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What’s included

  • A local leader
  • Bike rental
  • International airport transfers
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • International flights (flight inclusive option only)
  • All other transfers as per the itinerary
  • Good standard accommodation
  • 15 breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 6 dinners
  • Sightseeing and activities as specified
  • Entry fees to national parks
  • The option of joining one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag

Cycling the Great American South West

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Cycling the Great American South West
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Our range of cycling tours are graded from gentle to strenuous. Full details can be found in the detailed PDF Holiday Itinerary.

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Grade: Moderate ? Moderate
Duration:  17 days from the UK  
Walks on: 4 days
Cycling on: 9 days

Flight inclusive from £5,270,
Land only from £4,395

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Stunning rides along moderately graded off road trails through some of this planet's most epic scenery.

Highlights

  • Three nights in the biking mecca that is Moab
  • Cycling along the rim of the much lesser visited North rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Hiking up to the stunning Angels landing lookout point in Zion National Park
  • Four day ride through the epic scenery of Canyonlands National Park

Reviews          

It is hard to pick a single highlight for this trip as there are so many, but I would have to say that riding along the Northern rim of the Grand Canyon with not another soul in sight was an incredible experience that I'll never forget.
Jim Davies, Operations Manager

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Utah and Arizona are home to some of the world’s best cycling routes and we are delighted to introduce this fantastic new holiday. We visit five national parks on the trip, with a perfect combination of cycling and walking used to explore these natural wonders. We walk inside Zion, Bryce and Arches and then cycle the thrilling trails on the edge of the parks.

Hiking up to the stunning Angel’s landing lookout point in Zion National Park is a superb way to start to our holiday, but the best is yet to come.  After two days in the biking mecca of Moab we head to the classic high desert scenery of Canyonlands National Park with its multi-coloured array of spires, arches, buttes and mesas. Here we take a four day supported ride along the White Rim Trail, following the edge of canyons carved by the Green and Colorado rivers.

We finish in style: discovering the classic Western scenery of Monument Valley, and riding the two day Rainbow Rim Trail; situated on the edge of the north rim of the Grand Canyon, this has to be one of the most scenic mountain bike trails in the world.


At a glance

Grade: Moderate
Moderate

Duration:  17 days from the UK  
Walks on: 4 days
Cycling on: 9 days

Max. Altitude: 2,400m / 7,875ft

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 5 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Las Vegas

Accommodation types: Hotels, Lodges, Camping

Meal arrangements: 15 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 6 Dinners.

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1
Fly UK to Las Vegas.
2
Build own bikes or try out rental bikes. Transfer to Hurricane. Ride the moderately graded JEM trail a perfect introduction to fantastic riding on offer in Utah. Transfer to Springdale, the entrance point to Zion National Park.
3
Morning hike up to Angels Landing lookout, providing unbeatable views over this natural wonder. Afternoon walk in the Narrows, as the name suggests this is the narrowest section of Zion. This gorge, with walls a thousand feet tall, and the river sometimes just twenty to thirty feet wide, provides an amazing contrast from the wide open views of this morning.
4
Transfer through Zion National Park to Bryce. Cycle to various viewpoints in Bryce and walk down into Bryce National Park. 3-4 hour loop walk of park which has been shaped and etched by millions of years of wind, water and geologic mayhem.
5
Transfer to Posey lake via Escalante. Cycle from Posey Lake to Boulder over Hells Backbone. Lunch in Boulder at Devils Grill. Afternoon ride along Burr Trail. Transfer back to Lodge.
6
Drive to Goblin Valley state park, walk the 5-hour Little Wild Horse Canyon loop with time to explore the narrow slot canyons. Drive to Moab, with the rest of the afternoon free to explore this vibrant town.
7
Morning ride up to Klondike Bluffs, along the way you will cycle past Dinosaur footprints on the slickrock (actually exceptionally grippy rock) and end up with a terrific overview of Arches national park. Afternoon transfer to Arches National Park for a walk around these incredible Arches formed over millions of years. Visit Delicate Arch for sunset. Transfer back to Moab.
8-11
Transfer to start of White Rim Trail. Fours guided days on the trail with vehicle support all the way. The trail follows the edge of canyons carved by the Green and Colorado Rivers. A multi-coloured array of spires, arches, buttes, and mesas comprise the classic high desert scenery of Canyonlands National Park. Transfer back to Moab at the end of the trail.
12
Drive from Moab to Bluff. Afternoon walk in the spectacular Natural Bridges National Monument, this beautiful walk takes you through a stunning gorge with 3 huge natural rock bridges spanning the valley floor. Transfer to overlook at Goosenecks. Evening cook out at Muley point. Transfer to lodge at Bluff.
13
Morning transfer to Monument Valley and drive down into the park, this area was home to countless westerns including many of John Ford's classics. Afternoon drive to North rim of Grand Canyon, stopping in Page en route for a view of Horseshoe Bend.
14-15
Ride the Rainbow rim trail. You camp next to one of the most scenic mountain bike trails in the world, the Rainbow Rim Trail. For the next two days you will explore 36-miles of remote forested singletrack stretching between spectacular canyon overlooks.
16
Morning ride on North rim of Grand Canyon. Drive to the bright lights of Las Vegas and fly home.
17
Arrive UK.
Leader: Local Cycling Leader, USA
Local Cycling Leader, USA

A fun personality is a major qualifier, but a strong sense of responsibility backed by years of experience is just as important. Our professional tour guides are trained extensively in wilderness first aid and CPR, bicycle handling skills and maintenance, local geography, and outdoor gourmet cooking.


Cycling the Great American South West Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - DEPART LONDON

    Fly from London to Las Vegas. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Depending on flight schedules you may well have time for a walk along the Las Vegas Strip. This is a world away from the vast open scenery you will be exploring over the next 16 days, but it is an experience not to be forgotten, where else in the world do the pavements/sidewalks play music?

    Although Las Vegas truly comes to life at night, with the change in time zones you may well be heading to bed before the sun truly sets on this electric city. There will be time at the end of the trip to experience the night life of Las Vegas.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Element Hotel In Las Vegas, Or Similar
  2. Day 2 - TRANSFER TO HURRICANE. RIDE THE JEM TRAIL (2.5hrs drive 2-3hrs cycling.)

    This morning you will be fitted up with your rental bikes for the trip, if you have brought your own pedals or saddle with you, these can be fitted now. The cost of the rental bike is included in the trip but if you would prefer you can bring your own bike along. If you have done this you will need to allow time to build it up this morning. You will drive north out of Las Vegas to the small town of Hurricane. The drive should take around 2.5 hrs and you will get a sense of how bizarre and out of place Las Vegas is, it really is a city in the middle of a desert. The scenery begins to change once you pass over the Nevada state line into Utah, home to some of America's most spectacular scenery.

    On arrival at Hurricane you will leave the main road to drive the short distance to the trail head for today's ride. The JEM trail is an ideal introductory ride to the cycling available in Utah. The ride can be tailored to the group's abilities and your guide will take their time to explain the best techniques for dealing with off road cycling. This is a beginners off road route with only one difficult section of around 20 metres that can be walked. The trail itself varies but is roughly around 1m wide with great views of Goulds Canyon as you snake your way around this incredible landscape.

    After the ride you will be transferred to your hotel in Springdale where you will have the chance to freshen up and relax before heading out for your evening meal in town. Springdale is a lovely little town that sits at the entrance to Zion National Park. One interesting fact about this town is that all the restaurants and shops are independent, there are no chains allowed. This means that there is a fantastic range of dining options for tonight, although Oscars is certainly recommended.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Best Western - Zion, Or Similar
  3. Day 3 - MORNING WALK UP TO ANGELS LANDING (3-4hrs). LUNCH IN TOWN. AFTERNOON WALK IN THE NARROWS

    Named after the homestead of an early settler, Zion is a small, but amazingly diverse National Park. The multi-coloured rocks of the main canyon complement the colours of the rich vegetation and rushing waters of streams, pools and waterfalls. Mountain lion, golden eagle and a host of smaller 'critters' may be found in the park, which offers some great short and full day walks. After perhaps a look round the visitor centre, you'll take your first walk of the trip. You will board one of the parks shuttle buses which will transfer you through this stunning park to the start of your walk. This round trip walk should take around four hours from start to finish. The walk takes you up steep switchbacks with fantastic views of Zion National Park as you make your way up. The final section of this walk is quite exposed and those with a fear of heights may wish to stay and enjoy the spectacular views at Scout's lookout. There are chains provided for the final section up to Angels Landing where you are rewarded with a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of the surrounding area including The Great White Throne, Observation Point, the Virgin River and the entirety of Lower Zion Canyon. From here you will retrace your steps back to the trailhead where you will take the shuttle back to the park entrance.

    After a satisfying lunch you will head out for your second adventure of the day, the Zion Narrows, known as 'The grandfather of all slot canyons'. For thousands of years people have been fascinated by slot canyons, steep, narrow slots cut into the earth by rivers, creeks and streams. "The Narrows" refers to the place where the parallel walls squeeze down to their most slender dimensions, evoking dramatic light, serpentine form, and, in humans, a humbling sense of beauty and grandeur. Following the Virgin River north into Zion Canyon, 750m / 2,500ft sandstone walls slowly encroach upon the river, a mere ¼ mile wide at the Temple of Sinawava. From here the Canyon walls squeeze down to an incredible 22 feet in breadth at "Wall Street" defining the world famous Zion Narrows. There is no road or trail that can take you to this place, you have to walk through the river to get here, you will be outfitted with the correct clothing for this walk before leaving Springdale, but you should be prepared to get wet as you make your way up.

    The evening will be spent in Springdale again with another opportunity to sample the great restaurants.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Best Western - Zion, Or Similar
  4. Day 4 - TRANSFER THROUGH ZION NATIONAL PARK TO BRYCE. WALK THE FAIRLYLAND LOOP 3-4 hours

    After breakfast you board your transport and make the 85 mile drive eastwards to Bryce Canyon National Park. The first leg of your journey, to Mt Carmel Junction, follows what many consider to be one of the most scenic of all American roads bordered, as it is, by cascades of multi-coloured slick-rock. Along the way you will pass through a mile long tunnel, which at the time of its construction in the 1900s was considered an engineering marvel. Also look out for the unusual 'Checkerboard Mesa'; a large sandstone outcrop, cross-hatched by windblown sand (horizontal grooves) and the effect of freeze-thaw on the natural vertical joints.

    Although smaller and less well known than parks such as Yosemite, or Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon is a firm favourite with those that have visited; it is often the one people name if asked which park they would most like to return to. Although it boasts a great diversity of flora and fauna, the park covers three climate/vegetation zones and is home to over 100 species of bird, dozens of mammals, and more than a thousand plant species - it is Bryce's 'Hoodoos' that make it so unique. A 'Hoodoo' being a rock spire formed by the action of ice and rain on the limestone rock which typifies the area. The 'Hoodoos' come in a wide variety of red, pink, yellow and even purple hues, caused by the oxidisation of iron and manganese within the rock itself.

    The Fairlyland Loop trail is a fantastic way to explore Bryce, taking you down 900 feet from the rim, away from the crowds and in touching distance of the colourful hoodoos. The walk can be done in either direction, but most commonly takes the clockwise route. Setting out from Fairyland Point you begin your steady descent into the canyon. The trail rises and falls as you pass through Fairyland Canyon into Campbell Canyon. Eventually you reach the lowest point which is marked by the surprising sight of a hoodoo shaped just like 'Tower Bridge'. From here you slowly climb back to the rim past the striking feature known as the 'Chinese Wall'. A 2.7 mile walk along the rim trail takes you back to the trailhead.

    The colours of Bryce Canyon are perhaps best experienced in the late afternoon, or early morning light. Depending upon when you finish your walk, you may well pay a visit to one or more of the park's classic viewpoints, e.g. Inspiration Point or Sunset Point.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Best Western Hotel, Bryce
  5. Day 5 - TRANSFER TO POSEY LAKE VIA ESCALANTE. CYCLE FROM POSEY LAKE TO BOULDER OVER HELL’S BACKBONE. CYCLE BURR TRAIL.

    You will leave Bryce this morning and transfer to Posey Lake to start today's ride. You are now entering cowboy country; Butch Cassidy's boyhood home lies less than 50 miles north of Bryce, and as you travel east the landscape of snow-capped mountains, extensive prairies and red rock canyons will probably look quite familiar from any number of movies. Modern day cowboys still work the land in this region, although you will probably see more in pick-up trucks than on horseback.

    The drive to Posey Lake takes you over the top of the Boulder Mountain Pass, this is a great place to get out and take in the views over the vast Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. To get to Posey lake you need to turn off the scenic 12 highway at the town of Escalante and make your way up the forest roads in your vehicle, as your van makes its way up the climb you eventually come out at the scenic Posey Lake. From here you will get on your bikes and make your way along the undulating forest roads until you get to the short bridge known as Hell's Backbone. Construction of Hell's Backbone Road was only completed in 1933 by Civilian Conservation Corps, allowing vehicle traffic between Escalante and Boulder for the first time. Until this point travel between these two towns was undertaken by foot or horseback and until 1933 the post was delivered by mule. There is now a main road connecting Boulder and Escalante known as the Hog's back, this is still a relatively narrow road as it makes its way along a jagged ridge top. From Hell's backbone you will cycle all the way down into Boulder (not to be confused with Boulder Colorado) where you will have lunch at the famous 'Devils Grill'.

    After lunch you will re-join your bikes for a scenic ride along the Burr trail. The Burr Trail Scenic Backway winds through deep slick rock canyons and rolling desert forests while providing access to the eastern portion of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, the southern half of Capitol Reef National Park, and a northern section of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The Burr Trail Switchbacks drop nearly 245m / 800ft in about a mile while zigging and zagging down the Waterpocket Fold. There are some stunning view points along this trail, offering offer thrilling views of sprawling scenery-of buttes, mesas, plateaus and mountain peaks.

    There are numerous slot canyons off the side of this main trail that can also be explored. The length of the ride will be tailored to the group's wishes and you will then be transferred back to Boulder for an overnight in the lovely Boulder Mountain Lodge, a great place to relax and unwind.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Boulder Mountain Lodge, Boulder
  6. Day 6 - DRIVE TO GOBLIN VALLEY STATE PARK. WALK THE WILD HORSE CANYON LOOP (5hr walk, 3-4 hr drive)

    After a delicious breakfast you will re-join the scenic highway 12 for your drive to Moab. En-route you will stop at Goblin Valley State Park. From here you will walk the Little Wild Horse Canyon loop. This is a narrow slot canyon with intricately sculpted sandstone walls, sometimes less than a shoulder-width apart, towering hundreds of feet over your head. This hike, located in the San Rafael Swell, may contain more beauty-per-mile than any other in southern Utah. Walking through such a beautiful canyon is an experience that you simple will never forget, with many people listing this as one of their favourite hikes in Utah. It also has the added benefit of being a lesser known trail so you are likely to have the place to yourselves. The loop itself should take around 4-5 hours. After lunch you will continue on with your drive to Moab.

    The drive continues on with some more stunning scenery before you finally arrive into Moab, the second biggest town on your trip after Las Vegas, although with a population of around 5,000 people it is still quite a bit smaller. The town of Moab is Utah's self-styled adventure capital. Long the home of Sabuagana Ute Indians, the first permanent settlement here was made by Mormon farmers between 1878 and 1879. Today the area remains a rich producer of peaches, apples and grapes. In the 1950s Moab boomed with the development of Uranium mines, followed by the discovery of oil and the extraction of Potash in the 1960s. With the decline of these industries in the late 1960s, tourism has become Moab's most high profile 'industry'. The fabulous natural scenery draws visitors from across the USA and beyond: the former mining roads are popular with off-road drivers, the rivers offer exhilarating white water rafting, while the slick-rock presents challenging routes for rock climbers and mountain bikers alike.

    Moab has a relaxed atmosphere and a good selection of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. After checking in to your hotel and freshening up it's just a short walk to find a pleasant spot for a cool drink and dinner.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Big Horn Lodge, Moab
  7. Day 7 - MORNING RIDE UP TO KLONDIKE BLUFFS. LUNCH IN MOAB. AFTERNOON VISIT TO ARCHES NATIONAL PARK. ( 3hrs cycling)

    This morning you will make the short drive out of Moab to the start of the Klondike Bluffs mountain bike trail, this is a lovely trail and a perfect introduction to the famous slick rock that this area is so well known for. Slickrock is formed from petrified sand dunes and the eroded remnants of ancient sea beds. The so-called slickrock sandstone, which forms the majority of the trail's surface, is not slick at all, but has a surface much like sandpaper. The rubber tyres of a mountain bike will grip readily to its surface on all but the steepest of hills.

    The trail starts off with a nice wide double track with occasional sand traps to test your balance. Before too long the double track joins the wide open slickrock and you then start gradually climbing up towards the Klondike Bluffs. Route finding is easy as there are white patches painted on the rock every few metres to point out the trail. Before you climb too far up, your guide will point out a row of clear Dinosaur footprints. The trail climbs 800 feet in four miles as it makes its way up to the northern tip of Arches National Park. As bikes are not allowed in this national park you will leave your bikes and continue the last half a mile on foot to the fantastic view point overlooking the rest of the park. From here you will head back to your bikes, safe in the knowledge that it's all downhill from here. This is an out and back ride so there is roughly 5 miles of downhill to go. This ride should take around three hours in total.

    You then head back to Moab for lunch before heading out in the afternoon to visit Arches National Park. As lunch will have been taken at the hottest point of the day, your walk in Arches National Park should be slightly cooler, with the sun beginning to cast long shadows and soft light onto these ancient natural monuments.

    Just five miles north of Moab is the Arches National Park, which although it boasts over 2,000 arches, really is much more than just a collection of arches. The park lies above a bed of salt, which was deposited on the Colorado Plateau around 300 million years ago, following the evaporation of a former sea. Subsequent centuries saw this salt bed overlain with a variety of deposits which became compressed into layers of rock. Eventually, the pressure of this overlying rock caused the salt layer to shift and buckle, leading in turn to a series of up-thrusts and subsidence. Relatively recently, in geological terms, this landscape has become scoured by natural forces such as wind, ice, water and heat to create an area of spires, arches, sandstone fins and steep buttresses.

    This afternoon you will take a series of short walks, taking you to some of Arches most famous features, such as Balanced Rock, The Windows and Double Arch. Dependant on time and the groups desire there will be options for the main walk but a suggested walk would be Devil's Garden, which contains the dramatic Landscape Arch. With its span of over 60ft, this arch is evidence of the continuing processes of erosion. In 1995 two large sections of rock fell away from the Arch, making it even more slender and sinuous. Most visitors to Devil's Garden head straight back to the trailhead from this point but you will pick up a 'primitive' trail which leads you deeper into the 'back country'. Although mainly a sandy path, this trail also leads you up, over and along a number of the sandstone fins. Your ultimate goal is Double O Arch, offering some great photo opportunities.

    You finish today with a late afternoon visit to one of the most iconic sights of Moab and the state symbol for Utah, 'Delicate Arch'. The route is almost entirely over bare rock and involves a gradual ascent from a stream bed up onto a broad sandstone dome. Although the walk entails a relatively modest ascent it can be tough going in the heat of the day, so your guide will probably start, or end the day with this hike. The final section of the walk involves a short stretch of approximately 350m / 1,200ft, along a ledge path cut into the rock. This path slopes into the rock that you're traversing and is a good 3-4ft wide throughout. The arch itself is hidden until the last moment you arrive just above the rocky bowl in which it stands.

    You will then head back to town for dinner and bed.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Big Horn Lodge, Moab
  8. Day 8 - TRANSFER TO START OF WHITE RIM TRAIL. GUIDE AND VEHICLE SUPPORT ALL THE WAY

    This morning you will start your four day trip on the White Rim Trail, The 100-mile White Rim Road loops around and below the Island mesa top and provides expansive views of the surrounding area. This ride can be done in three days but we prefer to take it a more relaxed pace and take four days to cycle round and enjoy the endless views and look out points. Some ultra-fit / loons choose to ride this in a day, but whether they actually see any of the views is questionable. This really is one of the most iconic rides in Utah if not the whole of America.

    This ride is not technically challenging which leaves you with more time to let your eyes wander to the incredible scenery. In total over the four days of cycling you will gain around 1,830m / 6,000ft of elevation but this only works out to be roughly 460m / 1,500ft of climbing per day. This gives you an indication of the fact that this ride follows the edges of canyons and great mesas without having to climb up and down all day to appreciate the views. If you do fancy a rest on any of the days, your 4WD support vehicle will always be on hand.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  9. Day 9 - WHITE RIM TRAIL. GUIDE AND VEHICLE SUPPORT ALL THE WAY.

    After waking up from your first night under the stars you will start the day with freshly brewed coffee and a hearty breakfast overlooking the incredible views. Today you continue along the White Rim Trail, taking in the grand vistas and iconic scenery with plenty of time to stop and enjoy where you are. Tonight your camp cook will prepare another delicious meal for you. If the skies are clear tonight you may like to sleep out under the stars, as there is no light pollution out here, you will have amazing star gazing possibilities.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  10. Day 10 - WHITE RIM TRAIL. GUIDE AND VEHICLE SUPPORT ALL THE WAY.

    Today is your last full day cycling along on the White Rim Trail, as with all the other days if you fancy taking it easy today you can just hop in the support vehicle and appreciate the views from the comfort of the 4WD.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  11. Day 11 - FINISH WHITE RIM TRAIL. TRANSFER BACK TO MOAB

    You may like to get up early today to experience sunrise in Canyonlands. This will be a magical experience as the soft light slowly lights up the plateaux, casting long shadows down into the canyons. After breakfast you will head out on your bikes to finish this epic four day ride. You will then be transferred back to Moab to check in to your lodge to freshen up and relax before heading out for dinner.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Big Horn Lodge, Moab
  12. Day 12 - DRIVE FROM MOAB TO BLUFF (2 hr drive). WALK AT NATURAL BRIDGES MONUMENT. EVENING BBQ.

    After a relaxed breakfast and time to look around the bike shops of Moab for any last minute gifts for your cycling friends it's time to head off in your vehicle for the relatively short drive to Bluff. You will have lunch in Bluff before driving out to the Natural Bridges National Monument.

    This site was discovered in 1883 by prospector Cass White as he wandered up White Canyon from his base in search of gold - instead he found these three magnificent bridges. This site was repeatedly occupied and abandoned from 9,000 to 700 years ago. Along the walk there will be signs of this habitation with rock art, tools and some ancient dwellings.

    You will have a couple of options for today's loop walk. Starting at Sipapu bridge you will walk to Kachina bridge with the fantastic wall of rock art. From here you can walk up to the vehicle or you can continue on to Owachomo bridge adding roughly another 3 miles onto the 5 mile loop. The walk would be lovely even without the three huge natural rock bridges spanning 180-268 feet across the valley floor, but with them it gives this walk another dimension.

    After your walk you will be transferred to Muley Point for an evening BBQ, with views off in the distance to tomorrows objective, Monument Valley. On your way to Muley point you will stop off at Goosenecks Overlook where you can gaze at the results of 300 million years of time.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Desert Rose Inn, Bluff
  13. Day 13 - MORNING TRANSFER TO MONUMENT VALLEY

    Today you will explore one of North America's 'must see' sights; the iconic Monument Valley. Belonging to the Navajo Nation, Monument Valley covers an area of nearly 100,000 acres and straddles the Utah and Arizona boundary. In 1938 the beauty and drama of the freestanding rock spires, buttes and mesas drew film-maker John Ford here and 'Stagecoach' became the first of countless movies made here since. It is about a 1 hour drive to reach Monument Valley, where you will be able to stretch your legs on a short three mile walk out to one of the most prominent features of the valley, The East Mitten. For those that wish, an optional 4WD excursion around the main attractions of the valley is possible instead of the walk (USD$35-50 per person, payable locally).

    You are now in the heart of Native American Indian territory and as you drive southwards you pass a mixture of isolated homesteads and small settlements. Altogether the Navajo Reservation has a population of around 90,000, whilst the smaller, neighbouring Hopi Reservation stands at around 11,000. Today tourism is an important part of the local economy with traditional crafts such as weaving and jewellery-making much in evidence. Traditional values and beliefs also remain strongly held, many enshrined in tribal law. Alcohol is prohibited on Navajo and Hopi lands (including in restaurants and hotels) and permission should always be sought before attempting to take photographs of people or their homes. The visitor centre in Monument Valley features regular exhibitions of Navajo life, art and history.

    Leaving Monument Valley you drive west through the Arizona desert for a couple of hours to arrive at the town of Page where you will have a lunch stop at the scenic Horse Shoe Bend Overlook, this is another stunning view point similar to the Goosenecks Overlook you saw yesterday and is a good spot to break your journey. From here you will drive on to reach the remote and much less visited north rim of the Grand Canyon. You will most likely camp at Locust point which is about half way along the Rainbow Rim Trail.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp, North Rim
  14. Day 14 - RIDE THE RAINBOW RIM TRAIL

    The Rainbow Rim Trail offers 18 miles (one-way) of exceptional solitude on a remote rim of the Grand Canyon. The trail offers an extremely unique experience; it is the only single track trail on the rim of the Grand Canyon open to bikes. Trails in nearby Grand Canyon National Park are closed to bicycles. As you are camping halfway along the trail this give you the perfect opportunity to take an out and back ride from your camp each day allowing you the time to fully enjoy the riding and views.

    While riding the Rainbow Rim, the views are fantastic, but somewhat infrequent, which makes you appreciate every time you come across a glimpse into the great abyss. In fact, you're never very far from the rim, but the majority of the riding is spent travelling on a well-designed and not technically difficult, sustainably built trail in forest, and across flower filled meadows. Each of the trail's five overlooks offer a distinct view and perspective of the Grand Canyon's features including the Powell Plateau, Steamboat Mountain, Tapeats Amphitheatre and Great Thumb Mesas. You will then spend the night under the stars on the rim of the Grand Canyon.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp, North Rim
  15. Day 15 - TRANSFER OUT OF GRAND CANYON TO LAS VEGAS (4-5hrs drive)

    This morning you will head the opposite way out of your campsite to explore the other half of the Rainbow Rim Trail. Again there will be incredible viewpoints to stop at and wonder at the sheer scale of this incredible canyon. When you return to your campsite you will then head off on your return drive to Las Vegas. There will be time tonight to explore the bright lights of this town and maybe take in a show.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Element Hotel Or Similar, Las Vegas
  16. Day 16 - TRANSFER TO AIRPORT FOR FLIGHT HOME

    Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the UK.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In Flight
  17. Day 17 - ARRIVE LONDON

    Today you will arrive back in the UK.

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  • A local leader
  • Bike rental
  • International airport transfers
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • International flights (flight inclusive option only)
  • All other transfers as per the itinerary
  • Good standard accommodation
  • 15 breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 6 dinners
  • Sightseeing and activities as specified
  • Entry fees to national parks
  • The option of joining one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag

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Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 2 reviews)

Reliable tour operator          

Having travelled with your company many times we know we can rely on you to give us the best possible experience on our holidays.

Incredible experience          

It is hard to pick a single highlight for this trip as there are so many, but I would have to say that riding along the Northern rim of the Grand Canyon with not another soul in sight was an incredible experience that I'll never forget.


Extend your holiday

There are many ways you can extend your holiday with Mountain Kingdoms: book extra hotel nights, relax at a beautiful beach resort, take a warm-up trek, arrange a personal sightseeing tour or enjoy specialist activities such as rafting, birdwatching or a safari.

We're happy to suggest ideas, provide quotes and make all the arrangements. We can also assist with flight and hotel upgrades. Just call us on +44 (0)1453 844400 or email info@mountainkingdoms.com and we will be pleased to help.

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