Mighty Five Adventure: Utah’s National Parks

Adventure through the epic scenery of Southern Utah on the Mighty Five Adventure through five of the nation’s most stunning National Parks. Starting with Zion National Park, known for its extraordinary hikes and scenery, guests will immediately feel transported to a faraway land. Continuing on, they will visit Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Capitol Reef National Park, Arches National Park, and Canyonlands National Park. Each day varies and offers some of the most breathtaking photo opportunities on Earth. An active journey, guests will adventure daily, truly giving them a chance to experience the best that Southern Utah has to offer. Hiking, river-rafting, exploring slot canyons, and viewing Native American art will appeal to a wide range of guests. Prior to our arrival in Moab, we will make an “off the beaten path” stop in the San Rafael Swell, culminating in an opportunity to visit Goblin Valley State Park.

SUMMARY

TRIP TYPE: Adventure

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate

TRIP LENGTH: 8 days/7 nights

SPACES AVAILABLE: 6 – 12

TRIP COST: From

$4,995/person/double occupancy

Prefer to sleep under the stars?
We offer a camping version of this trip. Spend your nights under the dazzling stars and towering red rocks on our Mighty Five Utah National Parks Camping Adventure

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 Utah

  • Arrive to St. George Regional Airport (SGU)
  • Drive to Springdale, Utah
  • Check-in to lodging
  • Visitor’s Center at Zion National Park
  • Welcome Reception Dinner & orientation
  • Overnight: Cliffrose Lodge or comparable
  • Meals included: Welcome Reception Dinner

Day 2: Zion National Park

  • Enter Zion National Park
  • Hike East Rim Trail to Observation Point
  • Travel to Bryce Canyon National Park – we will enjoy lunch along the way
  • Visit the Bryce Canyon National Park Visitor’s Center
  • Visit to Sunset Point for a sunset overlooking Bryce Canyon
  • Overnight: Bryce Canyon Best Western Grand Hotel 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
  • Scenic drive to Capitol Reef National Park
  • Drive through and stop in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
  • Enjoy stargazing and campfire cookout
  • 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
  • Stop at Visitor’s Center in Capitol Reef National Park
  • Spend time in the orchards and historic village of Fruita
  • Enjoy stargazing and a campfire cookout
  • Overnight: Capitol Reef Resort or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 5: San Rafael Swell | Moab

  • Scenic drive to the San Rafael Swell, one of the nation’s most stunning geographical wonders
  • Hike Little Wild Horse (slot canyons)
  • Visit Goblin Valley State Park
  • Enjoy a campfire cookout on the Colorado River with your fellow adventures
  • Overnight: Hotel Moab 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
  • Enjoy stargazing and a campfire cookout
  • Overnight: Hotel Moab or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

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

  • Drive to Arches National Park
  • Hike through the Devil’s Garden and other loop trails
  • Stop at Visitor’s Center in Arches National Park
  • Visit Moab for shopping and sightseeing
  • Overnight: Hotel Moab or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 8: Salt Lake City | Dead Horse Point State Park | Departures

  • Scenic drive to Salt Lake City for departures
  • Visit Dead Horse Point State Park
  • Enjoy a lunch at Ray’s Tavern, one of our favorite local restaurants located beside the Green River
  • Evening departure after 17:00
  • Meals included: B/L

HUMAN OUTREACH PROJECT IN THE USA

One of World Wide Trekking’s founding principles is giving back to the places we operate. Through our sister non-profit, Human Outreach Project, we are making a difference in lives around the globe and close to home in Utah. With our office and home base in Utah, we are working on a number of local projects that guests can get involved with.

HOP is proud to support 30 local veterans and their families with deliveries of food and gift cards during the holiday season through our Veterans Outreach Program. Our newest local program, HOP Outdoors, runs summer hiking trips in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains to give underserved local children the chance to get outdoors and build a healthy connection with nature.

TRAVEL NOTES

Best Time of Year to Visit:

March – October (May and September being the best)

Arrivals & Departures:

Arrive at St. George Regional Airport (SGU); 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.

Travel Insurance:

We recommend purchasing travel insurance, which will protect you in the event of an unanticipated cancellation of your trip, and depending on the plan you choose, can refund all the costs already paid (including flights, trip costs, and your payment to us). Please note: you must purchase this plan within 14 days of your deposit payment. There are three plans that we recommend choosing from: Cavalry, Rip Cord or Harbor. Please send us a copy of your plan if you choose to purchase one.

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.

Gratuities:

In many parts of the world, gratuities are given in appreciation for a job well done. Our guides will take care of tipping service personnel along the way so that you don’t have to think about it.

For any additional services outside of our itinerary, plan to tip 10% (transport, restaurants, baggage, lodges, etc). We will provide you a tipping guide once you sign up for a trip.

At the trails end you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool that will be presented to your WWTrekking guides and trekking staff as we say our goodbyes.

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.