5-Day National Park Itinerary
Jun 8, 2017
By: Chad Taylor & Jake Wilhelmsen
See enough canyons, cliffs, arches, bridges and petroglyphs to last a lifetime. You’ll go home with a profound sense of awe, a full memory card and several pairs of reddish socks.
You know that road trip through Utah’s famously scenic parks you’ve always wanted to take, but the thought of planning out your own food, arranging your own campsites, knowing which airport to fly into, and finding the right trailheads has scared the hoodoo out of you?
Luckily the folks at Mountainbased have it all figured out. Fly into Salt Lake City, meet up with two super cool guides, hop in a comfy van and embark on a five-day, 1,000-mile, seven-park camping trip. This is how you see Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point, Capitol Reef, Goblin Valley and Bryce Canyon with just 5 days off of work.
Morning: Meet the other folks in the group as we leave from Salt Lake City and drive through the beautiful Wasatch Mountain Range.
Midday: Fuel up with a delicious lunch at Dead Horse Point State Park.
Afternoon: Head into Canyonlands and learn on the hike why this area is known as the “Island in the Sky”.
Evening: Head to a camp you don’t have to set up, sit by a campfire you don’t have to build and enjoy s’mores you might even be able to get your MountainBased guide to cook for you (But who doesn’t like roasting marshmallows?).
Morning: Enjoy a hot breakfast before departing for Arches National Park!
Afternoon: Today we’ll hike to see arguably one of the most famous arches in the world.
Evening: Hang in Moab, then head back to camp and gaze at the billion-star view.
Morning: Get nourished and strengthened with a guide-prepared breakfast and hot cuppa joe before journeying to Goblin Valley State Park. This place will make you feel like you’re on Mars.
Afternoon: Step into your third National Park: Capitol Reef.
Evening: Hang out at camp just outside of Bryce Canyon, eat a yummy dinner and sack out, starry-eyed once again.
Morning: Watch the light touch the hoodoos as we enjoy sunrise at Bryce Canyon.
Afternoon: Breakfast followed by some serious exploration of Bryce Canyon’s famous hoodoos, including a hike on what’s been called “the greatest 3-mile trail in the world”.
Evening: Enjoy what will probably be the darkest sky of the trip (or your life?) — perfect for stargazing just outside of Zion.
Morning: Breakfast followed by some serious exploration of Zion National Park, including a hike through the Narrows.
Midday: Relaxing lunch on the river bank.
Afternoon: Cruise back to Salt Lake City and reminisce about the full week of exploration.
Evening: Arrive in downtown Salt Lake City.
And yeah, that’s it. Five National Parks, two State Parks and a legit group of new hiking buddies. The perfect vacation!
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