Grand Canyon and Monument Valley
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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 use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
This memorable holiday encompasses the breathtaking scenery and epic landscapes of some of the USA’s most dramatic national parks. This is the ‘big country’ of Colorado, Utah, Nevada and Arizona, the land of movie Westerns. Neverending horizons, unique geological formations and a fascinating history dating back over 1,400 years to the cliff-dwelling settlements of the Ancestral Puebloan people.
- Experience the majestic size of the Grand Canyon
- Spectacular and varied national parks of Bryce Canyon, Zion, Arches, Mesa Verde and more
- Walking at a relaxed pace – a great way to experience the landscapes of this famous region
- Experience the bright lights of Las Vegas
- See Native American history with the rich remnants of the Anasazi nation
- Colorado river cruise on the Moab Queen
- Stay in dramatic locations close to or inside the national parks
- 14 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms
- Half Board from breakfast on Day 2 to breakfast on day of departure, plus 1 picnic lunch
- 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
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.
We begin with the Tropicana Hotel, situated on the Las Vegas strip. We spend our first and last evenings here, enjoying large comfortable rooms and the opportunity for a dip in the pool, or the use of the fitness suite. Please bear in mind that Las Vegas is a casino city, and most hotels have active casinos within the hotel. Leaving the hubbub of Vegas, our next two nights are at the Best Western Ruby's Inn, situated in the perfect location - right outside the entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park.
At Green River, we enjoy a short stay (1 night) in the large, comfortable rooms of the River Terrace Inn. We have time to relax in the gardens or in the pool here, in this scenic setting on the banks of the river. From here we move on to Moab, for 3 nights and a big warm welcome at La Quinta, perfectly located for our visits to the Canyonlands National Park. The hotel has a pool and hot tub, to help relax any weary limbs.
In Cortez we stay for 2 nights at the Best Western Turquoise Inn, before leaving for cowboy country, and Gouldings Lodge, in Monument Valley (1 night). Watch the sunlight dance and set from your room's balcony; the panorama here is phenomenal.
Finally, the Grand Canyon! 3 nights are spent here at the Canyon Plaza Resort, situated only a mile south of the entrance to the Grand Canyon itself.
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.
Walks are 2-6 miles (3.25-6.5km), with some ascent or descent. In the Grand Canyon, the choice of walks includes the option of walking on the South Kaibab Trail to Skeleton Point. Some walks follow paved paths, others are on more rocky terrain.
Day 1: To Las Vegas - Fly to Las Vegas and transfer to our city centre hotel for 1 night, with some time to explore in the evening.
Day 2: To Zion National Park & Bryce Canyon - Journey to Zion National Park, a green oasis in the desert, for a leisurely walk following the Virgin River upstream into Zion Canyon and Emerald Pools. Continue to Bryce Canyon for 2 nights.
Day 3: Bryce Canyon - A full day in the extraordinary landscapes of Bryce Canyon with walks on the Navajo Loop Trail and Rainbow Point for views of the cathedral-like formations.
Day 4: Capitol Reef National Park & to Green River - Morning drive along Highway 21 to Capitol Reef National Park for walks along the Fremont River Trail. Continue to Green River for 1 night.
Day 5: Canyonlands National Park and Moab - A morning visit takes us to the 'Island in the Sky' area of Canyonlands National Park. An easy walk leads us to the canyon rim. Afterwards we continue to Moab for 3 nights.
Day 6: Arches National Park - Today is spent walking in Arches National Park, an area that contains the world’s largest concentration of stone arches.
Day 7: Negro Bill Canyon - Our morning walk follows a trail into Negro Bill Canyon before we return to Moab for a free afternoon.
Day 8: Canyonlands, the Needles to Cortez - A short journey takes us to the Needles area of Canyonlands. We walk the Slickrock foot trail to view pinnacles, arches, spires and Indian ruins before continuing to Cortez for 2 nights.
Day 9: Mesa Verde National Park - Mesa Verde National Park, which occupies part of a large plateau rising high above the Montezuma and Mancos Valleys, preserves a spectacular remnant of the Ancestral Puebloans' thousand year old culture.
Day 10: To Monument Valley - Take the scenic highway 163 into the breathtaking Monument Valley, for the famous sights of the huge red sandstone monoliths. In the afternoon take a 4-wheeled drive tour deeper into the valley and overnight nearby.
Day 11: To the Grand Canyon - Journey to the extraordinary Grand Canyon for a 3 night stay. Visit the Desert View watchtower, with an evening visit to the Imax theatre for the history of the great canyon.
Day 12: Grand Canyon - A day of walks on the south and west rims with visits to the Yavapai Museum and visitor centre.
Day 13: Grand Canyon - A choice of walks including a descent into the canyon following the South Kaibab trail, for views of the Colorado River 1,360ft below. There is also the option to take a scenic flight over the canyon, approx $199 for 30 mins, payable locally.
Day 14: To Las Vegas - Drive via Kingman to Las Vegas for a final night in this famous, exciting city.
Day 15: Departure - Homeward flight.
Day 16: Arrive UK
Please Note: No flight holidays finish on day 15.
A full passport is required and must be valid for the duration of your stay.
Under the Visa Waiver Program, British citizens with full right of residence in the UK do not require a visa. Other nationals should check with their nearest United States embassy or consulate for details of entry requirements. From 1 April 2016 all passengers entering the US under the VWP need to have a passport with an integrated chip.
From 21 January 2016 most people who have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Libya Sudan, Syria, Yemen since March 2011, or are dual nationals of these countries, will no longer qualify for entry under the VWP and existing ESTAs could be revoked. You will instead need to apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate.
Visa Waiver Program travellers entering the United States by air or sea carrier are required to register under the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/. 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.
Since the inauguration of President Trump in January 2017, exact visa and other entry requirements could change at very short notice.
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 therefore essential.
Vaccines: Tetanus vaccine is recommended.
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.
The local currency in the United States of America is the US Dollar. ATMs are widely available across the country. Traveller’s cheques are not advised.
In the months of our travel to this part of the USA, Las Vegas is GMT - 7hrs, Cortez, Colorado is GMT - 6 hrs
Tips are included on this holiday.
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.
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 of course of 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.
Our choice of places to eat is reviewed for each tour based on the experiences of each group, with the aim of ensuring the optimum arrangements at each stop on the tour.
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
Freddie has been leading for HF Holidays since 2001 and has helped to create some of our most popular walking programmes in our European resorts. He has also led numerous holidays within our Worldwide Journeys selection, including Everest Base Camp, Grand Canyon, New Zealand Grand Discovery, Jordan and Yellowstone, Glacier & the Grand Tetons.
During his career Freddie has lived and travelled extensively in the United States and in Germany, and worked throughout Europe and in North Africa. He has a great enthusiasm for travel and receives fantastic feedback from our groups.
Freddie’s time working in the USA fuelled a passion for travel there and he has returned to the USA several times since, and will be able to share his experience and enthusiasm with you on your holiday. He has led this tour a number of times and his experience will ensure you enjoy the best possible holiday.
Freddie is leading our 12 May 2017 departure.
Peter was in the RAF for many years before leaving to run a small business and finally retiring to Shropshire in 2008.
He has been a guest on many of our holidays so finds it easy to understand what a guest expects from their holiday with us. He has also been a leader for HF Holidays since 1995, and has led many of our holidays throughout the UK, Europe and Worldwide.
Peter has extensive knowledge of the landscape and culture of the USA, having worked there many times in his RAF career, and also gained during extended trips covering the areas we visit. His knowledge and experience of these areas will be a valuable asset to your holiday.
Peter is leading our 29 September 2017 departure.
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Dates & Prices
|29 Sep 2017||
GCWHW - Grand Canyon & Monument Valley
Flight - Outbound
Flight - Return
Prices are per person
- Single room: £780
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person