Utah’s Mighty Five

Duration: 9 days

• Explore the immense beauty of Zion National Park on a private guided tour
• Join your private guide for a hike among the incredible hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park
• Skip the crowds and buckle up for an off-the-beaten path off-roading adventure at Capitol Reef National Park
• Experience adventure-packed days with guided visits to two National parks: Arches and Canyonlands National Parks with whitewater rafting along the Colorado River
This itinerary can also be customized into a self-drive experience.

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Day 1 - Las Vegas - Springdale

Upon arrival in Las Vegas, you are privately transferred three hours to Springdale, located just minutes outside of Zion National Park. If time permits, enjoy a guided hike in Snow Canyon State Park known for its petrified sand dunes, sandstone cliffs, and ancient lava flows.

The Cliffrose Springdale is located minutes away from Zion National Park, in the picturesque village of Springdale. The lodge, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, offers modern rooms and spacious suites in a lush garden setting. At Anthera, guests can enjoy drinks and meals on the outdoor patio under the towering sandstone cliffs of Zion.

Additional amenities include an outdoor heated pool, hot tubs, children’s activities, and a fitness room. The Cliffrose Springdale is an ideal choice for guests seeking luxury accommodation with easy access to Zion National Park.

Overnight: Cliffrose Lodge

Meal Plan:

Day 2 - Zion National Park | The Three Patriarchs & Beyond Tour

Watch the sandstone cliffs of Zion National Park catch fire in the sun, before setting out to explore this unique desert ecosystem. Slot canyons, shady alcoves, and hanging gardens line the walls of Zion Canyon in the heart of the park.

Experience this amazing place on a private guided tour of Zion National Park. Your guide will lead you through the park, hiking to incredible lookout points and interpreting the flora, fauna, geology, and history of the park as you go. Take in Zion's spectacular rock formations including the Three Patriarchs, Cathedral Mountain, and Checkerboard Mesa. Zion's sedimentary rock layers continue to be eroded by the forces of wind and water to this day, revealing the iconic red and coral hues of the Southwest. Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch along the way. And as you travel the canyons and plateaus, keep watch for desert bighorn sheep and California condors.

Enjoy your evening at leisure.

Overnight: Cliffrose Lodge

Meal Plan: B,L

Day 3 - Bryce Canyon National Park | Hiking among Hoodoos

Wake up with the sunrise for an early morning drive to Bryce Canyon National Park, for your privately guided tour. 

The National Park is home to some of the continent’s most intricate and detailed geological treasures. It’s a scenic wonderland as orange, red and tan hues paint the landscapes of pyramidal towers, forests of rock pinnacles called hoodoos, and more. Stop for a picnic lunch among a grove of 2,000-year-old bristlecone pine trees, and then continue to the best viewpoints the park has to offer. Enjoy a picnic lunch before your driver-guide whisks you away to your next hotel located just outside Capitol Reef National Park.

Early Mormon travelers were dazzled by the red rock landscape in what is now Capitol Reef National Park, and this unique part of southern Utah continues to amaze visitors today. Travel through slot canyons and lift your eyes to rugged cliffs capped by smooth white domes of Navajo sandstone.  Step back in time with intimate views of petroglyphs and to historic orchards that still bear fruit.

Cougar Ridge Lodge is a state-of-the-art facility located just outside Capitol Reef National Park. Set on over 40 acres, the lodge features a range of activities and spectacular views of the surrounding area. With private casitas this boutique luxury property offers a quiet and off-the-beaten-path retreat that has served as a hideaway for famous musicians, artists, and television personalities over the years.

Overnight: Cougar Ridge Lodge

Meal Plan: B,L

Day 4 - Capitol Reef National Park | Domes of Sandstone

Meet your private guide at the Lodge for an action-packed day of adventure, including hiking tailored to your skill-level and an offroad 4x4this morning for a full-day Jeep & hiking tour throughto the Cathedral Valley area of Capitol Reef National Park.

Set in the south-central desert, the park surrounds a long wrinkle in the earth called Waterpocket Fold, with layers of golden sandstone, canyons, and amazing rock formations. Witness several impressive sights, including tThe Bentonite Hills, Gypsum Sinkhole, Upper/Lower South Desert, Temple of the Sun, and Temple of the Moon. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the field.

Overnight: Cougar Ridge Lodge

Meal Plan: B,L

Day 5 - Capitol Reef National Park | Hiking

With so much to see at this hidden gem of a National Park, enjoy another day with your private driver-guide touring and hiking in the park. Your guide will customize your day to your specific interests. Enjoy an afternoon and evening at your leisure. Perhaps soak in the hot tub as the sun sets over the mountains.

Overnight: Cougar Ridge Lodge

Meal Plan: B,L

Day 6 - Goblin Valley State Park & Arches National Park | Otherworldly Landscapes

After an early breakfast, check out of your hotel and depart with your driver-guide for a three-hour transfer journey to Moab. Stop along the way to explore Goblin Valley, State Park. The park features thousands of hoodoos, referred to locally as goblins, which are formations of mushroom-shaped rock pinnacles. It’s also been the filming location for several major movies, depicting other worldly locations.

Then proceed to Moab, the adventure hub at the heart of Southeast Utah’s canyon country. Blessed with a lively local arts scene, endless activities, and two national parks, Moab may be the highlight of your journey.

This afternoon your experienced and knowledgeable private driver-guide takes you on a tour of Arches National Park. An Instagram-worthy site, the Park features the greatest concentration of natural stone arches in the world, offering spectacular displays of the natural forces of erosion at work. Your guide will lead you on short walks to some of the most spectacular structures and unusual geologic formations. Learn how these dazzling rock formations came to be, as well as about the people who inhabited this area over 1,000 years ago.

After a day of exploration, check into your accommodations, a luxurious retreat amid the majestic Southwestern desert, and enjoy a red rock sunset and relaxing evening at your leisure.

Located just a block off Main Street, the Hoodoo is the perfect location to experience Moab’s walkable downtown. The hotel features an outdoor pool, full-service spa and an on-site restaurant, Josie Wyatt's Grille, offering delectable steak and sushi as well as a variety of mixed drinks and fine wines. Hoodoo's interior design pays homage to the surrounding desert landscape. The hotel is 15 minutes from the Moab Airport and four hours from the Salt Lake City Airport.

Overnight: Hoodoo Moab

Meal Plan: B,L

Day 7 - Rafting the Colorado River

This morning, rendezvous with your river guide for a full day rafting trip on the Colorado River. This proposed Wild and Scenic River is totally isolated from modern civilization. Westwater Canyon is a canyon of serene solitude surrounded by red sandstone spires. The river cascades through the ever-deepening sandstone monuments and into the narrow Black Granite Gorge. Here the river meets opposition from the canyon walls, creating the fast and furious rapids such as Funnel Falls, Last Chance, The Steps, and the infamous Skull Rapid, that give Westwater its reputation as one of the most exciting rafting trips on the Colorado. A picnic lunch is included.

Overnight: Hoodoo Moab

Meal Plan: B,L

Day 8 - Canyonlands National Park - Salt Lake City | The Small-Town Big City

This morning, meet your driver-guide at the Ranch for a private half-day tour of Canyonlands National Park. Visit terrain where 1,000ft cliffs and the carving Colorado River take center stage. Three hundred million years of Earth's history is written in the multicolored, infinitely varied rock layers, and your guide can interpret the events as they lead you on hikes to some of the most spectacular structures.

Then it’s off to Salt Lake City to check into your hotel. Bordered by sparkling, buoyant Great Salt Lake and the imposing, snow-capped Wasatch Range, the populous capital of Utah still manages to exude a small-town feel.

This afternoon perhaps explore the beautiful grounds of the Temple Square. Temple Square is the Mormon Temple, which took 40 years to build (1853-1893). Experience the peace and tranquility of the Square with a complimentary tour of Utah's most visited attraction. Tours are available throughout the day in 40 different languages. Then spend the afternoon soaking up this inviting city’s ambience and exploring the nearby restaurants and shops.

The Grand America is an experience all its own with luxurious and gracious accommodations. All rooms and suites in the 24-story hotel feature handcrafted Richelieu furniture, original works of art, inviting balconies, complimentary wi-fi, and large Italian marble bathrooms. Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase breathtaking views of Salt Lake City or our beautifully landscaped gardens.

Overnight: Grand America Hotel or Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City

Meal Plan: B,L

Day 9 - Depart Salt Lake City

Today your private driver guide will take you to the Salt Lake City Airport for your departing flight home.

Overnight: Grand America Hotel or Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City

Meal Plan: B

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