Hiking Utah's National Parks

Hiking Utah's National Parks

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Hiking Utah's National Parks

9 Days Starting and ending in Las Vegas

Visiting: Las Vegas, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Moab, Bluff, Page

Tour operator:

Intrepid Travel

Tour code:

SSXZ

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 12

Physical rating:

Medium, Medium

Age range:

15-99 years

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

4WD

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Tour Overview

Uncover the rugged beauty and rich Indigenous history of Utah – a vast state with some of the USA’s most famous national parks. On this nine-day hiking trip, you’ll get to see their many highlights with an expert guide. Leave Las Vegas behind to marvel at Zion National Park, explore Monument Valley with a specialist Navajo guide, see the inspiring scenery of Moab and explore the spires of Bryce Canyon National Park – the land of the Navajo people. Catch the sunset in Arches National Park and head to the Island in the Sky in Canyonlands National Park before your last hike to Horseshoe Bend.

Highlights

  • Visit Zion National Park and hike the Angel’s Landing trail, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Visit Zion National Park and hike the Angel’s Landing trail up to Scout Lookout to explore its dramatic switchbacks, drop-offs and incredible views.

  • Hike the Navajo Loop to the famous Thor’s Hammer hoodoo in Bryce Canyon National Park – known for its crimson-coloured hoodoos (spire-shaped rock formations).

  • Hike the Island in the Sky section of the vast Canyonlands National Park and take in the incredible sweeping views of the Colorado river valley 1000 feet below.

  • Sunsets are always beautiful, but nothing can beat the colours of the Delicate Arch as the sun goes down – take your time and enjoy the unforgettable scene of Arches National Park.

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Itinerary

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Day 1: Las Vegas
Location: Las Vegas
Accommodation: Hotel

Welcome to Las Vegas, Nevada! This glitzy city may be a gambler’s paradise, but if the tables aren't your thing, there's still plenty to discover in this neon metropolis. Maybe wander along the famous strip, past impersonators, billboards and hotels to the choreographed Bellagio Fountain show. Hit the chain stores or lose all sense of time exploring the gaudy interiors of hotels like The Venetian, Caesars Palace and New York-New York. Your trip starts at 6 pm tonight with a welcome meeting. After, why not join your fellow travellers for an optional dinner and indulge in some nightlife? 

Day 2: Zion National Park
Location: Zion National Park
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: dinner

You’ll be up bright and early this morning for the drive to Zion National Park. Arrive in Springdale, your base for the next two nights, and check into your accommodation before heading to the park for your first hike, the famous Virgin River Narrows. Your hike begins with a stroll down the paved River Trail, buttressed by water on our left and a 3,000-foot cliff face on the right. After walking along hanging gardens and under the dappled shade of cottonwoods, the sidewalk ends and you will enter the river. Hiking in moving water can be a new and exciting experience so you will have time to get your “stream legs” before walking another 1.5 miles upriver to the turnaround point at Orderville Canyon. Before heading back downstream, get a few more photos of the Narrows’ beauty. Tonight we'll head out on an included group dinner at a local restaurant in Springdale.

Included Activities:
-Zion NP - Virgin River Narrows Hike
-Zion - Narrows Hiking Gear Rental

Day 3: Zion National Park
Location: Zion National Park
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: breaksfast

Today after breakfast, head out nice and early for another, longer hike in Zion National Park. This is one of Zion’s most iconic walks – the famous half-day Angel's Landing hike up to Scout 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, this is a steep hike, but don’t worry, we'll take plenty of breaks. Anyone in good physical condition can make this trek.

Included Activities:
-Zion National Park - Angels Landing (up to Scout Lookout) hike

Day 4: Bryce Canyon National Park
Location: Bryce Canyon National Park
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: breaksfast

After breakfast this morning, drive to Bryce Canyon National Park, 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 below the Rim Trail hiking path. It overlooks Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Inspiration Point and Bryce Point. After checking into your accommodation, you’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.

Included Activities:
-Bryce Canyon National Park - Navajo Loop Trail hike

Day 5: Moab
Location: Moab
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: breaksfast

After breakfast today, you’ll hit the road for Moab. On the way, stop in Capitol Reef National Park to hike to the impressive Hickman Bridge – a natural sandstone bridge spanning 41 m (133 feet). You'll get high desert views along the way and ascend through a sandstone side canyon before emerging under the bridge. Along with incredible views of the vast rock formations, look out for rare desert plants and wildlife along the trail. Tonight, you have a free evening in Moab to rest and recharge.

Included Activities:
-Capitol Reef - Hickman Bridge Hike

Day 6: Moab
Location: Moab
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: breaksfast, dinner

Today you’ll head to Canyonlands National Park and head out on the Island in the Sky hike – resting on sheer sandstone cliffs, the Island in the Sky lookout point, Grandview Point Overlook, has spectacular sweeping views of the park. Take in the landscape below of the canyons and winding streams and then head to Arches National Park – home to more than 2,000 natural stone arches, rock formations and giant, balancing rocks. Head out on a sunset hike to visit the Delicate Arch – a stone icon of the park that has become the unofficial symbol of the State of Utah! Along this trail, you’ll see the Wolfe Ranch cabin and Ute Indian petroglyphs, too. Watch the landscape change colours as you enjoy a picnic dinner, then head back to your hotel in Moab.

Included Activities:
-Arches National Park - Delicate Arch hike
-Canyonlands National Park - Island in the Sky Hikes

Day 7: Bluff
Location: Bluff
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: breaksfast

Travel south to Bluff, stopping for a very special experience along the way – a guided walk with an expert Navajo guide. Explore the beautiful country of Butler Wash, filled with abundant native plants, animals, incredible geologic features and archaeology and learn some of the fascinating Indigenous stories and history of the area.

Included Activities:
-Butler Wash - Navajo guided hike

Day 8: Page
Location: Page
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch

This morning after breakfast, head to Monument Valley, where a Navajo leader – one of the Keepers of Monument Valley – will take you around their lands on a hike off the beaten track. Learn about the history of the Anasazis (the Ancient Ones), as you take in the beauty of Monument Valley’s famous arches and learn about the history and culture of the Navajo peoples. For lunch, you’ll enjoy a picnic with your group. Tonight is the last night of your trip, so you might like to head out and celebrate your incredible Utah adventure with a night out with your group.

Included Activities:
-Monument Valley - Navajo guided hike

Day 9: Las Vegas
Location: Las Vegas
Meals Included: breaksfast

Today after breakfast, you’ll head back to Las Vegas. On the way, you have an option to book a visit to Antelope Canyon, before stopping for one last hike to 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. There will be unlimited options for incredible photos, so make sure you squeeze the most out of every last moment. Arrive in Las Vegas at around 5 pm, where your trip will come to an end. If you’d like to stay in Las Vegas for longer, just speak to your booking agent.

Included Activities:
-Glen Canyon - Horseshoe Bend hike

Optional Activities:
-Page - Antelope Canyon Tour

What's Included

  • Zion National Park - Emerald Pools hike

  • Bryce Canyon National Park - Navajo Loop Trail hike

  • Moab - Dead Horse Point hike

  • Capitol Reef - Lower Calf Creek Falls hike

  • Arches National Park - Delicate Arch hike

  • Canyonlands National Park - The Needles hike

  • Butler Wash - First Nations guided Comb Ridge hike

  • Monument Valley - First Nations guided hike

  • Glen Canyon - Horseshoe Bend hike

  • Zion National Park - Angels Landing (up to Scout’s Lookout) hike

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What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • International Travel

Transport

  • AIRPORT TRANSFERS IN THE USA & CANADA
  • We recommend taxis and rideshare services like Lyft and Uber when traveling to and from hotels in the USA and Canada. These services are widely available across North America, offering convenient and accessible transportation options. Private transfers in North America incur high costs and present an increased risk of missed connections due to their fixed schedules. In contrast, taxis and rideshares offer both cost-effectiveness and flexibility, ensuring a smoother journey. With transparent pricing, GPS tracking, and on-demand availability, we believe that taxis and rideshare apps not only offer a reliable alternative to private transfers but also provide a secure, trustworthy, and budget-friendly transportation option for our customers.
  • NORTH AMERICA VEHICLES
  • Our large fleet of 15-passenger vans are fully equipped with air-conditioning system, V8 engines and any camping or cooking equipment needed for your trip. Most have cloth-upholstered seats and carpeted interior with radio or CD players. Your luggage is typically transported in a trailer which is towed behind the van.
  • The vans are regularly serviced by a well-established network of maintenance and service facilities throughout the continent. However, unforeseen maintenance problems can still occur while on the road and we appreciate the patience of our travellers as we make necessary repairs as quickly as possible.
  • While your group will have a van for all included activities on the trip, the services of the van and leader may not be available for your use during free time, or after you have arrived for the day. If you need a special trip into town you may need to arrange transport or a taxi.

Accommodation

  • The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline only and may change. On some occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our preferred accommodation. In these cases, we will use a similar standard of accommodation.
  • Throughout the trip, we request that our properties prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However, this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination or on some trips, have use of shared day rooms until all rooms are available.

Important Information

  • 1. This trip starts with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1 in Las Vegas.
  • 2. This trip finishes upon arrival in Las Vegas on Day 9 around 5pm. There is no accommodation included on the last day in Las Vegas, however we can request any additional nights should you need them.
  • 3. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes, except optional activities

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No

  • Is this trip right for you

    This is a walking trip so a good level of fitness will help you to enjoy it fully.

    Walking in these national parks can be hot during summer. Therefore, some of the walks will take place very early in the morning or at sunset. Sun protection is a must, along with at least two litres of water per person and comfortable clothing suited for hiking.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    Yes

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers around the world for over 30 years

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Since 2002, The Intrepid Foundation has supported over 130 organisations across the world. We’re creating positive impact through the joy of travel, community and connection.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Over 50% of traveller travel solo with Intrepid. You can choose to share a room with another solo travelle of the same sex for no additional charge, or choose to pay a single supplement if you’d like your own room. Please request this when booking, and we will secure you a single supplement wherever possible. Please note, if you are booking a last-minute trip, it may be harder for us to secure a single room

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    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of intrepid travel charges.

    Up to 56 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 55 days before tour starts: Forfeit 30% of booking price.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 60% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

  • COVID Protection

    Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
    From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

    However, we continue to strongly recommend that all travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and other Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

    This policy excludes all Polar trips and select adventure cruises, where testing and vaccination remains a requirement. Please refer to the Essential Trip Information of your chosen tour for more details.

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