Arches & Canyonlands Hiking Tour - Delicate Arch with hikers
Arches & Canyonlands Hiking Tour - Moab Town Sign
Hiking - Arches & Canyonlands Walking & Hiking Tour
Arches & Canyonlands Hiking Tour - Sunset in Arches
Arches & Canyonlands Hiking Tour - Lizard in the desert
Picnic - Arches & Canyonlands Walking & Hiking Tour
Hiking in Arches National Park, Utah - Backroads
Arches & Canyonlands Walking & Hiking Tour
Walking & Hiking
See all photos

Utah's Arches & Canyonlands Walking & Hiking Tour

Epic National Parks in the Southwest

Couples, Friends & Solos

5 days 4 nights

Activity Levels 1-2

Casual Hotels

From: $2,999 - $3,199 pp dbl occ

($500 - $700 for sgl occ)

Canyons stretched 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. 

Utah Arches & Canyonlands Walking & Hiking Tour
Utah Arches & Canyonlands Walking & Hiking Tour

Colorado & Utah

Start/End Grand Junction, Colorado

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

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 dramatic sandstone spires, the Needles, in Canyonland National Park
  • Journey through the Earth's history amid rippling rock layers in Colorado National Monument 
Videos
The Backroads Experience
The Backroads Experience
Backroads Walking & Hiking Trips
Backroads Walking & Hiking Trips
Backroads Trip Leader
Meet Our Leaders

Itinerary

Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
5 Days Casual Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2
Description

Wind your way up, down and around an adventurous trail leading toward expansive views of the soaring sandstone formations known as Fisher Towers, a series of enormous monoliths | Look for climbers scaling the towers and enjoy sweeping views of Castle Valley, Onion Creek and the Colorado River below | The afternoon is yours to relax at our rustic riverside hotel | 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. 

Accommodations
Red Cliffs Lodge
Red Cliffs Lodge
Moab
| 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
Description

Follow spectacular trails atop Dead Horse Point, a vast mesa with an incredible view of the Colorado River as it twists through a gooseneck canyon 2,000 feet below you | Marvel at the wilderness and incredible scenery of Canyonlands National Park, the largest and least developed of Utah's national parks | Explore the Needles, clusters of sandstone spires in the southern end of the park | Wander around the quirky town of Moab or relax by the hotel pool | 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. 

Accommodations
Hoodoo Moab, Utah
Hoodoo Moab
Moab
| Casual Hotel

Find mountain and city views at this modern hotel with an ideal location in Moab. (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

Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.

Activity Level: 1-2

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

The terrain on this trip includes a mix of rugged desert trails with some rocky and sandy sections, sections of slickrock (petrified sand dunes) and some well-maintained dirt paths.

Daily Route Options

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 400 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 1 | 3 miles | 600 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles | 600 ft. gain
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles | 400 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7 miles | 500 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles | 600 ft. gain
Level 2 | 6 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 5 miles | 700 ft. gain
Level 2 | 6 miles | 200 ft. gain

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.

Terrain

While this trip has an activity level rating of 1–3 based on mileage and elevation gain, some of the terrain can feel more challenging. Be prepared to hike on a variety of trail surfaces, including rugged desert trails with some rocky and sandy sections, sections of slickrock as well as some well-maintained dirt paths. A few sections require the ability to step up and down rock steps that have a higher rise than typical stairs. Your Backroads leaders will be there to lend a helping hand!

Ask a trip expert

Have a question and need expert advice? Our team of Trip Consultants is here to help! You can also visit our FAQ's.

Featured article

Delecate Arch Sunset in Arches National Park, Moab, Utah

If you’ve ever imagined a small desert down, Moab might be the place that you’ve pictured. This tiny Utah town is nestled between glowing red rock...

Read More

More Trips For You

Top