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Utah Backpacking Trips

The best way to explore Utah's incredible diversity of landscapes is by hiking and backpacking through them. Utah features many extremely scenic, remote areas that are accessible only on foot and by being "out" for days at a time, camping beneath the stars in Utah's serene backcountry. Our guests find that once they are off the beaten path, Utah's deserts and canyons open up for them in amazing and unexpected ways. Our exceptional Utah backpacking guides take it a step further by enhancing our guests' experiences with expert leadership, cultural and natural history interpretation, wonderful meals, and other tricks of the trade. Join us for a premier backpacking experience in Utah's canyons, deserts or mountains!

Check out our list of Utah backpacking tour options and give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) to request more information or reserve a spot!

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Coyote Gulch
Coyote Gulch
History • Canyoneering • Waterfalls
Style: Backpacking
National Parks: Grand Staircase & Glen Canyon
Difficulty:
Duration: 4 days
Per Person: $1205
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Boulder Mail Trail
Boulder Mail Trail
Slickrock • Off-trail Hiking • Classic Views
Style: Backpacking
National Parks: Grand Staircase-Escalante
Difficulty:
Duration: 4-6 days
Per Person: $1150-$1575
Trip Details & Dates
Ancient Canyonlands Traverse Backpacking Trip
Ancient Canyonlands Traverse
Arches • Desert Oases • Cultural History
Style: Backpacking
National Parks: Canyonlands
Difficulty:
Duration: 5 days
Per Person: $1395
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Slot Canyons Traverse Backpacking Trip
Canyonlands Classic
Joint Canyon • Desert Oases • Arches
Style: Backpacking
National Parks: Canyonlands
Difficulty:
Duration: 4 days
Per Person: $1205
Trip Details & Dates
3 Day Paria Canyon and Buckskin Gulch Tour
Slot Canyons Experience
Slot Canyons • Desert Oases • Solitude
Style: Backpacking
National Parks: Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs
Difficulty:
Duration: 3 days
Per Person: $990
Trip Details & Dates
Slot Canyons Traverse Backpacking Trip
Slot Canyons Traverse
Slot Canyons • Desert Oases • Solitude
Style: Backpacking
National Parks: Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs
Difficulty:
Duration: 5 days
Per Person: $1395
Trip Details & Dates
Capitol Reef Backpacking
Capitol Reef Backpacking
Slot Canyons • Canyon Narrows • Desert Solitude
Style: Backpacking
National Parks: Capitol Reef
Difficulty:
Duration: 6 days
Per Person: $1575
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Utah Camping and Hiking Tours
Utah Basecamp Tours

Check out the best of Southern Utah's famous canyon country on one of our guided, all-inclusive basecamp tours! Enjoy an outdoor hiking and camping experience combined with more elaborate amenities like showers, comfortable camping, fresh foods and relaxing campfires. Come join us in Zion, Bryce and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (6 days), only Zion (3 days) or solely in the Grand Staircase (5 days) for an adventure vacation you'll never forget!

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Utah Inn-based Hiking Tours
Utah Inn-based Tours

Discover the best hikes in Southern Utah in style on one of our Southern Utah inn-based tours! Choose one of our Zion, Bryce, Escalante and/or Grand Canyon combination tours or our Grand Staircase-Escalante Tour and explore sandstone canyons, spires, arches and terraces; hike to waterfalls and spring-fed creeks; learn about the amazing natural and cultural history of Southern Utah; enjoy picnic lunches at serene spots; and sleep in luxury at local hotels and cabins.

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Zion Day Hike Tours
Zion Day Hike Tours

Make the most of your day in Zion National Park with a guided day hike tour! Our expert guides will make this extraordinary piece of Utah's Canyon Country come to life in a way it simply can't on your own. You'll learn about the phenomenal geology of Zion Canyon and the Colorado Plateau as well as the region's cultural history involving waves of Native Americans over millenia and then Mormon settlers. We provide use of backpacks, trekking poles and (in winter) crampons as well as trail snacks and a picnic lunch. Join us for a day of hiking you'll never forget!

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More About Utah Backpacking Trips


The Magic of Backpacking in Southern Utah

Southern Utah is a backpacking paradise. It's a dramatic landscape rich with natural phenomena, wide open spaces, vast wilderness, hidden canyons, desert oases, wildlife, and fascinating history. To leave the busy roads and walkways and head into the backcountry of Utah is to step into a new, spacious world rich with experiential treasures. The night skies on a Utah backpacking trip are mind-blowing, with the Milky Way clearer and more vibrant than many people have ever seen. There's something magical about hiking for days to reach a landmark like an arch, or a waterfall, or a natural bridge that, if in the front country, would have a parking lot and hundreds of people stopping to see it. But in the backcountry we have it all to ourselves - it doesn't get any better than that!


Which National Park or Area is Best for My Backpacking Trip?

Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park don't allow guided backpacking, so that's easy enough to make a decision on those areas. That leaves us with Grand Staircase-Escalante, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Paria Slot Canyons. Grand Staircase-Escalante is great for people who want to do shorter trips (3-5 days) with stunning scenery. Capitol Reef is a longer journey (6 days) into a wild, remote wilderness that's great for guests looking to really get out and explore on a longer adventure. Canyonlands backpacking trips are 4-5 days in length, are moderate in difficulty, and feature classic Utah highlights like arches, springs, Native American history and more. And Paria Canyon is home to the longest slot canyon in the world, so if slot canyons are your thing, then that's the place to go.


The Wildland Trekking Backpacking Experience

To begin with, our Utah backpacking guides are some of the best out there! Ultimately it's the guide that makes or breaks a guided backpacking trip, and for this reason we take incredible care to make sure we hire the right people, train them well, and treat them well so they stay with us for years. On top of that our guided Utah backpacking trips are all-inclusive, so guests don't have to worry about traveling with supplies, renting gear, worrying about permits...etc. We take care of nearly everything! You can expect to learn a lot about the area you're hiking into - natural and cultural interpretation is a major focus of our guide preference and training.