This trip runs Monday – Friday
5 Days/4 Nights
Instead of going into adventure hibernation mode, spend these cooler months exploring the places that truly come alive. This tour provides a great opportunity to see what southern Utah is all about. We travel through what is known as “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, Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef.
After a quick meet and greet with your fellow travelers, we depart from Sin City and drive 3-hours North to visit the beautiful Zion National Park. Zion is truly a remarkable place with inspiring sandstone cathedrals carved out by the virgin river. Trail conditions can vary in the winter months. But your guide will get you out onto one of the more scenic hikes. Options may include the River Trail to the start of “The Narrows” or walking up to the “Emerald Pools” for better views of the valley. This evening, we will exit the park and arrive at our rustic lodge for a relaxing evening in a natural setting.
We will depart for a 4-hour drive across Utah to the quaint mountain town of Moab, UT (also known for being an adventure mecca in the American Southwest). Once we arrive in the Moab area, we will then make the short drive to Arches National Park to view one of the greatest collections of natural arches anywhere on the planet. You will see several of the famous arches including “The Windows”, Double Arch, and hike 3 miles round-trip to one of the most famous arches, Delicate Arch. Delicate Arch is spectacular to see as the sun begins to descend on the horizon, often bringing out the rich orange and red colors of the sandstone. Once again, trail conditions can vary in the winter months. Also be sure to look off in the distance as the La Sal Mountain Range is perfectly positioned behind this spectacular arch creating a stunning contrast of colors. After completing the hike, we drive back to the town of Moab and enjoy a delicious meal and head back to the cozy lodge.
Rise and shine and get ready for another scenic adventurous day that takes us to Canyonlands National Park. This park is a series of canyons split into sections by the convergence of the Green River and Colorado River. For this trip, we will head into a portion of the park known as the “Island in the Sky” for a couple of scenic hikes that provide excellent views. Canyonlands National Park’s landscape is rough, rugged, and desolate, however there is much beauty to behold. With calm winds, don’t be surprised to look out and be amazed at how silent it is as you hear your own breathing and heart beating; truly an amazing experience.
After we leave from Canyonlands, we make a stop at another spectacular location called Dead Horse Point State Park to see one of the famous snakelike curves of the Colorado River. This state park has been used often in movies and television shows and was seen frequently in the recent HBO series “Westworld”.
After this we head back to the town of Moab for dinner and lodging.
After an optional early morning sunrise and breakfast, we depart from the Moab area and drive through some of Utah’s most amazing scenery. Along this drive you will see a plethora of unique geology as we work our way towards tonight’s destination of Bryce Canyon National Park. Your guide will make several viewing stops along this route for great photo opportunities including a stop at your 4th National Park in 4 days, Capital Reef National Park to see some beautiful rock formations and human history. Capitol Reef is one of the lesser visited park of the famous 5, so checking that off the list will be a great accomplishment!
We will continue 2 more hours to the city of Bryce, UT where we will check-in to our lodge and eat dinner. Depending on the amount of sunlight available at the time of year you do this trip, there may be an opportunity for sunset at Bryce Canyon this evening. Otherwise, we’ll be sure to offer a spectacular sunrise the following morning.
Enjoy your final night of lodging at higher elevation, so expect the evening to get a bit cooler than the previous nights! The higher elevation may make for the clearest night of the trip so be sure to look up into the night sky.
Today we head to the winter wonderland filled with fiery sandstone hoodoors that emerge from the snowy rim of Bryce Canyon National Park. Located at over 8,000 feet, Bryce Canyon sits atop the Pansegut Plateau surrounded by a lush forest of ponderosa pines. Once we arrive, we will visit Bryce Canyon’s most spectacular viewpoints to the one of the worlds greatest collections of rock spires known as Hoodoos. After lunch, we will explore trails along the rim, and depending on the conditions, possibly descend beneath the rim of the hoodoo filled amphitheater. This place will blow your mind.
After a fun day at Bryce, we begin our 4.5 hour drive back to Las Vegas. We’ll have plenty of stops along the way to stretch out your legs as we plan to return to Las Vegas before 18:00 or 6:00pm. Once we arrive, you’ve made it! All Five of Utah’s National parks in five days! Say so long to your fellow travelers before getting ready to go out on the town. Please note: MountainBased does not recommend booking a departing flight from Las Vegas before 10:00pm or 22:00 in order to provide enough time to check-in.
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I did the 3 day hiking trip to Zion and Bryce and it was great! We did 3 different hikes and each one was amazing. Hiking The Narrows, with the river up to our knees, was definitely a highlight. Our guides Justin and Nick were fantastic- extremely knowledgable, enthusiastic and were keen to answer any questions we had. The food was delicious, campground was clean with hot showers, and company was awesome! The journeys weren't too long and the van was comfortable with air con. All in all this was a very organized, fun trip and I would certainly book another with MountainBased asap! Thank you for the best time!
I booked a 5 day private tour across Utah with my husband and 14 year old. The hikes in each park were pleasant and the food was outstanding. I also didn’t expect such a comfortable sleeping pad while camping! Justin and Nick were super understanding and they were very knowledgeable. We travel a lot and these guys really took the time to make sure we didn't miss any hidden gems along the way. Even my 14 year old had a blast and I will be recommending MountainBased to all my F&F.
My friend and I were on a convention in LV and we decided to do something adventurous. In our search we came upon MountainBased and I must say it was everything they had stated and much more. They were absolutely friendly and totally informative. Our 2 guides Justin and Nick not only became good friends in our 3 days but with their experience lead us to the best routes and so I was able to capture the best pictures from our hike. Our 3 day hike which started with the hike in the Narrows was so much fun. Hiking through the mountains in the running stream of the river was awesome.The second day to the Hoodoos in the Bryce Canyon was spectacular. The 3rd day we hiked the Angels landing and they were absolutely experienced with tips and tricks to make the hike not only fun but memorable.The camp site was clean and the food they cooked was delicious, fresh and hot. Very clean camp facilities and very well organised. I have been back a few weeks but still haven't stopped talking to everyone around me about this experience and highly recommend them to all. Didn't think I'd say this but looking forward to our next convention in LV to do another tour with MountainBased!
I just had the greatest experience with a 3 days camp at MountainBased. It was one of the best experiences I ever had! From these 3 days, I was very well taken care of and showed around so much. Of the three days, each one was unique and different. Justin and Nick were awesome and very patient. You can tell they were very experienced by the way they showed us around and knew their stuff. They took care of us, made us feel at home and even made excellent homemade food for us everyday! I definitely recommend this tour and I will be sure to try the 5-days camp with them next time!
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My partner and I really enjoyed our camping trip to Utah with MountainBased! She and I agree that Will be back next year with more friends.
Absolutely recommend guided tours with these folks...they take the stress out of everything with their friendliness and knowledge...and you get to see things you might otherwise never see as a tourist!