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Desert hiking adventure in Canyonlands and Arches National Parks

Experience the Southwest's most epic trails and stargaze in Utah's unmistakeable landscapes

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Adventures / Epic Treks

Desert hiking adventure in Canyonlands and Arches National Parks

Experience the Southwest's most epic trails and stargaze in Utah's unmistakeable landscapes

DURATION

3 nights

LOCATION

United States

ANNUAL LEAVE

2 days off work

SEASON

Apr-May, Sep-Oct

GROUP SIZE

Up to 9 people

MEETING POINT

Salt Lake City Airport, Utah

ACCOMMODATION

Yurt

DIFFICULTY

Moderate

Anyone with good fitness levels and a love of the great outdoors

Hike one of Canyonlands National Park’s most secluded and challenging trails: the Lathrop Canyon Trail

Experience Arches National Park's famous hoodoos: the otherworldly landscapes of natural stone formations and watch the sunrise through Mesa Arch

Spend your evenings stargazing and planet-spotting in some of the USA's best dark sky locations

Included

Guides

Expert naturalist guides with wilderness first responder training

Accommodation

3 nights in luxury yurts

Meals

Enjoy tasty food throughout with all meals included

Transfers

Transfers to and from Salt Lake City Airport and everything in between

Permits

All national park entry fees and permits

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Tips for your guides

The Area

Logistics

Starts

Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)

10:30 on Day 1

Ends

Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)

18:00 on Day 4

Transfers

Your host will meet you at Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City, Utah at 10:30 on Day 1, so please book a flight that arrives by 10:00. Alternatively, you can be collected at your accommodation in Salt Lake City at 09:00 if you are already in town.

Your trip ends back at Salt Lake City International Airport at around 18:00 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.

Travel options

There are flights to Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) from across the US and Europe.

What about all the carbon?

We mitigate 4x the carbon generated by all our customer flights annually through our partnership with Cool Earth.

Day 1

Yurt · Triple share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Yurt · Triple share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Evening meals will be based around rice and pasta dishes with fresh vegetables. For breakfast there will be eggs, pancakes and fruit. Lunches will be meat-based sandwiches unless you request a vegan/vegetarian option. During the adventure you'll be kept full of delicious, local snacks. Water, tea and coffee are provided as well as wine and beer in the evenings.

Vegetarian, vegan and most other dietary requirements can be accommodated on this trip.

What is the accommodation like?

Dead Horse State Park

You'll stay in luxury 'Moenkopi' yurts at Dead Horse Point State Park. The Moenkopi Yurts offer a glorious camping experience and perfect location for sunrise, sunset and a bit of seclusion before and after your adventures in the national park. The yurts comfortably sleep 3 people each.

Upgrades

So solo travellers looking for their space, it is possible to request your own yurt (subject to availability). See Optional Extras for prices. Please request this at the time of booking.

Day 1

Welcome to Utah!

Hiking

2-3hrs · 7-8km

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 luxury yurts you can head out on a warm up hike to get your first taste of Canyonlands National Park.

In the evening you'll have dinner with the group while your guide gives you a heads-up on the big hike tomorrow. If you're lucky the stars will be out for some celestial neck craning before bed.

Day 2

See the sunrise through Mesa Arch before hitting the Lathrop Canyon Trail

Hiking

6-8hrs · 16km

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 sunrise through Mesa Arch, a natural stone arch perched at the edge of a cliff with sweeping views of canyons, rock spires, and the La Sal Mountains.

You'll then tackle 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!

Day 3

Arches National Park

Hiking

6-8hrs · 16km

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.

Day 4

Goodbye Utah

Hiking

2-3hrs · 7-8km

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.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

15% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 15% discount on us to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock, Runner's Need, and Cycle Surgery.

What's available to hire?

  • Sleeping bag (see Optional Extras for prices)

What do I need to bring?

Bags

  • Backpack (60-70 litres)

Clothes

  • Hiking boots with sturdy soles
  • Light wool hiking socks, multiple pairs
  • Long sleeve sun protection shirt (synthetic and moisture wicking)
  • Hiking pants or shorts (at least one pair should be long pants)
  • Insulating layers for cool evenings (fleece jacket or vest, down jacket)
  • Hat
  • Casual clothes for camp

Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag (rated 30 degrees or lower). Also available to hire.
  • Cotton or silk sleeping bag liner (optional)

Other

  • Water bottles or Camelbak, 3L total minimum capacity
  • Headlamp
  • Small towel or facecloth
  • Toiletries and personal first aid
  • Sunscreen and insect repellant
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal mess kit
  • Trekking Poles (Optional)
  • Camera
  • Book
  • Ear plugs

This trip is for beginner and experienced hikers alike. The terrain isn't too challenging, though you will be ascending and descending along the way so you'll need to have decent fitness levels.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

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.

You can leave any excess luggage at the yurt and just take what you need for each day out on the trails in a day-pack.

There is fresh drinking water available at your yurt accommodation each morning and evening.

The hiking routes don't have water re-supply points, so you will need to bring reusable water bottles and/or a skin to fill up at your yurt each morning.

Tips are not included in the trip cost. The amount to tip is entirely at your discretion but there is an expectation to tip in the USA; your guides will rely on tips for a considerable portion of their income.

We suggest to budget for 10% of the trip cost as a guideline.

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomads to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. To get yours sorted, click here.

We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

All of our group adventures are especially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded.

"I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I've ever been on!" Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.

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