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Utah Arches, Canyonlands & Monument Valley Multi Adventure

The Best of Monument Valley, Canyonlands & Arches

 

Visit the three "must-see" landmarks of Utah's memorable parks three different ways: Monument Valley by air, Canyonlands National Park by water, & Arches National Park by trail. The scenery is nothing short of spectacular, from the ever-changing colors of the sandstone rock formations to the sweeping views of otherworldly landscapes. Take a birds-eye view, raft through Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River, and hike among canyons, spires, and sandstone rock formations thousands of years in the making.

icon name="map-marker-alt" Getting to Moab, Utah

  • Spend 3-days rafting legendary "Big Drops" through Cataract Canyon

  • Hike deep into the heart of Arches National Park to explore the red rock wonderland

  • Take to the skies for a bird's eye view of Utah's canyons and mesa

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Arrive:

Moab, Utah

Depart:

Moab, Utah

Price: from $3,995

Duration:

7 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

5-16 Guests

Min Age:

10 yrs

Activity:

Level 3

3 days river rafting up to 30 miles each day on class I - IV rapids with a variety of daily hiking options. The trip rating may increase to Level-4 in high water (June).
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  • Arrive in Moab

    Day 1

    Arrive in the charming town of Moab, Utah at our host hotel. Enjoy an orientation and dinner with the group at one of many celebrated downtown restaurants in Moab.

    Accommodation: Hoodoo Hilton

    Located just off Main Street in Moab and a few minutes from Arches National Park, the Hoodoo is a relaxing accommodation complete with a variety of modern amenities on the edge of the wilderness. Onsite, travelers can enjoy delicious food along with handcrafted cocktails at the onsite bar and restaurant. The spa has a variety of offerings, perfect for recharging before or after an wilderness trip. The hotel offers scenic views of the surrounding red rocks, excellent service, and a gorgeous heated outdoor pool, available for use year-round.

    Meals: Dinner

  • Explore Monument Valley by Air

    Day 2

    This morning, catch your chartered flight to go adventure exploring over the desert southwest. Fly from Moab to the Navajo Tribal Park of Monument Valley. During your flight, delight in countless photo ops as you pass over Canyonlands National Park, Dark Canyon Wilderness Area, Natural Bridges National Monument, Cedar Mesa/Grand Gulch, and Valley of the Gods. The 1,500 miles of the Colorado Plateau known as the "Grand Circle" will form the core of your expedition. This massive desert landscape is covered in canyons, mesas, and riparian zones which have been home to generations of Native American tribes. Your pilot will share with you the rich history of this region.
    The afternoon is free to explore the town, pack your MT Sobek dry bags for your 3 day rafting adventure, or simply relax and take in the surrounding views.

    Accommodation: Hoodoo Hilton

    Located just off Main Street in Moab and a few minutes from Arches National Park, the Hoodoo is a relaxing accommodation complete with a variety of modern amenities on the edge of the wilderness. Onsite, travelers can enjoy delicious food along with handcrafted cocktails at the onsite bar and restaurant. The spa has a variety of offerings, perfect for recharging before or after an wilderness trip. The hotel offers scenic views of the surrounding red rocks, excellent service, and a gorgeous heated outdoor pool, available for use year-round.

    Transportation: 2.5 hour private flight transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Cataract Canyon Rafting Adventure through Canyonlands National Park

    Day 3

    Ride our shuttle to the Cataract Canyon put-in at Potash Boat Ramp. Meet your guides by the river and receive a safety briefing before the journey begins. Adjust to the pace of the warm Colorado River as you paddle past spectacular scenery. Stop to explore Native American ruins and learn about the flora and fauna of this fragile desert environment. Upon arrival at camp, join the guides in setting up tents and play fun river games like horseshoes and bocce ball. After dinner, watch the sunset to the chirp of the canyon wren.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Colorado River

    Camping is "river style" and includes three to nine nights on the banks of Utah's Green and Colorado Rivers, with full porterage and set up. Our dome-style tents are large enough to stand in, and include cots, Therm-a-Rest pads, and fresh sleeping bags. You can even take a sun-heated shower after a day on the water. All camping spots are on beautiful beaches, relaxing and scenic every day.

    Activity: 6 hours/30 miles rafting

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Tackle Cataract Canyon's Big Drop Rapids

    Day 4

    After breakfast, pack up and motor past the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers. Accessibility through this stretch allows for perhaps the Loop Hike - a short, steep 1-mile hike with majestic vistas. Meanwhile, the rafts continue downriver to prepare your post-hike lunch by the river. Prepare to face some of the best rapids in the world! Known as "the Big Drops," these classic rapids, including Satin's Gut and Little Niagara Falls, provide heaps of adrenaline-fueled fun. This evening, camp on a sandy beach under a rich blanket of stars - Canyonlands National Park is recognized as one of the few Dark Sky Parks in the world. Let the guides surprise you with riverside festivities.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Colorado River

    Camping is "river style" and includes three to nine nights on the banks of Utah's Green and Colorado Rivers, with full porterage and set up. Our dome-style tents are large enough to stand in, and include cots, Therm-a-Rest pads, and fresh sleeping bags. You can even take a sun-heated shower after a day on the water. All camping spots are on beautiful beaches, relaxing and scenic every day.

    Activity: 6 hours/30 miles rafting, 1.5 hours hiking

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Float towards the Grand Canyon & Scenic Flight over Canyonlands

    Day 5

    Awake for your last day on the river: 30 miles through one of the most spectacular canyon stretches. Towering walls rise higher as you get deeper and approach Lake Powell, just upstream of the Grand Canyon. Enjoy lunch on the river before take-out where you will transfer to your charter flight that whisks you up and over Canyonlands National Park and the Colorado River, then back to Moab.

    Accommodation: Hoodoo Hilton

    Located just off Main Street in Moab and a few minutes from Arches National Park, the Hoodoo is a relaxing accommodation complete with a variety of modern amenities on the edge of the wilderness. Onsite, travelers can enjoy delicious food along with handcrafted cocktails at the onsite bar and restaurant. The spa has a variety of offerings, perfect for recharging before or after an wilderness trip. The hotel offers scenic views of the surrounding red rocks, excellent service, and a gorgeous heated outdoor pool, available for use year-round.

    Activity: 4 hours/30 miles rafting

    Transportation: 1-hour private flight transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Arches National Park by Trail

    Day 6

    Take in the sights of Arches National Park often referred to as a 'Red Rock Wonderland'. Along with your river guides, explore 2-3 trail options for a full day hiking adventure through spectacular geologic formations. Perhaps the trail to Delicate Arch - an icon of Utah, or Landscape Arch - North America's longest natural arch, or a visit to Spires and Fins will make you fall in love with the desert Southwest.

    Accommodation: Hoodoo Hilton

    Located just off Main Street in Moab and a few minutes from Arches National Park, the Hoodoo is a relaxing accommodation complete with a variety of modern amenities on the edge of the wilderness. Onsite, travelers can enjoy delicious food along with handcrafted cocktails at the onsite bar and restaurant. The spa has a variety of offerings, perfect for recharging before or after an wilderness trip. The hotel offers scenic views of the surrounding red rocks, excellent service, and a gorgeous heated outdoor pool, available for use year-round.

    Activity: Multiple hiking options

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart the Southwest

    Day 7

    After breakfast, say goodbye to your guides and transfer to the airport for flights home.

    Meals: Breakfast

Utah Arches, Canyonlands & Monument Valley Multi Adventure

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek has been rafting the world's greatest rivers since 1973 and is a trusted river operator with special permits to run the Colorado River.

Reason #02

Our Cataract Canyon operation is based in Moab and our river adventure is led by the best river guides in the business.

Reason #03

Along the way, professional naturalist guides offer insights into the region's incredible geology and diverse flora and fauna.

Meet your guides

Pauly Borichevsky

Pauly Borichevsky

Pauly has been guiding on rivers across the country for over 18 seasons, he has run over 40,000 miles on the Rivers of Alaska, Arizona, Utah, West Virginia, Idaho, Colorado, and Canada. He is an avid outdoorsman who loves snowboarding, hiking, and biking - almost as much as he loves playing music, as guests can expect him to play his guitar on every trip. When he is not on the river, you can find him at his home in Moab enjoying his friends, listening to and making music, paddle boarding, hiking, mountain biking, talking about Philly sports and enjoying all opportunities to be outside.

Kevin McDermott

Kevin McDermott

Kevin McDermott-a.k.a. "Thirsty"-is an integral part of Mountain Travel Sobek's Arctic rivers program. His laid-back manner puts everyone at ease, and he is a wealth of knowledge about Arctic rivers. Kevin has been guiding since he was 17 years old. Although he normally spends his winter months in Colorado's Telluride ski area, he has climbed Denali three times, reaching the summit in 2000. Thirsty is a legend in the MT Sobek circle and endears himself to travelers with his expertise, calm demeanor, and sense of humor.

Activities

Rafting Class III to V rapids (depending on season), scenic hikes, swimming, and fun games and feasts at camp.

Lodging

A full-service hotel in Moab to kick off and end the adventure, with two nights at riverside camps in between.

Climate

Dry desert environment with spring/fall temps from 65°-85°F and 55°F at night. Summer temps from 85°-100°F and 65°F at night

FAQ

How challenging are the rapids on this trip?

The peak runoff when the water levels are at their highest usually happens in June. Water levels reach their lowest during the beginning of May, August and September.

Can you accommodate specific dietary requests?

We are happy to adjust our menus and accommodate any needs that you may have. We freshly prepare everything alongside the river, so we will give guides all dietary requests in advance.

What are the sleeping accommodations like?

Under the desert starry skies, you'll get lost gazing as the roaring river lulls you to sleep. We provide a tent, sleeping bag and a thick Paco pad.

Are there mosquitos on the Colorado River?

The dry desert environment is not good for mosquitos. However, when the water levels drop, there are a moderate amount of mosquitos, so don't forget your repellent just in case.

Is there any special gear that is required for this trip?

Very little. Sun protection, bathing suit and comfortable river shoes are most of what you need, as we provide most of the specialty gear needed (2 dry bags for packing, a well-sized life jacket, and a paddle).

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