Type: Lodge-Based Hiking Tour, 1 Day Rafting
Days: 5 Days
Distance: 30 to 35 mi/ 48 to 56 km
Origin: Moab, UT
Cost: $1899/person (plus Utah sales tax, 8.75%)
Single Supplement: $499
This wonderful Moab tour offers you the opportunity to explore some of the most remarkable landscapes in Utah’s famed canyon country through a series of guided day hikes and a day of rafting. The high desert of the Colorado Plateau is best exemplified in this unparalleled wilderness, sculpted over millennia by wind and water. You’ll spend your days hiking narrow canyons & endless slickrock, getting up close and personal with incredible sandstone arches and rafting the exciting Colorado River. You’ll visit Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, as well as a few lesser-known areas near Moab. Each day holds a new and exciting adventure and your nights are spent in the comfort of a lodge in Moab and dining on your own at various nearby restaurants. Join us for an exciting outdoor adventure that is sure to satisfy your desire for exploration and discovery.
Meet your guide at 7am for a brief orientation and then it’s off to nearby Arches National Park, home to the largest concentration of natural sandstone arches in the world. After a quick stop at the Visitor Center, we’ll head out for a hike to Delicate Arch, perhaps the most iconic arch in the park. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy lunch at Devil’s Garden and then head to the Fiery Furnace for a hike through some of the most fantastic redrock scenery in the world! This maze of sandstone fins and spires will amaze and bewilder and the contrast of deep red hues and impossibly blue skies makes for incredible photos. After our day of adventuring, it’s back to Moab to check in to our hotel. The evening is yours to dine out and wander through downtown Moab.
Drive Time: 1.5 hours total
Distance & Elevation: 8 miles, ~500 feet of elevation change
Breakfast & Lunch
Plan an early breakfast before we head out for a full day of exploring. Today we head to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park, famous for its unique landscape of colorful sandstone spires and endless canyons. Our destination for today is Chesler Park, a beautiful, grassy expanse surrounded by colorful rock spires. If time permits and we’re feeling adventurous, we can explore the nearby Joint Trail, featuring exciting, deep crevices sometimes no more than 3 or 4 feet wide!
Drive Time: 3 hours total
Distance & Elevation: 9 to 11 miles, ~500 feet of elevation change
Breakfast & Lunch
Today you will trade in your hiking boots for boats and paddles as you float down the famous Colorado River. We meet the raft guides in Moab at 8am for a quick orientation before transport to the launch site. You’ll relish in the beauty of the towering canyon walls as you splash and paddle your way down the river. Keep your eye out for eagles, great blue herons and maybe some bighorn sheep. Enjoy a BBQ lunch at a riverside ranch before hitting the famous White’s Rapid. Hold on tight! Plan on being out for most of the day.
14 miles rafting
Breakfast & Lunch
Another day of adventure and exploring! We’ll start the day with a hike to Fisher Towers, massive sandstone fins reaching 900 feet high! The views from the base of The Titan are fantastic, taking in Castle Valley, the Book Cliffs and the Colorado River. In the afternoon, we’ll head to scenic Negro Bill Canyon for a hike to Morning Glory Natural Bridge. The trail crosses a small creek several times so water shoes or sport sandals are recommended. The canyon features 400-foot canyon walls streaked with desert varnish and lush vegetation. Morning Glory Natural Bridge stands in a gorgeous redrock alcove and spans 243 feet. The sunlight reflecting off the canyon walls washes the whole scene in a warm red glow making for wonderful photo opportunities. We’ll then retrace our path back to the car and head home to Moab for showers and well deserved relaxation.
Drive Time: 1 hour total
Distance & Elevation: 9 to 11 miles, ~700 feet of elevation gain
Breakfast & Lunch
For our final day, we’re off to Canyonlands’ Island In The Sky District for endless panoramic views and redrock hiking. The Island is a high mesa resting 1000 feet above the greater Canyonlands region and offers unparalleled vistas of this incredible landscape. The hiking opportunities are many and varied, so the day can be highly customized to suit the abilities and desires of the group. Adventurous hikers might enjoy the Murphy Trail to Murphy Hogback, a slim mesa with stellar views of the White Rim and the surrounding canyons. The Neck Spring Loop is a pleasant walk just beneath the Island’s rim, through Pinon and Juniper woodlands and past small springs. Or fill up the day with a variety of short walks to ancient ruins, natural arches and incredible viewpoints. Whatever the group decides, the Island In The Sky will prove an amazing and fitting conclusion to your Canyon Country adventure. The group will say farewell and part ways back in Moab around 3pm.
Drive Time: 2 hours total
Distance & Elevation: 3 to 5 miles, ~500 feet of elevation change
Breakfast & Lunch
4-Day Option: Rafting is not available after October 31 so we eliminate this day and offer a shorter itinerary. Groups of 4 or more may also request a 4-day itinerary if a shorter trip is desired. We can customize the itinerary to include your preferred activities. Call for pricing.
*Final itineraries are occasionally subject to change due to permit/campsite availability, park restrictions/closures, weather conditions and/or road closures.
- A professional, licensed and medically trained guide
- All lodging (double occupancy) for the duration of the trip.
- All breakfasts & lunches through lunch on the last day + trail snacks
- Use of day pack and trekking poles
- Rountrip Transportation to parks and trailheads for each day of the trip
- All backcountry permits & park entrance fees
What’s Not Included:
- Transportation to/from Moab, UT
- Lodging the night before/after the trip
- Dinners – there are many restaurants in Moab within easy walking distance
- Clothing, raingear, and footwear
- Personal toiletries, sunscreen
- Water bottles/hydration bladder
- Guide gratuity (suggested 10-15% of trip cost)
*Upon booking you will receive a detailed trip information packet
How many people are in the group?
Most trips in Utah will accommodate 6 people plus one guide. On occasion, a group may be as large as 9 people plus 2 guides.
Are there age restrictions?
Children under the age of 12 are generally not permitted on regularly scheduled trips. This restriction may be negotiable on private tours. Please contact us with any questions regarding this policy.
How do I sign up?
In order to confirm a reservation, we require an initial deposit of $250 per person, with the final balance due 90 days prior to the trip’s departure. If you book a trip within 90 days of the trip’s scheduled departure, then full payment is due at the time of booking.
Your deposit is payable over the phone by Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, or Discover. Checks by mail are fine as well, as are bank transfers ($35 transfer fee). Call our office Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm Arizona time. 1-877-272-5032
Where does the trip begin/end?
This trip will begin/end in Moab, UT and you will need to spend the night prior to your trip’s scheduled departure in Moab. You will want to fly into either Grand Junction (2 hour drive), Salt Lake City (4 hour drive) or Moab. Please visit our Travel Resources page for information on airports, shuttles/rental cars and recommended hotels.
Where do meet our guides?
We will meet for at 7:00am the morning of your trip’s departure at the Best Western Greenwell Inn in Moab. It is best to plan on staying at this hotel the evening prior to your trip’s departure. After a brief orientation, we will depart for the first day of hiking.
Where should we stay the night prior to the trip beginning?
We stay at the Best Western Greenwell Inn for the duration of the trip so it is convenient for you to stay here the night prior to your trip’s scheduled start date. For an additional fee, we can arrange this night’s accommodation as well. If you choose to stay at another location the night prior to your trip’s scheduled start date, then just plan to meet us at the Greenwell Inn at 7:00am on Day 1.
What time do we finish on the last day?
Expect to be back in Moab by 4pm at the latest on the last day of the trip. Many trips will return earlier but we cannot make any guarantees. In general, it is recommended that you do not plan to fly home on the same day your trip finishes. Since each trip has slightly different logistics, feel free to contact us with specific questions related to the expected return time for your trip.
March: 30-April 3
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Call 1-877-272-5032 or email us for details.
When booking your Utah backpacking trip, make sure that you book out at least 4+ months in advance due to Grand Canyon National Park’s permit system. Backpacking permits are issued on the first of the month 4 months in advance (i.e. Jan 1 for all of May, Feb 1 for June, Mar 1 for July…etc.)