Southwest Explorer Private Journey

Experience the Epic Grandeur of the Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce, Raft the Colorado River

Trip Level

The trip is level 2-3, Easy to Moderate, depending on your choice of hiking options. Most hiking is between 4,000 and 7,000 feet. For your own enjoyment, we recommend you make a special effort to be in good physical condition. Daily brisk walking and/or regular hiking are excellent preparatory exercises. You should wear sturdy, well-broken in hiking boots for maximum comfort on the trail. Accommodations are in comfortable hotels and lodges.

Please note that your guide may make adjustments to the itinerary and hiking routes, depending on local weather and trail conditions.


Most of the constructed trails cross rocky paths, natural slabs of sandstone, and sections of soft sand and dirt. Trail conditions can be primitive in some spots, so you should be able to hike on uneven surfaces, occasionally downhill over loose, sandy terrain. Hiking boots with ankle support are required. The hike in The Narrows in Zion National Park requires wading through a shallow river but special shoes and equipment are provided for you.


Moderate crowds and temperatures in April and May and in September and October make these months the ideal time to visit the national parks of Arizona and Utah. Spring brings active wildlife and blooming wildflowers, while autumn is photogenic with colorful foliage along scenic drives.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.