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Discover the wonders of Utah on a self-drive journey that combines the tranquil wilderness of the state’s Mighty 5® National Parks with Utah’s winter, distinguished by The Greatest Snow on Earth®.
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11 nights accommodation, 11 days car rental and a Monument Valley tour.
Daily, Dec '18 - Mar '19
Shaped by wind, water and time, discover the wonders of Utah on this unique self-drive journey. Experience Park City, home to some of the best ski and snowboard terrain in North America before visiting the top national parks in Utah – Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion – also known as ‘The Mighty 5®’.
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Discover the Wasatch Range, a dramatic wall of mountains, rearing up above the Salt Lake City, whose ski slopes are among the best in the world.
Visit Monument Valley, an iconic symbol of the American West and the sacred heart of the Navajo Nation.
Zion National Park's soaring towers and massive monoliths, offer a spectacular grandeur. Over 100 years old, it is also Utah's most visited park.
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Arriving into Salt Lake City you will be in awe of the backdrop of the Wasatch Mountains. Salt Lake City is a beautiful, safe and vibrant destination with a dynamic nightlife, remarkable history and warm hospitality, all on the door step of Utah’s 14 Ski Resorts with The Greatest Snow on Earth. Pick up the rental car to begin your travels to Park City.
Home to 7,300 acres of some of the best ski and snowboard terrain in North America, Park City Mountain Resort has something for virtually every snow enthusiast: from perfectly-manicured groomers, to powder-filled bowls and some of the industry’s most progressive terrain parks and half-pipes. Park City has 41 lifts, 300+ trails, 14 bowls, 17 mountain peaks and 8 terrain parks. For two full days, you can enjoy winter activities in the resort community of Park City.
Enjoy another full day of skiing or other winter activities in the resort community of Park City.
Travel to the open desert region of south-central Utah and the community of Moab. Nearby you will visit the Canyonlands National Park with views from the high mesa down to the confluence of the mighty Colorado and Green Rivers. Suggested short hike here would be the loop trail to view the Mesa Arch, one of the most photographed in the region. Overnight in Moab.
This morning you will visit the Arches National Park just outside the community of Moab. Here you will find several short hikes to see some of the astonishing arches for which this park is named….or try the slightly longer hike to see the famed Delicate Arch (as seen even on the license plates for Utah vehicles). In the afternoon you will have time for a short optional excursion, may we suggest a jeep tour or jetboat on the Colorado River! Or you may begin the drive south to Bluff with an excursion into the Needles Region of the Canyonlands National Park (please be certain to stay on the designated route for rental cars in this park). This evening you will stay in the village of Bluff.
It’s a short drive today to the Monument Valley Tribal Park for an afternoon tour to see several of the area’s most famed “monuments”. Again we warn you to stay on the paved roadways with rental vehicles as once you travel past the Visitor Center the car insurance will be invalid! Overnight in the park with views of the park from your room.
Today you will pass back to the area of Mexican Hat (San Juan River) and continue up the mesa for a visit to the Natural Bridges National Monument (Bridges are formed by water/streams whereas arches are formed by wind erosion). Continue past the Lake Powell to the Capitol Reef National Park. You will overnight near the western entrance to this park in the community of Torrey, an oasis in the desert.
The route south will be on the National Scenic Byway known as Route 12—over the pass, thru the Dixie National Forest where at times it will seem as if you are seeing forever! Along this route we suggest to make a stop at the Kodachrome State Park for a short hike before heading to the Bryce National Park for an afternoon of sightseeing. Remember here that all hikes start by going “Down”—and it can be strenuous for the return back to the rim…so plan your hiking accordingly and enjoy the beautiful red formations of Bryce. Overnight at the park entrance.
It’s a short drive this morning to the East Entrance of Zion National Park. A short distance into the park the route will begin the decent (at the long tunnel) into the Zion Valley. Here we do suggest to park at the Visitor Center (some dates in the winter you can actually continue to drive into the park) and take the shuttle to the end of the route. Here you can hike a short distance into the Narrows. On the return to the Visitor Center you may wish to make several more stops for other short hikes in this beautiful Canyon. Overnight at the park entrance in the community of Springdale.
From Zion you will travel to one of the fastest growing “retirement” communities in the USA—St George. And as you travel south to Las Vegas you will pass thru a beautiful canyon of the Virgin River for a short distance thru a remote region of the state of Arizona. You will begin to see Las Vegas and the huge resort hotels long before you actually arrive into this community. Enjoy the afternoon with a stroll along The Strip to see the many different world famous resort hotels. You stay will be in a non-casino hotel just a short walk off of the famed Strip.
Travel to Las Vegas Airport for the departing flight and rental car return.
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