there's some free time before we continue our journey - you might like to arrange a helicopter ride (optional extra, payable locally) to experience the Grand Canyon from a completely different angle.

It's then on to the bright lights of Las Vegas, driving via the historic Route 66. Take time to explore the casinos and their many attractions or the vibrant downtown area.

Day 15 - Return flight to UK

After breakfast, we'll return to Las Vegas airport for our return flight to the UK.

General Information

Passport

A full passport is required and must be valid for the duration of your stay.

Since the change in the US presidency in January 2017, exact visa and other entry requirements could change at very short notice.

As of June 2017 Immigration processes will now take longer due to enhanced security screening.

Visas

For those travelling to, or through, the USA, you will need a visa or ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation). No visa is required by citizens with full right of residence in visa waiver programme (VWP) countries. This includes UK, Australia, New Zealand – please see https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/ for details of other countries included in the VWP. It’s your responsibility to know and understand the entry rules before you travel.

Visa Waiver Programme (VWP)

The VWP allows most British Citizen passport holders to visit the US for up to 90 days. The types of journey allowed under the VWP include tourism, certain types of business visit and transit to another country. Other nationals should check with their nearest United States embassy or consulate for details of entry requirements.

You’ll generally qualify to enter the USA using the VWP if your British passport:

  • describes your nationality as a ‘British Citizen'
  • Is an ePassport

and you:

  • have received authorisation from the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA)
  • haven’t been arrested for certain crimes, even if a criminal conviction didn’t result

  • aren’t a dual national of Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria

  • haven’t travelled to Libya, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen since March 2011

  • can show that you have enough funds available on arrival to support yourself during your stay, even if you’re staying with family and friends

Certain exemptions apply on a case-by-case basis to those who have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011. For more information about these exemptions, see the website of the US Embassy in London or contact the nearest US Embassy or Consulate.

You will instead need to apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate.

If you’re arriving by air or sea you should provide details online at least 72 hours before travel. This is known as an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation or ESTA. Getting an ESTA is a separate process to providing your airline with advance passenger information (details of your passport, country of residence, address of your first night’s accommodation in the US etc). For more information, and to apply online, visit the official ESTA website. Please note that this is the only official ESTA website. There are third-party companies that operate websites which look like the ESTA application site, but which charge a processing fee on top of the official fees.

Health advice
Before booking, you should check with your doctor to see if any health precautions are needed. The following websites provide a wealth of information on travelling and health: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk www.traveldoctor.co.uk

Visitors must pay for all medical services. Adequate health insurance is absolutely essential.

Vaccines: Tetanus vaccine is recommended.

Climate
We have chosen dates that are the best for walking in the southwestern states. The climate is generally sunny and dry. Temperatures can be high, generally between 20° - 30°C (70° - 85°F) during the day, with cooler evenings. Walks may set off early to try and miss the highest of the day's temperatures.

Money
The local currency in the United States of America is the US Dollar ($). ATMs are widely available across the country. Travellers cheques are not advised.

Time
Nevada is on Pacific Time; this is 8 hours behind GMT/UTC. Both Arizona and Utah are on the Mountain Time, which is 7 hours behind GMT/UTC (no Daylight Savings Time in Arizona).

Tipping
Tips are included on this holiday for key services; any extras (including for any drinks) are at your own discretion.

Liability waivers
Companies operating outdoor or adventure activities in the USA now commonly require their clients to sign a liability waiver form before participating in the activity. These forms have been introduced by American insurance companies as a means of offering protection against ‘frivolous’ or ‘opportunistic’ legal claims.

During the course of your holiday you may be asked to complete a liability form with your name, address and signature. This form indicates that by signing it you are waiving your rights to pursue legal action against our agents, in the event of personal injury or loss. However, as all of the activities included in your itinerary are part of a pre-arranged holiday, booked and paid for in the UK, this waiver form has no legal weight whatsoever. Your holiday contract is with HF Holidays and as stated in our Booking Conditions, is therefore governed by UK law.

We must ask you to sign the waiver forms presented to you by our agents, as not doing so could effectively invalidate other key aspects of the insurance cover they hold. But please be reassured that in the unlikely event that you had cause to make a claim for negligence arising from your holiday, your signing of these waiver forms would in no way undermine or alter your legal rights.

Meals
Meal arrangements for breakfasts and dinners in hotels and restaurants will vary. At some you may be able to select from the full menu, at others there may be a restricted choice, or there may be no choice (with the exception for previously advised special dietary requirements). These arrangements are dictated by the policy of the particular hotel or restaurant in dealing with groups – some feel that in order to provide efficient service, they need to concentrate on a limited menu. We endeavour where possible to ensure that a good choice is available, but find some venues more flexible than others.

It is worth noting that portions may well be larger than you are used to – it is generally considered acceptable to share, for example, a pudding or cake. Meals are often not served as hot as in the UK.

Breakfasts at some hotels in America are now becoming large continental buffet affairs where you self-select items and eat them on disposable plates.

Evening meals are normally arranged for between 7pm and 8pm to save rushing the day’s activities and to give you time to refresh beforehand. 

For flights information please see the Dates and Prices tab 

Leaders

Sue Alcock

Sue has enjoyed leading for HF Holidays for many years. She has walked and camped in several of the National and State Parks in Southwest USA, including Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, Arches and Monument Valley. Sue has hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon from the South rim, and to the inner canyon from the North rim. 

Having a scientific background, she has a keen interest in plants, wildlife, geology and ecology. 

Sue is leading our 29 September 2018 departure.

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Dates & Prices

Here at HF Holidays, we pride ourselves in offering a unique holiday full of experiences that you can’t find with anyone else. Find out what's included in this holiday.

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
6 Apr 2019 GCWHW - Grand Canyon - Without Flights 14 £4,199.00 £3,999.00 £200 off per person special Early Booking Offer Book Now
6 Apr 2019 GCWHW - Grand Canyon
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 6 Apr 2019, 3:50 p.m.
  • Arrive: 6 Apr 2019, 6:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Las Vegas Mccarren International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 20 Apr 2019, 10 p.m.
  • Arrive: 21 Apr 2019, 2:55 p.m.
  • Depart from: Las Vegas Mccarren International
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
14 £4,999.00 £4,799.00 £200 off per person special Early Booking Offer Book Now
4 May 2019 GCWHW - Grand Canyon - Without Flights 14 £4,199.00 £4,199.00 Book Now
4 May 2019 GCWHW - Grand Canyon
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 4 May 2019, 3:50 p.m.
  • Arrive: 4 May 2019, 6:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Las Vegas Mccarren International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 18 May 2019, 10 p.m.
  • Arrive: 19 May 2019, 2:55 p.m.
  • Depart from: Las Vegas Mccarren International
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
14 £4,999.00 £4,999.00 Book Now
12 Oct 2019 GCWHW - Grand Canyon - Without Flights 14 £4,199.00 £4,199.00 Book Now
12 Oct 2019 GCWHW - Grand Canyon
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 12 Oct 2019, 3:50 p.m.
  • Arrive: 12 Oct 2019, 6:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Las Vegas Mccarren International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 26 Oct 2019, 10 p.m.
  • Arrive: 27 Oct 2019, 2:55 p.m.
  • Depart from: Las Vegas Mccarren International
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
14 £4,999.00 £4,999.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Price includes

  • 14 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Full board from dinner on arrival to breakfast on day of departure (2019)
  • A full programme of guided walks led by local guides and an HF Holidays' leader
  • All sightseeing, and entrance fees
  • Travel by air-conditioned coach/minivan
  • Tips

Other important information 

  • Single room: £999 (2019)
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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