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7-Day Yellowstone National Park Rocky Mountain Explorer

1. 7-Day Yellowstone National Park Rocky Mountain Explorer

Day 1 — Las Vegas to Bryce Canyon National Park via Cedar Breaks Drive through Cedar Breaks to the 10,000 ft. summit and take in spectacular views of ancient lava flows and the Sevier River Valley below. Arrive at Bryce Canyon National Park just in time for a delicious picnic lunch before a full afternoon of hiking. Take a relaxing stroll along the rim of the world-famous amphitheater or a hike deep into the depths of the canyon and get up close and personal with the hoodoos that make up this unique landscape. Attend a talk by a ranger and learn about the geology of this fascinating park. Spend the evening around the campfire and after an all-American BBQ, enjoy a soak in the outdoor hot tub under the stars. Day 2 — Bryce Canyon to Salt Lake City Day 2 takes you north to Salt Lake City Utah, home of the tabernacle choir, for an afternoon of exploring Mormon Pioneer history. Visit the magnificent Salt Lake Mormon Temple and see the State Capital Building with founder Brigham Young’s Territorial Governor’s Mansion. Stay overnight in Hotel Shilo Inn or similar. Day 3 — Grand Tetons National Park The Grand Tetons Mountain Range rises above a scene rich in wildlife, with pristine lakes and spectacular mountain peaks. Take a walk to Inspiration Point or enjoy a scenic stroll around Jenny Lake while gazing up at the surrounding landscape. Have a picnic, spot moose or even a grizzly bear and enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place. Camp overnight by the river at Camp Snake River KOA Days 4 and 5 — Yellowstone National Park The crown jewel and the world’s first national park, Yellowstone is a mountain wilderness home to grizzly bears, wolves and herds of buffalo and elk. Visit Old Faithful and the Grand Prismatic Pool, as well as Yellowstone Canyon, then explore geysers throughout both the North and South loop. Spend 2 days exploring this enormous national park with your expert guide. Don’t forget your bathing suit for a soak in Mammoth's natural hot springs. Camp in West Yellowstone. Day 6 — Rocky Mountains Visit Yellowstone's Grizzly Bear and Wolf Discovery Center before enjoying more spectacular Rocky Mountain scenery. The Rocky Mountains offer phenomenal views in the afternoon, a perfect spot for one last walk and a last night BBQ blowout. Spend the night in Rocky Mountain Campground. Day 7 Visit Valley of Fire State Park en-route back to Las Vegas and explore impressive sandstone formations, where many famous movies were filmed. A late afternoon return to Las Vegas leaves you with plenty of time to relax before a night out on the town. Additional tours: Death Valley Day Tour (Friday and Sunday) Tour the heart of Death Valley National Park from Las Vegas and visit the hottest, driest and lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. Enjoy an array of colors in an extreme desert environment. Wild West Ghost Town Explorer (Saturday) Spend a day in the Wild West exploring old ghost towns and ancient legends. Keep your eyes peeled for the poltergeist who still roams the streets and soak up the atmosphere of a true western saloon before returning to Las Vegas.

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From Salt Lake City: Yellowstone and Tetons Parks in 4 Days

2. From Salt Lake City: Yellowstone and Tetons Parks in 4 Days

Day one Grand Tetons National Park The Grand Tetons Mountain Range rises above a scene rich with abundant wildlife, pristine lakes, and spectacular mountain peaks. Take a walk to Inspiration Point or enjoy a scenic stroll around Jenny Lake while gazing up in awe at the surrounding landscape. Have a picnic, spot and moose or even a grizzly bear and enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place. Camp inside Grand Teton national park. Day two Yellowstone National Park The crown jewel of the National Parks! The world’s first national park. A mountain wilderness, home to grizzly bears, wolves, and herds of buffalo and elk. Visit Old Faithful and the Grand Prismatic Pool, Yellowstone Canyon, explore geysers throughout both the North and South loop. Spend two days exploring this huge and fascinating national park with your expert Guide. Don’t forget your bathing suit for a soak in Mammoths natural hot springs! Camp inside Yellowstone national park. Day three Yellowstone National Park Continue to discover Yellowstone with your guide. Go on hikes ranging from easy to moderate and 2 to 5 miles (3 to 8 km) in length, and see more spectacular volcanic features. Your guide will tailor hikes to your group's abilities and interests. Camp inside Yellowstone national park. Day four Yellowstone National Park and Rocky Mountains Get up close and personal with some wildlife with a fun and educational visit to the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear and Wolf Discovery Center this morning. This afternoon head back to Salt Lake City for your drop off at approx 4pm. This tour departs and ends in Salt Lake City.

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Salt Lake City: Guided Wasatch Range Ice Climbing

3. Salt Lake City: Guided Wasatch Range Ice Climbing

Discover some of the most famous ice climbing routes in the West on this full or half-day adventure from Salt Lake City. Learn how to climb and explore the area with your professional guide. Experience routes within the Cottonwood, Maple, or Provo Canyons which will be customized according to the experience level of your group. Select the half-day tour which is perfect for first-timers or those who have only a little previous experience - giving you a sampler of single pitch ice climbing. The adventure will take place in Little Cottonwood Canyon within the Wasatch range or in Provo Canyon south of Salt Lake City. The exact location depends on weather conditions and your group skill level. Alternatively, choose the full-day tour which allows time to do different climbs, work on technique, practice basic climbing, and belaying skills. Climb in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Provo Canyon or Maple Canyon, based on weather conditions and your group skills. Start the tour by meeting your guide in Salt Lake City, from where you will be transported in a comfortable vehicle to the ice-climbing venue. Listen as the guide explains how to use the climbing equipment including ice axes and crampons and the belaying technique properly. Then, get kitted out with helmets and harnesses. As you begin to climb, your guide will set up a top-rope belay for you and give you instructions on improving your technique. The instructor will adjust the rest of the session in accordance with your group's climbing ability and enthusiasm. Finally, conclude the tour with a return transfer back to Salt Lake City where you will be dropped off at the original meet up point.

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Salt Lake City: Wasatch Backcountry Skiing with Lift Ticket

4. Salt Lake City: Wasatch Backcountry Skiing with Lift Ticket

Depart from Salt Lake City with a convenient private transfer and set off for the Wasatch Mountains in Utah just outside the city.  Enjoy a memorable day of skiing with lift-access included. Meet your professional skiing guide who will guide you for the day and has more experience in this terrain than just about anyone. You might be paired with a guide such as Noah Howell of 'Powderwhores' named one of the 50 icons of backcountry skiing, or Andrew McLean, the man who wrote the 'The Chuting Gallery'.  During the tour, explore either the Big Cottonwood or Little Cottonwood Canyon, depending on your skills and experience. Your guide will take you to the very best powder that these world-class canyons offer. Experience some of the best backcountry skiing routes which lie right outside the resort boundaries. Lifts provide fast access to this high mountain terrain and allow you to easily reach the uppermost elevations. At the end of the day, benefit from a comfortable return transfer back to your accommodation in Salt Lake City.

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Salt Lake City: Cottonwood Canyons Backcountry Ski Tour

5. Salt Lake City: Cottonwood Canyons Backcountry Ski Tour

On the day of your trip, meet your guide in Salt Lake City and drive to the venue that best fits your needs for an optimal experience. Before hitting the slopes, your guide will make sure your gear is in proper working order and will begin to instruct you on the basics of staying safe in the backcountry. This will include a brief avalanche safety demo, going over how to use a beacon, probe, and shovel, and a brief explanation of avalanche terrain and its characteristics. The skiing technique will be taught to maximize your efficiency when touring in the backcountry. Your group's skiing ability and enthusiasm will determine the rest of the day and the terrain you will cover. The day will conclude by driving back to the original meet up point. Classic Introductory Tour: Choose this option if you’ve never skied or snowboarded in the Wasatch Mountains before. This experience will get you up high to the best views of the mountain range with the shortest approach. The tours will take place in either Little or Big Cottonwood Canyons depending on the snow and where the best skiing can be found. The day will include approximately 1,500-2,500 feet of climbing and riding. Intermediate Tour: Experience the Central Wasatch Mountains and go where the best snow can be found. Start in Little Cottonwood Canyon, followed by skiing down into Big Cottonwood and eventually working your way back up and over into Little Cottonwood again. The tour will be approximately 3,000 to 5,000 feet of climbing and riding. Advanced Tour: Explore multiple peaks of the Wasatch Mountains, drainages, and slopes on the same day. Advanced Tours will focus on covering a wide variety of terrain and searching out wherever and whatever the best skiing of the day may be.

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From Salt Lake City: Private Bryce Canyon National Park Tour

6. From Salt Lake City: Private Bryce Canyon National Park Tour

Depart from your preferred location in the greater Salt Lake City area. A 3.5-hour drive in a luxury SUV will take you to Bryce Canyon National Park. After a picnic lunch, your guide will show you the best of what Bryce Canyon has to offer according to your interests and activity level. Once inside Bryce Canyon National Park you will be surrounded by the tall pine trees of Dixie National Forest. You will never forget your first view of Bryce Canyon because it happens in an instant. In one moment you are among the trees of the forest and then suddenly you are staring down into a forest of stone pillars. During your time in the park you guide will discuss how nature is both creating and destroying the hoodoos. Your guide will also point out evidence of lightning strikes and why they are so prevalent in this area. On the tour you will also see the landmarks of Thor's Hammer, Natural Bridge, Sunset Point, and Bryce Point. An optional hike will follow the Navajo Loop and the Queens Garden trail. On the return trip to Salt Lake City you will stop at your choice of several highly-recommended local restaurants for dinner, and then be transferred back to the Salt Lake City area by 10:00 PM.

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Salt Lake City: Sunset Bike and Brothel Tour

7. Salt Lake City: Sunset Bike and Brothel Tour

Meet your guide at Liberty Park, the oldest park in the city. Hop aboard your cruiser bike and take a quick lap around the park to get comfortable with it. Fill your provided water bottle with fresh, artesian spring water. Cruise through Gilgal Park, a bizarre sculpture garden with Mormon roots, including a sphinx with the face of Joseph Smith. Roll past quaint 120-year-old neighborhoods filled with brick homes, into the downtown area and the mouth of City Creek Canyon. Explore the canyon, which is the city center’s gateway straight into the Wasatch Mountains. Bike through the natural setting where black bears, moose, cougars, and elk. Sometimes these animals can even be seen in roaming through the city. Cruise on your bike into Temple Square, the site of the original Mormon Temple. Afterward, bike to a scenic viewing point which offers views of the Wasatch Mountains, the Great Salt Lake, Antelope Island, and the University of Utah. Sip a sparkling non-alcoholic beverage as you bask in the fading light of sunset. Then it’s off to the discovery the city’s history of prostitution, polygamy, power, and corruption. The Red Light Districts may have changed since the 1870s, but the buildings haven't. Ride to the Salt Lake City Main Library branch. Dismount your bike and take a glass elevator to the rooftop terrace and observation deck. Take in views of the city and mountains, framed by the trees and flowers of the roof's garden. From the library, it's a leisurely ride back to the meeting point in beautiful Liberty Park.

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From Salt Lake City: Private Capitol Reef National Park Tour

8. From Salt Lake City: Private Capitol Reef National Park Tour

Discover Capitol Reef and the historic people who inhabited this desert oasis. This private tour can include hikes in Capitol Gorge, Grand Wash, and Hickman Bridge. Other iconic formations can be seen on an off-road adventure through Cathedral Valley. During the 3.5 hour drive from Salt Lake City, your guide will describe the many options that are available for you to explore in Capitol Reef National Park. Based on your preferences, your knowledgeable guide will make a customized touring plan that will maximize your experience in the park. Capitol Reef lives in the shadows of several more popular parks and therefore has preserved a peaceful, undisturbed feeling here. Recommended hikes include Hickman Bridge, which is one of the most famous arches in the park and the narrows of Grand Wash. Expand your adventure, as Capitol Reef also has a few fantastic off-road drives through scenery filled canyons and valleys which are also highly recommended activities. Rest assured, world-class experiences abound in this less frequented park.

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Salt Lake City: 3-Hour Guided Big-City-Loop Bike Tour

9. Salt Lake City: 3-Hour Guided Big-City-Loop Bike Tour

Meet your guide at Liberty Park, the oldest park in the city, and get acquainted with your cruiser bike by taking it for a lap. Fill your provided water bottle with fresh, artesian spring water. Cruise through Gilgal Park, a bizarre sculpture garden with Mormon roots, including a sphinx with the face of Joseph Smith. Roll past quaint 120-year-old neighborhoods filled with brick homes, all the way into downtown and the mouth of City Creek Canyon. This canyon is the city center's gateway straight into the Wasatch Mountains, and also home to black bears, moose, cougars, and elk, all of which are sometimes seen roaming through the city. Coast on your bike into Temple Square, the site of the original Mormon Temple, and maybe catch a free organ recital. Then, head down Main Street with an option to stop for a coffee or an authentic French pastry. Then it's off to the Salt Lake City Main Library branch, where you may get to dismount, take a glass elevator to the rooftop terrace and observation deck, and take in views of the city and mountains, alongside the trees and flowers of the roof's garden. From the library, it's a leisurely ride back to the meeting point in beautiful Liberty Park.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 14 reviews

What a great trip! Neil and his wife Sarah made sure that everything ran perfectly. We hired Neil to take us to Capital Reef National Park and Great Basin National Park, a two day trip. Neil picked us up at our resort and from that moment on he handled everything. He is extremely knowledgeable. He made sure we saw the best of each park and did not have to worry about any of the winter driving. He stayed in contact with Sarah, making us feel very safe. He always had a plan to handle any bumps along the way. Kudos to Sarah for the wonderful chicken kabobs and other wonderful food she sent with Neil. Neil set up a stove, provided comfortable chairs, and we ate our lunch while enjoying the beauty of nature. We were able to go deep into the park, thanks to his 4 wheel drive, very luxurious SUV. We never would have known where to go without him. He was kind enough to send us some of the photos he took along the way. That was a nice gesture. We would highly recommend him.

Event was great! Tour guide was the BEST couldn't ask for a better one forcsure!! Chris your the best!! Hope to see you and the group after the fall semester!!! God bless!! Much love and respect ❤

Honestly the highlight of our trip to Utah! Amazing tour guide! He made us feel comfortable and planned out an amazing experience! I highly recommend it!