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Mountain Trail

  • Code #MTS
  • 14 Days
Duration
14 Days
/13 Nights
Availability
May,2017-Sep,2018
Group Size
Max 13
Departure City: 
Seattle
Ends in: 
Los Angeles
Accommodation
Camping

Trip Overview

Follow the rugged Rockies from Seattle to the spectacular canyons and windswept deserts of Southwest USA. As you escape into the great American outdoors you'll travel through breathtaking scenery, stopping off at iconic national parks and red rock desert, all whilst trying to spot the local wildlife. Don't get used to the quiet life for too long, as the tour finishes up with the neon city of Las Vegas and the 'City of Angels', Los Angeles. Enjoy carefree days, campfire nights, hiking, rafting, swimming and horseback riding... all on one exhilarating two week road trip.

Included Highlights 
  • White water rafting on the Snake River, Jackson
  • Old Faithful Geyser & bubbling mud pools in Yellowstone
  • Wildlife watching - look out for moose, bison, elk and bear
  • Iconic views from Dead Horse Point State Park
  • Enjoy an epic sunrise or sunset at the Grand Canyon
  • The bright lights of Las Vegas
  • Travel on iconic Route 66, visiting the town of Seligman
  • City tour of Hollywood, LA
  • Amazing national and state parks & monuments - Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Arches, Dead Horse Point, Monument Valley & Grand Canyon
Treknical Details

Interests

Deserts & Canyons
National Parks
Small Group
Wildlife

Accommodation & Transportation

Group Size
Max 13
Camping
11 Nights
Hotel
2 Nights

Food & Meals

  • We operate a Food Kitty on this trip - you will need to contribute US$10 a day which covers all your meals whilst camping

Other Inclusions

  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation, camping fees & equipment (except sleeping bag)

Essential Information

  • Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote (UK only).

Resources

Mountain Trail
Download Trek Tips
Seattle
Download City Guide
Los Angeles
Download City Guide

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best overnight stops, highlights and included experiences, with plenty of optional activities to choose from. No two Trek trips are the same, with stops at some of your tour leader's favourite places and occasional changes to the itinerary, so get ready for one awesome adventure!

As this tour departs at 07:30 hrs we recommend that you book pre tour accommodation. Please request further details at time of booking.

As you'll be setting off early doors, it's definitely worthwhile flying in a few days before the tour starts so you can explore Seattle. Seattle has heaps of cool things to do, including a trip to the top of the Space Needle for some awesome views of the city. Depart the city and get to know your new Trek friends as you cross Washington and Idaho's Bitterroot Range into 'Big Sky Country'. Montana welcomes you with rugged mountain peaks and wide open spaces. You’re definitely in for one heck of a road trip!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

After enjoying a night under a brilliant blanket of stars, you reach Yellowstone National Park for a glorious two night stay. View the iconic and explosive Old Faithful Geyser and colourful waterfalls, while exploring the world's oldest and most famous national park. Keep your camera handy to capture the abundant wildlife that roams the park such as bison, bear, moose and elk. 

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Next up, wonderful views and hikes await you in the majestic Grand Teton National Park. With few foothills to speak of, the jagged peaks rise like teeth from lush, flat meadows against the bright blue Wyoming sky. Next we visit the truly Western town of Jackson. An included white water rafting trip on the Snake River rapids, one of America's last great untamed rivers, should definitely get the adrenaline pumping. If you prefer to stay on dry land how about a shot of  'Red Eye' Whiskey at Jackson's Silver Dollar Saloon?

Please note: Due to the total solar eclipse occurring on August, 21st 2017, the Mountain Trail tour departing on 19th August, will not be overnighting in Jackson, Wyoming due to accommodation availability which has been booked up for years. Instead your group will stay in Victor, Idaho which is approximately 38 minutes’ drive from Jackson Town. We will endeavour to keep to your original itinerary as much as possible although it is still unsure how many people are turning up for the event, and how congested the roads will be.  

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Ferry across Jenny Lake US$15
Mountain biking from US$30-$70
Horseback riding US$65
Western rodeo from US$20-$25
Western saloons US$varies
Million Dollar Saloon US$varies
Chuck wagon dinner US$25-$35

Say goodbye to the mountains and hello to the unique red rock scenery that marks the start of the Desert Southwest as you head for the border with Utah. You'll soon see why the intrepid explorer John Wesley Powell gave this place the name Flaming Gorge, as you watch the sun reflecting off this unique red rock landscape. Grab your camera and snap away as you admire the awesome sunset over Flaming Gorge and Green River. The views are out of this world!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Known for being the USA'S natural adventure playground, Moab is next up on your itinerary and boy will you be impressed! Arches is called Arches National Park for a reason, and as you start to explore you'll be amazed at the countless number of incredible red rock formations dotted all over the park, shaped by the elements. Delicate Arch is one of Utah's most famous icons and people travel far and wide to see the awesome freestanding 20 metre arch (65 ft.) in all its glory. After hiking to Delicate Arch why not get your helmet on, as this amber terrain is perfect for mountain biking with its dips, climbs, twists and turns. Alternatively, you may be tempted by the thrill of a Hummer tour through the red rock scenery! If this isn't enough, you'll pay a visit to Dead Horse Point for amazing canyon views of the snaking Colorado River below.

 

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Mountain biking US$100
Float trip on the Colorado River US$60-$91
Extreme off-road hummer tour US$90-$100
Canyoneering US$100

En route to Monument Valley you stop at the viewpoint of Moki Dugway for an awesome view of the road snaking down the mountainside and across the red rock desert. Next it’s off to one of North America's most iconic landscapes, used as the set for countless Western movies. Immerse yourself in the native culture on an optional (and highly recommended) guided jeep tour of the Navajo Reservation and backroads. Marvel at the sight of towering buttes and mesas which dominate the awe-inspiring landscape during the day, then when the sun goes down swap campfire stories under a blanket of stars.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Navajo guided 4x4 tour (day) US$55
Native American Museum FREE

Strike out across the desert in search of one of the 'Seven Natural Wonders of the World', the Grand Canyon. An early morning start has its rewards as this jaw-dropping landscape comes alive with colour at sunrise. Take to the sky to witness the Grand Canyon's monumental red and gold formations from up high on an optional helicopter flight. Hit the rim trails for incredible views of the canyon, hike down to Plateau Point for views of the rushing Colorado River, or check out the aptly named 'Ooh Aah Point' on the South Kaibab Trail. Whatever view of the Grand Canyon you go for, you'll never forget the moment you first lay your eyes on this incredible place.

 

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Helicopter flight US$254-$284
IMAX Theater US$15

Today you travel a section of the original Route 66 and make a stop at the little town of Seligman, packed with quirky shops full of iconic road trip memorabilia. Next it’s off to the main event, Las Vegas! With a sudden burst of neon, this desert oasis appears before your eyes. A-list stars swarm to this 24/7 party town - you may not make it into any of their swanky parties, but you can feel like a total legend if you take a cruise down The Strip in a super-stretch limousine. The possibilities are endless in Vegas. Tour the glamorous hotels, take in a show, ride a roller coaster or go clubbing all night. You can even have a 'sham' wedding if you like, and marry whoever (or whatever) you like! For those with a little cash to splash, why not take an evening flight down the Las Vegas Strip? Epic!

Accommodation

Hotel nights included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Clubs & casino shows from US$10
Limo ride US$25-$30
Roller coasters US$25-$40
Helicopter flight US$124
Get married in Las Vegas (not legally binding) US$220
Go karting US$26
Gun range US$20-$100

Finish your tour in style with a stroll around Hollywood and see the famous stars on the Walk of Fame. If you decide to stay on a few more days, why not head down to Venice Beach, the perfect place for some last minute relaxing in the Californian sun? To truly get under the skin of America's biggest city, add an Urban Adventure on to the end of your tour to explore with a local.

This tour ends at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

 

Accommodation

None included. Tour ends at 17:00 hrs

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour
We offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from additional hotel nights, travel insurance, city sightseeing and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place.

Our tours usually depart at 07:30am and finish around 5:00pm at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.

 

SEATTLE - CLARION HOTEL

3000 S 176th St, Seattle, WA 98188

This hotel is conveniently located next to Seattle-Tacoma Airport, with a 24 courtesy shuttle and is adjacent to the Light Link Rail to downtown Seattle.

 

Twin share (With a trekker of the same sex)
From £63 | US$90 | Eur76 | AU$114 | NZ$119
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £110 | US$157 | Eur132 | AU$198 | NZ$208
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

The hotel is located one mile from the airport and they provide a free 24-hour airport shuttle service (a nominal tip of approx. US$2 per person is recommended). When you arrive at the airport, go to the courtesy hotel phones in the baggage area and dial #38 to request a pick-up. To meet your shuttle follow the signs to the shuttle pick up area. Head up the escalators, over the sky bridge and back down ground level and wait at island 1 or 3.

Our tours usually depart at 07:30am and finish around 5:00pm at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.

 

LOS ANGELES - ALOFT EL SEGUNDO

475 N Sepulveda Blvd, El Segundo, CA 90245

This hotel offers free WiFi, air-conditioning, cable tv and ipod docks, plus an outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness centre and free shuttle service to LAX.

 

Twin share (With a trekker of the same sex)
From £80-106 | US$115-151 | Eur96-127 | AU$144-191 | NZ$152-200
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £140-185 | US$200-264 | Eur168-222 | AU$252-333 | NZ$265-350
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

The hotel operates a free transfer from LAX airport and the shuttle can be picked up at the designated hotel courtesy shuttle area and operates on a continuous loop every 20 minutes. For airport drop-off, please arrange this with the reception staff. Please note whilst this service is free a tip of US$1-$2 is generally expected.

Our specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our Trek destinations. We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. 

Why Book Your Flights with Trek?

  • Secure your flight with a deposit of only £125 per person
  • Date changes free of charge (subject to terms)
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At TrekAmerica we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday. That's why we recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. TrekAmerica can offer you comprehensive travel insurance which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed we do.

If you do not take our policy, you must ensure that the policy you do take offers an equivalent level of protection and covers you for the activities involved - be aware that some policies do not include, or restrict, coverage for this type of travel. ​

See our insurance page or download our insurance tips pdf for more information.

There are loads of exciting optional activities available for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. A list of optional activities and approximate costs are shown at the end of each day by day itinerary descriptions above.

Your tour leader will arrange your chosen activities during the tour so no need to pre-book. You'll also pay for these locally so ensure you budget for the bucket list items!

As local weather conditions and seasonality can change not all optional activities may be available on your trip and prices can be subject to change.

Reviews

What our trekkers say

5 out of 5

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Past Trekkers Review

Phenomenal. It just got better every day.

Reviewed August 2016
If you enjoy being outdoors and want to see the best highlights of the US West coast, this is the trip.Crossing over 8 states and experiencing a range of activities in addition to the national parks from the Rodeo to Vegas. It was better than I had anticipated. The tour leader was phenomenal and the...
Past Trekkers Review

Breathtaking landscapes. Challenging hikes. Nice people. Party in Vegas.

Reviewed July 2016
With this trek I definitely made the right choice. To experience the most wonderful and diverse landscapes of the Westcoast and end the two week experience with an unforgettable party night in Vegas, was one of the best things I have ever done in my life.
Past Trekkers Review

Great hiking, beautiful scenery and professionel tourguide

Reviewed May 2015
A completely amazing experience. We had 14 days of great experiences like hiking in the national parks (Moab, Monument Valley, Yellowstone, Zion etc.), our tour guide was the best. He also took us to places outside the programme without we missed anything else and made lots of surprices for us as we...
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