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Utah’s National Parks

Perched along an 18-mile plateau, the freezes and thaws of the high-altitude of Bryce Canyon shaped sandstone and limestone amphitheaters filled with scarlet striped spires called hoo doos. In Capitol Reef, golden sandstone pillars and arches, white sandstone domes and red-striped monoliths come together in a quilted masterpiece of Mother Nature. In Zion, shallow, shaded waters rise between towering rocks in The Narrows and sandstone arches stretch across boulders and canyons in Arches National Park. Discover these geological wonders and more with a Road Scholar instructor, as you venture to Utah on a National Park adventure you’ll never forget.

Want to learn more about travel to our National Parks? Check out these National Parks tips.

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National Park Tours in Utah

Utah has one of the most diverse landscapes in the U.S. With a total of five National Parks to visit in Utah, you’ll have plenty to explore in the Beehive State. From Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef to Zion and Arches and Canyonland, these Utah National Parks to visit are filled with unique rock formations, breathtaking vistas, and rich pre-historic histories. With Road Scholar, you can explore these one-of-a-kind areas through our expert-led Utah National Park Tours.

Utah National Park Tours

At Road Scholar, we have a wide range of educational National Park trips in Utah to choose from. Explore the 18-mile plateau of Bryce Canyon, known for its sandstone and limestone amphitheaters and scarlet striped spires called hoodoos, wade in shaded waters between the towering rocks of The Narrows in Zion, or hike across the boulders and canyons of Arches National Park. You can even learn about the white sandstone domes and red-striped monoliths in Capitol Reef or join natural history experts in Canyonlands through our Utah National Park tours.

Highlights of Utah National Park Tours

At Road Scholar, we have some of the best National Park vacations in Utah to choose from, thanks to our professional instructors, local guides, and diverse cohorts. Some highlights of our National Park vacation packages for Utah include:

  • Visiting the Bryce Amphitheater in Bryce Canyon National Park, which is a hoodoo along the Rim Trail hiking path that overlooks Inspiration Point, Sunrise Point, and Sunset Point
  • Wading through The Narrows and hiking to Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park
  • Discovering unique rock formations of golden sandstone in the Waterpocket Fold of Capitol Reef National Park
  • Explore the world’s largest concentration of natural arches in Arches National Park, such as the Delicate Arch, Double Arch, and North Window
  • View Native American rock paintings in Horseshoe Canyon in Canyonlands National Park

Get the best of Utah’s Grand Circle of Parks and Monuments with Road Scholar.

Tips for visiting National Parks

America’s National Parks are some of the country’s most treasured destinations. There’s a reason these areas are protected, which means it’s important to know how to plan for your next solo or group National Park tour

Some of our top tips for visiting National Parks include:

  • Consider the timing of your trip to avoid crowds.
  • Respect wildlife and nature.
  • Bring the right gear depending on the time of year, such as layers for the winter and waterproof gear for the spring.
  • Pack plenty of food and fluids.
  • Know what activities you want to partake in.

If you’re looking to explore National Parks in Utah, keep these tips in mind to ensure your trip goes smoothly. 

Enrolling in Your Trip with Road Scholar

There are plenty of National Park vacations in Utah that can give you the opportunity to explore some of the world’s most unique landscapes. At Road Scholar, we make guided tours easy by doing all the planning for you, such as creating an itinerary, booking lodging, and planning activities. Whether you’re looking to explore Southwest National Parks like those in Utah or National Parks in the Northwest, Road Scholar has you covered.

No matter the Utah National Park tour you choose, we make each educational learning adventure an unforgettable experience. In each Road Scholar experiential travel program, you’ll join a diverse cohort of lifelong learners eager to start touring Utah National Parks and beyond. With spirited conversations, you’ll be able to make lasting friendships built on a foundation of excitement and discovery.


If you’re ready for a Utah National Park trip, contact Road Scholar today. We can provide senior travel tips, program information, logistics on our itineraries, and more, so you can find a program that meets your needs. You can also learn more about our expert guides and what you can expect to learn on your Utah National Park tour, such as wildlife, history, cultures, and geography.