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Capitol Reef National Park

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  • Capitol Reef National Park

    Located off Highway 24 in south-central Utah, in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure. Filled with domes and bridges, the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth), extend almost 100 miles.

    • Chimney Rock, Captiol Reef National Park

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    • Winding roads through Capitol Reef National Park

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    • Gifford Barn, Capitol Reef National Park

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    Capitol Reef’s name came from the early pioneers who believed the white, dome-shaped rock formations resembled the U.S. Capitol Building. Transcend time with history and scenic beauty as you cruise the gentle, winding roads. Make sure you include a hike to Cassidy Arch, named after the infamous outlaw, Butch Cassidy; Panorama Point, a scenic vista overlooking the Sulphur Creek goosenecks; Chimney Rock, a towering stone steeple, along the highway west of the visitor centre and Hickman Bridge, a photogenic natural bridge that can be seen at the end of a short hike.

    Leave time to explore the Native American and pioneer culture. Visit historic Fruita and Gifford Homestead and examine the petroglyphs of the ancient Fremont people. Pick fruit in season and enjoy fresh-baked fruit pies at this historic homestead.

    Year-round activities include off-road exploration on rough Jeep roads, biking, hiking, horse riding, photography and wildlife watching.

    Torrey

    The pretty town of Torrey is the gateway to Capitol Reef National Park and is considered one of Southern Utah’s jewels.

    Torrey was settled in the 1880’s by Mormon pioneers, attracted by the great source of water flowing from Thousand Lake Mountain. It was seen many famous visitors, including Butch Cassidy, Maynard Dixon Zane Grey, John Wesley Powell and Wallace Stegner.

    Currently, there’s a mixture of the descendants of the pioneers and a variety of newcomers, favouring the vast hiking opportunities in the surrounding mountains and canyons.

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    • Top Tip 1

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

    • Top Tip 2

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

    • Top Tip 3

      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.

    • Top Tip 4

      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.

    • Top Tip 5

      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.

    • Top Tip 6

      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.

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  • The Grand Circle

    Begins in and ends in Las Vegas, Nevada

    11 Days / 10 Nights

    Departures: April to November

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Monument Valley

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    • Las Vegas

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    • National Parks, Arches

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    • Zion Angels Landing

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    • Bryce

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    • Monument Valley

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    • Moab

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    • Lake Powell

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    • Grand Canyon Havasu Falls

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    Day 01

    Arrive Las Vegas

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Las Vegas. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel. Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world, so even after a long journey you will be drawn to experience this amazing destination after dark with its incredible themed hotels and unique atmosphere.

    Hotel: The Cosmopolitan

    285Mi/459Km

    Day 02

    Grand Canyon

    From the city of entertainment to the awe inspiring Grand Canyon, truly one of the most spectacular sights in the world. En route, take time to stop and take a tour of the Hoover Dam, on the Nevada/Arizona border. When you arrive at the canyon the remainder of the afternoon is yours to enjoy either a hike into the Canyon or perhaps to take an aerial flight for a bird’s eye view. The restaurant at your hotel is popular for its incredible views, so make sure your table is booking in advance of your arrival.

    Hotel: El Tovar

    135Mi/216Km

    Day 03 Day 04

    Lake Powell

    A leisurely morning at the Grand Canyon is followed by a short drive to Lake Powell. Enjoy two nights at the Lake Powell Resort overlooking the man-made lake, which was created when the Glenn Canyon Dam was built in 1966. Don’t miss taking the boat trip out to Rainbow Bridge, the tallest natural bridge in the world.

    Hotel: Lake Powell Resort

    125Mi/200Km

    Day 05

    Monument Valley

    Depart for Monument Valley, one of the most photographed places in America. Many parts of this visually stunning area can be better viewed by taking one of the escorted jeep rides which are offered with a Navajo Indian guide. Relax and experience the serenity of the incredible scenery in this beautiful part of the world.

    Hotel: Gouldings Lodge

    147Mi/237Km

    Day 06 Day 07

    Moab

    Some of the best scenery in the southwest can be viewed on the journey to Moab, so take some time to enjoy it. Two nights in Moab gives you plenty of opportunity to explore Utah’s majestic scenery and perhaps take a drive down to Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. There’s a wide range of recreational choices including hiking, rafting, boating, four wheel drive tours and scenic air flights.

    Hotel: Best Western Plus, Canyonlands Inn

    153Mi/246Km

    Day 08

    Capitol Reef National Park

    Named for the enormous rock ridge that runs for more than 150 Km through it, Capitol Reef is a very peaceful and tranquil National Park with several hiking trails and scenic drives winding through it. Some of the sites not to be missed are Panorama Point; a scenic vista overlooking the Sulphur Creek goosenecks and Chimney Rock; a towering stone steeple. Also take a trip to Hickman Bridge which is a beautiful, photogenic natural bridge that can be seen at the end of a short hike.

    Hotel: Capitol Reef Resort

    153Mi/246Km

    Day 09

    Bryce Canyon

    Today’s short drive brings you to spectacular Bryce Canyon. Here you can see some of the earth’s most colourful rocks, sculpted by erosion into pillars and spires. You may choose to leave your car and take a hike along one of the many loop trails down into the Canyon and walk among the colourful stone monuments.

    Hotel: Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand

    245Mi/395Km

    Day 10

    Zion National Park & Las Vegas

    The journey back to Las Vegas takes you through Zion National Park, where desert terrain and huge sculpted rock formations co-exist alongside waterfalls and blossoming gardens. Tonight, experience the sights and sounds of Las Vegas, with great restaurants and a wide range of shows and entertainment.

    Hotel: The Cosmopolitan

    Day 11

    Journey home

    Time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before making your way back to Las Vegas McCarran Airport to return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £1399 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.