Utah National Parks Multi-Adventure

Pinnacles & Canyons of The Mighty Five

 

Go deep into geologic time in all five of Utah's national parks. Expect desert solitude, cobalt blue skies contrasting with red rocks, technicolor sunsets. Explore the wonderland of Arches with its magnificent stone formations and giant balanced rocks. Canyonlands invites you to float the legendary Colorado River. See the beautiful rugged terrain in Capitol Reef. Marvel at Bryce's fantastical pinnacles and hoodoos. Wind your way through Zion's narrow slot canyons. To top it off, pamper yourself in comfortable lodges at these stunning locations.

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Getting to Moab, Utah

  • Hike through five treasured national parks -- Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce, and Zion -- in just eight days

  • Wade through a scenic slot canyon riverbed on the Virgin River Narrows and hike among labyrinthine spires of Bryce Canyon

  • Stargaze beneath the Milky Way -- four of the five national parks are certified "Dark Sky" parks

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Arrive:

Grand Junction, Colorado

Depart:

Las Vegas, Nevada

Price: from $4,395

Duration:

8 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

8-12 Guests

Min Age:

14 yrs

Activity:

Level 3

You should be prepared to hike 3-6 hours per day on uneven terrain. River rafting requires no prior experience, but will tackle class III and IV rapids.
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  • Arrive Grand Junction, CO - Drive to Moab

    Day 1

    Welcome to Colorado! Arrive Grand Junction Airport (GJT) and meet your guide for the group transfer to your hotel, centrally located in downtown Moab, Utah, your home for the next three nights. This evening meet up with your group for a welcome dinner near your hotel.

    Accommodation: Hyatt Place Moab

    Located just one mile from downtown Moab and five miles from Arches National Park, Hyatt Place Moab is the perfect basecamp for adventure. The hotel features spacious, comfortable rooms all with flat screen TVs, a coffee maker and mini refrigerator and blackout curtains. The hotel also offers a business center, fitness center, outdoor pool, complimentary WiFi, complimentary breakfast and an onsite bar featuring regionally inspired bar bites.

    Transportation: 1.5 Hour Private Van Transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • Canyonlands National Park

    Day 2

    This morning we hike to Mesa Arch and Grand View Point in Canyonlands National Park. Marvel at towering rock walls, ancient pictographs, and sweeping sandstone landscapes as we journey into the heart of the park.

    Accommodation: Hyatt Place Moab

    Located just one mile from downtown Moab and five miles from Arches National Park, Hyatt Place Moab is the perfect basecamp for adventure. The hotel features spacious, comfortable rooms all with flat screen TVs, a coffee maker and mini refrigerator and blackout curtains. The hotel also offers a business center, fitness center, outdoor pool, complimentary WiFi, complimentary breakfast and an onsite bar featuring regionally inspired bar bites.

    Activity: 4-5 hours hiking

    Transportation: 1-hour private vehicle transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Raft the Colorado River

    Day 3

    Today offers a thrilling day of whitewater rafting on the Colorado River! Follow Westwater Canyon past red sandstone spires as it deepens into narrow Black Granite Gorge and tackle Class III and IV rapids such as Funnel Falls, Last Chance, The Steps, and the infamous Skull Rapid! Perfect for adventure seekers and canyon lovers, all equipment is provided, and no previous experience is required. Enjoy a riverside picnic lunch along the way. The evening is at leisure to enjoy your final Moab sunset as you choose.

    Accommodation: Hyatt Place Moab

    Located just one mile from downtown Moab and five miles from Arches National Park, Hyatt Place Moab is the perfect basecamp for adventure. The hotel features spacious, comfortable rooms all with flat screen TVs, a coffee maker and mini refrigerator and blackout curtains. The hotel also offers a business center, fitness center, outdoor pool, complimentary WiFi, complimentary breakfast and an onsite bar featuring regionally inspired bar bites.

    Activity: Full day rafting

    Transportation: 2.5-hour private vehicle transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Hiking Arches National Park

    Day 4

    Meet your private MT Sobek guide this morning for a full day of exploring the magnificent stone arches and giant balanced rocks of Arches National Park. Today you will hike to Delicate Arch and some of the other amazing arches including Landscape Arch which spans an impressive 306 feet! Spend time exploring the park before departing Moab for your accommodation near Capitol Reef National Park.

    Accommodation: Capitol Reef Resort

    Located just one mile from the National Park, Capitol Reef Resort is surrounded by natural wonders including natural bridges, sandstone cliffs, magnificent canyons, and domes. The comfortable accommodations feature stunning views of the red-rock cliffs. After a day of adventures, relax in the heated outdoor pool or hot tub. The Pioneer Kitchen offers delicious comfort food and a casual atmosphere.

    Activity: 4-5 hours/4-5 miles hiking

    Transportation: 10-30 minute private vehicle transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike Capitol Reef - Evening Stargazing

    Day 5

    This morning, set off on a journey to remote and rugged Capitol Reef National Park. Capitol Reef offers hikers not only dramatic desert scenery, but also serenity and solitude due to its light visitation. Experience the wonders of the park as you follow expert guides on a day hike along the Grand View Wash Trail and along the upper portion of the Waterpocket Fold - a massive geological wrinkle in the Earth's surface. After dinner this evening, learn about Capitol Reef's designation as an International Dark Sky Park as you enjoy a special stargazing experience with an astronomer! The Utah desert's predictable weather, low humidity and dark night skies make it the perfect location for viewing the Milky Way Galaxy, millions of stars, recognizable constellations and even some far off galaxies millions of light years away.

    Accommodation: Capitol Reef Resort

    Located just one mile from the National Park, Capitol Reef Resort is surrounded by natural wonders including natural bridges, sandstone cliffs, magnificent canyons, and domes. The comfortable accommodations feature stunning views of the red-rock cliffs. After a day of adventures, relax in the heated outdoor pool or hot tub. The Pioneer Kitchen offers delicious comfort food and a casual atmosphere.

    Activity: 3-4 hours/4-6 miles hiking; 1-hour stargazing

    Transportation: 1-hour private vehicle transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Morning Hike in Bryce Canyon - Drive to Zion National Park

    Day 6

    Depart early for our drive to Bryce Canyon National Park. Words cannot describe the sweeping views from the rim of Bryce's amphitheater, the starting point for the hike along the rim trail to Sunset Point. Descend into this wild land of rock, through a surreal maze of pink hoodoos, spires and rock windows. After exploring this otherworldly landscape, we have a scenic drive to Zion National Park.

    Accommodation: Cliffrose Lodge

    Located in Springdale, Cliffrose Lodge sits on five acres along the Virgin River, just steps from Zion National Park. The manicured grounds feature an outdoor heated pool, riverside hot tubs, and comfortable accommodations. The central location is perfect for exploring the nearby shops, galleries, and restaurants.

    Accommodation: Driftwood Lodge

    Driftwood Lodge is located in Springdale, less than two miles from Zion National Park. The lodge features comfortable accommodations with incredible canyon views. The Kings Landing Bistro offers a seasonal menu for dinner nightly.

    Activity: 4-5 hours/6 miles hiking with 800' elevation gain and loss

    Transportation: 3.5-hour private vehicle transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike in Zion National Park

    Day 7

    Meet your private MT Sobek guide this morning for a full day bottom-up hike in the Narrows of Zion National Park. On this spectacular slot canyon hike, you will walk along the banks and in the Virgin River to the narrowest section of Zion Canyon. Your feet will get wet, so your day will begin with proper outfitting for the hike. You will be outfitted with special footwear, neoprene socks, a hiking pole and a dry day pack. Relax by the riverside while you enjoy a picnic lunch in the afternoon. This evening, celebrate your journey with a farewell dinner in Springdale.

    Accommodation: Cliffrose Lodge

    Located in Springdale, Cliffrose Lodge sits on five acres along the Virgin River, just steps from Zion National Park. The manicured grounds feature an outdoor heated pool, riverside hot tubs, and comfortable accommodations. The central location is perfect for exploring the nearby shops, galleries, and restaurants.

    Accommodation: Driftwood Lodge

    Driftwood Lodge is located in Springdale, less than two miles from Zion National Park. The lodge features comfortable accommodations with incredible canyon views. The Kings Landing Bistro offers a seasonal menu for dinner nightly.

    Activity: 5-6 hours/4 miles hiking

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart Las Vegas

    Day 8

    This morning you can rise early and take in one more hike in Zion or have the option to relax at the hotel before departing for Las Vegas to catch afternoon homebound flights.

    Transportation: 3-hour private vehicle transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek delivers this grand-slam in just eight days — ideal if you don't have loads of time but want a real-deal adventure.

Reason #02

Along the way, professional naturalist guides offer insights into the region's incredible geology and diverse flora and fauna.

Reason #03

You will visit some of the premiere Southwest National Parks with the luxury of lodges and resorts. A fantastic way to visit these treasures and recover for your next epic daily hike.

Meet your guides

Jennie Dufour

Jennie Dufour

Hailing from the northeast, Jennie grew up playing in the woods, camping in the backyard, and nurturing a love for the outdoors. Jennie started her travel career as a travel agent and became an adventure guide 10 years ago. She first led tours throughout the USA, Canada, and Mexico, before working as an overland tour driver and leader in Africa, Asia, and Central America. Having traveled the globe, she followed her heart to the Southwest US. Always up for an adventure, in her spare time you may find her whitewater rafting the Grand Canyon, hopping on a sailboat across the Indian Ocean, or hitchhiking through Morocco.

Nicole Stratman

Nicole Stratman

When Nicole was introduced to the world of guiding, she finally knew she had found her tribe. After spending time working in New Zealand and Australia, she returned home with a new world perspective and spent the next five years guiding internationally clients around North America. It brings her great joy to educate guests about geology, history and to find intriguing new spots along the journey. When she's not guiding, you can find her living on the road full-time with her partner, volunteering, hosting the Tour Guide Tales podcast, supporting zero waste shops & sustainability initiatives, and occasionally jumping out of planes with whoever cares to take the plunge.

Jack Warren

Jack Warren

Growing up in Chicago, Jack wasn't originally exposed to the great outdoors, but after his first Outward Bound course - white water rafting the Salmon River, his life changed forever. For most of his adult life, Jack has worked to travel and further his understanding of this beautiful planet of ours. He has ventured to 50 countries and volunteered with aid organizations all over the world. For the past seven years, Jack has had the great fortune of showing people from all over the world this great country - our national parks and diverse cities. All told, he's driven 250,000 miles, crossed the country 30 times, and been to all 50 states on personal journeys and leading trips.

Activities

Personally tailored adventures, hand-picked with your desired activity level in mind. Each activity is designed and operated to our highest standards.

Lodging

A variety of comfortable and ideally located accommodations carefully selected with your travel style and budget in mind.

Climate

Expect warm, sunny days and cool evenings; weather is variable depending on elevation. Daytime highs can range from 60° to 100°F and evening lows from 40° to 60°F.

FAQ

How should I train for my Southwest trip?

The best training is hiking. Work up to hiking similar distances with your daypack loaded with the same weight you will be carrying on your day hikes.

What kind of wildlife am I likely to see?

Wildlife commonly seen includes: Mule Deer, Utah Prairie Dogs, Chipmunks, Golden-mantled Ground Squirrels, Pronghorn (antelope), Gray Fox, Ravens, Steller's Jays, Clark's Nutcrackers, Red-tailed Hawks, Turkeys, and Mountain Short-horned Lizards. Black Bear, Elk, and Mountain Lions are rarely seen.

What do I need to take to hike the Narrows?

You will be hiking in knee-deep water. Strong water-friendly footwear with toe protection is a must. Hiking poles really help with keeping your stability.

When is the best time to go on this trip?

The canyons of the Southwest are wonderful destinations from mid-May through mid-October.

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2022

The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you’ll have and once you book, your price is guaranteed.

Scheduled Dates

  • Sep 20 - 27, 2022
    $4,395 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,595 single supplement
    Waitlist
  • Sep 27 - Oct 04, 2022
    $4,395 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,595 single supplement
    AvailableConfirmed
  • Oct 02 - 09, 2022
    $4,395 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,595 single supplement
    Available
  • Oct 14 - 21, 2022
    $4,395 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,595 single supplement
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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

Contact An Expert

800-974-0300

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2023

The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you’ll have and once you book, your price is guaranteed.

Scheduled Dates

  • Apr 23 - 30, 2023
    $4,895 price per person dbl occ
    +$950 single supplement
    Available
  • May 02 - 09, 2023
    $4,895 price per person dbl occ
    +$950 single supplement
    Available
  • May 11 - 18, 2023
    $4,895 price per person dbl occ
    +$950 single supplement
    Available
  • May 21 - 28, 2023
    $4,895 price per person dbl occ
    +$950 single supplement
    Available
  • Sep 10 - 17, 2023
    $4,895 price per person dbl occ
    +$950 single supplement
    Available
  • Sep 19 - 26, 2023
    $4,895 price per person dbl occ
    +$950 single supplement
    Available
  • Sep 28 - Oct 05, 2023
    $4,895 price per person dbl occ
    +$950 single supplement
    Available
  • Oct 08 - 15, 2023
    $4,895 price per person dbl occ
    +$950 single supplement
    Available

Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

Contact An Expert

800-974-0300

Need help picking your next adventure? Call us to answer your questions.

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Gather your favorite travel companions to share an MT Sobek adventure on an easy-to-book Private departure.

Choose from the selection of dates below for your group or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

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*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

Contact An Expert

800-974-0300

Need help picking your next adventure? Call us to answer your questions.

Go Custom

Create Your Very Own Adventure

Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.

When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

*Custom trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit once an itinerary is agreed upon.