US Southwest


Destination – US Southwest

With No Barriers Youth

No Barriers Youth offers a fun, adventurous, and culturally immersive US Southwest student travel experience you won’t find elsewhere. Tour the valley floor of Canyon de Chelly with a Native American guide before exploring the waters of the San Juan River.

Students will also:

  • Hike down the dramatic red rock walls of Canyon de Chelly and discover the challenges of protecting an area that holds a deep, complicated history and immense spiritual significance
  • Learn about traditional Navajo culture first-hand as you camp alongside a family’s homestead and participate in a service project.
  • Experience the immense beauty and diverse geography of this region as you float down the San Juan River with your expert guides. All tents and sleeping bags and pads are provided for the entire length of the expedition
  • Help prepare and cook meals for fellow travel participants and engage in fun and engaging team building activities


There may be no other place in America that has as much character, mystique and environmental grandeur than the Southwest.  From famous spaghetti westerns to the stunning landscape photography of Ansel Adams, the American Southwest has drawn film makers, artists, and adventurers to this culturally rich and expansive landscape.

Today, an expedition to the US Southwest highlights this stunning natural environment along with the history, culture, and current struggles of Native Americans and the Navajo people.  Furthermore, cultural immersion and service activities in Canyon de Chelly National Monument are unique experiences no student will soon forget.  A whitewater rafting expedition down the San Juan River also offers school groups unsurpassed access to this beautiful region with plenty of opportunity for team building and leadership curriculum.


Service, Culture and River Rafting in the US Southwest

9 Days | All Inclusive | Sample Itinerary | Inquire for quote

Day 1: Travel to Flagstaff or Phoenix, AZ

Afternoon / Evening: Fly to Flagstaff or Phoenix, Arizona and meet your Expedition Leaders and overnight at Cottonwood Campground.

Day 2: Canyon de Chelly and Service

  • Meet your National Park Service Ranger and hike into the Canyon de Chelly National Monument
  • Explore the area and participate in a service project with a Navajo host family
  • Overnight in tents adjacent to your host family’s homestead. All tents and sleeping bags and pads are provided for the entire length of the expedition

Day 3: Sunrise Reflection and Service

  • Get up early to see the sunrise inside Canyon de Chelly with the National Park Ranger
  • Continue your service project with your host family and/or the Navajo community
  • Overnight at your host family’s homestead

Day 4: Goodbyes and Travel to Utah

  • Enjoy breakfast before saying goodbye to your host family and hike out of Canyon
  • Travel to Bluff, UT and meet your river guides
  • Overnight at Sand Island Campground, UT

Day 5: River Launch

  • Wake up, enjoy breakfast, then launch on the San Juan River for your rafting adventure!
  • Travel downstream and camp

Day 6 & 7: River Day!

While on the river you’ll hike, explore cultural sites and much more.  Below is a typical day on the river:

  • 6:00 – 7:30 am   Wake up hot cocoa/ coffee; overview of “theme of the day”
  • 7:30 – 9:00 am   Breakfast – fresh fruit, eggs, bacon; pack up camp
  • 9:00 – 12:00 pm    Float downstream
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm    Lunch at a sandy beach; educational project presentation
  • 1:00 – 2:30 pm   Continue floating downstream  
  • 2:30 – 5:30 pm    Hike to nearby ruins, learn about ancient culture of area   
  • 5:30 – 6:30 pm   Arrive at camp, rest, play games, help make dinner
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm Dinner – tacos, chips, vegetables, chocolate!  
  • 7:30 – 9:30 pm   Evening No Barriers Life discussion  
  • 9:30 – 10:00 pm Wind down
  • 10:00 – 6:00 am     SLEEP!


Day 8: River Day and Take-Out

  • Say goodbye to the San Juan River as you take-out at Mexican Hat, UT and travel to Moab, UT
  • Closing Ceremony with Expedition Leaders
  • Camping near the Colorado River outside Moab

Day 9: Travel Home

Reflect on your amazing adventure as you travel bacl home inspired to give back as a leader who serves!

Getting immersed in the culture of India and getting to know and love the children was the greatest. When the students would cling to me at the end of class, and tell me how much they enjoyed having me there was heartbreaking.

Rachel W., Student

There is so much life, happening all the time. It's crazy to think that, after only three weeks, I feel like I've become accustomed to so much of how the world move.

Saul S., Student

I just wanted to take a moment to formally thank you for another unbelievable and life changing trip. No Barriers Youth made it all possible and took the guesswork out of a potentially nerve wracking and complicated task.

Amanda W., Trip Leader

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

– Marcel Proust