Extended Southwest Adventure

Take your time exploring Grand Canyon, Sedona, and more.

 

Trip Length

9 Days

Intensity

Moderate

Group Size

10 Persons

Trip Dates

Custom Departures Available Year-Round

Included

Medically-trained, naturalist guides
Round-trip transportation
Accommodations
Activities
All meals
Park entry fees

Not Included

Gratuity for your guide

Trip Info

This sample itinerary provides an action-packed adventure in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Every itinerary can be completely customized for your group. We can help you book accommodations, or help you with a self-guided itinerary. 

Weather

With an elevation spanning from around 2000 feet to over 8000 feet, the Grand Canyon experiences a variety of weather conditions. This includes cold winters and pleasant summers at the higher elevations, with hot and drier summers at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Summer thunderstorms and winter snowfall are not uncommon.

Intensity – Moderate

Expect to spend up to 6 hours per day walking or hiking (up to 10 miles and 2500ft elevation change) while carrying day packs with water and snacks! Suitable for most fit people with a bit of hiking experience.

Accommodations

  • Glamping, camping, or hotel options available! 

Flights

We recommend flying into Phoenix or Las Vegas Airports. 

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Phoenix by the early afternoon. From there, you’ll drive to Sedona, approximately 2 hours.

Day 2

Today, you’ll spend three hours on a self-guided float of the Verde River. Included is an inflatable kayak, PFD, paddle, and a 15-minute shuttle ride to the access point where your adventure begins. 

Day 3

Spend four hours exploring Sedona’s vast open spaces and stunning diversity on horseback. Your trail guide will lead you through exciting terrain, with dramatic vistas, wildlife habitats, and plenty of history.  In the late afternoon, you will drive to the Grand Canyon.

Day 4

This morning, you’ll meet your guide outside your hotel for a private tour of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Around midday, we’ll stop for a gourmet picnic lunch in a beautiful location selected by your private guide.

Day 5

Today, you’ll hit the trails to explore the Canyon from a new vantage point. The day is tailored to your group, so we can make adjustments based on your interests and ability levels.

Day 6

This morning, you’ll make your way to Lake Powell. After checking into your hotel, you’ll take a guided kayak tour through Lone Rock Canyon.

Day 7

You will meet your guide in Page, Arizona ahead of your scheduled tour time. You’ll enter an amazing fantasy world of sandstone that has been carved by many years of wind and water. Your guide will explain the geology, culture, and history of the canyon.

After your tour, you’ll head to the stunning Horseshoe Bend. A 30-minute self-guided hike will take you to a fantastic overlook of the bend in the Colorado River. 

Day 8

This morning you’ll wake up early for a drive to Oljato-Monument Valley. Upon arrival, you’ll meet a local Navajo guide for a half-day tour of the area. You’ll travel into restricted parts of the valley to see ancient ruins, sandstone arches, and massive monoliths. 

Day 9

Today you’ll say goodbye to the Southwest as you head back to Phoenix or Las Vegas for your departure.

You may want to combine this itinerary with Arches and Canyonlands!

Pack List

  • Daypack (20+ liters)
  • Luggage (Can be left in the van. Limit of one small suitcase per person.)
  • Warm jacket
  • Rain jacket
  • Rain pants (optional)
  • Wool socks
  • Breathable wicking layers
  • Warm hat & sunhat
  • Buff or neckscarf
  • Lightweight hiking pants
  • Comfortable clothes for camp
  • Warm clothes to sleep in
  • Sandals or camp shoes
  • Pack cover
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking boots
  • Sleeping bag (also available to rent)
  • Cotton or silk sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Travel pillow (optional)
    Earplugs
  • Insect repellant
  • Sunscreen
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, hand gel, sanitary wear, etc)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Headlamp
  • Reusable water bottles or bladders (3L capacity)

Extended Southwest Adventure

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