This trip takes you to all five of Utah’s national parks plus the Grand Canyon for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Enter this sweepstakes from Dec 20, 2016 to Feb 14, 2017.
Here’s the Trip We Planned for You!
Things in RED below are included in prize! Use our itinerary or plan your own.
Before you leave for your trip, use your four $30 Mountain Khakis Gift Cards to buy something for the trip. (Shop at mountainkhakis.com.) Plan your trip using a Grand Canyon Journal, Grand Canyon Trip Planner, and Utah Parks Vacation Planner.
Day 1 & 2 – Salt Lake City
Things to Do in Salt Lake City:
- Use your (4) 2-day Connect Passes for admission to 13 of the best attractions in Salt Lake City including Hogle Zoo, the world-famous tram at Snowbird, the Clark Planetarium, Red Butte Garden, Natural History Museum of Utah, and others. (www.visitsaltlake.com/things-to-do/connect-pass)
- Visit the 35-acre Temple Square. While there, research your family’s history at the Family Search Center and catch a practice performance of the Morman Tabernacle Choir. (www.templesquare.com)
- Stroll through the indoor/outdoor City Creek Center, Salt Lake’s premier shopping and dining destination. Don’t forget to use your $40 American Express Gift Card.
- Cheer for a Major League Soccer team with Real Salt Lake.
Lodging: 2-night stay at the Marriott Downtown City Creek Hotel. Located in the heart of the city, this hotel offers upscale amenities and easy access to the area’s most popular attractions. SLC’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment district, City Creek, is right next door.
Day 3 – Capitol Reef National Park
Drive from Salt Lake City to Capitol Reef – 218 miles
Things to Do in Capitol Reef National Park:
- Cruise the Capitol Reef Scenic Drive with 11 stops along the way (www.nps.gov/care/planyourvisit/scenicdrive.htm)
- Walk across the Cassidy Arch, one of the few arches you can step on. Access the arch from the Grand Wash Road (3.4 mile round trip with significant elevation gain.)
- View the ancient Fremont Petroglyphs.
- See the historic Pioneer Register (names etched on a rock).
- Buy some organic produce, cheese, smoothies, and brick-oven breads at the Mesa Farm Market on Route 24 southeast of the park.
Lodging: 1-night stay at the Broken Spur Inn & Restaurant in Torrey, Utah. It’s one of the closest properties to the famous scenic drive that leads through the park. Enjoy an up-close view of the unique and remarkable canyon lands from every room at the motel.
Day 4 – Bryce Canyon National Park
Drive from Capitol Reef to Bryce Canyon – 112 miles
Things to Do at Bryce Canyon:
- Drive to Rainbow Point (18 miles one way) and stop at 13 viewpoints on your return drive.
- Attend a park ranger astronomy program to view the famous night skies through a telescope.
- Hike Bryce’s signature hoodoo hike, the Queen’s Garden / Peekaboo Trails. It’s a 6.5 mile figure-8 loop.
- Rent bikes at Ruby’s Inn and take the shuttle to Bryce. You can ride bikes on the paved roads in the park.
- Take a guided ATV tour. Ask about tours at the Ruby’s Inn front desk.
Lodging: 1-night stay at Ruby’s Inn Resort, RV Park, and Campground. Founded by rancher Ruby Syrett in 1916, this longtime landmark is still family-owned and is the only one that offers a free shuttle service to Bryce Canyon National Park viewpoints. It’s also the closest lodging to the park.
Day 5, 6, & 7 – Zion National Park
Drive from Ruby’s Inn to Red Mountain Resort – 135 miles.
Things to Do at Red Mountain Resort:
- Your Essential Zion Adventure Retreat at Red Mountain Lodge includes three healthy meals daily, unlimited fitness classes, healthy life classes and events, personal discovery activities, cooking demo stations, the use of resort amenities, plus more. See the full package at redmountainresort.com/retreat-packages/essential-zion-adventure-retreat.
- Take a day trip to Zion National Park with Red Mountain Resort’s guides. See grand buttes rising from the canyon floor, stand beneath weeping canyon walls, and wade in the Virgin River. The resort will even pack a healthy to-go lunch for the trip.
- Return to Zion National Park for a second day on your own. Choose the strenuous hike to Angel’s Landing, take an easy hike to the Emerald Pools and waterfalls, or do the Riverside Walk that follows the Virgin River to the Temple of Sinawava.
- Go on a guided morning hike on the trails surrounding Red Mountain Resort. It’s a wonderful way to start the day.
- Pound it out at a fitness class, borrow a resort bicycle for a quick ride, then spend the afternoon at the pool.
Lodging: 3-night stay in a villa at Red Mountain Resort, one of the most luxurious adventure resorts in St. George, Utah. Blended naturally into a landscape of vivid red rock cliffs and canyons of southern Utah, Red Mountain Resort has everything you need to relax, renew and rediscover your passion for adventure. Children must be age 12 or older to stay at this resort.
Day 8 & 9 – Williams and the Grand Canyon
Drive from Red Mountain Resort to Williams, Ariz. – 309 miles.
Things to Do in Williams:
- See bears, bison, hawks and bobcats up close at Bearizona, which received a Readers’ Choice award for USA Today’s 10 Best Drive-Through Wildlife Parks. You can drive by animals in their natural habitat, stroll a separate zoo-type setting and watch a raptor program.
- See Route 66 Memorabilia at a Gas Station Museum. Pete may no longer be behind the counter but his son turned his old gas station into a museum with collections of old gas pumps, vintage oil cans, and vintage signs.
- Get onboard the Grand Canyon Railway in downtown Williams for a day trip to the Grand Canyon, or drive 1-hour north to the Grand Canyon Village at the South Rim. Don’t miss these overlooks!
Lodging: 2-night stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Williams . This beautiful 3-Diamond hotel is nestled on a mountainside, in a quiet pine forest setting, on historic Route 66. The Hotel features the Western View Steakhouse, Kachina Lounge, outdoor heated pool (seasonal), outdoor hot tub (heated year round), Coyote Moon Gift Shop with unique southwestern gifts, complimentary continental breakfast, high speed internet access and much more.
Day 10 – Monticello, Utah in the Four Corners Area
Drive from Williams, Ariz. to Monticello, Utah – 304 miles
Things to Do in Monticello:
- Use your Canyon Country Discovery Center Family Pass to explore exhibits on science and the canyonlands of southeastern Utah. (www.fourcornersschool.org)
- Explore the hiking trails on the 48 acres of juniper, pinon pine and sagebrush surrounding the Canyon Country Discovery Center. Along the way, pause at 15 learning stations and the Nature Playscape.
- Participate in a learning program at the Four Corners School of Outdoor Education. The ever-changing schedule includes a diverse range of topics such as the Star and S’mores Night Sky program, outdoor explorations of bugs and animal tracks, and talks about sustainable energy, wind, and water.
- Before you arrive, schedule a half-day adventure with the Four Corners School of Outdoor Education. Options include exploration of ancient ruins, petroglyph art, or canyon trails. (www.fourcornersschool.org/explore/day-weekend-adventures)
Lodging: 1-night stay at the Grist Mill Inn Family Suites in Monticello. It’s a cozy bed and breakfast created in an old mill nestled next to the Abajo Mountains. You’ll find yourself surrounded by more than 20 parks, monuments and other iconic attractions.
Day 11 & 12 – Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
Drive from Monticello to Moab, Utah – 54 miles
Things to Do in Moab and at the Parks:
- Hike up to the North Window or see the La Sal Mountains through the opening in Delicate Arch (pictured above) in Arches National Park.
- Gaze at the view from the Green River Overlook in the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park.
- Go on a tour for up to 4 people with dinner and a sound-and-light show from Canyonlands by Night & Day, available April through September. (CanyonlandsByNight.com)
- View the sunset from the main overlook at Dead Horse Point State Park, 32 miles from Moab. The final scene from the movie Thelma and Louise was filmed here.
- See ancient rock art called petroglyphs (motifs that are scratched on the rock surface) and pictographs (paintings or drawings in one or more colors). discovermoab.com/rockart.htm
Lodging: 2-night stay at a Moab area hotel.
Day 13 – Park City Utah
Drive from the Moab to Park City – 235 miles
Things to Do in Park City:
- Use your four Gold Passes to tour the Utah Olympic Park, the site of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. The pass includes unlimited day use of Extreme Tubing, Extreme Zip, Alpine Slide, Discovery Course, Canyon Course, Summit Course, Drop Tower, and Scenic Chairlifts. (utaholympiclegacy.org/Park/)
- Take the free transit system from the Newpark Resort to downtown to see live theatre or a concert at the Egyptian Theatre. Or, check out the summer calendar for events, competitions, festivals and concerts aplenty.
- Big cities aren’t the only ones with fine cuisine. In this quaint mountain town, local flavors are blended with gourmet ingredients to grand effect. Explore on your own or take a food tour walk that stops at various restaurants on Park City’s Historic Main Street.
- Take a ghost tour led by a retired history teacher who has studied metaphysics and paranormal activity in historic Park City.
- There is no better way to spend a summer day than hiking or mountain biking in the mountains. Park City offers more than 400 miles of maintained trails with scenic vistas that will please the whole family. Take along a picnic lunch from one of the restaurants that are just footsteps away from your hotel.
- Escape to nearby rivers for a day of fly-fishing to experience an entirely different kind of tranquility.
- With eight scenic golf courses within Park City and surrounding area, you could dedicate your entire vacation just to tee-times if you chose to.
Lodging: 1 night stay at Newpark Resort. Poised at the edge of Swaner Nature Preserve, the resort is the centerpiece of the state’s first LEED-certified resort community. The highly-rated hotel charms guests with thoughtful in-room amenities including gas fireplaces, heated bathroom floors and private decks with hot tubs.
Here’s where our road trip ends. Drive to the airport in Salt Lake City for the flight home (36 miles)
Lodging is for one room for up to 4 people. Location of lodging is based on availability and may be substituted for equal or greater value. Activities and passes are for four people. “Suggested activities” are not included in the prize package. READ OFFICIAL RULES [PDF]