Unforgettable Utah

Kaleidoscope of Color

October 6-16, 2019 • 11 Days • $3850

In addition to walks in four of Utah’s national parks (Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon, and Zion), and a fun visit to the fifth (Capitol Reef), we have included walks or visits to Valley of Fire State Park (Nevada), Goosenecks State Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, and Goblin Valley State Park. Each park is stunning in its own right! And each day offers its own eye-popping experience of canyon-country excellence, inspiring us to dub this Adventure Unforgettable Utah.

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Day 1 - October 6th: Arrive in Las Vegas, Nevada

We rendezvous today in Las Vegas, the city that never sleeps. Since travelers arrive throughout the day, our first group activity is a Welcome Orientation Meeting in the hotel at 7:30 pm this evening.

Day 2 - October 7th: Las Vegas - Page, Arizona (BD)

Valley of Fire Walk – 2 km, rated 1B (unsanctioned)

Valley of Fire State Park is one of many little-known gems you’ll discover on this Adventure. Our first walk is on the short side, and there are two options – the “standard” walk through petroglyph-marked canyon walls to Mouse’s Tank, or the “challenge” walk on the White Dome trail, notable for its many shades of sandstone and a delightful little slot canyon. Following the walk, our coach takes us to the southern boundary of “canyon country” at Page, Arizona, where a group dinner is planned at one of the local eateries.

Day 3 - October 8th: Activites from Page (B)

Glen Canyon Walk – 7 km, rated 2B

An unforgettable day begins with an early wakeup call followed by a 6-hour cruise on lovely Lake Powell to see Rainbow Bridge, largest stone bridge on the planet. The bridge is impressive, but the cruise there and back through Glen Canyon’s ever-changing curtain of colorful sandstone wall is what may impress you more. The afternoon continues with another perspective on the panoramas of the Glen Canyon area, this time on a walk over a mesa set above the lake with impressive panoramas in all directions.

Day 4 - October 9th: Page - Bluff, Utah (BL)

This morning’s sandstone encore is a Navajo-led excursion to view the ethereal play of light and shadow on the swirling spiral walls of Antelope Canyon. We travel there in open-sided jeeps, then walk through the narrow, slot canyon with our Navajo guide. It’s hard to believe stone surfaces can look so convincingly like whipped cream. Early this afternoon, we arrive across the border in Monument Valley, storied setting for countless movies, including the western Stagecoach that propelled John Wayne to stardom. A cookout steak lunch in the company of our Navajo hosts is a perfect introduction to this time-forgotten land. En route to a lovely country hotel in Bluff, we stop at Goosenecks State Park to gape at the San Juan River looping lazily below us in 1000-foot deep oxbow trenches.

Day 5- October 10th: Bluff - Moab, Utah (BD)

Arches National Park Walk – 9 km, rated 1B

Moab serves as a base for two unforgettable national park experiences. After a pleasant drive north from Bluff, today’s 3-part walk in Arches National Park is characterized by graceful, gargantuan arches and windows carved into magnificent reddish sand-stone monoliths! The bonus of walking right up to many of the formations adds an almost sacred sense of scale to the experience.

Day 6 - October 11th: Activities from Moab (B)

Canyonlands National Park Walk – 11 km, rated 2C

A 4-kilometer walk at Dead Horse Point State Park is a great warm up for the main event in Canyonlands—three additional short trails in the aptly-named Island in the Sky section of the Park. We experience a top-of-the-world feeling walking along mesa rims looking down 2000 feet to the canyon floor spread before us to infinity. Our eyes are drawn deeper, grasping for glimpses into gaping grooves carved still lower, a third tier in which the Colorado and Green Rivers flow. Vistas offered on these walks are among the most dramatic we’ve ever witnessed!

Day 7 - October 12th: Moab - Escalante, Utah (B)

Goblin Valley Walk – 3 km, rated 1B (unsanctioned)

Goblin Valley really shouldn’t be situated on planet Earth. The goofy, mud-colored, larger-than-life shapes seem to belong more in a corny, 1960s sci-fi film. The fact that they’re real, however, allows us to share child-like delight as we wander through the bizarre formations. Capitol Reef National Park also has its share of geological wonders, mostly inaccessible to our coach, but it’s the early 20th century settlement of Fruita that makes this park unique. Fruit orchards offering a variety of produce are still tended by National Park Service staff. The final leg of our journey takes us down storied Highway 12, designated an All-American Road for its combined offerings of scenery and history.

Day 8 - October 13th: Activities from Escalante (BD)

Shannon, a born and raised local, hosts us on a driving tour this morning along Highway 12 through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to Boulder. Our stop at Anasazi State Park Museum here sheds light on the mysterious predecessors of the Navajo, the Anasazi, who inhabited this part of the Southwest for over a thousand years! On the return drive, we enjoy the view while Shannon shares memorable tidbits on the area’s history and culture, and maybe even a dinosaur track sighting! This evening, we meet Shannon’s wife, Jenifer, our hostess for a down-home Utah, back-country dinner at the Wild West Retreat!

Day 9 - October 14th: Escalante - Springdale, Utah (B)

Bryce Canyon National Park Walk – 9 km, rated 2B

Bryce Canyon boasts some of the most colorful, fantastical rock formations on a journey chock-full of incredible canyons of color! We walk at our highest elevation here, over 8,000 FASL, and use two different trails to see the canyon. Part 1 has a “standard” option along the rim or a “challenge” option that drops down amongst the formations of the Queen’s Garden trail. More scenic driving takes us through tunnels east of Zion National Park to Springdale, situated on the southern border of Zion, and our home for the last two nights.

Day 10 - October 15th: Activities from Springdale (BD)

Zion National Park Walk – 10 km, rated 1B

Zion’s excellent shuttle system and network of trails and viewpoints make this a delightful, low-stress way to unwind after 9 days packed with “amazing”! WAI guides will orient you to the Park and the shuttle service, providing our trail recommendations and approach to Zion, then you are on your own to enjoy the day! Next rendezvous is back at the hotel this evening for a fun Farewell Dinner at a local eatery to reminisce about the sights and scenes of the Adventure.

Day 11 - October 16th: Depart from Las Vegas (B)

Breakfast is followed by a drive across the desert to Las Vegas International Airport. Here, we say farewell to our walking pals, and to an otherworldly walking adventure in Unforgettable Utah!

In addition to walks in four of Utah’s national parks (Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon, and Zion), and a fun visit to the fifth (Capitol Reef), we have included walks or visits to Valley of Fire State Park (Nevada), Goosenecks State Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, and Goblin Valley State Park. Each park is stunning in its own right! And each day offers its own eye-popping experience of canyon-country excellence, inspiring us to dub this Adventure Unforgettable Utah.

We spend nearly all of our Adventure exploring the Colorado Plateau, a geology wonderland covering southern Utah and parts of Colorado and Arizona. This high plateau is crisscrossed by a seemingly endless spider web of canyons comprised of stunningly-colorful, bizarrely-shaped stone. It truly feels like its own world, shut off from the rest of planet Earth. In fact, the central part of Utah, from Boulder to Escalante, was one of the last places in the Lower 48 to be penetrated by roads, rather than be serviced by packmules. You’ll understand why when we drive Utah’s Journey through Time Scenic Byway along the Hogsback, a narrow bridge of stone, surrounded by a sea of sandstone valleys, barely wide enough to lay a 2-lane road.

One of the surprises of this program, depending upon weather conditions, is the colorful fall foliage. From Bluff onward, the likelihood is strong for pockets, sometimes blankets, of yellows, day after day—cottonwoods, box elder, gambel oak, poplars, and perhaps a few late-turning aspens at the higher elevations. Clearly, we’re enamored with southern Utah. We think you will be too, even if you’ve already been there to see the national parks.

Join us for Unforgettable Utah—Kaleidoscope of Color!

Watch this video to view a few highlights from the tour.

ADVENTURE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Valley of Fire State Park (Nevada)
  • Rainbow Bridge Lake Powell Cruise (Arizona)
  • Antelope Canyon Jeep Tour (Arizona)
  • Monument Valley with steak cookout lunch (Utah)
  • Goosenecks State Park (Utah)
  • Arches National Park (Utah)
  • Dead Horse Point State Park (Utah)
  • Canyonlands National Park (Utah)
  • Goblin Valley State Park (Utah)
  • Capitol Reef National Park (Utah)
  • Guided tour of Highway 12 – All American Road (Utah)
  • Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (Utah)
  • Anasazi State Park Museum (Utah)
  • Wild West Retreat cowboy dinner (Utah)
  • Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah)
  • Zion National Park (Utah)
  • More fun stops than we can list!

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Group Size: 15–20 Travelers with a 1:10 guide to traveler ratio
  • 15 meals: All breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 4 dinners
  • Tourist class or better hotel accommodations
  • 7 walk routes
  • Visits to 5 national parks and 4 state parks
  • 2-3 Guides throughout
  • Basic transportation in 40 pax motorcoaches

HAPPY TRAVELERS

Thank you for bringing us up close & personal with this amazingly colorful area. This Unforgettable Utah excursion reminded me I live in the most beautiful and diverse country on earth.

Kay E; Bedford, IN

I think that the area covered by the trip is the most amazing mind-blowing area. This trip has been placed in the top 5 of trips I’ve have taken with WAI.

Jill S; Vacaville, CA

It truly was Unforgettable!

Kathleen I; San Lorenzo, CA