Cowboys and Indians Family Adventure

Explore the real Wild West on this USA Family Adventure Holiday







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Holiday Overview


  • Sleep in cowboy wagons and a Native America Tepee
  • Activity options at our Ranch Resort
  • The Navajo of Monument Valley
  • Bryce Canyon, Death Valley and the Grand Canyon

The western states of California, Utah and Arizona are famous for their astounding national parks and this great family adventure takes us to most of them. Arriving in Las Vegas we visit the fierce desert environment of Death Valley (all hotels here have pools!) where the scenery is stunning and out of this world. We then spend 2 days at a ranch resort in the heart of Utah's Canyon Country, sleeping in cowboy wagons and exploring at the nearby reserve areas of Zion and Bryce Canyon. In Bryce Canyon we sleep in Native American tepees. Moving on, we spend time at Lake Powell and in Monument Valley, the ancestral home of the Navajo Native Americans. Two days at the Grand Canyon allows us to explore some of the options here; rafting on the Colorado River, biking or hiking on the canyon rim, or simply enjoying the sunset views. A final drive on ‘Route 66' takes us by way of the Hoover Dam to Las Vegas, with time to walk the ‘Strip', with its outlandish hotels and casinos. As the Lone Ranger would say....."Hi ho Silver.. away!"

explore international

Explore International. This is one of our Explore International holidays. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!

Is this holiday for you?

Suitable for children from 8yrs old

During this family holiday, we travel some long distances, but often spend at least 2 nights at the same accommodation. Exploring in the national parks can be guided or self-guided. Some of the activities at the ranch resort are optional and paid for locally. The swimming pool, hot tub and various other games are included. We overnight in simple hotels, in cowboy wagons, a tepee and have 5 nights camping. Many nights have swimming pools. All family members are expected to help with camp chores. If you wish to partake in any of the water activities you must be able to swim.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Las Vegas.
  • Drive to Death Valley, visit ghost mining town, Mesquite Dunes, overnight Beatty.
  • Return to Las Vegas via Dante's View, Golden Canyon, Badwater and Zabriskie Point.
  • Drive to Zion, walk or optional tubing, horseriding or rock climbing. Transfer to adventure ranch.
  • At the adventure ranch. Many optional activities including zip lines, wagon rides and canyoning.
  • Walks in Bryce Canyon. Transfer to Bryce Canyon Village.
  • Drive to Lake Powell. Walk through Antelope Canyon.
  • Lake Powell water activities. Optional kayaking, SUP, white water rafting, or relaz and swim.
  • Transfer to Monument Valley, via horse-shoe bends. Optional Native America Navajo jeep tour.
  • Drive to the Grand Canyon along the south rim. Camp at Grand Canyon Village.
  • Full day at Grand Canyon. Walks in the canyon or ridges. Optional helicopter ride.
  • Sunrise walk. Drive Route AA via Hoover Dam back to Las Vegas.
  • Departure day.
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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Las Vegas.

    Meet at the group hotel in Las Vegas, which will is located just a short distance from ‘the strip’! The hotel is family friendly and has a swimming pool. KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight stay at the hotel. A free airport shuttle is provided by the hotel.
    Swimming: In hotel pool.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

  • Drive to Death Valley, visit ghost mining town, Mesquite Dunes, overnight Beatty.

    We depart Las Vegas to explore the hottest deserts in North America - Death Valley. After a picnic lunch at Scotty Castle we walk along the mystical rim of Ubehebe crater. We then go to explore the ghost town of Rhyolite. This was once a booming gold mining town, and boasted the only opera house between San Francisco and Denver! We look around the ruins of the opera house as well as the school house, railroad depot and a famous house made from beer bottles! We can pretend we are in a real western movie here! We then continue to Mesquite Dunes. These rise nearly 100ft and in the late afternoon the light accentuates the ripples and patterns on the sands making it very beautiful. Of course there is also always fun to be had in the sand…roll down them, dig holes and see if we can find damp sands, and look for tracks of the kangaroo rate. We then check into our hotel in Beatty where we can escape the desert heat with a dip in the pool.
    Approximate drive time 3hrs. Note that all drive times in this description include stops for breaks and photos!
    Swimming: In hotel pool.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bl

  • Return to Las Vegas via Dante's View, Golden Canyon, Badwater and Zabriskie Point.

    After breakfast and a quick dip in the hotel swimming pool we drive to Dante’s View for the best panoramas of the Valley. We stop at Furnace Creek where we can have an optional horse ride or wagon ride. Our second stop is Golden Canyon where we have a short walk and explore the side canyons. This is great fun for the children as they can scramble on the rocks and pretend they are in Star Wars as this is where much of it was filmed. We then continue our drive before stopping at ‘Artist’s Palette’. As the name suggests these rocks are covered in an array of different colours from reds and yellows through to blues and purples. We continue to Badwater, which is the lowest place in the whole of North America, at 282ft below sea level. Our last stop on our journey back to Las Vegas is at the amazing eroded gulleys and mud hills at Zabriskie Point.
    Approximate drive time 3hrs.
    Swimming: In hotel pool.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bl

  • Drive to Zion, walk or optional tubing, horseriding or rock climbing. Transfer to adventure ranch.

    We make an early start to catch the cool of the morning as we drive through the desert to reach Zion National Park. The principal feature of Zion National Park is the red sandstone canyon of the Virgin River, together with towering red sandstone walls, pretty stands of pine woodland, delicate waterfalls and emerald pools. We can hike “The Narrows” (weather permitting), a deep chasm in the canyon or take up the option of one of a number of activities, which can be arranged locally, such as tubing (floating down the Virgin River on one-person inflatable rafts), horseback riding or rock climbing. The public shuttle takes us to all the sights inside the canyon. In late afternoon we head to our Adventure Ranch, the Zion Ponderosa Resort, in the cool hills above Zion. For the next 2 nights we’ll stay in simple but functional cowboy wagons. Made of wood, each wagon has a curved roof and traditional wooden wagon wheels and they are sited on the vast grounds of this fun adventure resort. One wagon will be allocated per family, and all meals are provided. Note that bathrooms are communal, camp-ground style. Approximate drive time 3hrs.
    Swimming: In the swimming pool at the ranch.

    • Accommodation Cowboy Wagon

    • Meals bld

  • At the adventure ranch. Many optional activities including zip lines, wagon rides and canyoning.

    We’ll spend today on the ranch, which offers a wide range of optional activities for families including rock climbing, horse back riding, canyoning, quad bike rides, trampoline bungee, zip line, wagon ride & Dutch oven dinner and jeep tours. Today is a free day to enjoy these activities or you can accompany the tour leader on a hike in Zion National Park. Ranch activities must be paid for locally, and prices vary depending upon your chosen activity. The ranch also has a very nice swimming pool for those who just want to spend the day relaxing.
    Swimming: In the swimming pool at the ranch

    • Accommodation Cowboy Wagon

    • Meals bld

  • Walks in Bryce Canyon. Transfer to Bryce Canyon Village.

    Today we head out to explore Bryce Canyon National Park, considered one of the most photogenic parks in the USA. Bryce Canyon is a unique natural spectacle, created by the erosion of colourful bedrock, which includes both limestone and sandstone, into a bewildering array of spires, fins and pinnacles which are known as 'hoodoos'. At an altitude of around 2500 metres (8200 feet), the many thousands of rock features are clustered into a number of canyons, which are cut into the eastern edge of Utah's Paunsaugunt Plateau. Predominant rock colours include red, orange, yellow and pink. We have most of the day to hike through the weird and wonderful rock formations. Tonight we overnight in a Native American Tepee in Bryce Canyon Village. These beautiful wigwam tents are erected and ready for us to enter. Each tent sleeps 8 people so it is likely we will share the tent with our fellow travellers tonight.
    Approximate drive time 2hrs.
    Swimming: In the swimming pool at camp ground.

    • Accommodation Teepee

    • Meals bld

  • Drive to Lake Powell. Walk through Antelope Canyon.

    After packing up our sleeping bags from our tepee and having breakfast (maybe fitting in a quick swim!), we drive to Lake Powell. Here, the Colorado River was dammed creating an astounding shoreline of 3000 km, longer than the entire west coast of the USA. We make our next camp close to the lake shore. After lunch we have a guided walk through Antelope Canyon. This is a mystical, narrow slot canyon carved into dark red sandstone by flowing water, and is a photographer’s dream. Thousands of years, wind and water have eroded this narrow canyon, which is 400 yards long and 130 feet deep. The rich colours and textures of this remarkable rock feature have made it one of the most photographed places in the desert states. We are guided during our canyon visit by a Native American. We’ll spend the next 2 nights at a campground near the shores of the lake.
    Approximate drive time 3.5hrs.
    Swimming: In Lake Powell.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Lake Powell water activities. Optional kayaking, SUP, white water rafting, or relaz and swim.

    There are 96 major canyons to explore at Lake Powell. The river below Lake Powell is generally considered flat water but the scenery is very impressive, with huge sandstone cliffs and crystal blue-green waters. It is possible to rent kayaks, stand up paddle boards, take a lake cruise or simply enjoy some relaxing and swimming. If you have heaps of energy then we can also arrange a half-day white water rafting expedition on the Colorado River. There is also an ‘explorer’ program which has fun-filled, educational, age-appropriate activities designed for parents and children to do together. The activities include discovery hikes, word puzzles, a field trip to Glen Canyon Dam visitor centre and an Alphabet Hunt. It has been created to teach children about Lake Powell as a natural resource, its flora and fauna, and safety. The Lake Powell Explorer pack includes maps, a badge and a completion certificate.
    Swimming: In Lake Powell

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bd

  • Transfer to Monument Valley, via horse-shoe bends. Optional Native America Navajo jeep tour.

    Today we continue our journey through the south-eastern corner of Utah to Monument Valley. Along the way we stop off at horse-shoe bends which shows off some of the best views of the Colorado River meandering around the immensely red sandstone. It’s pretty stunning here. As we enter the famous Monument Valley we will recognise it instantly from the many films that the classic scenery with the clusters of red rocks sticking out of the plateau. Here, there is the option (paid locally) to take a jeep tour with a Navajo guide which will include some of the finest viewpoints in this sacred place. Camping in Monument Valley.
    Approximate drive time 2.5hrs.
    Swimming: In the swimming pool at camp ground.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Drive to the Grand Canyon along the south rim. Camp at Grand Canyon Village.

    Leaving Monument Valley we drive to the Grand Canyon, the ultimate attraction on a West USA holiday. We stop at the Cameron trading post for some lunch, which has an interesting native art and artefact gallery. We drive along the south rim and have plenty of opportunity to admire the views before arriving at our campground near the Grand Canyon Village. There is an Imax cinema here and we have the option to watch a film of flying over the Grand Canyon. Overnight camping Grand Canyon Village.
    Approximate drive time 4hrs.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bd

  • Full day at Grand Canyon. Walks in the canyon or ridges. Optional helicopter ride.

    We have allowed a full day at the Grand Canyon, the final highlight of the journey. This is the greatest of the world's canyons, as its name implies. There are other contenders, but none has the sheer scale, colour and spectacle of the Grand Canyon. Up to 10 miles across and 5000 feet deep, it is impossible to get a true perspective of the canyon without spending a bit of time here. As the sun moves across the sky, the colours and shadows of the canyon change ceaselessly until it sets with a spectacle of changing colours. There is the option to take it easy, hike into the canyon or enjoy a short hike along the canyon rim or even to book a helicopter ride over the canyon (at additional cost - paid locally). There are also a few walking options on this day, one of these would be the Kaibab Ridge a 3-4 hr walk covering around 5km. We return to the campground for dinner and overnight.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Sunrise walk. Drive Route AA via Hoover Dam back to Las Vegas.

    It’s well worth getting up early for a sunrise walk. Alternatively it is possible to book a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon for a memory of a lifetime (optional). In the late morning we drive on Route 66 via the magnificent Hoover Dam to reach the bright lights of Las Vegas. Here we check into a comfortable hotel. 270 miles/450kms driving, approximately 4.5 hours. You can relax by the pool or take a walk along the strip which, with its outrageous themed hotels and casinos is something of a culture shock after our time in the desert. We will enjoy a final evening amongst the bright lights of Las Vegas, the city that never sleeps!

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bl

  • Departure day.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. The hotel provides a complimentary airport shuttle.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • Local English-speaking driver / guide
  • All required ground transport except airport transfers and optional excursions
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • Meals as described in the Meal Plan
  • All camping equipment except personal equipment
  • Entrance fees to National Parks and Monument Valley

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas (if required)
  • Optional activities and excursions
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses - drinks etc.

During the holiday the group will spend a total of 4 nights in comfortable 3-star hotels in Las Vegas and Beatty with swimming pools. The hotel rooms have 2 queen sized beds in them. If you are a family of 3 or 4 you will share 1 room and the 2 beds. There are 2 nights sleeping in a cowboy wagon. Each wagon has a double bed and 2 single beds. Families of 3 or 4 will be in 1 wagon and families of more will be in 2 wagons. We have 1 night in a Native American Tepee. These are basic tepees and will provide the camping equipment (except sleeping bags). Each tepee sleeps 8 people, so it is likely that you will be sharing a tepee with another family from the group. Our 5 nights camping are in tents. These are either 3 or 4 man tents. We will do everything to ensure that you are happy with your rooming allocation.

Additional hotel nights at the beginning or end of your holiday are available. Details of your first night's hotel together with an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

All breakfasts are included in the holiday price. Lunches will normally be packed or picnic lunches and these will be made up before setting out by each family from bread, cold meats, sausage, cheese, fruit and snacks which will be provided. There are 2 lunches which are not included. These are on your free day in Lake Powell and the Grand Canyon. There are many options available depending on what you choose to do on these days. Dinners are taken either in hotels or nearby restaurants or cooked at campgrounds. 4 evening meals are not included (on the 4 hotel nights in Las Vegas and Beatty). There is a wide variety of dinning options in these cities and towns and your trip leader will make recommendations on restaurants. We recommend that you budget $20 - $35 per person for each of these non-included meals.

Breakfast is sometimes included with the hotel lodging, other times it must be acquired in a restaurant or taken in camp. Hotel "continental breakfasts" are usually very basic: coffee, tea, toast, jam, cereal, though they sometimes include waffles, fruit, muesli and yogurt. Whilst camping, the tour leader will prepare breakfast and dinner, although everyone is expected to lend a hand! This is usually a fun and sociable event. Lunch provisions are also provided by your tour leader. Everyone will prepare their own lunch in advance each morning, so that it can be eaten on the day's outing. Bread, sausage, cheese, fruit and snacks are provided for this purpose. Beverages are not included. Dinner will sometimes be taken in the hotel or in nearby restaurants. Your tour leader will make restaurant recommendations.

Airport transfers are not provided by KE, however the group hotel provides a free 24hr airport shuttle service. You should aim to be at the hotel at 5pm of the first day of the land only itinerary for a briefing with the gruide, and then the group can all go out for dinner. Full details together with hotel contact information and an emergency telephone number, will be provided with your booking confirmation.

The group will be accompanied by a professional English-speaking tour leader who will also act as a guide on the walks and driver for the group vehicle.

We estimate that a total of around £150 to £200 per family member - or equivalent in dollars - should be allowed for personal spending and the non-included meals. This amount should also be sufficient to cover any miscellaneous expenses and tips to local staff. If you are intending to buy expensive souvenirs, you should budget accordingly (credit cards can be useful in this respect). Also, if you expect to buy considerable quantities of soft drinks or beer, you should make an allowance for this. Note that many of the activities on this tour are optional, and depending on which you choose to participate in, you will need to budget accordingly in addition to the sum we recommend above. Please see the separate section on Optional Activities for further information. We recommend you carry your travel money in the form of currency (US$ cash) as travellers cheques are not readily exchanged and it can be difficult to convert currency into dollars outside of the big cities. We recommend that you take a credit card with you – preferably Visa or MasterCard. Note that there are many ATMs accessible throughout the tour and that credit cards are widely accepted as payment. Small fees are sometimes charged for using them. Diners Club and American Express are not accepted as universally as Visa or MasterCard. Optional Activity Costs: Please note that these prices are correct at time of writing, but are subject to change without warning. FURNACE CREEK Horse ride, 1 hr: $45 Wagon ride: $30 ZION PONDEROSA There is a voucher system available at the ranch. You buy 10 vouchers for $109 and activities cost a certain amount of vouchers. Below is an indication of prices/vouchers: Wagon Ride & Dutch Oven dinner: Adults $35, Children $20 (pre-tour reservation essential) 1 hr horse ride: $45 (3 vouchers) 3 climbs: $15 (1 voucher) Canyoneering full/half day: from $100 depending on group size (pre-tour reservation essential) Trampoline Bungee: 5 minutes, 1 voucher Zip line: 2 rides, 1 voucher LAKE POWELL Kayaking rental, per day: $45 Stand up paddle board, per day: $90 Lake Cruise: From $45 to 125$ depending on the cruise Half-day rafting on the Colorado River: Adults $91, Children $81 MONUMENT VALLEY Jeep tour with Navajos, 2-3hrs: From $85 GRAND CANYON Imax cinema: Adults $15, Child $10 Helicopter ride, 45mins: $280 per person

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ for good service. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. On this trip we recommend that you give a tip to your tour leader. We estimate that $50 to $80 per family member, depending on his/her performance, will be sufficient for these tips. Note that in the USA it is the norm to tip for most services and it is recommended that you set aside a few dollars each day, per person, to allow for this.

There is no weight limit on this trip other than that imposed by your international carrier (normally 20kg). However, we do ask you to restrict your luggage to one trek bag and one small daypack per person due to restricted space on the tour vans. Note that during the tour there many laundromats with washing machines and dryers where you can do your laundry for a small charge

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Strong shoes or walking boots
  • Socks
  • Teva-type sandals or Crocs (for water adventures)
  • Underwear
  • Lightweight trousers / pants
  • Shirts (at least one long-sleeved with collar) and T-shirts
  • Warm jacket (for chilly evenings)
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Eyewear – Sunglasses
  • Sleeping bag (rated to +5°C)
  • Daypack 20 - 25 litres
  • Headtorch / headlamp with spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Insect repellant
  • Water bottles 1 litre / 1 quart (x2)
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Small towel
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)
  • Basic personal first aid kit : You should bring your own personal first aid kit consisting of the following: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Immodium), painkillers, plasters (band-aids), and blister treatment, Insect repellent, antihistamine cream and tablets, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are a good idea

The following items are optional:

  • Shorts
  • Swimwear (for the hotel pools)
  • Wet wipes
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Pocket-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Camera, media, spare batteries
  • Dry bag for your camera
  • Travel clothes
  • Toys/games


For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa USA

UK passport holders do not require a visa for short stays. You DO require an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any US-bound aircraft or ship. The fee is USD$14 and you should apply for it at

You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The climate is generally very stable, with plenty of sunshine and warm days during the summer. It is a dry heat with little to no humidity. Daytime temperatures vary greatly with altitude, but will usually range in mid summer between 20°C and up to 35°C. In early July and later in September, temperatures will be 4 or 5 degrees of Celsius lower than this. At night, at our highest camps on the holiday it can be chilly but the temperature will rarely fall below 10°C.

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