Geography Grand Canyon

Explore the links between natural and man-made wonders on a school trip to the Grand Canyon with Educating Adventures.

Take your students on a geographic journey to one of the 7 natural wonders of the world

Study deserts, urban sprawl, landscapes, erosion, hazards and water management in Arizona, one of the driest states in America on this school tour. Take your students to Nevada where they will learn about the incredible Grand Canyon and visit Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the country and learn how it supplies water across three different states.

This geography tour gives students an opportunity to look back in time to 2 billion years ago when igneous and metamorphic rocks began the formation of the Grand Canyon. Well known for its geologic significance, the Grand Canyon is one of the most studied landscapes in the world and is considered one of the finest examples of arid land erosion in the world. 

From its dramatic 1500 m deep, 446 km long, and up to 29 km wide gorge, to its diverse plateaus, towers and hills, the Grand Canyon is truly spectacular.

Trip highlights

  • Hike through parts of Grand Canyon National Park.
  • Meet Native Americans and immerse yourself in cultural performances.
  • Overlook the engineering feat, the Hoover Dam.
  • Attend a UCLA lecture on urban sprawl in America's most diverse city.
  • Learn about life from the middle of the Mojave desert.

Trip inclusions

  • An all-inclusive package including flights, accommodation, transport, meals and activities.
  • Our full suite of tools, resources, checklists and support that will make your trip planning and advertising a breeze.
  • Free travel for teachers.
  • An EA tour representative to take care of all logistics on hand 24/7.

Trip inclusions

  • An all-inclusive package including flights, accommodation, transport, meals and activities.
  • Our full suite of tools, resources, checklists and support that will make your trip planning and advertising a breeze.
  • Free travel for teachers.
  • An EA tour representative to take care of all logistics on hand 24/7.

Trip highlights

  • Hike through parts of Grand Canyon National Park.
  • Meet Native Americans and immerse yourself in cultural performances.
  • Overlook the engineering feat, the Hoover Dam.
  • Attend a UCLA lecture on urban sprawl in America's most diverse city.
  • Learn about life from the middle of the Mojave desert.

USA Geography trip itinerary

DAY 4: GRAND CANYON WEST

Experience stunning views with Grand Canyon Rim Top Tour and the famous Skywalk - a glass bridge suspended more than 4,000 feet above the Colorado River!

DAY 5: GRAND CANYON ACTIVITY DAY

Return to the Grand Canyon for an exciting Jeep Tour to the Base of the Canyon - there may also be an opportunity for rafting on this day.

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What to expect on a geography trip to the Grand Canyon

In Nevada, students will learn about the incredible Grand Canyon and visit the Grand Canyon ‘Glass’ Skywalk, suspended 4000ft above the Canyon in the Hualapai Indian Reservation. Visit Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the country and learn how it supplies water across three different states, and explore the engineering behind the Hoover Dam. Walk the strip in Las Vegas, and discover the incredible city in the middle of the desert! This is a trip full of discovery, studying the links between natural and man-made wonders and the difficulties of striking a balance between the two.

Trip activities

Grand Canyon

Carved out by the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon (nearly 1,500 m deep) is the most spectacular gorge in the world. The Grand Canyon is a World Heritage Site that lies on the Colorado Plateau in north western Arizona. It is one of the National Park Service's most popular sites. The National Park encompasses over 1.2m acres of land which consists of raised plateaus and structural basins.

Lake Mead and Hoover Dam

There are a number of fun and educational things to do at the Grand Canyon including Lake Mead, the 16th largest man-made lake in the world and one of the largest manmade lakes in the Western Hemisphere. Formed by the Hoover Dam along the Colorado River, the National Park Service established Lake Mead as a national recreation area in 1964. Built in 1931, the Hoover Dam was the result of over 5 years of construction. To accomplish this amazing feat, the workers had to divert the Colorado River which they did by building over 5km's of tunnels through the canyon walls. This amazing feat of engineering can control floods, provide irrigation and hydroelectric power for Nevada, Arizona and California.


Las Vegas

Las Vegas, in Nevada’s Mojave Desert, is a resort town famed for its buzzing energy, 24-hour casinos and endless entertainment options. Its focal point is the Strip, just over 4 miles long and lined with elaborately themed hotels such as the pyramid-shaped Luxor and the Venetian, complete with Grand Canal; luxury resorts including the Bellagio, set behind iconic dancing fountains; and innumerable casinos.

"As a result of this trip, we have three students considering picking up mechanical engineering at university, and a host of students considering STEM-related A-Levels. An action-packed, awe-inspiring week away. I can't wait to go back next year!"

Teacher
Harris City Academy Crystal Palace, NASA STEM Trip, October 2018

"I believe the memories created on an international school trip can drastically enhance a student's entire learning experience. Being immersed in real-life learning is the most powerful educational experiences one can gain."

Teacher
Grace Lutheran College, China Business Trip, September 2018

"The experience for us was personalised, accessible and our consultant was interested in us. This makes the world of difference when you're travelling with students"

Teacher
Brigidine College Randwick, NASA STEM Trip, September 2018

“This trip has taken the top spot for my career highlights to date!  The experiences and the way in which the students conducted themselves and embraced opportunities, even when they were out of their comfort zone, will stay with me forever.  I don’t know if it gets better than this.”

Teacher
Barr Beacon School, NASA STEM Trip, February 2019
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