Hiking Utah's Parklands

This active hiking journey will take you to five of Utah's National Parks including Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce, and Zion with adventures each day into the heart of each park.

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Departure Dates:

  • May 2 - 10, 2020
  • October 4 - 12, 2020

Schedule Highlights

DAY 1: GRAND JUNCTION, CO; MOAB AND ARCHES NATIONAL PARKS: Meet your guides for an early morning pick up in Grand Junction and make the short drive to Moab where we’ll kick off the day with a few hikes in Arches National Park. We’re in Moab by the afternoon so you can settle into your accommodations. Tonight’s dinner will give you a chance to learn more about your fellow travelers and seasoned guides.

DAY 2: THE NEEDLES DISTRICT OF CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK: Today takes us into Canyonlands, where we’ll hike in the Needles district of the park. These staggering formations will give you a fantastic perspective of just how vast the Canyonlands truly are. Take the evening to relax, look through your photos and reflect on the day, and enjoy a lovely dinner with your new friends.

DAY 3: BOULDER BY WAY OF CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK: This morning has us saying goodbye to Arches and Canyonlands as we make our way to Boulder. Along the way, we’ll stop in Capitol Reef to check out some well-known sites, potentially including Cassidy Arch and Cohab Canyon, among other “out there” options. At the end of the day we’ll check into the beautiful Boulder Mountain Lodge and enjoy a gourmet dinner at the fabulous Hell’s Backbone Grill.

DAY 4: CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK: We have a full day to explore Capitol Reef from the Burr Trail Road on Lower Muley Twist in the panhandle section of Capitol Reef, assuming the weather cooperates. If not, we’ll have the option to check out Calf Creek Falls. There will be free time this afternoon to enjoy the sights, sounds, and other amenities at the lodge.

DAY 5: GRAND STAIRCASE-ESCALANTE NATIONAL MONUMENT AND BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK: Your guide knows just where to go to introduce you to the lesser-traveled Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Possible hikes include Grosvenor Arch, Willis Creek Narrows, or Calf Creek Falls. We arrive in Bryce Canyon National Park late in the afternoon.

DAY 6: BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK: We will be getting an early start after breakfast to make the most of our time in Bryce today. Our hikes wind along the rim and down into this striking landscape. Sunset will leave an indelible impression!

DAY 7 & 8: ZION NATIONAL PARK: A short (72 miles) but oh-so-scenic drive delivers us to Zion National Park this morning. These two days will include full days of hiking in Zion with myriad options depending on the interests of the group. The staggering sights in Zion, with its vast peaks and valleys, are a nature lover’s delight. We’ll conclude this amazing tour with a farewell dinner at the delicious and locally renowned Spotted Dog Café!

DAY 9: SUNRISE HIKE AND DEPARTURES HOME: Our last morning, a sunrise hike will be available to those who have interest, followed by shuttles to St. George, UT, or Las Vegas, NV, for flights home.

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To reserve space on any departure please contact our travel partner Off the Beaten Path at 800-445-2995 or travel@offthebeatenpath.com

Our tours feature tiered pricing, with a range of prices for each trip, with the price increasing as the departure fills to allow us to confirm departures as soon as possible.

Most tours run with a minimum of 2 participants and a maximum of 16 participants maintaining an 8 participant to 1 guide ratio.

NPCA Travel: 800-628-7275 or travel@npca.org

Check out NPCA’s full tour lineup at www.npca.org/trips

  • Cost:
    From $5,095 per person double occupancy; $1,450 single supplement
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