Weaving together an itinerary to help your client navigate through Utah’s red rock, scenic byways, ski slopes, unique history, and urban culture? Here are a few experiences you should include while touring through the Mighty 5® national parks, state parks and hidden gems of Utah from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas.
Utah has the Wasatch Mountains and Salt Lake City to the north, the salt flats and Great Basin Desert to the west, red rock country and national parks to the south — and mountains, rivers, forests, and state parks everywhere in between. Wherever you are headed, there is a local community and basecamp town to provide you important amenities and inside knowledge along the way.
Photography session across two national parks
A day of hiking in Arches National Park is one that pairs world-famous landmark views with a humbling sense of respect for the desolate stretches of sandstone formations. The park is one of Southern Utah’s most famous hiking destinations, with an easily accessible network of trails that often culminate right at the base of an impressive sandstone arch. Start building out your to-do list by exploring the trails like The Windows, Delicate Arch Viewpoint, Fiery Furnace Viewpoint, and Sand Dune Arch to name a few.
Imagine endless deep canyons, towering mesas, pinnacles, cliffs, and spires stretching across 527 square miles. This is Canyonlands National Park, formed by the currents and tributaries of Utah’s Green and Colorado rivers. Canyonlands is home to many different types of travel experiences, from sublime solitude in the more remote stretches of the park to moderate hikes through the Needles district, to the opportunity to create your own version of one of the West’s most photographed landforms, Mesa Arch.
Stargazing among the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon offers year-round, ranger-led programs and an annual Astronomy Festival in June. Long after the last drop of twilight fades to black, the next phase of the earth’s rotation begins to shine. It is a part of the 24-hour cycle that many developed places have lost to the constant shine of the cityscape. Utah has several certified Dark Sky Parks, with Bryce Canyon being Utah’s fourth national park, and 24th location altogether, to receive dark sky certification from the International Dark-Sky Association.
Drive ATVs to slot canyons in Kanab
Kanab, Utah is classic American West, surrounded by towering Navajo sandstone cliffs and vistas of sagebrush. On most Southern Utah bucket lists, you will find the local favourite of Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon in one afternoon of
adventure with ATV. Take an ATV tour through to Peekaboo Slot Canyon with a short hike through stunning orange sandstone walls that make an amazing backdrop for photographs.
Hike to the majestic overlook of Zion Canyon in Greater Zion
A thousand-foot-deep red rock canyon, nested in dramatic surroundings. Whether you are trying to catch your breath while climbing the trail to Observation Point or watching the shadows constantly change the mood of the Court of the Patriarchs, Zion National Park is always ready to quench your appetite for outdoor wonder. Located just east of the famous Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel, the Zion Canyon Overlook Trail is just half a mile long, but it delivers some of the most spectacular views in the park.