Canyonlands Arches Multi Sport Adventures, Hike, Bike, Kayak, Rock Climb and Experience Canyoneering
An Epic Camping, Adventure-Resort and Inn-Based Hiking, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Canyoneering and Inflatable-Kayaking Adventure!
WARNING: The activities in this trip have been found to be addictive. Only those people prepared for the ultimate adventure getaway of nonstop fun need apply.
Set in the heart of southeast Utah's dramatic Canyon Country, our Multi-Sport Adventure will introduce you to today's most popular up and coming activities: canyoneering, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing and exploratory hiking. No prior experience necessary; just bring a brimming smile and an appetite for adventure! Our guides' relaxed and supportive approach to learning assures you a fun and exhilarating week.
The World Outdoors guides, well versed in the region's natural history and lore, will lead you through the remarkably diverse Canyon Country. Their relaxed and supportive approach to learning assures you a fun and exhilarating week. Each day showcases a unique feature of its uncommon landscape. We'll discover the remarkable treasures of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and the hidden wonders in the remote backcountry. Also, by providing moderate to more challenging options, this trip is ideal for a range of ability levels. We'll also experience the Red Cliffs Lodge and Resort, set in a stunning landscape overlooking the Colorado River and surrounded by 2000' sheer cliffs. Our Adventure Headquarters comes complete with spectacular views, ultimate comfort and style. Amenities include Colorado River facing rooms with private patios and kitchenettes, a conference room, small bar and terraced dining room, and a pool and spa with 360 degree views!
The following description describes our inn-to-inn trip. The activities for the camping and mixed inn & camping departures are almost identical to the inn trip, the primary difference being the evening's accommodation. For a summary of our campsites, refer to the camping details that follow.
Day 1. Hiking in Arches National Park, Gonzo Inn (435-259-2515 or -800-791-4044 / private baths) http://www.gonzoinn.com/
Our group assembles at the Moab Valley Inn in Moab, Utah at 8:30 a.m. Following introductions, we set off for Arches National Park, a fantasyland of balanced rocks, natural arches, and surrealistic sculptures carved through the ages by wind and water. The park contains the world's largest concentration of sandstone arches, numbering more than 2,000.
We begin our day with an audio/video orientation at the Visitor’s Center followed by a hike across open slickrock to Delicate Arch, considered by many to be the most picturesque arch in the park and the one depicted on the Utah license plate.
After a relaxing lunch among the sandstone fins and buttes of Devil’s Garden, we explore mysterious Fiery Furnace, a labyrinth of sandstone fins and spires, named for its brilliant deep red reflective rock. The path winds through slickrock grottoes and narrow crevices hundreds of feet deep as needle-like pinnacles frame an incredibly blue sky. Endless in its color palette, form and texture, the Fiery Furnace is a photographer's dream.
Our home away from home for the first three evenings of the trip will be the Gonzo Inn. Offering Moab’s most luxurious lodging a couple of blocks from the heart of downtown, enjoy deluxe rooms and an outdoor swimming pool and spa. Tonight we dine at one of Moab’s many fine restaurants.
• Delicate Arch hike [3 miles, 500' of elevation gain / loss]
• Fiery Furnace hike [2 miles, 200 feet of elevation change]
Day 2. Mountain Biking to Klondike Bluffs and Hiking the Portal Overlook Trail, Gonzo Inn
This morning we switch to pedal power and an introduction to Moab’s famous slickrock biking terrain—with the classic, moderate ride to the serence and magnificent Klondike Bluffs. The ride begins on a sandy 4-wheel drive road and then climbs through slickrock to the edge of Arches National Park. At the top, the half-way point, we leave our bikes for a short hike into the park and to breathtaking views of the red bluffs below and Devil's Garden in the distance. The ride back is mostly downhill with lots of dips and rolls. Whee! Great fun!
After lunch we set off for a short hike on the Portal Overlook Trail. The trail crosses solid sandstone as it ascends the cliffs above the Colorado River gorge. As we near the rim, the sweeping panorama includes Arches National Park to the north, Sand Flats and the La Sal Mountains to the east, Land Behind the Rocks to the south, the rugged sandstone fins and domes of tilted Poison Spider Mesa to the west, and the fruit orchards of the city of Moab and the Colorado River immediately below—quite a sight to behold!
Klondike Bluffs biking trail [9.0 miles roundtrip; 800’ of
• Portal Overlook hike [2.5 miles roundtrip; 900’ of elevation
Day 3 . Hiking to Chesler Park, Canyonlands National Park, Gonzo Inn
After a light breakfast we head to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. We stop to stretch our legs en route at Newspaper Rock State Park to view a renowned panel of rock art that spans several different ancient cultures, with some writings dating back more than a thousand years.
Lacing up our hiking boots, we stride through the beautiful and colorful sandstone features of Elephant Canyon. The canyon opens onto the grassy meadow of Chesler Park, a pastoral amphitheater enclosed by walls of colorfully banded sandstone "needles" and spires.
With time permitting, the more adventurous can give it a go on the Joint Trail, a hiking experience that can be found in few other places in the country. The trail follows a long stretch of connecting "joints" and deep, narrow crevices in a massive rock expanse. Some of the passages are no more than two to three feet wide.
• Chesler Park hike [9 miles round trip; numerous ups and downs totaling about 1500’]
Moderately strenuous option [up to 11 miles round trip, same as above plus the addition of the Joint Trail]
Day 4. Rock Climbing along the Colorado River and Hiking to Fisher Towers, Red Cliffs Lodge (866-812-2002 / private bath www.redcliffslodge.com)
The spectacular canyon walls we’ve been admiring all week take on a fresh perspective as we strap on a climbing harness and are introduced to the sport of rock climbing. Under the care of our exceptional guides, you’ll begin by learning the basics with an introduction to equipment and terminology, knot tying and belaying. After practicing some easy maneuvers followed by a hearty lunch, we progress to some basic rock climbs and possibly have an opportunity to advance to more challenging climbs. Depending on the abilities of the group, we may complete as many as five climbs apiece.
We transfer this afternoon to Red Cliffs Lodge, located on the banks a hundred feet above the Colorado River and surrounded by 2000-foot sheer red sandstone cliffs. The lodge has 20-foot ceilings with exposed wood beams and great care has been taken to preserve the authentic western architecture with natural wood paneling, Mexican saltillo tile floors, and handcrafted log furniture. Present on the grounds are a winery (with Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay varietals) and the Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage. Paying tribute to the dozens of movies and hundreds of commercials filmed at or near the ranch over the years, the museum features stars from John Wayne to Susan Sarandon.
Amenities include Colorado River-facing rooms with private patios and kitchenettes, small bar, a terrace dining room, and a pool and spa with 360- degree views!
Following check-in and a quick shower, we continue to explore the remote Utah outback with a hike through lands right out of a western movie. Red rock castles and flat-topped mesas shoot skyward as we approach our destination--Fisher Towers, a spectacular 1,000’ red rock monolith that stands guardian to the surrounding valley. The trail winds through a maze of slender spires and sharply cut arroyos filled with gargoyles of weathered sandstone.
Weather permitting, we wrap up a full day with a barbecue beneath the setting sun..
• Rock Climbing along the Colorado River [5-6 hours]
• Fisher Towers Hike [up to 5 miles, round trip, 450’ gain/loss]
Day 5. Mountain Biking the Onion Creek Road and Inflatable Kayaking on the Colorado River, Red Cliffs Lodge
This morning’s ride is decidedly easier than Klondike Bluffs but through absolutely stunning country. Onion Creek is a dirt road ride, the highlight being several miles of riding through the Onion Creek Narrows, a deep chasm carved in colorful sandstone. The surface of the road is fairly smooth for a technically easy ride but filled with 27 fun stream crossings.
Our variety-packed week continues this afternoon with inflatable kayaking on the rolling waters of the Colorado River. Our guides provide instruction covering everything from basic paddling techniques to the art of wave surfing. Towering cliffs shoot skyward from this grand river, dwarfing our small craft. We savor this fresh new perspective of canyon country and gaze at riverside monuments and buttes...remember to keep a sharp lookout for deer and eagles. For those who prefer not to raft, there isn’t a better spot to relax than Red Cliffs Lodge.
• Onion Creek Bike Ride [up to 14 miles round trip; up to 1,500 feet of elevation gain/loss]
• Colorado River Inflatable Kayaking Trip [Class I & II rapids]
Day 6.Canyoneering in Medieval and Negro Bill Canyons
Today we explore Medieval Canyon, one of Moab’s most hidden slot canyons. Located in a remote area of slickrock, the canyon’s four- mile journey to the Colorado River includes two of the most spectacular places for rappelling to be found anywhere on earth. We enjoy upclose and personal views of the world’s fourth largest natural arch and an awesome array of petrified sand dunes, while learning about basic rappelling techniques, the geology, ecology, history and folklore of the region. We’re sure you’ll enjoy the unique thrill and sense of satisfaction that comes from a spectacular day of canyoneering!
Our adventurous and fun-filled tour comes to an end back in Moab at approximately 5:30 p.m.
• Medieval Canyon and Morning Glory Arch canyoneering [5 hours of easy to moderate exercise but thrills galore]
Option instead of canyoneering: hike through Negro Bill Canyon with one of the guides to meet the group [4 miles roundtrip; minimal elevation change]]
|Canyonlands Arches Multi Sport Adventures
|Inn & camping
|Single Room Supplement**
|Inn & Camping
* Best suited for ages 8 and older. Ages 8-18 receive a 15% discount. On inn trips, youths getting this discount must share a room with a full paying adult.
** Rooms are based on double occupancy. You can opt to have your own room and pay our Single Room Supplement fee. With reservations 90 days or more in advance, you can book just one person and pay the regular rate if you will share a room.
All trips require a minimum of 4 people for the trip to run and the trip maximum is 12.
Bike & Camping Gear Rental fees:
Bicycle Rental Rates are $95. Helmets are required of all riders and are included with a bicycle rental. For those bringing their own bikes, helmet rentals are available for $10. Rental bikes must be reserved more than 60 days prior to trip departure to guarantee availability.
For camping trips, tents are available for $60. Sleeping bags and foam insulating pads are available for $40.
Trip Fees Include:
All accommodations (double occupancy), all meals (lunch Day 1-lunch Day 6), full-day whitewater inflatable-kayak trip, T-shirt, water bottle, national park fees, support vehicle, professional guides, canyoneering and rock climbing instruction and equipment, and mountain biking instruction.
Trip Fees Exclude:
Airfare, personal insurance, miscellaneous hotel expenses (phone, fax, laundry, etc.), additional optional tours, services not specified in the tour itinerary, and guide gratuities (An appropriate gratuity to each trip leader is $75-$100 per guest).
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*Kids need to be (8-18) years of age for the kid discount.
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Special Requests + What to Bring:
If you have any special dietary needs or any special request that will make your trip more enjoyable, please be sure to notify your Trip Consultant or travel agent after booking. One of our trip consultants will be contacting you to go over options and the details with you.
The World Outdoors will provide you with extensive pre-departure information, including your reservation payment receipt and confirmation, travel insurance application, suggestions for preparing for your trip, a packing list, information on pre- and post-trip arrangements, a guest questionnaire and a liability release agreement.
What type of weather should I expect?
You can expect daytime temperatures to be around 80-85ºF with evening temperatures being up to and over 30ºF cooler. As in other regions, weather in Canyon Country can be extremely variable, so be prepared for anything.
If you're traveling on your own and want to share the experience with other solo travelers, we've set aside special departures for many of our trips. Itineraries are identical to our those of our open trips but, because these departures are composed entirely of independent travelers, there's a unique, fun dimension to the group dynamic. Of course, solo travelers are more than welcome on all of our open departures as well, where often half of our guests are traveling alone.
Meeting Place & Time
9:00 a.m. Moab Valley Inn, Moab, Utah. We recommend that you have breakfast prior to our meeting and arrive prepared to mountain bike. Driving to the Meeting Place: From Grand Junction, Colorado, take I-70 west into Utah. Exit at 191 South and take 191 all of the way into Moab. Moab Valley Inn is in the center of town on Main Street. From Salt Lake City, take I-15 South through Provo. Exit at US-6 EAST, exit number 261, towards Price (US-89 E)/Manti. Merge onto US-6 and take US-6 to I-70 East. Exit at US-191 and take it all of the way into Moab.
Please see our directions and driving times in the upper right hand corner to get additional directions.
Approximately 5:00 p.m. at the Moab Valley Inn. Airline departures from Moab should be scheduled no earlier than Friday evening. If you are flying out of Salt Lake City, departures should not be scheduled before 1:30 PM on the day following the conclusion of the trip (Saturday).
How do I book airfare for this trip?
Once you have booked your reservation, Sherry will contact you to help arrange your air. You can also call James TravelPoints, a local travel agency, at 800-538-7461 and ask for Georgia (ext 251) or Di (ext 252) or email GeorgiaT@travelpoints.com or DianeJ@travelpoints.com. Be sure to tell her you are traveling with The World Outdoors. Alternatively, you are welcome to book your airfare online, directly with the airline or through your personal travel agent.
Gateway City Transfer: For shuttle service from Salt Lake City to Moab for the May tour departures, call Bighorn Express at 1-888-655-7433 [Rate: $69 each way]. Reservations are recommended. This service departs the Salt Lake City airport from Door 12 of Terminal 2 once daily at 2:00 p.m., arriving at the Ramada Inn in Moab at 6:30 p.m.
For shuttle service from Salt Lake City to Moab for the September and October tour departures, call The World Outdoors at 800-488-8483 to reserve space on a private charter (operated for us by Bighorn Express) [Rate: $69 each way]. Reservations are required. This service departs the Salt Lake City airport from Door 12 of Terminal 2 once daily at 2:00 p.m., arriving at the Ramada Inn in Moab at 6:30 p.m. The return shuttle departs from the Ramada Inn in Moab once daily at 7:30 a.m., arriving at Salt Lake City airport at 12:00 noon.
For shuttle service from Grand Junction to Moab, call Gisho Taxi Service at 1-888-226-5031 [Rate: $175 per vehicle one way; up to five people per vehicle]. This is a charter service. Tell them you are traveling with The World Outdoors and they will attempt to work with you to match you with other travelers who are going to Moab and you can then share one vehicle.
Canyonlands National Park, Needles District or Hamburger Rock Campsite - For the first two nights (all camping trips and Inn-Camping mixed trips) the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park is our backcountry home for the first two nights. Nestled against red rock buttes and towering spires, amenities include stunning backcountry beauty. Facilities include solar showers prepared by your guides and outhouse toilets.
Colorado River Campsite - For the next three evenings (all camping trips only), we camp on the banks of the mighty Colorado River. Bold adventurers have the opportunity to take a refreshing dip in its cool waters. Enjoy a peaceful evening star gazing into a crystal clear desert sky. Facilities include solar showers prepared by your guides and outhouse toilets.
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If you cancel your trip, you must notify us in writing. We calculate your refund from the day we receive written notice of your cancellation. There is no refund for arriving late or leaving early from a trip.
Number of Days Prior to Trip Departure
|90 days or more
||$100 per person
|89 to 60 days
||50% of total price per person
|59 to 30 days
||75% of total price per person
|29 to 0 days
||100% of total price per person
We highly recommend trip insurance. This is an option we will discuss with you.
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Trip Type: Inn, Inn & Camping or Camping
Trip Length: 6 days/5 nights
Difficulty: Moderate with Challenging Options
A maximum 7:1 guide-to-guest ratio
kayak (1/2 day)
hike (2 full and 2 half days)
bike (2 half days)
canyoneering (1 day)
rock climb (1/2 day)
Pre & Post Trip Accommodations:
The World Outdoors recommends the following hotels if you arrive early or stay after your trip
Salt Lake City:
Airport Hilton 800-445-8667
5151 Wiley Post Way, Salt Lake City, UT [range: $119-159]
Holiday Inn Airport Express 800-465-4329
2080 West North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT [range: $79-$119]
The Armstrong Mansion B&B 800-708-1333
(armstrongmansion.com) 667 E. 100 S., Salt Lake City, UT [range: $139-$249]
Wildflowers B&B 800-569-0009
936 E. 1700 S., Salt Lake City, UT [range: $75-$145]
Moab Best Western Greenwell Inn 435-259-6151
Gonzo Inn 800-791-4044 or 435-259-2515
100 West 200 South. Moab, UT 84532[range: $145-$200]
Cali Cochita B&B 435-259-4961
110 South, 200 East. Moab, UT 84532 [range: $110-$160]
Moab Valley Inn 800-831-6622 or 435-259-4419
711 South Main St Moab, UT 84532[range: $70-$120 with 10% off The World Outdoors customers from Sunday to Thursday]
Comfort Suites 800-228-5150
800 South Main St Moab, UT 84532 [range: $139-$169]
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