Grand Canyon, Bryce, and Zion National Parks

  • An in-depth exploration of Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion National Parks
  • Explore red rock canyons and hike the North Rim

National Geographic Experts


A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed below are some of the experts and the departure date(s) they will be joining.

Kirt Kempter
Naturalist, Geologist

Kirt Kempter is a field geologist and teacher based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A Fulbright Fellow, Kirt has led many geologic expeditions to Bryce, Zion, and Grand Canyon National Parks, and has published numerous maps and articles on the geology of the American Southwest. He has conducted fieldwork on a National Geographic-funded project, as well as studies of plate tectonics and volcanism around the world, including Iceland, Costa Rica, and Mexico. He received his Ph.D. in geology from the University of Texas.

Departure Dates
  • May 14 - 21, 2016
  • Sep 17 - 24, 2016

Kitty Coley
Birder, Naturalist, Geologist

Kitty Coley is a geologist, naturalist, and avid birder who serves as a consultant to National Geographic magazine. She has led the Society’s expeditions for many years, including several trips to these three extraordinary National Parks. Kitty’s specialties include this rugged country’s fantastic geology and its desert plants and ecosystems. In 2006, Kitty kayaked and rafted the Grand Canyon for 21 days on a noncommercial exploratory trip, an experience which she regards as one of the highlights of her life. Kitty’s personal and interactive approach makes traveling with her both educational and fun.

Departure Dates
  • May 28 - Jun 04, 2016