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Utah
  • 6 days /5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 14, 2015
  • From $2,498 / person
  • ($580 single supplement) Children: $1,998 to $2,248

Utah Family Vacations

Discover a desert paradise. Hear how the Canyonlands contain over 200 million years of geological history, from the Island in the Sky’s Upheaval Dome to the Grabens area of the Needles, Canyonlands possesses many uncommon landforms. Raft the remarkable Colorado River, bike between sheer-walled canyons and sandstone towers on a road snaking through Castle Valley. Explore the Slick Rock of Moab by Hummer. Share the marvels of the Southwest for an unforgettable family vacation.

  • Family Vacations
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Paddling

Activity Level: Moderate

About
This Tour

Introduce the kids to a world unlike any they’ve likely seen before on a six-day hiking, biking and rafting adventure through the river-carved canyons, sprawling mesas, sandstone pillars, and natural arches of Canyonlands National Park.

  • Fuel up with a hearty breakfast at Moab’s Jail House Café
  • Raft a playful stretch of the Westwater of the Colorado River
  • Marvel at how itty-bitty you feel as you trek through looming, crimson rock formations at Fisher Towers
  • Bike an exhilarating 14-miles downhill along the Island in the Sky mesa
  • Ooh and aah over the view of the La Sal Mountain range at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park
  • Explore Slick Rock by Hummer
  • Top off the day with a swim in the pool at the Canyonlands Inn, your home throughout your stay
Mesa Arch in Canyonlands
Photo: Mesa Arch in Canyonlands

I've been on 15 tours with Austin Adventures, and my day in Arches was one of the most spectacular of them all!

Tom Cezeaux New Castle, WA

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

6 days /5 nights

Grand Junction, CO (GJT)

Day 1: Grand Junction / Colorado River
Grand Junction / Colorado River
Meals Included:  L, D
Overnight: Canyonlands Inn

Begin your trip with early-morning pickups in Grand Junction by your guides, followed by a welcome meeting.

With a short shuttle to the banks of the Colorado River we spend the day descending the walled whitewater section known as the Westwater of the Colorado seeing some of the oldest rock in the Grand Canyon, black Vishnu Schist.

Enjoy a picnic on the banks of the river before setting out again.

After an amazing day on the river, it is a quick shuttle to our home for the week, Canyonlands Inn. This property is centered right in the heart of Moab and looks out at red rock vistas beyond town.

Tonight, we enjoy our first dinner together as we discuss our upcoming days playing in red rock country.

About Canyonlands Inn
Located in the heart of downtown Moab, this hotel is within walking distance of many local restaurants and souvenir shops. This hotel will serve as our base camp for exploration of Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Dead Horse Point State Park.

Your room was styled to capture and reflect the natural beauty of the surroundings. A warm palette featuring earthy browns and greens accented by luxurious natural granite is highlighted with photography by renowned local artist Tom Till.

Day 2: Moab / Canyonlands National Park / Island in the Sky
Moab / Canyonlands National Park / Island in the Sky
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Canyonlands Inn

Start the morning with a hearty breakfast at your hotel before continuing south into Canyonlands National Park.

Mount up at Grand View Point and ride to our 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 14 miles down.

Head back to the Inn for an afternoon to relax or walk the streets of Moab. Dinner tonight is at Buck’s Grill House where you will have a taste of true Southwestern cuisine.

Day 3: Arches National Park / Delicate Arch
Arches National Park / Delicate Arch
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Canyonlands Inn

This morning’s hike will lead us to an absolutely jaw-dropping landscape – be prepared to be wowed by even more awe-inspiring scenery and geology.

This beautiful hike will offer you 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.

This afternoon, we will explore more of the fiery reds and breathtaking blues of the hidden gems of Arches National Park. Enjoy dinner tonight at the Moab Brewery.

Day 4: Fisher Towers / Hummer Tour
Fisher Towers / Hummer Tour
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: Canyonlands Inn

Fuel up with a hot breakfast at the Inn before heading out on a morning hike to the Fisher Towers. These towers are world renowned for their exciting rock-climbing routes and have been a favorite subject of photographers for years.

After indulging in a gourmet meal prepared by your guides, we are off to experience an adrenaline-pumping ride. Jump in a Hummer and explore the amazing Slick Rocks of Moab.

Tonight, continue exploring and enjoy dinner on your own in Moab, one of the mountain biking capitals of the world.

Day 5: Mary Jane Canyon / Professor Creek
Mary Jane Canyon / Professor Creek
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Canyonlands Inn

After breakfast it’s time for another fabulous hike that is unlike any that we have done so far. Professor Creek water flows year round along Mary Jane Canyon.

Stay cool in the summer temperatures splashing in the canyon waters. There’s no better way to experience it than on foot, walking among the impressive rock formations.

Our farewell dinner is sure to be a hit as we dine at the charming Desert Bistro.

Day 6: Castle Valley / Grand Junction
Castle Valley / Grand Junction
Meals Included:  B, L

This morning we have time for one more great bike ride before heading home.

The thrilling downhill ride through Castle Valley will be a great way to end your week of adventures.

After enjoying one last wonderful lunch together, we will head back to Grand Junction to say our goodbyes and depart for home.

* Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.

Dates, Rates
& Details

Start planning your next adventure now. See the information below for the rates and selection of available dates. For additional information on dates and availability, please contact our travel specialists.

  • 6 days /5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 14, 2015
  • From $2,498 / person
  • ($580 single supplement) Children: $1,998 to $2,248

Departure Dates

  • Jun 14, 2015
  • Jun 21, 2015
  • Jun 28, 2015

Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your trip departure.
  • Day 1 of your itinerary starts at 7:00 or 7:20 am, depending on your hotel.
  • Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Grand Junction airport (2:00 pm) or Grand Junction hotel (2:30 pm).
Activities
  • Biking: 10 to 30 miles per ride, moderate to challenging terrain.
  • Hiking: 1 to 5 miles per hike, easy to moderate terrain. (More than one hike may be completed in a day.)
  • Rafting: Class III-IV depending on water levels. No experience necessary.
    * Must be at least 10 years old to raft.
Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners – except one dinner on own your own – refreshments and receptions.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • One dinner on your own.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.

Countries we visit in Southwestern US: ,

A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. Moab: It isn't the American mountain biking mecca for nothing!
  • 2. The history: Learn about the vast geological history of the area and how it still serves as an outdoor laboratory for scientists from all over the world.
  • 3. Upheaval Dome: The controversy over how this remarkable impact structure was formed make this quite an ecological anomaly.
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