Arches & Canyonland Trip
Spend four days exploring the wonders of Moab.
September 16 – September 19, 2021
November 4 – November 7, 2021
Gratuity for your guide
Sleeping bag (can be rented for an additional fee)
Round trip transportation
Private, medically-trained, naturalist guide
Park entry fees
This adventure hits the highlights of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Hike to spectacular rock formations, explore deep canyons, and admire the rivers and stars.
The best times of year to hike in the deserts of Utah are during early Spring from late February to April, 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 (16°-27°C) and nights are cool. In the early fall you should be prepared for the odd afternoon thunderstorm.
Intensity – Moderate
Expect to spend up to 6 hours per day walking or hiking (up to 10 miles and 2500ft elevation change) while carrying day packs with water and snacks! Suitable for most fit people with a bit of hiking experience.
- Three nights glamping in Dead Horse Point State Park
Your guide will meet you at Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City, Utah at 10:30 am on Day 1, so please book a flight that arrives by 10:00 am. Alternatively, you can be collected at your accommodation in Salt Lake City at 9:00 am if you are already in town.
Your trip ends back at Salt Lake City International Airport at around 6:00 pm on Day 4. Please book a flight that leaves after 19:30 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 on.
Your host will meet you at Salt Lake City Airport where you’ll jump in the van and hit the road over to Moab, the base for your adventure in the Utah desert. After checking in to your yurts, you can head out on a 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 a heads-up on the big hike tomorrow. Don’t forget to check out the stars before bed!
Meals: L, D
Alarm clocks will be ringing early this morning as you wake up before the sun to head straight out into Canyonlands National Park. You’ll watch the sun rise over the canyon before tackling one of the park’s most secluded and difficult trails – the Lathrop Canyon 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 before you reach the canyon walls with the Colorado River two-thousand feet below. Epic!
Meals: B, L, D
After breakfast you’ll head over to Arches National Park, named for the more than 2000 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 against the deep blue sky – an iconic southwestern sight.
Meals: B, L, D
After breakfast and a leisurely morning, or an optional hike in Dead Horse State Park, your host will drive you back through the desert to Salt Lake City in time for your departing flight.
Meals: B, L
- Daypack (20+ liters)
- Luggage (Can be left in the van. Limit of one small suitcase per person.)
- Warm jacket
- Rain jacket
- Rain pants (optional)
- Wool socks
- Breathable wicking layers
- Warm hat & sunhat
- Buff or neckscarf
- Lightweight hiking pants
- Comfortable clothes for camp
- Warm clothes to sleep in
- Sandals or camp shoes
- Pack cover
- Hiking boots
- Sleeping bag (also available to rent)
- Cotton or silk sleeping bag liner (optional)
- Travel pillow (optional)
- Insect repellant
- Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
- Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, hand gel, sanitary wear, etc)
- Quick-dry towel
- Reusable water bottles or bladders (3L capacity)