Big Summer Adventure

Denver, CO to Moab, UT
Jul 23–Aug 1, 2019
Only 4 Seats Left!
Aug 20–Aug 29, 2019
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Sep 9–Sep 18, 2019
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This trip, along with the Big Summer Adventure XL, is the best we’ve ever designed. Think about it: 10 days of fully guided adventures across Colorado and southeast Utah. We backpack, kayak, and hike through our guides’ favorite spots. Every day is jam-packed with incredible adventure!

The itinerary features two once-in-a-lifetime adventures. Early on, we backpack in Colorado’s spectacular Rocky Mountain National Park. For three days, we explore waterfalls, meadows, and gorgeous alpine lakes. Later, we head into southeast Utah to spend four days in touring kayaks venturing through the flatwater Labyrinth Canyon section of the Green River. Throw in a couple of epic day hikes and a dip in a Colorado natural hot springs, and you’ve got the Big Summer Adventure!

Previous backpacking and kayaking experience is not required. Our guides have decades of experience, love teaching, and will bring you up to speed with all the required skills. Swaggering, experienced outdoor pro’s are welcome, too!

We have you covered by including most of the specialized gear. Backpacks, tents, sleeping pads, kayaks, paddles, life jackets, and all group equipment is provided. For such an over-the-top itinerary, we’ve been able to keep your packing list quite manageable.

This is an “unplugged” trip. Phones, tablets, and computers are forbidden! (Our guides carry a satellite phone, just in case.) Getting some distance from day-to-day life makes an adventure more meaningful. This trip is worth living in the moment!

We call this a “Rough & Tumble” trip. It’s designed for ages 18 to 30’s. (If you're outside that age range, we have other amazing trips for you, too!) The price is budget-friendly, but the adventure-factor is through the roof!

Need different dates? Want an even bigger adventure? Check out our Big Summer Adventure XL.

Join us and make some of the best memories of your life this summer! Register today!

Matt Stan
Matt Stan, Bad Adventures founder

Is this for me?

Age Range

18 to 30's only, please. Outside the age range? We have awesome trips for you, too!


Let's call the intensity a 3 to 3.5 out of 5. The trip includes backpacking, a multi-day kayak trip, and epic day hikes. If you lead an active life or are willing to commit a couple of hours a week to get ready, it's likely you're up to the adventure!


No phones, tablets, computers, or smart watches. This adventure is worth living in the moment!

Group Size

Maximum of 10 amazing travelers. Small groups rule!

Rookie Ready

New to backpacking? Never kayaked before? That's A-OK! We'll bring you up to speed. If you bring an appropriate base fitness level and a lot of enthusiasm, we have you covered on the necessary specialized skills instruction.

Traveling Solo?

By their very nature, the adventures we plan seem to attract like-minded people. It's safe to say that if you show up by yourself, you'll come away with a crew! This trip works well for solo travelers and small groups of friends.

Oh, yeah, there's no single traveler supplement fee!

Here's the plan...


Let's go!

We meet at 8:00 AM in the lobby of our gateway hotel, the Hyatt Place Denver Airport. We take stock of our gear, pack our phones away in the company’s safe, and head out! We get to know each over over a day hike in the Colorado Front Range. We pitch camp for the first time and cook a delicious dinner together. In the evening, we size backpacking equipment and prepare for the best adventure of our lives!

Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner

Rocky Mountain Backpacking

Our amazing guides help you get your gear sorted and packed for two nights on the trail. New to backpacking? No problem! Backpacks and most of the required specialized equipment is included.

We head deep into Rocky Mountain National Park for a 2-night stay. We tent camp at a gorgeous stream-side campsite. On our second day in the wilderness, we explore a series of alpine lakes near the Continental Divide. Along the way, we encounter jaw-dropping views of waterfalls, meadows, and rugged peaks. This is Colorado at its finest!

Meals Included: 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, and 2 Dinners

Hot Springs & Colorado Exploration

Our idyllic backpacking comes to an end, but there’s much more adventure around the corner!

We hike out of Rocky Mountain National Park, then set course for a scenic drive across Colorado. Along the way, we stop for a hot shower and a soak in a natural hot springs. The well-earned relaxation feels amazing on our tired bodies. We cap off the day by exploring a mountain town and settling into a front-country campground.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Canyonlands Hiking

We finish our drive to Utah and set out for a day hike on Canyonlands National Park's Island in the Sky mesa. We take in views of the canyons below us and the La Sal Mountains dominating the horizon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Utah Kayak Expedition

We reorganize our gear into dry bags, then pack kayaks for an incredible 4-day, 3-night paddle through Labyrinth Canyon on Utah’s Green River. This flatwater (no rapids!) stretch takes us past towering red rock formations, lush green tributary confluences, and historic early river runner inscriptions.

Our amazing guides teach you kayaking techniques and are there to help along the way. Previous kayak touring experience is not required. Kayaks, paddles, life jackets, and other river safety equipment are all included.

We tent camp at stunning backcountry river-side campsites, tell stories over delicious group-cooked meals, and catch a glimpse of the Milky Way while laying under the stars.

Without exaggeration, this may be one of the best flatwater river paddling trips in the world!

Meals Included: 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, and 3 Dinners

Arches Hiking

We wake to the awful sinking feeling that the trip will soon be over. Over a giant breakfast at camp, we retell inside jokes and reflect on the friendships and memories we made.

The last adventure of the trip is a great one, though! We hike to the absolutely epic Delicate Arch in Arches National Park and bring the trip to a close.

Your guides will drop you off at any hotel in the town of Moab, Utah between 3:45 and 4:00 PM, Moab Canyonlands Field Airport at 4:30 PM, or a hotel near Grand Junction Regional Airport at 6:00 PM.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

What's Included?

3-Day, 2-Night Rocky Mountain National Park Backpacking Trip

Fully guided. Backpacks, tents, and most gear provided.

4-Day, 3-Night Kayak Expedition in Utah

Fully guided paddling trip on a flatwater river.

9 Nights of Spectacular Tent Camping

We stay at beautiful sites! Tents and camping mattresses are included.

Transportation within Colorado & Utah

Ride in style in a comfortable Ford Transit passenger van.

Services of a Guide or Two

Expert instruction from our friendly, professional team.

Most of the Specialized Equipment

We provide backpacks, tents, sleeping pads, bear canisters, kayaks, paddles, lifejackets, and a lot more!

9 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, and 8 Dinners

We plan delicious meals for us to cook together.

National Park Admission and All Permits

The itinerary includes time in both Rocky Mountain National Park and Arches National Park.

Group Gear & Safety Equipment

Medical kit, satellite phone, navigation supplies, and more.

Not Included:

Your flights or other transportation to and from the trip, your accomodations the night before and the night after the trip, hot springs admission on day 4, dinner on day 4, dinner on day 9, your personal clothing and gear on the packing list, travel insurance, and guide gratuity.

Important Details & FAQ

  • You don’t need to be a professional athlete! However, you do need a moderate base level of fitness. If you lead an active life and are willing to spend a couple of hours per week preparing for the adventure, it’s likely you’re up to it!

    During the backpacking portion of the trip, we travel up to 8 miles per day over rocky terrain with 35 to 45-pound packs.

    During the kayaking portion of the trip, we paddle about 4 hours per day at a mild sustained pace.

    Still have questions about whether this trip is appropriate for you? Don’t hesitate to contact us!

  • Nah. That’s pretty unlikely. This trip is solo traveler friendly!

  • It’s absolutely OK! If you’re new to backpacking, be sure to follow the packing list exactly. We provide the backpacks, tents, sleeping pads, and most of the other specialized pieces of gear. Our guides love teaching and will help you get up to speed!

  • It’s no problem if this is your first kayaking trip! Our guides have decades of experience and will provide paddling instruction, beginning with the absolute basics.

  • This trip is for adventurers ages 18 through 30’s. However, we have a number of incredible trips for guests of all ages!

  • Be sure to review the packing list carefully and follow it exactly! The higher-value items you need to bring include a sleeping bag, a pair of backpacking boots, a pair of sport sandals or water shoes, and a rain jacket.

    Try to avoid overpacking. Bringing too much stuff will just slow you down!

  • This is an unplugged adventure! That means that phones, tablets, computers, and other electronic devices are forbidden!

    We store phones in a company safe that will not be with our group during the adventure. You deposit your cell phone on the morning of day 1 and retrieve it on the afternoon of day 10.

    If you contact us in advance, we may be able to store other devices for you during the trip.

    Small, point-and-shoot cameras are permitted.

  • About 30 days before the trip, we provide you with a critical message phone number to share with anyone who might need to contact you in the event of a family medical crisis or other urgent matter. Our guides receive messages every 2 to 4 days during the trip.

  • Nope. You may bring a small, point-and-shoot camera, though!

  • We tent camp all 9 nights of the trip. 5 of the nights are spent at backcountry campsites accessible only by trail or river!

    Tents and self-inflating camping mattresses are provided. You share a tent with 1 or 2 other travelers.

    The tents are dome-style backpacking tents. To make it more comfortable, we sleep either 2-travelers in a 3-person tent or 3-travelers in a 4-person tent.

  • Utterly delicious. We cook most meals together at camp. Your guides provide the ingredients and recipes for hot breakfasts and dinners. When we’re hiking, backpacking, or kayaking we eat lunch on the trail or river bank.

    When we’re backcountry camping during the backpacking and kayaking portions of the trip, we cook in smaller groups of 2 or 3. This helps make the most of the lightweight backpacking stoves that are provided.

    Almost all the meals during the trip are included.

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Possible change of plans? You can cancel for a full refund until 90 days before the trip.

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