21 Best USA Desert Holidays
1 Canyon escape
Travelbag Adventurers (tel: 01420 541 007) offers 14-day canyon hiking tours ending at the Grand Canyon. From pounds 999 per person, including flights, camping and hotel accommodation.
2 Mountain biking
Exodus (tel: 020 8675 5550) does a 15-day mountain and desert excursion to Colorado, the Texas Panhandle and New Mexico. From pounds 1,450 per person, including flights, accommodation and transport. Bike hire is extra.
Canter the high desert routes of the Wild West with Outlaw Trails (tel: 01892 619 000). From 5 to 11 days, from pounds 950 per person, including accommodation, meals, horse and equipment hire. Flights are extra.
4 Creature comforts
Explore the wilds from the comfort of a resort with North American Holidays (tel: 01892 619 000). Single rooms cost from pounds 30 per night. Return flights to Phoenix cost from pounds 200.
5 Native American lands
Explore Worldwide (tel: 01252 760 000) offers 16-day tours of Native American reservations in Utah, New Mexico and Arizona from pounds 1,135 per person, including flights, transport, most meals and hotels and camping.
Try ranching in Arizona with Ranch America (tel: 01509 891 305). A week costs from pounds 435, including activities, accommodation and meals.
7 Sunset railway
The Sunset Ltd superliner is the way to travel the deserts of Texas, Arizona and California. Great Rail Journeys (tel: 01904 521 900) offers a 17-day trip from pounds 1,750 per person, including flights, taxes, rail travel and accommodation.
8 Coach tour
Spend 16 days being driven around the South Western tourist circuit (from Disneyland to Yosemite) from pounds 895 per person with Jetsave (tel: 01342 327 711), including flights, transfers, accommodation, coach travel and sightseeing.
9 Rock art
Go on a dig in Utah with Earthwatch (tel: 01865 311 600) to record the Indian rock art of the Moab Canyonlands. A 15-day trip costs from pounds 740, including transfers, meals and accommodation.
10 Winter trekking
See the sights of the south-western deserts without tourists and the heat on this 21-day winter tour by Trek America (tel: 01295 256 777). From pounds 749 per person, including some accommodation, camping equipment and hiking excursions.
11 White-water rafting
Run the rapids of the Colorado river with the North America Travel Service (tel: 0113 246 1466). Four-day trips run every Sunday from 23 April to 8 October 2000, …
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