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Utah's Canyon Country

Trip Length 6 days

From $3,395

  • Escape to three remote Utah national parks in one unforgettable week, and explore the otherworldly landscape of the famed Goblin Valley State Park
  • Marvel at the greatest concentration of natural arches on Earth in Arches National Park, take the epic Scenic Drive through Capitol Reef National Park, and hike trails in Canyonlands—all with top-notch experts
  • Get a bird's-eye view of iconic features, such as the Island in Sky and the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers, on an amazing flying safari!
  • Enjoy a slice of Old West heritage at the grand Red River Ranch and experience the wonders of Moab

Designed for fans of the Southwest who want to explore more isolated landscapes, this scenic and culturally rich adventure journeys through some of the most awe-inspiring country in the world. With beautiful drives, fantastic day hikes, and a thrilling air safari, you’ll see classic canyon country on foot and from above—gaining insider knowledge from regional experts who provide interpretation of geology, flora and fauna, and history of the more recent settlers. Along the way explore Capitol Reef National Park, Goblin Valley State Park, and Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, and capture the perfect picture as you view towering cliffs, mesas, buttes, alpine peaks rising from the desert, and unique western towns. With MTS taking care of all the logistics, you can relax and enjoy a vacation to remember—all in under a week!

Day 1: Enter Utah's Canyon Country

Arrive in Salt Lake City, Utah’s largest city. Your MTS guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to a meeting point where we’ll gather for a brief orientation before heading out for a scenic 3.5-hour drives to your to your lodge—a deluxe ranch experience with plenty of western flair! We’ll have plenty of healthy snacks and cold beverages available onboard should you need anything. Our lodge is located in the small town of Teasdale, surrounded by 2,000 pristine acres of pasture and grasslands; the grounds are impeccably kept. The lodge itself is filled with rustic furnishings and décor, and each room offers its own fireplace, patio or balcony, and authentic artifacts and collectibles from the Old West. We’ll gather or group together at the end the day for a welcome dinner in nearby Torrey, the gateway to Capitol Reef National Park, where we’ll dine at one of southern Utah’s best restaurants.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Lodge at Red River Ranch

Day 2: Capitol Reef National Park

After a hearty, western breakfast at the lodge, we’ll travel Scenic Drive Road through layers of tilted rock on our way to Capitol Reef National Park. The road will bring us through the Waterpocket Fold, one of the park’s most celebrated geological features with its alternating banks of multicolored rock. The landscape is resplendent with contrasts, from the lush valleys to the dry desert slopes. The early Mormon pioneers settled here and transformed this dry desert into rich farmland with orchards. Upon arriving in the park, we’ll set out on our hike to the top of Cassidy Arch, named after the notorious bank and train robber, Butch Cassidy, who used this area as one of his hideouts. This moderate, three-mile hike offers spectacular views at every turn. We’ll have time to stroll among the orchards and visited the renovated farmhouse before hiking up into the Fremont River Gorge—an ideal place for learning about the history of this less well-known national park. This evening, we’ll return to Torrey for another delicious dinner.

(Hiking distance: 5 to 6 miles; 500’ to 1000’ elevation gain and loss)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Lodge at Red River Ranch

Day 3: Wild Horse Canyon and Goblin Valley

After breakfast, we’ll say goodbye to our lodge and venture east towards Moab—nearly a four-hour drive away. Along the way, we’ll have plenty to do. Our first stop takes us to Little Wild Horse slot canyon, a popular loop hike for its unforgettable towering sandstone pinnacles. We’ll enjoy a tasty picnic lunch at Goblin Valley State Park—a Seussian landscape of hoodoos (or “goblins”), the likes of which one might find on another planet! In fact, the movie Galaxy Quest, was filmed here for that very reason. This afternoon, we’ll arrive in Moab, a town rich in Southwestern history and flair. Legend is divided on the origins of the town’s name—some say its first postmaster William Pierce named took its name from the Bible; others say it’s a bastardization of the Paiute word “moapa” for mosquito. Today, the town is famous for rafting, hiking, climbing and mountain biking. Photographers, be ready! Moab’s diverse landscape and changing light makes it the perfect location for shooting photos. This afternoon, we’ll check into our hotel in downtown Moab and enjoy a lively Italian meal at a local hotspot.

(Hiking distance: 8 miles; 300’ elevation gain and loss)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Moab Downtown

Day 4: Canyonlands National Park

Today, we’ll head about an hour south of Moab to the Needles district of Canyonlands National Park, where we’ll stop at Newspaper Rock before reaching the park. Known as one of the largest collections of petroglyphs on one rock panel, this outstanding state monument is a great place to start learning about the native people who lived here thousands of years before the Mormon settlers arrived. We’ll continue on into Canyonlands National Park, a landscape of multicolored pillowy rock formations and large needle-like spires, where we’ll hike the three-mile Slickrock Trail and picnic at Elephant Hill Overlook to explore the ancient granary at Roadside Ruins. Those seeking a more ambitious hike may venture out on the Chesler Park Trail and meander through the deep, narrow fractures for breathtaking views of Needles’ transfixing sandstone spires. This afternoon, we’ll return to Moab. Dinner is on your own tonight to explore the town’s many dining options. Feel free to ask the hotel staff or your guide if you need advice in making a good selection.

(Hiking distance: 3 to 7 miles; 600’ elevation gain and loss)

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Hotel Moab Downtown

Day 5: Arches National Park

After breakfast, we’ll head out for a short five-mile drive to Arches National Park to hike among some of the most mindboggling and stunning geological formations in the world. We’ll drive up the mesa and into Entrada Standstone to find the greatest concentration of natural arches on Earth—with over 2,000 in the park alone! We’ll warm-up with a three-mile hike to Delicate Arch and back before taking a scenic drive to The Devil’s Garden trailhead, where we’ll enjoy another delicious picnic lunch prepared by our guides. This afternoon, you’ll have the choice between a few long and short options, including a four- to six-mile hike into Devil’s Garden to see its six arches. Watch as the afternoon sunlight illuminates different parts of the park! We’ll return to Moab tonight and share stories together over dinner in town.

(Hiking distance: 7 to 10 miles; 500’ to 900’ elevation gain and loss)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Moab Downtown

Day 6: Return to Salt Lake City

This morning, you'll start your return to Salt Lake City with a scenic 4-hour drive! We’ll have plenty of healthy snacks and cold beverages available onboard should you need anything. Please plan on booking your return flights from Salt Lake after 2pm.

  • Breakfast

Oct 01 - 06, 2017

Apr 22 - 27, 2018

May 06 - 11, 2018

Sep 09 - 14, 2018

Oct 07 - 12, 2018

pricing

2017 Prices
$3,395 (4-12 members)
$850 single supplement

2018 Prices
$3,495 (4-12 members)
$900 single supplement

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Hotel Moab Downtown — Moab, Utah

This boutique hotel is located in the center of beautiful Moab, nestled beside Mill Creek in the heart of town. Walk to Moab's most popular restaurants and art galleries, take a stroll along Mill Creek trail, or unwind under the stars in the outdoor pool and Jacuzzi. Rooms are modern and attractive, with beds that beckon weary travelers. Located just 5 miles from the entrance to Arches National Park, and 45 minutes to Canyonlands National Park Island in the Sky, this is an excellent jumping off point for your adventures. 

The Lodge at Red River Ranch — Teasdale, UT

Built in the grand tradition of great western lodges, The Lodge at Red River Ranch blends western history with modern convenience. The Lodge features a three-story Great Room with rugged, open-beam construction, a massive Anasazi stone fireplace, and an extensive collection of authentic Navajo rugs. Fifteen unique guest rooms and suites are decorated with attractive, rustic furnishings, fireplaces, and each room has either a private balcony or garden patio. Set on over 2,000 acres of grass and sage pastures, alfalfa fields, and meandering river, the Ranch offers guided catch-and-release fly-fishing, seasonal game hunting and spectacular views of the Velvet Ridge and Boulder Mountain.

  • Escape to three remote Utah national parks in one unforgettable week, and explore the otherworldly landscape of the famed Goblin Valley State Park
  • Marvel at the greatest concentration of natural arches on Earth in Arches National Park, take the epic Scenic Drive through Capitol Reef National Park, and hike trails in Canyonlands—all with top-notch experts
  • Get a bird's-eye view of iconic features, such as the Island in Sky and the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers, on an amazing flying safari!
  • Enjoy a slice of Old West heritage at the grand Red River Ranch and experience the wonders of Moab

Designed for fans of the Southwest who want to explore more isolated landscapes, this scenic and culturally rich adventure journeys through some of the most awe-inspiring country in the world. With beautiful drives, fantastic day hikes, and a thrilling air safari, you’ll see classic canyon country on foot and from above—gaining insider knowledge from regional experts who provide interpretation of geology, flora and fauna, and history of the more recent settlers. Along the way explore Capitol Reef National Park, Goblin Valley State Park, and Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, and capture the perfect picture as you view towering cliffs, mesas, buttes, alpine peaks rising from the desert, and unique western towns. With MTS taking care of all the logistics, you can relax and enjoy a vacation to remember—all in under a week!

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Enter Utah's Canyon Country

Arrive in Salt Lake City, Utah’s largest city. Your MTS guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to a meeting point where we’ll gather for a brief orientation before heading out for a scenic 3.5-hour drives to your to your lodge—a deluxe ranch experience with plenty of western flair! We’ll have plenty of healthy snacks and cold beverages available onboard should you need anything. Our lodge is located in the small town of Teasdale, surrounded by 2,000 pristine acres of pasture and grasslands; the grounds are impeccably kept. The lodge itself is filled with rustic furnishings and décor, and each room offers its own fireplace, patio or balcony, and authentic artifacts and collectibles from the Old West. We’ll gather or group together at the end the day for a welcome dinner in nearby Torrey, the gateway to Capitol Reef National Park, where we’ll dine at one of southern Utah’s best restaurants.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Lodge at Red River Ranch

Day 2: Capitol Reef National Park

After a hearty, western breakfast at the lodge, we’ll travel Scenic Drive Road through layers of tilted rock on our way to Capitol Reef National Park. The road will bring us through the Waterpocket Fold, one of the park’s most celebrated geological features with its alternating banks of multicolored rock. The landscape is resplendent with contrasts, from the lush valleys to the dry desert slopes. The early Mormon pioneers settled here and transformed this dry desert into rich farmland with orchards. Upon arriving in the park, we’ll set out on our hike to the top of Cassidy Arch, named after the notorious bank and train robber, Butch Cassidy, who used this area as one of his hideouts. This moderate, three-mile hike offers spectacular views at every turn. We’ll have time to stroll among the orchards and visited the renovated farmhouse before hiking up into the Fremont River Gorge—an ideal place for learning about the history of this less well-known national park. This evening, we’ll return to Torrey for another delicious dinner.

(Hiking distance: 5 to 6 miles; 500’ to 1000’ elevation gain and loss)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Lodge at Red River Ranch

Day 3: Wild Horse Canyon and Goblin Valley

After breakfast, we’ll say goodbye to our lodge and venture east towards Moab—nearly a four-hour drive away. Along the way, we’ll have plenty to do. Our first stop takes us to Little Wild Horse slot canyon, a popular loop hike for its unforgettable towering sandstone pinnacles. We’ll enjoy a tasty picnic lunch at Goblin Valley State Park—a Seussian landscape of hoodoos (or “goblins”), the likes of which one might find on another planet! In fact, the movie Galaxy Quest, was filmed here for that very reason. This afternoon, we’ll arrive in Moab, a town rich in Southwestern history and flair. Legend is divided on the origins of the town’s name—some say its first postmaster William Pierce named took its name from the Bible; others say it’s a bastardization of the Paiute word “moapa” for mosquito. Today, the town is famous for rafting, hiking, climbing and mountain biking. Photographers, be ready! Moab’s diverse landscape and changing light makes it the perfect location for shooting photos. This afternoon, we’ll check into our hotel in downtown Moab and enjoy a lively Italian meal at a local hotspot.

(Hiking distance: 8 miles; 300’ elevation gain and loss)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Moab Downtown

Day 4: Canyonlands National Park

Today, we’ll head about an hour south of Moab to the Needles district of Canyonlands National Park, where we’ll stop at Newspaper Rock before reaching the park. Known as one of the largest collections of petroglyphs on one rock panel, this outstanding state monument is a great place to start learning about the native people who lived here thousands of years before the Mormon settlers arrived. We’ll continue on into Canyonlands National Park, a landscape of multicolored pillowy rock formations and large needle-like spires, where we’ll hike the three-mile Slickrock Trail and picnic at Elephant Hill Overlook to explore the ancient granary at Roadside Ruins. Those seeking a more ambitious hike may venture out on the Chesler Park Trail and meander through the deep, narrow fractures for breathtaking views of Needles’ transfixing sandstone spires. This afternoon, we’ll return to Moab. Dinner is on your own tonight to explore the town’s many dining options. Feel free to ask the hotel staff or your guide if you need advice in making a good selection.

(Hiking distance: 3 to 7 miles; 600’ elevation gain and loss)

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Hotel Moab Downtown

Day 5: Arches National Park

After breakfast, we’ll head out for a short five-mile drive to Arches National Park to hike among some of the most mindboggling and stunning geological formations in the world. We’ll drive up the mesa and into Entrada Standstone to find the greatest concentration of natural arches on Earth—with over 2,000 in the park alone! We’ll warm-up with a three-mile hike to Delicate Arch and back before taking a scenic drive to The Devil’s Garden trailhead, where we’ll enjoy another delicious picnic lunch prepared by our guides. This afternoon, you’ll have the choice between a few long and short options, including a four- to six-mile hike into Devil’s Garden to see its six arches. Watch as the afternoon sunlight illuminates different parts of the park! We’ll return to Moab tonight and share stories together over dinner in town.

(Hiking distance: 7 to 10 miles; 500’ to 900’ elevation gain and loss)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Moab Downtown

Day 6: Return to Salt Lake City

This morning, you'll start your return to Salt Lake City with a scenic 4-hour drive! We’ll have plenty of healthy snacks and cold beverages available onboard should you need anything. Please plan on booking your return flights from Salt Lake after 2pm.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

Hotel Moab Downtown — Moab, Utah

This boutique hotel is located in the center of beautiful Moab, nestled beside Mill Creek in the heart of town. Walk to Moab's most popular restaurants and art galleries, take a stroll along Mill Creek trail, or unwind under the stars in the outdoor pool and Jacuzzi. Rooms are modern and attractive, with beds that beckon weary travelers. Located just 5 miles from the entrance to Arches National Park, and 45 minutes to Canyonlands National Park Island in the Sky, this is an excellent jumping off point for your adventures. 

The Lodge at Red River Ranch — Teasdale, UT

Built in the grand tradition of great western lodges, The Lodge at Red River Ranch blends western history with modern convenience. The Lodge features a three-story Great Room with rugged, open-beam construction, a massive Anasazi stone fireplace, and an extensive collection of authentic Navajo rugs. Fifteen unique guest rooms and suites are decorated with attractive, rustic furnishings, fireplaces, and each room has either a private balcony or garden patio. Set on over 2,000 acres of grass and sage pastures, alfalfa fields, and meandering river, the Ranch offers guided catch-and-release fly-fishing, seasonal game hunting and spectacular views of the Velvet Ridge and Boulder Mountain.

Dates and Pricing

Oct 01 - 06, 2017

Apr 22 - 27, 2018

May 06 - 11, 2018

Sep 09 - 14, 2018

Oct 07 - 12, 2018

pricing

2017 Prices
$3,395 (4-12 members)
$850 single supplement

2018 Prices
$3,495 (4-12 members)
$900 single supplement

Activity Level Moderate
Trip Length 6 days

From $3,395

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