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National Parks of the Southwest USA

Bryce Canyon National Park panorama with famous Thor's Hammer hoodoo, Utah, USA
Duration: 14 nights
Type: Worldwide walking holidays
Walking Grade: 2
from £6,199pp £5,999pp

For epic landscapes, unique wildlife, mighty mountains, rushing rivers, and soul-stirring views, the southwest USA is unrivalled. This holiday promises endless opportunities for walkers, adventurers, and those keen to reconnect with nature. Not only will you spend time in Las Vegas, but you’ll also discover iconic landscapes in Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion national parks, and visit the biggest showstopper of them all, the Grand Canyon.

What you’ll love

  • Discovering hoodoos at Bryce Canyon National Park 
  • Admiring waterfalls and surreal rock formations at Zion National Park 
  • Walking in the Devils Garden area at Arches National Park 
  • Hiking the Bright Angel Trail at Grand Canyon 
  • Taking a 4x4 tour around Monument Valley  
  • Exploring Fremont Street, the beating heart of Las Vegas 

What’s included

  • Full programme of guided walks led by a local HF Holidays Leader and local guides 
  • Comfortable accommodation 
  • Full board (breakfast, packed lunch, and evening meal) 
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees (as per itinerary) 
  • Air-conditioned transport 
  • Tips 
  • Return flights from the UK including hold baggage and airport transfers

Trip Notes

Easy to download as a PDF, our trip notes provide detailed information for every holiday. Please click below to find the trip notes for your departure date.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

Once you arrive at Las Vegas airport you’ll transfer to our downtown hotel to meet the rest of the group and have dinner together.

Mardi Gras Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas - National Parks of the Southwest USA

The Mardi Gras Hotel offers a comfortable and friendly stay. Located within easy access of the airport, the hotel features a seasonal outdoor pool and 24-hour restaurant.


Distance: 3.5 miles (6km) 

Ascent: 600ft (180m)

Leaving Las Vegas through the Mojave Desert, we’ll be able to spot the area’s famous Joshua trees in the distance. Then ascending through Virgin River canyon, we’ll soon reach the Colorado Plateau, formed of colourful red sandstone formations.

We’ll head towards St George and Snow Canyon State Park, where we’ll hike a fantastic loop trail through ancient lava flows, slickrock with moqui marbles, and along sandy trails. We’ll continue to Springdale in Zion National Park where we’ll spend the next two nights, stopping along the way to discover something of the area’s prehistoric past with a visit to a site famous for its fossilised dinosaur tracks.

Hampton Inn & Suites, Springdale - National Parks of the Southwest USA

Tucked among the towering red rock cliffs of Zion Canyon, the Hampton Inn & Suites offers a great location from which to explore Zion National Park. Rooms have excellent amenities, including a fridge and comfortable beds. Enjoy the outdoor pool and cosy fireplace.


Distance: 4 miles (6.5 km)

Ascent/Descent: 810 feet (250m)

Wake early to enjoy sunrise over the mountains before we spend the whole day in Zion National Park. We’ll walk the Sand Beach trail taking us along the Virgin River and ascending the remains of a landslide that occurred thousands of years ago, damming the river and creating a lake. The walk affords stunning views of Zion’s iconic landmarks, including the Court of Patriarchs and the Sentinel.

Hampton Inn & Suites, Springdale - National Parks of the Southwest USA

Tucked among the towering red rock cliffs of Zion Canyon, the Hampton Inn & Suites offers a great location from which to explore Zion National Park. Rooms have excellent amenities, including a fridge and comfortable beds. Enjoy the outdoor pool and cosy fireplace.


Distance: 3 miles (5km) 

Ascent: 650 feet (200m)

We’ll begin the day with a must-walk route in Zion National Park – the Watchman Trail. Although it’s only a short walk, we’ll be rewarded with jaw-dropping views of the surrounding rock formations.

Later, we’ll move on to Bryce Canyon National Park for our two-night stay, arriving in time to witness sunset over the canyon before dinner.

Best Western Ruby's Inn, Bryce Canyon - National Parks of the Southwest USA

Part of the Best Western chain, Ruby's Inn has a distinctive southwestern feel. The hotel offers both a heated indoor and a seasonal outdoor pool, and comfortable rooms have amenities including tea/coffee making facilities and a fridge. Situated at the entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park, this hotel offers the perfect base for exploring this spectacular area.


Distance: 7.5 miles (12km) 

Ascent/Descent: 1,900 feet (580m)

Today we'll spend a whole day walking in Bryce Canyon. We’ll start with the Navajo Loop Trail from Sunrise Point to Queen’s Garden, passing pinnacles, spires, and cathedral-like formations. Our route also leads us to a great picnic spot for lunch with beautiful views over ancient bristle cone pines. We’ll then continue along the Peekaboo and Navajo Trails before ascending back to the canyon rim.

Best Western Ruby's Inn, Bryce Canyon - National Parks of the Southwest USA

Part of the Best Western chain, Ruby's Inn has a distinctive southwestern feel. The hotel offers both a heated indoor and a seasonal outdoor pool, and comfortable rooms have amenities including tea/coffee making facilities and a fridge. Situated at the entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park, this hotel offers the perfect base for exploring this spectacular area.


Distance: 7.5 miles (12 km)

Ascent/Descent: 750 feet (230m)

Enjoy a scenic drive along Highway 12, over petrified sand dunes to Capitol Reef National Park. Once there, we'll hike the Grand Wash Trail along a dry riverbed with high canyon walls, before forking onto the Cassidy Arch trail. With natural rocks carved like stairs, the route climbs steeply in places, but the effort will be worth it for the bird’s eye view of the arch at the top.

Red Sands Hotel & Spa, Capitol Reef - National Parks of the Southwest USA

Located in the heart of Utah’s Capitol Reef National Park, this hotel is the perfect base for exploring red rock county. All rooms have mountain views and mod cons including tea and coffee making facilities and air conditioning. There’s also a spa and small indoor pool, plus a star deck where you can sit and gaze up at the night skies in the middle of the desert.


Distance: 2 miles (3km)

Ascent/Descent: 630 feet (190m)

Our second day of walking in Capitol Reef National Park begins with an introduction to the incredible petroglyphs created by Fremont and Ancestral Puebloan people, some of which are almost 3,000 years old. It’s then on to the Hickman Natural Bridge trail for spectacular views over the Fremont River, Fruita, and the mouth of Cohab Canyon below. Later, we'll head to our waterside hotel on the Green River, the main tributary of the Colorado River and an amazingly wild and beautiful area.

River Terrace Inn, Green River - National Parks of the Southwest USA

Located on the banks of the Green River, the River Terrace Inn has large and comfortable rooms. Relax in the scenic riverside setting, walk the gardens, or take a dip in the outdoor pool.


The USA’s mighty Arches National Park in Utah is home to over 2,000 natural rock arches - the densest concentration in the world. Carved by wind and water from the rust-red rock, this natural wonderland is simply awe-inspiring, and we’ll explore it on our two walks today. 

Distance: 5.5 miles (9km)

Ascent: 500 feet (150m)

Our first walk will take in the Double O Arch and Devils Garden area, following a trail that threads through pinyon pine and juniper vegetation and over slickrock.

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Ascent: 700 feet (220m)

If time allows, our second walk visits one of the most well-known arches, Delicate Arch. Standing at 16m tall, you’ll see it pictured on most Utah car licence plates. The out-and-back route is mostly over slickrock and involves a moderate ascent on the approach to the arch, but you’ll be bowled over by the view as you round the corner.

Following our exploration of Arches National Park we'll head to Moab, our base for the next two nights.

Moab Valley Inn

Located within easy reach of Moab’s amenities, the Moab Valley Inn has comfortable, spacious rooms with all mod cons. Designed with relaxation in mind, facilities include an indoor/outdoor heated pool and hot tub, a fitness room, and picnic area. 


Distance: 5 miles (8km)
Ascent/Descent: 1,200 feet (370m)

We’ll head to the ‘Needles’ area of Canyonlands National Park today, with a short stop at Newspaper Rock – an excellent example of Native American petroglyphs – before we continue to the trailhead. Following part of the Chesler Park trail, we’ll take in Elephant Hill on our walk. Along the way, the surrounding rock formations and colours are stunning.

Moab Valley Inn

Located within easy reach of Moab’s amenities, the Moab Valley Inn has comfortable, spacious rooms with all mod cons. Designed with relaxation in mind, facilities include an indoor/outdoor heated pool and hot tub, a fitness room, and picnic area. 


This morning we’ll visit the historic site of Fort Bluff for a chance to learn more about the pioneers and what life was like for America’s early settlers. Next, we head to Monument Valley, where we'll enjoy a jeep tour around this iconic landscape and experience a Navajo lunch. We then continue the onward drive to Chinle, Canyon de Chelly where we'll be staying in the historic and Navajo-owned Thunderbird Lodge for two nights.

Thunderbird Lodge, Canyon de Chelly - National Parks of the Southwest USA

Owned and operated by the Navajo Nation, this lodge is a unique and historic property, full of charm and comfort. An interpretation centre located in the on-site trading post will introduce you to the area's history. Rooms are welcoming and feature amenities including in-room coffee maker, fridge, and hairdryer.


Distance: 5 miles (8km) 

Ascent: 600 feet (180m)

We’ll explore the Canyon de Chelly National Monument and the sacred Navajo land on a full-day guided walk with a local Navajo guide. Our walk starts on the canyon rim and descends along the Bare Trail on slick and exposed rock to the sandy canyon floor. From here, we'll walk past Native American ruins and rock art, at times walking through creeks. We’ll then ascend back to the canyon rim and return to the lodge.

Thunderbird Lodge, Canyon de Chelly - National Parks of the Southwest USA

Owned and operated by the Navajo Nation, this lodge is a unique and historic property, full of charm and comfort. An interpretation centre located in the on-site trading post will introduce you to the area's history. Rooms are welcoming and feature amenities including in-room coffee maker, fridge, and hairdryer.


This morning we visit Horseshoe Bend and take a short walk at Antelope Canyon. We then continue our journey to the Grand Canyon, where we'll stay for the next two nights. We aim to arrive in time to watch as the sun sets over the vast and majestic expanse of America’s most famous canyon

Grand Canyon Plaza Hotel, Grand Canyon - National Parks of the Southwest USA

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


Distance: 6 miles (9.5 km)

Descent/Ascent: 3,100 feet (950m)

You’ll see the Grand Canyon National Park in all its legendary beauty with our local guide today. We’ll follow the Bright Angel Trail and descend to Havasupai Gardens, enjoying the wow-worthy views that surround us as we go. Built in the 1920s, the trail connects the South Rim with the Colorado River and involves a number of switchbacks.

When we reach 3-mile rest house, those looking for a challenge can continue the descent to Havasupai Gardens, adding 3 miles and 700 feet to the statistics above.

Otherwise, we begin the ascent back to the canyon rim by returning on the same path.

Grand Canyon Plaza Hotel, Grand Canyon - National Parks of the Southwest USA

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


This morning you’ll have some free time before we complete the final leg of our journey. You could arrange a helicopter ride (optional extra, payable locally) to experience the Grand Canyon from a completely different angle. We’ll then return to the bright lights of Las Vegas, driving via the historic Route 66, getting back in time for you to experience the casinos or explore city sights like Fremont Street.

The STRAT Hotel, Casino & Tower, Las Vegas - National Parks of the Southwest USA

The Strat Hotel offers Las Vegas ambience with a contemporary feel. Located on the strip, the hotel features a seasonal outdoor pool, a fitness centre, and a wide variety of restaurants.


Enjoy a free day before transferring to Las Vegas airport for our return flight to the UK.


Itinerary map for Grand Canyon

Mardi Gras Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas - National Parks of the Southwest USA

The Mardi Gras Hotel offers a comfortable and friendly stay. Located within easy access of the airport, the hotel features a seasonal outdoor pool and 24-hour restaurant.

Hampton Inn & Suites, Springdale - National Parks of the Southwest USA

Tucked among the towering red rock cliffs of Zion Canyon, the Hampton Inn & Suites offers a great location from which to explore Zion National Park. Rooms have excellent amenities, including a fridge and comfortable beds. Enjoy the outdoor pool and cosy fireplace.

Best Western Ruby's Inn, Bryce Canyon - National Parks of the Southwest USA

Part of the Best Western chain, Ruby's Inn has a distinctive southwestern feel. The hotel offers both a heated indoor and a seasonal outdoor pool, and comfortable rooms have amenities including tea/coffee making facilities and a fridge. Situated at the entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park, this hotel offers the perfect base for exploring this spectacular area.

Red Sands Hotel & Spa, Capitol Reef - National Parks of the Southwest USA

Located in the heart of Utah’s Capitol Reef National Park, this hotel is the perfect base for exploring red rock county. All rooms have mountain views and mod cons including tea and coffee making facilities and air conditioning. There’s also a spa and small indoor pool, plus a star deck where you can sit and gaze up at the night skies in the middle of the desert.

River Terrace Inn, Green River - National Parks of the Southwest USA

Located on the banks of the Green River, the River Terrace Inn has large and comfortable rooms. Relax in the scenic riverside setting, walk the gardens, or take a dip in the outdoor pool.

Moab Valley Inn

Located within easy reach of Moab’s amenities, the Moab Valley Inn has comfortable, spacious rooms with all mod cons. Designed with relaxation in mind, facilities include an indoor/outdoor heated pool and hot tub, a fitness room, and picnic area. 

Thunderbird Lodge, Canyon de Chelly - National Parks of the Southwest USA

Owned and operated by the Navajo Nation, this lodge is a unique and historic property, full of charm and comfort. An interpretation centre located in the on-site trading post will introduce you to the area's history. Rooms are welcoming and feature amenities including in-room coffee maker, fridge, and hairdryer.

Grand Canyon Plaza Hotel, Grand Canyon - National Parks of the Southwest USA

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

The STRAT Hotel, Casino & Tower, Las Vegas - National Parks of the Southwest USA

The Strat Hotel offers Las Vegas ambience with a contemporary feel. Located on the strip, the hotel features a seasonal outdoor pool, a fitness centre, and a wide variety of restaurants.

Essential information

It's best to be prepared for all weather conditions. To make it easier, here is a list of items you should consider packing.   

Essentials  

  • Walking boots 
  • Waterproof jacket 
  • Waterproof trousers 
  • Insulated jacket/top 
  • Walking clothing  
  • Walking socks (plus spares)  
  • Sunhat 
  • Gloves/mitts and warm hat
  • Water bottle (minimum 2 litre capacity)  
  • Headtorch 
  • High-factor sunscreen (minimum SPF 30)  
  • Sunglasses with a dark lens 
  • Rucksack (15-30 litres)  
  • Mobile phone 
  • Personal first aid kit (containing your medication, blister plasters, etc.) 
  • Passport 
  • Visa (if applicable) 
  • Copy of your travel insurance policy 
  • UK Global Health Insurance Card (formerly known as EHIC

Recommended

  • Collapsible walking poles 
  • Swimwear and travel towel
  • Snacks
  • Dry bags
  • Rubbish bags
  • Insect repellent

Optional extras

  • Camera 
  • Sit mat
  • Flask for hot drinks 
  • Durable lunch box
  • Gaiters 
  • GPS device 

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Walking Grade:
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