US Southwest


Destination – US Southwest

With No Barriers Youth

No Barriers Youth offers a fun, adventurous, and culturally immersive experience in the US Southwest 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 through a service project on a family’s homestead
  • Experience the immense beauty and diverse geography of this region as you float down the San Juan River with your expert guides
  • 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.


Adventure and Culture in the US Southwest

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

Day 1: Travel to the Four Corners

Evening: After a day of travel arrive at Sand Island and enjoy dinner at your camp site.

Day 2: River Launch

All Day: Spend the day rigging the rafts, meeting your guides, and getting on the river.

Day 3: River Day!

All Day: Take in the beauty of the canyon, enjoy the water, help cook meals, and participate in team building games and leadership activities.


Day 4: River Day!

All Day: Take in the beauty of the canyon, enjoy the water, help cook meals, and participate in team building games and leadership activities.

Day 5: River Day and Take-Out

All Day: Enjoy your final day on the river, arrive at the take-out, and head to Canyon de Chelly National Monument.

Day 6: Canyon de Chelly

All Day: Hike into the Canyon de Chelly followed by exploration and service in the canyon.

Day 7: Hike out and Moab

All Day: Hike out of Canyon and travel to Moab for pizza.

Day 8: Travel Home

All Day: Reflect on the amazing journey as you make your way home!

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