Utah is a hub for prehistoric discovery and adventure. As an evident home to dinosaurs millions of years ago and early Native American inhabitants thousands of years ago, we explore fascinating remnants as we take in the unique and stunning terrain. Endless learning combined with outdoor opportunities such as hiking, canyoneering, rafting, and camping make Southern Utah an unforgettable family experience!

SUMMARY

TRIP TYPE: Adventure

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy Active to Moderate

TRIP LENGTH: 8 days/7 nights

SPACES AVAILABLE: 12 people max

TRIP COST: from

Double Occupancy

From $ 4,995

per person4 to 6 people

Small Groups

add $ 500

per person1 to 3 people

Single Occupancy

From $ 6,295

per person

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hiking, river-rafting, slot canyons, and more await guests on this adventure
  • Visit and explore the Natural History Museum of Utah which has more than 1.6 million objects in its collection
  • Luxury accommodations and unmatched vistas are sure to make this trip unforgettable for any guest
  • Learn to bake delicious desserts in a Dutch oven just like the pioneers did
  • Meet an astronomer and talk about the stars as the night sky rolls in

ITINERARIES

Day 1: Arrive in Utah

  • Arrive to Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) and meet your guide(s)
  • Visit the Natural History Museum of Utah
  • Orientation safety briefing
  • Overnight: The Grand America Hotel or comparable

Day 2: Tour Historical Sites

  • Today we will visit the Jurassic National Monument and Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry – known for having the densest concentration of Jurassic-aged dinosaur bones ever found.
  • Visit the Rochester Rock Art Panel
  • Travel to Torrey, UT
  • Overnight: Capitol Reef Resort or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 3: Capitol Reef National Park

  • Spend the day exploring Utah’s hidden gem, Capitol Reef National Park
  • Enjoy a day of hiking a variety of trails from Hickman Bridge, Cassidy Arch and Sulfur Creek as you will learn why this is considered Utah’s hidden gem
  • Outdoor BBQ picnic dinner
  • Overnight: Capitol Reef accommodations
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 4: San Rafael Swell | Moab

  • Explore the historic settlement of Fruita
  • Hike Little Wild Horse Slot Canyon
  • Visit Goblin Valley State Park
  • Overnight: Hoodoo Moab or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 5: Arches National Park

  • Send the day exploring Arches National Park; Arches National Park showcases the highest concentration of natural sandstone arches in the world –  more than 2,400 of them
  • Hike among stunning landscapes of balanced rocks, soaring red rock cliffs, monumental towers and sandstone fins
  • Explore downtown shops and galleries in Moab
  • Dinner at leisure
  • Overnight: Hoodoo Moab or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L

Day 6: Canyonlands National Park

  • Spend the day exploring Canyonlands National Park 
  • Visit the famous Newspaper Rock Estate Historical Monument. Proceed to Canyonlands National Park, needles district, and hike Elephant Hill to Chesler Park.
  • Enjoy a Dutch oven dessert cooking class and help prepare a barbecue cookout dinner
  • Study the stars with a local astronomer
  • Overnight: Red Cliffs Lodge or Riverside Campout
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 7: Rafting the Colorado River

  • Spend the day rafting on the Colorado River. This 14 mile section has a perfect combination of classic western vistas and Class III, splashy white water.
  • Afternoon at leisure in town
  • Celebratory dinner
  • Overnight: Red Cliffs Lodge or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 8: Dead Horse Point | Departures

  • Stop by Dead Horse Point State Park and take in the miraculous views at one of the most photographed scenic vistas in the world.
  • Explore some of the most unique rock art yet, in Sego Canyon
  • Visit dinosaur tracks before making your way back to Salt Lake City
  • Thank you for visiting Utah!
  • Meals included: B/L

What's Included:

  • Pre-trip planning, consultation and customization
  • All services, tours, hikes, excursions, activities, and entrance fees as described in the itinerary
  • 7 nights in hand-picked accommodations
  • 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners (including Celebration Dinner)
  • Snacks provided throughout trip
  • Large coolers of ice water, an electrolyte drink mix, and soft drinks will be provided in the vehicle throughout the trip
  • One complimentary well beverage during restaurant dinners; unlimited at outdoor cookout dinners
  • Transportation by private, spacious sprinter vans with support and cargo vehicles
  • WWTrek custom support trailer with camp kitchen
  • WWTrek Lead Professional Guide(s)
  • Baggage handling assistance throughout
  •  Additional WWTrek Professional Guides, dependent on group size
  •  Licensed vehicle driver(s)
  • National park and state park entry fees
  • Interactive gear list
  • Fitness and Nutrition 6-week plan
  • Rafting down the Colorado River

Not Included:

  • International and domestic airfare
  • Passport and visa fees (if applicable)
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Meals or bottled beverages other than those specified in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature: laundry, incidentals, etc.
  • Expenses incurred due to circumstances outside of the control of World Wide Trekking
  • Gratuities for guides

HUMAN OUTREACH PROJECT IN THE USA

One of World Wide Trekking’s founding principles is giving back to the places we operate. Through our sister non-profit, Human Outreach Project, we are making a difference in lives around the globe and close to home in Utah. With our office and home base in Utah, we are working on a number of local projects that guests can get involved with.

HOP is proud to support 30 local veterans and their families with deliveries of food and gift cards during the holiday season through our Veterans Outreach Program. Our newest local program, HOP Outdoors, runs summer hiking trips in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains to give underserved local children the chance to get outdoors and build a healthy connection with nature.

TRAVEL NOTES

Best Time of Year to Visit:

March – November (trip offered year round)

Summer months of June – August are great times to explore.

Arrivals & Departures:

Arrive and depart from Salt Lake City Int’l Airport (SLC)

Recommended Flights:

Arrival: There are daily flights into Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC). Your trip manager will help you arrange an arrival time window (we prefer morning arrival flight times).

Departure: We prefer that all flights departing from Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) leave in the late afternoon, allowing the group enough time to get to the airport.

Accommodations:

We stay at a variety of accommodations in Southern Utah. 

Salt Lake City

  • The Grand America Hotel
  • Hilton

Capitol Reef

  • Capitol Reef Resort
  • Red River Ranch

Moab

  • Red Cliffs Lodge
  • Hoodoo Moab

*Based on availability during trip dates. 

Health & Safety

Our stringent commitment to safety means you have access to our medically certified guides before and throughout your trip. Our staff also carries emergency medical equipment such as satellite communicators and medical kits.

For more information, feel free to contact us directly with any questions, at 801-943-0264. We can schedule a phone call with our medical advisor, Dr. Levy, to answer any specific questions regarding your personal needs.

Travel Insurance:

We recommend you safeguard your trip by purchasing travel insurance. World Wide Trekking has partnered with Redpoint Travel Insurance as our preferred travel insurance provider. For a price quote, or to purchase travel insurance, visit Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance.

Please Note: You must purchase this plan within 14 days of your deposit payment. Please send us a copy of your plan if you choose to purchase one.

Our Team:

World Wide Trekking boasts an extensive support crew and will accommodate any group size. At headquarters in Salt Lake City, our staff is dedicated to helping you every step of the way. If you’re planning your trip and have questions about which boots to buy, our adventure specialist is just a phone call away.

Gratuities:

In many parts of the world, gratuities are given in appreciation for a job well done. Our guides will take care of tipping service personnel along the way so that you don’t have to think about it.

For any additional services outside of our itinerary, plan to tip 10% (transport, restaurants, baggage, lodges, etc). We will provide you with detailed tipping recommendations in your ‘Trip Detail’ document once you sign up.

At the trails end you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool that will be presented to your WWTrekking guides and trekking staff as we say our goodbyes.

GENERAL INFORMATION

State:

Utah

Population

3,101,833

Time Zone:

Mountain Time Zone –  UTC-07:00

Capital City:

Salt Lake City

Geography:

Utah, where the Rocky Mountains, Great Basin, and Colorado Plateau converge, boasts extremely diverse and stunning geography. Although most of this western state experiences a semi-arid or desert climate, the many mountain ranges offer a large variety of additional climates. From high alpine forest filled to vast deserts filled with humbling sandstone towers, walls, and arches, Utah’s landscapes are numerous and awe-inspiring. Utah is home to 5 National Parks, 4 national monuments, and 4 state parks. The capitol of Utah, Salt Lake City, gets its namesake from the Great Salt Lake which is the largest salt water lake in the Western Hemisphere with a salinity far saltier than seawater.

Culture & Religion:

Salt Lake City, Utah is the world headquarters for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, making Utah the only state in the U.S. that has a majority population belonging to a single church. The industries that make up Utah’s diverse economy include mining, oil and gas development, tourism, agriculture and cattle ranging, salt production, and a quickly growing tech industry. Additionally, there are 6 Native American tribes in Utah today, the Goshute, Navajo, Paiute, Ute, Shoshone, and Uintah and Ouray Tribes.