Our grading system explained
- Expedition Grade
For such a vast country America can seem very small, viewed, as it often is, through the distorting lens of a Hollywood movie. Stray away though from the tourist hubs and there is an incredible diversity of landscape and vistas to trek and explore; often in splendid isolation.
The National Parks of the Western States offer some of the most beautiful and iconic scenery anywhere in the world. Utah is particularly blessed with natural wonders, from the intricately carved, multi-coloured rock spires or ‘hoodoos’ of Bryce Canyon to the sheer rock faces and narrow gorges of Zion National Park; and from the vast wilds of Canyonlands, scarred by spectacular gorges, to the deep red hues and delicate rock bridges of Arches National Park.
Needless to say, the stunning scenery continues into the neighbouring state of Arizona where the vermillion rock monoliths of Monument Valley create a scene, instantly recongisable from numerous classic westerns. But it is the seemingly bottomless depths of the Grand Canyon and its incomparable beauty that forms the landscape of the most celebrated park in the region. Walking down into a canyon or high onto a rock plateau or butte, gives a perspective that cannot be gained from the roadside – it’s even possible to spend a night in a lodge at the base of the Grand Canyon on our Grand Canyon Trekking holiday and walk amidst sparkling waterfalls and lush vegetation.
All of these parks in Arizona and Utah have a wealth of walking paths and cycling routes and it is possible to escape the crowds within minutes of hitting the trail. Many reveal fascinating glimpses of the history of America’s native tribes with remarkble cliff dwellings and ancient wall art to discover. Explore them by foot on our Anasazi Trails of the American West holiday or take to the saddle and Cycle the Great American West.View our holidays here