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Home to five National Parks, the stunning and varied geology of Utah draws visitors from around the globe.
The incredible vistas of canyon country showcase the power of wind, water and time to carve out otherworldly landscapes from ancient rock. Guided hiking tours with MountainBased Adventures allow you to see the most iconic features of Zion, Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef National Parks, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Goblin Valley State Park, Dead Horse Point State Park and more.
Experience the best of canyon country with our expert guides and signature itineraries. Learn about local flora, fauna, and history; enjoy fresh healthy meals in beautiful locations, and sleep under starry desert skies or in comfortable lodging. If you’d like to check off all five National Parks, join one of our Utah Mighty 5 Tours. Try our Zion + Bryce Explored Tour for a more in-depth experience of these two parks. Explore all the sights of Moab by booking a trip to Arches + Canyonlands. Whether you are a solo traveler, couple, or family—these tours are crafted for you! Want to learn more? Chat with an expert by calling 1-800-206-7909
MountainBased is proud of its TripAdvisor Award of Excellence as the top tour company in Salt Lake City. This accolade is largely due to the success of our flagship Utah Mighty Five 5-day Adventure, which showcases the breathtaking beauty of Utah’s National Parks. Each trip is unique, providing travelers with an unforgettable and one-of-a-kind experience.
Depending on your travel preference, you can book a trip with the option of camping at some of the best area camp sites or relaxing in some of our favorite local lodges and hotels.
Small group travel (12 people or less) is a great option for hiking because it allows for a more personalized and immersive experience. With a small group, you can visit off-the-beaten-path destinations and have more flexibility in your itinerary. Additionally, you may form stronger bonds with your fellow hikers, and it can be more cost-effective compared to individual travel. Click here to learn more reasons why to travel with us.
Our team of guides are knowledgeable and well-versed in the local flora, fauna, history, and culture, and love to share their experiences in these places. Our guides are trained in outdoor safety practices and handle all of the logistics, including transportation, gear, and meals, so you can relax and fully enjoy your adventure. Click here to learn more about our team of guides.
Utah is a state with diverse and varied landscapes, ranging from mountains in the north to mesas and canyons in the south. With 34 million acres of public lands, it can be overwhelming to plan an adventure. But with a guided tour from MountainBased, you can fully appreciate and understand the natural history of the area. Our expert guides are knowledgeable about the local flora, fauna, history, and culture, and can provide valuable insights about the best times to visit to avoid crowds. They are also adept at navigating the weather and handling permitting systems to ensure the best possible experience.
If you’re an outdoor enthusiast looking for a destination that offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities, then Utah is the place for you. From the majestic red rock canyons of the Mighty Five national parks to the rugged beauty of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, there is no shortage of stunning landscapes to explore in this state. Consider exploring Utah with MountainBased where we truly showcase the best of Utah!
Zion National Park is home to some of the most iconic landmarks in the state, including Angels Landing and the Narrows, which were formed through the process of erosion and the uplifting of the Earth’s crust. The park is a popular destination for hiking, with several trails available for visitors to explore. Some popular trails include West Rim trail to Angel’s Landing and the Riverside Walk to the famous Narrows.
Bryce Canyon National Park is known for its stunning red rock hoodoos, spire-shaped rock formations that have been formed through a process called “freeze-thaw cycle.” The park is a popular destination for hiking, with several trails available for visitors to explore. Some popular trails include the Navajo Loop Trail and the Queens Garden Trail.
Arches National Park is home to over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, which have attracted visitors from around the world. The park is a popular destination for camping, with several designated campsites available throughout the park. Some popular hiking trails in the park include the Delicate Arch Trail and the Devils Garden Trail. Photographers will enjoy the stunning vistas and unique rock formations found throughout the park.
Canyonlands National Park is a true adventure seeker’s paradise, with a landscape that has been shaped by the forces of water and wind over time. The park is home to a variety of outdoor recreational activities, including hiking, rafting, and photography. Some popular hiking trails in the park include the Mesa Arch Trail and the Upheaval Dome Trail. The park is divided into four districts: Island in the Sky, Needles, Maze, and River District. Each district offers unique features and experiences for visitors to enjoy.
Capitol Reef National Park is known for its stunning red rock cliffs and canyons, which were formed through the process of uplifting and folding of the Earth’s crust. The park is home to a variety of outdoor recreational activities, including hiking, horseback riding, and photography. Some popular hiking trails in the park include the Capitol Gorge Trail and the Hickman Bridge Trail.
In addition to the Mighty Five National Parks, Utah is home to a number of other national monuments, including Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. This vast and rugged landscape is home to a number of scenic trails and offers visitors the opportunity to explore some of the most remote and rugged terrain in the state. Other National Monuments in the State of Utah include: Bears Ears National Monument, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Dinosaur National Monument, Hovenweep National Monument, Natural Bridges National Monument, and Rainbow Bridge National Monument.
Left: Goblin Valley S.P. | Right: Dead Horse Point S.P.
Utah is also home to an impressive collection of state parks, each offering its own unique geological features and recreational opportunities. The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation manages this system of 42 state parks, ensuring that the natural, cultural, and recreational resources within them are preserved and protected. Two of the most well-known state parks in Utah are Goblin Valley State Park and Dead Horse Point State Park. Goblin Valley is known for its striking and otherworldly landscape of hoodoos and rock formations, and it offers activities like hiking and photography. Dead Horse Point is renowned for its breathtaking views of the Colorado River from atop 2,000-foot cliffs.
This tour is classified as a CASUAL LODGING experience which means it focuses more on proximity over luxurious amenities. Each selected property includes double queen rooms, wi-fi, TV and are both centrally located in town. Both rustic properties are known for their mountainous views, great staff, and close proximity to wildlife exploration. Want to learn more? Chat with an expert by calling 1-800-206-7909 or email us here.
This is an Easy to Moderate tour for fit hikers, and will be do-able with some effort by less fit hikers. This tour has a heavy emphasis on wildlife viewing and sightseeing. The trails on this trip feature flat boardwalks and gently rolling terrain with some rocky areas. Perhaps some short, relatively steep climbs and descents, but nothing longer than 20 minutes. Average hiking distance per day is 3-5 miles per day. All activities are optional, and our guides will brief all guests on the activity level of each prior to hiking. You should be in good physical shape and able to hike on uneven terrain for this tour. Trip members should be capable of hiking and carrying a daypack that weighs 10-15 pounds. Want to learn more? Chat with an expert by calling 1-800-206-7909 or email us here.
1 - Easy: These tours will be Easy for anyone who can walk for up to 90 minutes without stopping. Flat to gently rolling terrain with some rocky areas and maybe some steps but no sustained or steep ascents or descents. Max hiking distance per day is 2-3 miles.
2 – Easy to Moderate: These tours are Easy - Moderate for fit hikers, and will be do-able with some effort by less fit hikers. Flat to gently rolling terrain with some rocky areas. Perhaps some short, relatively steep climbs and descents, but nothing longer than 20 minutes. Max hiking distance per day is 3-5 miles.
3 - Moderate: These tours are Moderate for fit and active hikers, and will be a little challenging but do-able for less fit hikers. Rolling to hilly terrain with frequent climbs and descents often over rocky terrain. May have some short, relatively steep climbs and descents. Max hiking distance per day is 5-7 miles.
4 – Moderate to Strenuous: These tours are classified as Moderate to Strenuous for fit hikers who will find them a satisfying and challenging workout; they are not appropriate for unfit hikers. Rolling and often steep terrain with frequent challenging ascents and descents, often over rugged and uneven terrain. Max hiking distance per day is 10 miles.
5 – Strenuous: These tours are for strong hikers in excellent physical condition, this tour is classified as Strenuous, pushes themselves daily, distance and elevation are not an issue. First one to the top! Rolling and often steep terrain. Challenging sustained climbs and descents of up to 4,000 ft. Has no issue with changing altitudes during physical exertion. Max hiking distance per day is 10-15 miles.