Arches National Park Camping/Hotel Bus Trip
October 10-18, 2014

As of September 21, 2014, this trip is sold out.

Utah's national parks have it all. See unique soaring spires, towering pinnacles, sandstone canyons, and intricately eroded arches of sculptured stone for starters. Forge new memories among fiery red rock and embrace your most adventurous side in Utah's national parks — whether that side likes to explore new terrain on a short nature hike, pedal a canyon rim, or navigate a slot canyon. Curious about Arches National Park or Moab, Utah? Seen pictures of Capitol Reef National Park? It's time to satisfy that curiosity.

Utah's spectacular national parks stretch across the southern half of the state and can be experienced individually, or as part of one epic vacation to Utah. Each park offers the traveler unique, world-class scenic vistas and geological phenomena. In fact, Utah's national parks feature some of the most astonishing landscapes in the world.

Join us on an unbelievable 8 day trip through Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Mesa Verde national parks and Dead Horse State Park. We will spend three nights camping in Arches National Park. The following three nights will be in a hotel in Moab and the final night will be in Las Vegas. Think of it as eight days in Heaven. It's hard to imagine so much inspiring beauty and so much outdoor adventure in one place until you see it for yourself, in a place called Southern Utah.
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Fiery Furnace
The Fiery Furnace is truly the crown jewel of Arches National Park. It is a natural labyrinth of narrow passages between towering sandstone walls. While most of the tourists visiting the park are focused on seeing the beautiful arches such as Landscape Arch and Delicate Arch, an entire world of monolith sandstone fins and towering narrow sandstone canyons awaits within the Fiery Furnace. It is very, very easy to get lost in the Fiery Furnace. Trails are not marked and routes are unclear. Once you are within the central area of the Fiery Furnace you could literally get lost for hours, walk around in circles in confusion, and completely lose your sense of direction. On hot days, which are common in Moab, Utah during the summer, a lost hiker could be in a lot of trouble. For our visit to the Fiery Furnace, we will be led by a National Park Service Ranger.

Delicate Arch
Delicate Arch, the quintessential formation of Arches National Park, is a spectacular natural arch, and one of the most photographed natural wonders of the world. The arch—once known as “Cowboy Chaps,” thanks to its resemblance to the leather leg coverings worn by many a rancher—teeters on the rim of a sandstone bowl with the scenic La Sal Mountains as a backdrop. This icon of the American Southwest remains as one of the most rewarding hikes in the national park system, due in part to the reward of seeing the massive span glow a fiery red in the alpenglow of sunset. To reach Delicate Arch, set out for the Wolfe Ranch parking lot—locate the trailhead and then pass by the Wolfe Cabin, cross a footbridge over Salt Wash, and head for the slickrock—the route gains 480 feet in 1.5 miles (3 miles roundtrip). As mentioned before, a highlight of a visit to Delicate Arch is seeing it at sunset.

Devils Garden Trail
Devils Garden is the second most-visited section of Arches National Park, after Delicate Arch, and home to the longest trail in the park: a 7.2-mile loop touring 7 different arches, all spectacular. Many visitors hike the shortened version of the loop: 1 mile along a paved path to Landscape Arch, with 2 short optional detours to Tunnel Arch and Pine Tree Arch along the way. If you are looking for more, continue up the slickrock fins to see Partition Arch, Navajo Arch, and Double O Arch. Only a small percentage of visitors complete the entire loop with a quick visit to Dark Angel and Private Arch before returning along the Primitive Trail and meeting back up with the rest of the crowd near Landscape Arch where the paved path starts up again.

Dead Horse Point
Dead Horse Point State Park is one of Utah's most spectacular state parks. The view from Dead Horse Point is one of the most photographed scenic vistas in the world. Towering 2,000 feet above the Colorado River, the overlook provides a breathtaking panorama of Canyonlands' sculpted pinnacles and buttes. Millions of years of geologic activity created the spectacular views from Dead Horse Point State Park. Deposition of sediments by ancient oceans, freshwater lakes, streams and wind blown sand dunes created the rock layers of canyon country. Igneous activity formed the high mountains that rise like cool blue islands from the desert below. The legend of Dead Horse Point states that around the turn of the century the point was used as a corral for wild mustangs roaming the mesa top. Cowboys herded them across the narrow neck of land and onto the point. The neck was then fenced off with branches and brush. One time, for some unknown reason, horses were left corralled on the waterless point where they died of thirst within view of the Colorado River 2,000 feet below.

Island in the Sky District
The Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park is renowned for elevated views of immense canyons. One of the best east-facing vistas is White Rim Overlook, which offers sweeping 300-degree views from the mid-point a 1.8-mile round trip hike. The transformative work the Colorado River lies below, a mesmerizing expanse of canyons. Along the canyon rim there is layer of white rock. This thick salt deposit stands out from the surrounding stone, giving the landscape an ethereal look. To the southeast, in an area known as Monument Basin, the White Rim balances strikingly atop stubborn buttes and hoodoos that the river could not carry away. Jeeps can be seen touring White Rim Road along the edge of the canyon, a thousand feet below.

Mesa Verde
At Mesa Verde, Spanish for "green table," multistoried dwellings fill the cliff-rock alcoves that rise 2,000 feet above Montezuma Valley. Remarkably preserved, the cliff dwellings cluster in canyons that slice the mesa into narrow tablelands. Here, and on the mesa top, archaeologists have located more than 4,800 archaeological sites (including 600 cliff dwellings) dating from about A.D. 550 to 1300. The sites, from mesa-top pithouses and multistoried dwellings to cliffside villages, document the changes in the lives of a prehistoric people once dubbed the Anasazi. They are now more accurately called the ancestral Puebloans, and modern Pueblo tribes in the Southwest consider themselves descendants of these ancestral people. Some 40 pueblos and cliff dwellings are visible from park roads and overlooks; some of these are open to the public.

Sulphur Creek
Capitol Reef National Park in central Utah affords hikers a huge variety of adventures. Slot canyons, slickrock trails, and ancient rock art are just a few of the highlights awaiting those who seek them. There is also the amazing Sulphur Creek hike, and while not officially a park trail, this one is a must-see. Sulphur Creek is one of those rare desert hikes that has it all: a year round stream, red rock vistas, a section of slot canyon and even a portion of goosenecks all nestled under walls that sometimes top 800 feet high. Grab your water shoes and a camera, it’s time to get wet!

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Land package: $749
Departing from Van Nuys Flyaway
Trip Includes
First class bus transportation; 3 nights camping in Devils Garden Campground + 3 nights hotel in Moab + 1 night hotel in Las Vegas (double occupancy); park entrance fee; all breakfasts + 6 lunches + 3 happy hours + 3 dinners; Fiery Furnace Tour; Cliff Palace Tour; Balcony House Tour
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