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OVERVIEW: This trip operates every other June to several national parks of the American west.  The National Park System in the United States has been called America’s greatest idea, protecting unique lands and ecosystems for the public to experience and enjoy. Living in Vermont and in the LTS community, our student body is already connected to the environment and should have the opportunity to visit and explore our nation’s diverse lands.  With this past two trips being a huge success we are starting the planning stage for the summer of 2019 trip to the American Southwest and Sierra Nevada region of California. The following is an outline of information on the proposed trip.

WHEN: Approximately June 10 – June 30, 2019. 20 total days.

WHO: Current 8th-12th grade students.  Students must be enrolled at LTS for the 2019-2020 academic year as of June 2019 OR a LTS class of 2019 graduate in order to attend.

TRANSPORTATION: LTS bus to Albany Airport.  Airplane from Albany to Salt Lake City.


  • Admission to national and state parks

  • Choice of zip lining, canyoneering, mountain biking in Arches/Moab, Utah

  • Guided tour of Fiery Furnace in Arches National Park

  • Whitewater rafting on the Colorado River

  • Guided tour of the Antelope Canyon in Page, AZ

  • 3 hour guided mule tour into the Grand Canyon

  • Boating on Lake Powell for 8 hours

  • Tour of Hoover Dam

  • Tickets to Cirque du Soleil Beatles Love at the Mirage in Las Vegas

  • Four activities and exhibits at MGM resorts in Las Vegas including Shark Reef, Bodies Exhibit, Big Apple Roller Coaster, and The Titanic Artifact Exhibition.

  • Self-guided

  • Tour of Bodie Ghost Town in California

  • Activities and rentals at Sand Harbor State Park on Lake Tahoe

  • Choice of zip lining, mountain biking or e-bikes in Park City, Utah

  • River tubing in Utah


  • Arches/Moab – 4 nights in electrified cabins with beds

  • Page, AZ/Lake Powell – 3 nights in tents/group campground

  • Zion/Bryce – 4 nights in electrified platform tents with beds

  • Las Vegas / Boulder City – 2 nights in a hotel

  • Yosemite – 3 nights in houses rented on VRBO in Oakhurst, CA

  • Lake Tahoe – 2 nights in a hotel in Carson City, NV

  • Park City, UT –  3 nights in tents and cabins at a group campsite

FOOD: Breakfast: cereal, bagels, fruit, egg sandwiches. Lunch: sandwiches. Dinners: cookout /BBQ, pizza, sit down family style dinners.  Lots of snacks.


  • Tim Smith: Castleton 1997, LTS Associate Athletic Director, Social Studies and Physical Arts teacher, Founder of NPX in 2014; Trip Leader – NPX 2015 South x Southwest & NPX 2017 Pacific Northwest/Northern Rockies, outdoor enthusiast, world traveler to 46 states and 20+ countries.

  • Kim Murphy: LTS Student Experiences and Admissions Assistant, Trip leader – 2017 NPX Pacific NW/Northern Rockies trip, Outdoor enthusiast, world traveler to 20+ countries.

  • Julia Callo: LTS alum 2009, Manhattanville College 2013, Trip Leader – NPX 2015 South x Southwest & 2017 Pacific Northwest/Northern Rockies, Utah resident.

  • Luke Krauss: LTS alum 2012, Green Mountain College 2018, Trip leader – 2017 Pacific Northwest/Northern Rockies, world traveler to 30+ countries and 6 continents.

  • Sam Krauss: LTS alum 2008, UVM 2013, high school teacher in England, world traveler to 30+ countries and 5 continents.

COST: Approximately $2,700.

  • This covers everything with the exception of spending money and baggage fees at the airport.
  • Included fees: air and ground transportation, gas, mileage, food, accommodations, park entry fees and activities.
  • We will stay campgrounds that have showers and other amenities such as pools, laundry facilities and general stores. We may also rent housing compounds, lodges and hotel rooms.

Deposits will follow the timeline below. Your deposit holds your spot on a first come, first serve basis. There are lots of logistics involved and reservations need to be made far in advance for a trip of this magnitude. That is why we are asking for a deposit so early.

  • January 3, 2018 – non-refundable deposit of $250 to hold spot
  • March 1, 2018 – $ 500
  • June 1, 2018 – $500
  • September 1, 2018- $500
  • January 4, 2019 – $500
  • May 1, 2019 – balance

OTHER: There will be some specialty items that may need to be purchased or borrowed for the trip. A few examples are recreational outdoor clothing, headlamp, sleeping bag, water bottle / camel pack, or such. If you need more info, please feel free to contact Tim Smith via email at timsmith@longtrailschool.org or phone call at (802)999-3428.

Packing List

  • Lite to medium hiking shoe
  • Closed toed water shoe
  • One pair sneakers
  • Crocks
  • Flip flops/ shower footwear
  • 8-10 pairs of socks (try to avoid cotton)
  • 5-7 comfortable t-shirts (wicking material, minimal cotton)
  • 2 warm fleece, sweatshirt, light jacket or athletic warm up. Can be a light rain shell/jacket
  • 3-4 hiking shorts (quick dry, UV)
  • 1-2 comfortable pant (wind, athletic, sweat, hiking)
  • 6-8 underwear (wicking, minimal cotton)
  • A few hats (wicking material )
  • Appropriate swimwear (boys no speedos, girls no less back coverage bottoms)
  • Wicking towel (quick drying)
  • Personal small hiking cool towel
  • Toiletry bag and personal supplies
  • Small pillow
  • Compact camp chair
  • Sun Screen/Bug repellent
  • Compact sleeping bag and bottom sheet for bed and/or crash pad
  • Headlamp and/or lightweight inflatable solar camp light
  • Camelback backpack (can be brought on the plane as your carry on)
  • Insulated canteen
  • Sunglasses and croakies
  • Small to medium sized dry bag
  • Book
  • Travel game: cards, and such. NO FORTNITE!
  • Every place we stay will have coin laundry (free laundry for 3 days outside of Yosemite)
  • We will provide detergent and dryer sheets
  • Good Attitude

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