Utah
  • 8 days/ 7 nights
  • Next Departure: Aug 31, 2019
  • From $3,598 / person
  • ($680 single supplement)

Mighty Five National Parks Vacation Package

Get ready to be transported to a land of geologic wonder!  From the brilliant red spires of the Fisher Towers to the soaring heights of Angel’s Landing to the intimate waterfalls of The Narrows trail, the Mighty Five National Parks Tour will sweep you into an alien landscape that will have you questioning whether you’ve traveled to another (very beautiful) planet. Walk beneath delicate natural arches and through gardens of sandstone hoodoos. Dine on gourmet meals both in fine local restaurants as well as prepared trailside by your expert guides. Wade through a cool river at the bottom of a canyon while hanging gardens sway in the breeze overhead. The Mighty Five will leave you with vivid memories that will last a lifetime.

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  • North America Vacations
  • Adult only
  • Hiking

Activity Level: Moderate (3)

About
This Tour
The arid landscapes of Utah are world-renowned for their stunning beauty. The Mighty Five National Parks Tour weaves its way through five of the most striking national parks in the world. Whether you’re looking up from the bottom of a slot-canyon or down from a lofty desert overlook, you will experience places that will engage all of your senses. While the dry landscape may be harsh, the accommodations are far from. Evenings will be marked with rustic elegance punctuated by great local cuisine.
  • Get your feet wet in The Narrows, a hike that’s more stream than trail, walking through a canyon punctuated by waterfalls and hanging gardens.
  • Enjoy hitting five national parks in one week, and marveling at the diversity of landscapes that are only a few short miles apart.
  • Explore Capitol Reef’s colorful landscape of tilted buttes, jumbled rocks and sedimentary canyons the Land of the Sleeping Rainbow.
  • Look up at some of the clearest skies in the world. You’ve never seen the Milky Way like you will in the desert.
  • Seek out the incredible diversity of life that calls Southern Utah home with the help of your knowledgeable guides.
  • Ascend Walter’s Wiggles and Scout Lookout as you make your way up one of the most famous trails in the world to Angel’s Landing.
 
Arches National Park
Photo: Arches National Park

"Beyond expectations. The scenery is awe inspiring, but the experience with the guides, the other guests & activities is even better."

Janet B. Mission Viejo, CA

"The trip was well designed and organized. We got more out of the vacation than we expected. The guides were incredible - knowledgeable, flexible, attentive. They really enjoyed what they do and it showed."

Brian N. Phoenix, AZ

"Traveling with AA was awesome. Every day was a new adventure as we discovered something exciting that we had never tried before."

Fred E. Colorado Springs, CO

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

8 days/ 7 nights

Start: Grand Junction, CO (GJT) End: St. George, UT (SGU)

Day 1: Grand Junction / Canyonlands National Park / Moab
Canyonlands
Meals Included:  L, D
Overnight: Canyonlands Inn
Begin your trip with early-morning pickups in Grand Junction by your guides, followed by a welcome meeting. Sit back and relax on a 2.5 hour shuttle to our first national park of the trip – Canyonlands! We’ll explore Utah’s largest national park with a few short hikes, eyeing the skyward-jutting spires and needles, deep craters, majestic buttes and blue-hued mesas that dot the landscape. Check into your accommodation and head to your first group dinner in Moab.

About Canyonlands Inn

Located in the heart of downtown Moab, this hotel is within walking distance of many local restaurants and souvenir shops. This hotel will serve as our base camp for exploration of Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. Your room was styled to capture and reflect the natural beauty of the surroundings. A warm palette featuring earthy browns and greens accented by luxurious natural granite is highlighted with photography by renowned local artist Tom Till.
Day 2: Fisher Towers / Moab
Arches
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Canyonlands Inn
After a hearty breakfast, depart Moab for a hike to Fisher Towers. These towers are world renowned for their exciting rock-climbing routes and have been a favorite subject of photographers for years. After this beautiful hike, we settle in for a BBQ lunch at a nearby lodge. Mid-afternoon, enjoy some downtime during the heat of the afternoon by either relaxing poolside, exploring downtown Moab or grabbing a drink at a local brewery. Tonight, we meet back up for dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in town.
Day 3: Arches National Park / Red River Ranch
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Red River Ranch
We check out of our hotel early this morning to beat the crowds and the heat at Arches National Park. Hike into Delicate Arch for an awe-inspiring sunrise viewing, perfect for photographers. Then we head to Devil’s Garden where we’ll be sure to not only happen upon famous Landscape Arch, but also a few of our guides’ favorite arches in the area. After lunch, we shuttle through the heat of the afternoon to Capitol Reef National Park (3.5 hour transfer). Check in to Red River Ranch and enjoy dinner in the quaint town of Torrey nearby.

About Red River Ranch

Built on the grand scale of the great western lodges, The Lodge at Red River Ranch blends rich western history with modern convenience. You will find the accommodations comfortable, the food and service outstanding, the location breathtaking, and the overall experience, well… unforgettable. The lodge offers 15 unique guest rooms decorated with antique furnishings, western artwork and authentic artifacts. Every room includes its own fireplace and features a step-out balcony or patio and in-room music.
Day 4: Capitol Reef National Park / Bryce Canyon National Park
bryce canyon national park
Meals Included:  B, L, D
This morning, we enjoy a short hike into our third national park, Capitol Reef. Native Americans once called this colorful landscape of tilted buttes, jumbled rocks and sedimentary canyons the Land of the Sleeping Rainbow. Early afternoon, we drive to Bryce Canyon National Park (3 hour transfer). Upon arrival, embark on an introductory trek taking in Bryce Canyon’s sorbet-colored, sandcastle-like hoodoos and spires. Check into your Bryce Canyon lodging before a casual dinner with the group.

About Bryce Canyon Grand

Located in southwest Utah just north of Bryce Canyon National Park, the Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel is surrounded by fantastic scenery, most notably rock spires of every shape and size, known locally as "hoodoos." Experience for yourself Bryce Canyon's newest and most luxurious accommodations and amenities with the best in western hospitality. The Bryce Canyon Grand offers an enclosed courtyard offering guest privacy for the pool, whirlpool, and patio areas. You’re invited to experience Bryce Canyon City's newest lodging facilities while visiting the breath taking Bryce Canyon National Park.
Day 5: Bryce Canyon National Park
Meals Included:  B, L, D
After a hearty breakfast, embark on a hike through the magical hoodoo rock formations of Bryce’s Peek-A-Boo and Queens Garden trails. Trek through natural sculpted rock gardens of brilliantly colored spires, cliffs, and natural amphitheaters and take in the jaw dropping views from Rainbow Point. Share your favorite parts of Bryce Canyon with the group as you dine with everyone at Bryce Canyon Lodge. If you are a night owl, be sure to take advantage of one of the clearest night skies around and try your hand at finding some of the constellations.
Day 6: Bryce Canyon National Park / Zion National Park
Meals Included:  B, L
This morning, we look for the fifteen small arches along the aptly-named Arches Trail just outside Bryce. Shuttle into Zion through an entrance that will leave you in awe as you wind through the magnificent canyon walls and towering cliffs that make up this majestic park (2 hour transfer). Hike to Angel’s Landing, one of the top-rated hikes in the world, before checking into your lodging for the next two nights, the Desert Pearl Inn. Take the evening to enjoy dinner on your own in Springdale.

About SpringHill Suites

The award-winning SpringHill Suites Springdale Zion National Park offers a comfortable, elegant setting for travelers seeking inspiration, family adventure, and relaxation. Located only one mile from Zion's gate in the town of Springdale, this hotel is centrally located to explore all that Zion National Park has to offer. The outdoor pool and hot tub with amazing canyon views are the perfect way to relax after a day of exploring Zion!
Day 7: Zion National Park
Zion natinal park
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Explore more of the wonders that Zion has to offer today. Spend a full day walking and wading along the Virgin River, into the sheer walled canyon of the Narrows. Soak up the captivating scenery as you pass waterfalls, natural springs and hanging gardens. The Narrows hike is recognized as one of America's best adventures by National Geographic and is one that you will not soon forget. Take time to relax and reflect at the Inn before our farewell dinner at Bit & Spur.
Day 8: Zion National Park / St. George
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: No overnight
Take one last hike through Zion National Park before we shuttle to St. George for drop-off at the airport or your post-trip hotel (1 hour transfer). *Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.
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  • 8 days/ 7 nights
  • Next Departure: Aug 31, 2019
  • From $3,598 / person
  • ($680 single supplement)

Confirmed Departures

  • Aug 31, 2019 - Sep 7, 2019
  • Sep 12, 2019 - Sep 19, 2019
  • Sep 22, 2019 - Sep 29, 2019

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Additional Trip Information

Arrival & Departures

Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your trip departure. Day one of your itinerary starts in Grand Junction, CO at 7:00 or 7:20 am, depending on your hotel. Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the St. George airport (12:00 pm) or St. George hotel (12:30 pm).

Activities

Hiking: 1 to 8 miles per hike, easy to strenuous terrain (sometimes multiple shorter hikes will be completed within one day). Discovery: Learn about how the Canyonlands contain over 200 million years of geological history, and continues to serve as an outdoor laboratory for scientists from all over the world. From the Island in the Sky’s Upheaval Dome to the Grabens area of the Needles, Canyonlands possesses many uncommon landforms. Stare up in awe at the 900 foot Titan at Fisher Towers: the first climb took place in 1962 and was sponsored by the National Geographic Society! Discover why Moab, with itsunique combination of beautiful red rock scenery, two national parks, and the cool waters of the Colorado River, is one of the most sought out vacation destinations in the west. Check out Capitol Reef National Park’s centerpiece – the Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile monocline (buckle in the earth’s crust) that blocked explorers’ westward migration as a reef blocks a ship’s passage. Learn about Canyon Country geology, including hoodoos, arches, alcoves and fins. Known for its slot canyons, soaring towers and monoliths, and scenic sandstone, Zion National Park is full of unique formations begging to be explored. Delve into the 150 million year old history of Zion canyon’s geologic formations. Bryce Canyon National Park, named after Ebenezer Bryce, a Mormon homesteader in the 1870’s, will satisfy your adventurous spirit with its options for awe- inspiring hikes. Discover your inner thrill seeker as you ascend the narrow switchbacks to Angel’s Landing. Absorb the magnificence of one of the most legendary canyons in all of Zion National Park, the Zion Narrows, as you walk and wade along the North Fork of the Virgin River in the midst of towering canyon walls. Come explore Red Rock Country and five national parks with Austin Adventures to witness for yourself what all the hype is about! Austin Adventures guides are experienced facilitators and regional experts. They will take the time to explain the details of each activity, answer any questions, and demonstrate the use of all equipment. Each activity has been carefully planned to include options for all levels. Most importantly, your guides will help you select the distance that’s right for you.

Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price. Included in the Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners – except one dinner on own your own – refreshments and receptions.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Any necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.
Not Included in the Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • One dinner on your own.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
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Testimonials
Testimonials
With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:
Our fourth Austin Adventures trip provided another memorable scenic backcountry trip. Great guides, guests, activities, and accommodations. A fun-filled adventure for all. ” Hugh J., League City, TX
Zion and Bryce are amazing places to visit. I am ready to hike Angels Landing again. Austin Adventures does everything first class and does a great job of scouting the best trails. I look forward to vacationing with Austin Adventures in the future. ” Tonya B. , Gaffney, SC
Wonderful trip - scenery was breathtaking and trip had activities for all levels of physical fitness. ” Kristen D., Scottsdale, AZ
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
  • 1. Both The Narrows and Angel’s Landing hikes are top-rated trails worldwide.
  • 2. Utah lodging like Red River Ranch and Desert Pearl Inn provide rustic, western ambiance in picture-perfect locations.
  • 3. Don’t expect to sleep between destinations. The scenery along the highways is shockingly beautiful. Red rock canyons, mesas, and dwarf forests will keep your eyelids open in-transit.
  • 4. Utah’s dry air and lack of light pollution mean that it has some of the best night photography in the US. Set up a tripod, point your camera to the stars and bring home shots that show a whole new perspective.
  • 5. Don’t worry if you aren’t a photographer, you can tell your friends how incredible the Milky Way is.
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