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

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

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.

From Moab: Colorado River Half-Day Rafting Trip

2. 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.

Bryce Canyon National Park: Guided ATV Tour

3. Bryce Canyon National Park: Guided ATV Tour

Start your engine and get ready to embark on a journey to the rim of Bryce Canyon National Park. This is the perfect tour for those who are short on time. Receive ATV briefing and follow your guide on the off-road trails through less known and crowded areas of the region. The trail will take you through Ponderosa Pine forests to the rim of Bryce Canyon National Park. Enjoy a few short stops to breathe in and enjoy the moment. Admire a pristine alpine landscape, the Bryce Canyon Rim and fresh clean air. See some of the most incredible scenery that is seen by very few.

From Moab: Half-Day Canyonlands Island in the Sky 4x4 Tour

4. From Moab: Half-Day Canyonlands Island in the Sky 4x4 Tour

Discover the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park on this exciting half-day tour by 4x4 vehicle. After pickup from your hotel in Moab, drive towards the national park, meandering alongside the river. Stop outside the park boundary to explore ancient Native American rock art that was carved into the cliffs by the Ancestral Puebloans. Continue to the jeep trail that leads up to the Island in the Sky district. Along the way, you'll stop at vistas such as Fossil Point and Musselman Arch. See the remarkable Gooseneck Overlook and travel along a section of the White Rim trail. Wind up the switchbacks of the famous Shafer Trail, and enjoy one last look out over the park before driving back to Moab.

Bryce Canyon: Horseback Ride in the Dixie National Forest

5. Bryce Canyon: Horseback Ride in the Dixie National Forest

Take a gentle horse ride through the Dixie National Forest to the north rim of Bryce Canyon. Enjoy the majestic natural formation of Bryce Amphitheater and admire the stunning landscapes. Discover the incredible Bryce Canyon National Park on horseback on a 1.5-hour riding tour. From beginner to expert, this scenic ride is perfect for all skill levels. Start your horseback riding adventure in the city of Bryce Canyon and follow your expert guide as they lead you through the beautiful Dixie National Forest to the canyon's northern rim. Pass 1,500-year-old bristlecone pine trees, one of the most ancient life forms on Earth. See the impressive formations at Boat Mesa and Sinking Ship Peak and admire incredible views of the famous Bryce Amphitheater. Return to your original starting point at the end of your tour with unforgettable memories.

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.

Moab: Whitewater Rafting on the Colorado River

7. Moab: Whitewater Rafting on the Colorado River

Take the trip of a lifetime down the Colorado River on a 6-person paddle raft through some of the most sublime scenery in the United States. Absorb the majesty of soaring red rock canyons as you splash through the water with an entertaining expert guide. Drive down scenic HWY 128 to the starting point of your adventure, and receive a comprehensive safety talk before rafting through exciting class II/III rapids at Fisher Towers. Soak in the stunning surroundings as you enjoy lunch on a beautiful beach next to the river, before taking another memorable rafting voyage through incredible red rock scenery.

Las Vegas: Bryce and Zion National Parks Tour with Lunch

8. Las Vegas: Bryce and Zion National Parks Tour with Lunch

Leave Las Vegas on this day trip to two of the most visually stunning places in the United States, Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. Take a journey through canyons and fantastical rock spire formations on this tour that includes bottled water, a granola bar, and a deli-style turkey sandwich for lunch. First experience the striking sandstone cliffs that tower above the valley floor of Zion National Park. Your journey will allow you to see highlights of Zion including a stop at the visitor center. Ascend up the mountain pass and through the mile-long tunnel. Make a stop at Checkerboard Mesa before continuing on to Bryce Canyon National Park. Next, see the incredible natural amphitheater of Bryce Canyon. Walk the rim in Bryce Canyon and enjoy stunning views of the unique hoodoos (thin rock spire) and landscape. Enjoy a hike into Bryce to walk among the hoodoos and admire this magical landscape. On your return to Las Vegas pass through the stunning scenery of Zion for another perspective of its beauty.

Moab: Hurrah Pass 4x4 Driving Adventure

9. Moab: Hurrah Pass 4x4 Driving Adventure

This scenic tour explores the Wild West scenery of the Colorado River and historic Kane Creek. Hear about the geology, history, and ancient civilizations of the area from your experienced guide. Meet for this scenic 4x4 off-roading tour at the Moab Tourism Center. Once you check in, listen to a short safety briefing from your guide, so you feel prepared and ready to go. You will be provided with a 4x4 vehicle called a UTV. These machines with four seats are automatic and easy to navigate. Hop behind the wheel and drive towards the Hurrah Pass Trail, which is just 15 minutes away. Go on a scenic off-road tour following your guide’s instructions. Stop at the thousand-year-old Fremont and Ancestral Puebloan Petroglyphs to take in their detail and history. See rocks from different time periods in history as you make your way along steep dirt tracks. Finally, arrive at the Hurrah Pass Overlook, located near Canyonlands National Park, and admire the incredible views. Your tour ends with a ride back to the Moab Tourism Center.

From Springdale: The Zion Narrows Hike

10. From Springdale: The Zion Narrows Hike

Embark on the quintessential Zion adventure experience on this day trip from Springdale. Hike into the heart of Zion National Park and explore a narrow river canyon that has been carved over millions of years. Enjoy a delicious packed lunch. along the way.  Meet your guide at the Zion Guide Hub and begin your journey into the wilderness. Every turn in the canyon yields something new from towering streaked walls, massive alcoves, waterfalls, hanging gardens, and plenty of flowing water. Wind along and through the Virgin River which requires specialized equipment to navigate. Use high-quality gear like waterproof footwear, neoprene socks, and hiking poles to make your trip safe and relaxing.  Keep your energy up with a stop for a sandwich, cookies, and fruits. Venture out on a worry-free trip as the local partner monitors conditions continuously. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour. 

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What people are saying about Utah

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4.9 / 5

based on 7 reviews

The two-day Arches and Canyonlands Tour with Desert Solitude was by far the highlight of our trip to Utah. Neil is topnotch as a tour guide and so knowledgeable of the National Parks as well as the surrounding area. It was a bonus to have Amber with our tour, she is also a great tour guide and captured some great photos. It was so nice for my husband to not have to keep an eye on the road while seeing the beautiful sights, all so impressive. It was very hot when we were at the Parks which Neil accommodated as much as possible in planning our itinerary. With a private tour we were able to do and see at our pace and get to places the larger tours would not be able to. The backstories he told of the area and knowing the best viewing spots and hikes made the trip so much more interesting than if we had toured the parks on our own. We highly recommend this tour.

Our guide Jeff was great!! Very knowledgeable about the area and took us 14 miles down the river and made it a fun day! Highly recommend!!

Hostess, tour guide Tricia was amazing. Nothing was ever too much. Sights out of this world, And I mean it.

Great way to see both parks and learn some details, so one can focus further experiences while in Moab.

Our guide, David, was fun and knowledgeable. We had a great time. A trip highlight.