THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST MULTI-SPORT ADVENTURE

 

Dates: September 7 - 16, 2018

States: Arizona, Nevada & Utah
 

Maximum Trip Capacity: 7 people

Age Range: 18 - 34

Itinerary

Day 1: Nevada Desert Gems

Heading out of Las Vegas in the morning, we head for a short hike to a mountain summit overlooking Red Rock Canyon and the surrounding desert. Along the way to Utah, we stop at an infamous desert park with spectacular rock formations for sunset.

Day 2: Ultimate Canyoneering Adventure

We start off the day in Zion National Park, which contains the amazing terrain and abundant water supply needed for an epic guided canyoneering excursion. The day continues as we hike up a slot canyon in ankle-deep water, to reach a picturesque waterfall.

Day 3: Utah's National Park Treasure

A few of my favorite hikes in the USA are located in Zion National Park, and on this day we have the pleasure to experience 2 of them. We start by heading up the Virgin River into a slot canyon with impressive 2,000 foot vertical walls on either side. For sunset, we hike up a narrow cliff formation to an infamous viewpoint.

 

Day 4: ATVing Sand Dunes & Navajo Nation

We fire up our pre-selected ATVs or UTVs and head for the sand dunes of southern Utah for half a day. In the latter half of the day, we enter Arizona and visit the most fabled landmarks of the Navajos including Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend.

 

Day 5: Exploring Lake Powell

A powerboat will be waiting for us on the shores of Lake Powell, which we will use to cruise the waters of one of the largest reservoirs in North America, all surrounded by majestic landscapes. Activities include a short hike to the widest natural bridge on Earth as well as optional cliff jumping and swimming.

                                                                   

Day 6: Sunrise in The Grand(est) Canyon

On this day, we set our alarms super early as we head into the dark abyss of The Grand Canyon before dawn. After catching sunrise, the group has optional excursion choices included a scenic airpline flight, mule ride or simply relaxing a bit. We catch sunset with views of the highest peaks in Arizona.  

 

Day 7: Sedona a.k.a. Red Rock Country

Two of Sedona's most adventurous and picturesque hikes are done on this day, one of which is pictured in the gallery below. A mid-day break is taken for cliff jumping and tanning at a nearby water hole. Dinner options include rattlesnake appetizers and pricky pear margaritas. 

Day 8: "Sin City" Celebration

Driving out of Sedona, we complete our grand tour loop and head back to Las Vegas, stopping at a Native American arts and crafts market, the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead along the way. Farewell Party, starting in our suites and heading out to one of the clubs on The Strip (but who actually knows).

Day 9: Colorado River Relaxation

A relaxing day after our celebrations the previous night, we head to a perfect spot on the Colorado River for tanning, swimming and cliff jumping. Dinner at a historic saloon serving local cuisine to cap off the epic adventure.

Tour Price Includes:

•9 Nights Lodging (1 night in a 2 Bedroom Balcony Suite in Las Vegas)
•2 Luxury SUV Rentals (Mercedes, BMW or Cadillac)

•AHGA Certified Hiking Guide, Olivier Smolinski

•Guided Canyoneering Excursion

•Full-Day Private Boat Rental

•4 1/2 Day ATV/UTV Rentals

•Antelope Canyon Guided Tour

•Canyoneering Shoe Rentals

•Hoover Dam Guided Tour
•DRONE Footage
•Car Fuel Expenses
•Boat Fuel Expenses
•All National Park & Other Entrance Fees
•Highway Tolls & Parking Fees
•Headlamps (For Tour Use, Before Sunrise or After Sunset)
•Water


Tour Price: $1695​

Deposit: $850 required to reserve your spot

Tour Price Does Not Include:

•Flight to/from Las Vegas, Nevada (~$330)

•Food

•Tips for Guides

•Medical Insurance

•Day 6 Optional Excursion

•Souvenirs and other Personal Expenses

Hiking:

The trails we will hike vary in difficulty from easy to moderate; the toughest hike will be 5 miles long round-trip which we will use to get to our sunrise location in the Grand Canyon, as seen in the banner image.

Driving: 

This tour requires shared driving responsibilities, executing this itinerary consists of a team effort where everyone pitches in equal amounts.*

 

Booking:

Accepted payment methods are Credit Card, Venmo, QuickPay, PayPal or Cash.

A $850 deposit is required to lock in your spot, if for any unexpected circumstance you can’t make it, the deposit can be applied to any future tour if you notify me at least 4 weeks prior to scheduled departure. The other $845 is due 4 weeks before the start of the tour. With 4 weeks remaining, the $850 deposit becomes non-refundable while the $845 can be applied to any future tour until 1 week before scheduled departure. If cancelling within 1 week of scheduled tour departure, no trip costs can be refunded.

Note on Itinerary:
Although I do my very best to adhere to the tour schedule, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond my control (weather conditions, road/trail closures, etc.).

*Exceptions can be made for those who are uncomfortable driving an SUV or without a valid driver's license. This applies to all tours.

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TESTIMONIALS

"Olivier’s Trails is a truly unique travel experience. Olivier's passion for the outdoors and adventure is reflected in his thoughtfully crafted itineraries. From the local culinary experiences, thrill inducing activities, to details such as timing to catch the sunset at some of the most magnificent peaks in the world, Olivier’s attention to detail and overall preparation is reflected in the day to day of his trips... The 10 day European Alps ski trip Olivier crafted is one I’ll never forget. Highly recommend to those looking to experience the world through the lens of the outdoors."

Monika

Chelsea, New York

"Upon my return, I was asked... How was your trip? and my response was... An adventure of a lifetime! Olivier is truly dedicated to what he does and his intense enthusiasm shines through. He had planned an adventure-packed, scenic trip that included everything from rock climbing to whitewater rafting and hot spring sunsets in the Pacific Northwest that I will always treasure. Everyday the group trekked through new trails, saw amazing views and caught incredibly picturesque sunrises/sunsets. Olivier is passionate about what he does and you cannot go wrong joining him on his trails!"

Dominika

Glendale, New York

"Olivier organizes thorough itineraries and takes the hassle of planning, logistics and research away so you just need to fly to your destination and enjoy your time. He'll take you off the beaten path and show you an active vacation in a way you most likely haven't experienced before, all while sharing a ton of knowledge with the group throughout the adventure. Each day is packed with adrenaline-filled activities and after your tour is over, you will surely be coming back for more. Highly recommended!"

Jakub

Greenpoint, New York

"Olivier provided the most unique and adventurous way to enjoy the beauty Costa Rica has to offer. Rather than going on the typical tourist excursions, we were immersed into the local atmosphere in every way possible. From surfing, to rappelling waterfalls, each and everyday was its own extraordinary adventure.

Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful experience. I truly felt I was living my best life in Costa Rica!

PURA VIDA"

Paulina

Little Neck, New York

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