National Parks Loop
Days 1 - 5
Take a hike through Ruby Mountains, to the lakes of Lamoille Canyon then check out Jackson Hole, Wyoming, before you embark on a white water rafting excursion down the Snake River.
Enjoy a gourmet cook-out at our camp in view of the towering Teton Range near Jackson Lake. The next day, we explore majestic Grand Teton National Park. If you're feeling energetic, forge deep into the Teton Mountain range through Cascade Canyon to the 200-foot tall Hidden Falls.
At Yellowstone National Park, the world's first national park, we'll trek past the largest collection of mudpots, geysers, hot springs, and fumaroles on Earth! Later, we'll explore the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.
Days 6 - 8
Awaken to an early morning float in the Great Salt Lake, and explore Antelope Island. We'll also visit the surreal
Capitol Reef National Park - a hidden treasure filled with red rock arches, sandstone towers and ancient cave paintings.
The dramatic landscape of Zion National Park will be our next Utah destination. We’ll roll into the sandstone canyons where you can explore the beautiful park with a free shuttle bus that offers a multitude of stops. If you’d like to cool your heels, splash around in the beautiful Virgin River before our camp-out under the stars.
Days 9 - 12
Today we hit Bryce Canyon National Park - although not a true canyon, it is home to a brightly layered landscape that rivals the Grand Canyon. Hike through a series of amphitheaters, and you'll feel like your on a different planet.
At Arches National Park we'll trek along the Devil’s Garden trail, which takes us past arches perfect for selfies.
Later, we make our way along the mighty Colorado River and past Native American petroglyphs and crease south across the Colorado Plateau to Mexican Hat, Utah, and Navajo Nation.
For the ultimate Western experience, take an optional horseback ride or a jeep tour through the rugged desert-and-mesa landscape of Monument Valley.
Wash the dust off with a refreshing dip in Lake Powell before we roll into quaint Page, Arizona for dinner out. Get a little slice of Americana here -- show off your vocal skills at a karaoke bar, score a strike at the bowling alley, or sample the popcorn in the movie house!
Days 13 - 16
Settle in to our camp near Mather Point in Grand Canyon National Park; you'll have two full days to explore one of the most glorious natural marvels in the world. Here you can get a thrilling perspective of the canyon with an optional helicopter tour, or just sit at Hermit's Rest for a taste of wilderness solitude at sunset.
After out trek through Grand Canyon, get your kicks on the famous Route 66 to kitschy Seligman, Arizona.
Finish your adventure with a blow-out party in Las Vegas, Nevada, with a limousine tour of the Las Vegas Strip. For a taste of old Vegas, admire the spectacle of light at the legendary Fremont Street Experience or try your luck playing roulette at the Golden Nugget.
Our ultimate summer backpacking and camping holiday begins in the Ruby Mountains of Northern Nevada, where you can hike to the glacier-carved lakes of Lamoille Canyon. Spend a relaxing evening unwinding in one of our favorite hot springs, then enjoy a gourmet Green Tortoise dinner. In Jackson Hole, you'll have the option to raft the class III rapids of Snake River, or take a self-guided hike beneath some of the most distinctive mountain peaks on earth.
At Grand Teton National Park, hike the Paintbrush Canyon, or stroll to the base of Hidden Falls. In Yellowstone, discover a wilderness so incredible it was named the world's first National Park in order to preserve it. Catch the spectacular eruptions of Old Faithful and other geysers, view Yellowstone Falls from Artist Point, and watch for bison grazing in the surrounding meadows.
Take a rest from this active tour to revive yourself in relaxing hot springs and explore a bit of the Great Salt Lake, before we head to the Southwest's glorious Grand Circle.
Hike Angel's Landing Trail for breathtaking views of Zion Canyon's sheer sandstone cliffs, then take an optional inner tube ride down the Virgin River. At Bryce Canyon, take the Rim Trail or the Fairyland Trail to view the bizarre wind-sculpted hoodoos of Bryce Amphitheater.
Traveling on to Arches National Park, hike the Devil's Garden trail past eight of the park's best known features, including Landscape Arch. For the ultimate Western experience, take a horseback ride or a jeep tour through the rugged desert-and-mesa landscape of Monument Valley.
Escape the desert heat with a cool plunge into Lake Powell. From Mather Point, you'll have two full days to explore the Grand Canyon. Hike a vertical mile to the bottom of the canyon and camp beside the Colorado River, or walk along the South Rim to Hermit's Rest for a taste of wilderness solitude.
Check out a classic slice of small-town America on legendary Route 66, and finish your adventure in style with a night out on the Las Vegas Strip. End your trip there or keep the fun going and ride with us for an early morning drop off in Los Angeles* or beautiful San Francisco later that day.
* Subject to availability, additional fees may apply.
Travel by custom coach
75% of your meals
National park entrance fees
Semi-guided exploration of towns and parks
All camping fees
What's Not Included
Sleeping bag (Rent one from us!)
Hot springs entrance fees
Snacks and beverages
River rafting trip
Vegas limousine tour
Impressed by the way you combine the nicest places in the US for the least amount of money. Also impressed by the non-commercial way of travelling with Green Tortoise!
It really was the most incredible trip of my life!!! I had so much fun, saw such incredible sights, and met so many interesting people from different cultures. I will definitely be recommending the Green Tortoise to as many people as I can. Thank you so much for facilitating this form of travel to us! You allow us to make life-long memories and I'm so grateful!!!
Terrific! Couldn't be better. It was fun doing the meals together, and the food was always prepared quickly. Very well balanced food; no junk food or fast food. We had a great time. The trip was planned perfectly. It felt like we built to crescendo. By the last night — it felt like an instant community had been formed. Our guides were friendly and knowledgeable and, probably most importantly, let us know we were in good, safe hands.