Explore Utah (NPCA Trustees for the Parks)

This special NPCA Trustees for the Parks (TFP) trip offers two incredible hiking journeys through the impressive national parks and monuments of Utah. Experience a behind-the-scenes look at how your support has made it possible for NPCA to defend Utah's most valuable places. This journey will be guided by NPCA park experts and local naturalists.

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Departure Dates:

-September 18-25, 2019

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS:

• Hiking the waterpocket fold at Capitol Reef National Park while spotting relics from pioneers of the past.

• Ascending the geological strata that gives Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument its name.

• Trekking among the intricate display of hoodoos at Bryce Canyon National Park.

• Marveling at the steep red cliffs and emerald pools of Zion National Park.

ITINERARY:

September 18: Arrivals in Salt Lake City: Arrive at your leisure this evening and catch the free shuttle to the hotel. Fairfield Inn & Suites

September 19: Capitol Reef National Park: We make our way south from Salt Lake City this morning to Capitol Reef. After lunch, our exploration of Capitol Reef begins with a hike to check out some of the human history of the park in the Capitol Gorge. This 3-mile hike in a slot canyon offers views of petroglyphs and a pioneer register etched into the stone. Red Sands Hotel (B,L,D)

September 20: Capitol Reef & Grand Staircase-Escalante: This morning we take a short hike in Cohab Canyon with an opportunity to get a closer look at the historic Gifford House as well as visiting Hickman’s Bridge. On our way south on highway 12 we will drive part of the famed Burr Trail through a narrow canyon surrounded by contours of sandstone rising hundreds of feet above you. This evening, relax at the our charming lodge in the heart of the park. Boulder Mountain Lodge (B,L,D)

September 21: Grand Staircase-Escalante & Bryce: We get a closer look at Grand Staircase-Escalante on a morning hike before we continue south to Bryce Canyon National Park. In the afternoon we will drive to the end of the park road and hike the Bristlecone Loop Trail at the highest portion of the park at over 9,000 feet. Enjoy a gorgeous sunset and watch as the colors change in the canyon a few steps from your room. Lodge at Bryce Canyon (B,L,D)

September 22: 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, as well as below the rim on the Navajo andQueens Garden Trails on a 3-mile loop. This afternoon we will savor the ambiance the Lodge, designed in 1924 by master architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood. The lodge and its cabins were recognized in 1987 as a National Historic Landmark. Lodge at Bryce Canyon (B,L,D)

September 23: Zion National Park A morning drive will bring us to Zion National Park where we will explore some of the park’s iconic trails, including the Riverside Walk, the Narrows, Emerald Pools, and Watchman’s Tower. We will later visit the Zion Museum and have the opportunity to meet with park staff and local leaders in the gateway town of Springdale. Desert Pearl Inn (B,L,D)

September 24: Zion National Park We continue our exploration of Zion this morning with another hike in the park and driving the beautiful Kolob Terrace Road where we will learn about the issues facing the park and its boundaries. This evening we will celebrate a fantastic week of exploration over the farewell dinner. Desert Pearl Inn (B,L,D)

September 25: Departures from Las Vegas After breakfast, we make our way to Las Vegas for flights after 1pm. (B)

PRE-TRIP EXTENSION:

September 16: Arrivals in Durango, CO Arrive independently at your leisure today and explore the quaint town of Durango before settling into your riverside hotel. DoubleTree Durango

September 17: Mesa Verde, Hovenweep and Bears Ears This morning it is off to Mesa Verde National Park, a perfect blend of natural and cultural beauty. Enjoy a short hike to see some of the Ancestral Puebloan dwellings built right into the cliff sides. Then we will make our way west to stop at two cultural sites, Hovenweep and Canyons of the Ancients, celebrating the Northern Ancestral Puebloan culture, formerly known as the Anasazi. Grist Mill Inn (B,L,D)

September 18: Bears Ears & Canyonlands Our excursion begins this morning in the Bears Ears region with a visit to Newspaper Rock State Park, where you will discover a great collection of petroglyphs. Then it is on to the Needles district of Canyonlands National Park where we will enjoy a picnic lunch and hike in this breathtaking part of the park. In the evening we will meet with local leaders working to protect the parks we just explored and enjoy the beautiful night skies around our bed and breakfast. Grist Mill Inn (B,L,D)

September 19: Bears Ears& Natural Bridges On our way to Capitol Reef we get a closer look at the Bears Ears rock formation before enjoying three natural bridges carved by the powerful force of water at Natural Bridges National Monument. Afterwards, we journey on to Capitol Reef to meet up with the full group for our continued exploration of Southern Utah. (B)


Contact Jared Dial at 202-454-3305 or travel@npca.org for more information or to reserve your spot.

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  • Cost:
    From $4,195 per person double occupancy; $995 single supplement
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