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Canyons of the American Southwest

An Expertly Guided Journey into the Hidden Corners of Bryce, Zion & Grand Canyon
8 Days From $5395
Standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon's North Rim, searching the shadowy depths for a glimpse of the silver ribbon that is the Colorado River, we're overcome by a sense of wonder at our own tiny instant in geological history. The canyon's sedimentary layers, stacked more than a mile thick, are a calendar for the millennia, formed by the erosive power of water and wind over eons. While this is known as Red Rock Country, the canyon walls glow gold, rose, rust and violet, ever changing as the high desert light works its magic. No less moving are neighboring Bryce and Zion, whose pink pinnacles and soaring sandstone ramparts round out this trio of famed Southwest national parks. Explore all three in depth on this classic Western adventure, enjoying stays in historic park lodges en route. 
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Trip Highlights

  • The Grand Canyon Less VisitedGaze into the Grand Canyon’s evocative depths from the more remote and less-visited North Rim, on this out-of-the-ordinary, small-group canyonlands adventure 
  • Helicopter Flight over Bryce CanyonOur guides reveal the wonders of Zion and Bryce Canyon, and a helicopter flight over Bryce lends a thrilling aerial perspective on the rose-colored sandstone hoodoos 
  • Stay at Historic Park LodgesClassic stone and timber national park lodges, optimally located with proximity to park highlights, offer the ambience of adventure from a century ago

See the Corners, Colors & Characters Casual Visitors Can’t!

While most people are familiar with the sweeping panoramas and fantastic formations of Bryce, Zion and the Grand Canyon, very few get to experience these iconic national parks away from crowds. Relegated to large bus tours and heavily traveled trails, most visitors miss a genuine encounter with the Southwest's magnificent monuments. Our small groups see secret places not revealed to big tour groups—nor to travelers going it on their own. Here’s how our approach is better:

  1. Experience All the Wonder & None of the Hassle
    Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon are some of America’s most popular parks. Travelers have to book months out to get desirable accommodations, and in many cases simply cannot get into the iconic national park lodges that often fill up within hours of space being released each year. Then they end up navigating the sights with hundreds, even thousands, of other visitors, trying to plot out the "highlights" while consulting brochures, maps and guidebooks. When you travel with us, we take care of it all—you’re assured of the most coveted places to stay, outstanding interpretation you’d never get on your own, and the hidden side of the parks our “insider” perspective reveals.
  2. A Small Group of No More than 13
    Our trip is limited to 13 travelers accompanied by two NHA Expedition Leaders, ensuring intimate nature encounters. This allows us to break into even smaller groups, traveling in two vehicles with access to roads and places that big buses simply can’t get to. And since wildlife is more comfortable with fewer people around, we're more likely to encounter some of the creatures that live in these rugged environs. 
  3. Private Helicopter Flightseeing Over Bryce Canyon
    Gain a rare and thrilling perspective on the canyon walls and "forest" of pink sandstone hoodoos Bryce is renowned for on a 30-minute private helicopter flight. Our aircraft flies low and slow, offering panoramic vistas you'll never get on foot. 
  4. Stay on the Grand Canyon’s Quieter North Rim
    Most visitors to the Grand Canyon concentrate on the South Rim, which is far more touristed and heavily paved than its counterpart across the chasm. More remote and less accessible, the North Rim evokes an experience of the Grand Canyon as it was decades ago, when the predominant sound was wind in the pines, and you could wander trails on the rim in relative solitude. 
  5. Take Part in Both Classic and One-of-a-Kind Activities
    We make sure you enjoy the most desired activities in these popular parks—you'll get to ride a mule into the Grand Canyon and walk The Narrows in Zion. But we also add more unusual sights and pursuits, which often end up being the real highlights of the trip. Our Expedition Leaders are intimately familiar with this region and will introduce you to the crannies, cultures and local characters that make it truly come alive.
  6. Exclusive Safari Trucks—Pop-Top Roofs Enhance Viewing
    As on an African safari, the quality of your adventure vehicle is key to exploring America's national parks. That's why Nat Hab has crafted our own new Mercedes Sprinters into specialty “North American Safari Trucks.” Three double-wide pop-top roof hatches plus large side windows allow for 360-degree views of this dramatic landscape. Everyone has a window seat and plenty of room for camera equipment and other gear. These exclusive vehicles make a big difference in your overall experience!
  7. Enjoy Personal Interactions with Colorful Local Residents
    While the geology of the Southwest is undoubtedly the greatest draw of canyon country, its human history is also fascinating. From ancient Native Americans to Mormon pioneers, from cowboys to river runners, explorers and settlers of the canyons have inspired their fellow humans for eons. We make sure you meet some of the local people who have a history here—and a few stories to tell.
  8. We Pursue the Best Light Conditions
    Bright overhead sunlight is a dominant midday feature in the desert Southwest. But it doesn’t make for the best views of canyon country, let alone photos. That’s why we seek the light conditions that enhance the stunning geological features we've come to see. In a small group, we have the flexibility to move when the light is best. Some days we’ll rise early to see the first rays of dawn bathing the rock formations in a vermilion glow. As the morning sun climbs, it reveals an astounding palette of colors on display among the natural bridges, cliffs and canyon walls we observe. We also linger at sunset, taking in the grandeur of the landscape as the colors gleam, deepen and fade. 
  9. Stay at the Most Coveted Accommodations 
    We select atmospheric inns and lodges for their ambience and outstanding locations, including two famous hotels inside the parks—Bryce Canyon Lodge and Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim. A chance to stay at these fine rustic inns that are a classic part of national park heritage adds a great deal to your experience—and you don't have to scramble for reservations, which are almost impossible for most people to get on their own.
  10. With Decades of Experience, Your Guide Knows Every Trail 
    With years of experience in this region, our expert naturalist guides know where the “paths less traveled” are located, for wildlife watching and striking views. They have secret spots where we can avoid the swarms of tourists that besiege the parks' most crowded locations, and they'll inform you about every aspect of the wildlife, geology, natural history and native cultures of canyon country. With lots of surprises up their sleeves, our Expedition Leaders share a side of the canyons that most visitors never see. See Expedition Leader bios with traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
  11. Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures an Exceptional Canyons Experience
    With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive guarantee that clearly states that we will meet the high expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
  12. Feel Good About the Way You Travel
    We all care about the planet, and you can travel with us knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100% carbon-offset. Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company, a feature that is especially critical when considering that natural ecosystems and wildlife are under substantial threat from our planet’s warming temperatures.
  13. Natural Habitat Adventures Is World Wildlife Fund’s Travel Partner
    Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our small-group nature adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world’s leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat its worldwide travel partner—a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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