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Family Activity Holiday in Utah (Under 10's)

A 2 week self-drive holiday in America's South West, designed especially with the under 10's in mind. Explore Zion and Bryce Canyons, kick back and relax in a mountain lodge and then float down the Colorado river on a day rafting trip.

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Itinerary

Overview

  • Independent exploration of Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks
  • Guided Hike in Arches National Park
  • One day guided rafting trip on the Colorado River
  • Perfectly paced for families with younger children
Your holiday begins with a short stay in Las Vegas, where you will stay in a boutique level non-gaming hotel just off the strip. Once you have had a chance to get over your jet lag, you will then drive to Zion, home to deep gorges and red rock canyons. You will have three days here, which will give you plenty of time to explore, hike and relax at a leisurely pace. From Zion, you then move on to Bryce, famous for its chimney or 'hoodoo' rock formations. You are slightly higher in altitude here, so the air is cooler, making it more comfortable for hiking. The views are stunning and the evening rodeo makes for a highly entertaining evening.

After enjoying the spectacular scenery of Bryce Canyon, the next destination on your itinerary is Boulder where you will be staying at a tranquil mountain lodge, a welcome dose of serenity after the madding crowds in Zion and Bryce. Here, you can relax in the grounds, go for walks or relax in the hot tub. If you are looking for adventure, we can arrange a day hiking in the region's slot canyons for you.

You then cross the mountains, following the scenic Highway 12, one of the most beautiful drives that the USA has to offer. Passing through Capitol Reef National Park, there are plenty of places to get out and stretch your legs on the journey, including some excellent examples of Native American petrolglyphs. Eventually the landscape changes to desert and you will reach Moab, which is the base for the last part of your trip. From here, you will have a guided hike in Arches National Park in an area called the Fiery Furnace which you can only enter with a permit. There will also be time for you to visit Canyonlands National Park, with far reaching and breath taking views. The final highlight of the trip is with a day rafting trip down the Colorado River. The rapids are grade I - II and you can choose between paddling an inflatable kayak or a paddle boat.

From here you will start your journey to Denver where you will catch your flight home, but not before stopping for the night at the small town of Glenwood Springs. Named Americas "most fun town" you won't be short of things to do. With its natural hot springs pool, Caverns adventure park, Hanging Lake and Yampah spa and vapour caves there is something for everyone.

Day-by-day

Itinerary in Brief


DAY 1: Arrive Las Vegas
DAY 2: Las Vegas
DAY 3 - 5: Zion National Park
DAY 6 - 7: Bryce Canyon National Park
DAY 8: Boulder
DAY 9: Drive to Moab
DAY 10: Moab - Fiery Furnace Guided Hike
DAY 11: Rafting on the Colorado River
DAY 12: Moab
DAY 13: Moab
DAY 14: Drive to Glenwood Springs
DAY 15: Fly Home


Extended Itinerary


DAY 1: ARRIVE LAS VEGAS
After arriving in Las Vegas, you will pick up your hire car and drive to your hotel where we suggest you take it easy and recover from your flight.
Meals Included: n/a
Accommodation: Platinum
Driving Time (where relevant): 15 minutes

DAY 2: LAS VEGAS
Las Vegas is full of sights and given the right attitude, is a fun place to explore. Children are allowed to walk through casinos, but are not permitted to gamble, or stop and watch gambling. Activities families may enjoy include visiting a water park, watching the circus acts at Circus Circus and visiting the Adventure Dome theme park.
Meals Included: n/a
Accommodation: Platinum
Driving Time (where relevant): n/a

DAY 3: ZION NATIONAL PARK
This morning you may as well take advantage of the early mornings that the jet lag is giving you and get an early start. Your destination is Springdale, the gateway village for Zion National Park. You may want to head into the park in the afternoon for a hike, there are plenty to choose from, or you could choose a more relaxing float trip down the river, watching the turkey vultures soaring high above you as you meander down-stream.
Meals Included: n/a
Accommodation: Majestic View
Driving Time (where relevant): 2 1/2 hours

DAY 4: ZION NATIONAL PARK
Today is spent exploring Zion, we suggest going for one of the many self-guided hikes on offer. The visitor centre has plenty of information about the various walks on offer. Cars are not permitted on most of the roads within the park, so you will need to catch a shuttle bus which will drop you off at the various trailheads. Popular choices include the Angels Landing Hike (not recommended for younger children) Emerald Pools or the Narrows hike, which is up a river. (You can hire water-proof shoes for this or wear sturdy water-proof sandals) In the height of summer, these are popular walks and it will be hot, so we recommend an early start and taking plenty of water and food with you.
Meals Included: n/a
Accommodation: Majestic View
Driving Time (where relevant): n/a

DAY 5: ZION NATIONAL PARK
Your third day in Zion National Park. Today you might want to do another hike, exploring a different part of Zion. There are many excellent hikes, or you might want to consider a different type of activity; there are several outftters in Springdale from where you can arrange horseriding, rock climbing or bike rental.
Meals Included: n/a
Accommodation: Majestic View
Driving Time (where relevant): n/a

DAY 6: BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK
After a leisurely morning you will check out of your hotel to drive to Bryce. The scenic drive takes you through Zion, passing through some stunning landscapes; there will be plenty of opportunities for photo stops along the way.
Meals Included: n/a
Accommodation: Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand
Driving Time (where relevant): 2 hours

DAY 7: BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Today is free to explore Bryce Canyon. The stunning colours and unique ‘hoodoo’ rock formations are truly impressive. As ever with the popular national parks, an early start is highly recommended to beat the crowds. Most people explore by car and then go on one of the many hikes on offer. With a higher altitude than Zion and consequently slightly lower temperatures, this is a more comfortable place to hike. You may want to take a picnic and find a solitary spot from where you can take in the magnificent views.
In the evening, you might want to go to watch a rodeo at the entrance to the park. This is run mainly for tourists, but is still a fun activity for all the family.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand
Driving Time (where relevant): n/a

DAY 8: BOULDER
This morning you drive to the small town of Boulder, along the picturesque highway 12. You will be staying the night at a relaxing mountain lodge over-looking a nature reserve. The drive is short, so in the afternoon, we suggest you go on one of the self-guided hikes in the area. Maps are available in the hotel lobby.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Boulder Mountain Lodge
Driving Time (where relevant): 2 hours

DAY 9: DRIVE TO MOAB
Today you will drive along one of the area’s most scenic roads to reach the highway that will connect you to Moab. Driving through the mountains and then Capitol Reef National Park, the views are amazing. You might choose to stop off in Capitol Reef Park for a hike, or just detour to one of the many viewpoints along the way. There are some interesting petroglyphs to see which makes for a useful stop to stretch your legs. If you are not stopping off to hike, there is a great burger stop (try the chocolate milkshakes) in Hanksville. The drive from here to Moab becomes less interesting, but is fairly swift thanks to the highway that you will be joining. Once you reach Moab, you can have a swim at your hotel and then go for a meal in one of the many restaurants in the town.
Meals Included: n/a
Accommodation: Red cliffs lodge
Driving Time (where relevant): 3 1/2 hours

DAY 10: MOAB - FIERY FURNACE GUIDED HIKE
This morning you will get up early to go and meet your guide, who will take you for a guided hike in the fiery furnace in the spectacular Arches National Park. This hike is only available as a guided option and takes you away from the crowds of tourist to hidden arches and a unique landscape. Your experienced guide will explain the geology to you and walk you through this fascinating rocky labyrinth.
The rest of the afternoon, you may want to explore the park in more detail before going for your pre-rafting trip briefing. On the way back, you might want to stop off at the Moab Brewery for dinner and to pick up some beers to take rafting with you.
Meals Included: Lunch
Accommodation: Red cliffs lodge
Driving Time (where relevant): 15 minutes

DAY 11: RAFTING ON THE COLORADO RIVER
This morning you will meet with your guide and drive together to the rafting launch point on the Colorado River. You will have the option to choose between an oar boat or a paddle boat. You will then head off, paddling downstream with plenty of opportunities to swim and have water fights along the way. You will stop for a delicious lunch along the way before continuing in the afternoon.
Meals Included: Lunch
Accommodation: Red cliffs lodge
Driving Time (where relevant): n/a

DAY 12: MOAB
Today sees your first free day in Moab. You could drive to Canyonlands National Park for some amazing views and gorgeous walking trails.
Meals Included: n/a
Accommodation: Red cliffs lodge
Driving Time (where relevant): n/a

DAY 13: MOAB
You may want to relax around the pool in your hotel, or take the time to explore downtown Moab.
Meals Included: n/a
Accommodation: Red cliffs lodge
Driving Time (where relevant): n/a

DAY 14: DRIVE TO GLENWOOD SPRINGS
This morning sees you checking out of of your Moab hotel and driving to the small town of Glenwood Springs. Once you have arrived, you can either relax around the pool or head over to the Natural hot springs the town is famous for.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Best western Antlers
Driving Time (where relevant): 3 hours

DAY 15: FLY HOME
Today is your departure day. You will need to drop your car off at the airport before catching your flight home
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: n/a
Driving Time (where relevant): 3 hours

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

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- Walking distance from the strip
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- Gorgeous views
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- Family friendly

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- Convenient location
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- Breakfast included

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- Tranquil lodge
- Stunning views
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- Hot Tub

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- Beautiful river views
- Spacious cabin accommodation
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- Family rooms
- Breakfast included
- Swimming pool and kids play area

Details

Getting there

This holiday begins in Las Vegas and ends in Denver. Please get in touch if you would like us to book your flights for you.

When is best?

Utah enjoys a four season climate, although experience more extremes than in the UK. Winters can be cold with plenty of snow. Summer temperatures can be high (reaching the high 30’s in places) and the humidity means that there can be thunderstorms, especially in July & August.

Is it for me?

This trip is suitable for families with children aged 5+ Life jackets are provided for the rafting, but children will enjoy the experience more if they are confident around the water.

There is a reasonable amount of driving in this holiday. We have road tested this trip ourselves with a 7 year old and found the distances manageable. The driving is fairly easy and often through scenic landscapes, but you will sometimes covering up to 5 hours in a day.

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