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Mighty Five Adventure

  • 9 Days
  • 18 People Max

    6 - 18 guests

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

  This trip is operated by Austin Adventures

Mighty Five Adventure ~ Itinerary

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

  • Day 2Hike 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 8Canyoning Slot Canyon Adventure

  • Day 9Explore Zion, 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)

    Hiking: 3-4 miles (5-6 kilometers)

  • Day 2

    Hike Moab


    After a hearty breakfast we’ll depart from Moab to a trail that is a maze of soaring fins, pinnacles, minarets, gargoyles, spires, and strangely shaped rock formations. Behold views of Fisher Towers, which are world-renowned for their exciting rock-climbing routes and a favorite subject of photographers for years. After this beautiful hike, settle in for lunch along the river. In the afternoon, beat the peak of the heat with a bit of downtime to enjoy some downtime to relax by the pool, explore downtown Moab, or grab a drink at a local brewery. Meet back up for dinner with your fellow travelers at one of our favorite restaurants in town.

    Canyonlands Inn or Greenwell Inn (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 3 miles (5 kilometers)

  • 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 to Delicate Arch, a 52-foot-tall (16 m) freestanding natural arch. The trail 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. Encounter the famous Landscape Arch, along with a few of our guides’ favorite arches in the area. After lunch, we’ll drive to Capitol Reef National Park, where we’ll spend the night at the Capitol Reef Resort, located on the doorstep of the park, and enjoy dinner in a quaint nearby town.

    Capitol Reef Resort (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 5 miles (8 kilometers)

  • 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 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 3-5 miles (5-8 kilometers)

  • Day 5

    Hike Capitol Reef National Park & explore Anasazi State Park


    This morning we’ll head out for another hike 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 its crimson-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.

    Bryce Canyon Grand (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 2 miles (3.2 kilometers)

  • Day 6

    Hike Bryce Canyon National Park


    After a hearty breakfast 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 finishing with a walk up the famous Wall Street with its switchbacks that leads back to the rim. After a full of day of hiking enjoy a bit of rest before dinner at the hotel.

    Bryce Canyon Grand (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: Up to 8 miles (13 kilometers)

  • 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 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)

    Hiking: 5 miles (8 kilometers)

  • Day 8

    Canyoning Slot Canyon Adventure


    This morning, challenge yourself on a thrilling canyoning 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 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Canyoning: 2 hours

  • Day 9

    Explore Zion, farewell!


    We'll spend our last morning exploring the Zion area or relaxing at our hotel. Afterwards we’ll head to St George for either a drop-off at your 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!

    No Accommodation (Breakfast)

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Useful Info

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.

Trip Direction

Some departures for this trip run in the reverse direction, which means you'll start in St. George, Utah and finish in Grand Junction, Colorado. Contact us, or check your Travel Wallet once booked, to get the specific itinerary for your trip.

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 USD$20 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.

How do rooming arrangements work?

Trip prices are based on shared arrangements (typically two guests per room), unless otherwise stated. For solo travellers, we’ll pair you with another person of the same gender to share rooms and if there’s no one suitable to share with, there’s no forced single supplement. However, if you specifically request your own rooms, you can opt to pay the single supplement. Solo travellers who book within 90 days of departure, where there are no other solo travellers willing to share, will be required to pay the single supplement. 

For Family Vacation bookings, families consisting of four guests traveling with children aged 17 and under will be automatically assigned one shared room. However, the following alternative rooming allocations are available:

  • Families consisting of four guests with all children aged 13 and above are welcome to opt for additional rooms as per advertised double occupancy adult rates.
  • Families consisting of four guests with at least one child aged 12 and under are automatically assigned a shared room. However, families can opt to pay the adult rates for all guests in their family to have an additional room.
  • The same principles apply for families consisting of more than four guests.

Rooming preferences are subject to availability and must be communicated in writing at time of booking. Automatic assignments as per this policy will be applied in the absence of any specification provided by guests. Any request for additional rooms during trips will be at guests’ own expense and subject to rates made available by the accommodation provider at the time. All minors (guests aged 17 and under) must be accompanied by at least one adult.

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