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13 Day PRIVATE, CUSTOMIZED Tour
with EXCLUSIVE Behind the Scenes Experiences of the Southwest & Premiere Private Guiding Service
Visiting: Park City – Moab – Arches National Park – Canyonlands National Park – Capital Reef National Park – Cassidy Arch – Hell’s Backbone – Bryce Canyon – Zion National Park – Sand Hollow – Page, AZ – Antelope Canyon
With an average of more than 220 days of sunshine each year, there are endless things to do in the Greater Salt Lake City area. From renowned restaurants to hidden speakeasies, salt flats to double-feature drive-ins, attractions abound in this mountain town. Our 13-day trip features hikes around some of the state’s incredible national parks, UTV rides across sand dunes, boating on serene Lake Powell, and a visit to the Grand Canyon, as well as luxury accommodations and vehicles, and private guides. It’s the perfect high-end introduction to the stunning state of Utah. Enjoy the Beehive State in all its glory, in some of the region’s top hotels and lodges.
With an average of more than 220 days of sunshine each year, there are endless things to do in the Greater Salt Lake City area. An often-underrated destination, the city’s reputation is sometimes tied to the peculiarities of Mormon culture and Utah’s exacting liquor laws—but you’re missing out if you think that’s all there is to this place. From renowned restaurants to hidden speakeasies, salt flats to double-feature drive-ins, attractions abound in this mountain town.
Reach Sundial Summit where three canyons converge with views over Deer Valley, Alta, and Snowbird.
Delicate Arch: At sunrise, we hike over sandstone while enjoying the unique red rock scenery of Utah. One of the fun aspects of this hike is, you don’t see the arch until the final moment. We traverse along a path marked by free-standing cairns then approach the final rise, cresting over a massive sandstone bowl with Delicate Arch standing high above.
Devil’s Garden: We will explore one of the most iconic areas of the park known as Devil’s Garden. A small percentage venture into this section due to the unknown factor, however, we know the route. We venture on the path overlooking a maze of fin canyons, finding hidden formations, grottos and arches along the way.
Windows: The Windows trail is well-traveled but worth seeing. We hike a loop trail to see Turret Arch, North & South Window Arches, and the massive Double Arch.
Park Avenue: One of the first grand areas in the park is Park Avenue. This mild one-mile trail follows the base of some of the park’s gigantic features such as The Three Gossips, Queen Nefertiti, The Tower of Babel, and The Courthouse.
4X4 Tour: Within minutes of departure you’ll be scaling one of Moab’s famous redock fins on your way to an area known as “Hell’s Revenge.” Weave in and out of rock canyons, feeling the excitement of climbing unbelievable sandstone hills. Our contact has the most specialized vehicle to experience this thrilling trail.
Isolated from modern civilization, Westwater is a canyon of serene solitude surrounded by red sandstone spires. The river cascades through the ever-deepening cliffs and into the narrow Black Granite Gorge where the river meets opposition from the canyon walls creating the intense rapids such as Funnel Falls, Last Chance, The Steps, and the infamous Skull Rapid. This is one of the most exciting rafting trips on the Colorado.
Grandview: At the furthest edge of the north entrance, the viewpoint is certainly grand offering an incredible vantage point from the highest area in Canyonlands.
Buck Canyon: One of the many scenic viewpoints where the Earth seems to split open and you can see down below into a massive tear in the top layers of the plateau.
Mesa Arch: A relatively short hike with a large reward, the Mesa Arch gives a unique perspective as you peer through its window to down to Canyonlands that seem to stretch on forever.
Edge of the Cedars: View the largest collection of Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) pottery on display in the Four Corners Region and explore an authentic Puebloan village behind the museum. In addition to permanent collections, Edge of the Cedars offers special exhibits throughout the year. As an added bonus, we have arraigned to have a backroom tour of artifacts with the museum director
Cooking Fry Bread: This traditional food has been a staple of the Indian diet for generations. We will watch a demonstration of how it’s made, plus try ourselves.
Dance: Native American dances were practiced for a variety of reasons, including; celebration, war, hunting, healing, religion, and more. We will have our own private demonstration by a local tribe member.
Herding: Animals play a vital role for many in the region. We will glimpse a part of the daily chore of caring for livestock as we help to herd livestock down the canyon on foot.
We travel across one of the most picturesque drives in Utah. Along the way, we will stop at various viewpoints, including Monument Valley, Goosenecks, Grand Gulch, and Natural Bridges.
Cassidy Arch: We will ascend to the top of the cliffs high above the canyon. As we traverse over the hard sandstone, you can see our destination of Cassidy Arch ahead. But as we get closer, it disappears. This unique arch is formed in the cliff face itself, so we actually approach from the top. But soon, you will see this amazing feature as we hike out on top of it.
Hell’s Backbone: The traverse over Boulder Mountain is stunning on its own and the section along Hwy 12 through Escalante has become known as Hell’s Backbone. This incredible marvel of engineering is literally carved into the desert sandstone and includes a stretch of ribbon road that traces along the top of a towering ridge.
Interconnecting Trails*: For the best experience, we connect 3 different trails to explore the canyon. It feels like you have entered another worldly landscape. We park on top of the canyon, and as you approach, the entire area stretches out below, full of incredible formations. Hoodoos, cliffs, mini arches, and canyons painted in hues of red, orange, and cream with tall pinion pines adding a splash of green. We will connect a few trails and descend into the canyon, winding through areas such as Peekaboo, Wall of Windows, and The Cathedral. You will be in awe of this unique landscape, unlike any place on earth.
Canyon Overlook: This trail is short but very rewarding. We ascend along the top plateau until we reach the cliff tops overlooking nearly half of the canyon.
*Alternate: We can also arrange to do this trail system on horseback.
Angel’s Landing: A trip to Zion would be incomplete if you don’t hike Angel’s Landing, consistently ranked among the world’s greatest hikes. We ascend along a steep trail that has literally been cut into the face of a vertical cliff. One-third of the way up, the trail passes into a cool grotto and then up the switchbacks known as Walter’s Wiggles. Pausing at Scout Lookout for the first scenic viewpoint, we push on to the top. We hike along a fin with 1,000’ drops. Hip high chains are installed along the more exposed sections to help you feel more secure. You’ll need all the memory your camera can hold today!
Emerald Pools and Kayenta Trails: This mild to moderate trail leads us to three main viewpoints at each of the three pools and tall waterfalls. We walk beneath cliffs in all directions with views of Lady Mountain, The Great White Throne and Red Arch.
Pa’rus Trail: From a Paiute word meaning, “bubbling, tumbling water,” the Pa’rus Trail is a fun, paved trail that follows the Virgin River through lower Zion Canyon. This is an easy, but very rewarding trail with incredible views of the surrounding peaks.
The Narrows: This area of the park is truly unique as it was formed over eons as the Virgin River sliced a deep channel over millions of years through two thousand feet of sandstone. Starting at the Temple of Sinawava, we’ll hike upstream through the Virgin River admiring the towering Navajo sandstone cliffs on each side of us. Each turn reveals incredible views. Ranked by National Geographic as no. 5 in its list of America’s best 100 adventures.
Sand Hollow: This massive expanse of dunes and canyons is perfect for exploring in a UTV. Tall, rolling dunes with many side canyons make for a huge playground. We will traverse sections of the West Rim Trail and sand dunes.
Antelope Canyon: Few geological formations are as picturesque and awe-inspiring as Antelope Canyon, a magnificent slot canyon just east of Page in Northern Arizona. With tall winding walls, it’s a monumental sandstone sculpture. A photographer’s dream, the canyon is known for its wave-like structure and the light beams that shine directly down into the openings of the canyon, creating a supernatural appearance.
Lake Powell: Once known as Glen Canyon, it must be one of the most unique and beautiful lakes there is. This lake, with its 96 finger canyons, was created to hold back the mighty Colorado River. Its placid blue waters now fill these canyons making it a favorite spot for boaters. We will take a ski boat and do our own exploring of the countless side canyons, alcoves and beaches. We can also enjoy water sports such as water skiing, wake boarding, wake surfing and tubing.