Deserts and Canyons of the Southwest

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Deserts and Canyons of the Southwest
The cooler temperatures of the spring/fall season allow us to spend more time exploring some of the USA's most breathtaking deserts and canyonlands - the focus of our adventure. We begin our journey walking over petrified sand dunes and past lava tubes at St. George, before heading to stunning Zion National Park, where we climb the iconic Observation Point. In Bryce Canyon, we may need to strap on ice crampons depending on the winter conditions, as we explore the park's astounding wonderland of stone towers. At Capitol Reef we scramble over and through the twisted sandstone domes to an overlook of the immense monocline stretching over 100 km. At San Rafael Reef we enjoy an intriguing trek through narrow slot canyons before exploring the arches and discover endless natural stone arches in aptly named, Arches National Park. A full day of trekking takes us to the Needles of Canyonlands, a true wonderland of twisted sandstone rock. We will marvel at the wonders of Monument Valley, you have the choice of a jeep tour before spending the day walking through the fascinating Canyon de Chelly. Here we walk with the Navajo on trails off limits to tourists. This valley is steeped in culture and history, complete with 1000-year-old rock art, cliff dwellings, and Navajo homes. Finally we make our way to the highlight of our journey - The Grand Canyon. The south rim often sees snow and/or ice at this time of year, so we may need our winter equipment once again.

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