Utah Adventure Trip For Middle School Overview
Discover one of the most adventurous states in the country and four National Parks in just one week on this trip just for older teens!
Explore Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, and Canyonlands National Parks and fall in love with the lovely state of Utah.
Hike through all four parks and discover the stunning red rocks, hoodoos, vistas, and arches unique to this area of the world. Catch some of the most breathtaking sunsets and sunrises in the world from picture-perfect viewpoints and admire some of the darkest skies in the country for some of the most incredible stargazing. Plenty of adventures are waiting for you!
This is the perfect trip for travelers looking to explore the great outdoors with a small group of like-minded peers.
This program limits exposure to outside groups and the majority of our time, other than our work at the shelter, will be spent outdoors where we can easily social distance and ensure the health and safety of our participants.
During this program, you will…
- Catch a breathtaking sunrise from Isle of the Sky in Canyonlands National Park
- Explore the densest concentration of natural arches in the world at Arches National Park
- Hike one of the famous trails in Zion National Park
- Try out one of the most popular sports in Utah and go rock climbing
- Cool off in a hidden local swimming spot underneath a waterfall
- Discover the massive hoodoos in Bryce Canyon and wander through one of the park’s narrow trails
- Are you a rock climbing enthusiast? Come join our exhilarating rock climbing course in Moab!*
- Explore the wide variety of trails in all four parks and admire the views, red rocks, mesas, and arches that give them their claim to fame
- Picnic at Salt Lake
*This is an optional excursion
Can’t get enough adventure? Most travelers choose to extend their National Park Adventure by joining our hugely popular USA for Middle School: Utah & Wyoming National Parks Adventure program or our hugely popular USA for Middle School: Colorado, Utah & Wyoming National Parks Adventure program.
DAY 1-2: ARRIVE IN SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
Say hello to your new friends for the next week! Our travelers are curious individuals excited to volunteer with the local community and explore one of the most beautiful states in the country. Your staff will facilitate plenty of group bonding activities and ice breakers so everyone can get to know each other on the first day! You will be amazed at how fast your fellow travel companions become lifelong friends.
Explore the surrounding landscapes in Salt Lake City and picnic at the expansive lake that gave this city its name.
DAY 2-5: ZION NATIONAL PARK
Depart Salt Lake City bright and early to head to Zion National Park. Spend your afternoon hiking one of the park’s iconic hiking trails and admire the sweeping views. As the sun goes down watch as the cliffs start to glow a bright orange before a starry night sky starts to take over. This area is home to some of the best stargazing in the country!
DAY 5-6: BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK
We will depart Zion in the morning and just a short drive away is Bryce Canyon National Park! Bryce Canyon is famous for its thousands of red-orange hoodoos that make up its iconic landscape. The panoramic views of this park are mind-boggling. Spires and sweeping sandstone rock give way to winding trails begging to be explored. Hike through one of the park’s many trails and experience being surrounded by these unique formations as they tower over you.
After enjoying Bryce Canyon we will make our way to the exciting town of Moab!
DAYS 6-10: MOAB: ARCHES & CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARKS
Moab is one of the area’s most loved adventure playgrounds. Experience adrenaline-pumping activities like rock climbing, a sunset hike to the famous Delicate Arch, and escape the desert heat and go for a swim in a local watering hole.
Moab is the perfect location between Arches and Canyonlands, which offers every desert adventure you can dream of. Make the red rocks here your playground and go on a rock climbing adventure. Escape the desert heat and go for a swim in a local watering hole that is a hidden gem.
In Arches National Park there are a plethora of hikes to choose from that will allow you to discover exactly why this park got its name! No trip to Arches would be complete without a sunset hike to Delicate Arch, the most famous arch in the park!
Catch sunrise in Canyonlands National Park and watch as the sun slowly lights up the canyon with soft pink and orange hues, unveiling the incredible landscape before you. After sunrise, enjoy one of the park’s many hikes and be amazed by the stunning vistas and panoramic views.
From the awe-inspiring red rock formations of Arches to the sprawling views of Canyonlands, you are sure to fall for this lovely part of Utah.
DAY 10-11: SALT LAKE CITY DEPARTURE
The memories and friendships we made during this week will last forever!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is unique about USA for Middle School: Utah National Park Adventure?
Participants of the USA for Middle School: Utah National Parks Adventure love the opportunity to explore two of America’s greatest national parks. From the Moab to Zion, you will experience nature’s finest views and trails!
What kind of teen typically participates in this program? What are the requirements to join?
Teens from all over the world join this program! Typically, our participants are culturally curious individuals who are excited to make new friends, experience something unique, and interested in stepping out of their comfort zones and expanding their horizons.
This program is exclusively for students who are currently in grades 7th and 8th and are approximately 12 to 14 years old. Students living outside of the USA are welcome to join!
What do participants like the most about USA for Middle School: Utah National Park Adventure?
This program is a road trip designed with teens in mind. USA for Middle School: Utah National Park Adventure has intimate sized groups which make this an incredible experience for everyone on board. You’ll see cities and spend time outdoors in some of the greatest places North America has to offer while building lifelong friendships with like-minded peers.
Where do we stay?
Our hotels are specifically chosen to be in safe areas and well-suited to facilitating group supervision. We stay in centrally located accommodations, usually within walking distance of the main attractions. This means we do not use large, impersonal chain hotels on the outskirts of cities. We prefer to select smaller, family-run hotels where we establish personal relationships with the owners.
All accommodations on this trip have been selected to ensure quality while still maintaining character of the places we are visiting.
For safety reasons, we do not publish the names of the accommodations we use. We do not feel it is safe to publish the name of a hotel where a group of teenagers is staying abroad. After registering, participants and parents are given access to our secure parent website where you will be able to see the names of all of the accommodations for a trip.
Do most travelers go on their own?
Yes! In fact, over 75% of students who travel with us choose to come independently. This encourages teens to step further outside their comfort zone and make new friends. We believe that one of the most rewarding and exciting elements of travel is the new friendships that form along the way. When we travel by ourselves, we are bound to make new friends from all over the country and even the world. The best part is, you can travel again with your new friends on another TFT program the next summer!
If you are thinking about joining a TFT program by yourself but you are feeling unsure, please let us know! We have plenty of references from solo travelers who had great experiences and would be happy to chat with you about it.
Can I bring a friend?
Absolutely! We ask that if you do come with a friend, you and your friend(s) maintain openness to meeting new people and sharing this special experience with the entire group.
What is included?
Ground transportation, accommodations, all breakfasts and dinners, chaperones and guides, program related activities, program related activity admissions, taxes and tips.
Not included in cost (this not intended to be an exhaustive list): airfare; visas and visa application fees; lunches; personal and medical expenses; activities and admissions that are not program-related or referenced in the itinerary; beverages other than filtered water at meals; participant expenses that are outside of the program description, such as excess baggage fees and damage to hotels; expenses related to unforeseen circumstances, such as transportation strikes and natural disasters.
What is the average group size?
We pride ourselves on small group sizes to create a more authentic and personalized experience. Our group sizes fall between 14 and 21 students – the perfect size to facilitate new friendships without feeling lost in a crowd! We believe smaller groups eliminate the likelihood of cliques, and allows for a well-rounded, healthy group dynamic.
Who leads the program?
Our staff is a cut above the rest! We seek out two main characteristics in our counselors – extensive knowledge of and experience in our destinations, and a passion for working with teens. Our staff’s backgrounds include living abroad and working in summer camps or other educational settings. Team members are proven leaders and role models, who connect easily with others and form genuine friendships with each student – all while bringing each destination to life.
We celebrate diversity! Our staff represents 49 different nationalities, speak a combined total of 21 languages, and visited 142 countries. Additionally, 80% of our staff lived or worked abroad in their lives. With so many unique experiences to share, you are sure to gain a global perspective.
Our average minimum ratios are one staff member to every seven participants. Each program has one Trip Director with several support staff, depending on the group size. Directors must be at least 25 years old and have prior experience working with TFT.
What are the safety qualifications for our staff?
Our staff members undergo a rigorous hiring process. They receive the same background check as school educators, an extensive training process to go over all safety precautions and protocols, and are required to be certified in CPR and First Aid. We exclusively hire responsible, multi-talented individuals who are safety-minded and are as passionate about teen travel as we are.
How does this program connect to other programs?
Our program dates are designed specifically so that participants can opt to combine trips throughout the summer. When connecting to another program, your counselor will escort you to the airport on the last day of the program and assist you in meeting your next group at your new destination.
Families who sign up for more than one program will also receive a 15% discount on the lesser-priced program.
What is the food like on this program?
In a word – delicious! At TFT, we believe food is an integral aspect of the travel experience, and we make an effort to eat at authentic establishments whenever possible. There is no better way to immerse ourselves in the culture of a place than through sampling the local delicacies. We stray away from westernized restaurants and chains that cater to tourists, because every true traveler knows the best food is found where the locals are eating!
Of course, we are always willing and able to accommodate vegetarians, vegans, gluten allergies, and other dietary restrictions.
Do we ever get time to go off on our own?
Our staff and teens are nearly always together, but we do provide the opportunity to break up into smaller groups to allow for flexibility and customization within the itinerary.
We offer free time in defined safe areas – for example, shopping in a market or exploring a museum. During these times, students remain in groups of at least two and are given no more than an hour. Of course, the counselors remain nearby and available. Additionally, a lifeguard-certified counselor supervises the campers any time they are involved in water activities.
Do I need any vaccinations for this program?
We recommend checking with your family doctor regarding vaccinations and medical advice for the destination you are visiting. For more information, please check the World Health Organization’s website. Upon registration, we provide a list of recommended vaccinations that can be discussed further with your doctor. For Specific questions pertaining to the COVID-19 vaccine, click here.
What kind of visa do you need for this trip?
US citizens need a passport to visit Canada.
When joining a TFT trip from outside of the US, please be sure to check your country’s specific visa requirements.