Southern Utah Scenic Tours: Outings & Adventures is hosting an incredible experience exploring the beauties of Utah by visiting the “Mighty 5!” Why take a vacation to one National Park when you can experience five? 5 of America’s most stunning National Parks, located in Utah, will leave you speechless with their amazing views and world class hiking.
The Mighty Five is fast becoming one of our most popular tours. Five of the countries most beautiful national parks all located in a small geographical area. And yet each one is so different from it’s neighbors. Born of the Colorado plateau uplift these parks offer some of the most unique landscape and rock formations you will find anywhere in the world. In addition to the National parks we also visit two of our states most beautiful and unusual parks.
Areas visited include: Zion NP, Bryce Canyon NP, Capitol Reef NP, Arches NP, Canyonlands NP, Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument, Goblin Valley State Park, Deadhorse Point State Park, and Salt Lake Cities Mormon Temple Square.
Highlights: (click to view proposed itinerary)
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- Hike through the towering sandstone monoliths at Zion National Park, home to famous Angel’s Landing
- Experience Queens Garden and crimson-peaked hoodoos at Bryce Canyon National Park, also called the “Forest of Stone”
- See the 290 foot Landscape Arch up close and personal at Arches National Park
- Explore thousands of mysterious rock formations at Goblin Valley
- Enjoy picking fruit while surrounded by the breathtaking red rock of Capitol Reef National Park
- Trek through the stunning Island in the Sky mesa at Canyonlands National Park
ITINERARY (click to view proposed itinerary)
Day 1: Las Vegas and Zion National Park
We begin our Mighty 5 tour with an 8:00 AM departure from Las Vegas’s Tuscany Suites. Our immediate destination is Zion National Park, a short, three hour drive through the Mojave Desert into Utah. Zion National Park is one of nature’s greatest wonders. See the Great White Throne, Angel’s Landing, the Court of the Patriarchs, and the Narrows where the Virgin River has carved out a narrow canyon with 2,000-foot cliffs on each side.
There are some great trails to walk, from moderate to difficult as we explore some of the key sites in Utah’s most visited national park. Later that evening, we enjoy a welcome dinner and lodging in nearby Springdale, Utah. (Dinner)
Day 2: Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon is a short, two-hour drive away. There is no other place on earth like Bryce Canyon. There are a couple of hiking/walking options to enjoy as well as fantastic viewpoints to discover.
Later that afternoon, we drive over famous Highway 12, truly one of America’s most scenic highways, and into parts of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Lodging and dinner will be in Torrey, Utah. (Breakfast)
Day 3: Capitol Reef National Park
Capitol Reef is Utah’s least visited national park so don’t expect large crowds of people. We have a morning exploration of Capitol Reef’s Waterpocket fold and a walk through part of Grand Wash and possible hike to Hickman Natural Bridge.
In the afternoon, we head for Utah’s most unusual State Park, Goblin Valley. Then, we drive to the John Wesley Powell History Museum in Green River, Utah. John W. Powell had a major influence on this part of Utah. A number of the rivers and mountain ranges found in the area, were named by Powell. Lodging will be in Moab, Utah, that evening. (Breakfast)
Day 4: Arches and Canyonland National Parks
We go directly into nearby Arches National Park for a walk up to famous Landscape Arch. Additional sites visited include the Windows, Balanced Rock, Park Avenue and the Delicate Arch viewpoint
That afternoon, we take in Utah’s most beautiful State park, Dead Horse Point. Here, a fantastic view of the canyons of the Colorado River is offered from a towering mesa, hundreds of feet above the canyon. We end the day in the Island in the Sky section of Canyonlands National Park including a walk to Mesa Arch and spend some time at the Grand Viewpoint. Lodging and dinner will again be in Moab. (Breakfast)
Day 5: Prehistoric Museum and historic Mormon Temple Square
On the last day, we journey to Price, Utah’s, USU Eastern prehistoric Museum, for a look at some excellent dinosaur and Fremont Indian exhibits. From there, we go directly to Salt Lake City for a tour of Utah’s most visited tourist site, historic Mormon Temple Square. A dinner at Brigham Young’s Lion House will end the evening and the tour. (Breakfast & Dinner)