Iconic Parks of Utah

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Day 1:  Salt Lake City for 1 night
Pick up car in Salt Lake City at the airport
Rest of the day at leisure in the capital of Utah, nestled at the foot of the Wasatch mountain range.
Visit the Natural History Museum of Utah:  excellent starting point to discover the history of the region as well as Utah’s geology, anthropology, and Native American culture. 

Accommodation at Hotel Kimpton Monaco****
Just 10 minutes’ walk from Temple Square, this modern design hotel in Salt Lake City offers in-room spa services and an on-site restaurant. Each guest room is equipped with a flat-screen TV.
A docking station with a speaker is included in every room at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City. Plush bathrobes are also provided.
Bambara Restaurant is located in the hotel and serves steak and seafood options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Vault serves cocktails in an upscale atmosphere. Coffee and tea are offered in the hotel lobby.

Day 2:  St George for 1 night
Stop in Antelope Island State Park
This is a great place to view wildlife. The island was without its namesake antelope for many years, but they were reintroduced in 1993 and can now be seen in many areas of the park. Deer, bobcats, coyotes, many varieties of birds and waterfowl also call the island home. But most famous is Antelope Island’s American Bison, introduced to the island in 1893 and now numbering some 600 animals. Wild animals are often seen by people driving the park roads and hiking or biking the park’s trails.
Keep on driving southwest of Utah, to the Mormon stronghold of St George.
Explore Snow Canyon State Park
Located at the edge of the Mojave Desert, Great Basin and Colorado Plateau, Snow Canyon State Park explodes with dramatic geology perfect for your outdoor adventure.

Accommodation at The Inn at Entrada****
The Inn at Entrada is nestled in Entrada at Snow Canyon, a gated golf community in the red rock country of southern Utah. Guests receive access to many community amenities.
Rooms at The Inn at Entrada are equipped with free Wi-Fi, cable TV, and DVD players. There are also balconies in every room.
Guests at The Inn at Entrada will receive access to the Entrada at Snow Canyon Golf Course, as well as the community’s fitness center and spa. An outdoor pool is also available. A resustaurant, The Kokopelli, is located in The Entrada Community clubhouse. The Kokopelli serves a variety of gourmet dishes and offers dinners a view of the red rock canyon as they dine.

Day 3:  Page for 3 nights
Drive East towards Kanab.
Admire the Vermilion Cliffs in the background.
Make a stop at Sand Hollow State Park
With its warm, blue waters and red sandstone landscape, one of Utah’s newer state parks is also one of its most popular.

ATV Tour at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
Duration:  1 hour
For a trip to the Sahara desert, venture onto a shifting sea of red sand
The Sand Dune Paradise tour is about an hour long. We start in the beautiful coral pink sands climbing up hills and taking in all the different sand formations. We then ride through some back-country trails working our way back to the duns. We make one stop in the dunes where you can take pictures or run your fingers through the sand.

Accommodation at Amangiri Resort*****
A pocket of modernist luxury in a wild and wind-carved Utah landscape Amangiri hotel is a sleek sandstone hideaway at the heart of Navajo country – not the place you’d expect to find an incredible spa, excellent restaurant and every-whim-met indulgence. Choose from an array of minimalist suites or bed down in one of the canvas-roofed pavilions at Camp Sarika, a tented retreat set apart from the main hotel.

Day 4:
One of the highlights of staying in this unique resort is the world-class hiking and rock-climbing. Book a guided via ferrata excursion (Italian for ‘iron road’): there are five of these fixed climbing routes involving ladder rungs on Amangiri’s own mountain-sprinkled grounds. Or sign up for recreational or advanced biking. The expert in-house team of guides can teach guests the basics of GPS navigation, map reading, rope techniques and desert travel, as well as providing an introduction to the ecology, geology and human history of the area. For a relaxing dose of the Colorado River, seek out the peaceful stretch of river downstream of Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Dam, before the river takes its 250-mile journey through the Grand Canyon National Park; here you can experience the beauty of floating between 1,000-ft high walls of Navajo Sandstone.

Day 5:
With its 300 km long, 96 canyons and 3155 km of coastline, Lake Powell is the largest artificial lake in the United States and one of the flagship sites of the American West.
To explore this aquatic desert, a veritable ocean in the mineral desert, nothing beats a ride in a motor boat, which allows you to weave through the interlacing of canyons created by the rising waters, following the completion of the Glen dam Canyon.
Not to be missed – The Horseshoe Bend, a superb viewpoint overlooking a meander of the Colorado River, a few kilometers from Page.

Private Tour of Antelope Canyon
A Navajo guide who knows all the hot spots will guide you through an amazing natural wonder of Antelope Canyon. They will provide you with the secret knowledge of photographing the beams and dance with the sand.  We will have little chance to be alone in the canyon on this tour, nor will we be able to hear the quiet that some of the other tour-times provide, but this tour is a photographic extravaganza.

Day 6:  Zion for 2 nights
Quick drive on scenic Highway 9, to reach Zion.
You will drive between red rocks, arches and tunnels dug out of the rock.

Accommodation at Under Canvas Zion
Take glamping to a whole new level with a stay in these luxury tents under the stars at Zion. Located on 196 acres bordering Zion National Park, Under Canvas Zion offers a unique lodging experience just as incredible and unique as the park itself.
The camp seamlessly blends in with its dramatic surroundings (the majestic red rocks that make the park so famous) and the three options of luxury tents allow guests to enjoy Utah’s spectacular desert without giving up the comforts of home. There’s plenty to explore within the park, whether rock climbing, biking, cayoneering, hiking, safari tours, horseback riding, hot air ballooning, helicopter tours, kayaking or UTV/ATV guided tours. On-site massages and yoga sessions are also available to guests and an American or vegetarian breakfast is available every morning.
On the program – Cycling through Zion Park. Each on his mount, you set off on an 11 km trail (the Pa’rus Trail) to reach the canyon. It is also possible to take the shuttle to the top of the canyon, and return to the starting point by bike.

Fire pit and s’mores
Use of the private fire pit (subject to availability)  includes  s’mores-making kit

Zion Lodge***
People have slept beneath the shadow of the towering sandstone cliffs in Zion National Park for over 8,000 years.   You  can easily follow in their footsteps.
Zion Lodge is located inside Zion National Park and offers easy access to excellent hiking and other outdoor opportunities. The original lodge burned down in 1966, but the rebuilt structure convincingly re-creates the classic look of the old inn. Knotty pine woodwork, log and wicker furnishings accent the lobby. 
Hotel rooms are modern, but not fancy and come with either two queen-size beds or one king-size bed, full bath, 37-inch TV with satellite reception and private porch or balcony. Along with hotel rooms, Zion Lodge features historic cabins with either two double beds or one queen-size bed, full bath, gas log fireplace, and a private porch. All rooms feature air conditioning, phones, radio alarm clocks, and hairdryers.

Day 7
Full day hiking tour of Zion Park with a private guide
Your Day In Zion connects a series of short hikes that showcase the diverse splendor of the canyon’s geological, biological, historical and cultural wonders. Expect to do 3 or 4 hikes interspersed with an elegant picnic lunch, tasty snacks and ample opportunities to learn and appreciate why this place has been so special to so many generations of park visitors, pioneers and indigenous Americans.
We will begin the day by traveling to The Temple of Sinawava, the furthest point into the canyon. Here we will hike along the majestic Virgin River, perhaps dip our toes into its famous « Narrows, » and get your first up-close introduction to Zion’s iconographic Navajo sandstone.
From the Narrows, we’ll venture down-canyon where we’ll traverse the inspiring Kayenta Trail, which connects Zion’s serene Emerald Pools and provides excellent opportunities to learn its lessons of geologic time and get a tactile sense for its diverse layers of rock. Cap-off our Kayenta hike with a stroll beneath the refreshing waterfalls spewing from the mouth of Behunin Canyon.
Finally, we’ll culminate our Day in Zion with an invigorating hike of the Watchman Trail, where our vantage point offers stunning views of the dramatic West Temple cliff face under the playful colors on the sinking sun. Descending the Watchman, your guide will make a few insider’s dinner recommendations so you’ll be sure to enjoy your evening-out in the canyon country town of Springdale.

Full day private guided Canyoneering
This is a multisport activity where everyone works together to hike, climb, swim, squeeze, rappel, support, laugh, cry, listen and be in a canyon created by nature. Half-day canyon trips will take place in dry canyons, full-day canyon trips will be in wet canyons. All canyoneering trips are located outside of Zion National Park.

Day 8:  Capitol Reef for 1 night
We take the scenic road Byway 12, one of the most beautiful in the country, which allows us to get to Torrey through spectacular panoramas. Along the way, a stop at Bryce Canyon National Park is a must. As far as the eye can see, hundreds of orange fairy chimneys, also called hoodos, rise to the sky. You get back behind the wheel and join your hotel

Accommodation at Capitol Reef Resort***
Located at the entrance to Capitol Reef National Park, this Torrey, Utah hotel features an outdoor pool and hot tub. All of the spacious guest rooms include free WiFi. BBQ facilities are available.
A flat-screen satellite TV with extended cable channels is offered every contemporary room at Capitol Reef Resort. Guest rooms include an iPod docking station, a hairdryer and tea and coffee-making facilities. All rooms feature garden and mountain views. The property also offers unique accommodations such as teepees and Conestoga wagons.
A business centre with fax and photocopying services and a fitness center are offered on site. For convenience, a guest launderette is available.
Guests at this hotel can visit the Prehistoric Petroglyph, which is 16 km away. Hickman Natural Bridge is 10 km from the hotel.

Day 9:  Monument Valley for 1 night
Allow a good half-day drive to reach Monument Valley.
As you get closer you will see in the distance the orange monoliths and mounds standing straight out of a western movie.  This is the iconic Western park.
If you are not in a hurry, we recommend doing a detour and going towards Hanksville: route 24 offers exceptional panoramas of the region and in particular of the Colorado River.

Accommodation at Hotel The View***
The View Hotel is a Navajo-owned business located within the Navajo Nation and the Navajo Tribal Park at Monument Valley. Stay in one of our 95 hotel guest rooms or private, secluded cabins. 

Day 10:  Moab for 2 nights
Drive to Moab.
Leave behind orange monoliths and mounds and follow the Scenic Byway 211, one of the ten most beautiful roads in the United States, which reveals superb views of the characteristic red rocks of Utah. Admire canyons, plateaus, valleys and lunar landscapes in the distance.

Accommodation at Under Canvas Moab
Located on 40 acres of land, these tents offer spectacular views of Arches National Park, 4.8 km away. Select tents offer private en suite bathrooms. BBQ facilities are offered on-site.
Guests of Moab Under Canvas can chose to stay in a basic tent with a shared bathroom or stay in a luxury tent complete with a shower, sink and lounge area with a sofa bed. The luxury tents include a private patio with deck lounger chairs, ceramic sinks and spa products. All tents come equipped with a lantern, bedding and towels.
Horse riding opportunities are offered to guests of Moab Under Canvas. Guests can hire bicycles to explore desert bike trails in the surrounding area. Free parking is provided to all guests.
The mining town of Moab is renowned for being a location for films like Star Wars and Mission Impossible. The surrounding national parks, Arches and Canyonlands, reveal grandiose landscapes against the backdrop of canyons, plateaus, valleys and lunar landscapes.

Helicopter flight over Canyonlands.
We can see better the arches, the potassium cultures in the middle of the desert, the groove of the Colorado River, but also the famous Dead Horse Point and the Island in the Sky: true symbols of the park of Canyonlands, which is wonderfully named. An unforgettable experience.

Day 11:
4 hour private hiking tour
Our professional guide will provide the most amazing private hikes in the Moab area.  Half day private guided tours including hiking, scenic, archeology, and dinosaur findings.   Perfect for all types of hikers!

3 hour private Hummer Safari Tour
The most popular off-road experience in Moab, UT! Within minutes of departure you’ll be scaling one of Moab’s famous red rock fins on your way to an area known as Hell’s Revenge. Weave in and out of rock canyons, feel the excitement of climbing unbelievable sandstone hills. Learn about the geology and unique history of the area. Experience a spectacular overlook into the Colorado River and Arches National Park where you’ll have time to get out and take photos of the incredible surroundings, including awesome views of the La Sal mountains.

 Sunset & Dinner Jet Boat Float
Leisurely glide through the canyons of the Colorado River at the most magical time of day. You will be whisked away into a different world, filled with beautiful redrock cliffs canyon scenery. Your guide will explain local geology and history of the Canyonlands area. As the desert sun paints the canyon walls, reflects across the tranquil waters, and fills the evening sky, you’ll bask in the impressive views that accompany you around every bend. Top off the evening with delicious Dutch-oven dinner.

Day 12: Salt Lake City for 1 night
Drive to Salt Lake City (about 5h).
The red rocks gradually give way to a more deserted landscape, then to the snow-capped mountains and lakes.

Accommodation at Hotel Kimpton Monaco****
Just 10 minutes’ walk from Temple Square, this modern design hotel in Salt Lake City offers in-room spa services and an on-site restaurant. Each guest room is equipped with a flat-screen TV.
A docking station with a speaker is included in every room at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City. Plush bathrobes are also provided.
Bambara Restaurant is located in the hotel and serves steak and seafood options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Vault serves cocktails in an upscale atmosphere. Coffee and tea are offered in the hotel lobby.

Day 13
Drop off car at Salt Lake City airport



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