Hiking Arizona’s Marble Canyon and Vermilion Cliffs: Off-the-Beaten-Path
In remote and beautiful Marble Canyon, enjoy challenging hikes in a geologic wonderland of slot canyons, red rock vistas and the awe-inspiring waters of the Colorado River.
Program No. 6113RJ
7 days
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In remote and beautiful Marble Canyon, enjoy varied hiking opportunities in a geologic wonderland. While on foot in this challenging terrain, be rewarded with infinite views as well as the hushed space of a twisting slot canyon. Hike hidden trails and explore off-the-beaten-path locations known only to local guides. Spend time on the Colorado River while connecting with nature and history in this storied landscape.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Challenging
Hike six miles daily on trails and off-trail over uneven terrain, high steps, desert vegetation and rocks with elevation change of 1,000 feet. Elevations of 3,000-5,000 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 ...

  • Hike to the Colorado River via sinuous Cathedral Wash canyon.
  • Explore the Chocolate Cliffs, revealing outcrops of rare petrified wood and ancient rock art.
  • Naturalists share knowledge of the canyon and interpret its geologic, natural and human histories.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Ellen Parish
Ellen is a mother of two teenage daughters, volunteer fire fighter, EMT, master gardener, ceramic artist and avid hiker and enjoys kayaking, horse back riding and bird watching. Born in the San Joaquin Valley of California, she received her bachelor’s from Northern Arizona University in 1997. “After 25 years living in Northern Arizona, the magic of the southwest captured my heart,” says Ellen. “I continue to be amazed by the seemingly endless variety of geography, wildlife, weather, plants and people who call this place home.”
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