Only a few hours West of Telluride is an entire state full of deep canyons, whimsical hoodoos, narrow slot canyons, raging rivers, and red dirt desert. Utah is known for its overabundance of National and State Parks, and their close proximity to each other makes for maximum adventure and minimal driving. During Telluride Academy’s NEW Ultimate National Parks excursion, you will spend two weeks discovering all that the brilliant state of Utah has to offer. During this epic road trip, you will explore 4 National Parks, 2 State Parks, and one National Monument. You’ll spend ample time learning about the expansive ecological diversity of the region and understanding how this massive variety of geology came about. We’ll wade through the waters of a deep Zion National Park gorge, navigate a maze of hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park, witness a watercolor sunset in Canyonlands National Park, and more! Our final hoorah will be a rafting trip down the Colorado river in Moab. This adventure will provide us with plenty of time to hike through some of the most beautiful places on earth, play hilarious campfire games, make new life-long friends, indulge in authentic camp cuisine and share your passion for the great outdoors. You will leave this program with a newfound love for Utah and it’s endless opportunities for adventure and discovery!
General Program Schedule:
This program will leave on Monday, July 22 and return on Thursday, August 1.
Day 1: Meet and greet. Hit the road for Zion National Park.
Day 2: Explore Zion and hike the Narrows!
Day 3-4: Hike down into the watercolor hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park. Sunset adventures, geology lessons, and camping.
Day 5: Exploratory hikes through massive stone spires in Kodachrome Basin State Park.
Day 6: Wander through the deep, red canyons Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monument.
Day 7: Hike through the goblin-shaped rock formations at Goblin Valley State Park.
Day 8: Disc Golf at Goblin Valley! Evening exploration at Arches National Park.
Day 9: Explore Canyonlands National Park. Cool off at Moab Recreation and Aquatic Center.
Day 10: Raft the Moab Daily with Red River Adventures.
Day 11: Sunrise hike at Arches National Park and travel back to Telluride for parent pick-up. Hugs and high fives.
*A detailed itinerary will be available on the first
day of the program. Schedule subject to change.