Day by Day
- Outbound Flight
- Train Journey
- Return Flight
Fly from the UK to Jackson, Wyoming, with a change of aircraft en route. You will need to clear customs and immigration at your first point of entry. Upon arrival in Jackson make your own way to your downtown hotel, the 49er Motel, or similar. The remainder of the day is free to explore the town or relax after your flights.
The day starts with an 08.00 introductory meeting, after which you will have breakfast then meet your fellow hikers in the lobby. You can then enjoy the cowboy town Jackson, which is nestled below the dramatic Grand Tetons, a steep mountain range on a slip fault. Join an invigorating walk along the base of the Grand Teton Mountains, along String and Leigh lakes where great views abound. You will then depart for Yellowstone National Park, stopping for sightseeing and wildlife watching on the way. Your destination in Yellowstone is Tower Junction, a remote part of the park and far away from the crowds. The area is known for its outstanding wildlife viewing, especially for wolves and bears. Your accommodation in Yellowstone will be rustic cabins with communal bathrooms within the park, or a motel just outside the park (Cooke City area)
Yellowstone is the world’s oldest national park. It protects the world’s most impressive geothermal area, along with a rich variety of wildlife, including bison, wolves, elk, moose and, of course, bears. This morning you will hike to the top of Mount Washburn, where wild goats are often seen, and then hike along the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone for amazing views along its rim.
Today you will explore the area around Old Faithful where you will walk on the boardwalks through geothermal pools of multiple colours and past herds of wild bison. Of course there is time to see Old Faithful erupt! The group will then explore the areas around Grand Prismatic Spring, Norris Geyser Basin, and Mammoth Hot Springs. In the evening you will go looking for wolves and bison in the Lamar Valley near your hotel
In the rain shadow of the mountains, today you will travel south into the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. You will cross the vast expanse of the “great American desert” that challenged many migrants coming west. The group will then follow part of the old Oregon Trail through dry prairie land, before entering the green hills of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. After a long day on the road you will arrive in the historic town of Steamboat Springs, renowned for great winter skiing. There is time to soak in the local hot springs (a small fee is charged) upon arrival. Your accommodation will be a downtown motel.
Day 6Steamboat Springs
This morning you will hike along a famous trail, past Fish Creek Falls and amidst magnificent mountain scenery. You will then continue south towards Aspen for the next stage of your adventure. There is time for a stroll through this affluent resort town on arrival. Your home for the next three nights will be Stonebridge Inn or a similar mid-range hotel.
Aspen must be one of the most picturesque towns in the USA. It was founded as a gold rush town, but now it is now home to some of the richest people in the country. The walking, though mostly unknown, is world class. The group will take a challenging walk on the Lost Man loop, over a steep pass above the treeline and past hanging lakes and deep forests. This must be one of Colorado’s most scenic hikes.
The Maroon Bells grace many postcards and rightfully so. They are beautiful mountain peaks reflected in tranquil alpine lakes. This morning the group will hike towards these proud peaks through dense aspen forests. (This hike is self guided). The afternoon is free to explore Aspen. You may wish to visit the renowned boutiques, or take the gondola to the top of Aspen Peak for magnificent views over the tree-tops.
Your route today takes you along remote mountain roads, heading south through the Rockies to Mesa Verde. En route, you will drive along the Million Dollar Highway, considered by many to be one of the most scenic highways in North America. You will also have the opportunity to travel on the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge railway. Your hotel this evening will be the Baymont Inn, or similar, in Cortez, near the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park.
Today you will explore Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can either take a ranger-led walk through the 1000-year-old Ancestral Pueblo ruins, or hike along the rims and mesas to impressive viewing points. You will then travel to Monument Valley for a highlight of your trip - camping under the stars with the Navajo Indians. Arriving at Monument Valley, you will travel in 4x4 vehicles and head out into the valley. Dinner is served over a campfire while being entertained with traditional Navajo singing and dancing.
Your journey today takes you through the Painted Desert to the Grand Canyon. After around a three hour journey you will arrive at the canyon where magnificent views open in all directions. You will then take a leisurely hike along the West Rim of the canyon (self guided due to wilderness regulations) enjoying incredible views, far away from the crowds. There is time for an optional helicopter flight before departing to check in to your hotel which will be the Red Feather Lodge or similar.
This morning you will depart very early for a descent into the Grand Canyon and to the famous turquoise waterfalls of Havasupai. All the luggage and tents will then get packed onto mules, that will carry the gear into the canyon (each passenger is allowed to bring a limited amount of luggage only). You will then descend into the canyon on a well- maintained trail. After about five hours you will reach the remote Indian village of Supai, where around 300 Havasupai native Americans live today. The village can only be reached on foot, helicopter or horse. Here you will be able to get refreshments before heading another two miles on to the campground, which is set in an oasis in the canyon under massive cottonwood trees. Your camp will be set up next to a turquoise creek and between huge waterfalls which offer amazing “inner canyon” scenery. This will be your home for two nights and your guide will prepare simple camp meals during your stay.
Today you will have a full day at leisure to enjoy the waterfalls and scenery in this tranquil part of the Grand Canyon. You can choose to hike to the Indian village or bathe in the refreshing waterfalls.
Very early this morning the group will hike out of the canyon to avoid the midday heat, aiming to reach the canyon rim before noon. Those not wanting to walk can take a helicopter trip or ride a mule (approximately $100, optional). You will then travel by road to your Las Vegas hotel (La Quinta or similar) where you can enjoy a shower and the comforts of a hotel at the end of your trip.
Make your own way to Las Vegas Airport to board your overnight flights back to the UK.
Arrive back in the UK.