(Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Moab)
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. Encounter deep gorges and canyons carved by the Colorado River, and towering limestone rock formations, weathered over millennia. 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 own dedicated driver-guide.
This morning, your driver-guide will pick you up at your hotel for a private transfer to Zion National Park. This unique park 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 with your private driver-guide 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 meet your private driver-guide and 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.
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 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 will enable you to explore the other side of Canyonlands, with a trip to Corona & Bowtie Arches or Morning or Glory Bridge. Also, a drive along the Colorado River for viewing of the magnificent petroglyph panels found there. In the early afternoon, your private transfer will bring you back to Salt Lake City for your departure.
Cable Mountain Lodge sits nestled near the cliffs of Zion National Park, yet is still close to the conveniences of shopping, dining and entertainment. The Arts and Crafts stone-work architecture unmistakably hearkens back to the early days of the great national parks tradition. The rooms at Cable Mountain Lodge offer a distinctively warm atmosphere and the caring staff are happy to impart their knowledge and local perspective to help enhance your stay. This is a lodging experience to complement your discovery (or continuing re-discovery) of Zion.
The historic Lodge at Bryce Canyon offers unrivaled access to breathtaking views, world-class hiking trails, and a tranquil wilderness. As the only lodging within the national park, all of lodge’s facilities are just steps from the Bryce Amphitheater--the stunning ancient rock formations that must be seen to be completely realized. The Lodge offers 114 rooms which are mostly situated between the main lodge and the amphitheater rim in a fragrant stand of old-growth Ponderosa Pines. Historic Western cabins give guests a rustic experience with the comforts of home. More contemporary hotel rooms are available in two-story lodges located on Sunrise or Sunset Point.
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.
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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