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Arizona & Utah Hiking with Premier Lodging Tour

Red Rock Wonders, Hidden Canyon Trails & Upscale Glamping


Experience an unforgettable journey from Nevada to Colorado through the rugged landscapes of the American Southwest, discovering less-traveled trails and legendary vistas along the Utah-Arizona border. Each day you will uncover the treasures of little known, off-the-beaten-path hikes. Discover a secret sandstone canyon outside Zion National Park, wander among otherworldly hoodoos and multi-hued striations in remote Vermilion Cliffs National Monument and find a hidden oasis at Lake Powell. You'll also have time to take in famed sights such as Horseshoe Bend and Monument Valley on Navajo land, Newspaper Rock, and Canyonlands' Needles. Each night indulge yourself in delectable fare, phenomenal views, and creature comforts of luxurious glamping accommodations and private cabins.

5 Days

From: $3,995

Experience an unforgettable journey from Nevada to Colorado through the rugged landscapes of the American Southwest, discovering less-traveled trails and legendary vistas along the Utah-Arizona border. Each day you will uncover the treasures of little known, off-the-beaten-path hikes. Discover a secret sandstone canyon outside Zion National Park, wander among otherworldly hoodoos and multi-hued striations in remote Vermilion Cliffs National Monument and find a hidden oasis at Lake Powell. You'll also have time to take in famed sights such as Horseshoe Bend and Monument Valley on Navajo land, Newspaper Rock, and Canyonlands' Needles. Each night indulge yourself in delectable fare, phenomenal views, and creature comforts of luxurious glamping accommodations and private cabins.

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Highlights


  • Explore aptly named Water Canyon, rivaling the Zion Narrows in its ethereal beauty
  • Discover Pink Dunes, Needles, White Pocket, Looking Glass, and other off-the -radar wonders
  • Indulge in a morning of Canyonlands views and guided yoga from your luxurious ULUM tented suite

Arizona & Utah Hiking with Premier Lodging

Start: Las Vegas, NV  End: Grand Junction, CO

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Hike Water Canyon & Explore Zion National Park

    Day 1

    Depart Las Vegas on a scenic drive through the picturesque landscapes of Southern Utah. Arriving at the trailhead for lesser-known Water Canyon, enjoy a picnic and trip orientation before lacing up your hiking boots for a journey through this hidden gem, where towering sandstone cliffs and lush vegetation create a verdant oasis in the desert. Traverse winding trails and scramble over ancient rocks, keeping an eye out for native wildlife and hidden waterfalls. After this challenging hike, enter the surreal landscape of Zion National Park for an easy and educational stroll. Hike the Pa'rus Trail one way from the Visitors Center to the Human History Museum. "Pa'rus" is Paiute for “bubbling water” and this trail follows the Virgin River and has incredible views of the Watchman and up the main canyon. Celebrate the day with a gourmet dinner looking out over your lodge's resident herd of bison before retiring to your private cabin.

    Accommodation: Zion Mountain Ranch

    Activity: 2-3 hours/5 miles hiking with up to 1000' elevation gain

    Transportation: 3.5- to 4.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner

  • Marvel at White Pocket & The Toad Stools

    Day 2

    Heading south from Zion, embark on a thrilling 4x4 excursion to the remote trailhead and otherworldly landscape of White Pocket, nestled within the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. Traverse rugged terrain and soft, undulating sands with the help of your guide in this secret spot of swirling colors, hidden arches, prehistoric sandstone formations, whimsical hoodoos, and ancient petroglyphs. Here you'll discover mushroom-like protrusions, bulges that resemble brains, polygonal fracturing, and wave-like features in the rocks. Even expert geologists are stumped by the processes that created these strange formations! Time permitting, continue to The Toadstools for fairy-tale hoodoos and balanced rocks, sculpted by centuries of wind and water erosion for fun exploration and photography. Continue towards Lake Powell where safari-style tents await in a spectacular setting with outstanding stargazing.

    Accommodation: Under Canvas Lake Powell-Grand Staircase

    Activity: 3-4 hours/3-6 miles hiking with 600' elevation gain

    Transportation: 1.5- to 2-hour private van transfer round trip up to 3.5 hours 4x4 adventure

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Adventure through Hanging Gardens, Horseshoe Bend & Monument Valley

    Day 3

    Begin your day in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area with a guided hike along Lake Powell's sandstone cliffs towards the entrance to a hidden oasis known only to a few. The Hanging Gardens Spring is a verdant sanctuary nestled amidst the desert's harsh embrace where lush flora cascades down the canyon wall. The adventurous may reward themselves with a dip in the lake too! Shifting away from off-the-beaten-path gems to bucket-list highlights, head toward a confluence of boundaries, including Grand Canyon National Park and the Navajo Nation, at Horseshoe Bend. Stand in awe at the edge of the precipice, gazing down into the depths of the canyon where the Colorado River is bent back on itself by geological forces. Next venture into the Navajo Nation's iconic Monument Valley, where towering sandstone buttes rise from the desert floor like ancient sentinels towering up to 1,000 feet.

    Accommodation: Bluff Dwellings Resort & Spa

    Activity: 6-8 hours/5 miles hiking with 400' elevation gain

    Transportation: 3- to 4-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike Canyonlands National Park & the Needles District

    Day 4

    Begin your day at Bear Ears National Monument with a visit to Newspaper Rock, a sacred site adorned with over 2,000 petroglyphs, each telling the story of ancient peoples who once roamed these lands. Marvel at the intricate designs and mysterious symbols carved into the sandstone, pondering their meaning. Continue your journey into the heart of Canyonlands National Park, where the rugged beauty of the desert landscape unfolds before you. Led by expert naturalist guides who will illuminate the secrets of the desert ecosystem and its inhabitants, hike along winding trails and narrow canyons to Big Spring, a hidden oasis. Explore Chesler Park, with panoramic views of the famed Needles formations, following the trail as it winds its way through narrow canyons and hidden alcoves. Continue to Moab, where luxury safari-style tents are perfectly positioned to take in breathtaking views across Canyonlands and plunge pools soothe and refresh.

    Accommodation: ULUM Moab

    Activity: 6-8 hours/up to 8 miles total hiking with 1500' elevation gain

    Transportation: 3- to 4-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Relax or Hike to Looking Glass Arch & Depart

    Day 5

    Your final day of adventure is yours to design. Start with a serene session of yoga amidst the tranquil beauty of the desert landscape or relax and reflect at the resort. Feel the warmth of the morning sun on your skin and the soft whisper of the breeze as you find peace and balance in body and mind. Another option is one last scenic hike to Looking Glass Arch. Follow winding trails that lead you through ancient rock formations and towering cliffs as you make your way to this stunning geological formation. After your morning adventure, enjoy another sumptuous meal made with locally sourced ingredients and check out the vibrant town of Moab. As your journey ends, choose a transfer to the rental car facility in Moab or transfer to Grand Junction Airport in Colorado for departing flights.

    Activity: 2-3 hours/up to 3 miles optional hiking with up to 500' elevation gain

    Transportation: 1- to 3-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Why Travel With Us?


  • MT Sobek has been exploring US National Parks and surrounding public lands for more than 50 years, placing a strong emphasis on responsible travel practices that support local communities and protect the natural environment.
  • In five spectacular and well-paced days, you'll explore rugged wilderness trails and learn about the natural, geologic, and human history of red rock canyons in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona, away from the crowds.
  • Hike with our expert guides, who bring the wonder of the Colorado Plateau to life and rest each evening in curated comfort at unique superior-quality accommodations.

Dates & Prices


  • 2025
  • Go Private
  • Go Custom
  • Inclusions

2025

Scheduled Dates


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

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Go Private

Go Private


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

Call or email us to get the ball rolling.

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


Looking for a private family adventure?


This trip can accommodate guests with a
minimum age of 18.

Call for Private Trip Pricing

800-974-0300

Make Your Own Dates in These Months


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.

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Inclusions

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.

Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Levi W.

Levi W.

Levi grew up in rural Kansas. From flowing fields of wheat to the flowing rivers of the Southwest, Levi has always had a passion for the natural world. He’s been guiding since 2016, running rivers in Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Montana and Mexico, and hiking adventures in Texas and Utah. He enjoys opening the door to new experiences for guests. As the son of a writer, he has inherited a passion for bringing a unique perspective to sharing his insights and stories in nature.

Luke E.

Luke E.

Luke hails from New York where he guided through the lush forests and rugged peaks of the Adirondak Mountains. He fell in love with outdoor adventure—the thrill of whitewater rafting, climbing, and hiking—while pursuing his degree in outdoor education. Since 2018 he’s been sharing that passion, guiding challenging hiking routes and rapid-filled rivers and looks forward to adventures together with you. Even when he’s not guiding, you’ll find him paddling, exploring the mountains, or building ice castles.

Alisa L.

Alisa L.

Growing up in Montana and New Mexico instilled an early love of the outdoors in Alisa. Following her childhood dreams, she spent nine adventurous summers working in and exploring magnificent Glacier National Park. Her winters were dedicated to skiing in Big Sky, Montana, and in between she explored other outdoor adventures around the country. While rafting the Grand Canyon in 2016, she realized she wanted to become a guide and has since led river and hiking trips in 14 national parks. She lives the life she loves and loves the life she lives, as the saying goes!

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    [ActivityHighlight] => What makes this trip a Level 3? Get ready for exhilarating daily hikes ranging from 4 to 8 hours, covering up to 8 miles on steep, uneven terrain with occasional moderate exposure to heights. These hikes will take you through stunning landscapes, often traversing multiple trails with rest breaks in between to soak in the scenery.
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Activity Level


This trip is rated activity level 3. What makes this trip a Level 3? Get ready for exhilarating daily hikes ranging from 4 to 8 hours, covering up to 8 miles on steep, uneven terrain with occasional moderate exposure to heights. These hikes will take you through stunning landscapes, often traversing multiple trails with rest breaks in between to soak in the scenery.
Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 1

2-3 hours/5 miles hiking with up to 1000' elevation gain

Day 2

3-4 hours/3-6 miles hiking with 600' elevation gain

Day 3

6-8 hours/5 miles hiking with 400' elevation gain

Day 4

6-8 hours/up to 8 miles total hiking with 1500' elevation gain

Day 5

2-3 hours/up to 3 miles optional hiking with up to 500' elevation gain

Accommodations


Glamping in tented suites with ensuite baths and private porches in beautiful locations. Wooden cabins on a buffalo ranch and a modern hotel nestled between sandstone bluffs.
Zion Mountain Ranch
Zion Mountain Ranch

Located in the mountains just east of Zion National Park, Zion Mountain Ranch is an authentic western resort, home to a unique roaming herd of buffalo. The Ranch features comfortable private cabins and spacious homes with a variety of unique layouts. All accommodations feature cozy, rustic decor and sweeping views. The on-property Cordwood restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and features an ever changing menu based on the local harvest.

Under Canvas Lake Powell-Grand Staircase
Under Canvas Lake Powell-Grand Staircase

Under Canvas Lake Powell offers a true glamping experience perched on the Canyon Rim Plateau with views extending for miles across expansive lake and across to Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument. Here you are just a 10-minute drive to Lone Rock Beach on Lake Powell. The camp seamlessly blends into the surrounding desert landscape. The luxury canvas-walled tents feature the comforts of home, including stately beds with luxurious linens. In the evening relax around the campfire with s'mores and take in the twinkling stars.

ULUM Moab
ULUM Moab

Surrounded by breathtaking desert landscapes, ULUM Moab offers upscale glamping accommodations tucked into an expansive, secluded desert setting south of Moab, Utah. With views across Canyonlands National Park and just steps away from Looking Glass Arch, immerse yourself in the outdoors with world-class exploration just beyond your tent.

Bluff Dwellings Resort & Spa
Bluff Dwellings Resort & Spa
Bluff Dwellings Resort & Spa is nestled among the majesty and solitude of hundred-million-year-old sandstone cliffs located in historic Bluff, Utah. The property features a spa, outdoor swimming pool, as well as a fitness center and a hot tub. The hotel provides both free WiFi and has a restaurant on site.

Weather


Generally sunny, this arid mid-elevation trip is fantastic in spring and fall. Come prepared for a wide variety of conditions, from cool nights (typically around 40-60F) to warm days (usually ranging from 60-85F).

 
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Zion National Park 
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FAQs


Who will meet me on arrival?
Please plan to arrive the day prior to Day 1 of the itinerary in Las Vegas, NV. MT Sobek guides will pick you up on Day 1 at either of our recommended pre-trip hotels.
When is the best time to go Southern Utah and Northern Arizona?
The climate in this part of the Southwest is arid mid-elevation desert, and the most pleasant times of year are fall and spring. Our adventure operates in April, May, September and October.
How should I train for my hiking adventure?
The best training for this trip is hiking. Work up from 5 to 8 miles of hiking with your daypack loaded with the same weight and items you will be carrying on our day hikes.
Is the private van air-conditioned?
Yes. Ride in style in MT Sobek's fully air-conditioned 15 passenger van.
What is glamping?
Short for “glamorous camping,” glamping on this trip means you can experience nature while sleeping in spacious safari-style tents equipped with the creature comforts of home. We work closely with both Under Canvas and ULUM Moab and here's why it is an incredible experience:
  • Sleep in tented luxury among juniper woodlands and enjoy upscale safari-style accommodation, with ensuite rainfall showers and flush toilets. At night, snuggle into a comfortable bed with luxurious linens and enjoy the soft crackling of your wood stove. Sip gourmet coffee on your private deck as morning light fills your tent. From the West Elm-curated lobby tents, you'll discover that luxury and the outdoors are perfectly intertwined_an experience that enchants even non-campers.
  • Disconnect from devices and reconnect with friends and family. Our selected glamping resorts are more than a place to rest your head. They are designed to encourage guests to stay off their phones and share experiences in the outdoors with those around them. Instead of Wi-Fi, often you'll find board games, yoga classes, live music, and s'mores in the evening around a community firepit. “It sets us apart from a standard hotel,” says Stephen Nelson, a guest experience manager for Under Canvas. “We like to send people off with lifelong memories.”
  • Avoid the bustling national park restaurants and enjoy serene dining with delicious healthy breakfasts or dinners at the camps. Wake to enjoy everything from French toast and breakfast burritos to acai bowls. Dinner features diverse items like sun-dried tomato Caesar salads, burgers, and pan-roasted trout.
What is the minimum age for this trip?
The standard minimum age for this trip is 18 but check out our private trip options for families and groups with younger guests.

Guest Reviews


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