Arrive in Las Vegas after travelling overnight. Here you will stay at the glamorous Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas complete with sky lobby before collecting your car to start your exciting self-drive itinerary across Utah.
Depart towards Snow Canyon State Park, known for its dramatic petrified sand dunes, sandstone cliffs, and ancient lava flows as you journey to Springdale, Utah. Here you will explore the unique desert ecosystem of Zion National Park. Slot canyons, shady alcoves, and hanging gardens line the walls of Zion Canyon, while sandstone cliffs catch fire at sunrise. As you traverse the canyons and plateaus, keep watch for desert bighorn sheep and California condors.
Enjoy a private tour of Zion National Park. Your guide will take you hiking to incredible look-out points and interpret the flora, fauna, and geology of your surroundings as you go. Take in spectacular rock formations including the Three Patriarchs, Cathedral Mountain and Checkerboard Mesa. Wind and water continue to erode Zion’s sedimentary layers to this day, revealing the iconic red and coral hues of the Southwest. Stop for a gourmet picnic along the way.
Drive with the sunrise to a hiking tour of Bryce Canyon National Park, home to intricate and detailed rock formations flushed by a myriad of reds and oranges. Stop for a picnic among 2,000-year-old pine trees before continuing to Torrey, your home base for exploring Capitol Reef National Park. Early Mormon travelers were dazzled by the red rock landscape, and this unique part of southern Utah continues to amaze.
Meet your private guide at the lodge this morning for a full day of four-by-four driving and a hiking tour to the Cathedral Valley area of Capitol Reef National Park. The Bentonite Hills, Gypsum Sinkhole, Upper/Lower South Desert, Temple of the Sun and Temple of the Moon are just some of the surreal natural sights you will witness before enjoying lunch in beautiful fields.
Today you’ll head to the adventure hub of Moab with a potential stop at Goblin Valley State Park with its many hoodoos, known locally as goblins, which are formations of mushroom-shaped rock pinnacles. With a lively local arts scene, endless activities and two national parks, Moab may be the cultural highlight of your journey. Walk alongside the powerful Colorado River before relaxing under an authentic red rock sunset at your upscale retreat.
Experience two parks in one day as a knowledgeable guide shows you areas of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks seldom seen. Arches has the greatest concentration of natural stone archways in the world, a spectacular example of erosion at work. Discover unusual geologic formations such as the 60-foot-tall Delicate Arch, the Marching Men, and the famous Eye of The Whale. You’ll also earn about those who inhabited this area over 1,000 years ago.
Rendezvous with your river guide for a day rafting on the wild Colorado River. Westwater Canyon is a canyon of serene solitude surrounded by red sandstone spires. The river cascades through the ever-deepening sandstone monuments and into the narrow Black Granite Gorge creating the fast and furious rapids that give Westwater its reputation as one of the most exciting rafting trips on the Colorado River. A delicious picnic lunch at midday is the perfect respite.
Today involves an invigorating two-hour private horseback trail ride in the Canyons surrounding Sorrel River Ranch before a drive to Salt Lake City. We recommend exploring the beautiful grounds of Temple Square, a Mormon Temple, which took a total of 40 years to build. Experience its peace and tranquility with a complimentary tour of Utah's most visited attraction which are available throughout the day in 40 different languages.