(Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park)
Owing to the vast expanses of unique geological settings found in the state, it's no wonder Utah has solidified its name as a top destination for those who seek picturesque nature, adventure and astonishment. With countless active or relaxing discovery options, you'll explore the likes of the Mighty 5: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands & Archlands National Parks. With each park an amazing entity in its own right, you'll get the full awe-inspiring experience as you uncover the scenic majesty of all five, with the knowledge and expertise of your expert guide and a small number of other fellow passengers.
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This morning you will meet up with your driver-guide and head off to Zion National Park.
Zion National Park is a unique park that will give you the opportunity to traverse a canyon over 3,000 ft. deep consisting of red and white monoliths that tower around you. As you explore Zion with your driver-guide, you will have the opportunity to visit the Temple of Sinawava, East Canyon Overlook, Weeping Wall, Angels Landing, Emerald Pools, and many of the other areas within the park. Afterwards, enjoy a wonderful dinner (not included) and lodging in nearby Springdale, UT.
Today, you will depart Zion Canyon and climb over 2,000 ft up the east canyon, and through the Zion Canyon Tunnel. As you travel to the east entrance of the park, you will experience the beautiful red and white rock layers, Ponderosa Pine trees, and slot canyons. You will then travel Highway 12 on your way to Bryce Canyon. From slot canyons to 11,000 ft mountain peaks, the drive across Highway 12 will be one you won’t soon forget. Bryce is in the top ten most popular national parks in the U.S. and one of the most beautiful. Spectacular rose and white colored “hoodoos” of different shapes and sizes provide a very moving experience to all who view their splendor. You have the options of touring the key viewpoints throughout the park or if you are physically capable, you can descend below the rim and walk among the “hoodoos'. There are multiple hikes of varying difficulty that will offer you a unique experience not found at the top of the rim.
For those who want to get up early, the sunrise at Bryce is spectacular. After enjoying the sunrise and an excellent breakfast buffet, you will continue your journey on to Highway 12 towards Capitol Reef National Park, Utah’s most remote and least visited national park of the five national parks in Utah. Enjoy the unusual and beautiful Waterpocket Fold, some very interesting Fremont Indian petroglyphs and formations that reminded the early settlers of the Capitol dome in Washington, DC. For those who are feeling a little more adventuresome, you can hike to Hickman Bridge, Grand Wash, or Sulfur Creek. Afterwards, you will lodge for the night in Torrey, UT.
After a superb breakfast and a beautiful sunrise, you will travel through the rest of Capitol Reef with a few more stops before departing to Moab. You will explore the Island in the Sky section of Canyonlands including a hike to Mesa Arch...one of the most photographed arches in Canyonlands. Other great hikes and views are the Grand Viewpoint hike, Upheaval Dome/Sycline loop, Aztec Trail, and others. In the late afternoon, a stop will be made at Dead Horse Point before you travel into Moab in the evening.
Today you can explore the Arches in depth with a morning hike up to Delicate Arch for Sunrise. Afterwards, you can visit Landscape Arch and Devils Garden for some extensive hiking, possibly to Dark Angel, Double O Arch, Private Arch, Pine Tree Arch and others in this area. Or you can hike through the Fiery Furnace (if permits are available) or Park Avenue; visit Balanced Rock, Garden of Eden, Cove of Caves, or a hike in the Windows Section of Arches. This will include a hike to Double Arch, North/South Window, and countless others that are scattered throughout this area. You will return to Moab for the evening.
Today you will have the opportunity to explore the other side of Canyonlands with a trip to Corona & Bowtie Arches or Morning Glory Bridge. Also, a drive along the Colorado River will enable you to view the magnificent petroglyph panels found there.
In the early afternoon, you will depart Moab and return to Salt Lake City for your departure.
The Majestic View Lodge is situated on a knoll at the entrance to Zion Canyon in the southern Utah town of Springdale. Separating it from the rest, the Majestic View Lodge houses the North American Wildlife Museum and the Zion Canyon Brewing Company. This is the first and only handcrafted brewery in southwestern Utah. The brewery beer is available on tap in the Saloon and Restaurant, and by the bottle in the Trading Post. The lodge is a non-smoking property; handicap accommodations are available. Amenities include a restaurant, a saloon/cocktail lounge, the largest and finest trading post & gift shop in southern Utah, and guest laundry facilities. Recreational facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi. Complimentary daily newspaper and Internet access are provided.
The Best Western Ruby's Inn is situated adjacent to the natural splendor of Bryce Canyon National Park. Handicap accessible accommodations are available. Amenities include two restaurants, seasonal live entertainment, tour desk, car rental desk, business center, meeting/banquet facilities, convenience store, gift shop, guest laundry facilities, currency exchange and safe-deposit service at the front desk. Recreational facilities include two swimming pools and Jacuzzi. Well-appointed guest rooms are spacious and feature telephone with data port and voice mail, wireless internet access, satellite television with in-room movies, clock radio, hair dryer, ironing equipment, coffee maker, microwave oven and refrigerator.
From stunning sightseeing and gorgeous mountain views to a relaxing atmosphere, this Torrey, UT hotel is sure to offer just what you're looking for. Starting at check-in, you'll love the cozy, clean and sophisticated rooms that offer abundant amenities, including cable satellite television with Starz® and Encore®, a coffeemaker, free high-speed Internet access and much more. Make your stay extra special by booking a Garden Suite, a mini-suite or a room with a balcony or Red Rock Cliff views. With Chimney Rock Restaurant located on the premises, a delicious meal is never far away.
Surround yourself with the scenic beauty of southeastern Utah at the Moab Valley Inn. Located in the heart of Moab, UT, the hotel is minutes away from some of the country’s best hiking, mountain biking, climbing, rafting and camping. Moab Valley Inn has a variety of spacious, family friendly accommodations, and all of the rooms include free wireless Internet access and a continental breakfast. Whether you want to visit Arches National Park, go 4-wheeling in the desert, attend one of Moab’s seasonal events or simply relax in our swimming pool and Jacuzzi, you will find everything you’re looking for at the Moab Valley Inn.
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