Geography Trip to The Grand Canyon

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A geography school trip to the Grand Canyon will allow your students to take in one of the most breathtaking sights in all of the US!

This 277-mile-long canyon has been carved over millions of years by the winding Colorado River that now runs approximately 1 mile down at the base of the canyon. The canyon ranges in width from 4 to 18 miles and offers visitors views that can’t be matched anywhere else in the world.

Also not to be missed are the stunning Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. Zion is located at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin and Mojave Desert regions, which provides the park with unique geography and a variety of ecosystems, which allows for unusual plant and animal diversity. Bryce Canyon, despite its name, is not actually a canyon, but rather a giant natural amphitheatre. Bryce is distinctive due to its geological structures, called hoodoos, formed from wind, water and ice erosion of the sedimentary rocks on river and lake beds.

Geography Trip to The Grand Canyon



9 days, 7 nights

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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1


Flight to Las Vegas


Transfer to accommodation on arrival


Optional evening meal at a local restaurant
Day 2


City tour of Las Vegas


Travel to Zion National Park Overnight in Hurricane


Optional evening meal at a local restaurant
Day 3


Explore Zion National Park with your guide


See spectacular river landscapes and learn about their formation


Optional evening meal at local restaurant or accommodation
Day 4


Depart Zion and head to Bryce


Explore Bryce with your expert guide


Optional evening meal at a local restaurant
Day 5


Drive to Page Optional activities on the Colorado River (seasonal availability)


Continue on to the Grand Canyon


Optional evening meal at a local restaurant
Day 6


Spend the day learning about the formation and features of the Grand Canyon with your expert guide


Continue visit to the Grand Canyon


Optional evening meal at a local restaurant
Day 7


Visit Montezuma Castle on the way to Phoenix


Arrive in Phoenix and enjoy some free time


Optional evening meal at a local restaurant
Day 8


Optional visit to the Desert Botanical Gardens or learn how Phoenix became the go-to case study for urban sprawl


Transfer to the airport


Overnight flight to the UK
Day 9


Arrive back in the UK
  • 7 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation
  • Airport taxes and passenger duty at current rates
  • Airport transfers in resort
  • ATOL protected return flights from the UK
  • Comprehensive travel and medical insurance
  • Daily transportation
  • Detailed information pack
  • Expert guide
  • Free staff place ratio 1:10
  • Itinerary planning service
  • National Park entrance fees and hiking permits
  • Vamoos travel app - giving you access to all your trip documents on your phone or tablet
  • VAT at current rates to tour operators


A Level
  • Case study of a river catchment
  • Minerals and rocks
  • Geomorphic processes
  • Geochronology
  • Water and carbon cycles
  • Characteristics of a distinct ecosystem
  • Hot desert systems and landscapes
  • Biodiversity: flora and fauna
  • Fieldwork
  • Physical processes affecting land formation
  • Erosion, transportation and deposition
  • Fluvial landforms
  • Characteristics of ecosystems
  • Biodiversity: flora and fauna adaptations
  • Water and carbon cycles
Key Stage 3
  • Geological timescales and plate tectonics
  • Rocks, weathering and soils
  • Hydrology and coasts


Bryce View Lodge

Bryce View Lodge guests can enjoy clean, comfortable rooms and full amenities including swimming pools, spas, restaurants and shopping, all located within an easy stroll of Bryce View Lodge.All guest rooms have cable TV, direct-dial telephones, air conditioning and combination bath and showers.

Comfort Inn Zion

The Comfort Inn Zion is the finest of Zion National Park hotels. Experience the special southern Utah hospitality, outdoor pool, 18 hole mini-golf course, non-smoking rooms, free breakfast, convenient location and breathtaking views. Zion National Park, St. George, Utah and Mesquite, Nevada are just minutes away.

Hospitality Suite Resort Scottsdale Hotel

Conveniently located at the border of Scottsdale and Tempe, this charming desert getaway continues to give each guest the royal treatment. Each suite offers a fully equipped kitchen along with a telephone, a TV with cable and in room movies. In room coffee, hair dryer, iron & ironing board are also available.

Hotel Sleep Inn Flagstaff

All rooms at the Hotel Sleep Inn Flagstaff come equipped with coffee makers, hair dryers, irons, ironing boards and 27-inch televisions. Mini-suites with king beds, sofa sleepers, microwaves and refrigerators are also offered. This is a non-smoking hotel. Handicap accessible rooms are also available.Guests can expect free 24 hour tea and coffee as well as a complimentary breakfast. You can also make use of the hotels heated indoor pool and spa.

La Quinta Convention Center

The spacious rooms at La Quinta Convention Centre include a continental breakfast each morning. In addition to breakfast; the hotel has room service available from Cabana Grill; located on the sundeck in the beautiful pool area. All 251 rooms offer free high-speed internet access, cable television, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron with ironing board and an alarm clock.

Tour highlights

Explore Zion National Park

Canyoneers from all over the world are drawn to the incredible canyons of Zion National Park and it’s a fantastic place to learn about the effects of erosion. Zion National Park is located at the junction between the Great Basin, the Colorado Plateau and the Mojave Desert, and has a completely unique geography that will leave your students awestruck. Here you’ll discover mountains, buttes, canyons, mesas, rivers, natural arches and monoliths.
Did you know?

Zion National Park is home to one of the longest freestanding arches in the world. Kolob Arch spans a whopping 287 feet!

Follow the Emerald Pools Trail

The Emerald Pools got their name from the algae that gives them a green tint. One of Zion’s signature trails, you’ll see waterfalls, pools and some impressive monoliths! The trail actually follows a small stream that collects along three pools along its course. A round-trip to all three pools is 2.5 miles. The area around the pools is almost like an oasis in the desert, thanks to the beautifully lush vegetation. And the opportunity to walk behind waterfalls is something your students will never forget!
Did you know?

The middle pools offer spectacular views across to some of the park’s best-known landmarks, including Red Arch Mountain, Lady Mountain, Mount Majestic and Cathedral Mountain.

Enjoy the Riverside Walk

This easy, scenic trail will take you past hanging gardens, pools, brooklets and towering cliffs, with plenty of opportunity to see the local flora and fauna! This trail follows the Virgin River from the Temple of Sinawava up to the Narrows. This is the perfect trail for groups, as it’s suitable for all abilities and offers the opportunity to see a range of features, from hanging gardens to towering cliffs. This is also a fantastic trail if your group is interested in seeing some of the local wildlife – mule deer, blue herons, chipmunks and wild turkeys are common sightings here.
Did you know?

This trail was originally know as the ‘Gateway to the Narrows’ but it was felt that that sounded rather foreboding, so it was renamed the ‘Riverside Walk’ in the 1990s.

Educational Activities

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park is a spectacular sight and not to be missed on any trip to Utah. The name

Emerald Pool Trails

The Emerald Pools Trail was completed in 1925 and named due to the green tint the algae gives the three

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is the most famous natural attraction in the USA. It is one of the best examples of

Montezuma Castle

Rising 100 feet above the Beaver Creek floodplain, Montezuma Castle is a testimony to the resilience and innovations of a

Riverside Walk

The Riverside Walk is easy and very scenic. The paved trail follows the Virgin River from Temple of Sinawava up

Zion National Park

Zion National Park is surrounded by the towering cliffs andis known for its incredible canyons, including The Narrows, which attract

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After your trip
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