Rocky Mountains and the Grand Canyon
- The American south-west at its rugged best
- Trek in the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks
- Camp with the Navajo in Monument Valley
- See the awesome Grand Canyon
- Visit the highlights of Monument Valley
This excellent hiking holiday in the Rocky Mountains starts out with an exploration amongst the diverse landscapes and amazing wildlife of the Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks. Our hikes here take us to wilderness lakes and to world-famous geysers, including 'Old Faithful'. We then travel south to Colorado and visit less well-known areas of the Rocky Mountains, close to the ski towns of Steamboat and Aspen, where we hike the Fish Creek Falls and Lost Man Loop trails. Continuing our journey via the Million Dollar Highway to Durango, we visit the ancient Indian ruins of Mesa Verde and also camp out with the Navajo to enjoy a stunning Monument Valley sunset. Finally, we round off this incredible adventure with walks in and around the Grand Canyon, trekking along the West Rim and descending to Havasupai Falls, to spend 2 nights camping in the depths of this awe-inspiring gorge. For a taste of the American south-west, this holiday is hard to beat.
Is this holiday for you?
This is not a long or continuous trekking holiday. It is a series of day-hikes and shorter walks in several of the most scenic areas of the Rockies and environs, linked by driving days some of which are necessarily long. Most of the paths that we will be walking on are well-established and maintained. The day's walk will vary between 3 hours and 7 hours, with some of them including a reasonable amount of ascent and/or descent. This trip does not reach very high altitudes. There are several longish driving stages, including the 8-hour leg from Yellowstone to Aspen on Day 5.