Bold West
Bold West
Bold West
Bold West
Bold West
Bold West
Bold West
Bold West

USA › Bold West, 25 days

The best of the West!
San Francisco & Las Vegas, California beaches and epic national parks … 25 unforgettable days! An adventure fusion of North America’s most popular sports and destinations.

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Adventure dates

  • BW#1: July 1 - 25
  • BW#2: July 7 - 31
  • BW#3: July 17 - August 10
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Other details

  • Trip begins: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Trip ends: San Francisco, California
  • Age range: 14-18

Tuition fees


Price Includes

CPR and First Aid certified Bold Earth leaders; all ground costs, all ground transportation including airport pickup and drop-off; all camping and camping gear (except sleeping bags, sleep mats and mess kits); all activities and gear listed in the above itinerary; all meals; local gratuities to wait-staff and all hotels or hostels.

Price Doesn’t Include

Flights to/from Las Vegas and San Francisco; optional gratuities, extra snacks and souvenirs.

Trip highlights

  • Rock Climb: 2-Day Course
  • Surf: Santa Cruz, California
  • San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Discover: Las Vegas
  • Whitewater Raft: 2-Days in California
  • Explore: Sequoia & Yosemite National Parks

Utah: Rock Climbing in Zion National Park

Our American West adventure begins in Zion National Park, home to towering red cliffs and river-carved canyons. Professional guides teach us the skills for rock climbing as we push our limits in a challenging yet safe environment! We then cool off in the Virgin River for an amazing water-hike through a canyon called The Narrows. Zion is an epic place to begin Bold Earth’s USA Teen Trip!

Las Vegas: Bright Lights & City Lights

Fresh from the desert, we explore the entertainment capital of the world! We’ll ride the adrenaline-pumping roller coaster at the New York New York Hotel, see the Lion Habitat at the MGM Grand and experience a show by Cirque Du Soleil! Our two-night stay in Las Vegas gives us a great taste of the city before we head into the remote, breathtaking wilderness of California. Leaving the wilderness for two days, the lights of Las Vegas are a must see on any USA teen trip! Bold Earth’s Bold West is not your average teen tour – the perfect balance of cities and adventure!

California: Yosemite & Whitewater Rafting

Sequoia National Park is our next stop as we hike amongst some of the earth’s oldest and largest trees. In Yosemite National Park, we swim in crystal-clear rivers and hike to iconic vistas. On the American River, our two-day whitewater rafting trip is one of the top-rated activities we offer! Before heading toward the coast, community service among the Redwoods gives us a chance to give back to this essential ecosystem. Yosemite & Sequoia are two must visit destinations on any California teen tours.

Surf the Legendary California Coast and San Francisco

Moving toward the Pacific, we learn to surf in beautiful Santa Cruz! Surrounded by lush Redwood forests, this quintessential California beach town boasts a boardwalk, great waves and a laid-back vibe. Each day of surfing ends with beach bonfires and s’mores under the incredible stars of Northern California. We end in San Francisco, with the Golden Gate Bridge, historic Alcatraz and Fisherman’s Wharf as final memories of the American West summer of a lifetime!


Day 1: Arrive into Las Vegas

You will be met upon arrival at the airport by your experienced Bold Earth expedition leaders. After a complete gear check, to assure that you are prepared for the diverse and demanding regions we explore, we load up and head to camp! We arrive at our Crawdad Canyon camp, just outside of St. George, Utah. During orientation we get to know each other and learn what to expect in the days ahead. Our daily routine, jobs and safety rules are explained and the process of growing together as a group begins.

Day 2: Climbing in Utah

We meet our professional guides from Paragon Climbing School who give us an orientation on the tools and skills required for outdoor rock climbing. Surrounded by deep canyons and towering redstone cliffs, we learn the basics of this exhilarating sport, including rappelling, belaying, anchor systems, ropework and a plethora of climbing movements. We then hit the rock for some classic top rope climbing! All abilities are welcome and everyone gets a chance to reach the top!

Day 3: Learn Technical Climbing Skills

Our second day of rock climbing is packed full of more epic climbs! We learn more in-depth technical skills as we perfect our climbing style on more challenging routes. We end our rock climbing course with a 500-foot zip-line across the vast canyons of southern Utah!

Day 4: Tubing Adventure

We break camp and head to one of the gems of the Southwest, Zion National Park! Famous for its maze-like canyons and unique geography, Zion offers unparalleled vistas and amazing recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. After a refreshing and relaxing tubing adventure on the Virgin River, we set up our Zion base camp inside the park at Watchman Campground.

Day 5: Zion National Park

Rising early to beat the heat, we hike one of Zion’s most popular trails to the summit of Angels Landing. With a vertical climb of 1,500 feet (457 meters), the pinnacle of Angels Landing provides a jaw-dropping, 360-degree view of Zion Canyon and the winding river below. This stunning monolith is one of the most recognizable landmarks in all of the southwestern United States, and conquering the hike requires teamwork, courage and perseverance.

Day 6: River Hike Through the Narrows

The Virgin River provides a quick and easy respite from the heat of the canyon, and we take full advantage with a refreshing “river walk” along the famous Narrows route. This is one of the region’s premier hikes, as we wade through low water between sheer, vertical sandstone cliffs. This unique activity is an unforgettable experience, rounding out our sensational memories and accomplishments from our time in Zion National Park!

Day 7: Las Vegas Day

We have a relaxing morning and delicious breakfast before driving to the bright lights of Las Vegas, Nevada! We check into our unique and creative hotel, The Monte Carlo, our home for the next two nights. We enjoy a great dinner at a Vegas buffet, and walk the Las Vegas strip as a group to take in the glitz and glamour of this unique desert oasis.

Day 8: Vegas Attractions

In the morning, we visit the shops at Ceasars Palace, have lunch at New York, New York and ride the roller coaster! There are innumerable attractions to keep teenagers occupied in Vegas, including visits to lion, dolphin and shark exhibits, the carnival inside of Circus Circus hotel, the famous Bellagio fountain, and everybody’s favorite glorified arcade, GameWorks!

Day 9: Sequoia National Forest

We wake early and say goodbye to fabulous Las Vegas. Our drive takes us through the desert and to the outskirts of the beautiful Sequoia National Forest. We set up camp near Lake Isabella, California, and prepare for tomorrow’s overnight whitewater rafting trip!

Days 10-11: Whitewater Rafting

We meet our professional rafting guides from Whitewater Voyages and splash down the Lower Kern River, one of central California’s best rafting spots! We shoot through Class III & IV rapids, cool off in the crisp mountain river and enjoy the warm California sun! We camp on the river banks and fall asleep under the twinkling stars with the rush of the river lulling us to sleep. We wake early for some more whitewater fun before disembarking and heading back to our camp in Lake Isabella for a BBQ and showers.

Day 12: Explore the great Sequoia’s

We drive to Sequoia National Park and set up camp at the picturesque Dorst Creek Campground. Make sure you use the bear boxes to store food as the bears are extremely curious and very active in this area; if you are lucky you’ll see one from a distance! At night, we sleep beneath the wold’s largest trees, the Giant Sequoias!

Day 13: Heather Lake

This morning we meet a Forest Ranger from nearby Hume Lake Ranger District who will be our guide for today’s service project in the Sequoia National Forest. We work to maintain hiking trails in the area with the goal of providing access to a beautiful hiking experience in this stunning Sierra setting. We learn how to maintain a sustainable trail system and also assist in removing exotic plant species to promote the health of the native plants. In the afternoon, if we have time, we hike to 9,000 feet and plunge into one of Sequoia’s favorite alpine destinations, Heather Lake … always a camper favorite!

Day 14: General Sherman Tree: the largest tree in the world!

Before departing Sequoia National Forest, we check out the largest living organism on earth, the 274-foot General Sherman Tree! An estimated 2,500 years old, the tree is over 36 feet thick and more than 100 feet in circumference. After observing nature’s giant, we drive north to another of California’s treasures, Yosemite National Park! We set up our camp at Crane Flat Campground and begin to take in the wonder and beauty of one of America’s most-visited parks.

Day 15: Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park embraces a vast tract of scenic wildlands set aside in 1890 to preserve a portion of the Sierra Nevada Mountains that stretches along California’s eastern flank. The park ranges from 2,000 feet above sea level to more than 13,000 feet and offers three major features: alpine wilderness, groves of Giant Sequoias and Yosemite Valley. Close to the size of Rhode Island and full of daunting peaks, no place compares to the shear magnitude and enormity of Yosemite. Today, we conquer one of the Park’s more popular hiking routes and observe the breathtaking view from atop Nevada Falls.

Day 16: Half Dome

Stand in awe as the 3,000-foot granite wall of El Capitan towers over you, try to spot climbers high on it’s face, feel the misty wind gusts from Yosemite Falls, and stare down on a lush green valley carved out by an enormous iceberg. Half Dome towers over the entire Valley and makes the perfect summer photo shoot. We spend the day relaxing in Yosemite Valley, floating in the crystal-clear rivers, and enjoying great ice cream in Curry Village. Later this afternoon, we transfer camps from the valley to Tuolumne Meadows and begin to explore another glorious section of the Park.

Days 17-18: Tuolumne Meadows

No trip to Yosemite would be complete without hiking in the High Sierras surrounding Tuolumne Meadows. Our first classic day hike takes us to Mono Pass at 10,500 feet in elevation, where we come across alpine lakes, old pioneer cabins and an abundance of wildlife. We also hike the more moderate trails to Dog Lake and the 800-foot Lembert Dome where we are treated to spectacular vistas, cool mountain air and a gorgeous Yosemite sunset!

Day 19: San Francisco

With fond memories (and terrific photos), we leave Yosemite for the “City by the Bay”, San Francisco! We check into the Marin Headlands Hostel, our base camp for our time in San Fran. Conveniently located close to the beach and the city, the hostel provides us with the comfort and solitude we need tonight to prepare for our time in the city.

Days 20-21: Golden Gate Bridge and City Time

Each morning we drive across the Golden Gate Bridge and into the heart of the city. We take a tour of the infamous Alcatraz, explore the bustling harbor shops of Fisherman’s Wharf, enjoy the sites, smells and tastes of Chinatown, ride the world-famous cable cars, and get hip in the trendy boutiques along the famous Haight-Ashbury district. Each night when we return to the hostel we enjoy a foosball or billiards game in the rec-room and kick our chef skills up a notch with a fully equipped, spacious kitchen!

Day 22: Service Project

We participate in a day of service at one of the world’s largest urban parks, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The park covers 75,398 acres of land and water, and 24 federally threatened and endangered species exist within its boundaries. We will assist with environmental conservation efforts in the area surrounding San Francisco, including restoration of impacted areas and removal of invasive plant species. Later this afternoon, we drive south to Santa Cruz, pitch our tents at Henry Cowell State Park, and get ready to surf!

Day 23: Surfing

We finish up the summer of a lifetime learning how to surf waves at Cowell’s Beach in Santa Cruz, California! We wake early to hit the water for the best waves of the day. Surfing was once the sport of Polynesian kings who were drawn to the challenge of the ocean and the pleasure of free-falling down a moving wall of water. As the afternoon tides calm the Pacific waves, we put away our boards and check out this quintessential surf town; peruse the shops and cafes on Pacific Ave, drive to the Mystery Spot to defy gravity and watch water run uphill, check out the surf museum, stroll the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and ride a roller coaster!

Day 24: Perfect your Surfing Skills

On our last full day of Bold West, we perfect our surfing skills! The more time we spend on our boards, the more we develop a unique love and knowledge of the ocean and nature that relatively few get to experience. After catching some final waves, we travel back to San Francisco, check into our hotel near the airport, take some time to clean all group and personal gear and equipment, enjoy a nice dinner and celebrate our last night together!

Day 25: Farewell Bold Earth Family

We drive to the San Francisco airport, bright and early, say goodbye to our new friends and start thinking of what fantastic adventure to plan with BOLD EARTH next year!

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