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Utah Holidays

Holidays to Utah are unique! There are more varieties of landscapes, geology and recreational opportunities than you can imagine. Utah’s wide open spaces are a patchwork of majestic mountains… Experience the real America as the pioneers found it – unspoiled, untamed and utterly unforgettable.

From awe-inspiring canyons to majestic mountains, this isn’t just the great outdoors, it’s arguably the greatest landscape on earth. Cast yourself in your own Western with a drive through the mesmerising sandstone formations of Monument Valley. Travel through the canyons of Zion National Park, gaze in wonder at the pinnacles of Bryce Canyon National Park and take to the water in the 1.2 million acres that make up Glen Canyon Recreational Park. With our know-how and pick of the best hotels, you’ll enjoy the holiday of a lifetime.

Top Tips

"Follow the trail to the Emerald Pools, a scenic series of pools and waterfalls in the heart of Zion National Park, Utah."

"Visit the Moab Brewery, Utah's most popular restaurant and microbrewery. There’s a great selection of ales and beers and a tasty menu."

"To get the most out of your visit to Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, chat to one of the rangers. They will share their knowledge and tips to suit your interests and the time you have available."

"Kanab, Utah, is worth a stop as part of a tour around North Rim of Grand Canyon, Vermillion Cliffs and Pipe Springs National Monument. The quaint Main Street has dedications to the many film stars who have made movies in the area."

"No visit to Utah is complete without time spent in Bryce Canyon National Park. It's simply incredible – imagine a golden-hued forest of stone and you’re somewhere close."

"Rodeos are held most weekends during the summer. Soak up the atmosphere as you see the wranglers show off their lassoing and bull-riding skills and have a go at riding the bucking broncos."

The Mighty 5

Some of Utah’s most awe-inspiring scenery is found in The Mighty 5 – the state’s five national parks of Capitol Reef, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, and Canyonlands. Take a scenic drive through Capitol Reef. Hike through Canyonlands’ impressive rock formations. View the mountains and waterfalls of Zion. Tour natural bowls and red rock hoodoos of Bryce Canyon. Watch the sun rising over the orange sandstone shapes in Arches. With the patchwork of majestic mountains, rugged red rock canyons, parched deserts, lush forests, and dramatic gorges, carved out of the landscape by the river, The Mighty 5 offers a world of outdoor recreational opportunities.

Outdoor Activities

From family-friendly trails to more challenging climbs, Utah is made for hiking. The national parks offer countless trails through the region’s iconic red rock landscape. Explore Canyonlands on foot, with hikes to Mesa Arch a highlight. The slickrock trails of Moab are famous for their challenging climbs and descents. Those traveling to Bryce Canyon and Zion should plan to visit nearby Thunder Mountain and Gooseberry Meas. Head to Park City –  the only International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) Certified Gold Level mountain biking city in America. Famous for its scenic desert vistas, Utah ranks among the top ten US states in surface acres of boatable waters. Why not take a white water rafting trip through Cataract Canyon down the Colorado River?

Salt Lake City

The culturally vibrant Wasatch Front of the western Rocky Mountains is home to many of Utah’s liveliest downtowns. The state capital, Salt Lake City, is an artsy, cultural centre that boasts historic attractions including Temple Square, containing more than 15 attractions related to Mormon heritage and beliefs, a growing micro-brewery scene, and free tours of the State Capitol building. Nearby Antelope Island State Park, the largest island in the Great Salt Lake, is a craggy adventure destination with miles of walking and cycling trails, and home to free-roaming bison and antelope herds.

Utah's Night Skies

In Utah the night skies have to be seen to be believed. With very little light pollution and clear weather there are 10 certified International Dark Sky Parks along with several sanctuaries of natural darkness, you’ll have no problem catching incredible views of the moon, constellations, planets and even the Milky Way! Many areas offer their own night sky programmes with telescopes and astronomers at hand.

To The Movies

Film buffs will be in their element as they delve into Utah’s movie heritage. Having shot five films in the area John Wayne named the towering mesas of Monument Valley as ‘the place where God put the West’. Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump also famously ended his cross country run here, while Thelma and Louise took their final leap at Dead Horse Point State Park, and in Arches National Park a young Indiana Jones discovered the Cross of Cortez in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The annual Sundance Film Festival takes place in Park City, Salt Lake, Ogden and Sundance Mountain Resort. Founded by Robert Redford, the ten day celebration showcases the best in independent film making.

See what you're missing out on

Utah’s Mighty Five National Parks are the heart of this incredible state. Take a look at this short video to see the amazing landscapes you can expect during your visit. Each national park has its own characteristics, but they all share awe-inspiring beauty and a plethora of adventures for you to enjoy.

Suggested Itineraries

Desert Oasis: Zion, Death Valley & Palm Springs

Deserts are where nature paints its big-canvas, its most astonishing and colorful landscapes and wildest sculptures, flaming sunsets and deepest, starriest night skies. Highlights of this fully-escorted motorcoach tour include a tour of both Death Valley National Park and of the Valley of Fire in Fire State Park, a guided walk through Zion Canyon, a visit to the Center & Garden of Sunnylands – the sprawling Annenberg estate in Rancho Mirage, plus a stay in Las Vegas.

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