Arches & Canyonlands Adventure

  • 6 Days
  • 18 People Max

    14 people max

  • Activity Level 3
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  • Trip Start: Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Trip End: Grand Junction, Colorado
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Utah’s finest geologic wonders and world-renowned beauty await your discovery on our Arches & Canyonlands Adventure

In just 6-days, explore the jaw-dropping landscapes of Arches & Canyonlands National Parks, and see for yourself why Utah is known across the globe as an adventurer's paradise. 

Starting and finishing in Grand Junction, there’s no doubt you’ll be mind-blown by the variety of landscapes you’ll explore on foot, on two wheels and with a paddle in hand in under one week. Raft the narrow Black Granite Gorge, bike alongside the Colorado River on Potash Road, witness the famous Mesa Arch and Delicate Arch and take an exciting Hummer Tour through Moab. With the same accommodation all trip, you can unpack your bags and settle into a marvellous adventure with expert local guides taking care of every detail. 

Allow your senses to come alive as you bike, hike and raft through Utah’s expansive landscapes. Let our Arches & Canyonlands National Parks tour lead the way.

Arches & Canyonlands Adventure ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Grand Junction, Colorado Trip End: Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Day 1Meet group in Grand Junction, paddle Black Granite Gorge 

  • Day 2Bike Canyonlands National Park

  • Day 3Hike The Needles District in Canyonlands National Park

  • Day 4Hummer Tour and Bike Ride

  • Day 5Hike to Delicate Arch, explore Arches National Park 

  • Day 6Hike Fish Towers, transfer to Grand Junction and say goodbyes

  • Day 1

    Meet group in Grand Junction, paddle Black Granite Gorge 

    Begin your trip with early-morning pickups in Grand Junction, followed by a welcome meeting. After a short shuttle to the banks of the Colorado River, you'll spend the day paddling through ever-deepening sandstone monuments into the narrow Black Granite Gorge. Totally isolated from modern civilization, you'll soak up serene solitude as you raft amid the red sandstone spires. Enjoy a picnic on the banks of the river before setting out again. After an adventure-filled day in Colorado, it’s a quick trip to your home base for the week, The Canyonlands Inn. Located in the heart of downtown Moab, this property is within easy walking distance of many restaurants and shops. Tonight, enjoy dinner with your fellow adventurers and discuss the upcoming days playing in red rock country. 
    Canyonlands Inn (Lunch, dinner) 

    Black Granite Gorge rafting: All day, class IIII-IV 

  • Day 2

    Bike Canyonlands National Park

    Start the morning with a hearty breakfast at your hotel before continuing south into Canyonlands National Park. Mount up at Grand View Point and ride to our first stop, Mesa Arch, for a short hike. Continue north by bike along the Island in the Sky route. Picnic lunch at Dead Horse Point Overlook gives us a chance to experience the vastness of the park. Catch a ride in the van to the “top of the hill” and then ride an exhilarating 10 miles to the Colorado River. Head back to the Inn for an afternoon to relax or walk the streets of Moab before dinner in town with the group. 
    Canyonlands Inn (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) 
     
    Grandview Point to Shaffer Overlook biking distance: 19 kilometres (12 miles), rolling hills 
    Dino Museum to Colorado River biking distance: 16 kilometres (10 miles), flat to downhill 

  • Day 3

    Hike The Needles District in Canyonlands National Park

    After breakfast in town, it’s time for another fabulous hike that is unlike any that we have done so far. Today, we head out on an all-day excursion to Canyonlands National Park and experience the best that The Needles District has to offer. On our drive out, we’ll stop to check out countless petroglyphs at Newspaper Rock. Our main hike today begins at the Elephant Hill Trailhead, passing through fascinating desert country scenery and eventually arrives at the monolithic red rock towers of the Chesler Park Viewpoint. Along the way, we’ll find a shady spot to enjoy a delicious trailside lunch. Once we’re back in Moab, we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner at the charming Desert Bistro and recount all the wonderful adventures we’ve ticked off. 
    Canyonlands Inn (Breakfast, lunch)

    Chesler Park Viewpoint Hiking Distance: 10 kilometres (6.2 miles), elevation gain 152 metres (500 feet) 

  • Day 4

    Hummer Tour and Bike Ride

    After a hearty breakfast, jump in a Hummer and explore the amazing slick rock of Moab on an adrenaline-filled adventure. After a picnic lunch you’ll hop on a bike for a 10-mile ride south of Moab with beautiful rock red scenery all around you. Enjoy dinner at a favorite local restaurant with your group. 
    Canyonlands Inn (All meals)

    Potash Road Biking Distance: 16 kilometres (10 miles), mostly flat 

  • Day 5

    Hike to Delicate Arch, explore Arches National Park 

    Today, you'll head out on an all-day excursion to Canyonlands National Park and experience the best that the Needles District has to offer. On the drive out, you'll stop at Newspaper Rock to check out its countless petroglyphs. Today’s main hike begins at the Elephant Hill Trailhead, passing through fascinating desert scenery and eventually arriving at the monolithic red rock towers of the Chesler Park Viewpoint. Along the way, your guides will find a shady spot to stop and enjoy a delicious trailside lunch. The evening is yours to enjoy on your own. Your hotel is perfectly situated in downtown Moab with many restaurants within walking distance. 
    Canyonlands Inn (All meals)

    Delicate Arch Hiking Distance:
    5.6 kilometres (3.5 miles)

    Landscape Arch Hiking Distance
    : 1.6 kilometres (1 mile)

    Window, Turret & Double Arch Hiking Distance:
     3.2 kilometres (2 miles)

  • Day 6

    Hike Fish Towers, transfer to Grand Junction and say goodbyes

    This morning you’ll have time for one more great hike before heading home. Stretch your legs and soak in the views of the picturesque Fisher Towers before heading back to Grand Junction to say goodbyes and depart for home. 
    (Breakfast) 

    Fish Towers to Titan Lookout Hiking Distance: 3.2 kilometres (2 miles)

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USD $3999/pp (+tax)

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What's the maximum group size on this trip?

This trip has a maximum of 22 guests, plus 2-3 experienced guides. We tend to average between 12-18 guests on this trip.

Where does this trip start?

On the first morning of the trip, our two pick-up locations are the Holiday Inn Hotel Grand Junction Airport at 7:30am or the Courtyard by Marriott at 7:45am. You are welcome to stay at any hotel in Grand Junction for your pre-night, though you must make your own way to one of the two pick-up points at the pre-designated times.

Where does this trip end?

Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Grand Junction Airport at 12pm in time for flights below or at a hotel of your choice in Grand Junction around 12:30pm.

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: We recommend arriving in Grand Junction the night before the trip starts. Many guests like to arrive a day or two early to accommodate potential flight delays and/or explore the city prior to your trip start.

Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, we recommend departing Grand Junction after 2pm. Earlier flight times will require a separate transfer booked at your own expense.

Will I have contact with my guides before the trip starts?

Your guides will call your cell phone the night before your trip begins to touch base on the first day’s plan. If they don’t get through to you, they will leave a voicemail on your cell phone with all the details you need to plan for your first morning.

What should I bring with me on the first day?

When you speak with your guides the night before your trip, they will give you a detailed description of what to bring with you on Day 1. Typically, this includes a day pack with your rain jacket, sunglasses, hat, camera, etc. Anything you want easy access to during the day should go in your day pack as the rest of your luggage will go in the locked cargo trailer pulled behind the van. Your guides will provide you with a water bottle on the first morning of your trip and will always have water available for refills. There will be snacks available at all times in the van. Your guides will also have bug spray and sunscreen accessible for you to use.

What are your recommended guide gratuity guidelines?

You will have 2-3 guides on your Austin Adventure (depending on group size). We recommend $15-25 per day, per guest, per guide. Typically, gratuities are offered by check or cash in local currency on the final morning of the trip and can either be given to each guide individually or to one guide to be equally distributed. Most of our guides these days also accept gratuities via Venmo (please note this app does not work in Canada). All dining, housekeeping and activity tips are included in your trip price.

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