National parks tour
Rocky Mountain High tour
Cross country wilderness ski tour
Backpacking the canyons of Utah

 

National Parks tour of the United States

The trips listed below are for seeing the most parks you can possibly see in that time. With this trip you might be able to see 10 or more different parks and sights. The bus holds a total of 30-38 people on the bus. So there will be many other people riding with you. The price of the tours may change, depending on when you are going.

If you want to go by yourselves or on different date a custom trip by van can also be arranged if you have a group of 6 or more. but the itinerary and price may be different and not as many parks will be seen. For example a custom trip just for your group by van may see just three or four parks for example: yellowstone, Glacier, Grand Teton, snowy range mountains.

This sample itinerary is a general overview. We cannot guarantee any one destination or activity. Driver has authority to change it according to weather or any other conditions to give you the best and safest possible trip.

National Parks Trip

We depart San Francisco from 1st and Natoma at 9pm on Friday. This is our first overnight drive and we'll wake up at beautiful Pyramid Lake Indian Resrvation for a great cook-out breakfast. You'll have time for a swim and a soak in piping hot water from an amazing geyser, and later in the day, maybe a chance to visit Spencer Hot Springs and Angel Lake or see some night life in Elko, Nevada. Our second night is spent on another comfy drive into the Targhee National Forest followed by white whater rafting on the Snake River (optional -about 20$). We'll visit historic Jackson, Wyoming and then camp with an amazing view of the

Tetons!

After another gourmet breakfast there are many hiking options in the Grand Tetons- from as easy to as strenous as you want. A short drive brings us to our next camp on the outskirts of Yellowstone National Park. We'll spend two full days in Yellowstone visiting Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Fountain Paint Pots, Mammoth Hot Springs, Biscuit Basin, Artist Point or many of the other unique places in the park. We'll keep our eyes open for bison and elk as we drive through the beautiful terrain of the world's first national park. An overnught drive takes us to Flaming Gorge National Recreation

Area and Reservoir. Dinosaur National Monument and the Green River are

next with their one-of-a-kind visitors center and archeological dig.

An overnight drive finds us at Arches National Monument and a beautiful walk through Devils Garden to view 8 different natural sandstone arches carved by the meanderings of ancient rivers. We drive back through the park (make sure to watch the scenery!) and to our campsite beside the Colorado River After breakfast and a swim we head off to a town stop in Moab, and then on to Canyonlands National Park for another camp-out and more extraordinary hiking in your choice of gorgeous canyons.

The next day we reach Hovenweep National Monument and visit pueblo ruins left by the Anasazi Indians.

From Hovenweep the good red road leads into the Valley of the Gods for a peaceful, secluded campout under the stars. From the Valley of the Gods our iron horse takes us through Monument Valley and stunning Navajo lands. The next destination is the North Rim of the Grand Canyon for a hearty breakfast and a top-side hike with spectacular views of the world's most famous canyon. An overnight drive to Kodachrome Basin and an optional ride with a local cowboy leads to the night's camp.

The next morning we're up early for a quick breakfast and a short drive into Bryce Canyon National Park for awesome views and a magical hike down into the canyon. When we leave Bryce we head toward Zion National Park and camp just outside the park. Early the next morning we drive into Zion and have lots of options- hiking to heavenly Angels Landing, pretty Emerald Pools or the Virgin River Narrows, taking a guided tour along the canyon floor, or enjoying a short, easy (optional) horseback ride. Leaving by mid-afternoon will get us to Las Vegas for a

dinner on the town and all the neon madness you can handle. After sleeping it off overnight on the bus we'll shoot for a quick early morning hot springs stop and then roll into Bakersfield to drop off our Los Angeles bound friends. Then its back to the City by the Bay for fond Sunday evening good-byes and fun at the Hostel.

 

 

Rocky Mountain High Tour - Colorado

Simply stated, Colorado is one of America's great scenic treasures. Within its borders are some of the world's most spectacular alpine features towering above-timberline peaks that are snow clad year-round, countless lakes and beautiful mountain valleys.

In so many ways, the park also is acelebration of Colorado, a state renowned for its high mountain majesty, attributable in no small measure to the presence of 54 named summits exceeding 14,000 feet in elevation. Our program assembles in Boulder mid-afternoon With an opportunity to explore this vivacious town, which is home for the University of Colorado. Early the following morning, we'll shuttle west into the high country to Brainard Lake, gateway to the Indian Peaks Wilderness. Our first hike climbs modestly above Brainard, reaching timberline rapidly. The climb intensifies as it courses through the alpine tundra with magnificent open views of the Great Plains to the east and the snow clad Indian Peaks to the west. Our destination is magnificent Mount Audubon, whose 13,222-foot summit promises views of two of

Colorado's most famous "fourteeners" Mount Evans and Long's Peak. (7 miles) We're headed to Estes Park following the hike and we'll spend our next two evenings in at the campground, We'll enter Rocky Mountain Park on Day 3 and hike from the Glacier Gorge trailhead, following Glacier Creek as it carves its course through the Gorge. Early into the hike, we'll encounter thundering Alberta Falls and then its on to some of the park's most renowned lakes. In rapid succession, we'll climb to the Loch, rise beyond tree line to Timberline Falls, scramble up a ledge along the falls to Lake of Glass and beyond, finally reaching our destination incredibly beautiful Sky Pond, nestled in the shadow of Powell and Taylor Peaks. The views of all that we passed are breathtaking as they unfold in a panoramic fantasy in the course of our descent. (9 miles) Following a second night at the Campground, we'll shuttle along Trail Ridge Road to a more moderate, but no less spectacular hike to Fern Lake. Initially, we'll walk along the Big Thompson River to Fern Falls.
A final mile and we're at the lake with the rugged peaks of the Little Matterhorn and Notchtop as its dramatic backdrop (7.5 miles)

It's on to Grand Lake on the park's western slope, where we'll spend our over nights in one of our all-time favorite mountain retreats the Grand Lake Campground, overlooking the lake for which it's named. The hike planned for Day 5-9 provides a variety of fascinating experiences, including a glimpse of some of the park's history. Our route is the Colorado River Trail, a short distance from the park's western entrance. The initial section of the trail parallels the mighty Colorado River the River which carved the Grand Canyon and numerous other gorges along its course, but at this point near its headwaters is a gently flowing stream. The trail leads to the remnants of Lulu City, a mining community built in 1879 in hopes of striking gold and silver, only to collapse in failure five years later. At the height of its frenzy, the town boasted a hotel, post office and even a brothel. We'll hike a short distance beyond Lulu City for a view of the Little Yellowstone Canyon for a hint of the gathering force of the Colorado. (9 miles) We'll return to the Grand Lake Lodge for a final evening and then hike leisurely to Adams Falls along the East Inlet Trail from Grand Lake on our final day before returning late-afternoon to Boulder and Denver.

Cross-country wilderness ski tour.

Ski Colorado Mountain Pass Tour at a remote area. We will be staying in log cabins or Yurts. Both are very warm.
7days 6 nights

This area is a very remote area in the wilderness of Colorado. We will pick your group up at Denver airport and transfer your group (1 hour north of Denver), We then drive to to a huge mountain pass. This has some of the best scenery in Colorado, with mountain peaks over 13,000 feet high. The areas we will be going are over 11,000 feet high. There is snow there that is over 9 feet deep. Class C difficult 3 days of Rustic conditions, The rest will be Comfortable/Pleasant conditions Elevations of 10,000 to 13,000 feet. Intermediate to Advanced level of cross-country ski ability, and very good fitness level, and stamina. Will be skiing with heavy backpacks for half a day for 4 days. And with day packs the rest of the days.

Day 1 Pick up at Denver airport overnight in small town.

Day 2 Pick up at Hotel drive to trailhead and ski to Mountain Lake and go sledding on a nearby hill.

Day 3 Arrive to trailhead to a high mountain pass Telemark ski the snowfields and drive to Cabin.

Day 4 Ski to mountain wilderness cabin stay overnight. (with backpacks)

Day 4 Ski to the lake or surrounding safe tree area going back on the trail.

Day 5 Ski to a wilderness Yurt and spend the night. (with backpacks)

Day 6 Ski the surrounding area

Day 7 Ski back to the car and Drive back to Denver to drop off at the airport.

 

Exotic Worldwide Adventures can also arrange and lead tours to the 10th mountain division huts in Colorado. This will be a tour skiing from hut to hut sometimes going to 3 or more different huts in the tour. These huts are located in remote mountain areas of Colorado, with elevations of 10,000 to 13,000 feet. The huts offer very comfortable conditions, with kitchen, beds,

fireplace, etc.

(PLEASE NOTE THAT THE 10TH MT. DIVISION TOURS WILL TAKE MORE TIME

TO PLAN AND ARRANGE THEN THE MOUNTAIN PASS TOUR IS NOT READY AT THIS TIME, BUT CAN BE ARRANGED. THIS TOUR IS ALSO MORE EXPENSIVE)

Includes:

Ski tour, Ski Lessons, all accommodations, Ground

Transportation, Airport transfers, tour guide, Meals include 5

breakfasts, 5 dinners, and 5 lunches.

BACKPACKING THE CANYONS OF UTAH

We drive to the trail head 1,200' above the river. We hike down into the canyon & arrive at camp under a grove of giant cottonwoods

Day 2

This canyon has two forks to explore. One of the forks is a winding narrows that goes for many miles. It is hard to stop hiking in this intriguing narrows for each canyon bend beckons you to continue. In places you may touch both walls at once & the sky is just a narrow strip of blue.

Day 3

We hike up to the base of a Navajo Sandstone cliff and follow an ancient trail with spectacular views. Granaries broken pottery and, in a huge alcove, a granary with a round front door so intact that fingerprints in the mortar are still visible are all part of the day.

Day 4

A spur off the main canyon is a beautiful walk beneath overhanging tapestried walls with a wonderful surprise at the end. We continue our hike to the upper part of the canyon where ancient pecked steps

allow access to a redrock gorge.

Day 5

On this day we will see petroglyph panels on the river. That dates back at least 2000 years. Another has large bird like figures. Our hike continues to the tighest narrows of all. As we enter the sky disappears and we are left with occasional shafts of light.

Day 6

On the way back to the trail head we have the option to explore a lush riparian fork of a side canyon.

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