Heart of the Canyons

Classic Road Trip through the Best of Canyon Country

Trip Details

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What’s Included? Everything you need, plus everything you want.

  • The Grand Canyon - Isn’t it just gorges? Well, it’s a whole lot more than that, but it is gorgeous, as you’ll soon find out for yourself! There are no words, or even photos, that can truly capture the magic of the panoramic expanse when looking out over the South Rim.
  • Soggy Bottoms: Zion National Park’s “Narrows” is a fantastic hiking venue, in which you’ll experience incredible slot-canyon scenery and unforgettable adventure. Hiking along a river in a slot canyon has been known to result in wet socks, beaming smiles, and pure outdoor bliss.
  • In-spire-ing: Marvel at the countless spires and rock formations of Canyonlands and Arches National Parks as you trek through the landscape by 4-wheel and 2-feet.

Heart of the Canyons

Trip Type: Custom-Made Travel

Territory: North America

Region: Desert Southwest

Trip Price: $3,395

Duration: 10 days/9 nights

Trip Begins/Ends: Las Vegas, Nevada / Grand Junction, Colorado

National Parklands: Arches NP;Bryce Canyon NP;Canyonlands NP;Grand Canyon NP;Zion NP;Grand Staircase-Escalante NM

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All custom travel is tailored to the desires and interests of our traveling clients (see How Custom Travel Works tab). Trip pricing detailed is an estimate of the per person pricing for the sample itinerary detailed and includes all of the lodging, activities, and guided experiences described. Actual pricing for the trip designed expressly for you and others traveling with you will depend on the features and elements developed during the trip planning process. Travel with Off the Beaten Path requires agreement to our standard Terms & Conditions.

Energy Index

Energy Index Spectrum

No Sweat - 1-2 miles of walking or hiking per day, plus easy activities

Nice & Active – 3-6 miles of hiking or walking per day, plus physically active exploration

High Five! – 5-12 miles of hiking per day, plus possible peak bagging or other action-oriented fun

Heart of the Canyons

Heart of the Canyons - Energy Index

The Energy Index detailed above relates to the level of exertion associated with the sample trip detailed. This would be modified to fit the style and ability of your group as a part of the custom trip planning process

How custom-made travel works at Off the Beaten Path

We’ve been tailoring custom journeys for clients since our very inception in the mid-1980s! The process is all about connecting the interests of the travelers with the best that a given destination has to offer. To achieve this, we rely upon good ol’ fashioned conversation! Our geographically focused travel designer love to meet new people and learn about their interests for travel. Understanding your goals informs the process immensely and serves as the foundation for the development of a bespoke travel experience for you and yours.

The trip detailed on this web page is a sample of something we’ve done for other clients over the years. In order to start the process of designing your own custom travel experience, just call us at (800) 445-2995 and ask to speak with one of our Travel Advisors. After a bit of time on the phone, you will then have the opportunity to connect with one of our travel designers.

The entire planning process is very personalized and works in an iterative fashion until a final, perfect trip has been created. We then secure all of the lodging, activities, and guided experiences associated with your trip and send along abundant trip materials capturing these details – and much more about your travels!

Itinerary

Day 1: Las Vegas, Nevada

Land in Vegas, and head straight for the beautiful Bellagio! Be entranced at an evening performance of “O” by the one-and-only Cirque du Soleil. After, consider a walk along the strip to see the Bellagio Fountains and Mirage Volcano at night!

Days 2-3: Grand Canyon National Park

Your next stop is the one-and-only Grand Canyon. The canyon’s depth and immensity are truly stunning, leaving you with only one word: Wow! Stay in park accommodations within walking distance to the rim, allowing for a stroll along the rim before coffee, after dinner, or both! Spend a day exploring and hiking with an expert naturalist, who will tailor the day to your interests and help you wrap your arms around this oh-so-Grand Canyon!

Days 4-5: Zion National Park

You’re off to a completely different canyon, this one carved by the Virgin River in Zion National Park. The Desert Pearl Inn is a wonderful base, located on the river outside the park’s entrance, surrounded by red rock walls. Another full day of exploring with a local naturalist lends itself to your visit. Enjoy a day of hiking to high places, to emerald pools, or through the Zion Narrows, or consider learning the ropes of canyoneering. At day’s end, relax by the pool, then walk to dinner and delight in Southwest cuisine!

Day 6: Boulder, Utah

You’re off to lesser-known territory today, and the area around Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. En route, stop at Bryce Canyon National Park, taking time to marvel at the bright orange spires from overlooks or along a short trail. Relish a stay at Boulder Mountain Lodge, a beautiful retreat set in the heart of Escalante. Indulge in delicious, creative, southwestern cuisine at the lodge’s renowned organic restaurant.  

Days 7-9: Moab, Utah

Head for Moab, one of the country’s true adventure capitals! Settle in to fine accommodations on the banks of the Colorado River, a short distance and world away from the bustle of town. One day brings a very memorable day of 4x4 exploration in the exceptional Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. Slowly – very slowly – make your way over Elephant Hill, then take to the sandy washes and slickrock of Chesler Park. Day two takes you on a private, naturalist-guided outing to Arches National Park, to gawk at the crazy-cool arches, bridges, and formations, some with very fitting names!

Day 10: Fly Home from Grand Junction, Colorado

Drive along the Colorado River through Castle Valley to Grand Junction, Colorado, for flights home.  

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