Utah & Arizona National Parks: Small Group 7-Day Tour

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Want to experience the best of both Utah and Arizona? Then this is the perfect tour for you! Over the course of seven days, you’ll be able to visit seven national parks, four state parks, and many other incredible locations! You’ll love the incredible vistas overlooking the Grand Canyon, the yellow and red hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, and the countless other destinations you’ll see from Sedona to Zion. Nomad Unlimited Adventures prides itself in its flexibility. We offer a “2canGo” package, meaning that as long as two individuals book with us, we can guarantee your tour departure date. Additionally, if there are additional locations or other considerations you would like us to include, please let us know.

Itinerary Details

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This is a typical itinerary for this product

Day 1 Salt Lake City, USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum, Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park and Moab

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If Salt Lake City is chosen as the pick-up location, we will start the tour at the USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum. At this museum, you can discover what life was like thousands to millions of years ago in Southern Utah. This museum contains over 700,000 archaeological artifacts, ranging from complete sets of dinosaur bones to pictographs left by the Fremont people more than 2,000 years ago. No matter your interests, you are bound to find something you enjoy.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Dead Horse Point State Park

Located only a few miles from Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park offers a unique view of the Colorado River 2,000 feet below. While driving around, your tour guide will tell you the unusual story of how this park got its name.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park is made up of three distinct regions: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, and the Maze. We will be touring the Island in the Sky region which is situated far above the Colorado River. From this vantage point, we will see deep into the virtually untouched canyons below, giving us a glimpse into the region's ancient past.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Moab

Located between Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, Moab is seen as the gateway to many of Utah’s greatest natural landscapes. You’ll love your stay here just as much as the parks themselves! We will stop here to eat and explore the town before dropping you off at your hotel.

Duration: 1 hour

Day 2 Arches National Park, Potash Road and Moab Adventures

Stop At: Arches National Park

With more than 2,000 arches, Arches National Park has the densest concentration of natural sandstone arches in the world! With only a short hike, many world famous arches can be seen up close, including landscape arch, delicate arch, and double arch. This is a national park you won’t want to miss!

Duration: 4 hour

Stop At: Moab

Choose your own adventure! After returning to Moab from Arches, you'll have the opportunity to choose between activities like river rafting, speed boating, riding in a helicopter, etc... (included in the price of your tour). Afterwards, if time remains, you'll be able to walk around the town, go hiking, or enjoy other activities.

Duration: 6 hour

Stop At: Potash Road

Located right outside of Moab, Potash road winds along the Colorado river with water on one side, and a huge rock cliff on the other. Along this road, your tour guide will show you ancient petroglyphs and dinosaur tracks, as well as additional arches that can be accessed by foot.

Duration: 1 hour

Day 3 Four Corners Monument, Monument Valley and Goosenecks State Park

Stop At: Four Corners Monument

The Four Corners Monument is the only place in America where four states converge at one point: Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado. Since the monument is found within the Navajo Nation, this is also a great place to buy locally made Native American jewelry and other souvenirs to bring home.

Duration: 30 minutes

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Goosenecks State Park offers stunning views of a river that cuts deep into the landscape, creating a canyon full of tight turns. You’ll also be able to see Mexican Hat, an incredible sombrero-shaped rock.

Duration: 3 hour

Stop At: Monument Valley

Composed of vast buttes that tower over 1,000 feet in the sky, Monument Valley is the perfect place to stretch your legs from the long car ride and take some pictures. These buttes have made appearances in many movies, the most famous of which being the running scene in Forrest Gump.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Flagstaff

For the last leg of the day's journey, we’ll drive towards Flagstaff, Arizona which is perfectly situated between Sedona, Southern Utah, and Grand Canyon National Park. Located in one of the world's largest ponderosa pine forests, this city is the perfect place to relax after a long day's journey.

Duration: 1 hour

Day 4 Petrified Forest National Park, Meteor Crater and Sedona

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Petrified Forest National Park is an ancient 225 million year old forest composed of what appears to be stone trees. Petrified wood is made when a tree is buried by sediment, protecting it from organisms that would cause it to decay. Over time, minerals in the groundwater replace the wood, turning it into stone. You'll be amazed as you think back to what this forest once looked like millions of years ago.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Meteor Crater & Barringer Space Museum

Meteor Crater is a 550 feet deep, 1 mile wide hole that was created from the impact of a meteorite that struck earth more than 50,000 years ago. Due to the appearance of the crater and the lack of plant life, Meteor Crater looks more like the moon than the earth. In fact, NASA used this crater in the 1960s to train the early Apollo astronauts due to it's similarity to the moon.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Sedona

Nestled amongst towering red cliffs, Sedona is the perfect place to relax and observe the sunset. We’ll start by exploring the local landscape and hiking some of the beautiful trails outside of Sedona. Afterwards, we’ll return to Sedona and check out some of the beautiful architecture that the town has to offer, such as the Chapel of the Holy Cross, a brilliant structure built into the surrounding red rock. As the sun sets, you'll eat dinner at one of the incredible restaurants in town. Finally, we'll return to Flagstaff.

Duration: 6 hour

Day 5 Grand Canyon National Park and Kanab

Stop At: Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Arizona with an estimated 5.9 million people visiting yearly. This canyon was carved out of the surrounding rock by the Colorado River over a period of 6 million years, resulting in an astonishing panoramic view. We will specifically be visiting the North Rim of the Grand Canyon which is often less busy than the popular South Rim. Be sure to bring your camera, you will not want to miss this destination!

Duration: 2 hour

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Following our tour of the Grand Canyon, we’ll drive along highway 89, passing by the incredible Vermillion Cliffs.

Stop At: Kanab

This region, located in the Southwest corner of Utah, has both a beautiful landscape and a rich history. Due to its spectacular red sandstone cliffs and unique plants, Kanab has been used as the set of many famous Hollywood shows and movies, including the Lone Ranger, Planet of the Apes, and Arabian Nights. While in Kanab, if time permits, you will see the Coral Pink Sand Dunes and the impressive Moqui Sand Caves.

Duration: 4 hour

Day 6 Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park

Stop At: Zion National Park

Zion National Park offers gorgeous wind-sculpted canyons and hikes along incredible trails. This park has something for everyone: for those who would rather stay in the car, you will love the intricate patterns found on Checkerboard Mesa and Weeping Rock. For amateur hikers, you’ll enjoy the stunning views from the Canyon Overlook Trail and the Riverside Walk. For experienced hikers, you’ll have the choice to hike to either through the Narrows, or up to Angel's Landing.

Duration: 4 hour

Stop At: Bryce Canyon National Park

From its beautiful pink and white cliffs to its thousands of hoodoos, Bryce Canyon National Park is sure to leave a powerful impression on you. This park features many incredible, easily accessible viewpoints that provide excellent locations to take photographs. For the more adventurous, your tour guide will take you down into the canyon along the Navajo-Queen’s Garden Trail, passing through breathtaking rock formations that took thousands of years to shape.

Duration: 4 hour

Day 7 Capitol Reef National Park, Goblin Valley State Park, Highway 12 and Salt Lake City/Las Vegas

Stop At: Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park has a rich history and a unique geology. Over 1,000 years ago, the Fremont people lived in this region, making pictographs on the cliffs that can still be seen today. We’ll also explore the remnants of Fruita, a small town established in the 1880s.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Goblin Valley State Park

The “goblins” in Goblin Valley get their name from the thousands of unique hoodoos, or columns of weathered stone, that dot its surface. In this State Park, there are no official paths, allowing you to walk up close to the hoodoos and take pictures. If time permits, your tour guide will take you on a hike to Goblins Lair, an incredibly tall cave.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Salt Lake City

If you choose to depart from Salt Lake City, your tour guide will drop you off either at the airport or a hotel of your choosing. Settled in 1847 by a group of pioneering Mormons, Salt Lake City has blossomed into the vibrant capital of Utah and gateway to the west. If time permits, your tour guide will take you to see the twin hearts of this city: Temple Square and the Capitol Building.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Las Vegas

If you choose to depart from Las Vegas, you'll unfortunately be unable to see Goblin Valley State Park. Your tour guide will instead drop you off either at the airport or a hotel of your choosing.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

The 1.88 million acres of land that make up Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is considered some of the most remote in the US. Although we won’t be stopping, you’ll appreciate the vastness and beauty of this region.
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