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Utah/Arizona

Hikes & Adventures in Utah’s Grand Circle of Parks & Monuments

Hike through the very best of Utah as you discover the natural wonders and monuments of Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches and Canyonlands national parks.
Rating (5)
Program No. 22297RJ
Length
12 days
Starts at
3,999

At a Glance

Experience the most iconic hikes and adventures in the national parks and monuments of the American Southwest. From prehistoric cliff dwellings and slot canyons to waterfalls and river rapids, treat yourself to the Southwest’s full range of spectacular natural wonders. Hike in and explore Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches and Canyonlands national parks. Make trailside discoveries along the Colorado River and at Grand Staircase-Escalante, Natural Bridges and Rainbow Bridge national monuments. Lace up your hiking shoes for all of this and more in an environment a million years in the making and ideal for exploring on foot.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Hiking up to eight miles daily over varied terrain. Elevations up to 9,100 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Marvel at the massive stone walls of Zion National Park, the spires and hoodoos of Bryce National Park and the sculpted sandstone arches of Arches National Park.
  • Explore the slot canyons of Grand Staircase and Betatakin Ruins, an ancient, 125-room cliff dwelling near Monument Valley.
  • Experience a scenic whitewater river trip down the Colorado River and take to the air for a birds-eye view of Canyonlands National Park.

General Notes

You may be interested in a less challenging adventure with a similar itinerary, "The Best of Utah's Grand Circle of Parks and Monuments" (#2814).
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Darrell McMahon
Darrell McMahon has worked in natural resource management for more than four decades and has extensive experience as a wildlife and habitat biologist, entomologist and botanist. Darrell has spent many years hiking thousands of miles through this wild landscape and has pinned his soul in the high plateaus and deep canyons of the desert southwest. Darrell has discovered many secret places in the desert southwest and loves to share these places and his knowledge with his best friends and Road Scholar participants.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Paula McMahon
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