Yellowstone National Park is one which conjures up images of geysers, abundant wildlife and tremendous natural beauty. Just south, we find Grand Teton National Park with its gorgeous plains, rugged mountains and winding rivers. Flaming Gorge country draws visitors from all over the world with its treasure trove of dinosaur fossils and petroglyphs. Canyonlands, Arches and Zion National Parks offer stunning landscapes of countless canyons and red rock as far as the eye can see! Finally we arrive at the Grand Canyon – the ultimate humbling experience. Our final destination is Las Vegas, a veritable oasis of casinos and neon lights. This trip combines the best of the area, from must-see to off-the-beaten-path attractions, long hikes to shorter jaunts, mountainous to prairie landscapes as well as breathtaking canyons and deserts.
- Go geyser and wildlife watching in Yellowstone
- Hike in varied landscapes, from mountain lakes to deep canyons
- The excursion into world famous Antelope canyon
- Admire starlit skies straight from your tent
- Be taken away by Las Vegas’ folly
Arrive in Bozeman and transfer to your hotel. Trip presentation and dinner (not included), depending on flight times. Night in hotel.
Camping near the park
Morning transfer to Yellowstone National Park, an area which covers almost 9000km² and touches three states: Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Yellowstone is located on an active volcanic field which is littered with calderas. It has innumerable geysers, hot springs and waterfalls. It sits at an altitude of 2300m and is surrounded by 3000m mountain peaks. It also boasts the highest diversity of large mammals of any American park including deer, goats, bison, elk, grizzly bears and wolves. Keep your eyes peeled for these majestic animals! Hike toward Mammoth Hot Springs and wander along the labyrinth of boardwalks to take in the beautiful Minerva Terraces, Upper and Lower. After this we head to the Lamar Valley which is one of the best places to sight wildlife. We set up camp for 3 nights near the park entrance. B, L, D
Camping near the park
150 km, 2.5hrs
Today we explore the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone which has long provided inspiration for landscape artists. It extends for 38km between the Upper Yellowstone Falls and the mouth of the Lamar River. Upriver the gorge is at its deepest and most narrow, and offers a beautiful array of colours to please the eye, from burnt orange and red to deep yellow. The river flows downstream, becoming a narrow, impossibly green and tranquil stream. However, this is just an illusion as it occasionally plummets into rushing waterfalls. Explore this area on foot by way of Uncle Tom’s Trail. Optional hikes: Cascade lake (7.2km,) Grebe Lake (9.7km,) or similar, based on the fitness of the group. We save time for wildlife observation in the Hayden Valley area. B, L, D
Camping near the park
100 km, 1.5hrs
Today we visit the most beautiful geysers in the world. In an area that is 3km long and 1.6km wide there are 140, almost half of the world’s total geysers! The most famous among these is Old Faithful, so named because it never disappoints. Eruptions occur around 20 times per day, last between 1.5 and 5 minutes, and reach heights between 30 and 55m. Grand geyser is the world’s tallest predictable geyser, sometimes reaching a height of 60m! It erupts 2-3 times per day, each eruption lasting between 9 and 12 minutes. Castle Geyser, with its large cone, is the park’s oldest. There are many others, namely Sawmill, Turban Geyser, Spasmodic Geyser and Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, the largest source of hot water in the park and the 3rd largest spring in the world. We walk a variety of paths today to explore the wondrous natural phenomena. Return to the campsite. B, L, D
Camping in or near the park
60 km, 2hrs
This morning we continue our trip towards Grand Teton National Park. Although the Grand Teton peak is 4197m high, peaks surrounding it average around 3000m. Also, though this peak is amongst the youngest in the Rockies, its stones are estimated to be more than two billion years old! This makes it some of the oldest rock in the world. Furthermore, human occupation of the area goes back more than 7000 years and various communities have inhabited this region of the United States. Grand Teton Park is most definitely a perfect blend between nature and culture. Lake Jenny Trail is known to be a prime moose habitat. We set up camp for 2 nights. B, L, D
Camping in or near the park
30 km, 1h (in the park)
Today, we leave in the morning for the longest hike of the trip. Indeed, we are going for an adventure to discover another part of the 1250 km² of this park. The chosen trail allows a gradual effort and is well worth the effort. Many stops along the way promise breathtaking views! We will enjoy a picnic style lunch in complete nature. Although the park contains hundreds of lakes, Amphitheater Lake is one of its most beloved. B, L, D
Hotel ** or ***
This morning’s transfer will bring us to the Wyoming/Utah border where a huge fresh water basin awaits in the middle of the desert. With the help of many little paths, we explore Red Canyon in the late afternoon. This region offers exceptional views and walking opportunities are plentiful. Not only are the walks amazing, it is a true oasis and we have the opportunity to go for a refreshing swim. This region is also very popular because it boasts a large amount of ancient petroglyphs and dinosaur fossils. Night in a hotel. B, L
Camping in Moab
400 km, 4.5hrs
Today we continue towards Moab where we will spend two nights. Here we find 2 National Parks and we take time to visit both. We start with Canyonlands where short walks take us to several viewpoints of the Island in the Sky sector. As we look down into the desert landscape, it almost feels like we are looking at Mars; red, dusty and lifeless. Because of the intense heat in this region, we try to walk in the morning and late afternoon. Night camping in Moab. B, L, D
Camping in Moab
On the second day, we visit Arches National Park where we marvel at the many delicate rock arches sculpted by time and erosion. From Moab, you could also choose to rent VTT bikes, go rafting or horseback riding (not included). Because of the intense heat in this region, we try to walk in the morning and late afternoon. B, L, D
Camping near the park
Morning transfer to Capitol Reef National Park. This area will surprise you with the colours of its towering cliffs as well as its century old orchards. Mormons settlers weren’t the first ones to live here. Ancient petroglyphs offer an amazing insight into the culture of Native American tribes that inhabited the region. Following a few short walks in the park, we continue our drive until we reach Bryce Canyon National Park. The road itself tells the story of millions of years of geological history. Lining the way are colourful sedimentary layers that range from pink to brown and everything in between. We set up camp for 2 nights on the outskirts of the park. B, L, D
Situated on one of the highest plateaus of the region, views here are outstanding. In the 19th century, this area was inhabited by only a few farmers, yet today tourists have taken over. The spectacle starts when you first lay your eyes on this ocean of yellow and pink pinnacles from the rim, created by thousands of years of water and wind erosion. And it gets even better as we go down into the heart of the canyon! And as if all this beauty wasn’t enough, the sky lights up at night with bright stars. When the sky is clear, Bryce is one of the country’s best stargazing spots! B, L, D
Campground with facilities
Morning transfer to Lake Powell which is filled with the overflow from the Glen Canyon dam on the Colorado River. We meet our local guide for an excursion in Antelope Canyon, a fascinating gorge created by a dried up river. It is so narrow that you can touch both sides with your arms stretched out. You can chose to go on a lake cruise (not included) to explore this massive lake. We do not forget to stop by the emblematic viewpoint of Horseshoe Bend, visit the Glen Canyon dam and make sure to save time to relax by the water and swim away the afternoon. Night camping. B, L, D
Camping in or near the park
D13: 270km, 4hrs / D14: 140km, 2hrs
We head for the less visited district of the Grand Canyon. North Rim is more remote, and sits 300m higher than South Rim! This elevation difference means more annual precipitation making it a hospitable environment for a wider variety of flora and fauna. You will enjoy watching the charming Kaibab squirrels with their furry ears, and of course the spectacular panorama from the rim as we hike on Widforss trail. We have an early start on the second day to hike down into the canyon, one of the most memorable trails of the trip. We start in a forest of pines and birch trees and descend into a desert ecosystem of cacti and yucca plants. Distance on this trail depends of the fitness level of the group. We set up camp for 2 nights in the park or on the outskirts. 2B, 2L, 2D
Camping near the park
D15: 150km, 2hrs
We transfer to Zion in the morning. For generations, Zion National Park has been an inspiration for artists and explorers alike. Nature here is truly moving but the reputation of the park is unquestionably tied to The Narrows Trail. It is a peculiar trail because we must walk directly in the Virgin River. Yes, today we are getting our feet wet, literally. However, needless to say that it is worth it! The canyon changes along the way creating an unforgettable experience. On the second day, we climb up to get unbeatable views of the green valley encased within high red walls, either on Angel’s Landing or Observation Point trails. We set up camp for 2 nights on the outskirts. 2B, 2L, 2D
Today is our last day in nature! This being said, the road towards Las Vegas is a great way to end the trip. Along the way, we stop at the Valley of Fire State Park for our last group walk on the mesmerizing Fire Wave trail. The rock of this area is particularly red, creating amazing shapes and pictures. At the end of the afternoon we enter Sin City! Free time to enjoy the city’s endless entertainment possibilities. Choose between casinos, award winning restaurants, internationally renowned shows and more. Night in hotel. B
Depending on flight times, free time in the city. Transfer to airport not included. End of tour.
Dates & prices
9 August 2020 3480 $US (USD) available
- Accommodation: 3 nights in Standard 2-3* Hotel/motel, 14 nights campground with facilities
- Ground transportation by 12-passengers minibus with enclosed trailer for 7 passengers or more
- For groups with 4-9 group members: one bilingual driver-guide (French & English)
- For group with 10 or more group members, 1 driver + 1 bilingual guide
- Meals while camping: 16 breakfasts, 15 picnics, 14 diners prepare by guide
- Entrance fees to the national parks and native reserves
- Excursion in Antelope Canyon
- Airport transfers
- Optional activities
- Meals in Bozeman, Flaming Gorge and Las Vegas
- Flights and travel insurance
- Tips and gratuities
Participants may include people from various parts of the world, with different nationalities and backgrounds. Bilingual tours are given in both French and English.
For groups between 4 and 9 people, one bilingual (French & English) driver-guide who knows the area will lead the tour. For 10 people or more, one bilingual (French & English) guide and a driver will lead the tour. Please note that it is expected of you to actively participate in the daily chores, like the preparation of picnics, the loading and unloading luggage to and from the minibus, the set-up of camp, and to participate in suggested activities.
For all transfers, we use a 12-passenger minibus. The luggage will be transported inside the minibus or inside an enclosed cargo trailer, depending on the number of group members.
Information about activities and hikes
This tour is rated as moderate hiking level with an average of 2 to 8 hours of walking per day. Some trails are harder than others. The hikes are done in mostly desert climates, where the days are quite hot and dry, with chances of storms in the evening.
We suggest you have a healthy lifestyle and are in good physical shape to join this trip. You should be able to walk for 4 to 8 hours with an average 300 to 950m elevation gain. The hikes are at varying altitudes, from about 0 to 2500m.
Standard 2-3* hotel/motel in Bozeman, Flaming Gorge and Las Vegas. Campgrounds for all other nights. We use campgrounds located inside the national parks or private campgrounds near the outskirts. It may be necessary to pay for shower use at certain campgrounds. During your stay, you will be able to do laundry in Laundromats (about $2 per washing load and $1.50 – $3.00 for drying).
D1 – Bozeman– standard 3*hotel/motel in double occupation
D2 to D4 – Yellowstone – camping on the outskirts
D5 and D6 – Grand Teton – camping in the park or the outskirts
D7 – Flaming Gorge – standard 2-3* hotel/motel in double occupation
D8 and D9 – Moab – camping in Moab
D10 and D11– Bryce – camping on the outskirts
D12 – Lake Powell – camping in Lake Powell or Page
D13 and D14- Grand Canyon North Rim – camping on the outskirts
D15 and J16 – Zion – camping on the outskirts
D17- Las Vegas – standard 3*hotel in double occupation
On camping days, all meals are included and prepared by the guide. Picnics are generally prepared for lunch. In the morning, breakfasts are generally prepared buffet style, with a hot meal in the evening. All cooking equipment and cutlery are provided. Your help will be appreciated in the preparation of meals. Dinners are not included and are at your own expense. Your guide will suggest a restaurant every night for the group and will make all necessary arrangements. For meals not included, plan on about $15-20 USD for lunch, and $18-30 for dinner (tips and alcohol not included in prices)
The climate you will experience during your journey will mostly be dry and sunny. In summer, the day temperatures can be very hot (45-50°C). Some nights at higher altitudes can be cool, especially in Yellowstone and Grand Teton. The State of Arizona is known for its wide temperature variations, so you need to keep in mind that the mercury drops abruptly after sunset. Be aware that the heat can be extreme at noon and early afternoon. Our hikes will therefore take place early in the morning and in the evening. We will take breaks for lunch anywhere between 11:30 and 15:00, depending on the schedule. There are chances of storms in the summer, especially in Grand Canyon National Park. In September, the days are a somewhat milder with cooler nights.
(to be arranged locally by your guide)
- Lake Powell Cruise – Canyon Adventure 2h30: 81.00$ USD per person
- Helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon: $ 299 USD (45-50 min) per person.
NOTICE: Prices subject to change without prior notice
Grand Tour of the US Southwestern Parks
- Marvel at the grandeur of the Grand Canyon, the finesse of Arches, and the colors of Bryce Canyon
- Meet the Navajo Indians in a guided Jeep excursion
- Sleep in one of the best stargazing sites in the USA
Best of the West
- Marvel at the Grand Canyon, the colors of Bryce Canyon and the spectacular cliffs in Yosemite
- Get away from the crowds on hikes through desert, canyons, mountains, valleys and alpine prairies
- Go for a night walk in Bryce Canyon, one of the best star gazing site in the country
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- Sleep in the heart of Alaska’s National Parks, in natural environment
- Get up close and personal with gigantic glaciers
- Wildlife viewing, Hiking, Camping