There's a wealth of picturesque landscapes and geological formations awaiting your discovery in Utah. The rugged small town of Moab is a perfect home base and daily start point to explore the wonders of nearby Arches and Canyonlands National Parks with your very own private driver-guide. . The impressive sandstone 'towers' and delicate rock arches of Arches National Park will dazzle, a truly unique and picturesque geological formation. The colorful landscape of eroded rock in Canyonlands National Park reminds of the vast beauty of the Grand Canyon, both carved over millennia by the mighty Colorado River. Seek out ancient petroglyphs from indigenous tribes, and take in the awe-inspiring sandstone buttes of Monument Valley. Leave no doubt in your mind that the natural splendor of the Southwest is bucket-list material.
Today you will depart from Salt Lake City with your private driver-guide and set out to Moab. Drive into Canyonlands for the afternoon and visit Mesa Arch, Buck Canyon and Grand Viewpoint where you will have the opportunity to take in the grand vistas and beautiful canyons, monoliths, spires, mesas, and buttes that are scattered throughout this region. Enjoy the spectacular views of the Colorado and Green Rivers as they continue to carve out the base of the canyon. The drive continues to Moab in the late afternoon for a relaxing evening.
Departing from your hotel this morning, embark on a full-day excursion to Monument Valley with your driver-guide. On the way, you will stop at the Sand Island Petroglyph site and also visit the Goosenecks of the San Juan River before continuing into Monument Valley. Enjoy lunch (not included) at the View restaurant overlooking the Valley, then travel into the valley for a 2-3 hour tour with stops at all the great viewpoints made famous throughout the years by hundreds and thousands of movies, TV shows, commercials, and other advertisements. You will return to Moab late in the afternoon for another relaxing evening in town.
Today you will head out to explore the Arches National Park with your private driver-guide. For those interested, you can hike up to Delicate Arch, enjoy counting the many arches that are scattered throughout the windows section, and then explore Devils Garden and a chance to see the largest arch in the World, Landscape Arch. Enjoy an afternoon of free time in Moab before gathering for a sunset hummer tour overlooking Moab.
Departing your hotel this morning with your private driver-guide, enjoy an early walk to Morning Glory Bridge or Corona Arch before returning to Salt Lake City. A private transfer will bring you back to Salt Lake City in the early afternoon.
Red Cliffs Lodge is a unique retreat from the all-too-familiar. Located 14 miles up the Colorado River on scenic Hwy 128 from downtown Moab, the hotel is situated beside the river’s best white water rapids, at the foot of dramatic Red rock cliffs. It’s a classic, rugged Western landscape worthy of Hollywood, and was in fact the site of numerous films, including Rio Grande with John Wayne. National Geographic Logo National Geographic Traveler - Red Cliffs Lodge of Moab, Utah has been has been selected by the editors of National Geographic Traveler magazine to be included in the second annual “Stay List”, featuring “129 Hotels We Love.”
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