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Canyonlands LGBTQ+ Backpacking

 

Venture into the Canyonlands on our LGBTQ+ Backpacking Expedition and embrace the thrill of adventure!

 

Trip Length

4 Days

Intensity

Level 3. View our intensity scale.

Group Size

8 Persons

Trip Dates

October 30 – November 3, 2024

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

Gratuity for your guide
Sleeping bag (available to rent for $50)
Personal camping gear (see pack list)

$1995 per person

Join a Diverse and Inclusive Community of LGBTQ+ Hikers!

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!

Worth every penny! Our guide Alex was amazing. She knew so much about the park starting with the history of who lived there. She was very patient with me (I have a torn ACL and was afraid to do certain trails). She was also the most professional guide we had in the Utah parks we went to. Lunch was a beautifully prepared picnic in a well situated place. In retrospect I wish I had booked all my Utah tours with Good Trip Adventure. In the future I will definitely only reach out to them for the other destinations they serve.

Joan, June 2023

Wow! Where to start from start to finish, this five day tour was stellar. It was well organized, curated, and fun. Our experience, Glamping in a yurt, was something not to be missed. However, all of this pales in comparison to our incomparable guide. Alex was fabulous. She knew what she was doing understood or physical limitations, and yet encouraged us to be our best. It would not have been the same without her. I would highly recommend this company to anyone looking to hike this marvellous part of the world.

Laurie P, May 2023

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.

Accommodations

  • 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.

Flights for Arches & Canyonlands Hiking Tour

Why Choose Our Canyonlands Queer Backpacking Adventure?

Spectacular Scenery: Immerse yourself in the breathtaking vistas of rugged canyons, towering arches, and awe-inspiring rock formations that Canyonlands is renowned for. Every step you take feels like a step into a postcard-worthy masterpiece.

Inclusive Community: Connect with like-minded adventurers as we foster a warm and inclusive environment for all members of the LGBTQ+ community. Forge friendships, share stories, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Expert Guides: Our experienced guides are not only well-versed in the intricacies of Canyonlands but also dedicated to ensuring your safety and enjoyment. They’ll lead the way, offering insights and support as you embark on a journey of a lifetime.

Unique Itinerary: Get ready for a journey filled with fun and excitement. From heart-pounding hikes to serene moments of reflection, our thoughtfully crafted itinerary offers a perfect balance of adventure and relaxation.

Campfire Bonding: Share laughter, songs, and s’mores around the campfire with your fellow travelers. It’s the perfect opportunity to build connections and celebrate the camaraderie that comes with a shared adventure.

Memorable Accommodations: Experience the joy of sleeping under the stars in comfortable tents, adding a touch of magic to your evenings as you unwind from the day’s challenge.

Ready to Join Us? 

Don’t let this adventure slip away! Book your spot now and get ready for an exhilarating journey through the heart of Canyonlands National Park. Embrace your innate curiosity and make memories that resonate with the vibrant energy of the LGBTQ+ community. Embrace the progressive, the wild, and the wonderful – all against the stunning backdrop of Canyonlands’ majestic beauty.

 

Canyonlands LGBTQ+ Backpacking Itinerary

Day 1

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 2

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 3

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 4

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

Canyonlands Queer Backpacking 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 and 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

    Packing list for Arches & Canyonlands Hiking Tour

    • 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

    Packing list for Arches & Canyonlands Hiking & Glamping Tour

    Canyonlands Queer Backpacking

    $1995 per person

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