Meet your guides and fellow travelers at 7am in Henderson, Nevada. After a brief orientation, we set off on an approximately two-hour drive to Snow Canyon State Park. We?ll start with a hike through the picturesque red rock and ancient black lava flow unique to the area. After lunch, we?ll finish the day with a 3.5-hour drive to Escalante Petrified Forest State Park to camp for the night. Lunch and dinner provided.
Hiking: 2?3 miles, Elevation gain/loss: minimal; Van transfer: 6 hours (broken into two 3.5 hour segments)
After a 45-minute drive, we begin our journey along the Boulder Mail Trail. We'll enjoy breathtaking panoramas of the Boulder Mail Trail as it traverses along the Escalante River. After some time, we?ll begin an exhilarating descent 700-feet into Death Hollow. A lush tributary of the Escalante River, Death Hollow flows with shimmering blue waters surrounded by towering sandstone canyons. We?ll make camp along its serene sandy shores before enjoying a well-deserved backcountry meal prepared by our guides. All meals included.
Backpacking: 6.5 miles, Elevation loss: 1000'
In the morning, the sounds of nature and the sweet aroma of coffee revitalize our spirit of adventure. Before breaking camp, we?ll grab our day packs and explore the more remote corners of Death Hollow. As our guides lead us along the canyon floor, we'll learn the history of this remarkable area in addition to helpful tips on route-finding and backcountry travel. Later in the morning, we?ll break down camp and journey to our next campsite along Mamie Creek. En route, we?ll make a side trip up Mamie Creek and enjoy one of the area?s most stunning natural bridges. All meals included.
Hiking: 2?3 miles; Backpacking: 2.3 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +800'/-560'
We hit the trail early in the morning for our 6.5-mile journey to the Escalante River Trailhead. We leave the narrow canyons and lush riverbed behind as the trail opens back up to expansive views and sandstone desert pavement. We?ll enjoy our last miles on the BMT as it meets up with the Escalante River, our exit point on this amazing adventure. Finally, we?ll celebrate our journey's end with a hearty lunch in the town of Escalante, Utah before our drive back to Henderson, Nevada.
We estimate arriving back in Henderson, Nevada at approximately 6:30pm. Be advised this time may vary depending on group pace, weather, trail conditions, traffic and other elements beyond our control. Breakfast and lunch included.
Backpacking: 6.5 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +750'/-1,000'; Van transfer: 5 hours