Hiking Utah's Big 5

Utah is home to five of America's most compelling national parks. This nine-day tour will take you through Utah's Big 5.

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Zion, Utah
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The Experience

Utah is home to five of America's most compelling national parks. This nine-day tour will take you through Utah's Big 5, as they're affectionately called, with incredible experiences in each. Boulder over rocks to reach pinnacle views in Arches National Park, discover prehistoric petroglyphs, take a dip in waterfalls that end in a natural swimming pool, and trek through the famous Narrows in Zion National Park. If that all doesn't take your breath away, the stunning views certainly will.

Travel Style: Active, Hiking, trekking, biking, rafting, and kayaking adventures all over the world, made for outdoor types.

Service Level: Camping most nights with some hotel/hostel stays to start and throughout; affordable public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 4 / 5 - Demanding, Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers.

Trip Type: Small Group, Small group experience; Max 12, avg 10

Age requirement: 12+ - All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Las Vegas

Arrive at any time.

Exclusive Inclusions: Your Welcome Moment

Day 2 - Las Vegas/Capitol Reef National Park

Meals included: Dinner

Travel to Capitol Reef National Park. Known for its geologic monocline, discover the cliffs, canyons, petroglyphs and orchards that make up the park. Learn about the geology and the ancient inhabitants who created the petroglyphs still visible on the cliff walls. After dark, look up at Capitol Reef’s starry night, designated a Gold Tier "International Dark Sky Park".

Day 3 - Capitol Reef National Park/Moab

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Set off in the morning to hike through the Waterpocket Fold, an 87 mile "wrinkle" in the earth's surface. Climb through canyons and narrows to reach Cassidy Arch and panoramic views of this natural wonder. In the afternoon, continue to Moab, an adventure capital of the southwest and the gateway to both Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. Depending on the season and if you still have energy, head to Dead Horse State Park to take in the views from one of the most photographed spots in the region.

Day 4 - Canyonlands National Park

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Travel to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. Stop at Newspaper Rock State Historical Monument, the largest known collection of petroglyphs in the Southwest. Spend the day hiking through desert lands to explore eroded towers of sandstone and fissures in the ground on the Joint Trail to Chesler Park. Return to Moab for a night in the town.

Day 5 - Arches National Park

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Rise early for sunrise from Delicate Arch Viewpoint. Enjoy breakfast in the park before exploring the densest concentration of arches in the world. Stand in awe at the over 2,000 sandstone arches ranging in size and shape that make up this park. Take a hike through Devils Garden to Landscape Arch, passing fins and spires en route. Continue to Double O Arch, bouldering over rocks to to reach the pinnacle views. Pass by the famous Balanced Rock, The Windows and Double Arches before heading west to camp for the night.

Day 6 - Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument/Bryce Canyon National Park

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Hit the road again, to travel along the scenic highway through the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Take in the mesas, canyons and arches that make up this diverse geological region. Set off on a hike and discover prehistoric petroglyphs and stunning waterfalls. Opt to cool off in the refreshing waters falling 38m (126 ft) to a natural swimming pool fed from Calf Creek Falls. Continue to Bryce Canyon National Park for the night. After the sun goes down, don't forget to look up to check out this renowned night sky while enjoying s'mores around the fire.

Day 7 - Bryce Canyon National Park/Zion National Park

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Set off early in Bryce Canyon National Park, and stare in wonder at the largest collection of hoodoos in the world as the sun rises! Take a hike into the amphitheater of Queen's Garden and Navajo Loop to walk amongst the hoodoos, walls and fins that make up this geological wonder. Continue to Zion National Park, traveling past towering cliffs and massive canyon walls, stopping at several viewpoints along the way. Once in Zion the group will hike along the Watchman Trail, located near the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. Enjoy panoramic views of the Springdale area.

Day 8 - Zion National Park

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Spend the day discovering Zion National Park. First hike to Scout Lookout, a challenging, but rewarding 4 mile hike which passes through the iconic Walter's Wiggles before reaching the lookout point along a flat saddle with incredible views of the Zion Canyon.

Head to the valley floor to trek through the river on one of the most popular hikes in the park, the Narrows. Admire monumental sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that tower into the sky and opt to turn around at any point. Experience diverse plant and animal life in this narrow slot canyon as the park transitions from desert to forest. Gaze at the awe-inspiring beauty of the high plateaus, striking towers, temples, mesas, and the earth's tallest-known sheer sandstone walls. After returning to camp, head into the charming town of Springdale to celebrate the accomplishments of the last week.

Day 9- Zion National Park/Las Vegas

Meals included: Breakfast

Take the short drive from Zion to Las Vegas. Tour ends on arrival. Onward travel should be booked no earlier than 3pm.

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Retreat Accommodations

There are a variety of great options for accommodations ranging from shared rooms to luxurious villas. Each room is equipped with a safe, work desk, air conditioning and WIFI.

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Retreat Leader

Isabella Meduri

Owner, Healer, Gypsy at Heart

My journey has taken me from a Financial Advisor to a Healer and guide. After spending 16 years in corporate financial environments trying to conform to social norms and expectations, I found myself feeling as though something fundamental was missing from my life. During the process of restructuring my life, I had to shift my perspective and instead of relying on a pragmatic approach to life, I finally decided to follow my intuition and listen to what my heart had been trying to tell me for years.

Travel has always been an integral part of my life.  Ever since I was a child, I’ve wanted to visit distant and unchartered places.  This deep yearning to seek out the unfamiliar; the undiscovered has brought me to visit 47 countries.  The most transformational moments I’ve experienced in life have been while backpacking in Asia, touring South America and camping throughout Africa.

The time I spent away discovering new places provided me with a much needed escape from a tiresome routine back home. It gave me an escape and the clarity I so desperately needed.  Over time, these “vacations” helped shift my perspective and see life through a different lens.  It was what I needed to finally break through my comfort zone and leave the monotony that I had fallen into.
 
For the first time in my adult life, I felt a sense of fulfilment and purpose.  Curating and sharing meaningful experiences with others is what brings me the most joy and happiness.  I am committed and honoured to be able to be a part of people’s wellness and self-discovery journeys.

What's Included

What is Included:

  • Your Welcome Moment: Welcome Meeting - Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Petroglyphs at Capitol Reef National Park
  • Stargazing in a Dark Sky Park
  • Newspaper Rock State Historical Monument Visit
  • Lower Calf Creek Falls Hike
  • Queen's Garden and Navajo Loop Hike
  • Watchman's Trail Hike
  • Scout Lookout Hike
  • The Narrows Hike
  • Entrance fees to all national parks and monuments with hiking and walking excursions
  • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotel (1 nt), participation camping (7 nts).

Meals

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
Allow USD140-185 for meals not included.

Transportation

Air-conditioned private vehicle, hiking, walking.

Staff & experts

1 CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout.

What is NOT Included:

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