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Hiking Utah’s National Parks

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Hiking Utah’s National Parks

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Utah is a vast state with some of the USA’s most famous National Parks and you’ll get to see their many highlights with an expert guide to show you the way. Leave Las Vegas behind to marvel at Arches National Park, explore Monument Valley with a specialist Navajo guide, see the inspiring scenery of Moab, and take in the spires of Bryce Canyon, land of the Navajo people. Uncover the rugged beauty and rich Indigenous history of Utah on a journey to some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring parts of the USA on a nine-day walking trip with Intrepid.

Trip Name
Hiking Utah's National Parks
Last Updated
2022-05-24
Days
9
Capacity
12
Highlights
  • Visit Zion National Park and hike the Angel’s Landing trail (up to Scout’s Lookout ), a walk to remember, with its dramatic switchbacks, drop-offs and incredible views.
  • Bryce Canyon, land of Indigenous Navajo people, is known for crimson-coloured hoodoos which are spire-shaped rock formations. Take Navajo Loop walk to the famous Thor’s Hammer hoodoo.
  • Enjoy a backcountry hike with the team of First Nations guides and learn about native plants, animals, geology, archaeology and most importantly, about indigenous past and present.
  • Sunsets are always beautiful, but nothing can beat the one in Moab – take your time and enjoy the unforgettable sunset scenes at Dead Horse Point.
  • Monument Valley is a sacred homeland and motherland to Navajo people. Let them guide you through their lands and teach you about their past, present and future.
  • Take the perfect photo at Horseshoe Bend, a horseshoe-shaped incised meander along the Colorado River, which is one of the most photographed places in Utah.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested in the Group Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

Day 1 - Las Vegas
Welcome to Las Vegas! Your trip starts with a Welcome Meeting followed by a welcome dinner where you will get to meet your fellow travellers. After dinner, you might like to hit the shops, ride a rooftop roller coaster or simply wander along the Strip, soaking up the glitz and glamour. Tomorrow is an early start for an adventurous and active day, so make it a (relatively) early night.
Day 2 - Zion National Park
You’ll be up bright and early this morning for the drive to Zion National Park. After you arrive in Springdale, your base for next two nights, check into your accommodation, grab lunch and head towards Zion National Park for your first hike of the trip. Warm up with a gentle leader-led orientation of the park, and an easy walk to the lower end of the Emerald Pools, passing sparkling waterfalls and streams along the way. Continue on a more difficult trail to the upper section, checking out another waterfall on the way to Zion's 'beach'. This afternoon, you’ll have some free time to relax at your accommodation or perhaps head out and enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants in town.
Day 3 - Zion National Park
Today is an early start for another, longer hike in Zion and one that’s worth getting up early for. In fact, this is one of Zion’s most iconic walks, the famous half-day Angels Landing hike (up to Scout’s Lookout). The stunning views of Zion Canyon's 270-million-year-old rock layers will take you back in time to the Triassic period when this section of the Colorado Plateau was just a flat basin at sea level. Just a heads up, there are some sheer drops and a narrow-ish path you will have to cross, but don’t worry, anyone in an average physical condition can make this trek. However, it can be mentally challenging with its steep switchbacks and sheer drop-offs. There are chains bolted into the cliff to provide secure handholds on the final stretch, but people who have a severe fear of heights should not attempt this section. Please consult your leader before the hike if you are concerned.
Day 4 - Bryce Canyon National Park
In the morning, drive to Bryce Canyon where wind and water erosion have formed the park's crimson hoodoos – uniquely shaped rock spires rising out of the desert. The park’s main road leads past the expansive Bryce Amphitheatre, a hoodoo-filled depression lying below the Rim Trail hiking path. It has overlooks at Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Inspiration Point and Bryce Point. After checking into your accommodation, we’ll hike the iconic Navajo Loop Trail which begins and ends at Sunset Point. Travelling by switchbacks between narrow walls of colourful limestone with views of towering Douglas-fir trees, this trail takes you to the park's most famous hoodoo: Thor's Hammer. This trail has two sides - Two Bridges and Wall Street – so the trip out and back is different with unique scenery on each side of the loop.
Day 5 - Moab
Today, after breakfast, we’ll hit the road for Moab and drive through another of Utah’s spectacular national parks, Capitol Reef. Make sure to have your camera handy as we will stop in many great spots on the way. Afterwards, grab your day pack and hit the trail to Lower Calf Creek Falls, a trail in the backcountry of Capitol Reef and inside the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument boundary. Two waterfalls we’ll visit provide a cooling mist and plenty of shade on hot days. Enjoy this fantastic there-and-back hike before continuing to Moab. If time allows, we’ll take a short hike to the Dead Horse Point and take in the beauty of Moab’s sunset as it lights up the cliffs of Canyonlands National Park.
Day 6 - Moab
Another day, another adventure! Today you will be guided by your leader, who will take you around Arches National Park, home to more than 2,000 natural stone arches, rock formations and giant, balancing rocks. We will definitely visit the Delicate Arch, a stone icon of the park which has become the unofficial symbol of the State of Utah. Along this trail you’ll also see the Wolfe Ranch cabin and Ute Indian petroglyphs. This trail can be very hot so you’ll need at least 2 litres of water, a sunhat, sunscreen and sunglasses. The rest of the day is up to you. By now you will have covered a fair amount of ground so you may like to take it easy in the afternoon. If not, you are free to enjoy some additional hiking through this stunning area.
Day 7 - Bluff
Perhaps get up early to see yet another unforgettable scene, a sunrise over Moab desert, then drive south to Canyonlands National Park for a short hike in The Needles. With almost 100 kilometres (60 miles) of interconnecting trails, your leader will help the group choose their own adventure in this spectacular section of the national park. Take it easy along one of the scenic paved trails or challenge yourselves with sandy washes, steep passes, and ladders – the choice is yours. After the walk, we’ll travel south to Bluff, your overnight base, but not before we stop for a very special experience – a guided walk with an expert First Nations guide. Explore beautiful country filled with an abundance of native plants, animals, incredible geologic features, archaeology, and most of all, authentic indigenous stories.
Day 8 - Page
After a big day yesterday, it’s time for more adventure! It’s an early start for the trip to Monument Valley where a Navajo leader – one of the Keepers of Monument Valley - will take you around their lands in an open-air vehicle for a very special off-the-beaten track adventure. Learn about the history of the Anasazis, the “Ancient Ones,” as you take in the beauty of Monument Valley’s famous arches, explore significant sites and see ancient petroglyphs. For lunch, you’ll enjoy an exclusive ‘Navajo Taco’ lunch. Tonight is the last night of your trip, so you might like to head out and celebrate your incredible Utah adventure with the rest of your group.
Day 9 - Las Vegas
Today, we’ll head back to Las Vegas but there’s still time for one more hike, this time at Horseshoe Bend in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. This horseshoe-shaped incised meander of the Colorado River is the perfect place to wrap up your trip with one final walk which offers unlimited options for incredible photos. We’ll arrive in Las Vegas at around 5pm when your trip will come to an end. No accommodation is provided tonight, however, if you do wish to spend extra time in Las Vegas, we'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
11-06-202219-06-2022AUD $ 3,714-
10-09-202218-09-2022AUD $ 3,936-
24-09-202202-10-2022AUD $ 3,821-

Accommodation

Hotel (8 nights)

Transport

Private vehicle

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