Best of Moab: Arches & Canyonlands

Trip Highlights

  • Arches & Canyonlands
  • Iconic Day Hikes
  • Spectacular Rock Formations
  • Premier Lodging on the Colorado River
  • Canyon Country Town of Moab
  • Wonderful Picnic and Lodge Meals
  • Amazing Natural & 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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5 Days
$2685 Per Person
$480 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

$480 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Inn-Based Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 4-12 Guests
Trip Length: 5 Days
Distance: 26-33MI / 42-53KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2

Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

This trip features hikes with easy-moderate elevation changes and terrain ruggedness. Increasing the difficulty are moderate heights exposure and moderate-strenuous hiking distances on several of the days.
Hiking Distances:

Up to 10 mi
Backpack Weight:

10-15 lbs
Terrain:

Lightly Rugged
Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

Up to 650 ft
Heights Exposure:

Moderate

Physical requirements:

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 10-15 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on variable, uneven terrain
  • Hiking with occasional, moderate heights exposure

SOLITUDE LEVEL 2

1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Utah hiking tour a Level 2 for solitude. We’ll be around other hikers much of the time with as much as an hour of solitude occasionally.

This Utah trip originates in Moab, UT. Moab has a small airport, Canyonlands Field Airport, that offers daily flights from Denver. Grand Junction Airport has direct services from 5 major airlines and is a 1.5 hour drive from Moab. Denver and Salt Lake City are a 4-5 hour drive to Moab but have larger airport services. Moab Express offers private shuttles to Moab from Salt Lake City and from Grand Junction, CO.

Utah is the only state we are based in that charges sales tax to outfitters and guides. The sales tax is based on the St. George, UT municipality rates, which are adjusted occasionally but are in the 6-7% range. For all of our hiking and backpacking tours that originate from our St. George, Utah base (Utah trips and Death Valley trips), the sales tax will be applied automatically to your payments. Feel free to call us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) with any questions!

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Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.

Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations. 

Private Rates FOr This Trip

  • 2 People: Rate x 2.5
  • 3 People: Rate x 2
  • 4 People: Rate x 1.5
  • 5+ People: Rate x 1.15

*all rates are per person and single supplements apply

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Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Shuttle to trailhead: 1 hour
  • Hiking Mileage: 7-9 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 470 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Accommodations: Red Cliffs Lodge

This Inn-based Utah 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

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

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
  • Accommodations: Red Cliffs Lodge

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, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes. Normal terms and conditions apply to trips with itinerary changes.

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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Available to Book

AVAILABLE TO BOOK

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Going Fast

GOING FAST

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Request a Reservation

REQUEST A RESERVATION

This trip is exclusively booked through customer service due to logistics with lodging, permits, staffing, availability, or something else. Please contact us online or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to request a reservation.

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Trip Details

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
  • A Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and dependents to a discount of 10% off any Wildland hiking trip after your first one (must book directly with us to receive the discount)!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear (see recommendations)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

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 trekking poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency communication device(s)

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.

What Clothes to Bring

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with detailed guidance about what clothes to pack (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and our recommended clothing system. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

How Do I Register?

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red 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.

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

Where Do We Meet?

You will rendezvous with your guide and group in Moab, Utah the morning of Day 1, with pick up at your hotel. Your guide will be in contact approximately 2 weeks before your trip starts to coordinate the pick up.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.

Start/End Times

Your guide will inform you of the first day’s pick-up time in the pre-trip contact. 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 all tours carry an emergency communication device. 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 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°

Accommodations

Accommodations

Red Cliffs Lodge

4 NIGHTS

Nestled on the shores of the mighty Colorado River and framed by iconic Moab cliffs, buttes and mesas, this premier lodge offers the perfect balance of nature and modernity!
(pool, spa)

* These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (6 reviews)
Carrie H.
5.0

Hiking guest

6 months ago

This trip is simply amazing. Each day brought a new adventure and different scenery. Our guide Landon was wonderful. He was organized, patient, informative and made delicious meals. I highly recommend this trip. It truly is the best of Arches & Canyonlands and the Red Cliff Lodge is simply magnificent lodging with unbelievable views.

Kathleen D.
5.0

Definitely Recommend this Amazing Trip!

7 months ago

Amazing trip ! Jessie was a great guide . Recommend this trip ! Wildland is a great company very well run . Customer Service is great .

Julie O.
5.0

Wonderful Guide

7 months ago

Our guide Jessie was super professional, knowledgeable, and totally a joy. She was rad, epic, awesome, and cool all wrapped up in one! Our six person group shrunk to three and it felt as if we had our own personal guide. We loved her and would choose a trip with her as our guide again. She is a true gem!

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