Small group camping holiday in America

“This ever-popular camping and hiking tour spans West Coast America’s most diverse and beguiling landscapes.”


Las Vegas | Route 66 | Seligman | Grand Canyon National Park | Monument Valley | Navajo Tribal Lands | Horseshoe Bend | Antelope Canyon | Kodachrome Basin State Park | Bryce Canyon National Park | Zion National Park | Emerald Pools | Angels Landing | Death Valley National Park | Yosemite National Park | El Capitan | Half Dome | Mist Trail | Giant Sequoias | San Francisco

Description of Small group camping holiday in America

Bookended by the vivacious cities of Las Vegas and San Francisco, this 13-day small-group tour around West Coast America introduces you to an astonishingly diverse range of natural scenery, through some of the country’s most beloved national parks. Packed with adventure, cultural history and unforgettable views, the trip thoroughly immerses you in the landscape with tented accommodation and a series of exciting hikes.

You’ll journey along Route 66, an American icon, and peer down into the vast Grand Canyon, with time available for plenty of optional activities such as helicopter flights. You’ll catch sunset over Monument Valley, in the heart of Navajo Nation, discovering the magic and myths of Native American culture. You’ll learn how Antelope Canyon was formed, and take in the view from Horseshoe Bend with a Navajo guide.

Hiking highlights of this tour include the Peekaboo-Queens Garden Loop Trail through the multi-coloured hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park, taking a strenuous trek up to Angels Landing in Zion National Park to enjoy the sensational 360-degree panoramas, and walking the Mist Trail in Yosemite National Park, considered one of the most picturesque in the entire park.

Along the way you’ll be dwarfed by Giant Sequoias, feel the heat in Death Valley National Park, and camp out beneath starry skies in the desert.

This trip is a real jaw-dropper. Never a dull moment and a breathtaking vista around every bend in the trail.

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22 Jun 2020
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13 Aug 2020
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08 Sep 2020
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Holiday type

Small group adventure holiday

You will be sharing your experiences with a maximum of 13 like minded travellers and you'll have a group leader with you. Whether you are travelling alone or with friends its good value, and a great way to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of privacy. This trip will appeal to travellers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people as well as seeing new places.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

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 ( 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.

1 Reviews of Small group camping holiday in America

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2010 by

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

Each new place visited on the itinerary. The variety was brilliant.

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

Check the age range of your fellow travellers, if you are not among the first to book. I was with an excellent group ranging from 23 to 63!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, certainly. Recycling was handled extremely well and local people were used in the one place where it was possible and mattered, i.e. Monument Valley and the Navajo Indians.

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


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