National Park Family Adventure

Grand Canyon

Family Tour of the Western National Parks

Explore the amazing Southwest with its countless national parks and wilderness areas on this lovely tour though wild parks and places. In Zion National Park, from a remote multi-activity adventure ranch, you have the choice of ATV rides, canyoning, rock climbing walls, or tubing down the Virgin River. Then discover the red rock hoodoos and spires from the back of a mule at Bryce Canyon National Park. Atop an aspen covered mountain near Capitol Reef National Park we camp alongside lakes for a full day of boating, fishing, and swimming. With all equipment provided, the guide will be spending time to make camping a fantastic adventure. Our next highlight, a two-night stay at Lake Powell’s remote Defiance House Lodge, provides a full day dedicated to exploring Lake Powell’s amazing water labyrinth of red rock slots and canyons. Choose to rent kayaks, paddleboards, or powerboats for a day on the lake before we head over remote desert tracks to Monument Valley, where the Navajos await our arrival. Riding in pickup trucks we will venture into the wild, spending the night around a roaring campfire watching native dances while sampling traditional cuisine. For our last stop we enjoy a visit to the Grand Canyon, where we can rent bikes to explore the remote West Rim before our tour concludes with a cruise down historic Route 66 into famous Las Vegas. Please note: Due to COVID-19, Active Tours West USA offers flexible departure dates on all multi-day tours. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your specific travel wants, dates and needs.

Amazing Views

We design our tours to give you plenty of time to have photo opportunities.

Family Friendly

This tour is perfect for a family holiday and is an excellent opportunity to learn about the National Parks and make memories that your kids and you will remember forever.

Professional Guide

Active Travel West USA ‘s professional guides will ensure your safety and help you maximize your time on tour. At the same time, our guides take great pride in showcasing the amazing destinations throughout the American West.

Camping Included

This tour provides one or more nights at a campground. Campfire inclusive.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival Las Vegas
Our hotel is centrally located in the city. Arrival and transfer on your own. We recommend a local shuttle. Golden Nugget 3-star or similar, 1 night.
Day 2. To Zion Adventure Ranch
Meet your expert tour director at 8 am in the lobby of the hotel for your introductory meeting before heading out to nearby Zion National Park. Zion is full of surprises and incredible beauty, including 800 m tall dark red sandstone walls reaching high above the Virgin River. Nearby we find our first adventure: Zion Ponderosa Ranch. This ranch is perfect for families, offering a myriad of activities geared towards children (optional). There is a lovely pool and vast grounds to enjoy as well. Tonight we relish in roasting marshmallows around a roaring campfire. Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, cowboy wagons (3 beds, communal bathroom, bedding provided; 2 nights. Drive time: 200 miles / 320 km or 3.5 hrs Jeep Tours $49 + up Jeep Tours & Rappelling $159 ATV Rides $39 Climbing Wall $12 Paintball $29 Zipline $10
Day 3. Zion NP
We have all day to enjoy Zion. Hike to Emerald Pools, follow us down the Virgin River in inner tubes ($20 pp), or wade in the Narrows (weather permitting, shoe rental $45 pp). The afternoon is at leisure at the ranch to enjoy the many activities on offer. Tubing on the Virgin River $20 Hiking, wading and swimming in the Narrows $45
Day 4. Bryce Canyon NP
The morning is at leisure on the ranch. You can book ATV tours, use the climbing wall, or participate in any of the many activities at the ranch. In late afternoon we depart for Bryce Canyon NP just in time for sunset and an amazing walk along the rim. On certain nights of the summer a local rodeo is offered (small entry fee). Bryce View Lodge, or similar 3-star, 1 night. Drive time: 60 miles / 100km or 1 hr
Day 5. Capitol Reef and Fish Lakes
Explore Bryce Canyon with our guide. Hike through the amazing formations or take a fascinating horseback ride through Bryce ($65-90pp). In the afternoon we head to our next destination, Highway 12, considered by many to be the most beautiful road in the Southwest. This narrow road was carved into the red rock domes of petrified sand dunes connecting the small towns of Boulder and Escalante. We will stop to see Petrified Trees, an ancient Anasazi Indian settlement, and amazing views over the vast desert. We camp at or near Fish Lake, high above Capitol Reef NP, in a cool aspen forest. Our guide will make camping a great wilderness adventure! Camp, 2 nights. Drive time: 150m miles / 240 km or 3 hrs Horse back riding $65
Day 6. Fishing and Boating
We have all day at leisure to enjoy the great nature of the Aquarius Plateau. Choose to go fishing, rent a boat, or take a river-rafting trip on the Sevier River (all optional, starting at $32 pp). Our guide will teach the kids about camp life, instructing them on essential wilderness skills. Boat Rental $65 Ponton Boat up to 10 pax $180 Fishing Licenses $24 Rafting $32
Day 7. Capitol Reef and Lake Powel
We descend into the desert. At Capitol Reef NP we see the remarkable rock art left by natives 1000 years ago. While in season we can pick fruit in the historic orchards before heading to Lake Powell with time to scramble in one of the local slot canyons. Our hotel is right on the Lake. Defiance House or similar, 3-star, 2 nights. Drive time: 130 miles / 208 km or 3 hrs
Day 8. Lake Powell
Lake Powell was created when the Colorado River was dammed. The river flooded a vast canyon system creating one-of-a-kind red rock scenery contrasted with pristine blue water and over 3000 km of coastline! This vast wilderness is best explored by boat. We strongly recommend you rent a powerboat, kayaks, or paddleboards to enjoy the amazing sights of this fantastic lake. Pontoon Boat Rental up to 12 passengers $550 + gas Powerboat up to 8 passengers $600 + gas Jet Ski up to 2 passengers $450 plus gas Kayak single $50, double $60 Paddleboards $90
Day 9. Monument Valley
Remote desert tracks take us east. When the ferry is running, we take a fun ride across Lake Powell to Hite Marina. Soon we reach the land of the native Navajo people. Here nomadic sheep herding communities live in earthen homes called Hogans in the middle of the desert. We will arrive in time for the soft evening light. Our Navajo guides will drive us in 4×4 trucks through the valley pointing out the famous Hollywood film locations. During sunset we enjoy an alluring dance demonstration around a roaring campfire. Tonight we sleep under the stars in Monument Valley! (You can also sleep in shared Hogans on the floor or pitch your tent in the desert). 1 night camp Drive time: 150m miles / 240 km or 3.5 hrsItinerary Content
Day 10. Grand Canyon NP
We are up early to enjoy sunrise. The 4x4s take us out of the valley to our van. Heading through the Painted Desert we soon reach the Grand Canyon NP. This massive canyon is 30 km wide, 446 km long, and 1800 m deep. You have all afternoon at the canyon. Hike or rent bikes (small fee charged) to explore the canyon. The tour director will facilitate the geology walk along the rim and offer optional helicopter rides (starting at approx. $225). Due to permit regulations, all hikes are self-guided at the canyon. Tonight we sleep along Route 66 in historic Williams. Howard Johnson, or similar 3-star, 1 night. Drive time: 230 m / 370 km or 4.5 hrs Bike Rental $30 Heli rides $225 IMAX theatre $15
Day 11. Las Vegas
This morning we enjoy a visit to Bearizona, a local safari park that allows us to see the national park wildlife up close. We spend several hours marveling at the animals that inhabit this beautiful region, including bear, bison, and other native animals. Finally, continuing along famous Route 66 and passing over the Hoover Dam we reach Las Vegas, where our tour concludes. Golden Nugget 3-star or similar, 1 night. Drive time: 200 miles / 320 km or 3.5 hrs
Day 12. Departure Day
Tour over, stay longer or catch the hotel shuttle to airport.

Tour Pricing

Age 11-25 with valid ID
  • Multi-Activity Ranch at Zion NP
  • Horseback Riding at Bryce Canyon NP
  • Biking at Grand Canyon NP
  • Water Sports at Lake Powell
  • A Night with Navajo in Monument Valley
  • 2 Nights Wild Camping Utah • Las Vegas
  • Multi-Activity Ranch at Zion NP
  • Horseback Riding at Bryce Canyon NP
  • Biking at Grand Canyon NP
  • Water Sports at Lake Powell
  • A Night with Navajo in Monument Valley
  • 2 Nights Wild Camping Utah • Las Vegas
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