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Rockies Hiking

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Rockies Hiking

The Rocky Mountains of the USA are a great destination for walking – this itinerary is a two week holiday with some excellent hiking throughout.  

Tour includes
11 nights hotel accommodation
3 nights camping
14 breakfasts
13 self made picnic lunches
3 camp dinners

Day 1: Arrival in Jackson, Wyoming
Day 2: Grand Teton National Park
Day 3: Yellowstone NP
Day 4: Yellowstone NP
Day 5: Through the high deserts to Colorado
Day 6: Colorado’s Rockies to Aspen
Day 7: Aspen
Day 8: Maroon Bells
Day 9: Durango
Day 10: Mesa Verde NP/Monument Valley
Day 11: Grand Canyon
Day 12: Grand Canyon
Day 13: Havasupai Waterfalls
Day 14: Las Vegas
Day 15: Depart Las Vegas
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Rockies Hiking

 

Hiking in the Rocky Mountains and Grand Canyon
Guided Walking Tour

The Rocky Mountains are considered by many to be a superb walking destination for outstanding wildlife and scenery. Let us show you many of the famous parks, such as Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Grand Canyon, as well as exceptional hiking in the lesser known areas of the Rockies. You will explore trails known only to locals and insiders near Aspen, Steamboat Springs and Ouray, all hidden gems in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. In Grand Teton National Park we hike along lakes and below towering mountain peaks. In Yellowstone National Park we wander through the world’s largest geothermal area, renown for its immense diversity of wildlife as well as astounding geysers and hot springs. We then explore the ancient ruins of Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its 1000 year old cliff dwellings perched in alcoves above steep canyons. Then we head on to Monument Valley, where we will spend a night under the stars with the Navajo. Last, but not least, you will cap off your walking adventure with hikes in and around the Grand Canyon. We trek along its rim inside the national park and finally descend into the canyon at Havasupai, a remote side canyon, inhabited by a native American tribe, where we spend 2 nights camping in an oasis in the Grand Canyon proper.

Tour includes
11 nights hotel accommodation
3 nights camping
14 breakfasts
13 self made picnic lunches
3 camp dinners

Day 1: Arrival in Jackson, Wyoming
Fly into Jackson Hole Airport and make your own way to you hotel in the centre of Jackson

Day 2: Grand Teton National Park
At 8 am you will meet your guide at an introductory meeting at the hotel. Enjoy the cowboy town of Jackson, which is nestled below the dramatic Grand Tetons, a steep mountain range on a slip fault. Join us on an invigorating walk along the base of Grand Teton along String and Leigh Lake. Great views abound. We stop for sight seeing and wildlife watching on our way to Tower Junction in Yellowstone NP, a remote part of the park far away from the crowds. The area is known for its outstanding wildlife watching (wolves and bear). We stay in rustic cabins with communal bathrooms.

Day 3: Yellowstone NP
Yellowstone NP is the world’s oldest National Park. It protects the world’s most impressive geothermal area, along with one of the densest collections of mega fauna: bison, wolf, elk, moose and, of course, bear. We hike to the top of Mount Washburn, where we often see wild goats, and then hike along the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone for amazing views along its rim.

Day 4: Yellowstone NP
We explore the area around Old Faithful where we walk on boardwalks through geothermal pools of multiple colours and past herds of wild bison. Of course there is time to see Old Faithful erupt. We then explore the areas around Grand Prismatic Spring, Norris Geyser Basin, and Mammoth Hot Springs. In the evening we go looking for wolves in Lamar Valley near our hotel.

Day 5: Through the high deserts to Colorado
In the rain shadow of the Rockies we drive south in to the heart of Colorado’s Rockies. We cross the vast expanse of the “Great American Desert” that challenged many emigrants coming West. We follow part of the old Oregon Trail through the dry prairie, before we enter the green hills of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. After a long day on the road, nestle into your cosy motel in historic Steamboat – a renowned ski town. There is time to soak in the local hot springs.

Day 6: Colorado’s Rockies to Aspen
In the morning we hike along a famous trail past Fish Creek Falls. Then we continue south towards Aspen for the next stage of your adventure. There is time for a first stroll through this famous resort town on hidden pathways.

Day 7: Aspen
Aspen must be one of the most picturesque towns in the USA. Started as a gold rush town, it is now home to some of the richest people in the country. The walking, though mostly unknown, is world class. We take a challenging loop walk on the Lost Man Loop over a steep pass above tree-line and through hanging lakes and deep forests. This must be one of Colorado’s most scenic hikes!

Day 8: Maroon Bells
The Maroon Bells grace many postcards and rightfully so. They are beautiful peaks reflected in tranquil alpine lakes. We hike towards these proud peaks through dense aspen forests. This hike is self guided. The afternoon is off to enjoy in Aspen. Choose to visit the famous boutiques, or take the gondola to the top of Aspen Peak for above-tree-line views.

Day 9: Durango
We follow remote mountain roads south through the Rockies to Mesa Verde. En route, we drive the famous Million Dollar Highway, considered by many to be one of the most scenic highways in North America. You have the opportunity to take the famous Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge railroad, voted among the 10 best railroad journeys. We overnight at the entrance to Mesa Verde.

Day 10: Mesa Verde NP/Monument Valley
Today we explore Mesa Verde, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We can take a ranger led walk through 1000-year-old ruins, or hike the rims and mesas to impressive view points. Then we drive to Monument Valley for a highlight of the day: a night under the stars with the Navajo Indians. Arriving at Monument Valley we board our jeeps and head out into the valley. Dinner is served over a campfire while we watch traditional Navajo entertainment.

Day 11: Grand Canyon
We continue through the Painted Desert to the Grand Canyon. We reach the canyon in about 3 hours. Great views open in all directions! We take a leisurely hike along the West Rim (self guided due to wilderness regulations) of the canyon enjoying incredible views far away from the crowds. There is time for an optional heli flight.

Day 12: Grand Canyon
We depart very early for our next adventure: a descent into the Grand Canyon to the famous turquoise waterfalls of Havasupai. We reach remote Hilltop in about 3 hours. Our luggage and tents get packed onto mules that carry our gear into the canyon (each passenger is allowed to bring a limited amount of gear only). We then descend into the canyon on a well maintained trail. After about 5 hurs we reach the remote Indian village of Supai, where 300 Indians live until today. The village can only be reached on foot, helicopter or horse. We can get refreshments before we head another 2 miles to our campground in an oasis in the canyon under massive cottonwood trees. We set up our camp next to a turquoise creek between huge waterfalls and enjoy the amazing “inner canyon” scenery. Your guide prepares simple camp meals.

Day 13: Havasupai Waterfalls
We enjoy a full day at leisure to enjoy the waterfalls and scenery. You can choose to hike to the Indian village or bathe in the refreshing waterfalls.

Day 14: Las Vegas
Very early we hike out of the canyon to avoid the mid day heat. We should reach the canyon rim before noon. Those not wanting to walk can take a helicopter or ride a mule (approx. $100, optional). We then continue to our Las Vegas hotel, where we enjoy a shower and the comforts of a hotel. The tour concludes today.

Day 15: Depart Las Vegas

As this is a small group tour, there are set departure dates for this.  Contact us for more details

Bison

Credit Helen Wibley


Mesa Verde HW

Credit Helen Wibley


Monument Valley

Credit Helen Wibley


Pronghorn

Credit Helen Wibley


Tetons HW

Credit Helen Wibley

         

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Rockies Hiking

Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons have to be highlighted here as a Little Gem.  These two adjoining parks are magnificent – our tip is to plan in enough time.  On this walking itinerary, we can add further time at the beginning or end if required.
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