National Parks of Arizona, Utah, and Nevada 2023
Hiking Tours / by Air and Land
Tour's duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Departure: (1-8 April 2023) THIS TOUR IS FOR BEGINNER HIKERS
THIS TOUR WILL BE CONDUCTED BY "IAN CLARK", ONE OF THE BEST CANADIAN-AMERICAN HIKE LEADERS SPECIALIZED IN ARIZONA, Photographer, Sunset & Waterfall lover, and much more :)
This is Ian's profile in Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/TrailHike-RichmondHill/members/14275143/
Day 1 - SAT 1 APR 2023) Toronto – Phoenix – Sedona
Arrive at Phoenix Airport around noon (please see the flight details below)
- Visit Red Rock Ranger District Visitor Center in Sedona. Check in to your hotel - Arroyo Pinion Hotel / Hampton Inn Sedona
- Afternoon drive to The Sedona Airport Overlook. Lookout point with views of the town & rugged red sandstone hills that are illuminated at sunset.
Day 2 - SUN 2 APR 2023) Sedona – Grand Canyon
- Devil’s Bridge 4 Km easy-medium hike
Afternoon drive to Grand Canyon (183 km = 2.5 hrs drive). Check in to your hotel - Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn in Grand Canyon
- Sunset at Hermit’s Rest (23km = 40 min drive)
Day 3 - MON 3 APR 2023) Grand Canyon - Page
- Walk the South Rim Trail 4.5k = 2 hrs walk (Bright Angel to Visitors Centre). Afternoon drive to Page (212 Km = 2.5 hrs)
- Horseshoe Bend Overlook. Check in to your hotel - Best Western Plus at Lake Powell in Page
Day 4 - TUE 4 APR 2023) Page - Bryce Canyon
- Visit Antelope Canyon (Lower Antelope Canyon in Page, AZ). Afternoon drive to Bryce Canyon. (250 km = 2hr 45 min). Check in to your hotel - Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn in Bryce Canyon
Day 5 - WED 5 APR 2023) Bryce Canyon - Zion area
- Visit Bryce Canyon, UT in the morning
- Visit Sunrise Point - Lookout - Queens Garden/Navajo Loop Trail - 2.5k - Inspiration Point (Lookout) – Natural Bridge Arch (lookout) - Rainbow Point and Yovimpa Point (both Lookout)
- If we have enough time, we may visit the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park as well on this day
O/N @ La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham at Zion Park/Springdale
Day 6 - THU 6 APR 2023) Zion area
Morning drive to Zion National Park, Utah (120 km = 1.5 hrs)
Zion National Park (East Entrance) - Drive Mt Carmel Hwy - Canyon Overlook Trail: 1.5k - EMERALD POOLS: 4k – Riverside Walk - Weeping Rock
O/N @ La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham at Zion Park/Springdale
Day 7 - FRI 7 APR 2023) Zion – Valley of Fire – Las Vegas (390 km = 5 hrs drive)
8 AM to 3 PM: Valley of Fire (East Entrance) - Elephant Rock - Lookout - Seven Sisters - Fire Wave 2.5k - Rainbow Vista - Lookout - Arch Rock - Lookout Valley of Fire (West Entrance) Depending on weather conditions - because of a flood, snowmelt. Check in to your hotel - LINQ Deluxe before 4.00 PM
Tonight, you can enjoy your free time on your own, do optional activities, or join your guide to see:
• The Volcano erupts at the Mirage
• The Dancing Waters, Conservatory & Botanical Garden at the Bellagio
9.00 PM: Transfer from our hotel’s lobby to Las Vegas Airport for the return flight to Toronto.
Price & Inclusions
>> The prices are per person, in Canadian dollars, and taxes are included
>> Singles Travelers: If you need a roommate, please ask. Not guaranteed.
>> There is no deadline for booking but since most of our tours sell out quickly, we recommend booking asap to avoid disappointment.
Pay a CA$ 500 deposit to secure your spot. (Fully refundable until 1 FEB 2023)
The balance is due on 2 FEB 2023
50% Penalty if canceled between 2 FEB 2023 to 2 MAR 2023
100% Penalty if canceled between 3 MAR 2023 to the departure date
• 7-night Hotel accommodation: 1 night in Sedona, 1 night in Grand Canyon, 1 night in Page, 1 night in Bryce Canyon, 2 night in Zion, 1 night in Las Vegas
• 6 Breakfasts
• Resort fee at your hotel in Las Vegas - includes Daily in-room high-speed internet access, All local calls, Fitness center access for two daily
• Private Air-Conditioned Transportation by a Van
• Airport Transfers
• This tour is conducted by Ian Clark (your professional hike leader)
• Admissions to Grand Canyon
*********************** FLIGHT INFORMATION *******************
Departing Flight: AC1721 Toronto, CA (YYZ) - Phoenix, US (PHX) 09:25AM - 11:25PM
SAT 8 April 2023: Las Vegas – Toronto (Non-stop - 4hr13m)
Return Flight: AC1704 Las Vegas, US (LAS) - Toronto, CA (YYZ) 11:10PM - 06:23AM +1 (SUN)
ou will be picked up at Phoenix Airport by your tour guide "IAN". He will be holding a sign written "Fun Tours" on it.
The Red Rock Ranger Station has an amazing visitor center where visitors and locals alike will enjoy learning about the area’s many scenic wonders and world-class recreation opportunities.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Grand Canyon National Park, located in northwestern Arizona, is the 15th site in the United States to have been named as a national park. The park's central feature is the Grand Canyon, a gorge of the Colorado River, which is often considered one of the Wonders of the World. The park, which covers 1,217,262 acres (1,901.972 sq mi; 4,926.08 km2) of unincorporated area in Coconino and Mohave counties, received more than six million recreational visitors in 2017, which is the second highest count of all American national parks after Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Grand Canyon was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. The park celebrated its 100th anniversary on February 26, 2019.
Zion National Park “Utah's First National Park” is a southwest Utah nature preserve distinguished by Zion Canyon’s steep red cliffs. Located at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and Mojave Desert regions, the park has a unique geography and a variety of life zones that allow for unusual plant and animal diversity. Numerous plant species as well as 289 species of birds, 75 mammals (including 19 species of bat), and 32 reptiles inhabit the park's four life zones: desert, riparian, woodland, and coniferous forest. Zion National Park includes mountains, canyons, buttes, mesas, monoliths, rivers, slot canyons, and natural arches. VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrF1cSzaeAY&list=RDQM-2HACxu7gis&start_radio=1
Antelope Canyon in Arizona
Most-visited and most-photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest. Frequently subject to flash floods, Antelope Canyon can only be visited through guided tours because of the extreme danger. Still, it has managed to become the most-photographed and most-visited slot canyon in all of the American Southwest due to its beauty. Formed by millions of years of wind and water erosion, Antelope Canyon’s magnificent smooth and flowing shaped sandstone has made it one of the most famous slot canyons in the world. Located within the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation in Arizona, Antelope Canyon is actually two separate canyons, the upper canyon and lower canyon. (We will visit the LOWER Antelope Canyon) VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4nM1FoUqYs
Horseshoe Bend in Arizona is one of those rare places that is absolutely breathtaking, yet it is accessible to people of all hiking skill levels. A very short hike off a highway takes you to the top of a cliff overlooking Horseshoe Bend and the Colorado River over 1100 feet below. Horseshoe Bend is a horseshoe-shaped incised meander of the Colorado River located near the town of Page, Arizona. Horseshoe Bend is located 5 miles downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell.
Bryce Canyon in Utah (Red Rocks, Pink Cliffs, and Endless Vistas)
Over two million visitors come to experience the otherworldly magic of Bryce Canyon National Park each year. Bryce Canyon National Park in Southwestern Utah is famous for the largest collection of hoodoos (the distinctive rock formations) in the world. Bryce Canyon’s red-orange-pink amphitheaters stage a Norse myth 70 million years in the making. The park’s main road leads past the expansive Bryce Amphitheater, a hoodoo-filled depression lying below the Rim Trail hiking path. It has overlooks at Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Inspiration Point and Bryce Point. Prime viewing times are around sunup and sundown. Nowhere else in the world can you find rock pinnacles with fantastic shapes like the ones found in Bryce Canyon National Park. Located in the High Plateaus region of the Colorado Plateau in Utah, Bryce Canyon’s elevation, erosion, climate and rock type are all elements that, when combined, form fantastical shapes called Hoodoos.
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is a state park in southwestern Utah, United States, located between Mount Carmel Junction and Kanab, south and west of U.S. Highway 89 in Kane County. The park features uniquely pink-hued sand dunes located beside red sandstone cliffs.
Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada
Valley of Fire State Park is a public recreation and nature preservation area covering nearly 46,000 acres located 16 miles south of Overton, Nevada. The state park derives its name from red sandstone formations, the Aztec Sandstone, which formed from shifting sand dunes 150 million years ago
Las Vegas, Nevada
The City of Las Vegas and often known simply as Vegas, is the 28th-most populous city in the United States, the most populous city in the state of Nevada, and the county seat of Clark County.
Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city, known primarily for its gambling, shopping, fine dining, entertainment, and nightlife. The Las Vegas Valley as a whole serves as the leading financial, commercial, and cultural center for Nevada.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (about 30 km west of Las Vegas) lies in Nevada’s Mojave Desert. It’s known for geological features such as towering red sandstone peaks and the Keystone Thrust Fault, as well as Native American petroglyphs. Panoramic viewing spots dot the 13-mile Scenic Drive. The sheltered Ice Box Canyon has seasonal waterfalls. To the south, Spring Mountain Ranch State Park features historic buildings and hiking trails.
**Optional activities in Las Vegas:
• Attend a show - check the schedules here: https://www.vegas.com/shows/
• Fremont Street Experience – ‘Old’ Vegas
• Hotel hopping on the Las Vegas Strip
• See the Volcano erupt at the Mirage
• View the Dancing Waters at the Bellagio + Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden
• The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian
• Visit the Mob Museum (National Museum of Organized Crime) // Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition // The Neon Museum // Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas
• Ellis Island Casino & Brewery
• The LINQ Promenade: an entertainment, shopping, and dining district located between The LINQ Hotel and Flamingo Las Vegas
• Enjoy a great dinner buffet in Las Vegas. Suggestions: https://www.lasvegashowto.com/top-10-las-vegas-buffets
* Please READ the itinerary and make sure it suits your interests/ability before making any booking
Level of difficulty: Easy-Medium (for beginner hikers)
As a minimum, you will need an average level of fitness and mobility to join this tour. Partaking in group travel can be more "physically demanding" than your more conventional holidays. You should be able to walk a maximum of 2 hours without the aid of another person, climb a couple of stairs, step on and off buses and other forms of transport.
The hikes are approx 2 hours and are NOT very challenging. In each location, we will have guided hikes to see the attractions and take pictures.
US Immigration requires that all travellers MUST have a valid passport (or Nexus or EDL cards). If you do not have a Canadian or USA passport, please make sure that you have the appropriate permissions or documentation to travel to the USA.
YOU CAN NOT TRAVEL IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ALL REQUIRED TRAVEL DOCUMENTS, SUCH AS PASSPORT AND VISA (if applicable).
The itinerary is subject to change at any time without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances/weather and road conditions.
Weather in the destination: IN APRIL
Phoenix, Arizona: Average High: 30 C , Average Low: 15 C
Page, Arizona: Average High: 21 C , Average Low: 8 C
Grand Canyon, Arizona: Average High: 16 C , Average Low: -2 C
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah: Due of its high elevation climate, the weather at Bryce can be relatively cold. Visitors need a jacket! Average High: 12 C , Average Low: -4 C
Zion National Park, Utah: Average High: 15 C , Average Low: 2 C
Las Vegas, Nevada: Average High: 27 C , Average Low: 7 C
Driving Distances in KM. daily:
Day 1) 186 Km = 2 hrs
Day 2) 183 Km = 2 hrs 10 min
Day 3) 215 Km = 2 hrs 25 min
Day 4) 245 Km= 2 hrs 45 min
Day 5) 200 Km = 3 hrs
Day 6) 95 Km = 2 hrs
Day 7) 390 Km = 5 hrs
Day 8) 60 Km --- Flight back
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