"The scenery was spectacular, the dinners fantastic, accommodations were quite lovely, and the hiking was terrific. I was very pleased with this trip and have recommended it to others. This is my third trip with Ken, first with Willi, and I would not hesitate to join them again. I really can't say enough nice things about them, they were WONDERFUL! I look forward to having them as guides again. Ryder Walker has two gems in these boys."- Pam Tudot
"Sedona was fantastic. Moab was majestic."- Angela Bass
Enjoy moderately strenuous hiking amidst sandstone towers and serpentine canyons.
Indulge in post-hike pampering in the trendy outdoor adventure meccas of Sedona, Arizona and Moab, Utah.
Splash and smile through gnarly sections of whitewater on the San Juan River.
Fill your memory cards with photos of scenic vistas and vestiges of ancient civilizations.
Our Arches & Canyonlands hiking tour begins in Sedona, Arizona, a town with an established reputation for exquisite dining, inspired art galleries and a plethora of outdoor activities. By day, you’ll explore an enchanting desert landscape, hiking one of the many backcountry trails that spiderweb throughout the region. By night, you’ll relax your sun-tanned body, with wine in hand, at one of Sedona’s premier luxury resorts.
Continuing your hike to the tranquil hamlet of Bluff, Utah, you’ll trade your hiking boots for paddles and bounce through one of the most exciting whitewater sections of the San Juan River. Using the riverboat as your base, explore ancient rock art and cliff dwellings with some examples dating back 5,000 years. Sun-drenched beaches, lost civilizations and two nights at a historic B&B make Bluff an irresistible desert retreat.
No desert tour would be complete without a visit to Moab, Utah, a vibrant oasis that continues to build upon its distinction as an outdoor adventure mecca. Our guides will lead you off the beaten path to explore hidden labyrinths, whimsical rock formations and natural sandstone arches. Return from the wild and bed down in one of Moab’s most comfortable retreats, a tranquil hideaway with panoramic views extending in every direction.
Arrive in Flagstaff, Arizona. Transfer to Sedona (about 50 minutes by van) and your well-appointed hotel. Sedona’s town center is lively with outdoor cafes, eclectic shops, art galleries and people from all over the world. The accommodations are divine and the culinary options superb.
Delve into Sedona’s famous Oak Creek Canyon. The stunning rock formations within Oak Creek Canyon, in addition to forests of ponderosa, juniper and pinion, helped earn Sedona the title “The Most Beautiful Place in America,” by USA Weekend’s Annual Travel Report. We’ll dive into a world where mysterious rock formations seem to glow from within. Another option for this day is a hike to Cathedral Rock, one of the most photographed rock formations in Arizona. The initial hike to Cathedral Rock is short and steep. We’ll continue past Cathedral Rock on trails known only to our guides and the locals.
Sedona offers limitless hiking possibilities with infinite views. We’ll choose between lofty mountain excursions, deep canyon explorations or a mixture of both. One option on this day is an exploration of the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness. This region is filled with buttes, cliffs, windsculpted arches, slot canyons, ancient cliff dwellings, rock art and more. The predominate color in the region is red, and we’ll avail ourselves of the abundant photo opportunities as we spend the day on one of the many trails that criss cross the wilderness.
A memorable journey delivers us to the virturally unkown outpost of Bluff, Utah, perched on the banks of the San Juan River. The little town of Bluff nestles quiestly against the east side of Cedar Mesa, a region filled with Anasazi cliff dwellings, rock art and the vestiges of lost civiliations. Overnight in a charming, atmospheric bed and breakfast located in the center of town.
We’ll trade our hiking boots for paddles as we bounce and laugh through the most exciting whitewater sections of the San Juan River. Pausing along calm sections of the river, we’ll hike to ancient cliff dwellings and marvel at rock art leftover from civilizations now gone. Researchers estimate that some of the rock art found in this region goes back 5,000 years.
Transfer by van to the bustling desert town of Moab, surrounded by beautiful sandstone cliffs and situated on the banks of the Colorado River. Moab is an outdoor adventure mecca. Like sedona, the town is lively with climbers, hikers, mountain bikers, jeepers and sightseers all hanging out at the fun shops along main street. We’ll have a number of hiking options for the afternoon. One option is to explore the many fossils and dinosaur bones that punctuate the area. Overnight in a bed and breakfast situated in a quiet valley on five acres of carefully tended orchards, lawns and fields.
Today we’ll explore a rarely traveled corner of Arches National Park, an area that preserves over two thousand sandstone arches. We’ll explore balanced rocks, fins and pinnacles, highlighted by a striking environment of contrasting colors, landforms and textures. You’ll see some of the most photographed and famous rock formations in the world, including Delicate Arch, Three Gossips, Tower of Babel and more. Return to our tranquil B&B.
A person could spend years exploring the canyons, washes and bluffs that radiate from Moab, Utah, places with names like Devil’s Garden, Fiery Furnace and Poison Spider Mesa. We’ll watch the weather during our second day in Moab. If it’s hot, then we’ll enjoy the refreshing coolness of a hidden canyon, pausing beneath shady cottonwood trees, gazing upon centuries old rock art and dipping our feet in bubbling streams. We can also climb high on this day, tanning ourselves beneath the noon day sun as the snow capped peaks of the La Sal mountains present a stunning backdrop against endless miles of red sandstone.
Grand Junction, CO is the most convenient departure for this tour.