Hiking Arches and Canyonlands National Parks

Join natural history experts in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks to discover ancient petroglyphs, geological monuments and the colorful beauty of two national treasures.
Program No. 6132RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

From the countless spires to the deep canyons, our hiking journey through Utah’s Arches and Canyonlands National Parks reveals how nature's forces have jointly sculpted and scoured this dramatic landscape. During daily hikes with natural history experts, explore the spectacular arch and canyon formations and the geological record, view ancient petroglyphs and investigate salt dome collapses and ancient fault lines.
Activity Level
Varies by date
Varies by date. OUTDOOR SPIRITED Dates: Hiking 2-8 miles daily on rocky terrain at elevations of 4,000-6,000 feet. OUTDOOR CHALLENGING Dates: Hiking up to 10 miles daily on rocky terrain at elevations of 4,000-11,000 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 ...

  • Trek different sections of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks including the Needles Slickrock Trails and Island in the Sky White Rim Overlook.
  • Discover how the sedimentary layers have left a record dating back more than 250 million years.
  • Observe the geologic wonders of the Fisher Towers and Utah’s signature Delicate Arch.

General Notes

Select program dates are for women only. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Peter McCarville
Peter McCarville is a consulting geologist, geological instructor and educator who has lived in Colorado on the western slope since 1995. He also works as an instructor and program designer for Mountains and Plains Institute (MPILLS), leading hiking and skiing excursions, while making cameo appearances as a geology expert on other programs. He has a wonderful ability to convey complex natural history in layman's terms.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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