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Arches & Canyonlands

 

Join us on an Arches and Canyonlands Tour! Visiting Arches and Canyonlands National Parks is an unforgettable experience.

Day Long Tours & Hikes

Day Long Small Group Experiences

The towering rock formations, stunning canyons, and sweeping vistas are a testament to the power of nature. In Arches, explore over 2,000 natural stone arches and hike to the Delicate Arch, a symbol of Utah. In Canyonlands, discover the ancient rock art and hike to the stunning Mesa Arch at sunrise. With so much to see and explore, these parks are a must-visit for any nature lover.

FROM $1295 per group

April 25 – 28, 2024

Enjoy an action-packed getaway in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

 

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From $1295 Per Group

Explore one of three separate districts in a park known for a dramatic desert landscape carved by the Colorado River.

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From $1495 per Group

Maximize your time in Moab with a one day tour of both Arches & Canyonlands National Parks!

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From $2395 per Group

Adventure through the Marvels of Moab with a Good Trip Adventures guide on this two day tour of Arches & Canyonlands.

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$279 per person

 

Adventure through the Marvels of Moab with a Good Trip Adventures guide on a small-group tour.

 

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$279 per person

 

Adventure through Canyonlands with a Good Trip guide on a small-group tour.

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Group Multi-Day Trips

Link Up with other explorers on these multi-day adventures

Join us for any of our public trip offerings! Meet other adventure-oriented folks from across the globe on the trip of a lifetime, from long backpacking trips to grounded wellness experiences. Explore hidden gems and glorious vistas with the best guides around. Because you know you deserve a Good Trip.

$1595 per person

April 25 – 28, 2024

Enjoy an action-packed getaway in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

 

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$3385 per person

 Good Trip Adventures X Blackwater Expeditions

Embark on a 9-day Utah adventure paddling the Green River and exploring Arches & Canyonlands!

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$1995 per person

October 30 – Nov 3, 2024

Spend 5 days backpacking in Canyonlands National Park with other queer folks!

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Custom Private Itineraries

Didn’t see what you were looking for? Book a Custom trip for The perfectly planned adventure.

We offer custom itineraries for families, friends, and corporate groups. Whether you want to camp in the backcountry or enjoy day trips while sleeping in comfortable hotels, we can plan the perfect adventure for your group! Explore some of our sample itineraries and contact us so we can plan your dream vacation!

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Region Overview

The Southwestern US brings to mind vast deserts, stunning geology, unique ecosystems, and contemporary cultures that have evolved alongside the landscapes. From the staggering beauty of the Grand Canyon to the iconic slot canyons and hoodoos of Utah, to the rugged rock formations of Joshua Tree, there is something for everyone in the Southwest.

Arches National Park & Canyonlands National Parks

With nearly 200 natural arches between them, Arches and Canyonlands are a sightseers dream. However, each offers countless rock formations beyond the arch – there are also towering hoodoos, gigantic canyons, and hidden slot canyons to explore.

Arches & Canyonlands FAQ’s

 

Your Trip Questions Answered!
When is the best time to visit?

The optimal time to visit Arches and Canyonlands National Parks is during spring (March to May) or fall (September to October). During these seasons, temperatures are mild, making outdoor activities like hiking more enjoyable. Spring brings vibrant wildflowers into bloom, while fall offers changing foliage colors.

What will the weather be like?

In spring, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks experience mild temperatures ranging from 50°F to 70°F (10°C to 21°C), ideal for hiking and outdoor activities. Wildflowers bloom, adding vibrant colors to the landscape, and occasional showers can occur. Summer brings hot and dry weather, with temperatures soaring above 90°F (32°C) in both parks, making early morning or late afternoon visits preferable to avoid the heat. Thunderstorms are common in the afternoons, bringing brief but intense rainfall. Fall sees temperatures cooling down to a comfortable range of 50°F to 80°F (10°C to 27°C), with changing foliage colors adding to the scenic beauty. Winter brings colder temperatures, averaging between 20°F to 40°F (-7°C to 4°C), and occasional snowfall in both parks, creating a quieter atmosphere with fewer visitors and providing unique opportunities for photography and solitude amidst the stunning rock formations.

What highlights might I see?
  • Arches National Park is renowned for its iconic natural stone arches, including the famous Delicate Arch and Landscape Arch, which are must-see attractions. Visitors can explore numerous other unique rock formations, such as Balanced Rock and Double Arch, formed by millions of years of erosion. The park offers excellent hiking trails, showcasing breathtaking desert landscapes, towering rock spires, and hidden canyons.
  • Canyonlands National Park is characterized by its expansive vistas, deep canyons, and towering mesas carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries over millions of years. Highlights include the Island in the Sky district, offering panoramic views from lofty overlooks, and the rugged terrain of the Needles district, featuring colorful spires and ancient rock art. The park also boasts opportunities for scenic drives, backcountry camping, and adventurous activities like whitewater rafting along the Colorado River. Both parks provide unparalleled opportunities for exploration and immersion in the stunning natural beauty of the Utah desert landscape.
Will I see any wildlife?

The presence of wildlife is highly dependent on the time of year. Visitors have the chance to encounter a variety of wildlife adapted to the desert environment. Common sightings include mule deer, desert cottontail rabbits, and various species of lizards and snakes. Birdwatchers can spot raptors like golden eagles and red-tailed hawks soaring overhead, as well as songbirds and desert species such as the roadrunner and Gambel’s quail. Additionally, visitors may come across smaller mammals like rock squirrels and chipmunks, while more elusive sightings include desert bighorn sheep and coyotes. Observing these creatures adds an extra dimension to the experience of exploring the rugged landscapes of these iconic national parks.

Should I combine this trip with another national park?

If one is staying in or around either of these national parks (i.e. Moab, UT) they have the great benefit of being able to visit both quite easily. The parks are about a 45 minute drive away from each other, making a visit to both in a day quite doable. Combining a visit to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks with other nearby national parks can make for an incredible road trip or vacation experience. Utah is famous for its “Big 5” National Parks (Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, and Zion) and it is not uncommon for visitors to try and combine multiple of these parks in one visit to the state. This of course requires many hours of driving, but it is still enjoyable if one plans time for rest and exploration at each park!

Are there any entry regulations I should know about?
  • During peak season (from around April 1 to October 31), Arches National Park requires visitors that want to enter the park during peak hours (7:00AM to 4:00PM) to have a timed-entry pass. This pass is in addition to the park entrance fee everyone pays when they drive through the entrance of the park. Without your timed-entry pass, you will not be able to get into the park. Reservations aren’t required if you have a camping reservation in the park, are on a commercial tour, have a special use permit or are a Fiery Furnace ticket holder.
  • Timed entry reservations are not required to enter Canyonlands National Park, entrance fees can be paid at any park gate upon arrival. The park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except in cases of severe weather.