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National Park Tours

Explore Utah's National Parks Around Our 2020 Meeting

We have partnered with Western Leisure to offer once-in-a-lifetime tours of Utah’s national parks as pre- and post-conference tours. These tours will be exclusive to 2020 meeting attendees and their guests.

Make the most of your trip to Utah! Explore two of the nation’s most celebrated national parks with your colleagues before or after the meeting.

Bryce Canyon

Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks

Two Day pre-conference adventure 

May 19-20, 2020

Day 1 (May 19) - Zion National Park 

Depart from the Marriott City Creek (conference host hotel) at 6:30 am.

Zion Narrows with water flowing between a narrow passage of rocksThis morning we will head south by motorcoach to explore Zion National Park which boasts some of the most colorful canyons, sheer rock walls, and unique geological formations in the Western United States. After the introductory tour of Zion, you will have the opportunity to take a guided hike at an additional cost (see below for more information) or further explore Zion on your own.

Guided Hike Add-on Options (moderate ability) + $94

  • Riverwalk: A delightful walk along the Virgin River until you reach the entrance of The Narrows.
  • Big Bend: A short trail along a section of the Virgin River with huge views of the towering cliffs overhead.
  • Pa’rus Trail: From a Paiute word meaning, “bubbling, tumbling water,” the Pa’rus Trail is a fun, paved trail that follows the Virgin River through lower Zion Canyon.

Late in the afternoon we will check in to our hotel, the Holiday Inn Express (Springdale, UT). Join the group tonight for dinner before embarking on a private sunset Jeep tour! 

Light breakfast on the bus and dinner included.

Day 2 (May 20) Bryce Canyon

Rimmed by pine and aspen forests, Bryce Canyon plunges more than 1000 feet through multi-colored layers of limestone, it is one of the most amazing sights on earth. You will be fascinated by the spires of this natural masterpiece tinted in shades of orange, pinks, and red. In the morning enjoy an introductory tour.  

After lunch on your own, you will have the option to further explore Bryce by:

  • horseback ($70) or  
  • 6 seater side by sides ($30 – need a minimum of 6 people).

After your tours we will say goodbye to beautiful southern Utah and drive through the scenic Sevier River Valley, passing the childhood home of Butch Cassidy. Your journey follows a portion of Heritage Highway which passes through historic settlements, reflective of Utah’s ranching and farming heritage. We will stop for dinner along the way. We arrive in Salt Lake City at the Marriott City Creek late tonight but in plenty of time for the start of the AIC Annual Meeting on May 21.

Breakfast and dinner included.

Cost: $799*

A $99 deposit holds your spot. See below for more details.

Book

*per person, based on double occupancy (in hotel)/single supplement $167, see Terms and Conditions below for more details.

Natural Arch framing blue sky looms over hikers

Arches and Canyonlands

Two Day post-conference adventure 

May 24-25, 2020

Day 1 (May 24) - Arches National Park

Arches National Park with two stone archesDepart Salt Lake City this morning, traveling south with a rest stop along the way. Then arrive at Arches National Park for sightseeing.

The 18,000 square-foot visitors center will introduce you to the unique geologic forces that created the highest concentration of natural arches in the world with over 2,000 named arches within its 73,000-acre boundary. Visit all the park highlights including Balance Rock, The Windows, and Delicate Arch.

View of rocky landscape from waterThis afternoon, join the group for a unique experience as you take a Jet Boat Ride on the mighty Colorado River through spectacular red rock canyons. As the sun dips in the west, the canyon colors come to life while you learn about the river’s ecosystem, geology, and history. Next we make our way to the beautiful Red Cliffs Lodge where we will have a late dinner with the group. Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab, UT. 

Lunch and dinner included.

Day 2 (May 25) - Jeep Tour + Dead Horse Point + Canyonlands National Park

This morning it will be time to get your blood pumping as you board four-wheel drive vehicles and travel up an old Native American Trail, cut into the side of the soaring mesas. Afterwards we’ll travel by bus to Dead Horse Point State Park for one of the most spectacular scenes in the southwest as you enjoy your box lunch. You will see the expanse of Canyonlands National Park stretching to the south and the mighty Colorado River 2,000 feet below. Return trip to Salt Lake City back at the Marriott City Creek around 7 pm.  

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Cost: $816*

A $99 deposit holds your spot. See below for more details.

Book

*based on double occupancy (in hotel)/single supplement $146, see Terms and Conditions below for more details.


Arches and Canyonlands

One day pre-conference tour 

May 20, 2020 

Large natural arch over mountainous backdrop in the CanyonlandsDepart Salt Lake City at 7 am and travel south along the westernmost front of the Rocky Mountains, following the settlement pattern of the Mormon pioneers. Before reaching Soldier Summit, you will see the ghost town of Thistle, destroyed in a flood in 1983 you can still see the remnants from the highway. Descending through Price Canyon you will arrive in the city of Price, the coal-producing capital of Utah. Our first stop is the College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum. The museum houses one of the finest dinosaur collections in the country. 

We then drive south past the fascinating Book Cliffs and the central Utah butte country before arriving at Dead Horse Point State Park, overlooking Canyonlands National Park. We will enjoy a delicious box lunch while enjoying the spectacular views atop this isolated mesa that is ringed 2,000 feet below by the Colorado River. You can see a hundred miles in all directions across some of the most unusual desert scenery in all of the world. 

Next, continue to Arches National Park, which has the largest assemblage of natural stone arches in the world. You will have ample time to walk around and view these silent monuments to erosion, as well as to photograph your favorite ones. This rugged untamed country epitomizes the American West and has been used as a backdrop for scores of classic movies and modern commercials. After a stop at the visitor’s center of this amazing National Park, we begin our return to Salt Lake City. We will stop for dinner before returning to Salt Lake City, arriving around 9 to 10 pm. You will return home knowing you have enjoyed some of the greatest scenic wonders that the west has to offer and be ready for the AIC Annual Meeting. 

Lunch and Dinner included.

Cost: $265*

A $99 deposit holds your spot. See below for more details.

Book

*per person, see Terms and Conditions below for more details.


Terms and Conditions

Trip Minimums – 20 people
Trip Maximums – 40 people

We welcome spouses and guests of meeting attendees on these tours-either accompanying an attendee or on their own. Minimum age for a participant on any of these tour is 14. A parent or guardian must accompany those aged 14-20. Due to federal regulations, the National Parks Service counts infants as adults for entry charges, so you may not included them as a non-participant on the tour.

A $99 deposit holds your spot on a tour, and we will fully refund it through December 15. On or before this date, we will decide if the trip has enough participants to go forward. In the event the trip does not go forward, we will refund the deposit.

The remainder of the balance including any single supplements and payments for optional activities is due on February 15. After this date, we will no longer offer refunds. We encourage attendees to consider the trip insurance offered through Western Leisure.

Not included in the package price:

  • Meals not mentioned as included 
  • Optional activities listed in descriptions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Alcoholic beverages at meals
  • Single Supplements
  • Trip Insurance
  • Tips to guides and Western Leisure Manager