WILD WEST ROCKY MOUNTAIN TREK SEATTLE to LOS ANGELES

DEPARTS SEATTLE to LOS ANGELES

Trek Code: RMS Destination: USA West Departs: Jul-Sep Accommodation: Camping Age Range: 18-38

Tour Overview

This unique tour traverses three distinct regions of the West to create an incredible combination of beautiful mountains, national parks, cowboy country, Indian lands, deserts, lakes and cities. With a week each in the Cascades/Northern Rockies area, the Colorado Rockies and the Desert Southwest, this is truly the complete Western experience – Rocky Mountain style!

 

Included Highlights

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Authentic Western Ranch stay

Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset

Wildlife viewing opportunities

Native American museum

Scenic walks and hikes

City tour of Hollywood, LA

See stunning Lake Powell

Cruise the Las Vegas Strip

Visit iconic Horseshoe Bend

Incredible National Parks – Mt Rainier, Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Rocky Mountain, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon & Zion

Plus you get…

Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader

Private transportation with free Wi-Fi

All accommodation – 18 camping, 1 hotel & 1 western ranch nights

All camping equipment (except sleeping bag)

Flexible Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops, highlights, and included experiences, but with lots of optional activities to choose from, stops at some of your leaders favourite places and occasional changes in local conditions no two Trek trips are ever the same so come ready for a unique adventure.

 

Optional Activities (paid locally)

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There are loads of exciting optional activities for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don’t. Below are the main optional activities for this trip, these can be arranged once you are on tour via your Tour Leader and are paid for locally.

 

> Grand Canyon helicopter flight US$244-$274

> Navajo guided 4×4 tour of Monument Valley US$45-$55

> Western Saloons US$varies

> Grand Canyon IMAX theater US$15

> Las Vegas clubs & casino shows US$10+

> Limo ride in Las Vegas US$25-$30

> Chuckwagon dinner in Jackson US$22-$32

> Swimming at Lake Powell US$FREE

> Whitewater rafting on the Snake River US$77-$124

> Kayak rental at Lake Powell US$45

> Las Vegas rollercoasters US$4-$30

> Western Rodeo in Jackson US$20-$25

> Horseback riding in Jackson US$65

> Strawberry Park Hot Springs US$10

> Mountain bike rental in Telluride US$25

> River tubing in Zion US$15

Tour Itinerary

As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.

 

Day 1: Seattle & Mount Rainier National Park

From the Emerald City, Seattle, travel a short distance to the jewel of the Cascade Mountains, Mt. Rainier National Park. A spectacular start as hiking trails jag up and down and pine trees cling on for all they’re worth. An afternoon hike will be on offer considering there are over 300 miles available on the parks’ network of trails.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 2: Montana

Into the Big Sky cowboy country of Montana. The alpine meadows, snow-streaked peaks and glinting lakes of Montana’s wilderness will be sure to impress!

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 3-4: Glacier National Park

If the scenic ice-carved valleys and hikes along turquoise lakes don’t get you snap happy in Glacier National Park, nothing will. Grizzly bears, moose, elk, mountain goats, marmots and a host of birds and small animals call Glacier home. Hike in one of the most beautiful and natural settings for an incredible introduction to the Rocky Mountains.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 5: Western Ranch Stay

Playing hard, eating well and telling tales are all in a day’s fun at our included mountain ranch stay, an unmissable feature for travellers to Montana!

Accommodation: Western Ranch included (multi-share)

Day 6-7: Yellowstone National Park

Heading out of Montana into Wyoming, we reach Yellowstone National Park for a glorious two-night stay. View explosive geysers and colourful waterfalls while exploring the world’s oldest and most famous national park. Keep your eyes peeled for the abundant wildlife. Bison, moose and elk roam the park – best be quick on the draw with your camera.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 8-9: Grand Teton National Park & Jackson

Next, wonderful views and hikes await in majestic Grand Teton National Park. With few foothills to speak of, the jagged peaks here rise like teeth from lush, flat meadows against a bright blue sky. Check out Inspiration Point; the name is no exaggeration and the hike will keep you smiling. Wild West? You betcha. Next we visit the truly western town of Jackson, Wyoming. Rafting the raging Snake River rapids, one of America’s last great untamed rivers, should get the adrenaline pumping. So might a shot of ‘Red-Eye’ Whiskey at the Silver Dollar Saloon.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 10-12: Wyoming & Rocky Mountain National Park

Back on the highway, those mountaintops rarely slide from sight. Colorado, here we come, for two days exploring the heart of the Rockies at the spectacular Rocky Mountain National Park. You’ve got company on the trails: try to spot elk, mule deer, moose, bighorn sheep, black bears and coyotes who hang out here too. Why not rest your bones in the evening in the Strawberry Hot Springs.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 13-14: Arkansas River & Colorado Rockies

Travel along America’s spectacular mountain roads to old gold rush towns such as Ouray or Telluride. Walking and biking in the craggy scenery demands strong legs and lungs and nearby hot springs provide welcome relief.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 15: Monument Valley

We head to the Navajo Tribal Lands of Monument Valley. The only things to pre-date the origins of Native American culture are the towering buttes and mesas which dominate the awe-inspiring landscape. Take the opportunity to experience it close-up with an optional jeep ride and a visit to the Navajo Indian Reservation, before setting up camp on the edge of Monument Valley. What a place to swap campfire stories and songs.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 16-17: Grand Canyon National Park

Next we come face to face with the most awe-inspiring national park of them all, the Grand Canyon. Nothing you have ever seen before will prepare you for this spectacular site! Lace your trusty boots and hike Bright Angel Trail to Indian Gardens and on to Plateau Point for one heady view… or take to the sky on an optional helicopter flight for a bird’s eye view. One thing’s for sure, this place looks incredible from any angle, especially walking along the rim at sunset or sunrise.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 18-19: Lake Powell & Zion National Park

Lake Powell, formerly the great Glenn Canyon, offers an unsurpassed desert experience. Go for a swim in the clear blue waters or just relax on the shore and take in the beauty of this man-made oasis. We stop at Horseshoe Bend for that classic viewpoint of the Colorado River snaking through the canyon. Onwards to Zion National Park to swim and to explore the hidden canyons or maybe hike to Angels Landing. Okay, so getting up there can be devilish at times, but the famous trail puts on a full 360-degree display of this magnificent national park.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day 20: Las Vegas

With a sudden burst of neon, Vegas is right in your face – the greatest show on earth! Cruise “The Strip” in a super-stretch limo, indulge in an all-you-can eat buffet, take in a show or just watch the amazing crowds, neon signs and attractions that many hotel casinos have to offer. And if that’s not enough, take a helicopter flight back down The Strip or just gamble the night away in one of the world class casinos.

Accommodation: Hotel included

Day 21: Los Angeles

We stop by the Mojave Desert for that classic Joshua Tree photo stop before making our way to the ‘City of Angles’, Los Angeles…where the sun goes down and the stars come out. Upon arrival we enjoy a tour of the eclectic Venice Beach, the most ideal place in LA for people watching and enjoying food by the beach from one of the many stalls. There may be time on the way back to go via Hollywood before the curtain finally comes down on an incredible tour.

 

This tour ends at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs..

 

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