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Moab Hiking & Canyoneering Adventure

Moab, Arches, & Canyonlands Hiking Weekend

Starting from $549

OVERVIEW

Moab is the gateway to two of Utah’s most iconic National Parks – Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. Visitors from around the world come to the town of Moab to experience sunrise over some of the most stunning red rock landscapes on Earth. Moab’s unique combination of small-town hospitality, beautiful scenery, along with the cool waters of the Colorado River, has made it one of the most sought-after outdoor recreation destinations in the American Southwest.

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ADVENTURE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience 4 days of hiking desert trails in two iconic National Parks – Arches and Canyonlands.
  • Witness the power of wind as you hike among iconic formations where over 2,000 arches have been documented.
  • Watch the sunset at Utah’s most iconic landmark, Delicate Arch.
  • Explore seven arches in one trail to discover the namesake of Arches National Park.
  • Catch the sunrise at Mesa Arch and wander among red sandstone pillars in the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park.
  • Hike in secluded areas of the desert where you’ll hear nothing but the rustle of the wind and the sound of your footsteps.
  • Meander into the shops and try the local beer of the quaint and artsy town of Moab.
  • Discover why people from around the world come to experience canyoneering in Moab.

Day 1: Moab – Sunset at Delicate Arch

Welcome to Utah! Most flights to Moab are with United Airlines and all have a stop in Denver. All Adventure People should plan to arrive by no later than 4pm. Upon arrival in Moab (CNY), you will be greeted at the airport by your tour director who will take you to the Adventure People House. This afternoon, there will be an official orientation to lay out the plans for the next few days and meet your fellow housemates. Your home for the next 4 days will have views of the rocky mesas and red desert right out our windows.

We won’t waste any time today as we drop our luggage and throw on a day pack to hit the trails at Arches National Park. It’s just a short drive from Moab and what a better way to start our trip than watching the sunset at the park’s most iconic landmark, Delicate Arch. This picturesque formation is one of the most famous geologic structures in the world. It has graced Utah license plates since 1996.  The opening below the arch is 46 feet high, making this the largest free-standing arch in Arches National Park.

Delicate Arch Trail: 3 miles/ 610 ft elevation gain/ Out & Back/ Est 1.5 hours

Overnight in Downtown Moab


Day 2: Hiking in Canyonlands National Park – Island In the Sky District

After a hearty breakfast, we’ll lace up our hiking boots and head to Canyonlands National Park to watch the sunrise at Mesa Arch. A short hike (0.7 miles) leads to a cliff-edge arch, which is a classic sunrise spot and is popular among photographers.

Canyonlands National Park is a wilderness of countless canyons and fantastically formed buttes carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries. Rivers divide the park into for districts: Island in the Sky, The Needles, The Maze, and the rivers themselves. These areas share a primitive desert atmosphere, but each offers different opportunities for sightseeing and adventure.

The Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands is a vast mesa that sits upon sheer sandstone cliffs more than 1,000 feet above its surrounding territory. With many overlooks, each showcasing a different panorama of Canyonlands’ magnificent landscape, a broad range of great hikes, and it’s easy accessibility, it’s clear why Island in the Sky is the most visited section of Canyonlands National Park.

After watching the sunrise at Mesa Arch, we’ll next challenge ourselves with a moderate hike to Neck Spring, where hikers travel past seep springs, historic ranching sites, and an assortment of plant life. We’ll stop for a picnic lunch at the Upheaval Dome trailhead, where we’ll also find restrooms and picnic tables. After lunch, a quick and moderate hike will take you to the viewpoints of the fantastic Upheaval Dome and then we’ll head south to Grand View Point – an easy hike along the edge of the canyon to the end of the mesa where incredible panoramic views await! Finish off the day watching the sunset from the Green River Overlook – a view like no other.

Mesa Arch Trail: .7 mi/ 85 ft elevation gain/ Loop/ Est 20 min

Neck Spring Trail: 5.3 mi/ 666 ft elevation gain/ Loop/ Est 2.5 hours

Upheaval Dome Trail: 1.5 mi/ 301 ft elevation gain/ Out & Back/ Est 45 min

Grand View Point: 1.8 mi/ 173 ft elevation gain/ Out & Back/ Est 50 min

Green River Great Overlook: .2 mi/ 6 ft elevation gain/ Out & Back/ Est 5 min

Overnight in Downtown Moab

 

Day 3: FREE DAY w/ optional Full-Day Canyoneering – Granary Canyon

Today is a free day to explore the town of Moab or choose another hike on your own. For those who are extra-adventurous, discover why people from around the world come to experience canyoneering in Moab.

Moab’s beautiful carved canyons await your discovery. The trailhead for Granary Canyon is located high above Moab and very near to the mesa top of Dead Horse State Park. This canyon is classified as advanced but is suitable for adventurous beginners looking for a lot of rappels and plenty of canyon obstacles. Granary Canyon is technical, but what canyoneering route isn’t?

Departing from Moab at 8 am, we’ll drive 45 minutes to near the mesa top of Dead Horse State Park. Our experienced guide will brief us about the day and provide us with all the technical gear we’ll need. The trip begins with perhaps the best view of the dramatic La Sal Mountains and the labyrinthine landscape of the Behind the Rocks area west of Moab.

This stunning view will be our steady backdrop as we negotiate the beautiful canyons and corridors of Granary Canyon. Named for the occasional ancient storage bins used by Moab’s early inhabitants, the Ancestral Puebloans (formerly known as the Anasazi). These small, well-hidden rock structures were the first prototypes of the building technique (using local mortar) that gave rise to the more famous cliff palaces located elsewhere in the Four Corners area.

One challenge of the canyon (and there will be many!) will be to locate the granaries, arches, and the occasional natural bridge that this impressive canyon harbors. You’ll experience six miles of moderate hiking, 2000 feet of elevation loss with an occasional short, easy section of down climbing – often attached to a rope for extra security.

Then there are the rappels! With a mix of easy and challenging rappels, you’ll have the chance to try out some “advanced” rope techniques. The rappels drop you into some incredibly beautiful and unique formations – the work of water and gravity creating artworks of stone.

The rappelling skills you’ll have mastered throughout the day will be tested with our last rappel – a 200ft drop that deposits us close to the banks of the Colorado River!

OPTIONAL:

–Full-Day Guided Canyoneering: Granary Canyon (Rated: Advanced) 6 miles moderate, downhill; 6 rappels (120ft, 70ft, 60ft, 40ft, 20ft, 200ft)/ Est 8-10 hours
Includes lunch & snacks, drinking water, all of the technical gear you will need for canyoneering, wetsuits (if necessary), transportation)
Note: Rental Canyoneering Shoes with extra-sticky rubber are available

Overnight in Downtown Moab

Day 4: Hiking in Arches National Park

Arches National Park contains a variety of hiking trails to discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms, and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins, and giant balanced rocks. This red-rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.

The Devi’s Garden Loop Trail has all of the ingredients for a perfect hike in Arches National Park. This 7.8 mile (1,131 ft elevation gain) heavily trafficked loop trail allows you to see seven natural arches. The main trail is well maintained and wide. The first spur trail takes you to Tunnel Arch and Pine Tree Arch.

The trail then leads to Landscape Arch, which at 306’ long is one of the largest natural spans in the world. After visiting Landscape Arch, you begin your only significant uphill climb of the trip. You will walk well below what used to be Wall Arch, then climb higher to spur trails to Navajo and Partition Arch.  We’ll continue for an additional 2 ¼ miles for views of Double Arch and Dark Angel.

Please plan your evening flight departures after 3 pm.

Devil’s Garden Loop Trail: 7.8 mi/ 1,131 ft elevation gain/ Loop/ Est 3.5 hours

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This trip is rated CHALLENGING, which means that it is intended for those with a solid fitness base who are comfortable being active approximately 4-6 hours a day and hiking 5-10 miles on hilly to mountainous terrain with climbs up to 2,500 feet.  During your Moab adventure, you will hike some of the best trails in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and go off the beaten path with some technical work in Granary Canyon.

Daily Hikes/Canyons:

  • Delicate Arch Trail: 3 miles/ 610 ft elevation gain/ Out & Back/ Est 1.5 hours
  • Mesa Arch Trail: .7 mi/ 85 ft elevation gain/ Loop/ Est 20 min
  • Neck Spring Trail: 5.3 mi/ 666 ft elevation gain/ Loop/ Est 2.5 hours
  • Upheaval Dome Trail: 1.5 mi/ 301 ft elevation gain/ Out & Back/ Est 45 min
  • Grand View Point: 1.8 mi/ 173 ft elevation gain/ Out & Back/ Est 50 min
  • Green River Great Overlook: .2 mi/ 6 ft elevation gain/ Out & Back/ Est 5 min
  • Devil’s Garden Loop Trail: 7.8 mi/ 1,131 ft elevation gain/ Loop/ Est 3.5 hours

We highly recommend training prior to your adventure. You should be training on rough and rugged terrain – not perfectly paved sidewalks. If that’s not possible, find steps, a hill, or the StairMaster and get to climbing!

Also, don’t show up with brand new hiking boots or shoes. You should be spending some time in your shoes leading up to your adventure to break them in. Better to suffer blisters at home than to miss out on a hike due to painful hot spots on your feet.

Need Some Help with Your Training Program?

To ensure that you are in the best possible shape for your vacation, Adventure People has partnered with Fit for Trips to offer fitness programs crafted specifically for your itinerary. Consider replacing your current workout with one from the experts at Fit for Trips.

Regardless of your fitness level, Fit for Trips’ easy to use step-by-step fitness programs will help you get the most out of the trip that you have booked. Fit for Trips, in collaboration with Adventure People, has developed fitness programs specific to your itinerary to ensure that you have the adventure of a lifetime.

  • Select from 4-, 8-, or 12-week training programs
  • Choose home-based or gym-based training
  • Choose the resistance program that fits your level of experience
  • Receive instruction by audio, video, and personal support
  • Customize for busy schedules, injuries, etc.

Get started today and be fit for your trip! Fit for Trips’ programs will give you self-assurance, boost your energy level, and help you physically prepare for all of the activities in your itinerary.

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Travel insurance is mandatory to participate in any of our international trips. The minimum requirement must provide coverage of $200,000USD for medical expenses including repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment, and loss of luggage and personal effects. Some credit card companies offer travel insurance, but proof of coverage will be required. Contact your provider for details.

ITINERARY DISCLAIMER

Adventure People reserves the right to modify trip itineraries at the discretion of your tour director as necessary due to weather, conditions, illness, injury, group dynamics, safety, or other unforeseen incidents. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary.

PAYMENT POLICIES

MULTI-DAY TRIPS

Our multi-day trips require a NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of 30% of the total trip cost in order to reserve your spot. You will have the option to pay the deposit or the entire balance at booking. Payment is due in full 90-days prior to the start date. If you book a trip within the 90-day timeframe, payment will be due in full in order to reserve your spot. Pricing is based on double/triple occupancy. Solo travelers are never required to pay a single supplement fee unless you want your own room. Adventure People offers roommate matching to pair you with a same-sex roommate. Should there be an odd number of men to women, you may be asked to join a triple occupancy room if you are one of the last to sign up. If you’d prefer to have your own room, please be sure to add a single supplement to your reservation when you book.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

All cancellations must be advised in writing. We calculate your refund on the day we received written notice of cancellation. The applicable cancellation fees shall be determined with reference to the date on which the request to cancel is received by Adventure People. All refunds will be processed within a few days of your cancellation. Cancellation of a tour Product or failure to join a tour Product will result in retention of funds by Adventure People, as follows:

91+ days prior to departure: Full deposit shall be held by Adventure People
90 to 61 days prior to departure: Full deposit and 50% of the total trip price shall be held by Adventure People
60 days prior to departure: Full deposit and 100% of the total trip price shall be held by Adventure People

No exceptions will be granted to our Cancellation Policy.

We reserve the right to cancel trips with inadequate participant attendance, in which case all money paid to Adventure People will be fully refunded. Adventure People CANNOT be held responsible for any personal expenses, such as airline tickets due to changes in itineraries or tour cancellations.

COVID-19 POLICIES: Please refer to our COVID Travel Info for details.

Please be advised, Adventure People reserves the right to decline or accept or retain any person as a tour participant should such a person’s behavior, health, or mental condition impede the operation of the trip.

For our full Terms and Conditions, please visit https://adventurepeople.net/terms-conditions/.

Please be sure to sign our ASSUMPTION OF RISK & RELEASE OF LIABILITY waiver. This must be signed by everyone before joining this adventure.

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