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Canyonlands LGBTQ+ Backpacking

 

Join a diverse and inclusdive community of LGBTQ+ hikers! Venture into the Canyonlands on our LGBTQ+ Backpacking expedition & embrace the thrill of adventure.

TRIP DATES:

October 30- November 3, 2024

Trip Length

4 Days

Intensity

Level 3

View our intensity scale.

Group Size

Up to 8 People

For larger groups, contact us.

$1995 Per Person

 

Are you prepared for an extraordinary adventure? Join us as we traverse the mesmerizing landscapes of Canyonlands National Park, where the natural beauty converges with the vibrant energy of the LGBTQ+ community for an unforgettable journey.

Our LGBTQ+ Backpacking Adventure is designed for people who seek to immerse in nature while connecting with community in a fun packed and challenging experience!

This adventure hits the highlights of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Hike to spectacular rock formations, explore vast canyons, and admire the delicate desert ecosystem. Your nights are spent in relative luxury as you camp under a blanket of stars!

Activities
  • Camping
  • Hiking & Interpretive Tours

 

Included
  • Medically-trained, naturalist guides
  • Round-trip transportation from SLC
  • Camping reservations & fees
  • Group camping equipment
  • Double/triple occupancy at Fieldstation
  • All meals
  • Park entry fees

 

Not Included
  • Flights
  • Gratuity for Your Guide
  • Sleeping bag (available to rent for $50)
  • Personal camping gear (see pack list)

*Prices do not include 8.5% Utah sales tax

WEather

The best times of year to hike in the deserts of Utah are during early Spring from late February to May, and the fall months of September through to early November. The summer months can be oppresively hot and not ideal for hiking. Daytime temperatures in spring and fall are usually from 60° to 80°F and nights are cool. In the early fall you should be prepared for the odd afternoon thunderstorm.

Group

Good Trippers can be any age and everyone is welcome!

We get families, couples and friends, but most of our travelers come solo! We have hiking tours for all abilities, just make sure to review the Intensity section for information about what to expect on your trip.

All public trips are 18+. If you’re traveling with kids, we’d be happy to make any itinerary private! Email info@goodtripadventures.com.

Intensity- Moderate

Expect to spend 3-6 hours walking or hiking over the course of the day (with some elevation change) while carrying day packs full of water and snacks! Suitable for most fit people with a bit of hiking experience.

Accomodations
  • Three nights camping in Canyonlands National Park
  • One night at Field Station Moab
  • Pricing is based on double occupancy accomodations
Flights

We begin at 10:00am on Day 1, so please book a flight that arrives by 9:30 am. Alternatively, you can be collected at your accommodation in Salt Lake City at 8:30 am if you are already in town.

Your trip ends back at Salt Lake City International Airport at around 6:00 pm on Day 5. Please book a flight that leaves after 7:30 pm to ensure you have enough time to check-in. Alternatively you can be dropped at your accommodation in Salt Lake City if you are staying to explore.

person hiking in Sedona National Park

This isn’t just a sightseeing tour; it’s a day of discovery and connection with the soul of Canyonlands. Book your private tour with Good Trip Adventures today and craft memories that will last a lifetime!

Day One

 

Your hiking guide will meet you at Salt Lake City Airport where you’ll jump in the van and hit the road to Moab, the base for your adventure in the Utah desert. After a quick stop in town for lunch, you’ll check in to your yurts. Later, you will meet the group for a sunset warm-up hike to get your first taste of Moab!

In the evening you’ll have dinner with the group while your guide gives you the low-down for the big hike tomorrow. Don’t forget to check out the starry sky before bed!

Meals: L, D

Day Two

 

Alarm clocks will be ringing early this morning as you wake up before the sun to head straight out into Arches National Park – named for the more than 2,000 natural stone arches scattered throughout the park.

Today you’ll take a series of short hikes along different trails to see a selection of these incredible formations including Delicate Arch: the iconic arch which adorns Utah’s license plates. Your hikes are set against a constant backdrop of bright red rock contrasting the deep blue sky – an iconic southwestern sight.

Meals: B, L, D

Day Three

After breakfast, you’ll head to Canyonlands National Park. Watch the sun rise over the canyon before tackling one of the park’s most beautiful and diverse trails with your hiking guide – the Cheslers Peak trail. The hike is challenging but you’ll be rewarded with amazing big-sky views across the vast openness of Canyonlands. The trail progresses from grasslands to sand dunes to slickrock and slot canyons! Epic! End the night with an unforgettable sunset at Dead Horse Point!

Meals: B, L, D

Day Four

After breakfast, a leisurely morning, and a short tour of Canyonlands Island in the Sky, your hiking guide will drive you back through the desert to Salt Lake City in time for your departing flight.

Meals: B, L, D

Packing LIst

Required Gear
  • Backpacking pack (50-60 liters)
  • Day pack (15-30 liters recommended)
  • Luggage (can be left in the vehicle, 1 small suitcase per person)
  • Sleeping bag (also available to rent)
  • Pack cover
  • Headlamp
  • Reusable water bottles or bladders (3L total capacity)
Recommended Gear & Personal Items
  • Cotton or silk sleeping bag liner (optional, recommended if renting)
  • Travel pillow
  • Sunscreen
  • Earplugs
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries (please choose biodegradable and scent-free items)
  • Small, personal first aid kit (including blister treatment)
  • Small, quick dry towel
Required Clothing
  • Warm jacket (down, puffy, fleece)
  • Rain jacket or shell
  • Breathable wicking base layers
  • Lightweight hiking pants
  • Warm clothes to sleep in
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat with a brim
  • Wool socks (1 pair per day of trip)
  • Hiking boots
  • Sunglasses
Recommended Clothing
  • Rain pants
  • Buff or neck scarf
  • Comfortable clothes for camp
  • Sandals or camp shoes

Trip FAQ’s

What will we eat?

Meals may be prepared by guides, picked up as boxed lunches, or enjoyed in restaurants. We prioritize seasonal, fresh ingredients and local suppliers in all regions. We can cater to most dietary requests and allergies with advanced notice. Be sure to include this information in our client intake form when registering for your trip!

Can we adjust the start time or trip length?

Start times are totally customizable to your group’s needs! Trips can easily be shortened to accommodate your needs. If you’d like to lengthen your trip, email hello@goodtripadventures.com as additional rates may apply.

Do you offer payment plans?

We are here to help! We offer flexible payment plans tailored to your needs. Reach out to us for more information on how we can assist you with payment options. Regardless of the payment plan implemented, full payment must be received by 30 days in advance of the trip start.

Are there age requirements?

They say age is just a number and we (mostly) agree! However, due to legal restrictions and group dynamic considerations, we do have a minimum age of 18 on our public group departures. But there’s no maximum!

If you have someone under 18 in your group, we can accommodate all ages on a private adventure, so let’s talk!

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