Monument Valley & Capitol Reef National Park
Monument Valley & Capitol Reef National Park
Bryce Canyon & Zion National Park
Bryce Canyon & Zion National Park
The Kolob Canyons in Zion
The Kolob Canyons in Zion
Park City, Utah
Park City, Utah
Starry night sky over Capitol Reef National Park
Starry night sky over Capitol Reef National Park
Salt Lake City, Arches National Park & Dead Horse Canyon
Salt Lake City, Arches National Park & Dead Horse Canyon

Experience the Utah Mighty Five® and Monument Valley Self-Drive

10 nights from £1,799 per person Including Flights

Overview

This is a suggested self-drive itinerary that we can tailormake for you. We've created this circular itinerary beginning and ending in Salt Lake City to explore the five national parks of Utah - Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches & Canyonlands plus iconic Monument Valley. Make your way through the white and red sandstone pinnacles and buttes of the Colorado River Plateau. Enjoy a couple of nights in Moab where you can experience all sorts of activities in Arches and Canyonlands, from scenic drives and hikes through twisting labyrinth of brilliant red rock fissures to jet boat excursions and narrated rafting trips. Read more about what to do in Utah here

We've suggested a couple of days to enjoy the scenic beauty of Bryce, a series of natural amphitheatres sunk into pink cliffs filled with delicate rock “hoodoos”, before travelling on to Zion National Park and Cedar City. Ending your journey back in Salt Lake City. If you would like you can always extend your stay, as there is plenty to do in and around the city - read about it here

Highlights

  • Enjoy scenic drives through magnificent canyons and breathtakingly beautiful National Parks
  • Admire the whimsical formations and mysterious petroglyphs of Capitol Reef.
  • Visit sacred sites and natural sandstone bridges.
  • Extend your stay at the beginning or end of the tour, with an extra night or two in Salt Lake City, to see the sights such as Temple Square – the birthplace of the Mormons, or indulge in the extensive shopping with its many malls, shopping villages and specialty shops or visit the excellent museums such as the “Discovery Gateway” – the Children’s Museum of Utah.
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Day 1

Fly to Salt Lake City

Arrive into Salt Lake City international airport and either pick up your hire car and drive to your hotel for the night. Or if you would prefer you could take the airport shuttle bus directly to the hotel.

Overnight: Ramada by Wynhdam Salt Lake City Airport (or similar)

Days 2 & 3

Salt Lake City – Arches & Canyonlands National Parks (239 miles)

Begin your epic road trip! Travel through the sandstone pinnacles and buttes of the Colorado River Plateau. Arriving at Arches by early afternoon, you’ll have the next two days to explore Arches’ scenic drives and trails. For the adventurous there are guided hikes through Arches’ Fiery Furnace, narrated jet boat excursions or lunch and afternoon rafting trips on the Colorado River. As an alternative, start at Canyonlands Island-In-The-Sky and Dead Horse State Park area for an afternoon scenic drive and trails looping back to Arches fro sunset. Stay two nights in Moab.

Overnight: Big Horn Lodge (or similar) or upgrade to the Hotel Moab Downtown

Day 4

Moab – Canyonlands Needles District – Monument Valley (215 Miles)

Make your way to the Canyonlands’ Needles District named for its colourful sandstone spires. After visiting the Needles, drive to Utah’s remote and remarkable Canyon Country. Visit sites bearing witness to an ancient pueblo people and amazing narrow canyons. You’ll arrive in Monument Valley Area late afternoon.

Overnight: Gouldings Lodge, Monument Valley (Lodge Room, upgrade to a Hillside Villa for a supplement)

Day 5

Monument Valley – (Goosenecks-Natural Bridges) – Capitol Reef NP (213 miles)

Today you’ll drive to Natural Bridges National Monument to see three of the world’s largest sandstone natural bridges. You will reach the colourful formations of Capitol Reef in the late afternoon and spend the night in Torrey.

Overnight: Days Inn by Wyndham Torrey Capitol Reef (or similar)

Days 6 & 7

Capitol Reef – (Grand Staircase/Kodachrome Basin) – Bryce (198 miles)

This morning you’ll have time to explore Capitol Reef, known to the Navajo as the Land of the Sleeping Rainbow. Drive through the Grand Staircase of the Escalante and take a side trip to Kodachrome Basin, which will bring you to Bryce Canyon for the next two nights.

Explore Bryce from sunrise to sunset with its series of natural amphitheatres, 38-miles of Scenic Loops and its various hiking trails among the hoodoos.

Overnight: Bryce View Lodge (or similar), upgrade to Best Western plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel

Day 8

Bryce Canyon – Zion National Park (85 miles)

Travelling from the east you will exit Mt. Carmel Tunnel where a spectacular set of steep switchbacks will reveal Zion’s awesome beauty. A free shuttle will take you to Zion Canyon’s trailheads for Weeping Rock, Gateway to the Narrows and Emerald Pools.

Overnight: La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham at Zion Park / Springdale (or similar) or upgrade to Zion Lodge

Day 9

Zion – Kolob Canyons – Cedar City (103 miles)

Travel onwards to Zion National Park’s lesser visited Kolob Canyons where the adventurous can explore the Timber Creek Overlook Trail or Taylor Creek Trail. Make your way to the historic Cedar City for the night.

Overnight: Comfort Inn & Suites Cedar City (or similar)

Day 10

Cedar City – Salt Lake City (252 miles)

Today you're heading north and back to Salt Lake City, on the Interstate for an easy half day journey so you can stop on the way for a stroll in Fishlake National Forest and for a bite to eat in Provo downtown. Arrive in Salt Lake City for either your final night, or extend your stay by a night or two to give you chance to explore the sights and indulge in some shopping.

Overnight: Holiday Inn Express Salt Lake City Downtown (or similar), upgrade to Kimpton Hotel Monaco
 

Day 11

Depart Salt Lake City for your flight home.

What’s Included

  • Return flights to Salt Lake City
  • Vehicle rental with fully inclusive insurance
  • 10 nights accommodation as described above or similar

What’s not included

  • Car parking fees
  • Entrance fees and charges for activities

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