Ready to explore the mind-blowing hiking trails of Canyonlands National Park’s Needles District and Island in the Sky? This, our Canyonlands Hiking trip, takes you off the beaten path and deep into some of the most surreal scenery anywhere!
This is a medium-intensity hiking adventure. We travel up to 11 miles per day with light day packs.
We keep it to no more than 8 amazing travelers plus a guide or two. Hooray for small groups!
We camp all three nights of the trip. Expect a comfortable base camp for relaxing during the heat of the day! Tents and inflatable camping mattresses are provided.
Our meals are cooked together as a group at camp. Your guides have prepared scrumptious recipes, will provision the trip, and lead meal preparations. This is gonna be yummy!
This trip works well for couples, friends, and solo travelers. The adventures we plan seem to attract like-minded people. Odds are, you'll enjoy the company of your fellow travelers.
There’s no singles supplement fee!
Your guides can pick you up from either a hotel near Grand Junction Regional Airport between 7:30 and 8:00 AM or from Moab’s Canyonlands Field Airport at about 9:30 AM (after the morning fight from Denver arrives).
We take a scenic drive to Canyonland’s Needle’s district, where we complete two easy, warm-up hikes before pitching our comfy basecamp for the next three nights.
Dinner is our first group-cooked meal at camp. Expect deliciousness!
We rise early to chow down breakfast, then hit the trail, departing just after sunrise right from our campsite!
Today we head south, on an 11-mile hike through Chesler Park, a section of Canyonlands that appears straight out of Dr. Seuss illustrations! This is some of the best hiking in all of Utah.
We return to basecamp in the early afternoon to relax, enjoy some games and cold drinks together in the shade, then cook up another amazing dinner.
After another early start, we find ourselves bathed in golden sunrise light as we head west in the desert on a 10-mile itinerary. Today’s goal: to view the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers. This hike takes us deep into the heart of Canyonlands’ wilderness. We’re rewarded with a jaw-dropping scenic overlook high above the confluence.
On our final day together, we enjoy an utterly indulgent breakfast before we pack up camp. We then drive to Moab, where we take time to explore the town, grab an optional shower at a commercial campground (cost is $5 to $10), and enjoy a celebratory meal at a restaurant. In the afternoon, we head to Island In the Sky mesa where we complete three stunning hikes looking out over the majestic canyons below us.
You have a couple choices for leaving the trip: we can either drop you off at Moab’s Canyonlands Field airport at 4:30 PM (in time for the 6:05 PM flight to Denver) or drop you off at a hotel near Grand Junction Regional Airport at about 6:00 PM.
We get you off the beaten path and share some of the best corners of Canyonlands!
We stay at a beautiful site! Tents and camping mattresses are included.
Ride in style in a comfortable Ford Transit passenger van.
Expert instruction from our friendly, professional team.
We plan delicious meals and cook them together.
Medical kit, satellite phone, navigation supplies, and more.
We can’t wait to show you around Canyonlands National Park!
You don’t need to be a professional athlete to take part in this trip! However, you do need at least a little base level of fitness. If you lead an active life or are willing to spend a couple of hours per week preparing for the adventure, it’s likely you’re up to it!
We hike up to 10 miles per day over rugged terrain with 8 to 12-pound daypacks.
Still have questions about whether this trip is appropriate for you? Don’t hesitate to contact us!
It will be toasty in the heart of the day! Daytime highs are likely to reach well into the 90’s. We start our hikes at sunrise to avoid being out during hottest part of the day. Southeast Utah is not humid, though.
Our comfortable basecamp is a prime place to relax during hot afternoons. We provide lots of shade and cold drinks!
Nah. That’s pretty unlikely. This trip is solo traveler friendly!
We tent camp all 3 nights of the trip. All nights are at frontcountry campsites (we will have van access).
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.
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 hiking boots, and a rain jacket.
Try to avoid overpacking. Bringing too much stuff will just slow you down!
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 or backpacking, we eat lunch on the trail.
All the meals during the trip are included except the final day's lunch.
Absolutely! After you register, we’ll invite you to join a private Facebook group for the travelers on the trip.
You have some options! You'll be able to join us on the first morning via your choice of: Making your own way to the Moab area, Pickup by Bad Adventures from Moab's Canyonlands Field airport after United Airlines flight US 5096 arrives from Denver (scheduled for 9:25 AM), or Pickup by Bad Adventures from one of the following hotels near Grand Junction Regional Airport between 7:30 and 8:00 AM:
You may choose to fly out of Moab Canyonlands Field airport on the 6:05 PM flight on the last day of the trip. On that day, your guides will drop off any travelers who have booked seats on the flight at the airport at 4:30 PM. The check-in counter opens at 4:35 PM.
Your guides can also drop you off at any hotel within the town of Moab between 3:45 and 4:00 PM on the last day. A handful of Moab hotels offer shuttles to Moab Canyonlands Field airport if you choose to fly out the day after the trip ends. Please note, the guides cannot drop you off at hotels in Green River, Monticello, or Castle Valley.
A third option is to book a room at a hotel near Grand Junction Regional Airport the night the trip ends. The guides can drop you off at about 6:00 PM. Please note, the guides are not able to get you to Grand Junction before all flights have departed on the last day of the trip. We suggest any of these seven hotels:
We can accommodate common food allergies, sensitivities, and dietary requirements. If you have specific questions, please contact us. A food preferences survey will be emailed in advance of the trip and will inform how we arrange provisions.
Yes! A shower will be avaliable in Moab on the last day of the trip. It will cost around $5-$10.
We recommend taking out a travel insurance policy. Bad Adventures reserves the right to cancel trips and a travel insurance policy keeps you protected. See the Travel Insurance Page for more information.
You can reserve your spot today by paying a $99 deposit. The balance is due 60 days before the trip. Be sure to read the complete Trip and Course Policies.
There's no cancellation fee if you decide to cancel 90 days or more before the trip and we'll even refund your deposit! However, if you cancel less than 90-days before the trip, your deposit is nonrefundable. Additionally, there are significant cancellation fees if you decide to cancel your registration 59 days or less before the trip. Be sure to read the complete Trip and Course Policies.
You bet. You’ll need to park at Moab’s Canyonlands Field Airport during the adventure. There’s a fee of $3 per night for parking, payable via cash or check to Grand County using a drop box. Be sure to display the tab from your payment envelope on your windshield.
Hey-ya! My name is Matt Stan. I founded The Bad Adventure Company back in 2013 to share outdoor experiences, which have been so meaningful in my life, with others. I strive to guide the absolute best trips possible, while never taking myself too seriously. Over the past 15 years, I've been lucky enough to lead more than 2,000 people on backpacking, kayaking, and hiking adventures. It's my goal to always exceed expectations. I was born in Northern California, grew up in rural Central Pennsylvania, but now love calling Colorado home. Few things make me happier than a big day of adventure and a well-paired hot sauce!
Hey! I'm Natalie and I am psyched to be leading this trip! This is my first summer working with Bad Adventures. When I am not helping run outrageous trips, my full-time job is studying. This fall I will be a senior at Miami University in Ohio studying Chemical Engineering and Spanish. I love meeting new people and inspiring others to try new things. My kryptonite: dark chocolate.
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