Adventure tour operators specialize in guided tour packages focused on providing an experience of the National Parks like most have never seen. Visitors to the great National Parks of the United States southwest will be exposed to the offerings of scenic landscapes and natural terrain that is unlike anywhere else in the country, or even the world. These “adventurous types” are generally overwhelmed by the volume of choices of day trips, and a lack of understanding of the area actually could have potentially disastrous effects, as recently discussed in a story presented on ABC’s show “20/20” called “My GPS Almost Killed Me.”
The 20/20 story follows a day trip to Death Valley involving Donna Cooper and her family, where a lack of updated information causes the Garmin GPS in her car to give directions leading her horribly astray from any civilization. Her car runs out of gas in a remote part of the park near Scotty’s Castle, and the lives of the family are saved only by a California Highway Patrol chopper who got lucky and followed a hunch, finally locating the family in a small area known as “The Big Trees.” The nightmare story of being lost in one of the Earth’s most harsh climates without food or water has a happy ending, but should be used as a learning experience. It isn’t called “Death valley” for nothing, and many of the other National Parks that are located within driving distance are equally daunting.
Adventure tour operators offer an experience that is both safe and entertaining, as the operators utilize professional equipment and vehicles so as to tour in style and comfort, but also have an intricate knowledge of each area that they tour. As a learning experience, a professional tour operator will provide the tidbits of information that you cannot find in books, and as a tourist experience you will have a far more pleasurable trip not worrying about your GPS being updated.
Many tour packages are available on websites that carter to National Parks tours that will provide the adventure you are seeking, and private tours are another option for those who want a more private experience. National Parks like Zion, Bryce, Death Valley and the Grand Canyon provide scenery and landscapes that are unlike anywhere else on the globe, and professional tour companies can enhance the experience by removing the stress, allowing you to experience the park the way you want to, and giving you the guidance you may be seeking.