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Best of Moab: Arches & Canyonlands
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Highlights

  • Best hikes in Arches National Park
  • Day hike exploration in Canyonlands National Park
  • World-famous & awe-inspiring arches, spires & sandstone features
  • Scenic lodging and delicious meals
  • Amazing natural and cultural history

Description

Our incredible Best of Moab: Arches & Canyonlands tour begins in Moab, Utah, an iconic Utah Canyon Country town auspiciously situated in the middle of one of the most scenic and unique landscapes on Earth. Seated on the shores of the mighty Colorado River and surrounded by world famous Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, and with the snow-capped La Sal Mountains framing the view to the east, Moab is the perfect jumping off point for your greatest Utah desert escape. Allow the guides to show you the best there is to see and the best hikes to enjoy in these two incredible national parks. We will return each night to relax in our scenic, cozy lodging and dine on wonderful meals in the evenings. Join us on a 5-day inn-based adventure showcasing the rock formations, canyons, arches and sweeping desert vistas that made this area of southern Utah one of the top travel destinations in the country!
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Trip Itinerary

Day 1
  • Shuttle to trailhead: 1 hour
  • Hiking Mileage: 7-9 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 470 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Accommodations: Red Cliffs Lodge (or similar equivalent)
This Inn-based Canyon Country hiking tour begins with a pickup in Moab and a drive through Arches National Park out to Devil's Garden trailhead, giving us our first glimpses of the fantastical formations of Entrada sandstone that Arches is famous for. We embark on the Devil's Garden loop observing giant fins of rock and several arches, including the largest arch on Earth. Short traverses up slickrock accentuate this scenic hike. After our hike, we will check in to our accommodations and settle in for the evening's first dinner.
Day 2
  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 40-60 minutes
  • Hiking Mileage: 5.2 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 650 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Accommodations: Red Cliffs Lodge (or similar equivalent)
Our hike today will explore the amazing areas outside of the national parks as the regions around Moab showcase some otherworldly rock formations. These formations may look familiar to some as they have been featured in television commercials and movies highlighting the southwest landscapes over the years. The trailhead where our hike begins is along the unforgettable, scenic drive of the iconic Colorado River. We begin our hike at the base of several geological towers that lead up to a vista with huge views of Castle Valley, the mountain ranges surrounding us and the river below.
Day 3
  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 1.5-20 hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 5.4 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 530 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Accommodations: Red Cliffs Lodge (or similar equivalent)
Today, we drive south to experience Canyon Country's other near-by national park. Our hike will take us to the remote Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. Our hike takes us through classic redrock landscapes to an overlook of Chesler Park, a famously gorgeous grassy meadow surrounded by the sandstone spires that are the namesake of this part of Canyonlands. After our hike, we will make the beautiful drive back to our accommodations in Moab for another relaxing evening.
Day 4
  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 40-60 minutes
  • Hiking Mileage: 4-10 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 200-300 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Shuttle Time: 4.5 hours
On this day, we will visit two must-see attractions of the Moab region. We will stop to see the unique bend in the river amongst the canyon valleys below at Dead Horse Point and the sweeping vistas at Island in the Sky. These vantage points provide the surreal experience of looking down on the true and wild landscapes that characterize this part of the world. We will drive through the park, stopping at a number of pullouts for shorter hikes that allow us to continue our look at the astonishing geology around us.
Day 5
  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 1 hour
  • Hiking Mileage: 4.2 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 630 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
We finish our trip with a return to where we began: Arches National Park! Our day begins with an early morning hike to the world-famous Delicate Arch, the most recognizable arch on the planet and the unofficial symbol of Moab, Utah. On our way through the park, we will stop at popular arches, including Double Arch and the Windows. After a day of exploring, we will return to Moab where we will say our goodbyes to our 5-day adventure.


Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Top-of-the-line day pack and trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • 4 nights of Canyon Country lodging
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Utah hiking guide
  • Roundtrip transportation from your hotel in Moab, Utah
  • National park entrance fees
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)
See the Packing Lists page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

We provide all your meals from breakfast the first day through lunch the last day. Your guide will prepare breakfasts and lunches with a variety of hot and cold meals that are appropriate for the day's activities. Feel free to tell us about your food preferences, as we're more than happy to tailor the menu to your needs/desires. Some specialty diets may require an additional fee.

For dinners, we've hand-picked local restaurants you're sure to enjoy! We made our decisions based on the quality of their food, their charm, and how much local color and character they have.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required, and we recommend Neoprene socks and water shoes for this trip. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Ready to hike? In the Dates section of this trip page, the green dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Where Do We Meet?

You will rendezvous with the guide and group in Moab, Utah for an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the evening before the trip begins. Your guide will be in contact approximately 2 weeks before your trip starts to specify the orientation location, and we are more than happy to pick you up if the meeting if you are staying at one of our recommended hotels but the orientation is taking place elsewhere. The guide will then pick you up at your hotel the next morning for transport to the trailhead.

Check out our Travel Resources page for information on flights, shuttles, lodging and more.


Start/End Times

Your guide will inform you of the first day's pick-up time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 5 and 8 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day no later than 7 PM.


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.


Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time...etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides' off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on this trip is 6 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 12 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis


Weather in the Southern Utah

Weather in Southern Utah
Southern Utah is a high desert. The weather is very moderate: occasional dustings of snow in the winter that melt rapidly, and summer temperatures in the low 90s (°F) that often cool down with thunderstorms. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). The ideal time to be in the Canyon Country is Spring and Fall. Read below for average high and low temperatures in Utah's Canyon Country:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
 
 
Month
High
Low
 
Dec-Feb
43°
18°
 
March
55°
27°
 
April
64°
33°
 
May
73°
40°
 
Jun-Aug
88°
55°
 
September
79°
45°
 
October
67°
35°
 
November
53°
25°