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Hiking and Backpacking Canyonlands National Park


Reconnect with nature on this 5-day trekking trip through the southeastern district of Canyonlands National Park in Utah. With nothing but desert, sandstone and shrubbery all around you, this is the perfect trip for those looking to leave civilisation behind and recharge underneath a blanket of stars. Take daily hikes through running creeks and riparian vegetation unique to the area and discover some of the most incredible sandstone landscapes along the way. Spot distinctive sandstone arches such as Angel Arch and Crescent Arch and even see some ancient ruins of cave dwellings and granaries – an echo of the past Native American Puebloan people. If you’re in need of a digital detox, refuel with some campground stories, deserted canyon treks and a healthy dose of isolation.

5 days, from

$1,665

per person

GROUP SIZE

6 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL

4
Trip code: SKXP
Style: Basix
Theme: Walking & Trekking

Details

Countries Visited:  United States Of America
Accommodation: Backcountry camping (4 nights)
Transportation: Private vehicle
Included Meals:

  • 5 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • 4 dinners

Group size: Minimum 2, Max 6

  • Hike the remote wilderness of Canyonlands National Park with a small group and embark on daily walks and treks through the unique landscape.

  • Sleep under an incredible blanket of stars every night and enjoy reconnecting to nature – this is a backpacking and camping trip, so it’s the perfect opportunity to get back to basics.

  • Walk in the steps of the Native American Puebloan people and witness some of their ancient granaries and cave-dwelling ruins.

  • Discover huge sandstone cliffs, arches and canyons in different shades of red, brown, yellow and rust.

  • Take the trail less travelled to Angel Arch – a natural sandstone wonder rarely seen, due to its secluded location.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Canyonlands National Park

Welcome to Utah, the home of Canyonlands National Park where you’ll spend the next five days. Begin this hiking and camping adventure with a welcome meeting in Moab this morning. From here, drive to the Needles District Visitor Center and catch a shuttle to the trailhead. Say goodbye to civilisation as you head down the historic road that once led to winter grazing land for local ranchers. At the trailhead, begin a steep descent into the canyon. When you reach the canyon floor the trail will bring you through lush riparian vegetation to the mouth of the fork of the creek that you’ll follow for the next few days. Pass by a 128-year-old abandoned rancher’s cabin, too (in surprisingly good shape) . Tonight, settle into camp and enjoy your first backcountry dinner with your fellow trekkers. Make sure to look up tonight to one of the most vivid displays of stars in the state!

Day 2: Canyonlands National Park 

After breakfast at the campground, break camp and continue your trek deeper into the canyon. Almost immediately you’ll be greeted by several sandstone arches on your way to the largest collection of cliff dwellings in Canyonlands National Park – made by the original dwellers of the area, the Native American Puebloan people. This epic ruin is quite a sight! Once you’ve taken it in and learned about some of the history and ancient culture of the area from your trip leader, continue your trek to one of the most beautiful natural arches in the park. After a full day of hiking, you’ll set up camp along the trail and have another group dinner by the fire.

Day 3: Canyonlands National Park

Today your trekking will continue along the canyon floor past more canyon country wonders. The trail narrows here, and your route encloses you in a towering corridor of sandstone. The creek flows continuously here, meaning there are a few wet crossings along the path. Once you reach tonight’s camp, nestled under cottonwood trees, you have the option of taking an extra 4 to 5 km roundtrip hike to the unforgettable Angel Arch – aptly named for its angel-shaped structure. This is an incredibly special sight to see, as it’s one of the most remote arches in all of Canyonlands and as such, rarely experienced. When you arrive, you can relax and watch the evening light begin to dance across the rocks. Make your way back to camp for a group dinner, a bit of storytelling and a relaxing evening.

Day 4: Canyonlands National Park

After a big breakfast and breaking camp, you’ll be almost immediately rewarded with a view of Crescent Arch, as well as many more small arches along the way. The trail will eventually come to a fin-like formation that juts out into the canyon. Hike around and through a window on the fin to your next highlight – Peekaboo Springs. The welcome sound of running water marks the perfect place to set up for the night. Here, you’ll have the chance to soak up the remote canyon wilderness and enjoy a celebratory dinner with your group for your last night together.

Day 5: Canyonlands National Park

After a casual morning and breaking camp for the last time, wrap up your journey with a relaxing, short hike. Walk along forest roads, allowing time to reflect on the natural wonders and ancient stories that you’ve experienced for the last five days. Once out of the canyon, take a private transfer back into Moab for your fond farewells and a much-deserved shower.