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Mighty Five Adventure

  • 9 Days
  • 18 People Max

    14 people max

  • Activity Level 3
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  • Trip Start: Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Trip End: St. George, Utah
Utah Explorer Trip

Discover the beauty of Utah's Mighty Five, exploring Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion National Parks on one incredible Utah hiking and adventure tour.

Get ready to be transported to a land of geologic wonder on our 9-day Mighty Five National Parks hiking and adventure tour. From the brilliant red spires of the Fisher Towers to the most magnificent slot canyons around Zion National Park, otherworldly landscapes will continuously stop you in your tracks. Starting in Grand Junction and finishing in St George, weave your way through five of the most striking national parks in the world - Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion. Spend your days climbing to spectacular lookout spots and by evening you'll stay in stunning accommodations and get to know your fellow group members over local cuisine. Expert local guides lead the way, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in Mother Nature's best on our Mighty Five Utah hiking and adventure tour.

Mighty Five Adventure ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Grand Junction, Colorado Trip End: St. George, Utah
  • Day 1Hike Canyonlands National Park

  • Day 2Hike Fisher Towers, explore Moab

  • Day 3Hike Arches National Park

  • Day 4Hike Capitol Reef National Park

  • Day 5Hike Capitol Reef National Park & explore Anasazi State Park

  • Day 6Hike Bryce Canyon National Park

  • Day 7Hike Bryce Canyon National Park & Zion National Park

  • Day 8Canyoneering Slot Canyon Adventure

  • Day 9Hike Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, farewell!

  • Day 1

    Hike Canyonlands National Park

    Once we’ve all met in Grand Junction, we’ll begin our journey with a drive to our first national park of this trip – Canyonlands! Canyonlands National Park is known for its dramatic desert landscape carved by the Colorado River, a wilderness of countless canyons and fantastically formed buttes. We’ll explore Utah’s largest national park with a few short hikes, eyeing the skyward-jutting spires and needles, deep craters, and blue-hued mesas that dot the landscape. The Grant View Point trail is a popular choice a great chance to see some wildlife. After we’ve exhausted ourselves we’ll head to our accommodation for the night and our base camp for exploration of Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park.
    Canyonlands Inn or Greenwell Inn (Lunch, Dinner)

    Grand View Hiking Distance: 2.9 kilometres (1.8 miles), 1-2 hours
    Elevation Gain: 106 metres (350 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 106 metres (350 feet)

    Upheavel Dome Hiking Distance: 1.6 kilometres (1 miles), 0.5-1 hour

    Mesa Arch Hiking Distance: 0.8 kilometres (0.5 mile), 0.5-1 hour
    Elevation Gain: 30 metres (100 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 30 metres (100 feet)

  • Day 2

    Hike Fisher Towers, explore Moab

    After a hearty breakfast we’ll depart for Moab to hike the Fisher Towers - a series of towers made of Cutler sandstone capped with Moenkopi sandstone and caked with a stucco of red mud. The trail is a maze of soaring fins, pinnacles, minarets, gargoyles, spires, and strangely shaped rock formations and the towers are world-renowned for their exciting rock-climbing routes and have been a favorite subject of photographers for years. After this beautiful hike, we’ll settle in for a BBQ lunch at a nearby lodge. In the afternoon we can enjoy some downtime during the heat, you could choose to relax by the poolside, explore downtown Moab or grab a drink at a local brewery. Later on, we’ll meet back up for dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in town.
    Canyonlands Inn or Greenwell Inn (All meals)

    Fish Towers Hiking Distance: 7.1 kilometres (4.4 miles), 2-3 hours
    Elevation Gain: 555 metres (1820 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 555 metres (1820 feet)

  • Day 3

    Hike Arches National Park

    It’s an early start to the morning today to beat the crowds and the heat at Arches National Park. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. We’ll hike into Delicate Arch for an awe inspiring sunrise viewing, perfect for photographers. The Delicate Arch is a 52-foot-tall (16 m) freestanding natural arch and the trail to get up close and personal is a steady uphill climb through dry desert terrain, occasionally passing stunted trees or rock piles providing welcome shade. We’ll head back the same way and continue on to Devil’s Garden to explore more of the park by foot. We’ll encounter the famous Landscape Arch, along with a few of our guides’ favorite arches in the area. After lunch, we’ll drive through to the Capitol Reef National Park, where we’ll spend the night in the Capitol Reef Resort, located on the doorstep of the park, and enjoy dinner in a quaint nearby town.
    Capitol Reef Resort (All meals)

    Delicate Arch Hiking Distance: 6.4 kilometres (4 miles), 1-2 hours
    Elevation Gain: 182 metres (600 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 182 metres (600 feet)

    Landscape Arch Hiking Distance: 2.6 kilometres (1.6 miles), 1 hour
    Elevation Gain: 79 metres (260 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 79 metres (260 feet)

  • Day 4

    Hike Capitol Reef National Park

    Capitol Reef National Park surrounds a long wrinkle in the earth known as the Waterpocket Fold, with layers of golden sandstone, canyons and striking rock formations. We'll head out to hike the Cassidy Arch trail after breakfast; Named after the famous Butch Cassidy, Cassidy Arch is located in the central portion of Capitol Reef National Park, and although the climb is steep, it's worth the visit as the arch is large and spectacularly photogenic at almost any angle! After lunch we’ll have time to explore more of the Capitol Reef National Park or relax at the Capitol Reef Resort, the choice is yours! We'll enjoy indulgent room accommodations alongside stunning views of the red rock cliffs, it's a unique and comfortable destination, along with fine amenities, to recharge for our day tomorrow!
    Capitol Reef Resort (All meals)

    Cassidy Arch Hiking Distance: 5.6 kilometres (3.5 miles), 1-2 hours
    Elevation Gain: 200 metres (656 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 200 metres (656feet)

  • Day 5

    Hike Capitol Reef National Park & explore Anasazi State Park

    This morning we’ll head out for another hike or two through the beautiful Cohab Canyon. Native Americans once called this colorful landscape of tilted buttes, jumbled rocks and sedimentary canyons the Land of the Sleeping Rainbow. The banded orange and yellow walls do in fact resemble pastel-striped eggs and the holes and pockets texture the surface create a sandstone honeycomb fortified in rock. After lunch we’ll drive through to Bryce Canyon National Park, a sprawling reserve in southern Utah, known for it’s rimson-colored hoodoos, which are spire-shaped rock formations. On our way we’ll stop off at Anasazi State Park, where the ruins of an ancient Native American village are sheltered. Our accommodation for the next two nights, the Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel, is surrounded by fantastic scenery, most notably the hoodoos which you’ll encounter in the coming days.
    Bryce Canyon Grand (All meals)

    Cohab Canyon Hiking Distance: 3.2 kilometres (2 miles), 1-2 hours
    Elevation Gain:
    134 metres (440 feet)
    Elevation Loss:
    134 metres (440 feet)

  • Day 6

    Hike Bryce Canyon National Park

    Today we’ll embark on a hike through the magical hoodoo rock formations of Bryce’s Queens Garden trail. The trail drops down into the canyon and we’ll wander through natural sculpted rock gardens of brilliantly colored spires, cliffs, and natural amphitheaters with the trail looping up with the Peek-a-boo trail, creating a figure-8, passing by the Wall of Windows, the Hindu temples and many more exquisite series of arches and hoodoos. There’s also an opportunity to head to the southern end of the National Park to take in the jaw dropping views from Rainbow Point. Afterwards we can all share our favorite parts of Bryce Canyon with the group as we dine at Bryce Pines. If you’re a night owl, be sure to take advantage of one of the clearest night skies around and try your hand at finding some of the constellations.
    Bryce Canyon Grand (All meals)

    Queens Garden Hiking Distance: 4.7 kilometres (2.9 miles) 1-2 hours
    Elevation Gain: 192 metres (630 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 192 metres (630 feet)

    Peek-a-boo Hiking Distance: 8.4 kilometres (5.2 miles), 2-3 hours
    Elevation Gain: 443 metres (1453 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 443 metres (1453 feet)

  • Day 7

    Hike Bryce Canyon National Park & Zion National Park

    We’ll start the day with a hike offering unforgettable views of hoodoo scenery along the Bird’s Eye Trail, this is a short trail that leads past beautiful and unusual rock formations, providing close-up views. After our morning hike, we’ll drive to Zion National Park, winding through the magnificent canyon walls and towering cliffs that make up this majestic park. We’ll then head out on a 3-mile hike in Zion National Park which showcases dramatic panoramas of towering canyon walls, picturesque views of the Virgin River, and lushly-vegetated trails. Later we’ll check into our accommodation for the next two nights, Springhill Suites, located only one mile from the park's entrance. The evening is then yours to explore and enjoy on your own.
    Springhill Suites (Breakfast, Lunch)

    Bird’s Eye Trail Hiking Distance: 2.9 kilometres (1.8 miles), 1-2 hours
    Elevation Gain: 76 metres (249 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 76 metres (249 feet)

    Zion Exploratory Hiking Distance: 5 kilometres (3 miles), 2-3 hours
    Elevation Gain: 107 metres (350 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 107 metres (350 feet)

  • Day 8

    Canyoneering Slot Canyon Adventure

    This morning, challenge yourself on a thrilling canyoneering Slot Canyon adventure where you can truly experience the land around you. Rappel down water-carved rocks in a sandstone slot canyon with professionals who will guide you every step of the way. You'll be fully equipped and supported as you jump into this adrenaline-inducing activity, perfect for beginners. Afterwards, we’ll head back to Springdale where you'll have free time to wander this charming town or take a shuttle into Zion to check out any last sites on your own. Later, we'll meet up for a celebratory farewell dinner.
    Springhill Suites (All meals)

  • Day 9

    Hike Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, farewell!

    This morning, we enjoy our final adventure by hiking the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. This 62,000-acre scenic wildlife sanctuary houses the Mojave Desert tortoise and other rare species. After our hike we’ll head back to either the hotel or the airport. This is the end of your trip and we’ll leave you refreshed and invigorated from the good food, exercise, rest, and great times you’ll have had with us!
    (Breakfast)

    Red Cliffs Desert Reserve Hiking Distance: 3.2 kilometres (2 miles), 1 hour

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What's the maximum group size on this trip?

This trip has a maximum of 22 guests, plus 2-3 experienced guides. We tend to average between 12-18 guests on this trip.

Where does the trip start?

On the first morning of the trip, our two pick-up locations are Holiday Inn Hotel Grand Junction Airport at 7am or the Courtyard by Marriott Grand at 7:20am. You are welcome to stay at any hotel in Grand Junction for your pre-night, though you must make your own way to one of the two pick-up points at the pre-designated times.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the St George Airport at 12pm in time for flights below or at a hotel of your choice in St George around 12:30pm.

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: We recommend arriving in Grand Junction at least the day before your trip starts. Many guests like to arrive a day or two early to accommodate potential flight delays and/or explore the city prior to your trip start.
Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, we recommend departing from St George after 2pm. Earlier flight times will require a separate transfer booked at your own expense.

Will I have contact with my guides before the trip starts?

Your guides will call your cell phone the night before your trip begins to touch base on the first day’s plan. If they don’t get through to you, they will leave a voicemail on your cell phone with all the details you need to plan for your first morning.

What should I bring with me on the first day?

When you speak with your guides the night before your trip, they will give you a detailed description of what to bring with you on Day 1. Typically, this includes a day pack with your rain jacket, sunglasses, hat, camera, etc. Anything you want easy access to during the day should go in your day pack as the rest of your luggage will go in the locked cargo trailer pulled behind the van. Your guides will provide you with a water bottle on the first morning of your trip and will always have water available for refills. There will be snacks available at all times in the van. Your guides will also have bug spray and sunscreen accessible for you to use.

What are your recommended guide gratuity guidelines?

You will have 2-3 guides on your Austin Adventure (depending on group size). We recommend $15-25 per day, per guest, per guide. Typically, gratuities are offered by check or cash in local currency on the final morning of the trip and can either be given to each guide individually or to one guide to be equally distributed. Most of our guides these days also accept gratuities via Venmo (please note this app does not work in Canada). All dining, housekeeping and activity tips are included in your trip price.

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