Utah National Parks Adventure

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PRICE: $3,9‍‍‍95*

DURATION: 8 days / 7 nights

LEVEL: E‍‍‍asy / Moderate

TERRAIN‍‍‍: Flat / Steep

Join us on an incredible hiking journey through the National Parks and Monuments of Utah and Southwestern Colorado. Highlights include: walking along the Virgin River in Zion, enjoying the Waterpocket Fold in Capitol Reef, driving the famous Burr Trail in Grand Staircase-Escalante, hiking among the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, and exploring one of our newest national monuments, Bears Ears. This trip will blend the natural beauty of Utah with the rich cultural history of first western settlers in Capitol Reef as well as the ancient Puebloan culture.


Day 1 — Zion & Cedar Breaks National Monument

After a morning orientation we will head east to Zion. We will take the morning to explore some of the trails including the Riverside Walk to the beginning of the Narrows as well as the Emerald Pools for breathtaking views of Zion’s Canyon.  Afterwards we have a scenic drive to Bryce Canyon National Park, arriving in time for a pre-dinner hike if you would like.  Meals included: Lunch & Dinner

Day 2 — Bryce Canyon National Park

Visit the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center and hike the Rim Trail. Experience the canyon’s intricate geological display from the rim at Bryce Point and Paria View, and below the rim on the Navajo and Queens Garden Trails on a 3-mile loop. In the afternoon go on a more adventurous hike around the Peekaboo Loop or simply relax at the lodge originally designed in 1924 by Gilbert Stanley Underwood. Enjoy dinner as the sun sets across the Bryce amphitheater.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner  

Day 3 — Grand Staircase-Escalante & Anasazi State Park

Travel along scenic highway 12 to Grand Staircase-Escalante. Travel through pinyon-juniper woodlands to the rim of the hundred-mile-long monocline known as the Waterpocket Fold, which once blocked the progress of emigrant wagon trains. In the afternoon we visit Anasazi State Park, the anthropology museum, and the excavated site of a thousand-year-old village. The Fremont prehistoric people occupied most of Utah during the same period as the Ancestral Puebloans. Artifacts recovered from this site, as well as its architecture, reflect a prehistoric “melting pot.”  
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner  

Day 4 — Grand Staircase-Escalante & Capitol Reef

Get out your hiking boots this morning for a fantastic hike to Calf Creek Falls a true desert oasis.  If time allows we will drive part of the famed Burr Trail through a narrow canyon where you will be surrounded by contours of sandstone and walls rising hundreds of feet above you. Then it is off to Capitol Reef National Park for a short hike in Cohab Canyon and a chance to check out the historic Gifford House.   Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner  

Day 5 — Capitol Reef National Park

Our exploration of Capitol Reef continues with a morning hike to the Grand Wash followed by a stroll to Hickman’s Bridge. After lunch we check out some of the human history of the park in the Capitol Gorge where we can view petroglyphs and a pioneer register etched into the stone on a 3-mile hike in another gorgeous slot canyon.  
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner  

Day 6 — Glen Canyon, Natural Bridges & Bears Ears

This morning we will drive through Glen Canyon National Recreation Area crossing the Colorado River and driving along scenic highway 95 on our way to Natural Bridges National Monument. We will enjoy a picnic lunch amongst three natural bridges carved by the power of water over time. Our afternoon will be spent exploring one of our newest national park units, Bears Ears National Monument. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner      

Day 7 — Bears Ears, Hovenweep, Canyons of the Ancients & Mesa Verde

Our exploration of the Bears Ears region continues this morning with a visit to Newspaper Rock State Historic Site before heading east to stop at two cultural units, Hovenweep and Canyons of the Ancients, celebrating the Northern Ancestral Puebloan culture. Then it is off to Mesa Verde National Park a perfect blend of natural and cultural beauty where we will get out for a short hike to see some of the dwellings built right into the cliff sides. After settling into our riverside hotel in Durango, we will gather for our farewell dinner.   Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner    

Day 8 –  Departures from Durango, CO

After breakfast, schedule departures at your leisure or continue your journey in Colorado.   Meals included: Breakfast‍‍‍


Lodge at Bryce Canyon or lodging nearby - 2 nights
This iconic national park lodge was built in 1925 by famed architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood. Your room is just a few steps away from the rim of Bryce Canyon providing ample opportunities to easily explore the park.  

Boulder Mountain Lodge or lodging nearby - 1 night
Located in the middle of Utah’s scenic red rock canyon country and surrounded by mountain forests this lodge is an oasis in the middle of Grand Staircase-Escalante. Each room features a deck or patio with fantastic views of the gorgeous surroundings. Make sure to get out and explore some of the 11-acre bird sanctuary that surrounds the lodge.  

Red Sands Hotel or lodging nearby - 2 nights
At the doorstep of Capitol Reef national park this recently remodeled hotel is a great place to relax after a full day of adventure in the area. Take a dip in the onsite pool and hot tub or catch up on e-mails and posting photos from your Utah adventure on the complimentary wi-fi.  

Inn at the Canyons or lodging nearby - 1 night
Sitting below the San Juan Mountai‍‍‍n range in the small town of Monticello, UT this family owned hotel is the perfect gateway to explore the Bears Ears region including Natural Bridges, Newspaper State Rock, and Canyonlands.  

DoubleTree Durango or lodging nearby - 1 night
Enjoy a warm cookie and a warmer welcome when you arrive to the hotel which is located on the beautiful Animas River, within walking distance of downtown Durango and the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.




Public Dates and Availability

‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍May 11 - 18‍‍‍


October 6‍‍‍‍‍‍ - 13‍‍‍

‍‍‍‍‍May 12‍‍‍ -‍‍‍ 19














‍‍‍October‍‍‍‍‍‍ 12 - 19




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Price Includes:‍‍

  • Lodging as outlined in lodging section above based on double occupancy
  • Meals as noted in itinerary above‍‍‍
  • Snacks and beverages
  • Park admission and museum admissions for all included activities  
  • Services of professional trip leader(s)
  • Ground transportation for all included events during the trip & porterage service
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