Map of Hiking in Moab including United States Of America

Experience the magic of Moab’s spectacular National Parks

The charming town of Moab is the gateway to some of the most spectacular scenery in all the Southwest USA. Ancient canyons, towering rock formations and flowing rivers make up this corner of America, where the elements have carved away the land for centuries. Lace up your walking shoes and explore Arches National Park, home to over 2,000 arches, and Canyonlands National Park, where the Green River meets the Colorado. After days of desert hiking, explore the artsy town of Moab or watch the sunset from your lodge on the shores of the Colorado River.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Salt Lake City, United States
Finish
Salt Lake City, United States
Destination
United States
Style
Original
Theme
Walking & Trekking
Code
SLXM
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 14

Why you'll love this trip

  • See Fisher Towers, one of the Utah canyon country’s most bizarre landscapes, which are a maze of soaring fins, pinnacles, minarets, spires, and strangely shaped rock formations.

  • Explore the famous towering red rocks of Utah on two feet, with a hike to the panoramic plateaus of the stunning Canyonlands National Park.

  • Enjoy a sunset picnic overlooking the Colorado River in the high desert of Dead Horse Point State Park, where ancient hunters and Wild West cowboys once roamed.

  • Indulge with a stay in a ranch perched along the shores of the mighty Colorado River and framed by majestic, 2,000-foot red cliffs.

  • Support local industry with a visit to a 40-year-old winery that started as a university agricultural project and today specialises in single-vineyard estate-bottled wines.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a walking trip so a good level of fitness will help you to fully enjoy it.

  • Moab desert is hot, therefore some of the walks will take place very early in the morning. Regardless, all sorts of sun protection is a must.

  • This trip starts at 8am on Day 1 in Salt Lake City. Please make sure you can make it on time (or book pre-trip accommodation) as we will travel to Moab straight after the Welcome Meeting.

  • Your adventure wraps up at 5pm and overnight accommodation is not included on that day, so please plan your journey home accordingly.

Itinerary

Welcome to Utah! You’ll need to make sure you arrive into Salt Lake City bright and early (or perhaps the night before), so you can meet your leader at 8am to kick off your tour. Once we’ve all gathered, sit back, relax and enjoy the scenic drive of approximately 4 hours to Moab, home to some of the most striking red rock formations in the world. Once we arrive, you’ll have time to freshen up at the hotel before we head to Dead Horse Point State Park, located high above the Colorado River. You’ll enjoy a sunset picnic overlooking the majestic cliffs of Canyonlands National Park – what a way to start your Utah adventure! In the evening, you’re free to explore the local nightlife in the town of Moab.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Moab - Dead Horse Point Sunset picnic
  • Moab - Grandstaff Trail Walk
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time. If you are going to be late, please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.

Today’s total driving time is 4 hours. Today’s total walking distance is 7.5 kms (4.7 miles).
It’s an early morning with a dawn wake-up and a trip to Arches National Park, home to more than 2,000 natural stone arches, rock formations and giant, balancing rocks. Our rugged, half-day hike takes you through this famous US landmark, along a trail marked by cairns. Eventually, we’ll wind our way around a rock wall to view a magnificent natural arch just as the
sun is rising. After you return from our viewpoint, you’ll work your feet a bit more with additional hiking throughout this stunning area. The hike is a 2-mile loop which enables you to see different arches, including the largest rock arch on the planet, Landscape Arch. There are also shorter options if you prefer a slower pace. Back in Moab, the afternoon is yours to enjoy. Take a swim in the pool, walk around this artsy town, or book an optional evening tour.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Arches National Park - Delicate Arch sunrise hike
  • Arches National Park - Landscape Arch hike
Optional Activities
  • Moab - Slickrock Hummer tour - USD100
  • Moab - Mountain Biking - USD50
  • Colorado River Rafting PM Half Day Moab - USD65
  • Sunset Safari Hummer tour - USD101
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s total walking distance is between 9.5 and 19 kms (6 and 12 miles) depending on which walk you choose with an elevation gain of approximately 150 metres (500 feet).
You’ll enjoy a full day today exploring the wonders of Canyonlands National Park. Start with an easy trail to discover one of the finest panoramic overlooks anywhere in the Southwest USA. At the southern tip of this breathtaking plateau known as the Island in the Sky, you can see the
confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers, as well as vast areas of red rock cliffs and the incredible maize district. After lunch, we’ll head to our accommodation with enough time to enjoy the late afternoon weather and watch the sunset from our lodge on the shores of the Colorado
River. Perched on the river and framed by majestic, 2,000-foot red cliffs, the Ranch puts the unmatched natural beauty of Utah at your feet.
Accommodation
  • Ranch (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Canyonlands National Park - Mesa Arch hike
  • Canyonlands National Park - Grand View Trail
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s total walking distance is 4 kms (2.5 miles) with a minimal elevation gain.
Start your day with a hike along the Fisher Towers Trail and see the soaring fins, pinnacles, minarets, spires, and strange rock formations which make this such a popular destination for photographers. After your walk, enjoy a leisurely drive to a local winery that specialises in single-vineyard estate-bottled wines. The vineyard dates back to 1979 as a Utah State University agricultural project to determine what industries could replace the waning uranium mining industry. After a tour and tasting, head back to the Ranch for a free afternoon. Perhaps take a swim in the pool or book one of the optional activities the lodge has to offer.
Accommodation
  • Ranch (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Moab - Winery visit
  • Moab - Fisher Towers Trail hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s total walking distance is 8.3 kilometres (5.2 miles) with an elevation gain of 200 metres (650 feet).
After breakfast, take a short drive to the trailhead of your final hike in Moab. Hidden Valley is exactly that, a wide, shallow valley that is hidden from view. Low cliffs hem it on the north while a towering escarpment of sandstone cliffs, capped by rounded domes composed of Navajo Sandstone, form the southern rim of the valley. The valley’s flat sandy floor is covered with grass and scattered juniper trees. Take your time on the uphill section and you’ll be rewarded with scenic views, solitude, and a fine rock art panel. After the hike, drive back to Salt Lake City where your adventure wraps up by 5 pm and you are free to depart any time after that. If you would like to stay on in Salt Lake City, we would be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Included Activities
  • Moab - Hidden Valley hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s total walking distance is 9 kilometres (6 miles) with an elevation gain of 350 metres (1150 feet).

Meals

4 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nights), Ranch stay (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Moab - Dead Horse Point Sunset picnic
  • Moab - Grandstaff Trail Walk
  • Arches National Park - Delicate Arch sunrise hike
  • Arches National Park - Landscape Arch hike
  • Canyonlands National Park - Mesa Arch hike
  • Canyonlands National Park - Grand View Trail
  • Moab - Winery visit
  • Moab - Fisher Towers Trail hike
  • Moab - Hidden Valley hike

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Important notes

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1. FIRST DAY: Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 8AM on Day 1. Please make your own way to the joining point hotel listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary.

2. FINAL DAY: Your Salt Lake City tour will finish around 5pm at the same location as the joining point. There is no accommodation included on the last day in Salt Lake City. If you wish to spend more time in Salt Lake City, we'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). Speak to an Intrepid booking agent for more information.

3. SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

4. Please note on some departures the ranch stay will take place on the 1st and 2nd night of the trip while on some others, it will be the 3rd and 4th night. Included hikes and the winery visit will not be affected.

5. Please be aware that we may need to change the order of days around to accommodate local weather conditions. We may change our plans if local forecast will suggest extremely hot days, but fear not, we will not miss on any of the inclusions and hikes planned for this adventure.

Essential trip information

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