Getting on/off vans. Drive time - 4 segments of 30 minutes each. Hiking around 8 miles depending upon trails chosen. Elevation gains for the day 600 feet.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.