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.

Suggested Itinerary (9 days, 7 nights)

Day Morning Summary Afternoon Summary Evening Summary

Flight to Las Vegas

Transfer to accommodation on arrival

Optional evening meal at a local restaurant


City tour of Las Vegas

Travel to Zion National Park

Overnight in Hurricane

Optional evening meal at a local restaurant


Explore Zion National Park with your guide

See spectacular river landscapes and learn about their formation

Optional evening meal at local restaurant or accommodation


Depart Zion and head to Bryce

Explore Bryce with your expert guide

Optional evening meal at a local restaurant


Drive to Page

Optional activities on the Colorado River (seasonal availability)

Continue on to the Grand Canyon

Optional evening meal at a local restaurant


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


Visit Montezuma Castle on the way to Phoenix

Arrive in Phoenix and enjoy some free time

Optional evening meal at a local restaurant


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


Arrive back in the UK

9 days, 7 nights Price from £1,599 pp
  • 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


Tour Highlights

Zion National Park

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!

Emerald Pools Trail, Zion National Park

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.

Riverside Walk, Zion National Park

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

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

Emerald Pool Trails

Emerald Pool Trails

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

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

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

Montezuma Castle

Montezuma Castle

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

Riverside Walk

Riverside Walk

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

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

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

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