Arches & Canyonlands Hiking

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Dates: Apr-Oct - see all dates

Total Days: 7

Activity Level: 3

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Arches & Canyonlands Hiking

Price:

2014/2015

REI member: $2,699

Non-member: $2,975

Additional Fees

Single supplement: $799

Trip Dates:

2014

  • Apr 28 – May 4 Sold out
  • May 7–13 Sold out
  • May 17–23 Sold out
  • Sep 29 – Oct 5
  • Oct 8–14

2015

  • Apr 27 – May 3
  • May 6–12
  • May 16–22
  • Sep 28 – Oct 4
  • Oct 7–13

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Group Size: 4-12

Activity Level: 3

Activities:

  • Hiking

Accommodations:

Private lodge, 6 nights

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the magnificent landscapes of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
  • Hike to stunning sites like Delicate Arch, the Needles, and Devil's Garden
  • Stay at a comfortable private lodge high in the beautiful La Sal Mountains
  • Follow an REI Top Guide Jody Young on some of her favorite hikes

Arches and Canyonlands National Parks offer active explorers an unforgettable introduction to the dramatic grandeur of the Colorado Plateau's high desert. Our lodge-based hiking adventure, led by top guide Jody Young, transports us to the heart of this colorful region where water- and wind-sculpted landscapes of enormous scale stretch out to the distant horizon.

Using a private high-country lodge tucked away in the La Sal Mountains as our week-long basecamp, we hike through these national parks mythicized in Edward Abbey's classic memoir Desert Solitaire, and come to understand why he was so drawn to southeastern Utah. Alternating between Canyonlands and Arches, our hikes take us to scenic viewpoints high above the red canyons of the Colorado River, past giant sandstone arches curving gracefully into the sky, and to panels covered with ancient Native American rock art. At the end of our journey, we're sure to return home with a new appreciation for the relentless natural forces that shape our planet and a renewed sense of wonder at the captivating beauty of the American Southwest.

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Travel to our private lodge in the La Sal Mountains.
  • Day 2 - Take a mesa-top hike in Canyonlands with views of sandstone spires.
  • Day 3 - In Arches, hike to Delicate Arch and Devil's Garden.
  • Day 4 - Hike in the cooler elevations of the La Sal Mountains.
  • Day 5 - Explore the Klondike Bluffs of Arches; hike to Tower Arch.
  • Day 6 - Hike in Canyonlands' Needles District and marvel at the petroglyphs.
  • Day 7 - Bid farewell to Utah's canyon country and return to Salt Lake City.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Day 1 - Travel to our private lodge in the La Sal Mountains.

    Our trip begins today in Salt Lake City, Utah. Our initial group rendezvous will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the Salt Lake City airport. We recommend arriving a day early if possible, to allow for some relaxation time and to avoid any problems with delayed flights or luggage. From Salt Lake City, we'll transfer by private vehicle to our comfortable accommodations near Moab, Utah. Upon arrival, we settle into our lovely private lodge (where we'll stay for the entire trip) and enjoy a home-cooked meal prepared by our guides. After dinner, an orientation meeting will be held allowing us all to get better acquainted. Driving: 6 hours (with multiple rest stops en route). Dinner included.

  • Day 2 - Take a mesa-top hike in Canyonlands with views of sandstone spires.

    After breakfast, we'll drive from our lodge to Grays Pasture in Canyonlands National Park. From the trailhead, our first hike begins with a gradual climb across open wildflower-filled grassland towards the rim of Island in the Sky mesa. Our sandy trail eventually changes to slickrock before reaching a mesa-top vantage point offering awe-inspiring views across the Colorado River canyon to the soaring sandstone pinnacles and spires of the White Rim. Watching for bighorn sheep, we'll hike just below the mesa rim along the Lathrop Trail, with the cliffs of Island in the Sky above and the fantastically carved redrock canyons of the Colorado River spread out before us. Our hike today is just a small sampling of what this geological wonderland holds in store for us during the week ahead. At day's end, we'll return to our lodge for dinner. All meals included.

    Hiking: 7 miles over sand and slickrock trails with 600' elevation gain/loss.

  • Day 3 - In Arches, hike to Delicate Arch and Devil's Garden.

    Today we spend the first of two days exploring Arches National Park. With giant balanced rocks, colorful hoodoos, and over 2,000 sandstone arches of all shapes and sizes lying within its borders, Arches National Park is nature's sculpture garden. We begin with a hike to what is arguably the most extraordinary natural arch in the Southwest – the magical Delicate Arch. Perched above a striated sandstone basin, the graceful shape, color and location of Delicate Arch make it a photographer's dream. Following a well-marked slickrock trail, we hike up to the arch arriving in time for a picnic lunch within view of this magnificent natural work of art. This afternoon, we make our way to the Devil's Garden Trail for more arch-viewing. Depending on weather and time, route possibilities include visits to Double O Arch, Landscape Arch (the longest in the park stretching over 290 feet), Navajo Arch and Partition Arch. All meals included.

    Hiking: Up to 10 miles total (3 miles on Delicate Arch Trail, up to 7 miles on Devil's Garden Trail) on primitive sand and slickrock trails with 900' elevation gain/loss.

  • Day 4 - Hike in the cooler elevations of the La Sal Mountains.

    After spending the last two days hiking in Arches & Canyonlands, we'll spend today hiking above the parks and stay closer to home. After breakfast and a short drive, we begin our hike at 9,000 feet, high in the La Sal Mountains. A stark contrast from the desert environment of the previous days, we'll use a stretch of trails to gain access to the alpine lakes, aspen and juniper-pinion pine forests of the La Sals. Views along our route are stunning and include nearby 12,000' peaks as well as panoramas of Canyonlands National Park far below. Seeing snow on the mountaintops and ascending to over 10,000' on today's hike is not uncommon. We return to our lodge late this afternoon and, after another delicious dinner, enjoy some time together in the lodge's common room recapping the highlights of the day. All meals included.

    Hiking: 6-7 miles mostly on-trail with 1,500' elevation gain/loss.

  • Day 5 - Explore the Klondike Bluffs of Arches; hike to Tower Arch.

    Driving to the northwest corner of Arches National Park, we travel 7 miles along a dirt road through the Salt Valley to the remote Klondike Bluffs region – our mecca for today's hiking. As Klondike Bluffs is far less visited by other hikers, our Arches experience today is a much more intimate one. We'll hike a short distance to Tower Arch via a series of steep climbs over slickrock and sand, walking between massive cliffs hundreds of feet high. After an early lunch, we have time to enjoy the views of monoliths that comprise the surrounding landscape or practice our scrambling skills before heading out for the afternoon hike. Our guides take advantage of the multitude of sandstone fins and sand dunes to teach us how to use maps, geography, and topography to determine location. As we continue our hike, we may feel slightly overwhelmed by the enormity of the landscape as most of us are unaccustomed to being surrounded by natural features of such grand scale. All meals included.

    Hiking: 6 miles along primitive sand and slickrock trails. 150' elevation loss.

  • Day 6 - Hike in Canyonlands' Needles District and marvel at the petroglyphs.

    We'll transfer 90 minutes by van this morning to a hiker's paradise, the remote Needles section of Canyonlands National Park. As we approach the park entrance, we'll stop to look at a series of ancient pictographs and petroglyphs at Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument. Here we can examine the hundreds of fascinating petroglyphs (some dating back 2,000 years) carved into the rock face by the Native American peoples who passed through this region over the centuries. Driving a little longer, we'll reach our trailhead at Squaw Flat. Today we're treated to unforgettable vistas of the this entire region of Canyonlands, including an astonishing array of sandstone "needles" rising from the slickrock landscape like a city of stone skyscrapers. Hiking by way of a connecting trail, we end our last hike at the Elephant Hill Trailhead. If time allows, we'll spend some time exploring the landscape of nearby Chesler Park. All meals included.

    Hiking: 7 miles mostly on slickrock with 1,000' elevation gain/loss.

  • Day 7 - Bid farewell to Utah's canyon country and return to Salt Lake City.

    We'll stop at the Arches National Park Visitor's Center this morning and enjoy the interpretive exhibits before bidding farewell to beautiful southeastern Utah and returning to Salt Lake City late this afternoon. For those planning to fly home today, please do not schedule a flight out of Salt Lake City before 6 p.m. this evening. Driving: 5½ hours. Breakfast and lunch included.

    Hiking: 1 mile. Terrain: moderately steep trail, 200' elevation gain.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule above, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions.

Air Travel

Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.

Price Includes

All accommodations as noted; all meals from dinner on Day 1 through lunch on Day 7; all vehicle transfers as noted; guide leadership and park entrance fees.

Not Included

Air transportation to/from Salt Lake City; 1 lunch; guide gratuities; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages.

Qualifications

This trip is rated Moderate [3]. Hiking 6-10 miles daily, both on and off trail. Terrain includes established dirt & sand trails and open sandstone slickrock with some steep inclines/declines.

Weather

Spring and fall weather in southern Utah is generally perfect for hiking with typically sunny days and temperatures in the 45°-70° F range in springtime and 60°-80° F in the fall. Evening and early morning temperatures can occasionally drop near freezing so arriving with some warm clothing is essential. Thunderstorms are not uncommon but are usually short in duration.

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the single supplement fee. There is no single supplement fee for those willing to share accommodations, and we will assign you a roommate of the same gender if possible. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single accommodations available.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

Arches & Canyonlands Hiking Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. Try to bring only what is necessary—this will help you and the field staff.

Gear Checklist

Official Papers
  • Airline tickets
  • Photo identification
Luggage
  • Duffel bag or soft-sided suitcase, sturdy and large enough to hold your clothing
  • Luggage tags and luggage locks
  • Daypack 1500-2500 cu. in. to carry camera, water and extra clothing
Casual Clothing
  • Bring a few lightweight, easily washable items for travel and evening wear
Clothing
  • Midweight fleece or wool sweater
  • Lightweight, synthetic or wool long underwear, top/bottom
  • Hiking shorts, synthetic
  • Hiking pants, synthetic
  • Hiking socks, synthetic
  • Liner socks, synthetic
  • T-shirts (cotton and synthetic)
  • Long-sleeve shirts
  • Underwear
  • Swimsuit
Outerwear
  • Rain jacket/shell, waterproof, breathable
Clothing Accessories
  • Sun hat
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Wool or fleece gloves
  • Bandana
Footwear
  • Sturdy lightweight hiking boots, broken in, agressive tread
  • Casual shoes or sandals for lodge/evening wear
Travel Accessories
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Three one-quart water bottles or 100 oz. hydration system
  • Sunscreen and lip protection (SPF 15+)
  • Watch with alarm or travel clock
  • Toiletry kit
  • Hand sanitizer gel
  • Several Ziploc plastic bags
Optional Field Gear
  • Camera, memory cards, spare batteries, charger
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Walking staff or trekking poles
  • Compact binoculars
  • Whistle
  • Ear plugs
  • Travel pillow
  • Spare contact lenses or glasses
  • Motion sickness remedies

Things to Consider

  • Please remember to always pack essential items such as appropriate identification, money, eyewear, a change of clothing, hiking boots and medications in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed.
  • Cotton is wonderful in warm weather and is often preferred for the extremely hot temperatures of the Southwest. However, once it becomes wet and if the temperatures drop, it will drain your body heat. We suggest bringing a wool or synthetic shirt such as Capilene®, MTS® and Thermax®.
  • Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding and bunching up.
  • Make sure boots are broken-in. Bring moleskin for foot treatment. Thin liner socks worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters. The liner sock should be synthetic, not cotton. Test your sock combination before you go on the trip.
  • Stuff sacks are great for sorting gear. Use different sizes/colors to differentiate contents.

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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REI AdventuresArches & Canyonlands Hiking
 
4.8

(based on 8 reviews)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accommodations (8)
  • Group camaraderie (7)
  • Guides (7)
  • Food (6)
  • Activity level (5)

Cons

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        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual adventurer (5)
        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
        • Active adventures (8), I liked the itinerary (7), Destination (6), Travel with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts (6), All the details planned for me (3)

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This Trip Has it All

      By cjadot

      from Sacramento, Ca

      About Me Casual Adventurer

      See all my reviews

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      Pros

      • Accommodations
      • Activity Level
      • Exceeded Expectations
      • Food
      • Group Camaraderie
      • Guides
      • Well Organized Itinerary

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about REI Adventures Arches & Canyonlands Hiking:

          This trip has it all: Gorgeous, spectacular scenery, varied between mountains and red-rock country; beautiful accommodations -- the lodge in the La Sal Mountains makes returning home after each hike very special; guides , Jody and Jim, who went beyond the call of duty in every way -- it doesn't hurt at all that Jody is a gourmet chef and could make a living doing stand-up comedy in Las Vegas; Jody and Jim were both very knowledgeable and informative and under their guidance our group bonded very well, making evenings at the lodge almost as much fun as the hiking; spectacular sunsets and sunrises in the mountains; great photography opportunities; great hiking that is varied and exciting and challenging enough to give a sense of accomplishment. Everything exceeded our expectations which were high to begin with.

          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
          • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
          • Why did you choose this trip?:
          • Have loved hiking in Bryce, Zion, etc on our own but we felt Arches and Canyonlands would be more accessible and less touristy with a guide -- and we were right.
          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
          • Every day brought a new and exciting adventure, but the most fun was hiking off trail beyond Tower Arch. Also hiking the less traveled Needles section of Canyonlands. Oh, and the Aspens glowing golden in the La Sal Mountain hike. And did we mention the exquisite lodge, gourmet meals, sunsets from the wrap-around deck?
          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
          • Take this trip!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Incredible Diversity

          By Dugan

          from Dayton, OH

          About Me First-Time Adventurer

          Site Member

          Pros

          • Accommodations
          • Activity Level
          • Exceeded Expectations
          • Guides

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about REI Adventures Arches & Canyonlands Hiking:

              The lodge is incredible. It has a washer and dryer so you can pack less clothes and do just fine.

              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
              • Active Adventures, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
              • Why did you choose this trip?:
              • We had never spent time in desert West
              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
              • Although this is a trip highlighting Arches and Canyonlands (both Parks are phenomenal), my favorite part of the trip was the day we spent hiking in the La Sal Mountains. The Aspen forests were incredibly beautiful and napping in a Alpine meadow was an unexpected pleasure.
              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
              • Take cool weather gear even if local weather forecast shows warm temps. You are staying at 7000 ft and the winds at the altitude keep temps down relative to the desert.

              (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Awesome Vistas - Disorganized Itinerary

              By Keep on Hikin

              from CT

              About Me Casual Adventurer

              Pros

              • Accommodations
              • Group Camaraderie

              Cons

              • Fell Short of Expectations
              • Guides
              • Poorly Organized Itinerary

              Best Uses

                Comments about REI Adventures Arches & Canyonlands Hiking:

                Nothing can beat the beauty of the parks visited, most especially Arches with it's unique rock formations, arches and landscapes. The lodge we stayed at was also lovely with great views and accomodations. Being able to have the entire group stay together under one roof allowed everyone to bond and socialize before and after the hikes. Unfortunately, it was also rather isolated and required a 20 minute drive on windy roads just to get into downtown Moab.

                Another extremely frustrating occurrence on this trip was the drastic changes to the itinerary sent from the REI office… most especially the alterations made to the 2nd day of hiking in Arches, where all of the places we were supposed to visit were removed from the list. While I can understand the need to change an itinerary due to weather, etc. there was really no legitimate reason to deviate from the original plans for that day. Luckily, we managed to convince our guides to fit in the sites from the original published itinerary…places which were some of the main reasons the hikers in our group chose this trip.

                While the guides were very nice and were experienced hikers, I was disappointed in the lack of knowledge about much of the flora, geology and history of the area and the places we hiked through…even the most basic things like the names of the rock formations in Arches. I had to purchase a book to know what I was taking pictures of…REI needs to do a better job to ensure the guides they assign to a trip have in-depth knowledge of the areas being visited to ensure the guests get the hiking/travel experience they're paying for. I honestly don't think I got my money's worth as compared to other hiking companies I've traveled with…I seriously doubt I will book another trip with REI.

                All that being said, I *DID* enjoy the daily hikes and Arches is a destination not to be missed. If someone chooses to go on this trip, I would recommend first speaking with REI to find out more about the itinerary and experience levels of the guides.

                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                • Active Adventures, I Liked the Itinerary
                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                • I wanted to see Arches NP and the published itinerary seemed to cover most of the parts of the park I wished to see.
                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                • Seeing the Arches rock formations and landscapes...just phenominal! It's like another world out there.
                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                • Call and ask about the guides and their knowledge and experience level with the trip and the areas being visted. Also, since this is a pretty intense week of hiking, be sure to build up to it and bring sturdy footwear.

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Amazing beauty, amazing trip!

                By avabry

                from Brookline MA

                About Me First-Time Adventurer

                Pros

                • Accommodations
                • Activity Level
                • Exceeded Expectations
                • Food
                • Group Camaraderie
                • Guides
                • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                • Quality Equipment Provided
                • Well Organized Itinerary

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about REI Adventures Arches & Canyonlands Hiking:

                    The leaders of this trip were phenomenal: thoughtful, careful, informed, enthusiastic and completely professional in guiding the group in all ways --- and simply fun to be with.

                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                    • Active Adventures, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                    • This trip was where I thought I wanted to go --- and I discovered so much I want to return to! Also, this trip was arranged to introduce the extraordinary and diverse beauty of the land --- and it was an amazing introduction, as stated!
                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                    • The trip was composed of highlights -- I can't pick one out of five; I'd have to pick 5 out of 5 days!
                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                    • Go with open hearts and minds and enjoy --- there is endless pleasure!

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    So far my best REI adventure

                    By Zippy the hyper

                    from Drayton Plains, MI

                    About Me Avid Adventurer

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                    Pros

                    • Accommodations
                    • Food
                    • Group Camaraderie
                    • Guides
                    • Well Organized Itinerary

                    Cons

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                        Comments about REI Adventures Arches & Canyonlands Hiking:

                        Jodie without a doubt is the best guide I have experienced, to date and I have had many all over the world. I was shocked at how nice the lodging facilities were and the quality of food. After 1.5 days our group bonded, everyone! Key the assistant guide was awesome!

                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                        • Active Adventures, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                        • Why did you choose this trip?:
                        • I was hiking through the West National Parks 1 of my bucket list goals!
                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                        • The: Group, quides, lodging and food! Jodie and Key!
                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                        • Enjoy the experience and be supportive of hikers less accomplished. Abolish negativism.

                        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Our Guide Was as Impressive as the Views

                        By MoeDallas

                        from Dallas, Tx

                        About Me Casual Adventurer

                        Site Member

                        Pros

                        • Accommodations
                        • Exceeded Expectations
                        • Food
                        • Group Camaraderie
                        • Guides

                        Cons

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                            Comments about REI Adventures Arches & Canyonlands Hiking:

                            It was clear that our fantastic and expert guide/naturalist/geologist/archeologist/meteorologist/chef, Jody [@], put much thought and effort into every aspect of the trip ... but it all felt effortless and relaxed to us. This was my first REI group trip and it was truly wonderful in every way! She also adjusted the itinerary according to predicted weather so we got the most and best time on the trail. She took care of everything ... all we had to do was follow her! Somehow it was a thoroughly relaxing trip, but with challenging hikes. Our group was special and they brought as much fun as our guide. The down time at night in the terrific lodge was loads of fun ... we all enjoyed relaxing after a day of hiking ... taking in the gorgeous views from the deck (and hot tub!). Jody is so knowledgeable and added so much to every hike and the overall experience. She could make a trip to the dentist fun and interesting! Sign me up!

                            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                            • Active Adventures, Recommended by a Friend, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                            • Why did you choose this trip?:
                            • Canyonlands has been on my wish list for years and I saw the stellar reviews from past hikers. I wanted the benefit of an expert guide who could choose the hikes and make the most of our time there. I couldn't have asked for more.
                            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                            • Our delicious picnic (thanks Chef/Guide Jody!) beneath the secluded Tower Arch with a gorgeous panoramic view. The hike was fun and challenging ... and the reward was sweet.
                            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                            • Come ready to enjoy the group and camaraderie ... it will multiply your fun! (And don't bother bringing towels, soap or shampoo as directed on the REI trip packet)... the lodge is well-stocked.

                            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Take this trip!

                            By CM from NJ

                            from Princeton, NJ

                            About Me Casual Adventurer

                            Site Member

                            Pros

                            • Accommodations
                            • Activity Level
                            • Comfy accommodations
                            • Fabulous guide
                            • Food
                            • Group Camaraderie
                            • Guides
                            • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                            • Stunning scenery
                            • Well Organized Itinerary

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about REI Adventures Arches & Canyonlands Hiking:

                                Look at the stars at night - I was SO comfortable in the lodge that I forgot to! My bad.
                                And be grateful, that we have these stupendous national parks, and people like REI, and our guide Jody, to help us see and understand what we see.

                                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Previous REI trips, Recommended by a Friend, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                • Had not been to Arches or Canyonlands, and was eager to see both - tho so vast you could spend a lifetime exploring. Also had traveled with guide Jody [...] before and wanted to do so again.
                                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                • Hard to say, loved everything and every sight, but maybe,having walked high enough that there was still snow (mid May), having a little snowball toss.
                                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                • Be fit. Be flexible. The weather is a big factor in those expanses, and sometimes itineraries must adjust.

                                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Gorgeous landscapes and top notch guide!

                                By cmoseclark

                                from Rockville MD

                                About Me Casual Adventurer

                                Pros

                                • Accommodations
                                • Activity Level
                                • Exceeded Expectations
                                • Food
                                • Group Camaraderie
                                • Guides
                                • Lots of laughs
                                • Well Organized Itinerary

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about REI Adventures Arches & Canyonlands Hiking:

                                    This trip provides the opportunity to experience the varied landscapes of two vast national parks - so many gorgeous, other-worldly rock formations, beautiful desert plants and flowers, terrific climate (70's 80's and breezy most of the time). Plus a terrific, downright luxurious private lodge in the mountains, where the guide spoils everyone with amazing home-cooked meals. Lots of laughs and conversation with interesting fellow travelers!

                                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                    • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Recommended by a Friend, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                    • Hard to say - so many highlights! But watching a distant desert lightning storm, accompanied by a brief hailstorm (!) from the safe haven of a huge, ancient and rugged stone arch ... while eating a delicious lunch.... pretty fabulous!
                                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                    • GO ON THIS TRIP! You will see more of the parks than you ever could on your own, with an extremely knowledgeable guide who will show you "off the beaten track" treasures (large and small). And you will laugh a lot and eat well while doing it!

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