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Utah Uncovered - A Wild West Adventure

Las Vegas, Zion National Park, Wasatch Mountains, Moab, Monument Valley & Lake Powell

The southwest blends beauty and adventure to offer the ultimate daydreamer's road trip. Chopper into the Grand Canyon, find adventure in Utah's wild redrock country, hike snow covered mountain peaks and live your own John Wayne moment in Monument Valley.

At a Glance

  • A road-trip at its very best in spring or autumn

  • Get off the beaten track on this all-American road trip through Utah

  • Take in our mighty five - Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Canyonlands and Arches

  • It's an adventure - hike, bike, ride, jeep safari and river raft

  • End on a high at the luxurious desert retreat of Amangiri

Adventure, Family, Road trip, Teenagers

Insider's View

This is a daydreamer's American road-trip through and through - every stop is picture postcard, completely unique and full of opportunities for adventure!

Maudie Tomlinson

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation.

Description

This trip is the American West writ large. Filled with possibilities for adventure and extraordinary scenery at every turn, this itinerary will allow you to be the star in your own road movie.

Begin with a couple of nights living the high life in Las Vegas, where you can enjoy the razzle-dazzle of a Vegas show, or go from neon to nature with a spectacular helicopter flight through the mighty Grand Canyon. Then it's time to pick up your faithful SUV jeep for the two-and-a-half-hour drive to majestic Zion National Park, where you can hike through narrow slot canyons, climb up the vertical Angel's Landing for phenomenal birds-eye views, or simply admire the captivating scenery. Stay in charming Springdale to be close to all the adventure possibilities.

Next, it's an epic five-hour drive north from redrock country to the snow-capped Wasatch Mountains, home to Sundance, Robert Redford's elegantly rustic retreat on the slopes of Mount Timpanogos. Take scenic byway US-89 to drive past sorbet-colored hoodoos and the rock spires of Bryce Canyon. At Sundance, you will find yourself at a heavenly creative hub, where you can spin a potter's wheel, join a jewelry workshop, wake to morning yoga or mountain bike along the mountain trails. Hang out at the Owl Bar, once frequented by Butch Cassidy's gang, and sip on Sundance's own home-grown chardonnay.

From here, it's a four-hour scenic drive to Moab, adventure capital of the southwest, set at the heart of some truly extraordinary scenery, with vibrant red rocks, canyons, mesas and delicate rock arches. Here you can raft the rapids of the Colorado River, get an adrenaline rush on four wheels with ATV and Hummer tours, hike the Fiery Furnace at Arches National Park (don't miss the hike to the famed Delicate Arch), and drive out to the Horseshoe Canyon with superb life-size rock art in Canyonlands National Park. At Sorrel River Ranch, idyllically set by the Colorado River, get down to the corral and saddle-up to ride out with the wranglers aboard a painted American quarter-horse.

From Sorrel, it is a three-hour drive to Monument Valley, an iconic symbol of the American West and movie backdrop of Hollywood movies from John Wayne's Stage Coach to blockbuster The Lone Ranger. Get off-road with a Navajo Indian guide to take in the iconic vistas and visit ancient Anasazi pueblos brimful with rock art and archaeology. In the evening it's fun to watch old black and white Hollywood movies and dine out on Navajo frybread and hearty stew.

From Monument Valley, the road winds through isolated pioneer towns, before crossing the Arizona/Utah state line to arrive three hours later at the ultimate desert hideaway, Amangiri. Located close to Lake Powell and set amid striking rock formations and isolated beauty, this hotel is the ideal place to kick back after your adventure: read a book on a plush day-bed by the natural rock pool, pack a picnic and jump aboard a private speed-boat on Lake Powell and, by night, sit under vast desert skies and count stars by the fire.

Leaving Amangiri, your road trip comes to an end with the scenic four-hour drive back to the bright lights for your evening flight home from Las Vegas.

Itinerary

Stay

Location/route

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Fly to Las Vegas
2 nights

Las Vegas, United States of America

Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
2 nights

Springdale, Zion National Park

Desert Pearl Inn
3 nights

Wasatch Mountains

Sundance Mountain Resort
2 nights

Moab

Sorrel River Ranch
1 night

The Southwest, United States of America

The View Monument Valley
3 nights

Four Corners, Lake Powell

Amangiri
Fly home from Las Vegas

Location & Directions

Las Vegas, Zion National Park, Wasatch Mountains, Moab, Monument Valley & Lake Powell

Begin your trip in the bright lights of Las Vegas before heading out into the wild. Next stop is Zion National Park where you can enjoy impressive natural wonders before heading to Robert Redford's Sundance Ranch for riding and trekking amongst beautiful scenery. From here head to Sorrel River Ranch on the banks of the Colorado River, before you explore Monument Valley, basing yourselves at Goulding's Lodge. End with a bang at chic Amangiri, which seamlessly blends into the wind-carved mesas and canyons of southern Utah. Drive back to Las Vegas to connect with your flight home.

When to go

Utah has a climate moderated by altitude, with cool to cold winters and warm to hot summers, and plenty of sunshine year-round. Spring and Fall enjoy mild days and cool nights whilst the summer months from June to August provide warm days in the mountains and scorching days in the height of the summer but pleasant evenings. Summer is peak time for exploring the Grand Canyon and National Parks - of which Utah alone boasts five. In the desert, winter is marked by crisp days and cold evenings, with occasional light snow fall. Park City ski resorts of the Wasatch Mountains - an extension of the Rockies - boast some of the best powder on earth.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation.

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