Utah National Parks

Utah National Parks

ZION NATIONAL PARK
A Zion National Park vacation begins the second you glimpse those famous megalithic cliffs in front of you. These mighty red-and-white rocks, and the Virgin River valley through them, shelter canyons filled with emerald pools, switchback trails that tightrope mountain spines, weeping rocks, alpine meadows, and hidden grottoes. The scale of the cliffs is neck straining – some of them span 2,200 feet from top to bottom. Zion National Park is particularly special because no matter your hiking ability, there is a way to access these treasures—from leisurely strolls on well-maintained pathways to multi-day treks deep into the heart of the park.

Zion National Park vacations are some of our most requested trips. By far the biggest draw is the hiking. The forest of pinnacles here is spectacular, and your private guide will take you for walks on trails away from the crowds to see some of the best formations. We can arrange for privately guided hikes to suit your group’s desires and abilities. A 3-hour drive northeast from Las Vegas, 1.5 hours from Bryce Canyon National Park and in close proximity to the Grand Canyon, Zion is the perfect starting point for an exciting, multi-stop adventure through the Western Canyonlands.

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Photographs and words can’t do justice to the stunning, otherworldly wilderness of Bryce Canyon’s amphitheater of pinnacles, pillars and hoodoos; the indigenous people who first lived in the area called the formations “red rocks standing like men.” Indeed, they resemble fingers, stacks of rings, pinnacles, spires and fins, with colors that range from bright oranges to bold yellows and reds. Sculpted by forces of erosion over millions of years, Bryce Canyon (named for Mormon pioneer Ebenezer Bryce) is not a true canyon; rather, it’s the scalloped edge of a huge mesa called Paunsaugant Plateau in southwestern Utah. Besides being a dreamscape for photographers, Bryce has some of the clearest and cleanest air on the planet and thus is one of the best places for night sky stargazing.

It is a sprawling reserve in southern Utah, is known for crimson-colored hoodoos, which are spire-shaped rock formations. The park’s main road leads past the expansive Bryce Amphitheater, a hoodoo-filled depression lying below the Rim Trail hiking path. It has overlooks at Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Inspiration Point and Bryce Point. Prime viewing times are around sunup and sundown.

Bryce Canyon is one of the most popular parks in the USA… and for good reason. It is open year-round, although it can be blazing hot in mid-summer and very cold in winter. The rim at the canyon varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet in elevation.

During your Bryce Canyon vacation, our naturalist guides will take you to some of the park’s best scenic overlooks along the 17-mile road and lead you on hikes down into the hoodoos. In addition to explaining how the forces of wind and water created the hoodoos, your guide will select a beautiful location for a picnic lunch. You’ll return to your hotel in the late afternoon with time to relax before dinner.

MOAB
Just outside of Moab is this sandstone wonderland. During your Arches National Park vacation you’ll be smack in the middle of the world’s highest density of rock arches on earth; there are over 2,000 of them! These seemingly impossible formations have been carved by the wind and rain for centuries. Surrounding them are fantastical spires with giant boulders teetering on their tops.

The single road that passes through the park is a mellow drive. There are photographic viewpoints and trailheads over rolling sandstone plateaus to the famous sites including Fiery Furnace and the Delicate Arch, as well as lesser-known but equally captivating spots only reachable on foot.

Everyone will be dazzled by Arches; a park that enthralls visitors of all ages with its relaxed trails. Be sure to go cycling or learn to rock climb in Moab, raft the Colorado River, tour and hike in the stunning Canyonlands National Park, and even venture further afield to Zion National Park or Capitol Reef National Park. We promise you’ll be totally wowed.

ARCHES NATIONAL PARK
Just outside of Moab is this sandstone wonderland. During your Arches National Park vacation you’ll be smack in the middle of the world’s highest density of rock arches on earth; there are over 2,000 of them! These seemingly impossible formations have been carved by the wind and rain for centuries. Surrounding them are fantastical spires with giant boulders teetering on their tops.

The single road that passes through the park is a mellow drive. There are photographic viewpoints and trail heads over rolling sandstone plateaus to the famous sites including Fiery Furnace and the Delicate Arch, as well as lesser-known but equally captivating spots only reachable on foot.

Everyone will be dazzled by Arches; a park that enthralls visitors of all ages with its relaxed trails. Be sure to go cycling or learn to rock climb in Moab, raft the Colorado River, tour and hike in the stunning Canyonlands National Park, and even venture further afield to Zion National Park or Capitol Reef National Park.

CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK
We escape on a Canyonlands National Park vacation when we want to feel like we’re totally alone in the great unknown. Canyonlands is one of those rare places that remains under the radar just enough that you can still feel like you have the place all to yourself. Mostly wilderness, with few people and fewer roads, hiking through Canyonlands feels like a real back-country adventure even if you just wander a few yards off the main road. With this in mind, a mere half-hour hike can take you to outlandish vistas over oceans of tie-dye rock monuments.

We work with private guides who use vehicles optimized for the terrain and show guests the subtleties and intricacies of the area. Our guides know the geology, flora, fauna, weather—and stories, always the most important part of any tour. Make your experience special with a picnic lunch in the still of the canyons.

We recommend combining a trip to Canyonlands with visits to other parks nearby: Arches National Park, Capitol Reef National Park and Utah’s Monument Valley. We can create a custom itinerary that will include exactly the kind of experience you’re looking for, with just the right blend of relaxation, adventure, and exploration.

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Best Season:Spring, Summer & Fall
Popular Location: Arches National Park, Moab, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands National Park

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