5 Days/4 Nights
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City
March through the end of October is the perfect chance to explore Utah’s world renowned landscapes while resting at the day’s end in rustic luxury accommodations. Experience what southern Utah is all about as we travel through “Canyon Country” and work our way up the Colorado Plateau to some of the most incredible sights in the American Southwest. One iconic site after another, this tour will provide an unforgettable experience to see all 5 of Utah’s National Parks including Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef. Click here to learn more about our relaxed booking and travel options.
Today, we’ll depart from Salt Lake City and drive through the beautiful Wasatch mountains en route to the incredible canyons of southern Utah. First up for the five National Parks is Canyonlands, known for being rough, rugged, and desolate…but with much beauty to behold! We will explore the district called Island In The Sky where we’ll hike to some outstanding viewpoints and see an iconic natural arch.
Additionally, we will stop at Dead Horse Point State Park for one of the most awe-inspiring views of the mighty Colorado River. This amazing place has been featured in many movies and television shows ranging from “Thelma & Louise” to HBO’s recent series “Westworld”.
This evening we’ll arrive to our rustic lodge and have a nice dinner.
Driving time: 4 Hours
Hiking: 3+ miles – Minimal elevation gain
Wake up to breakfast included at your lodge and get ready to explore one of the greatest collections of natural arches on the planet at Arches National Park! We will depart early to view the Windows, Double Arch, and hike 3-miles round-trip to one of the most famous features in the entire southwest, Delicate Arch.
“A weird, lovely, fantastic object out of nature like Delicate Arch has the curious ability to remind us—like rock and sunlight and wind and wilderness—that out there is a different world, older and greater and deeper by far than ours” – Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
After some additional active options in Arches National Park, we make a trip to their visitor center before returning to Moab for a couple hours of down time at our campsite. Depending on group preference, some additional options this afternoon may include a visit to Castle Creek Winery and/or a visit to Castle Valley just outside of Moab. This evening, you will be dropped off in the town of Moab for an opportunity to shop and dine on your own. We’ll then pick you up and take back to your rustic lodge and allow you to relax for the rest of the night.
Departing from Moab, we drive 2 hours to our first adventure for the day at Goblin Valley State Park. This place is out of this world! It is hard to envision a more “alien-like” landscape than what you’ll see here. Small hoodoos, locally known as goblins, fill a former tidal plain and make for one of the most unique destinations in the American Southwest.
After Goblin Valley, we’ll enjoy one of America’s most scenic drives as we explore Capitol Reef National Park for a possible hike to view a famous Natural Bridge. Capitol Reef National Park includes 241,904 acres of amazing red rock formations, cliffs, canyons and natural bridges. It is Utah’s wilderness at its best. Capitol Reef is also the least visited of Utah’s National Parks, so it’s definitely worth checking out! This evening we’ll arrive to our lodge just outside of Capitol Reef National Park.
This morning we’ll have breakfast and depart for Bryce Canyon National Park! We’ll explore several viewpoints before we descend into the Bryce Amphitheatre on “The world’s best 3-mile hike”. This trail is rated as moderate and is a wonderful way to view a variety of geology, flora, & fauna.
Later in the day we’ll head to our lodge just outside of Zion National Park! You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the property before we have an incredible dinner at one of our local favorites restaurants.
Driving time: 3 Hours
Hiking: 3-4 miles – 600+ feet elevation gain
Accommodation: Lodging at Zion Canyon Lodge or similar
Today we explore our 5th National Park in 5 days at Zion National Park! Marvel at the giant red cliffs that rise over 2,000 feet above the blue-green waters of the Virgin River. We’ll spend the day exploring much of what this park has to offer before making our return trip to Salt Lake City.
*Due to many natural variables in the outdoors, we take what mother nature provides for us when deciding on which hike we will do. Depending on the weather options include: Upper Emerald Pools, Observation Point, The Narrows or similar.
After several hours of optional hiking and exploring, we depart from Zion National Park and begin our return 4.5-hour drive to Salt Lake City.
Driving time: 5 Hours
Hiking: 3-6 miles – minimal elevation gain
Return to Salt Lake City: We plan to return to SLC by approximately 7:00pm. If you plan to depart from Salt Lake International Airport after the trip, be sure you do not book a flight prior to 10:00pm or 22:00 due to various circumstances out of our control.
Where to begin? My daughter and I just returned from the Mighty 5 camping trip and it was a fantastic trip from every perspective. The landscape is simply breathtaking. ... read more Nick and Eric are top notch guides! They guided what seemed like a seamless journey through Utah taking in five National Parks and two State Parks. Lots of mileage but it didn’t feel like it because of the multiple hiking and bathroom breaks along the way. They did an excellent job of assessing the abilities within the group and adjusting accordingly. Meals were delicious. Appreciate all the fresh fruit and hearty stew. Campfire every night. I hope to travel with Mountainbased again in the future. I’ll have no hesitation booking another trip.
I just got back from the Mighty 5 trip to Utah (leaving from Vegas) and can't say enough about Mountain Based. These guys are complete professionals, and the... read more trip was amazing from start to finish. Definitely a week I'll never forget. Huge thanks to best guides ever, Jared and Nick! Hope to see you both somewhere down the road.
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I had a blast and rolling solo on the 5 day Yellowstone/Grand Teton trip! There were 11 of us in the group. One couple, myself, and two families of 4-5.... read more Our guides were Justin and Eric. Both were knowledgeable and made sure everyone was having...More
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We are definitely going to sign up for a trip next summer. By the way - these guys did a great job keeping everyone safe and "distanced" during these crazy CoVid days. Huge kudos to our favorite guides: Justin and Nick 🙂
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Mountainbased are amazing tour guides! I had the most incredible time exploring the beautiful national parks in Utah with them. Highlight of my trip to the US!
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Spend three unforgettable days in the Moab area as we explore two of Utah’s most spectacular National Parks – Arches & Canyonlands National Park, while staying at the stunning Red Cliff’s Lodge!