Join us in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument for an amazing guided backpacking trip. The Canyons of the Escalante offer unparalleled solitude in a colorful landscape and breathtaking sandstone canyons awaiting exploration. This region best exemplifies Glen Canyon before the creation of Lake Powell. This is some of the most wild, remote and beautiful canyon country in the Southwest. The remote trailhead on Egypt Bench hints towards the scenic wonders to be discovered on this exciting backpacking tour. The Egypt & Golden Cathedral loop is one of Escalante’s best-kept secrets and offers solitude in a vast wilderness of slickrock, sandstone gorges, ancient ruins and amazing hidden oases. Daily backpacking mileages are relatively few and we spend a lot of time exploring with day packs. A cross-country route will take you into the Escalante River gorge via an historic horse trail used by the cowboys in the late 1800’s. Once in the riverbed, there are many side canyons offering endless exploration. Our expert guides will lead you through this maze of sinuous canyons to all the best destinations, including the Golden Cathedral, a true gem of the Escalante Region. After a few days of exploration, we will exit via one of several exciting Native American routes.