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From Moab: Colorado River Half-Day Rafting Trip

1. From Moab: Colorado River Half-Day Rafting Trip

Enjoy a guided rafting tour for all ages and levels of experience along the Colorado River. Depart from Moab and spend half the day navigating Class 1 or 2 rapids surrounded by impressive rock formations. Get picked up in Moab and meet your professional guide. Get outfitted with the necessary rafting gear and listen to your guide's safety instructions. Then embark on a wild adventure along the Fisher Towers and Professor Valley part of the river. The trip is about 7 miles and you're sure to get in some splashy rapids. Select the option including lunch to enjoy a buffet-style meal during your tour. At the end of the trip, the shuttle will take you back to Moab.

East Zion: Crimson Slot Canyon Exploration and UTV Tour

2. East Zion: Crimson Slot Canyon Exploration and UTV Tour

Explore the slot canyons of East Zion and ride in a UTV on this adventure tour. With a guide driving you around, sit back and enjoy the experience. Navigate through diverse terrain to reach the canyons and then hike to explore the deepest parts of these remote areas. Start with a thrilling ride in a customized off-road machine leading to a slot canyon, far from any paved roads. Once at the canyon's mouth, the hike begins. The red canyon walls stretch over 100 feet high on either side, with a gap of only 6-10 feet between the walls to hike through. Led by a guide and local expert, the tour continues on foot through the canyon while learning about Native American history and geographical information. Large boulders frequent the route, requiring climbs of 3-6 feet with the guide's assistance. Pass by the highlights of Zion National Park, such as the peaks of Kolob Canyons, the sandstone mountain of the Altar of Sacrifice, the Temple of Sinawava natural amphitheater, and the Angels Landing rock formation. After traveling the desired distance into the canyon and capturing stunning pictures of these sandstone formations, hike the same route back to the vehicle and return to the meeting location.

East Zion: 1-Hour White Mountain Horseback Tour

3. East Zion: 1-Hour White Mountain Horseback Tour

Combine two of Southern Utah's most popular activities of exploring slot canyons and horseback riding on this 1-hour experience. Follow your guide as they take you on a scenic trail and teach you the art of reigning a horse. Meet your guide and begin your tour at the stables. Climb into the saddle and inexperienced riders will receive a brief riding lesson. No need to worry if you are a beginner, this horseback tour is designed to welcome first-timers with well-trained horses. Ride to the mouth of a beautiful slot canyon where you will dismount and walk a short distance into the canyon. Be impressed by the incredible sandstone formation and its towering walls, several hundred feet high on either side. Following your stop, riders will again get in the saddle and ride back to the starting point.

Moab: Colorado River Dinner Cruise with Music and Light Show

4. Moab: Colorado River Dinner Cruise with Music and Light Show

Begin the evening on the banks of the Colorado River, just 2 miles north of Moab, Utah. Savor a delicious cowboy-style Dutch oven dinner in a dining room overlooking the water. After dinner, climb aboard a flat-bottomed boat and begin your river adventure. A knowledgeable and entertaining guide will point out things of interest and ignite your imagination. Once darkness settles in, the formal part of the evening begins when 40,000 watts of natural light illuminate the canyon wall. Watch as lights, shadows, music, and narration make the stories of the canyon's formation, creation, and history come to life on the walls above the river - as learned from the early settlers of the area (the Catholic conquistadors, Native Americans, and Mormon pioneers). This Sound and Light Show is a not-to-be-missed unique experience and a great end to a perfect day in Moab.

Moab: Hell's Revenge 4WD Off-Road Tour by Kawasaki UTV

5. Moab: Hell's Revenge 4WD Off-Road Tour by Kawasaki UTV

Climb aboard a Kawasaki UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicle) for an adrenaline thrill on the Hell’s Revenge Trail of Moab. Drive a specialized 4WD vehicle, with the confidence of knowing you are following a professional guide. Hell's Revenge is like a slow moving roller coaster; except it’s on slickrock! Drive across petrified mountains of rock that look like sand dunes. Although known as “slickrock,” it's actually gritty like sand paper; and unlike anything else you’ve experienced before. Along the way, stop for panoramic views from the Colorado River Overlook, and see authentic dinosaur tracks. Travel in convoys of no more than 5 vehicles for a more intimate and personal experience. Anyone over the age of 21 can drive one of the buggies if they have a valid drivers license, and are comfortable driving on terrain with steep slopes and cliffs. Each vehicle can accommodate up to 4 people.

From Moab: Full-Day Canyonlands and Arches 4x4 Driving Tour

6. From Moab: Full-Day Canyonlands and Arches 4x4 Driving Tour

Take a 4x4 driving tour through Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. This thrilling adventure includes stops for short hikes and scenic views. Keep your energy up along the way with a refreshing picnic lunch. After pickup from your hotel in Moab, drive towards Canyonlands National Park high atop the Island in the Sky mesa. Descend via the steep switchbacks of the famous Shafer Trail and enjoy a brief stop to explore Native American rock art that was carved into the cliffs by the Ancestral Puebloans.   Continue through Canyonlands along a portion of the White Rim Trail over to Musselman Arch for incredible views of the Colorado River below. Enjoy a few stops with short hikes. Stop at Devils Garden for a delicious picnic lunch. After lunch, enter Arches National Park near Doc Williams Point. Climb a steep rock wall and drive across a valley through sandstone fins and dunes.   Pass the famous Tower Arch, the Eye of the Whale Arch, and the Marching Men — a group of 7 towers lined up in one row. Stop for some short walks to enjoy the fresh air and admire the views of the red rocks. Once you have explored both parks you'll be driven back to Moab, with a brief stop to explore dinosaur tracks along the way.

Bryce Canyon: 3-Hour Horseback Ride in Red Canyon

7. Bryce Canyon: 3-Hour Horseback Ride in Red Canyon

Ride on horseback for 3 hours through the scenic Dixie National Forest and discover two of the most popular canyons in the area. Be awestruck by the unique red cliffs, stunning hoodoo formations, and Ponderosa pines of the Red Canyon. Then, follow your guide on the windy trail to Losee Canyon and marvel at the unique colored rock formations. On your tour, make great western memories you won't forget with your knowledgeable guide. See the same country as Butch Cassidy did as a young outlaw over 100 years ago and pass an old outlaw hideout. Delight in an experience perfect for all skill levels, from beginners to experts.

Bryce: Bryce Canyon National Park Sightseeing Tour

8. Bryce: Bryce Canyon National Park Sightseeing Tour

Explore Bryce Canyon National Park with a local guide. Travel through the park and see its famous sites while learning about local flora and fauna, history, and geology. Your tour starts in Fairyland Canyon with a short walk. See incredible geological formations and get the opportunity to see a Bristlecone Pine Tree, one of the oldest living organisms in the world. From there, head to the center of Bryce Canyon National Park where you can explore the Natural Bridge, as well as a high plateau view that extends to the north rim of the Grand Canyon. Visit the cathedral and conglomerate sections, before heading to Inspiration Point for some Hoodoo hunting. After another short hike, the tour will continue to Wall Street. This segment offers sights of the so-called Silent City, Thors Hammer, the Great Serpent, and Queen Victoria.

Monument Valley: 3-Hour Sunrise Tour with Navajo Guide

9. Monument Valley: 3-Hour Sunrise Tour with Navajo Guide

Make the most of your trip and experience an unforgettable visual spectacle that you will remember for the rest of your life. Upon arrival at Monument Valley, follow your guide to a nearby vantage point where the sun rises directly from the center of the iconic Totem Pole. Admire the sun as it rises across the vibrant landscape, and marvel as the combination of colors dances across the sky, changing the shape of famous rock formations and arches. After a breathtaking sunrise, enjoy a tour of the valley with plenty of stops along the way to take photos. See the famous West and East Mitten Buttes, John Ford Point, the Three Sisters, Moccasin Arch, the Totem Pole, The Big Hogan, Sun’s Eye, North Window, and Sleeping Dragon. Next, follow your guide into the restricted back country part of the valley that you can only visit in the company of a Navajo guide. Throughout the tour, listen to your guide share fascinating insights and anecdotes, and learn about Monument Valley and Navajo culture. Finally, visit a Navajo Hogan, a traditional Navajo home, to watch a bonus rug weaving demonstration as well as a ceremonial musical performance.

From Moab: Half-Day Arches National Park 4x4 Driving Tour

10. From Moab: Half-Day Arches National Park 4x4 Driving Tour

Immerse yourself in the off-road trails of Arches National Park on this tour by 4x4 vehicle. Enjoy pickup in Moab, then a half-day adventure to encounter Tower Arch, the Marching Men, and other scenic natural formations. After pickup in Moab, your off-road 4x4 tour through Arches National Park starts near Doc Williams Point. Climb up a steep, short rock wall in your vehicle, then cut across a valley through sandstone fins and dunes. Pass the famous 92-foot wide Tower Arch and the Eye of the Whale Arch. See the Marching Men, a group of 7 towers lined up in one row.   Stop in a few great spots to take amazing photos, and enjoy a few short hikes throughout the tour. Learn about the formation of the red rocks, take in the fresh air, and enjoy the silence while admiring the scenic views. Exit via an old cowboy trail and see Dinosaur tracks on your way back to Moab, where you'll be dropped off back at your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Utah

It was a great trip. Seeing Grand Canyon south rim was an unforgettable experience! Took our breath. With snow and fog and hail, we got lucky that park wasn’t closed. Second day got to see all the locations except Zion because it closed due to snow. We weren’t that disappointed with that because 1 - it’s not in our control, 2-we were all really tired. It’s physically demanding if you walk around each stop and explore. The tour bus isn’t top of the line but sitting in front seat you can see the majestic views really good. The overnight stay was comfortable- 2 queen beds in a big room. For our group of 5, we booked 3 tickets + 2 tickets separately to get two rooms.

Bernice our Upper Canyon Local tour guide was excellent.. she had the best stories and history of the canyon.. she assisted us with take great pictures and she is the eye of the canyon.

Amazing tour, nice and knowledgeable guide and driver! Magnificent landscapes are seen crossing three states in just three days. Perfect organization.

It was great. Guide man was great,nice,and explain very detail and kindly.

Love these guides! They really enhance the Park experience