Lake Powell

Straddling Arizona and Utah, this 189-mile reservoir boasts dramatic rock formations, deep Navajo history, and some of the most picturesque hiking and kayaking in America.

A powerboat transports us up-lake to a quiet area that affords access to some of the lake’s most beautiful, serene, and geographically unique pockets. Then what? We stand-up paddleboard along the 1900-mile-long shoreline, kayak on the glassy waters of the inlets, hike along the local sandstone or “slickrock,” and explore some of the lake’s natural caves, “hoodoo” rock towers, and 96 canyons. After a day of extraordinary adventure, we enjoy dinner on-board a luxury houseboat and take in a little stargazing by campfire before bed.

Nearby, the renowned Amangiri Resort is a great base to explore the area’s drier treasures. The resort’s unique Via Ferrata (Italian for “iron road”) offers a guided experience over a series of fixed cables and ladders, while hikes explore spectacular slot canyons and mesas. Other options include horseback riding and spa treatments in the resort’s 2,322-square-metre facility.