The Mighty Five: Utah’s National Parks

From Arches to Zion. On this hike-studded adventure, visit the wind-sculpted rock formations of Arches National Park, the wild Grand Staircase Escalante lands, Capitol Reef’s centuries-old petroglyphs, Canyonlands’ buttes and canyons, and the colorful walls of stunning Zion Canyon. Hoo(doo) you think you are? Stand among the hundreds of limestone hoodoos, or rock spires, of Bryce Canyon and learn how these fragile rock formations will eventually topple or erode away from the forces of frost wedging.

Catch a glimpse of the extraordinary adventure awaiting you in Utah.

SUMMARY

TRIP TYPE: Adventure

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate

TRIP LENGTH: 8 days/7 nights

SPACES AVAILABLE: 12 -26

TRIP COST: $6,995/person/double occupancy

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience 5 National Parks, the San Rafael Swell, and Goblin Valley State Park in one trip!
  • Hiking, river-rafting, slot canyons, and more await guests on this adventure
  • Luxury accommodations and unmatched vistas are sure to make this trip unforgettable for any guest

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ITINERARIES

Day 1: Arrive in Las Vegas, NV | Drive to Utah

  • Arrive to McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas, NV
  • Drive to Springdale, Utah
  • Check-in to lodging
  • Welcome Reception
  • Evening at leisure
  • Overnight: Springdale Lodging
  • Meals included: Welcome Reception Dinner

Day 2: Zion National Park

  • Head to Zion National Park
  • Hike Lower Emerald Pools and Middle Emerald Pools
  • Lunch
  • Hike to Weeping Rock
  • Travel to Bryce Canyon National Park lodging
  • Overnight: Bryce Canyon Ruby’s or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 3: Bryce Canyon National Park | Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

  • Awake early
  • Hike Fairyland Loop or Navajo Trail to Queen’s Garden Loop
  • Drive through and stop in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
  • Scenic drive to Capitol Reef National Park
  • Overnight: Capitol Reef Resort or comparable
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 4: Capitol Reef National Park

  • After breakfast we will head to our first hike of the day
  • Hike Grand Wash to Cassidy Arch
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch
  • Hike Hickman Bridge
  • Stop at Visitor’s Center in Capitol Reef National Park
  • Spend time in the orchards and historic village of Fruita
  • Overnight: Capitol Reef Resort or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 5: San Rafael Swell | Moab

  • Scenic drive to the San Rafael Swell
  • Hike Little Wild Horse/Bell Canyon (slot canyons)
  • Visit Goblin Valley State Park
  • Scenic sunset drive toward Castle Valley
  • Overnight: Best Western Canyonlands Inn or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 6: Canyonlands National Park | Colorado River - Cataract Canyon

  • Cataract Canyon river rafting day trip in Canyonlands National Park
  • Experience the thrills of rapids, such as: North Seas, Hell-to-Pay, and the Big Drops
  • Explore via side hikes to petrified forests, Anasazi art, and amazing desert wilderness
  • Scenic flight back to Moab over Canyonlands National Park
  • Dinner in the town of Moab, Utah
  • Overnight: Best Western Canyonlands Inn or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 7: Arches National Park | Dead Horse Point State Park

  • Drive to Arches National Park
  • Stop at Visitor’s Center in Arches National Park
  • Hike through the Devil’s Garden loop
  • Visit Dead Horse Point State Park
  • Celebration dinner
  • Overnight: Best Western Canyonlands Inn or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 8: Nine Mile Canyon | Departures

  • Scenic drive to Salt Lake City for departures
  • Evening departure
  • Meals included: B

TRAVEL NOTES

BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT:

March – October (May and September being the best)

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES:

Arrive at McCarran Int’l Airport (LAS); Depart from Salt Lake City Int’l Airport (SLC)

RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS:

Our travel expert, Danny Genung at Harr Travel is more than happy to review the many flight options. You can reach him at danny@harrtravel.com or 909.266.0117.

The benefit of using a travel agent is that in the event of itinerary changes, the travel agent will find the best flight connections, and land arrangements, for you. Though third-party travel websites are convenient, we do not recommend using them due to instability in the itineraries. We also recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.

ACCOMMODATIONS:

For us, it’s all about the details because the fine points make the difference. After each days adventure, return to the luxury accommodations we have chosen and enjoy stunning views while you relax and rejuvenate.

HEALTH & SAFETY:

Our stringent commitment to safety means you have access to our medically certified guides before and throughout your trip. Our staff also carries emergency medical equipment such as satellite phones and medical kits.

OUR TEAM:

World Wide Trekking boasts an extensive support crew for all of our groups ranging from 8 to 12 people. At headquarters in Salt Lake City, our staff  is dedicated to helping you every step of the way. If you’re planning your trip and have questions about which boots to buy, our adventure specialist is just a phone call away.

GENERAL INFORMATION

STATE:

Utah

POPULATION:

3,101,833

TIME ZONE:

Mountain Time Zone –  UTC-07:00

CAPITAL CITY:

Salt Lake City

GEOGRAPHY:

Utah, where the Rocky Mountains, Great Basin, and Colorado Plateau converge, boasts extremely diverse and stunning geography. Although most of this western state experiences a semi-arid or desert climate, the many mountain ranges offer a large variety of additional climates. From high alpine forest filled to vast deserts filled with humbling sandstone towers, walls, and arches, Utah’s landscapes are numerous and awe-inspiring. Utah is home to 5 National Parks, 4 national monuments, and 4 state parks. The capitol of Utah, Salt Lake City, gets its namesake from the Great Salt Lake which is the largest salt water lake in the Western Hemisphere with a salinity far saltier than seawater.

CULTURE & RELIGION:

Salt Lake City, Utah is the world headquarters for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, making Utah the only state in the U.S. that has a majority population belonging to a single church. The industries that make up Utah’s diverse economy include mining, oil and gas development, tourism, agriculture and cattle ranging, salt production, and a quickly growing tech industry. Additionally, there are 6 Native American tribes in Utah today, the Goshute, Navajo, Paiute, Ute, Shoshone, and Uintah and Ouray Tribes.