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 (Pictured above) 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 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 heading to Moab for a couple hours where you’ll have an opportunity to wander around this unique Southwest town. We’ll then pick you up and take back to your 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. 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: Driftwood 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.
We had a great time exploring Utah Mighty 5 camping with MountainBased. Our guides, Justin and Hannah, were fun, yet professional. We were a family of five (3 kids-ages 20,... read more 17, 14) and were given a beautiful snapshot of the 5 National Parks and 2 state parks. Tent camping was awesome! We had some free time to explore the town of Moab which we enjoyed. Plenty of good food. It was a busy 5 days, but worth it. We would definitely use MountainBased again
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Mountain Based provided such an incredible trip for us! We toured all 5 of the National parks of Utah. Tyler and Eric were our guides. They were both extremely knowledgeable... read more with the parks, even to the extreme detail of which trees and plants were in the park. I signed up for the trip on my own, not knowing anyone else on the trip. I felt very safe and comfortable the entire time. I would recommend a Mountain Based trip to anyone. Looking forward to booking another one soon!
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Tyler and Eric were the best guides! They were very knowledgeable and kept the trip fun and exciting. It was well organized and we had an unforgettable experience. We are... read more a family of 5 adults and had the best time! Thank you guys! We will definitely book Mountainbased again!
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