National Parks holiday in America, Western explorer

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Responsible tourism: National Parks holiday in America, Western explorer

We are committed to offering low impact tours that benefit both the places and communities we visit as well as our travellers. It is important for us all to be aware of the delicate balance that exists in the variety of natural wonders you will visit. National Parks and monuments, archaeological sites and other sensitive areas should and must be treated with respect.

We have created a 'Travellers' Code of Conduct' to help prepare and inform our groups of the various positive or negative effects they could have on a destination. The code includes tips on everything from handling wildlife encounters to how you can help to conserve precious natural resources. Our tour leaders will explain this code of conduct during the first night’s orientation talk and encourage you to follow it throughout the tour.

This code includes following the ‘Leave No Trace’ ethic, this is an international campaign that is designed to help us minimise the impact on the National Parks and other wilderness areas that we visit. Some key guidelines we follow include keeping to existing trails, staying in official campgrounds and disposing of all waste responsibly and recycling whatever we can.

We are proud supporters of Bay Area Wilderness Training (www.bawt.org) a charity based in Oakland California which works to connect disadvantaged children in the local urban area with the great outdoors. Their work helps to provide these young people with life changing experiences which they can
apply to everyday life. Everyone booking with Grand American Adventures has the option to donate £1/$1/€1 to support this well-deserved charity and we will match this donation.

Whenever possible, we use local accommodation and activity providers. We also shop locally for groceries, eat in small family-run restaurants and visit local shops whenever possible. This all brings economic benefit to the local communities that we visit.

When visiting desert areas it is important that we help to protect this fragile environment. The desert’s natural way to avoid sand erosion is by creating cryptobiotic soil which creates a living crust on the desert floor. This special soil helps the desert to protect itself from wind and rain erosion and promotes plant growth. All our tour leaders encourage our travellers to stick to the path to avoid damaging this special soil which can be hard to see.

In Monument Valley, we use a Navajo guide to show you their native lands. This gives you an opportunity to interact with and understand the community on an individual level; it also puts money back into the local economy to help sustain the future of their community.

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Reviewed on 09 Oct 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


All of it was incredible but climbing Angel's Landing was the highlight, it was
extreme!!!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go and enjoy it! Be prepared for the hiking, make sure you've got sensible gear and check the temperatures before you go, the weather was quite warm when we were there (Sept/Oct), some of the hikes are pretty strenuous but they're all worth it. And there were always loads of options if you didn't fancy a big hike.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. Staying at hotels and buying from local shops helps support businesses and local workers. We followed the National Parks' "leave no trace" policy to reduce environmental impacts and learnt a lot about the flora and fauna of the environment we were exploring. We spent some time with Navajo guides which brings income to them and helps us become more aware of different cultures.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Amazing, the best holiday I've ever had!

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


So many highlights! Hiking to Angels landing & sunrise in Bryce canyon plus of course helicopter flight in Grand Canyon.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Bring flexible attitude and relax.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Our stay in the Navajo reservation fits this criteria.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very worthwhile & enjoyable.

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