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Easygoing Walking Tour Utah's Arches & Canyonlands

Dolce Tempo Journey among Epic National Parks in the Southwest

The vast canyons of the Colorado Plateau. Sandstone spires that soar in fiery hues. Walk amid Utah’s magnificent arches and the massive monoliths of a red-rock wonderland. 

THIS ITINERARY: 5 days, 4 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual & Premiere Hotels*

FROM: $2,999 pp dbl occ
($500 for sgl occ)

Utah's Arches & Canyonlands Easygoing Walking & Hiking
Utah's Arches & Canyonlands Easygoing Walking & Hiking

Colorado & Utah

Start/End Grand Junction, Colorado

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Dolce Tempo Highlights

Refreshingly Active Adventures
Earth’s geologic history is on display here and it’s yours to discover on foot. Walk right up to Delicate Arch, Utah’s state symbol, and amid the rippling rock layers of Colorado National Monument.

Immersive Travel
Rise to scenes of the golden sun on the tips of soaring sandstone formations. Sip a post-stroll libation surrounded by Moab’s iconic cliffs. Gaze up at a blanket of stars–there’s nothing like a desert sky. 

Unique Hotels & Delectable Dining
At the edge of the Colorado River, you’ll find Saltillo tile and classic Western décor. And in a crimson-hued canyon, our adobe hideaway blends seamlessly into an otherworldly landscape.

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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
5 Days Casual & Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

A twisting trail serves up views of the soaring sandstone formations known as Fisher Towers, the first of this week’s many geologic wonders | You may spot climbers scaling the towers as you relax and soak in views of Castle Valley, Onion Creek and the Colorado River | While the afternoon away at our rustic riverside hotel | Prepare to be awestruck in Arches National Park, home to the world's greatest concentration of natural sandstone arches | Check out some of the park's most iconic features, including Double Arch and Delicate Arch | Whatever your pace, the comfort of our lodge awaits at trail’s end | Visit the lodge's Moab Film and Western Heritage Museum or beat the heat poolside.

Red Cliffs Lodge
Red Cliffs Lodge
| Casual Hotel

Originally a turn-of-the-century homestead, this well-appointed lodge is surrounded by 2,000-foot cliffs and set along the Colorado River. (pool) 

Days 3-5

Canyonlands National Park, containing some of the most remote land in the continental United States, offers a different perspective with its landscape of mesas and canyons | From atop the park's Island in the Sky area, you can see the Colorado River twisting through a gooseneck canyon 2,000 feet below you | Scenic Lumsden Canyon Trail begins right on our resort’s doorstep | Another gorgeous hotel pool invites you into its cooling waters | Or check out quirky Gateway Canyon's unique Auto Museum for a fun break from the desert sun | Colorado National Monument contains 20,500 acres of red-rock canyons, but all you need to do is meander along the Monument Canyon Trail to feel lost in geologic time.

Gateway Canyons Resort
Gateway Canyons Resort
| *Premiere Hotel

An upscale resort nestled in a spectacular red‐rock canyon and winner of numerous accolades. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa) 

Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy

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Dolce Tempo: What to Expect


Our walking activities allow you to leisurely explore local hidden gems and to get away from the crowds, experiencing the essence of your location on your own terms and at your own pace. Our easygoing daily routes typically include 2-3 hours of walking per day, approximately 2-7 miles. Your trip is fully supported with dedicated Trip Leaders, vans, meticulously selected routes and downloadable GPS files available for use on your own device.


Route notes

The terrain on this trip includes a mix of well-maintained dirt paths and rugged desert trails with some rocky and sandy sections.

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Shuttle Time

The Southwest's canyon country is vast. As a result, this trip includes a few longer shuttles that allow us to cover the distance between the highlights we visit in Colorado and Utah.

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