Tour the Utah Mighty 5
Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, and Zion. These are the five breathtaking national parks that comprise the Utah Mighty 5. You’ll get a chance to explore them all on this 6-day tour from Southwest Adventure Tours. The tour includes:
- 5 nights of standard hotel accommodations
- Tour guide and transportation for the duration of the tour
- 5 breakfasts and 6 lunches
- Water and snacks
- Park entrance fees
- Taxes, fees, and gratuities (excluding tour guide tips)
To see a full itinerary, click here.
Note: This tour does not include airfare, so travelers are responsible for making their own way to Salt Lake City. Pick-up will be at 8 a.m. in the lobby of the Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Airport. Travelers can spend the night before the tour at the hotel at a discounted rate.
Day 1: Zion National Park
- Red-and-white monoliths tower above Zion’s main canyon, which drops to a depth of 3,000 feet in southwestern Utah.
- Hike the East Canyon Overlook Trail for a bird’s-eye view of the canyon, or traverse the 3-mile Emerald Pools loop to see a trio of pools and waterfalls.
- Optional excursions (extra fees): canyoneering, rock-climbing, and mountain-biking trips, horseback rides, and helicopter flights over the canyon
Day 2: Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks
- Drive to Bryce Canyon through the Zion Canyon Tunnel and along scenic Highway 12, which zips past red-rock mountains and yawning slot canyons.
- Ethereal red-and-white hoodoos rise from the canyon floor in many different shapes and sizes. Those who are physically capable can descend into the canyon to walk amid the alien landscape.
- Optional excursions (extra fees): mountain-biking trips, horseback and ATV rides, and helicopter flights over the canyon
Day 3: Bryce Canyon and Capital Reef National Parks
- Rise early to watch the sun rise over Bryce Canyon before continuing on Highway 12 through the Canyons of Escalante, and on to Capital Reef National Park.
- The Waterpocket Fold is Capital Reef’s most distinctive feature. Millions of years of erosion contributed to the 100-mile-long monocline’s twisting canyons, arches, and domes.
- Hike to the Hickman Bridge, a 133-foot natural bridge, or go down to the Grand Wash to explore the park’s deep canyons and narrows.
- Optional excursions (extra fees): horseback rides, canyoneering
Day 4: Capital Reef and Canyonlands National Parks
- Hike to Mesa Arch for an up-close view of one of the most photographed arches in Canyonlands National Park.
- Pause for a photo op at Dead Horse Point, a rock peninsula overlooking sheer sandstone cliffs and lofty mountain peaks, before heading into Moab for the night.
- Optional excursions (extra fees): ATV rides and a sunset Hummer tour, sunset boat cruise
Day 5: Arches National Park
- An early morning hike brings you to Delicate Arch at sunrise.
- Continue trekking through Arches National Park on a hike to Landscape Arch, the longest natural arch in the world.
- Puzzle your way through Fiery Furnace with the help of a park ranger (permit required). The twisting canyons and gorges form a red-rock maze that can be tricky to navigate on your own.
- Optional excursions (extra fees): canyoneering, whitewater-rafting, mountain-biking, and rock-climbing trips; Jeep tours; ATV, horseback, and hot air balloon rides; and scenic flights over the canyon
Day 6: Canyonlands National Park
- Explore the other side of Canyonlands with hikes to Corona and Bowtie Arches or Morning Glory Bridge.
- A scenic drive along the Colorado River showcases ancient petroglyphs depicting animals, humans, and geometric patterns carved onto red-rock walls.
- Optional excursions (extra fees): mountain-biking and rock-climbing trips, horseback and ATV rides, and Jeep and Hummer tours