American National Parks walking holiday
Description of American National Parks walking holiday
This 11-day American national parks walking holiday leads you into some of Western USA's best-loved landscapes.
Zion, Bryce, Arches and the Grand Canyon are among the scenic backdrops for a mix of challenging and easy-going, and always inspiring, hikes. March off into the wide blue yonder of both world-famous rock formations and lesser-trodden trails carved through aeons of exposure to the elements.
From hiking off the beaten track in Monument Valley in the company of a Navajo guide to strolling around the switchbacks leading to Angel's Landing in Zion, this USA national parks hiking tour leaves you in no uncertain terms as to the majesty and natural beauty of America's network of national parks.
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It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies in place, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
We operate small group tours that have a low impact on the communities we visit and we always ensure our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The maximum group size for this trip is 12. This allows us to stay in unique and characterful accommodation that would not have benefitted from tourism due to their limited size.
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking trip. It is a quiet, low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem and our trip leaders encourage clients not to stray from paths to minimise this.
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We have an excellent long-term relationship with the local operator who employ and train all leaders. We provide refresher training with a focus on Responsible Tourism, so our local leaders can educate our clients locally on helping to preserve the way of life in their area.
When hiking we stick to marked trails to reduce our impact on the local environment and we camp in the designated grounds regulated by each National Park. At campgrounds (and throughout the trip) we employ a leave no trace policy in regard to litter - everything taken into the park is taken out to preserve the local environment. We recycle wherever possible on the trip and all leaders are trained in responsible tourism to enable them to follow best practice and enforce our leave no trace policy. We encourage all clients to use reusable water bottles and re-fill them from taps rather than throwing away plastic bottles. Local shuttle services are used for transportation within the parks.
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