6132
Utah

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
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5 B 4 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Moab, UT
D
River Canyon Lodge

Activity note: This program week is "Advanced "and designed for daily hikes up to 10 miles per day.

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!

DAY
2
Dead Horse State Park, Corona Arch
Moab, UT
B,L,D
River Canyon Lodge

Activity note: 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.

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.

DAY
3
Canyonlands National Park, Needles District
Moab, UT
B,L
River Canyon Lodge

Activity note: Getting on/off vans. Drive time - 2 segments of 1.25 hours each, 2 segments of 15 minutes each. Hiking around 10 miles depending upon trails chosen. Elevation gains for the day 700 feet.

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.

DAY
4
La Sal Mountain Alpine Hike
Moab, UT
B,L,D
River Canyon Lodge

Activity note: Getting on/off vans. Drive time - 2 segments of 1 hour each. Hiking around 6 miles depending upon trails chosen. Elevation gains for the day 1,700 feet.

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.

DAY
5
Colorado River Canyon and Arches National Park
Moab, UT
B,L,D
River Canyon Lodge

Activity note: Getting on/off vans. Drive time - 2 segments of 1 hour each, 2 segments of 20 minutes each. Hiking around 7 miles depending upon trails chosen. Elevation gains for the day 900 feet.

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, we take a beautiful and dramatic drive through Arches National Park to the trailhead. Our last hike of the program is to Delicate Arch. Delicate Arch has become the unofficial symbol of Utah, have you noticed it on some Utah vehicle license plates? Towering eighty feet over hikers, Delicate Arch is a highlight of Arches National Park and is one of the most beautiful arches in the world. This arch needs to be experienced in person to be really appreciated. (3 mi RT)

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

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Moab, UT
B

Breakfast: Restaurant Meal






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