Arches & Canyonlands Adventure

  • 6 Days
  • 18 People Max

    6 - 18 guests

  • Activity Level 3
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  • Trip Start: Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Trip End: Grand Junction, Colorado
arches canyonlands

Utah’s finest geologic wonders and world-renowned beauty await your discovery on our Arches & Canyonlands Adventure

In just 6-days, explore the jaw-dropping landscapes of Arches & Canyonlands National Parks, and see for yourself why Utah is known across the globe as an adventurer's paradise. 

Starting and finishing in Grand Junction, there’s no doubt you’ll be mind-blown by the variety of landscapes you’ll explore on foot, on two wheels and with a paddle in hand in under one week. Raft the narrow Black Granite Gorge, bike alongside the Colorado River on Potash Road, witness the famous Mesa Arch and Delicate Arch and take an exciting Hummer Tour through Moab. With the same accommodation all trip, you can unpack your bags and settle into a marvellous adventure with expert local guides taking care of every detail. 

Allow your senses to come alive as you bike, hike and raft through Utah’s expansive landscapes. Let our Arches & Canyonlands National Parks tour lead the way.

  This trip is operated by Austin Adventures

Arches & Canyonlands Adventure ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Grand Junction, Colorado Trip End: Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Day 1Meet the group in Grand Junction, Rafting the Colorado River

  • Day 2Bike Canyonlands National Park

  • Day 3Hike The Needles District in Canyonlands National Park

  • Day 4Hummer Tour and Bike Ride

  • Day 5Hike to Delicate Arch, explore Arches National Park

  • Day 6Hike Fish Towers, transfer to Grand Junction and say goodbyes

  • Day 1

    Meet the group in Grand Junction, Rafting the Colorado River


    Begin your trip with early-morning pickups in Grand Junction, followed by a welcome meeting. After a short shuttle to the banks of the Colorado River, you'll spend the day paddling through ever-deepening sandstone monuments into the narrow Black Granite Gorge. Totally isolated from modern civilization, you'll soak up serene solitude as you raft amid the red sandstone spires. Enjoy a picnic on the banks of the river before setting out again. After an adventure-filled day in Colorado, it’s a quick trip to your home base for the week, The Canyonlands Inn. Located in the heart of downtown Moab, this property is within easy walking distance of many restaurants and shops. Tonight, enjoy dinner with your fellow adventurers and discuss the upcoming days playing in red rock country.

    Canyonlands Inn (Lunch, Dinner)

    Rafting: All day, class IIII-IV 

  • Day 2

    Bike Canyonlands National Park


    Start the morning with a hearty breakfast at your hotel before continuing south into Canyonlands National Park. Mount up at Grand View Point and bike to your first stop, Mesa Arch, for a short hike. Continue north by bike along the Island in the Sky route. A picnic lunch at Dead Horse Point Overlook gives us a chance to experience the vastness of the park. Catch a ride in the van to the “top of the hill” and then ride an exhilarating 10 miles to the Colorado River. Head back to the Inn for an afternoon to relax or walk the streets of Moab before dinner in town with the group.

    Canyonlands Inn (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Biking: 15-20 miles (24-32 kilometers)

  • Day 3

    Hike The Needles District in Canyonlands National Park


    Today, you'll head out on an all-day excursion to Canyonlands National Park and experience the best that the Needles District has to offer. On the drive out, you'll stop at Newspaper Rock to check out its countless petroglyphs. Today’s main hike begins at the Elephant Hill Trailhead, passing through fascinating desert scenery and eventually arriving at the monolithic red rock towers of the Chesler Park Viewpoint. Along the way, your guides will find a shady spot to stop and enjoy a delicious trailside lunch. The evening is yours to enjoy on your own. Your hotel is perfectly situated in downtown Moab with many restaurants within walking distance.

    Canyonlands Inn (Breakfast, Lunch)

    Hiking: 6 miles (10 kilometers)

  • Day 4

    Hummer Tour and Bike Ride


    After a hearty breakfast, jump in a Hummer and explore the amazing slick rock of Moab on an adrenaline-filled adventure. After a picnic lunch you’ll hop on your bike for a ride south of Moab with beautiful rock red scenery all around you. Enjoy dinner at a favorite local restaurant with your group.

    Canyonlands Inn (Breakfast, Lunch)

    Biking: 15-20 miles (24-32 kilometers), rolling hills

  • Day 5

    Hike to Delicate Arch, explore Arches National Park


    Replenish your energy this morning with breakfast at your hotel. This morning’s hike offers many stunning views, but none as amazing as the view of the iconic Delicate Arch that will greet you at the end of your hike. Next, explore more of the fiery reds and breathtaking blues of Arches National Park. Hike to Landscape Arch, the planet’s largest natural rock arch. After a delicious sack lunch, you’ll hike to Window, Turret, and Double Arch. This evening’s farewell dinner is sure to be a hit as you dine at the charming Desert Bistro.

    Canyonlands Inn (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 5-6 miles (8-10 kilometers)

  • Day 6

    Hike Fish Towers, transfer to Grand Junction and say goodbyes


    This morning you’ll have time for one more great hike before heading home. Stretch your legs and soak in the views of the picturesque Fisher Towers before heading back to Grand Junction to say goodbyes and depart for home.

    No Accommodation (Breakfast)

    Hiking: 3 miles (5 kilometers)

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Useful Info

Where does this trip start?

On the first morning of the trip, our two pick-up locations are the Holiday Inn Hotel Grand Junction Airport at 7:30am or the Courtyard by Marriott at 7:45am. You are welcome to stay at any hotel in Grand Junction for your pre-night, though you must make your own way to one of the two pick-up points at the pre-designated times.

Where does this trip end?

Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Grand Junction Airport at 12pm in time for flights below or at a hotel of your choice in Grand Junction around 12:30pm.

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: We recommend arriving in Grand Junction the night before the trip starts. Many guests like to arrive a day or two early to accommodate potential flight delays and/or explore the city prior to your trip start.

Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, we recommend departing Grand Junction after 2pm. Earlier flight times will require a separate transfer booked at your own expense.

Will I have contact with my guides before the trip starts?

Your guides will call your cell phone the night before your trip begins to touch base on the first day’s plan. If they don’t get through to you, they will leave a voicemail on your cell phone with all the details you need to plan for your first morning.

What should I bring with me on the first day?

When you speak with your guides the night before your trip, they will give you a detailed description of what to bring with you on Day 1. Typically, this includes a day pack with your rain jacket, sunglasses, hat, camera, etc. Anything you want easy access to during the day should go in your day pack as the rest of your luggage will go in the locked cargo trailer pulled behind the van. Your guides will provide you with a water bottle on the first morning of your trip and will always have water available for refills. There will be snacks available at all times in the van. Your guides will also have bug spray and sunscreen accessible for you to use.

What are your recommended guide gratuity guidelines?

You will have 2-3 guides on your Austin Adventure (depending on group size). We recommend USD$20 per day, per guest, per guide. Typically, gratuities are offered by check or cash in local currency on the final morning of the trip and can either be given to each guide individually or to one guide to be equally distributed. Most of our guides these days also accept gratuities via Venmo (please note this app does not work in Canada). All dining, housekeeping and activity tips are included in your trip price.

How do rooming arrangements work?

Trip prices are based on shared arrangements (typically two guests per room), unless otherwise stated. For solo travellers, we’ll pair you with another person of the same gender to share rooms and if there’s no one suitable to share with, there’s no forced single supplement. However, if you specifically request your own rooms, you can opt to pay the single supplement. Solo travellers who book within 90 days of departure, where there are no other solo travellers willing to share, will be required to pay the single supplement. 

For Family Vacation bookings, families consisting of four guests traveling with children aged 17 and under will be automatically assigned one shared room. However, the following alternative rooming allocations are available:

  • Families consisting of four guests with all children aged 13 and above are welcome to opt for additional rooms as per advertised double occupancy adult rates.
  • Families consisting of four guests with at least one child aged 12 and under are automatically assigned a shared room. However, families can opt to pay the adult rates for all guests in their family to have an additional room.
  • The same principles apply for families consisting of more than four guests.

Rooming preferences are subject to availability and must be communicated in writing at time of booking. Automatic assignments as per this policy will be applied in the absence of any specification provided by guests. Any request for additional rooms during trips will be at guests’ own expense and subject to rates made available by the accommodation provider at the time. All minors (guests aged 17 and under) must be accompanied by at least one adult.

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Why Travel With Us

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Just-right group sizes allow you to get off the beaten path

With an average of 12 guests per departure and an industry-leading 6:1 guest-to-guide ratio, you’ll enjoy a highly personalized experience with the perspective of an insider.

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Award-winning guides lead the way

It’s so much easier to relax and enjoy your adventure when you have fun, caring guides who know the land, are experts in motivation, sweat all the details and whip up incredible meals, too!

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You’ll never need to sweat the details

When we say all inclusive, we mean it! Meals and snacks, activities, lodging, transportation, guiding services and more. Every detail is handled; all you need to do is show up!

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Enjoy freedom to push your boundaries – safely

Every aspect of your trip is thoroughly considered for your safety, from highly vetted vendors and well-maintained equipment to extensively trained guides and our seasoned operations team at headquarters.

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Decades of expertise mean you’ll experience only the best

Family travel and North American National Parks are our specialty. We’ve perfected our itineraries and sustained relationships for decades, ensuring you'll experience your destination to the fullest.

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For us, the extra mile is never extra, it’s part of the way! Count on special touches throughout your trip that will amplify your experience. If we’ve done our job, they’ll have you saying “wow!”

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