Hiking the Best of the West's National Parks


Hiking the Best of the West's National Parks
On a mission to visit as many of the west coast's stunning national parks as you can? This 16-day tour will get you most of the way there with plenty of challenging but rewarding hikes along the way. Embark on a steep climb out of the valley on the Mist Trail (with incredible views for your efforts) and embark on a jaw-dropping hike through The Narrows in Zion National Park. You'll have plenty of time to catch your breath in between, whether it's star gazing in Capitol Reef's designated gold-tier International Dark Sky Park or enjoying some evening s'mores at Bryce Canyon National Park to recharge for the next adventure.

Explore the geologic wonders of Capitol Reef National Park, See sunrise from the Delicate Arch View Point, Go on the Narrows river hike in Zion National Park, Hike to the world's largest tree in Sequoia National Park, Get sprayed by the waters of Nevada and Vernal Fall in Yosemite National Park, Challenge yourself to complete the strenuous Snow Creek Trail

Hotel (2 nts), participation camping (13 nts).

Group Leader
1 CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout.

Group Size Notes
Max 12, avg 10

Meals Included
13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners

What's Included
Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group. Petroglyphs at Capitol Reef National Park. Stargazing in a Dark Sky Park. Newspaper Rock State Historical Monument Visit. Lower Calf Creek Falls Hike. Queen's Garden and Navajo Loop Hike. Watchman Trail Hike. Scout Lookout Hike. The Narrows Hike. Sequoia Stargazing. General Sherman Giant Forest Hike. Buena Vista Peak Hike. Little Baldy Hike. Grizzly Giant Loop Hike. Mist Trail Hike. Snow Creek Trail Hike. Entrance fees to all national parks and monuments with hiking and walking excursions. Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

15 Nights Starting At
August 02, 2022 through September 16, 2022
3 departures, various dates
Itinerary Map
Itinerary Overview
Day 1
Day 3
Capitol Reef National Park/Moab
Day 4
Canyonlands National Park
Day 6
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument/Bryce Canyon National Park
Day 7
Bryce Canyon National Park/Zion National Park
Day 11
Sequoia National Park
Day 13
Sequoia National Park/Yosemite National Park
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Dates & prices
Additional Offers
August 02, 2022 through September 16, 2022
15 Nights from $3,059.15
(USD) Per Person
3 departures, various dates
May 14, 2023 through August 09, 2023
15 Nights from $3,649.00
(USD) Per Person
9 departures, various dates
August 27, 2023 through October 01, 2023
15 Nights from $3,899.00
(USD) Per Person
4 departures, various dates
Tour Tips
All included meals will be prepared from goods bought en route from supermarkets, local shops and markets. Breakfasts will generally consist of breads and cereals, if time allows a warm breakfast may be prepared. Many lunches will be provided en-route and will be light meals such as sandwiches and/or salads. All evening meals will be freshly-prepared hot meals, and will consist of a variety of continental and local dishes.

Optional Activities
Yosemite National Park - Yosemite National Park Hike (Free) - Yosemite Bike Rental (12USD per person)

What to Take
You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. For days in the outdoors, we recommend the use of lightweight, breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics made of wool or synthetic fibers. Cotton is not recommended for days spent hiking as it does not allow for heat or moisture to enter or escape, and it will not dry easily once wet. We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. Heavy luggage is not recommended for the health of the CEO, who will take a lead in loading the storage trailer. Due to space in the trailer, we will not be able to accommodate more than one piece of main luggage per person. A good size day-pack (20-35L) is also essential to carry your personal gear for the day, as access to luggage between destinations will be limited. This daypack will be used to carry your personal gear for the day, your lunch and a water bottle. The American west is generally known for warm weather, but temperatures do vary significantly in the mountain and desert areas especially. The day time temperature could exceed 30 C, while the night time temperatures do regularly decrease to single digits, or even possible below freezing. It is therefore important to pack clothes for warm days and cool evenings - a light jacket is necessary. Seasonal temperature ranges: March - May ; September to December: -7 C to +30 C June – August: 0 C to + 35 C Additionally, a set of smart casual clothes is also advisable.

Group Leader Description
This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our group leaders, otherwise known as a Chief Experience Officer (CEO). The CEO will be the group manager, leader and sometimes the driver - this person is knowledgeable in the routes travelled and will organize and lead the meal preparations and has experience in cooking a variety of local and international dishes for large groups. As the group coordinator and manager, the aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. They will also offer suggestions for things to do and to see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While our CEOs are trained and have resources to assist them along the way, the United States is the fourth largest country on the planet, and it is impossible for them to know everything about this massive country. We recommend local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting - we think it's the best of both worlds. Please note that specific tour guide licenses are required to guide in certain cities and regions, and as such, our CEOs will oftentimes provide brief orientation walks or drives to point out useful places like supermarkets, main squares and ATMs but for more specific or in depth destination information, an official guided tour is recommended.

About G Adventures
G Adventures has been a world leader and innovator in sustainable adventure travel since 1990. We invite you to explore a world of tours infused with inspiration and excitement that will take you off the beaten track into the real heart of the destination. Our approach to travel provides small groups and independent travellers the rare opportunity to connect with nature and local cultures.

The choices for travel are vast - from safaris and cultural treks to family vacations and exotic expeditions to places you have never even imagined, there is an adventure for everyone. If you share a lust of life and have the insatiable curiosity to travel and truly experience the world we live in, then join us and embark on a quest for the extraordinary. We are The Great Adventure People - welcome to our world of adventure travel!

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Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.