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Hiking Arches and Canyonlands National Parks

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Program #6132RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Challenging (Variable by Program Date)
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
4,000-12,700 feet

Equipment Requirements
Hiking shoes or boots, daypack, water bottles

Itinerary for Oct 26 — Oct 31, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Contact info:
70 West 200 North
Moab, UT 84532 USA
phone: 435-259-8838
web: www.rivercanyonlodge.com

Room amenities: mini fridge, microwave in rooms, mini coffee maker

Facility amenities: Swimming pool, hot tub, wireless internet access in lobby, large parking lot for RV's

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for information
Reserve directly with hotel.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 26 - Orientation and Introductions
Arrive To: Mandatory orientation in hotel meeting room at 5:00 PM. Welcome to Moab! We'll have an informative overview of the program to come plus an opportunity to meet the program staff and your fellow participants during an introductory get-acquainted session. We’ll review the updated schedule, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Dinner: We will travel to a local restaurant to enjoy a delicious meal and continue getting to know one-another.

Evening: After dinner, we will wrap up our orientation back at the hotel. Get some rest afterwards, we have lots of exciting hikes this week!

Lodging: River Canyon Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
70 West 200 North
Moab, UT 84532 USA
phone: 435-259-8838
web: www.rivercanyonlodge.com

Room amenities: mini fridge, microwave in rooms, mini coffee maker

Facility amenities: Swimming pool, hot tub, wireless internet access in lobby, large parking lot for RV's

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for information
Reserve directly with hotel.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 27 - Dead Horse State Park, Corona Arch
Breakfast: Each morning we have the luxury of walking (or taking the van) down the street to the Moab Diner for breakfast, a Moab favorite. There's no doubt you'll walk away satisfied with extensive menu choices and prompt, friendly service.

Morning: Vans depart hotel for a beautiful drive to Dead Horse State Park. Arrive at Dead Horse State Park Visitor Center and hike the Rim Trail; Trail Distance 4 mi. rolling terrain with stunning views of the iconic Colorado River Valley. From the prominence of Dead Horse Point, 2,000 feet above a gooseneck in the Colorado River, an ever changing landscape unfurls. Immense vertical cliffs meet with canyons carved by ice, water and wind creating a visual masterpiece. Plants and animals surviving on the edge of existence face many challenges of extreme conditions within this high desert environment. Experience this first hand and learn why it’s called “Dead Horse”.

Lunch: A local market prepares our fresh box lunches each day so that we can enjoy them in the scenic outdoors. Lunch will include your choice of sandwich, fruit, chips, dessert, and water.

Afternoon: Hike to one of the largest arches in the area, Corona Arch, a natural sandstone arch. (3 mi RT, 400 ft. gain) We’ll talk about how arches form, where arches form, and why they are so prevelant in this region. We'll make a stop on our drive home to view ancient rock art on “Wall Street”. Learn about Petroglyphs, Pictrographs, the differences between the two and learn about the people that created them.

Dinner: Prepare your tastebuds for the full experience this week, we plan dinners at different area restaurants to give you a nice variety and plenty of choices.

Evening: After a very full day of hiking and exciting educational adventures, you have free time after dinner to explore the shops of Moab, rest, or enjoy the nice swimming pool and hot-tub at our hotel.

Lodging: River Canyon Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
70 West 200 North
Moab, UT 84532 USA
phone: 435-259-8838
web: www.rivercanyonlodge.com

Room amenities: mini fridge, microwave in rooms, mini coffee maker

Facility amenities: Swimming pool, hot tub, wireless internet access in lobby, large parking lot for RV's

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for information
Reserve directly with hotel.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 28 - Canyonlands National Park - Needles District
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Moab Diner.

Morning: We travel this morning in vans to Canyonlands National Park - Needles District to hike in Chesler Park. The Needles District forms the southeast corner of Canyonlands and was named for the colorful spires of Cedar Mesa Sandstone that dominate the area. In the Needles section of the National Park "Chesler Park" is a beautiful flatland surrounded by red sandstone "Needles". You'll never forget the red & white sandstone monoliths, towers, and canyons of this special place. Gaining access to this area by foot is an all day commitment so we will pack our sack lunches and carry them in our day packs along with plenty of water for this 10 mile hike.

Lunch: A local market prepares our fresh box lunches each day so that we can enjoy them in the scenic outdoors. Lunch will include your choice of sandwich, fruit, chips, dessert, and water.

Afternoon: Continue all-day hike in the Canyonland National Park Needles District.

Dinner: Dinner on own to sample cuisine of Moab with time for shopping or browsing the downtown.

Evening: Each week we feature a local guest lecturer to talk about a different educational and exciting topic. We will announce the details at the beginning of your program.

Lodging: River Canyon Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
70 West 200 North
Moab, UT 84532 USA
phone: 435-259-8838
web: www.rivercanyonlodge.com

Room amenities: mini fridge, microwave in rooms, mini coffee maker

Facility amenities: Swimming pool, hot tub, wireless internet access in lobby, large parking lot for RV's

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for information
Reserve directly with hotel.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 29 - La Sal Mountain Alpine Hike
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Moab Diner.

Morning: Vans depart for scenic drive up into the La Sal Mountains. Today we trade in the canyons and spires of the Arches and Canyonlands region for a hike among the Douglas fir and pinion pine forests of the Manti La Sal Mountains east of Moab. Edward Abbey fans will remember this area as one of Abbey’s favorite escapes from the desert heat that grips Moab during July and August. While the heat won’t bother us today, the relatively lush flora along today’s route provides a nice contrast to the rugged beauty of the past several days.

Lunch: A local market prepares our fresh box lunches each day so that we can enjoy them in the scenic outdoors. Lunch will include your choice of sandwich, fruit, chips, dessert, and water.

Afternoon: Continue all-day hike in the La Sal Mountains.

Dinner: Prepare your tastebuds for the full experience this week, we plan dinners at different area restaurants to give you a nice variety and plenty of choices.

Evening: After another full day of exciting educational hiking adventures, this evening is free after dinner to explore the shops of Moab, rest, or enjoy the nice swimming pool and hot-tub at our hotel.

Lodging: River Canyon Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
70 West 200 North
Moab, UT 84532 USA
phone: 435-259-8838
web: www.rivercanyonlodge.com

Room amenities: mini fridge, microwave in rooms, mini coffee maker

Facility amenities: Swimming pool, hot tub, wireless internet access in lobby, large parking lot for RV's

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for information
Reserve directly with hotel.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 30 - Colorado River Canyon and Arches National Park
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Moab Diner.

Morning: The Fisher Towers are one of the most outstanding scenic features of Utah's Colorado Riverway. These rock pinnacles soar above a maze of red and purple hued canyons. While hiking the challenging rocky trail, stop for a break and listen to the scrub jays and the ravens. Notice a juniper tree growing out of a crack in the rock. Try to get a close view of a lizard. These living components of the environment are as much a part of the "scenery" as the Fisher Towers.

Lunch: A local market prepares our fresh box lunches each day so that we can enjoy them in the scenic outdoors. Lunch will include your choice of sandwich, fruit, chips, dessert, and water.

Afternoon: Vans travel to Arches National Park. After a stop at the visitor center and a beautiful and dramatic drive through the entrance of Arches National Park, we will arrive at the Fiery Furnace trailhead. The Fiery Furnace is a natural labyrinth of narrow passages between towering sandstone walls. Visitors are required to take a ranger-led hike or be with an experienced and permitted guide. There are no trails, signs, or cairns in the Fiery Furnace. GPS units do not work well due to the towering sandstone walls. Nagivating its complex passages requires physical agility and careful observation. To protect the wildlife and plants that inhabit sand dunes and drainages between the rock walls, we must choose our steps wisely. This is the perfect challenge to end our fantastic week of exploring this unique and breathtaking region.

Dinner: Tonight we have a special closing dinner with a "million dollar view" at the Sunset Grill. The Sunset Grill is in the former home of Uranium King Charlie Steen. In the early 1950’s Moab was a small farming community. Arches and Canyonlands were places only a lucky few experienced. In 1952, Charles A. Steen, geologist and prospector, put Moab on the world map.

Evening: Closing program

Lodging: River Canyon Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, October 31 - Departures
Depart From: Program ends after breakfast. Check-out by 11 AM.

Breakfast: Restaurant Meal

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
8 Hands-on experiences

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4.8
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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