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Arches & Canyonlands Walking & Hiking Tour

Utah's Red-Rock Majesty

From $2,998 - $3,098 pp dbl. occ. | 5 days / 4 nights

(+$670 for sgl. occ.)

Canyons stretch across the Colorado Plateau like an enormous wind-scoured sculpture garden. Soaring sandstone spires tinged in brilliant orange and red. Intricate canyon labyrinths in a million crimson variations. Around every delicate arch, behind each massive monolith, the landscape of this red-rock wonderland invites exploration.

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Utah & Colorado

Grand Junction, Colorado

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Highlights

  • Marvel at nature's magnificent creations—soaring spires, arches, fins and canyons—in a landscape formed by eons of wind and water
  • Explore Arches National Park and behold iconic—and aptly named—Delicate Arch, the state symbol of Utah
  • Savor vast desert panoramas and views of the Colorado and Green Rivers from Canyonlands' Island in the Sky mesa
  • Journey through the Earth's history amid rippling rock layers in Colorado National Monument
Utah & Colorado

Grand Junction, Colorado

Utah and Colorado walking tour map

Itinerary

Day 1 Hike a gentle but rocky rolling trail to magnificent Fisher Towers, a series of enormous sandstone monoliths | Look for climbers scaling the towers and enjoy sweeping views of Castle Valley, Onion Creek and the Colorado River Canyon below | The afternoon is yours to relax at our rustic riverside hotel.

Day 2 Prepare to be awestruck in Arches National Park, home to the world's greatest concentration of natural sandstone arches | Hike to some of the park's most iconic features, including Double Arch and Delicate Arch | Explore to your heart's content before returning to the comfort of our lodge | Opt to relax poolside or visit the lodge's Moab Film and Western Heritage Museum.

Day 3 Marvel at the wilderness and incredible scenery of Canyonlands National Park, the largest and least developed of Utah's national parks | Follow spectacular trails atop the park's Island in the Sky area, a vast mesa with an incredible view of the Colorado River as it twists through a gooseneck canyon 2,000 feet below you.

Days 4-5 Walk directly from our resort on the scenic Lumsden Canyon Trail | Journey to Colorado National Monument, home to 20,500 acres of sandstone monoliths and red-rock canyons | Meander through geologic time on the Monument Canyon Trail.

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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Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $2,998 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,498 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,598 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $4,998 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $5,798 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $2,998 - $3,098 pp dbl. occ.
5 days / 4 nights

(+$670 for sgl. occ.)

Casual & Premiere Hotels*

Red Cliffs Lodge
Red Cliffs Lodge

Moab (2 nights)

Gateway Canyons Resort
Gateway Canyons Resort

Gateway (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-2

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Colorado and Utah

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Casual & Premiere Hotels*

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Red Cliffs Lodge

Red Cliffs Lodge

Moab (2 nights)

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)

Gateway Canyons Resort

Gateway Canyons Resort

Gateway (2 nights)
* Premiere Hotel

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

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-2

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 4 700
2 3 500 7 800
4 500
3 2 200
3 200
4 4 300
5 400
5 5 500 6 0
 

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

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Also Included

  • 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

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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.

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.

Why Travel with Backroads in Colorado and Utah

More Leaders to Support You

On our Colorado and Utah trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the trail—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Colorado and Utah that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for one or two people (or a family of three or four), subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

Your Hotels Are Locked In

It may seem obvious to say the great hotels we tell you about are the ones you'll actually stay in. But the fact is many companies haven't even booked the places they promise and are later forced to settle for inferior alternatives. We book our hotels and exact rooms long in advance—often over two years—so you stay where you expect to stay.

The Best Leaders in Colorado and Utah

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Colorado and Utah, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Colorado and Utah trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

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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.

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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