Inn at Entrada For information call 877-496-0625
Start your trip off right with a relaxing swimming pool, massage, dinner, and good night sleep. Wake up to panaramic vistas of red rock and lush green gardens. The Inn at Entrada is the perfect base for a southern Utah vacation. With Spa, Restaurants, Golf, Swimming, Tennis, Pickleball, and other amenities sure to bring luxurious comfort and pleasure to your rustic parks adventure. Avoid the nightly packing, unpacking, and stowing of a multi hotel trip. Unpack once in your vacation rental home, stock the kitchen with breakfast, dinner and snacks. Cozy up with a nice dvd movie together. Then return home each night for more relaxation and quality togethering.
Or spend an evening under the stars at Tuacahn Ampitheater. The Summer schedule includes Mary Poppins, Thouroughly Modern Millie, Mulan, Elf, Starlight Express, Thriller, Heart, and other plays, concerts, and performances.
Along the way: State Parks: Quail Creek Reservoir State Park boasts some of the warmest waters in the state and a mild winter climate. Sand Hollow State Park offers boating and fishing or ride the dunes of Sand Mountain on an off-highway vehicle and camp in one of two developed campgrounds.
DAY 2: Inn at Entrada to Zion National Park
Distance: 44 miles / 75 km / 1 hour
Follow the Zion Park Scenic Byway through the towns of Hurricane, LaVerkin, Virgin, Rockdale, and Springdale. Each town has a special story to share, as the byway carves through the red rock of the Virgin River corridor.
Zion National Park’s soaring towers and massive monoliths offer a spectacular grandeur. Over 100 years old, it is also Utah’s most visited park, welcoming nearly 2.6 million visitors in 2010. There are numerous easy, self-guided trails and more adventurous or strenuous hikes found in the park. Two entrances to Zion are 33 miles east of I-15 or 12 miles west of US 89, both on Utah Hwy 9. The northern Kolob Canyons section is accessible off I-15, 18 miles south of Cedar City.
Hike: The Emerald Pools in the park is a relatively easy three-mile, round-trip, signature hike and is fun for the whole family. Or choose a more strenuous adventure in The Narrows or The Subway (permit needed).
Canyoneering: Zion National Park has become a favorite in this exciting sport. Dozens of canyons offer route finding, rappelling, swimming and hike challenges for beginners to advanced. Permit required.
Additional park activities: Backpacking, bicycling, birding, horse-back riding, rafting, and ranger-led programs.
Return to Inn at Entrada for world class dining and entertainment.
DAY 3: Inn at Entrada to Bryce Canyon National Park
Distance: 148 miles / 239 km / 2.5 hours
Along the way: Scenic drives Mount Carmel Scenic Byway and Scenic Byway 12 are on your way to Bryce Canyon National Park. Stop and see the sights along the way. Scenic Byway 12 is Utah’s one and only All-American Road.
Bryce Canyon National Park is a series of natural amphitheaters sunk into pink cliffs and filled with delicate red rock “hoodoos.” The most brilliant hues of the park come alive with the rising and setting of the sun. Summertime offers a myriad of walking/hiking trails and a 37-mile scenic drive overlooking incredible vistas. Bryce Canyon Lodge, a national historic landmark, is open April through November.
Drive: Easy drives within the park have spectacular views of redrock and pine forest scenery. Stop along the way at the Sunrise, Sunset, Inspiration, and Bryce view points.
Hikes: There are many trails within Bryce Canyon National Park, from easy to strenuous, with varying backdrops. You can choose a hike to a waterfall, redrock hoodoos, spruce tree forests, the Bryce Amphitheater, and other famous landscapes. Navajo Loop Trail is a 1.3-mile hiking path that wanders through rock formations and draws you into the mystical hoodoos’ perspective.
Ranger Program: Park rangers will share interesting facts and activities about the park, including wildlife stories, geologic history, kids interests, full moon hikes, astronomy, and snowshoeing.
Additional park activities: camping, ranger, astronomy programs, and winter-time cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.