Hiking in colorful and awe-inspiring Southwest Utah is an experience that has to be seen and savored to be believed. This is unforgettable Western U.S. hiking through Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park and Grand Staircase-Escalente National Monument! A land of enchantment with spires, hoodoos, red rock canyons, high plateaus, and exhilarating views, Utah has some of the most phenomenal natural scenery on earth.
Exploring Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, our Utah hiking trails take us through a huge and exciting land of extremes, from high sandstone ridges to water-carved canyons. And just when you think the scenery can’t get any better, it does! We’ll learn about spectacular geology and the vast assortment of plant and animal life, all the while staying in charming accommodations in Boulder and in Bryce Canyon.
From our meeting point in Salt Lake City, we travel south to Boulder, Utah, a small ranching and farming community that nestles amidst rugged terrain. Situated at the base of Boulder Mountain and within Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Boulder is isolated, remote, and spectacular. The town marks the western terminus of the famous Burr Trail, a road that runs eastward through spectacular red rock country to the Waterpocket Fold in Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monument, and on into Capitol Reef National Park. President Bill Clinton designated the area as a national monument in 1996 using his authority under the Antiquities Act. Grand Staircase-Escalante encompasses the largest land area of all U.S. National Monuments - 1.7 million acres of vast and rugged, yet easily accessible land.
Our accommodations for the next 4 nights are at a warm and rustic guest ranch, located between the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the Boulder Mountain Range. Rooms are eclectic and fun, and wonderful cuisine from the ranch kitchen compliments the vibrant colors of fall in this world of wonderful and wild natural treasures. Our daily guided hikes are nothing less than spectacular, in Capitol Reef National Park and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, with an option for horseback riding one day.
Next stop is one of the West's most vivid landscapes, Bryce Canyon. Brimming with pinnacles, fins, and mazes, Bryce is a place of intricate beauty. Early in the morning or late in the evening, the sun's rays bring the hoodoos to life, transforming them into color-changing stone chameleons. The first sight of the canyon is breathtaking. As Ebenezer Bryce, a Mormon carpenter with a gift for understatement put it, “the canyon is one hell of a place to lose a cow." We stay for 2 nights in the "in-park" Lodge at Bryce Canyon, a National Historic Landmark, which offers rustic 1920s elegance - down to replicas of the lodge's original hickory furniture. Opened in 1925, The Lodge is one of our national parks' architectural treasures. The celebrated and historic western cabins combine cozy beds (2 queens in each cabin), a gas log fireplace, open beams, lodge-pole-pine walls, and modern amenities. Located in-between the main lodge and the rim, we are ideally located close to Bryce's trailheads.
This vacation in Southwest Utah combines hiking and adventure at its best in some of the country’s most spectacular Red Rocks scenery. Join AdventureWomen in 2014 for some of the BEST hiking in Southwest Utah's national parks and monuments.
- Stay at a cozy and rustic guest ranch in Boulder, UT, and in historic western cabin accommodations at the Lodge at Bryce Canyon.
- Daily guided hiking in 2 of SW Utah's world-class wilderness parks: Capitol Reef National Park, and Bryce Canyon National Park – all part of the exquisite Colorado River Plateau in Red Rocks country.
- Explore and hike in one of the nation's newest National Monuments, Grand Staircase-Escalante, where some 200 million years of the earth's history is laid open for exploring, and where 6 of America's most magnificent national parks surround it.
- Experience some of the southwest's most colorful and vivid landscapes – great multi-colored land masses, water-carved canyons, hoodoos, peaks, waterfalls, and pinnacles.
- Take an optional horseback ride, or maybe take an afternoon off to sit and contemplate the silence in this surreal, stunning environment.
What You'll See and Do!Hiking, Natural History, Horseback Riding, Wildlife Viewing, Birding, Photography
What You'll See and Do
- Horseback Riding
- Natural History
- Wildlife Viewing