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National Parks Walk - Exodus Travels
National Parks Walk - Exodus Travels
Excellent
24 reviews
Starts
Las Vegas
+5 Destinations
Grand Canyon
Ends
Las Vegas
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Highlights

  • Drive through the Mojave Desert
  • Explore the Virgin River Gorge
  • See stunning red sandstone arches
  • Trek the backcountry with a Navajo guide
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
12
Travel style
Hiking & Trekking, Adventure
Start and end in Las Vegas! With the hiking & trekking tour National Parks Walk, you have a 11 day tour package taking you through Las Vegas, USA and 5 other destinations in USA. National Parks Walk is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, transport and more.

24 Reviews

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  • National Parks Walk reviewer 1
    Written on July 18, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    I have wanted to see those National Parks for quite a few years. So glad I finally did! It's amazing how much we actually managed to see and do in those two weeks. So many highlights. Highly recommend it.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?One of the highlights for me was definitely Angel's Landing. Just the views from up there, looking all the way down to where we just came from. Loved it. Bryce Canyon was also just so beautiful. First trying to take in the actual size of it from the viewpoints (impossible) and then exploring it on the trails. I also did the helicopter flight over Grand Canyon. Yes, it's quite expensive but it was worth it. The pilot was really good and informative as well. Highly recommend it!What did you think of your group leader?Our group leaders were Diane and Anita. It's quite a privilege to have two guides, especially on the hikes. One would be in front and the other behind the group so nobody was left behind. I'm really glad we had Anita as one of our guides. She was just so laid back, always in a good mood, helpful and could answer all our questions. She had really good people skills.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Obviously have some water bottles that you can refill all the time if you don't have a camelback/watersystem. You have access to water at every campsite and visitor centre. At a couple of the campsites you need quarters for the shower. All campsites felt really safe so we just left our phones and batteries to be charged at the restrooms.Is there anything else you would like to add?I wasn't too keen on the Navajo 'sleep over' (optional extra). It was lovely sleeping under the stars, but besides from that it was just as I expected. Too many people and not intimate at all. And I wouldn't exactly call the dances (except for 5 minutes) for local or authentic. It was more about getting everybody up and dance around. I wasn't impressed with the Navajo guide, Rich, either. We did not get any useful information from him. All we learned about Navajos and their culture was from Anita. I think some of the other groups enjoyed it, but it just wasn't for me. There were some long drives, as to be expected, but we had plenty of stops at petrol stations etc where you can get a cold drink or coffee. This trip was just amazing. I saw so much, I never know where to start when people ask about my trip. And just thinking about it now, I want to go back!

  • National Parks Walk reviewer 2
    Written on June 18, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    I had a really fantastic adventure thanks to all of the people sharing the holiday with me, and to our tour guides Colin Galgon and Charlie Taussig. Colin and Charlie went out of their way to make this a very memorable trip!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I think the most inspirational moment for me was when I completed the Bright Angel Trail in the Grand Canyon.Also, a close second was when I reached the top of Angel's Landing in Zion. What did you think of your group leader?Charlie and Colin were just the GREATEST!   They were always coming up with little treats, and ideas for different things for us to do! Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be prepaired to outdo yourself. It's surprising what you can do, when "encouraged"Is there anything else you would like to add?I had done an RV tour of this area of the States with my family some years ago, but had to miss Yosemite. Also, I couldn't afford a helicopter trip over the Grand Canyon.  Having walked several trails in Yosemite I have seen what a wonderful place it is, especially in the Spring when the waterfalls are at their best.  I have also had my helicopter trip over the Grand Canyon, and even better....walked in the canyon!! THANKS EXODUS!!! 

  • National Parks Walk reviewer 3
    Written on June 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    I am often asked , out of all of the trips I have been on, which one is the best. My answer has always been vague because they have all had something special. I now have the ultimate answer. If you want a trip of a lifetime then this is the one I recommend. My favourite word for this experience is AWESOMEWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Watching the sunrise in the national parks. And watching the sunset in all of the national parks. AWESOMEWhat did you think of your group leader? Our two leaders were inspirational.  They encouraged us to rise before the Sun so.that that we were packed up and ready to start our next adventure as the Sun  rose over the horizon.. The horizon was the edge of the worlds in Zion, Bryce,  Monument Valley,  and The Grand Canyon.  AWESOMEDo you have any advice for potential travellers?If you like the outdoors and all that it encompasses then this is the trip for you. It is AWESOME. 

  • National Parks Walk reviewer 4
    Written on October 26, 2012
    2.0 - Rather poor

    Very fast paced with little leisure time but great hikes and phenomonal landscapes.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The breathtaking beauty of Natural Arch and the changing colours as the sun went down.What did you think of your group leader?Both leaders were friendly and helpful.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be prepared for: very long journeys in a mini bus which is a tad too cosy. Camp sites that on occasion are a long way from the National Parks and the starts of the hikes, leaving less camp time to get ready or relax. Trolley dashes around supermarkets, shopping for food for meals at the camp site. Very poor facilities at some camp sites ie dribbly showers and cold water. Cold nights and mornings followed by hot days.Is there anything else you would like to add?Some of the equipment provided was well used and didnt work ie sleeping mats that leaked, chipped 'crockery', odds and ends of cutlery, plastic beakers for cold drinks and also for hot drinks, which became soft and dangerous with the heat, tin openers that didn't work etc etcOverall, the National Parks and hiking were fantastic but the camping experience was very disappointing.I think that the itinerary was too ambitious for the time scale provided, but I m glad that I saw it all, including Hoover Dam which was not on the itinerary but an add on by popular request!

  • National Parks Walk reviewer 5
    Written on June 12, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    The West is Best.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The first view of Bryce Canyon did it for me-magic! But also Yosemite, Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, Canyon de Chelly, Monument Valley and just about everywhere else on the trip was pretty special. Not forgetting the mini stops-Rachel, Nevada on the ET highway, near Area 51-prepare to be abducted, and Seligman, a little tourist town giving us kicks on the legendary, now defunct Route 66.What did you think of your group leader?We had 2 leaders on this trip-Jeannie and Whitney. Both were excellent company and lots of fun on their first trip as co-leaders. Did I mention well organised too? Ladies-well done, (and you never again need to be shocked by the amount of beer a bus full of Brits can get through.).Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Do this trip. Long days driving, living in tents, shopping and cooking for the group, and ridiculously early mornings are more than compensated for by the scenery. The parks are beautiful, well maintained and litter free. Las Vegas at the end of the trip provides a wake up call and reminds you of the other side of America. Tacky in the extreme, and an amazing contrast.The only grumble  we have was the optional trip to Monument Valley. This was offered as "everybody does it or nobody" which puts unfair pressure on those travellers on a budget. The food and "entertainment" provided by the Navajo was nowhere near good enough. Exodus should do this extra as a drive through Monument Valley, and cut out the rest-the scenery was great but not worth an extra $100. As an extra thought, why not extend your benefitting local communities policy to the Navajo-they could do with some help in making this more enjoyable and professional, and they don't seem to get it from their government.Grumble over-loved the trip.Is there anything else you would like to add?Br prepared to get stuck in to camp life to get the most from the trip. The trip notes say you are expected to shop/cook/clean so don't expect not to. Be prepared for some brilliant walks in beautiful places, but not all day every day. You can always opt in/out of any walks recommended by the leaders, who do not always walk with the group. We found having the autonomy to choose a good thing , as it allowed us to go where we wanted at our own pace.

  • National Parks Walk reviewer 6
    Written on September 26, 2011
    5.0 - Excellent

    Writing my reveiw after returning yesterday....  Visiting the Grand Canyon has been an ambition  since childhood, and I chose this trip as I hoped it would offer a chance to see multiple sites and I believed the camping and walking would provide a real taste of the country.  I was not disappointed but how can any other holiday live up to this experience ... What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The scenery is stunning and seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time  took my breath away and put a huge smile on my face.  All of the  scenery up until Grand Canyon had been amazing and I was concerned that the big one would be a damp squib after Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands, etc etc but it wasn't : )Sunset, Moonlit and Sunrise walks were FAB FAB FABWhat did you think of your group leader?Charles Knowlton and Ryan McCarty were not only competent and well organised they were great fun and such great guys (dudes).  Across San Francisco to the wilds of the desert then to Vegas they were enthusiastic, knowledgable and incredibly patient throughout. They added humour in our visit to the ET Highway and Rachel - hats at the Grand Canyon, enchantment in the moonlit walk in Canyonlands and entertainment at the campfires ....... As a company you should be proud to have such great people working for you - look after them.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Get your head around the participative camping and think whether it is for you...  I felt it enabled us to eat some great food and gelled the group (who were all such great folk too). Tte coffee needs to go on, food needs to be cooked and this is before/after busy and long days.  The group I travelled with embraced it and everyone worked together and it resulted in great meals - ably supervised by Charles (making sure we weren't all cooking pasta), shared chores and real communual spirit.The desert is HOT HOT HOT ..... was great to get up early to walk before the midday sun (and I'm not an early bird)Is there anything else you would like to add?This trip provides an opportunity to view and experience the Awesome, jaw dropping sceenery in such gargantum proportions,.

  • National Parks Walk reviewer 7
    Written on September 26, 2011
    5.0 - Excellent

    Writing my reveiw after returning yesterday....  Visiting the Grand Canyon has been an ambition  since childhood, and I chose this trip as I hoped it would offer a chance to see multiple sites and I believed the camping and walking would provide a real taste of the country.  I was not disappointed but how can any other holiday live up to this experience ... What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The scenery is stunning and seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time  took my breath away and put a huge smile on my face.  All of the  scenery up until Grand Canyon had been amazing and I was concerned that the big one would be a damp squib after Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands, etc etc but it wasn't : )Sunset, Moonlit and Sunrise walks were FAB FAB FABWhat did you think of your group leader?Charles Knowlton and Ryan McCarty were not only competent and well organised they were great fun and such great guys (dudes).  Across San Francisco to the wilds of the desert then to Vegas they were enthusiastic, knowledgable and incredibly patient throughout. They added humour in our visit to the ET Highway and Rachel - hats at the Grand Canyon, enchantment in the moonlit walk in Canyonlands and entertainment at the campfires ....... As a company you should be proud to have such great people working for you - look after them.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Get your head around the participative camping and think whether it is for you...  I felt it enabled us to eat some great food and gelled the group (who were all such great folk too). Tte coffee needs to go on, food needs to be cooked and this is before/after busy and long days.  The group I travelled with embraced it and everyone worked together and it resulted in great meals - ably supervised by Charles (making sure we weren't all cooking pasta), shared chores and real communual spirit.The desert is HOT HOT HOT ..... was great to get up early to walk before the midday sun (and I'm not an early bird)Is there anything else you would like to add?This trip provides an opportunity to view and experience the Awesome, jaw dropping sceenery in such gargantum proportions,.

  • National Parks Walk reviewer 8
    Written on July 12, 2011
    4.0 - Good

    Great fun, good walking, lovely people. What more could you want from a holiday.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Well on return home I've been inspired to buy a dutch oven and fire pit and recreate campfire cooking in my back garden... but that probably was not what you had in mind!  Zion National Park was just lovely, an unexpected and delightful stop on the tour. The Grand Canyon is on everyone's must do list and didn't dissapoint, but on a personal note, seeing the sun rise over the Grand Canyon on my 40th birthday was pretty special.What did you think of your group leader?Rebecca and Mandy were fun and caring women.  They made it their business to ensure we had a good time, with lots of little extras like: visiting the best pie shop in Utah; wearing the grizzly bear hat to ensure we saw one; visiting the funniest milkshake stop on Route 66, getting us up early to avoid walking in the heat of the day and creating culinary masterpieces on the campfire.  But seriously women, you've gotta get 'viva las vegas' on the ipod for that final drive down the strip!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Pack insect repellent and have the quarters ready for the showers.Is there anything else you would like to add?As an extra we went to Monument Valley instead of... well I can't even remember where we were supposed to be going!  Monument Valley is "awesome" (you'll hear that a lot) and I think deserves a place this tour... go on Exodus just add it on as standard.

  • National Parks Walk reviewer 9
    Written on July 12, 2011
    4.0 - Good

    Great fun, good walking, lovely people. What more could you want from a holiday.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Well on return home I've been inspired to buy a dutch oven and fire pit and recreate campfire cooking in my back garden... but that probably was not what you had in mind!  Zion National Park was just lovely, an unexpected and delightful stop on the tour. The Grand Canyon is on everyone's must do list and didn't dissapoint, but on a personal note, seeing the sun rise over the Grand Canyon on my 40th birthday was pretty special.What did you think of your group leader?Rebecca and Mandy were fun and caring women.  They made it their business to ensure we had a good time, with lots of little extras like: visiting the best pie shop in Utah; wearing the grizzly bear hat to ensure we saw one; visiting the funniest milkshake stop on Route 66, getting us up early to avoid walking in the heat of the day and creating culinary masterpieces on the campfire.  But seriously women, you've gotta get 'viva las vegas' on the ipod for that final drive down the strip!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Pack insect repellent and have the quarters ready for the showers.Is there anything else you would like to add?As an extra we went to Monument Valley instead of... well I can't even remember where we were supposed to be going!  Monument Valley is "awesome" (you'll hear that a lot) and I think deserves a place this tour... go on Exodus just add it on as standard.

  • National Parks Walk reviewer 10
    Written on January 5, 2011
    4.0 - Good

    The travel notes description of the trip exactley matched my experiance however I had not trully realized just how long,  the long driving days would be.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There were more than one inspirational moment on this trip. Nothing can prepare you for your first view of the Grand Canyon so don't be suprised if you feel a tear. I certainly shed some. There was a full moon walk through Cathedral Gorge, accompanied by the howls of coyote's and the best view I have had yet of the Milky Way or howabout the sunrise over Canyonlands National park, the imaginery land of Mordor made real. It was one of the many occassions on this trip that I used the word "awesome" and meant every syllable of itWhat did you think of your group leader?We had the double act of Jessie AKA Jessie James and Tyler AKA Tyler Durden. Two knowledgeable but laid back individuals. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?There are some really long drives on this trip and there was less walking than I had anticipated.  This is not a trip for walking machines or those using this to come back a dress size smaller.Is there anything else you would like to add?For me personally although I appreciate the opportunity to break up the walking with some of the extra excursions( 4x4 and rafting on the Colorado river) I think there should be more thought for those who may have saved hard to pay for the trip and just can not afford those extras.  I will say on my trip the guides did take us for a couple of hours to a stream that you could chill out in but with the proviso that we were back in time for the 4x4 people to get picked up.  With a bit of forward planning there might have been a walking  route that could be done without the guides that would have suited people who had chosen a 'walking' holiday better. 

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Start Las Vegas.
  2. Day 2: To Zion N.P.
  3. Day 3: Walking in Zion N.P.
  4. Day 4: To Bryce Canyon, afternoon hike.
  5. Day 5: To Moab via Goblin Valley; walking in Arches N.P.
  6. Day 6: Walking in Arches N.P. or optional activities
  7. Day 7: Canyonlands N.P and free time.
  8. Day 8: To Monument Valley for trekking.
  9. Day 9: Visit the Grand Canyon
  10. Day 10: Free day hiking at the Grand Canyon.
  11. Day 11: To Las Vegas stopping on Route 66 en route; depart.

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Covering a total distance of approx 1,242 km.
  • Las Vegas (USA)
  • 232 km
  • Zion National Park (USA)
  • 80 km
  • Bryce Canyon National Park (USA)
  • 256 km
  • Moab (USA)
  • 18 km
  • Arches National Park (USA)
  • 360 km
  • Grand Canyon National Park (USA)
  • 295 km
  • Las Vegas (USA)

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