Soar high in the sky on this scenic airplane ride over Capitol Reef National Park and beautiful Bryce Canyon and take in spectacular views of two of Utah’s Mighty 5 National Parks. Admire colorful canyons and bridges from high above and get unbeatable views of the spectacular cliffs of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.
Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure in the Waterpocket Fold, a 65 million-year-old geologic Framonocline (a wrinkle on the earth) extending almost 100 miles long and six miles wide. Bryce Canyon is a vast showcase of colorful rock pinnacles and spires, known as “hoodoos,” which rise from a series of natural amphitheaters stretching across the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Many formations have extravagant names according to what they supposedly look like, including “The Poodle,” “Queen Victoria,” and perhaps the park’s most notable hoodoo, “Thor’s Hammer.” These hoodoos, combined with surrounding spruce, pine, and fir forests, make for a truly picturesque atmosphere.
The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument is a series of plateaus that descend from Bryce Canyon south toward the Grand Canyon, marked by vertical drops at the Pink Cliffs, Grey Cliffs, White Cliffs, Vermillion Cliffs, and Chocolate Cliffs. This area boasts a mixture of colorful sandstone cliffs soaring above narrow slot canyons, prehistoric village sites and abandoned old Western movie sets, among many other treasures.