Red Canyons of Zion – Off the Beaten Path


Nature’s first green is gold/Her hardest hue to hold.” – Robert Frost

Spring is around the corner, and oh what a winter it’s been. Are you ready for some warmth, sunshine and towering spires of red sandstone? Think Zion National Monument in the beautiful high deserts of Utah for any vacation in March, April or May.

Zion is world-famous for its incredible arches, soaring red cliffs and beautiful sandstone formations. And these stunning  geological features are all worth the hype. Every turn of the road, every switchback on the trail tempts visitors with more staggering views of epic grandeur.

But in the springtime, there is also a different beauty. As the snows melt and seep into the desert, and rare rainstorms wash the countryside, the delicate and intimate beauty of a desert in bloom rewards the few visitors wise enough to see it first hand.

While you sun yourself out of the lingering cold of winter on the red rocks, like the native Colorado banded lizard, and take incredible side hikes without the crowds and heat of summer, prepare to be intoxicated by the  molten reds of claret cup cacti blooms and brilliant pinks and yellows of the prickly pear The sage brush and grasses glow with fleeting new growth, and rare song birds on migration flood the green haze of the Cottonwoods along the Colorado River nearby.

The warmth of spring doesn’t bring crowds like the heat of summer, and the whole, mysterious maze of ancient red rocks and young growth is open to anyone willing to take the trip.

But we’ll warn you right now, every time you share the incredible photos you take in a place like this, you’ll find yourself saying, “Oh that just doesn’t do it justice. You had to be there.

Looking to travel to our National Parks in 2018? Be sure to check out this webinar! It’s never to early to plan!

Recommended Tours to the Southwest (including Zion)

Utah Mighty 5 – Explore five breathtaking national parks: Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, and Zion. Explore five breathtaking national parks: Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, and Zion. These comprise the Utah Mighty 5. You’ll get a chance to explore them all on this 6-day guided tour in southern Utah. Join a small group of no more than 14 guests and a private guide on this week-long adventure. Hiking, scenic viewpoints, local eateries, hidden gems, and other fantastic experiences await!
Multiple departures – 2017 and 2018

Red Cliffs Adventure by Rail – Ride the rails via Amtrak to experience the beauty of Colorado and Utah staying at the Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge in Moab, on the Colorado River surrounded by magnificent red cliffs! After an overnight in Denver, enjoy a day time ride on Amtrak from Denver to Grand Junction, Colorado. You’ll venture to the Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge, tour Dead Horse Point State Park, Arches National Park, enjoy a float trip on the Colorado River, explore Canyonlands National Park by jet boat, have a picnic at Capitol Reef, travel through Escalante National Monument, visit Bryce Canyon, take a day trip to Zion National Park and end with a glimpse of Salt Lake City. To see a webinar featuring more information on this program, click here: Red Cliffs Adventure Webinar.
Departs Sept 16, 2017

The Canyon Country Experience – Spend seven days exploring the best National Parks of the southwest and immersed in Native American Culture. The ever-changing landscapes of Canyon Country are something that everyone should witness in their lifetime. Each stop will leave you in awe of its unique beauty, a beauty that only the forces of nature can accomplish over centuries of time.
Departs in October annually

America’s Spectacular Canyonlands – Spend 11 magical days exploring cascading petrified sand dunes, vibrant pine forests, and sunset-red deserts in seven national parks of the Southwest. An incredible 11-day tour from Salt Lake City through the Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Park learning about the incredible geology and the cultural history of the Navajo peoples closely associated with this land from ancient times. These magnificent parks will enable you to see unique geological formations all within the region of Southern Utah and neighboring Arizona.
Departs Oct 21, 2017 and June 2, 2018

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