15 DAY CENTENNIAL PARK TOUR

This private tour through the famous "Grand Circle" of spectacular scenery of the Colorado Plateau in Utah and the surrounding states begins in Salt Lake City, UT. With our luxury tour company, you will see and do more when compared to that of a standard bus or a group tour, in less amount of time, in comfort and only with those you have invited to join you on the journey.

Although the schedule below indicates 15 days, please remember, this is a customized trip just for your requested attractions.  We can delete or add to as necessary to meet your timeline.

Starting and finishing your tour in Salt Lake City, UT is a great option; you can request any other departure location to customize this journey to your own schedule and convenience.

Your guide will be with you each step of the way and of course act as your porter, concierge and park guide. This tour is one that the whole family can enjoy and is the perfect balance between driving time an air travel and being outside in the beautiful wild and rugged Southwestern USA.

A Quick Overview:

The lodging listed below are 1st choice recommendations. In the event any of the lodges are booked, a similar hotel/resort may be substituted and the adjusting the tour cost accordingly.

Day 0
Pick up at the SLC International Airport. Transfer to a hotel downtown Salt Lake City
Hotel: Grand America

Day 1 
Pick up at The Grand America, private transfer to Lava Hot Springs, ID, Private Tour of the Antelope Island State Park on the Great Salt Lake
Hot Springs Visit
Hotel: Lava Lodge – private – dinner and hot springs entrance included

Day 2
Transfer via Idaho Falls, and West Yellowstone,
Private Yellowstone NP Tour Grand Prismatic and Old Faithful Geyser Area – Morning Glory Pool
Hotel: Old Faithful Inn - Old Faithful Inn Suites with 2 Queen Beds

Day 3
Private Tour of Yellowstone NP – Upper Loop – Yellowstone River Falls, Inspiration Point, Mammoth Hot Springs,
Hotel: Old Faithful Inn - Old Faithful Inn Suites with 2 Queen Beds

Day 4 
Private Tour of Grand Teton NP,
Rendezvous Tram Ride, Jenny Lake Scenic Boat Ride.
Hotel: Four Seasons – Mountain View King Room

Day 5
Private Hot Air ballooning in the early morning (around 6:30 am)
Private Tour of Grand Teton NP – continued
Hotel: Four Seasons – Mountain View King Room

Day 6
Private charter flight from Jackson Regional Airport to Moab Municipal Airport
Private Tour of Canyonlands NP and Dead Horse Point SP
Hotel: Sorrel River Ranch – River View Deluxe King

Day 7
Sorrel River Ranch Activities or casual Resort Time
Hotel: Sorrel River Ranch

Day 8
Private Tour of Arches NP
Hummer Sunset Ride = 4x4 experience
Hotel: Sorrel River Ranch – River View Deluxe King

Day 9 – Fixed wing aircraft
Private Tour of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Scenic flight of Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam
Photo Tour of Antelope Canyon
Hotel: Sorrel River Ranch – River View Deluxe King

Day 10
Sorrel River Ranch activities or Casual Resort Time
Hotel: Sorrel River Ranch – River View Deluxe King

Day 11
Private Tour of Bryce Canyon NP
Hotel: Bryce Canyon Lodge inside the Park

Day 12
Sunrise Viewing in Bryce Canyon NP
Transfer from Bryce Canyon via Red Canyon, East entrance of Zion NP.
Private tour of Zion NP
Hotel: Red Mountain Resort – Villa King Bedroom

Day 13
Resort time
Activities available: Body Treatments, Nature Inspired Treatments, Spa and Massage packages, Fitness Programs, Golf, etc.
Hotel: Red Mountain Resort – Villa King Bedroom

Day 14
Private Guided Tour of Grand Canyon North Rim
Hotel: Red Mountain Resort – Villa King Bedroom

Day 15
4.5 hour SUV Transfer to Salt Lake City International Airport.

In addition to the agreed guided trips to all of the National and State Parks, our guide is available 24 hours a day to assist you with any extra needs that might occur.

* Hotels listed above may be replaced with other hotels or resorts that suit your budget and lifestyle. Additionally, the hotels listed above may not be available at the time of booking and will be substituted with an appropriate hotel/resort based on the client's preference and input.

 

DETAILED ITINERARY:

DAY 1

Pick up in Salt Lake City

Expect to be met by Utah Luxury Tours Uniformed Guide with a smile and passion for this unique scenery we are lucky to call our backyard. Your guide will meet you at a hotel of your choice in Salt Lake City or at the airport and you will start your journey. Today's departure will take you north on I-15 along the majestic Wasatch Mountain Range before entering into the beautiful high desert of Idaho and Wyoming.

"To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of year, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be." Rachel Carson

First, we will be passing by the Great Salt Lake, enjoying the views of the Wasatch Mountains, Salt Lake skyline and benches of ancient Lake Bonneville. Antelope Island is the largest island on the Great Salt Lake (15 miles long and 4.5 miles across), and it is home to free-roaming herds of bison, bighorn sheep, mule deer and pronghorn antelope. The oldest rocks on Antelope Island are some of the oldest found anywhere on Earth. You will learn about pre-historic Lake Bonneville, major freshwater springs supporting island abundant wildlife and vegetation, Oolitic sand (unique feature of Great Salt Lake) and many other fascinating facts about this place.
The drive from Antelope Island to Lava Hot Springs will follow the Interstate 15, the Wasatch Mountains and Caribou Targhee National Forest.

We will arrive to the custom made oasis of Lava Lodge in the afternoon hours, just in time for you to freshen up and possibly enjoy the thrill of Lava Zip line and Rope Park, soak in the relaxing hot pools or experience tubing down the Portneuf River.

DAY 2

After breakfast we head out further north towards Jackson, WY. As we travel through Wyoming, you will get a chance to experience a world known as the old West. Ghost towns, cowboys and the rough but beautiful terrain help shape Wyoming's unique identity and gives you a chance to step into a world thought lost.

Private Guided Tour of Yellowstone National Park – THE VOLCANO

There is nothing so American as our national parks. The scenery and wildlife are native. The fundamental idea behind the parks is native. It is, in brief, that the country belongs to the people that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us. The parks stand as the outward symbol of this great human principle.
—Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Setting foot in Yellowstone National Park is a little bit like landing in Oz: You are in a new reality. Colors are suddenly brighter. Strange, marvelous creatures might wander across your path at any moment. The landscape no longer follows the rules that apply to the rest of the world. Here, you can gaze into a hot spring that paints the ground in vivid hues of green, gold and blue. You might glimpse grizzly and black bears, mountain lions, wolves, elk, or bison – probably all of the above. Here, rivers boil, mud gurgles, and the earth erupts in violent waterspouts at regular intervals.

As we enter through the West Entrance, following the Madison River, the Pitchstone Plateau to the west and the Red Mountains to the east will surround us. We will head straight towards the world famous Old Faithful, located in the Upper Geyser Basin. This half-mile-wide basin contains the world's greatest concentration of hot springs and more than 150 geysers.

- Most famous is 135-foot OLD FAITHFUL, which erupts about every 92 minutes.
- CASTLE GEYSER goes into a raucous steam phase for up to 40 minutes, and then erupts from a 30-foot-tall cone – one of the largest in the Upper Basin – with bursts that shoot 70-80 feet into the air.

After a guided walk around the geysers, you will be treated to a lunch at our very favorite Old Faithful Inn restaurant.

The world famous Old Faithful Inn:

Perhaps no human contribution to Yellowstone's Beauty is more beloved, or more appreciated, than the Old Faithful Inn. It welcomed its firsts guests June 1st, 1904. Since then it has weathered severe winters, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake, and the fires of 1988. It has survived generations of changes in social attitudes and cultural trends. National Landmark Designation, bestowed in 1987, recognizes the Inn's national influence on architecture and construction.

Its design is the creative work of Robert C. Reamer, a 29-year-old architect from Ohio. He utilized local materials to recreate a forest indoors. Construction of the original 140 rooms, today called the "Old House", took place in just 13 months time. Financial support from the Northern Pacific Railroad allowed Reamer's dream to come true.

Today, the historic hotel stands as an enduring monument to what is known as "parkitecture". The gnarled logs woven into the lodgepole pine, stone, and lumber hostelry have awed visitors and architects alike. From the craftsmen who created the Inn over 100 years ago to Paco Young's painting "Old Faithful" on the dining room chimney today, the artistry of Old Faithful Inn pays tribute to its incomparable environment, Yellowstone National Park.

As you are digesting your delicious lunch, you can sit back and enjoy the short ride to nearby Midway Geyser Basin. This one-mile stretch along the Firehole River is home to GRAND PRISMATIC SPRING, Yellowstone's largest single hot spring and the world's third largest. This enormous pool (370 feet in diameter and up to 121 feet deep) is not only huge, but colorful, too, as rising steam reflects the colors of the rainbow. Have your guide show you a secret way to a vantage point above the pool, that lets you, take a similar photo to this one:

The multi-colored Grand Prismatic Spring is 90m across and over 50m deep. The mineral-rich pool has concentric bands of vibrant colors from red to green, due to different sets of heat-loving pigmented bacteria in each band. The brilliant blue central part is extremely hot with temperatures reaching up to 87°C.

Today's final sightseeing destination before heading in for the night will be Lower Geyser Basin – Nearly 100 geothermal features can be found here. Clay and steam pushing though the rock have created the most popular attraction in the basin, the multi-colored FOUNTAIN PAINT POTS. We will also cruise the one-way, 3-mile Firehole Lake Drive to see GREAT FOUNTAIN, a 200-foot-high spout that erupts twice a day.

We will return to the Old Faithful Inn just in time for you to enjoy your dinner. Your Premier suite features a well-appointed sitting room with refrigerator and a bedroom with two queen beds. The private bathroom includes a tub/shower combination, sink and toilet. Televisions, radios, and air-conditioning are not available.

DAY 3:
Open your eyes, take a deep breath, look around and start taking in the wonders of this magical place, abundant wildlife, unique geothermal features, wild rivers and canyons surrounding you creating the very heart of the Yellowstone National Park. "When you're there, you feel like you're at the moment of creation," says the award-winning filmmaker and a co-creator of the PBS series America's Best Idea: The National Parks, Ken Burns.
"The past is never dead. It isn't even past" William Faulkner

Mr. Faulkner wasn't talking about Yellowstone when he wrote the above-mentioned quote, but he might as well have been. This land of incredible geology and human history holds no small number of mysteries. Beneath its sunny façade, unknown to its carefree travelers, America's first national park harbors some deep, dark secrets. Utah Luxury Tours Guides will pull back the curtain on the mysteries of Yellowstone, from Wild West Crimes to unexplained acoustic phenomena to native inhabitants who left few clues to their lives within the park.

- Who killed the three German gold miners of Deadman's Bar – and why?
- Exactly who were the Sheepeater Native Americans?
- Who was the first white man to see Yellowstone?

Today we are continuing with our Yellowstone Tour. From our hotel we head East towards Yellowstone Lake, following the Yellowstone River before reaching the Canyon Village. Expect to see amazing Waterfalls:

Yellowstone's geysers are known around the world, but the park's nearly 300 waterfalls might be its most underrated attraction. Yellowstone's UPPER and LOWER FALLS are stunning. Located in the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Lower Falls plunges 308 feet into the Yellowstone River. In some places, the walls of the canyon are 1,200 feet tall and 4,000 feet wide. THE GRAND CANYON OF THE YELLOWSTONE is a breathtaking destination in its own right. Following the South Rim Drive we will guide you to the Artist Point. A plethora of hikes are available in this magical place – nice easy one here would be Uncle Tom's Trail.

After stopping at the Grand View Point on the North Rim Drive, we will enjoy lunch at the Canyon Lodge, before continuing to the Norris Area.

Norris Geyser Basin – Yellowstone's hottest, oldest thermal area contains two very different basins: PORCELAIN BASIN (home to many hot springs, fumaroles, and pools) and BACK BASIN (contains impressive geysers like Echinus Geyser). A Fumarole is like a hot spring, but is so hot that what little water there is, boils away before reaching the surface. The result is a hissing steam vent, such as Norris's BLACK GROWLER STEAM VENT.

In the afternoon hours we will visit Mammoth Hot Springs. Mammoth Hot Springs – This northwest section of the park features travertine terraces, created when hot water and gases ascend through limestone deposits, sculpting the rock along the way. Once exposed to the air, calcium carbonate from the limestone is deposited as a rock called travertine.

DAY 4:

After a leisurely breakfast we will depart from our hotel around 8 am and head south towards our next destination of Grand Teton National Park. The drive out of the America's First National Park will take us on the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway.

This parkway lies at the center of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and commemorates the many contributions to conservation by Rockefeller on behalf of America's National Park System. Established in 1972, the parkway encompasses 24,000 acres connecting Grand Teton National Park with the world's first national park, Yellowstone. Visiting Jackson Hole in 1926, Rockefeller was dismayed by haphazard development marring the landscape. With a vision to protect the spectacular Teton scenery, Rockefeller began buying land, later donating over 32,000 acres of Jackson Hole valley to the federal government. His philanthropy ensured that views of the Teton Range and public access to northern Jackson Hole would be preserved for future generations.

We will stop at the iconic MOULTON BARN that is right on our way south.
The T. A. Moulton Barn is all that remains of the homestead built by Thomas Alma Moulton and his sons between about 1912 and 1945. It sits west of the road known as Mormon Row, in an area called Antelope Flats, between the towns of Kelly and Moose. This is the most photographed barn in America - the barn with the Teton Range in the background has become a symbol of Jackson Hole.

Private Guided Tour of Grand Teton National Park

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of autumn." John Muir.

With no foothills to obstruct your view, the jagged peaks and deep canyons of the Teton Range rise abruptly from the Jackson Hole valley. This precipitous vertical rise of Teton Mountains creates world-renowned scenery that attracts nearly four million visitors per year. Striking, magnificent views provoke wonder. This landscape was born out of an ancient past and shaped by recent geologic forces. The 2.7 billion-year-old rocks found in the core of the range are some of the oldest in North America, but these mountains rank among the youngest in the world.

An excellent way to see the lay of the land and appreciate the area's unusual geology is to visit SIGNAL MOUNTAIN. This low mountain rises alone, 800 feet above the valley; and from its summit, a broad panoramic view reveals the Snake River curving gently down the length of the valley floor as well as the abrupt transition from flat to mountain range.

In the 50-mile-long valley you will constantly be on the lookout for the next best postcard like photo opportunity. Our guide will show you some of the most beautiful vistas and provide an education on the history and geology that created this masterpiece known as Grand Teton National Park:
- Menors Ferry Historic District
- Teton Glacier Turnout
- Cathedral Group Turnout
- Jenny Lake Scenic Drive
- Boat ride on the Jenny Lake – glacially carved lake
- Optional Walk/ Hike to the Inspiration Point

While movement on the Teton fault lifted the range, erosion sculpted the landscape. Starting two million years ago, massive glaciers up to 3,500 feet thick periodically flowed south from Yellowstone and filled the valley. These glaciers carved the peaks and canyons and deposited moraines along the glacier's edge. Today these moraines dam beautiful lakes, like Jenny Lake, along the base of the Teton Range.

Be on the look out for Bison that roam the steppes between the Snake River and the forests. For Native Americans, the Teton Valley was productive for hunting and gathering, but severe winters meant they did not live here year-round. Permanent residents came eventually, starting in the mid-1800s as farmers and ranchers.

Our last stop of the day is The Four Seasons Resort. Against a mountain backdrop, this luxury resort is 0.3 miles from the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram and 4.2 miles from skiing at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Step into any of the Resort's 106 guest rooms to experience the unmistakable charm of an authentic yet sophisticated alpine lodge. State-of-the-art technology, high-speed Internet, twice-daily housekeeping, and more await you, alongside majestic mountain views from large windows or balconies. Consider this your invitation to stay in total comfort. From the grandeur of the mountain backdrop to world-renowned lodging and dining, here you'll uncover the perfect mix of adventure and luxury.
There's a heated outdoor pool, a chic spa and a gym. Other amenities include a posh restaurant, a lounge and a bar, plus a poolside cafe, and a kids club with activities.

Mountain-View Room

Enjoy majestic views of the sun setting over the mountains from either the furnished terrace or the comfort of your room. The spacious sitting area includes a gas fireplace and oversized chairs, while the built-in work area is ideal for business.

DAY 5:

Hot Air Balloon & Grand Teton NP Tour continued & Resort Time

After your Hot Air Ballooning Adventure, we suggest making a stop in the town of Jackson, giving you an opportunity to visit local stores and galleries, or just simply to enjoy the moment of relaxation in this friendly cowboy town.

Jackson, WY is a beautiful mountain town, flanked by the Teton Range and home to Town Square's boutique shopping and nightlife. Jackson is a major gateway for millions of tourists visiting nearby Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and the National Elk Refuge.

Jackson is host to a number of world-class arts organizations, including the congressionally designated National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Grand Teton Music Festival, and the Center for the Arts. The large arches of shed elk antlers at the four entrances to the town square are popular attractions.

Jackson Hole was originally populated by Native American tribes including the Shoshoni, Crow, Blackfeet, Bannock, and Gros Ventre. John Colter entered Jackson Hole during the winter of 1807/1808 during the return journey of the Lewis & Clark expedition. The area became a prime area for trappers and many famous mountain men traveled through the area in the early 1800s. David Jackson gave his name to the valley after a winter spent on the shores of Jackson Lake.

Jackson Hole Aerial Tram, which goes from Teton Village at 6,311 feet to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain at 10,450 feet is an unforgettable journey to unbeatable views of the Tetons and the surrounding Grand Teton NP below. It is the ultimate way to experience the grandeur of these mountains.

DAY 6:

Morning transfer from the Four Seasons to Jackson Airport
Private Charter flight from Jackson Regional Airport to Moab Municipal Airport
Swiss made Pilatus PC 12

Welcome to Southern Utah!

Private Guided Tour of Dead Horse Point & Canyonlands National Park

"At first look it all seems like a geologic chaos, but there is method at work here… each groove in the rock leads to a natural channel of some kind, every channel to a ditch and gulch and ravine, each larger waterway to a canyon bottom or broad wash leading in turn to the Colorado River and the sea." Edward Abbey

First, enjoy the breathtaking views of the hidden gem called Dead Horse Point State Park. With its 2,000 ft. cliffs and Grand Canyon like views of the winding Colorado River at your feet you might think you are at the North Rim. This scenery is simply second to none in the region. You will learn the history and the origin of the name and how it is connected to the time of the Civil War. 

It is only 20 more minutes from here to the entrance of Canyonland's Island in the Sky District. Canyonlands remains largely untrammeled – its roads mostly unpaved, trails primitive, and rivers (the Colorado and the Green) free-flowing. Bighorn sheep, coyotes, and other native animals roam its 527 square miles. Canyonlands is wild America.

Your guide will walk with you to the famous Mesa Arch, where you can enjoy a picnic lunch. On the way back out of the park, you will have a Birdseye view of breathtaking Shafer Trail.

The Shafer Trail offers an excellent opportunity to observe nearly the complete succession of rocks exposed in the Canyonlands region of Utah. The trail is actually a dirt road that begins near the top of the Jurassic Navajo Sandstone and descends to the Permian Cutler Formation. Uranium miners originally built the Shafer Trail road to transport ore extracted from the Triassic Chinle Formation during the middle part of the twentieth century.

The drive from Canyonlands NP to Sorrel River Ranch will follow the Colorado River on the Utah Scenic Byway 128. You can observe the wide variety of adrenaline adventures conducted in the region as you pass by white water rafters, paddle boarders, mountain bikers, rock climbers and campers. We will arrive to the oasis of Sorrel River Ranch in the late afternoon hours, just in time for you to freshen up and enjoy your delicious dinner on the banks of the Colorado River as the long shadows of the Sunrays illuminate these red rock canyon walls surrounding you.

Day 7:

Sorrel River Ranch Activities


DAY 8:

Private Guided Tour of Arches National Park

"Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself." ― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

Without a doubt the yesterday's Dead Horse Point and Canyonlands NP scenery was spectacular in its own right, however what you are about to see today in the Arches NP will take your breath away. Arches National Park - Water and ice, extreme temperatures, and underground salt movement are responsible for the sculptured rock scenery in this park. One hundred million years of erosion and over 2,000 cataloged arches later, here we are, gazing at these playful tricks of Mother Nature…

You will constantly be on the lookout for the next best postcard like photo opportunity. Our guide will show you some of the most beautiful arches and rock formations and provide an education on the history and geology that created this masterpiece known as Arches National Park.

The iconic Delicate Arch (representing the very logo of our company and the state of Utah itself) is simply breathtaking. It is an isolated remnant of a bygone fin, standing on the brink of a canyon, with the dramatic La Sal Mountains as backdrop. A hike to this landmark is a must. At the beginning of this hike, your guide will show you a few pictograph and petroglyph panels left behind by the Ute Peoples.

Other walks that our guide will suggest would include the Double Arch in The Windows Section (you probably have seen this very arch in the opening scene of the Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Movie starring Harrison Ford). An easy 20-minute walk to the longest of them off all, the Landscape Arch, measuring 306 feet base to base is very well worth it!

After a picnic lunch in the park, for the afternoon hours, we suggest making a quick or a longer stop in the town of Moab, giving you an opportunity to visit local galleries, perhaps to decide on a sunset Hummer tour on the world famous Slickrock or just simply to enjoy the moment of relaxation in this friendly little town.

DAY 9:

Scenic Flight to Monument Valley, Page Arizona and Back to Moab for Dinner at Sorrel River Ranch.

Pilatus PC-12

Private Guided Tour of Monument valley;
~ Where the Earth meets the Sky ~

After breakfast, we will leave behind the serenity of Sorrel River Ranch and head out towards Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. After 45 minute scenic flight over Red Rock country, you will reach the sacred lands of this Nation. Monument Valley sits at 5,564 ft. above sea and John Wayne called its hidden valley "Gods Treasure". The heights of these monuments range from 100 feet to 1,500 feet tall. The landscape overwhelms, not just by its beauty but also by its size. Miles of mesas and buttes, shrubs, trees and windblown sand, all comprising the magnificent colors of the valley, surround the fragile pinnacles of rock.

We have arranged for a Navajo Guide to show you around. There are certain sections of this park that are only accessible with a native Navajo Indian – The iconic Totem Pole, Suns Eye, Yei Bi Chei, The Navajo Village etc. This tour includes a Navajo lunch-cookout followed by a quick stop at the John Wayne Cabin


Navajo Indian led land tour of the Antelope Canyon.

The afternoon flight to Page Arizona, 50 minutes with a scenic detour over Lake Powell and Horse Shoe Bend.

DAY 10:

Sorrel River Ranch Activities


DAY 11:

Scenic Flight to Bryce Canyon National Park

Private Transfer to Bryce Canyon Lodge
After Sunrise Viewing, you will enjoy nice leisurely breakfast before we commence our transfer to your next destination – the Bryce Canyon – about 45 minute flight. We will fly over or nearby Canyonlands NP, Capitol Reef NP and The Grand Staircase.

Just a few miles from Bryce Canyon, the township Orderville was established at the direction of Latter-day Saint leader Brigham Young in 1875 specifically to live United Order, a voluntary form of communalism defined by Joseph Smith. Although the United Order was practiced in many Utah communities during the late 1870s, Orderville was unique in both the level of success it experienced under the communal living style, and in the duration of the experiment. In the course of a few years, Orderville grew into a thriving, self-sufficient community. The success and relative wealth of the community attracted more settlers and Orderville grew to about 700 people. The Order continued in Orderville for approximately 10 years. During the early 1880s, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lost interest in the experiment, but Orderville attempted to continue it. In 1885, the enforcement of the Edmunds Anti-Polygamy Act of 1882 effectively ended the Order by jailing many of the Order's leaders and driving many of the others underground.

Private Guided Tour of Bryce Canyon National Park – The Hoodoo Country
"It is a hell of a place, to lose a cow." - Ebenezer Bryce, 1875

At Bryce Canyon National Park erosion forms an array of fantastic shapes we call hoodoos. Archeologists found ancestral Puebloan and Fremont cultural artifacts near Bryce Canyon NP. Paiutes, who lived here when the white settlers came to southern Utah, accounted for the hoodoos as the "Legend People" whom Coyote (Sinawava) had turned to stone.

Along the plateau rim geology catches your eye. Nearby forests and meadows stand in contrast to the intricately eroded rocks. As we are touring the park's 18-mile-long road affording outstanding views, our guide will explain the ancient sedimentation, uplift and the erosion process of this unique place. The park is situated on the Paunsaugunt Plateau at an elevation of 8,000 feet. Sunrise, Sunset, Inspiration, and Bryce points encircle Bryce Amphitheater, the biggest natural amphitheater in the park. The most beautiful 3 miles you will EVER hike is a Queens Garden to Navajo Loop Trail! Sunset and/ or sunrise viewing in Bryce Canyon leaves everyone in awe and speechless…

Bryce Canyon Lodge, which was built from local timber and stone in the 1920s, is going to be our stop for a delicious lunch and also be your home for this upcoming night.

DAY 12:

We highly recommend that you spring out of bed in time to catch the first rays of sunlight to shine onto the magnificent Amphitheaters of Bryce Canyon. Your guide will be rested and ready to join you. After visiting this park we have a short 2-hour transfer to Zion NP. The drive through the Red Canyon on the National Scenic Hwy 12 and Hwy 89 will take us directly to the Eastern edge of Zion National Park.

Private Guided Tour of Zion National Park – the Sanctuary
"All this is the music of waters." – John Wesley Powell, 1895

From the beginning people sought this place, this sanctuary in the desert's dry reaches. The very name Zion, meaning "promised land," evokes its significance.

After a quick stop at the Checkerboard Mesa and driving through 1920's Marvel of Engineering – 1.1-mile long Zion Tunnel (your guide will tell you about the brave souls that built it), we will find ourselves at the bottom of a spectacular Zion Canyon. We suggest a brief stop at the Zion Human History Museum.

Open your eyes, take a deep breath, look around and start taking in the wonders of these magical Navajo Sandstone Cliffs and huge canyons surrounding you creating the very heart of the Zion National Park.

A free public shuttle bus system was introduced in the year 2000 to reduce car congestion and it is the only way (in the high season) how to enter the park's most spectacular scenery. Park elevations range from 3,600 to 8,700 feet and provide vastly different environments. Water, and the lack of it, decides what grows where. When summer monsoons send flash floods roaring down canyon, it's a testimony to evolution that anything survives.

As you start working your way through the Zion Canyon, your Utah Luxury Tours Guide will assess the weather status, chance of precipitation and energy levels. Next, the appropriate trails to hike in the Zion Canyon will be selected– nice easy ones are Riverside Walk to the beginning of the Word Famous Narrows and Pa'arus Trail, a little more moderate trails would include Emerald Pools to Kayenta Trail, Weeping Rock, and most strenuous would be a breathtaking Angel's Landing and hiking the Narrows of the Virgin River.

During the day we will stop for a delicious lunch at the Zion Lodge designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood. After visiting this park, it is time to escort you to your next hotel destination – The Red Mountain Resort.

DAY 13:

Full day at Red Mountain Resort
Activities available: Body Treatments, Nature Inspired Treatments, Spa and Massage packages, Fitness Programs, Golf, etc.


DAY 14:

Private Guided Tour of the Grand Canyon – North Rim

"In the Grand Canyon, Arizona has a natural wonder which is in kind absolutely unparalleled throughout the rest of the world. I want to ask you to keep this great wonder of nature as it now is. I hope you will not have a building of any kind, not a summer cottage, a hotel or anything else, to mar the wonderful grandeur, the sublimity, the great loneliness and beauty of the canyon. Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it." Theodore Roosevelt

After breakfast we have about 3 hours and 150-mile transfer from Red Mountain to the Grandeur of the Grand Canyon North Rim. The drive takes us along the Vermilion Cliffs past Jacob Lake as we start ascending the Kaibab Plateau.

Grand Canyon – one of Earth's most powerful, inspiring landscapes – overwhelms our senses. Its story tells of geologic processes played out over unimaginable time spans as a unique combination of size, color, and dazzling erosional forms: 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep. Its rugged landscape hosts a fascinating variety of plant and animal communities, from the desert next to the Colorado River deep in the canyon to montane forests atop its North Rim.

You will enjoy the views (Point Imperial and Bright Angel Point), discover the human history (Clovis Hunters, Ancestral Puebloan people, broken spear points, enigmatic split-twig figurines, decorated pots) and learn about the geologic layers of Grand Canyon (Vishnu Basement Rocks are nearly two billion years old!)

Bright Angel Point Walk:

Grand Canyon reveals a beautiful sequence of rock layers that serve as windows into time. The carving of the canyon is only the most recent chapter, a geologic blink of an eye, in a long story. The Grand Canyon sits incised into an elevated Colorado Plateau and its desert landscape exposes the geology to view. Take time to pause on the rim and enjoy this work of the ages.

Extreme changes in elevation, exposure, and climate support a remarkable range of plant and animal communities unusually close together. Your guide will share with you the knowledge of these communities of Life: Riparian Areas, Deserts, Pinyon-Juniper, Ponderosa Pine and Montane Forest Zone.

We will treat you to a late lunch at the Grand Canyon Lodge at the North Rim. The lodge's on-site restaurant doesn't just feature breathtaking views and great food, it has also been certified as a green restaurant since 2009. Enjoy your meal and take in the scenery. In the afternoon hours we will end the day with a transfer back to the Red Mountain Resort.

DAY 15:

Private Transfer to Salt Lake City International Airport – 4.5 hours, 300 miles

We will be sad to see you leave, however we hope, that by this time you all have fallen in love with this spectacular scenery of bottomless canyons, wild rivers, geysers, mountain peaks, lakes and glaciers, buttes, mesas, hoodoos and arches we call home and you have a lot of wonderful stories and memories to share with your loved ones!

The cost of our 2016 Centennial Park Tour:
$47,990 for 1-2 guests. Call or email to inquire about family or small group pricing


Please call for Family and Group pricing. Your tour would include the following:
- Fully escorted Private Tour of 8 National Parks
- 15 Nights of Lodging-Grand America, Lava Lodge, Old Faithfull Inn, Four Season, Sorrel River Ranch The Lodge at Bryce Canyon and Red MT Resort.
- The lodging listed above are 1st choice recommendations. In the event any of the lodges are booked, a similar hotel/resort may be substituted and the adjusting the tour cost accordingly.
- 9 Dinners
- 15 Lunches
- 15 Breakfast
- Park entrance fees – Antelope Island SP, Yellowstone NP, Grand Teton NP, Dead Horse Point SP, Canyonlands NP, Arches NP, Bryce Canyon NP, Zion NP, Grand Canyon NP
- Jenny Lake Boat Ride
- Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Aerial Tramway Ride
- Private Hot Air Ballooning Experience in Jackson Hole, WY
- Hummer Sunset Ride in Moab
- Navajo Led private Tour of Monument Valley
- Antelope Slot Canyon Photography Jeep Tour near Page, AZ
- Gourmet Snacks and refreshments along the way
- Luxury transportation in one of our SUVs
- Private Air Charters

Not included: Guide's gratuity. Airplane Charter Fees are due 45 days prior to the tour commencement. We look forward to hearing back from you and assisting you with the next steps in your trip planning.

Don't hesitate to contact us and ask us any questions about the region. We look forward to assisting in any way we can with your trip planning.

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