Utah: Winter Ski and The Mighty 5

03 July 2018

From the Mighty 5® national parks, Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion to the Wasatch Mountains Greatest Snow on Earths and all point in-between, this itinerary combines tranquil wildernesses, vertical red rock cliffs to calm turquoise waters in Utah’s Mighty 5 national parks with Utah’s winter, distinguished by The Greatest Snow on Earth® blanketing the mountains creating a playground for skiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers. Here is sample of how you can combine these:

DAY 1: SALT LAKE TO PARK CITY

38 miles, 45 minutes

Arriving into Salt Lake City you will be in awe of the backdrop of the Wasatch Mountains. Salt Lake City (SLC) is a beautiful, safe and vibrant destination with a dynamic nightlife, remarkable history and warm hospitality, all on the doorstep of Utah’s 15 Ski Resorts with The Greatest Snow on Earth.

DAY 2: SKI PARK CITY MOUNTAIN RESORT

Home to 3,300 acres of some of the best ski and snowboard terrain in North America, Park City Mountain Resort has something for virtually every snow enthusiast: from perfectly-manicured groomers to powder-filled bowls and some of the industry’s most progressive terrain parks and half-pipes.

DAY 3: SKI DEER VALLEY RESORT

For those of you who just want to ski, this ski only resort is consistently ranked #1 in the individual areas of guest service, on-mountain food and grooming by the readers of SKI Magazine, inches of powder snow backed up by state-of-the-art snowmaking.

DAY 4: SALT LAKE CITY TO ARCHES NATIONAL PARK

231 miles, 3 ½ to 4 hours

Arches National Park contains about 2,000 windowed arches, towering spires, harrowing hoodoos, and precious pinnacles on display, including Delicate Arch, perhaps Utah’s most iconic feature, which is a must-hike destination in the park.

DAY 5: ARCHES NATIONAL PARK TO CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK

Imagine wave after wave of deep canyons, formed by the currents and tributaries of Utah's Green and Colorado rivers, divided with towering mesas, pinnacles, cliffs and spires, and spread out over tens of thousands of acres of some of the world's most breathtaking red rock country. Now times that vision by a factor of three. Canyonlands National Park is made up of three distinct districts, each increasingly more remote, more startling and more alluring.

DAY 6: CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK TO MONUMENT VALLEY

230 miles/approximately 3 hours

Monument Valley, an iconic symbol of the American West, is the sacred heart of the Navajo Nation. In some ways, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is the definitive West. The rugged, disruptive landscapes are infused with ancestral spirits yet are hauntingly familiar thanks to Hollywood's long love affair with this land.

DAY 7: BLUFF TO NATURAL BRIDGES NATIONAL MONUMENT & CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK

62miles/1.25hours to Natural Bridges National Monument; 137miles/approximately 2.5 hours from Natural Bridges to Capitol Reef.

Capitol Reef National Park splashes color for 100 miles through an inviting wilderness of sandstone formations, rock art petroglyphs-telling the story of the early indigenous people of the Fremont Culture, and large fruit orchards of Fruita, an early pioneer settlement.

DAY 8: CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK TO BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK

115 miles/approximately 3 hours

Bryce Canyon National Park is a series of natural amphitheaters sunk into pink cliffs and filled with delicate red rock "hoodoos." The most brilliant hues of the park come alive with the rising and setting of the sun. Summertime offers a myriad of walking/hiking trails and a 37-mile scenic drive overlooking incredible vistas. Bryce Canyon Lodge, a National Historic Landmark, is open April through November.

DAY 9: BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK TO ZION NATIONAL PARK

88 miles/approximately 2 hours

Zion National Park's soaring towers and massive monoliths, offer a spectacular grandeur. Over 100 years old, it is also Utah's most visited park. There are numerous easy, self-guided trails and more strenuous hikes found in the park. Two entrances to Zion are 33 miles east of I-15 or 12 miles west of US 89, both on Utah Hwy 9. The northern Kolob Canyons section is accessible off I-15, 18 miles south of Cedar City.

DAY 10: ZION NATIONAL PARK TO LAS VEGAS

Fly home from Las Vegas.

Ready to hit the road and experience the rugged wilderness of Utah and it's incredible National Parks? Get in touch with your Travel Counsellor today! 

Content and imagery courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism.

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