Day 1. Arrival at Grand Junction Regional Airport
This is a 45 minute flight from Denver International Airport. We will receive you at your airport and will take you to your hotel where you can rest and recuperate.
Day 2. Sunrise tour of Colorado National Monument
We will wake you up bright and early for a sunrise tour of the Colorado National Monument. The monument is a great "preview" of what you are about to experience on a much grander scale in Utah. We will also set-up a geological context for why Utah's landscape is so unique. After the sunrise tour we will depart for Utah.
Day 3. Arches National Park and Dead Horse Point
We will be staying in beautiful Castle Valley and will drive about 45 minutes to spend the day in Arches National Park. Although the park is famous for its natural arches, we will also introduce you to some slot canyons, another feature Utah is famous for.
Day 4. Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands has a lot to offer and one can spend months exploring this giant national park. We have selected some hikes that you can do after we have provided a general overview. We will return to Castle Valley that evening for a sunset hike to the Fisher Towers.
Day 5. Goblin Valley State Park
We will drive to the Hanksville area, where you can either check-in (hotel-option) or camp (tent-option) at Goblin Valley State Park. We will hike into some slot canyons before lunch and let you explore the many "goblins" at sunset.
Day 6. Capitol Reef National Park
Capitol Reef is like a slice of the earth exposed at the surface, all the varicolored rock layers form a truly majestic escarpment trough which we can drive and hike
Day 7. Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce is like Goblin Valley on steroids, the hoodoos (rock tours) reach epic proportions and produce a landscape unlike any other in the world
Day 8. Return trip to Grand Junction
We will drive back to Grand Junction with isolated stops to look at Native American Petroglyphs and Pictographs
Day 9. Departure from Grand Junction
We will drop you off at the airport at least 2 hours before your flight back home