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From Salt Lake City: Private Bryce Canyon National Park Tour

1. From Salt Lake City: Private Bryce Canyon National Park Tour

Depart from your preferred location in the greater Salt Lake City area. A 3.5-hour drive in a luxury SUV will take you to Bryce Canyon National Park. After a picnic lunch, your guide will show you the best of what Bryce Canyon has to offer according to your interests and activity level. Once inside Bryce Canyon National Park you will be surrounded by the tall pine trees of Dixie National Forest. You will never forget your first view of Bryce Canyon because it happens in an instant. In one moment you are among the trees of the forest and then suddenly you are staring down into a forest of stone pillars. During your time in the park you guide will discuss how nature is both creating and destroying the hoodoos. Your guide will also point out evidence of lightning strikes and why they are so prevalent in this area. On the tour you will also see the landmarks of Thor's Hammer, Natural Bridge, Sunset Point, and Bryce Point. An optional hike will follow the Navajo Loop and the Queens Garden trail. On the return trip to Salt Lake City you will stop at your choice of several highly-recommended local restaurants for dinner, and then be transferred back to the Salt Lake City area by 10:00 PM.

From Salt Lake City: Private Canyonlands Off-Road Tour

2. From Salt Lake City: Private Canyonlands Off-Road Tour

Start your tour with a 3.5-hour drive from Salt Lake City to the entrance of the park. As you near the border of Canyonlands, the red rock cliffs begin to stretch skyward. After a hearty lunch, your guide will begin your tour of the park, tailored to your interest and activity level. Multiple cliff-top overlooks provide varying perspectives on how remote and unspoiled this area is. Mesa Arch provides a picture frame to the landscape in the distance below. An off-road detour following the Shafer Switchbacks delivers you deep into the canyon below, while your guide recounts the history of this trail carved into the canyon walls. This tour of Canyonlands will leave you with an appreciation for the depth of the canyons, the vastness of the landscape, and the struggle of the people who lived and worked in this harsh environment. On the return trip to Salt Lake City you will stop at your choice of several highly-recommended local restaurants for dinner. You will then be delivered back to the Salt Lake City area by 10:00 PM.

From Salt Lake City: Private Tour of Arches National Park

3. From Salt Lake City: Private Tour of Arches National Park

Take a private day tour to Arches National Park and discover its many stunning rock formations. Learn from your expert guide how this unique landscape was created and see some of the most famous formations like Delicate Arch, Landscape Arch, Balanced Rock, and Double Arch. This tour departs from your preferred location in the greater Salt Lake City area. A three and a half hour drive in a luxury SUV will deliver you to Arches National Park. After a picnic lunch, your guide will show you the best of what Arches National Park has to offer according to your interests and activity level. During your time in the park your guide will discuss the phases of arch creation, why the rocks are different colors, and the erosion process that creates these magnificent natural icons. For the photographers, your guide will share their expert knowledge of when and where to capture the best pictures. On the return trip to Salt Lake City, stop at your choice of several highly recommended local restaurants for dinner (at your own expense). After, continue the drive and be dropped back to the Salt Lake City area by 10PM.

From Salt Lake City: Private Capitol Reef National Park Tour

4. From Salt Lake City: Private Capitol Reef National Park Tour

Discover Capitol Reef and the historic people who inhabited this desert oasis. This private tour can include hikes in Capitol Gorge, Grand Wash, and Hickman Bridge. Other iconic formations can be seen on an off-road adventure through Cathedral Valley. During the 3.5 hour drive from Salt Lake City, your guide will describe the many options that are available for you to explore in Capitol Reef National Park. Based on your preferences, your knowledgeable guide will make a customized touring plan that will maximize your experience in the park. Capitol Reef lives in the shadows of several more popular parks and therefore has preserved a peaceful, undisturbed feeling here. Recommended hikes include Hickman Bridge, which is one of the most famous arches in the park and the narrows of Grand Wash. Expand your adventure, as Capitol Reef also has a few fantastic off-road drives through scenery filled canyons and valleys which are also highly recommended activities. Rest assured, world-class experiences abound in this less frequented park.

From Salt Lake City: Private Goblin Valley State Park Tour

5. From Salt Lake City: Private Goblin Valley State Park Tour

Departs from your preferred location in the greater Salt Lake City area. A 3-hour drive in a luxury SUV will bring you to Goblin Valley State Park, found in the middle of a desert landscape. After a picnic lunch, your guide will accompany you during your adventure in the park. Unlike popular nearby national parks where visitors are encouraged to look but not touch, Goblin Valley is a natural playground where visitors are encouraged to climb and interact with the surroundings. Next, enjoy a detour to Little Wild Horse Slot Canyon, highly recommended for those who want to experience hiking in a narrow canyon carved into the rock over time by rushing water. On the return trip to Salt Lake City you will stop at your choice of highly-recommended local restaurants for dinner. You will be dropped back to your accommodation in the Salt Lake City area by 10:00 PM.

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Highly recommend this personalized fun tour! Neil and his wife went above and beyond to accommodate our needs and to ensure we had a memorable experience! Neil was prepared for everything even the fact that the park temporarily closed due to congestion. He entertained us with a quick visit to see dinosaur tracks and bones. With his wife monitoring the park opening, we were in as soon as it reopened. Our group included two adults and two teenagers. Neil accommodated the varying physical abilities of our group so we all enjoyed the tour! The kids climbed Double Arch with Neil’s help and expertise while the adults enjoyed the view from the shade below. Due to Neil’s knowledge of the park, we saw all the arches we wanted to see even with our late start due to the park closing! Without Neil’s knowledge of the park, we would not have an amazing experience we had if we had tried to do this on our own. Special kudos to his wife for the absolutely delicious lunch that was provided!

What a great trip! Neil and his wife Sarah made sure that everything ran perfectly. We hired Neil to take us to Capital Reef National Park and Great Basin National Park, a two day trip. Neil picked us up at our resort and from that moment on he handled everything. He is extremely knowledgeable. He made sure we saw the best of each park and did not have to worry about any of the winter driving. He stayed in contact with Sarah, making us feel very safe. He always had a plan to handle any bumps along the way. Kudos to Sarah for the wonderful chicken kabobs and other wonderful food she sent with Neil. Neil set up a stove, provided comfortable chairs, and we ate our lunch while enjoying the beauty of nature. We were able to go deep into the park, thanks to his 4 wheel drive, very luxurious SUV. We never would have known where to go without him. He was kind enough to send us some of the photos he took along the way. That was a nice gesture. We would highly recommend him.

The guide, Neil, was thorough in his planning so that we got to maximize our short time in this wonderful park. His enjoyment of the terrain was contagious. There was a point where we were required to walk along a narrow ledge to get to a particular arch, but he helped me with finding the right footholds to make it up there safely. His knowledge of the area was extensive. And--who could forget the barbecue he set up while I wandered off to look at dinosaur tracks? All-in-all, a worthwhile and memorable experience.

The tour was beyond words .Neil( guide) was top notch. His knowledge of the park and UTAH was wonderful. It helped alot being that im from the Swamps ( N.J). We even stopped off to look at Dinosaur prints and fossils which wasnt even part of the tour . I had a blast hiking and Chatting and the weather was perfect ..If you ever want to go see the Arches Park ? Choose Neil and you wont be disappointed. Trust me! DJ RoB Vonwick

Honestly the highlight of our trip to Utah! Amazing tour guide! He made us feel comfortable and planned out an amazing experience! I highly recommend it!