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.
6+ Guests: $2299 per person
5 Guests: $2749 per person
4 Guests: $3199 per person
1-3 Guest(s): Call for pricing
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 Capital 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 rustic lodge near Bryce Canyon National Park.
This morning we will enter Bryce Canyon National Park just in time to capture the sun rising over a collection of sandstone spires called “hoodoos”. 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.
Driving time: 2 Hours
Hiking: 3-4 miles – 600+ feet elevation gain
Accommodation: Lodging at Majestic View 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.
Let me start by saying I haven't camped since I was in Girl Scouts. My sister has wanted to visit Utah's National Parks for some time and finally convinced us... read more (myself, my other sister, and our mom) to go. I am so glad she did...More
Our family (including 2 boys 11 & 14) had a great time with Nick & Nick as our guides. They were easy-going, knowledgeable, fun, and took great care of... read more our group! The food was good, the camp sites were nice and the hiking was beautiful!...More
Thank you Mountainbased and our guides Nick and Steve for an amazing trip for me and my daughter to the Mighty 5’s. Awesome group of people. Countless memorable moments for... read more us and jaw dropping sceneries. My daughter still talks about it. She loved camping under the stars, making S’mores by the camp fire, meeting a really great bunch of people who really included her, and walking the Narrows at Zion. The guides were friendly, knowledgeable and gave us plenty of time to enjoy each park. They’re pretty awesome cooks too! I would recommend this trip to anyone!! It has to be done!!
Eric and Nick were great guides. We saw the wonderful highlights of the 5 national parks. Even with the covid 19 outbreak, they provided an excellant and... read more safe experience. They were attentive to our level of endurance, and fitness levels. Both were knowledgeable about the parks. We had a great experience. We highly recommend this trip and these two great guides.
I went on the Yellowstone/Grand Tetons trip with Nick and James, and I absolutely loved it. The family-owned title of Mountain Based really shines through, as our group felt cared... read more for! The weather was just about perfect for camping, which brought out some of the best memories I have made.
Justin and Jared, our guides, did a wonderful job in coordinating all the logistics in visiting the 5-National Parks in Utah. Besides visiting the national parks, we also visited several... read more State Parks. My favorite was Goblin State Park. Would preferred to have bypassed the other...More
We did the 5 day camping trip to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. Eric and Steve, our guides were amazing. This was our 3rd trip with MountainBased and... read more we plan to do another as soon as possible.
These two guys were amazing! I can't say enough about them. Eric and Nick are great! Their knowledge of the trails and history of the parks is amazing. Their food... read more recommendations are spot on! The lodging choices are very good. However, Ruby's Inn in Bryce Canyon leaves a little to be desired. Overall, I would highly recommend this trip to anyone wanting to experience the amazing beauty of Utah. The guys went above and beyond with the safety and cleanliness during Covid. If you're considering a trip to the mighty 5, definitely use these guys!!
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