Arches & Canyonlands National Parks for Experienced Hikers

Study the unique geology of two of the most fascinating national parks during challenging hikes that explore sandstone arches, deep canyons and towering rock pinnacles with experts.
Program No. 23915RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Deep in the primitive desert landscapes of Utah, red sandstone arches soar hundreds of feet into the sky and deep canyons plunge into the earth’s abyss. It’s here that you can stand in awe nature’s greatest geological wonders, dwarfed by the sandstone fins, soaring pinnacles, colossal spires and vast mesas carved by millions of years of erosion. Alongside local experts and fellow experienced hikers, explore the gems of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks as our ancient ancestors once had – on foot. Enjoy challenging hikes for an in-depth discovery of Utah’s largest national park and the world’s highest density of natural arches, each with thousands of spectacular rock formations you have to see to believe.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Challenging
For experienced hikers only. Strenuous hiking up to 10 miles daily with bouldering, rock scrambles, slick-rock climbs and elevation gains up to 1,700 feet. Agility, balance and stamina required. Terrain includes deep sand, loose rocks, very steep inclines and declines and some small vertical cliff faces. Elevation up to 9,000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn how arches are formed during invigorating hikes to one of the largest arches in the area, Corona Arch, and to one of the park’s most famous, Delicate Arch.
  • Challenge yourself as you hike through the otherworldly landscapes of Canyonlands’ Needle District, where miles of flatland is surrounded by massive sandstone “needles.”
  • Study the local ecology in the Colorado Plateau region as you hike this diverse desert landscape with experts.
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