As an in-house writer for Off the Beaten Path, a good chunk of my day is spent researching travel destinations – reading magazine articles, perusing traveler reviews, gaining insight from travelers’ blogs, and speaking with locals. And whether I’m writing about Sedona, Steamboat, San Francisco, or Silver City (New Mexico, in case you didn’t know), […]
Locals call Utah’s national parks “The Mighty Five,” and on this epic journey you’ll hike in all of them. From Moab, you’ll traverse the fins and needles of Arches and discover quiet beauty in Canyonlands. As you venture through Capitol Reef, you’ll find some of the best of southern Utah’s geologic wonders. Bryce Canyon is hoodoo heaven, and in Zion, one trail culminates in an astounding viewpoint. This is your ultimate Utah: heaps of hiking, numerous national parks, and pockets of peace for red-rock ruminations.
From Grand Junction, follow the Colorado River right into Moab, where we don our hiking boots and head straight for Arches. Prepare to be amazed!! With three nights at the Red Cliffs Lodge, right off the main drag, we’ll get to know Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. Highlights are hikes to the iconic Delicate Arch and the stunning and remote Needles District in Canyonlands.
Our next stop is Boulder Mountain Lodge, where we access arches and canyons in Capitol Reef National Park and the classic Calf Creek Falls in Escalante National Monument.
Springdale, outside of Zion National Park, is our last destination, and en route we’ll hike among the high elevation spires in Bryce Canyon. We’ll embark on our last hikes of the trips in Zion National Park, where myriad trails await!
Pack our hiking boots and head for St. George for flights home.