Utah Canyons Backpacking
With hundreds of acres of unspoiled Southwestern wilderness, Utah hiking features high plateaus, multicolored sandstone cliffs and narrow twisting canyons. After the days hike through this amazing geological landscape, we will relax with a hot meal, good stories and a night spent under the stars!
• 4 days/3 nights backpacking in Grand Gulch canyon (entering Kane Gulch, exiting Bullet canyon)
What’s not Included
• Transportation to and from Durango, Colorado
With 4 days and 3 nights of backpacking and a welcome dinner and overnight in historic Durango, Colorado this 5 day Utah Canyons Backpacking Trip is a truly unique backpacking experience. We will meet in Durango on Wednesday afternoon for our trip briefing and gear shakedown, before we head to a local eatery for dinner, then a good night’s sleep before heading West to Utah!
Traveling from Durango to Cedar Mesa we will take in the beauty of the area on the drive before dropping into Kane Gulch and making our way down the Grand Gulch canyon. Our Utah Canyons Backpacking Trip is like an outdoor excursion to a natural history museum. The canyon is littered with early Pueblan Indian ruins dating between 800 to 1200 years A.D. We will have a firsthand view of petroglyphs, pictographs, and ancient kivas!
Each team member will carry their personal gear, along with group cooking gear and food distributed evenly. We will cover 5 to 8 miles a day, eating lunch on the trail and spending plenty of time enjoying our surroundings. Evenings will be spent in camp, sharing stories of the day and enjoying the stars above the beautiful canyon walls.
At Backwoods Adventures we know that well fed travelers are happy travelers! We aim to please your palate by providing great meals both in town and on the trail!
We will spend our first night in Historic downtown Durango and enjoy a great welcome dinner at one of our favorite local eateries. The next 3 nights will be spent under the stars, in spacious 3-person Marmot tents.
Some of the activities that you may choose to participate in while in Utah are strenuous. They should not be undertaken if you have any health conditions which may put you at risk. You are strongly advised to consult your physician for a thorough medical check-up and clearance before attempting our Utah hiking. If you are over 50 years old, talk to your doctor about doing a ‘stress EKG’. Should you require any medication whatsoever, you must provide your own and be able to administer it yourself.
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"My general comments are…this was THE BEST trip of my life, by far(and I have been places). The group, Joe, the supporting company, the hike, the safari, the whole overall experience was absolutely amazing and I would recommend it to anybody who loves Nature, adventure and physical challenges.
"This trip far exceeded my expectations. I knew it would be beautiful, but it was more beautiful than I expected. I knew the good would be good, but it was better. I knew Joe would be good, but then there was Beatrice and Caroline. I knew the group would be good and fun loving…but it was even more fun than I thought!"
"Great success overall. Definitely and experience I will remember for a long long time. The flexibility offered on the trip was greatly appreciated. Great call on gear list and was able to get all the appropriate gear at Backwoods."
"The Salkantay/Machu Picchu trip was amazing. The icing on the cake was Joe's fantastic sense of humor, patience and unassuming nature. Backwoods Adventures was exceptionally well represented by Joe on this trip. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to fulfill a life list goal."
"Once again the Backwoods Adventures guides provided a well- planned, professional and entertaining outdoor experience. Great knowledge of the trail, the environment and culture of the canyon kept the trip interesting and engaging. Looking forward to my next trip!"
"I’m speechless. Having just returned from this very trip all I can say is – can I do it all over again? This trip is absolutely unbelievable at every level. The accommodations, the food, the people, the ruins, the hiking-I find I have to pinch myself while reviewing my pictures in order to believe that I was actually there!"
" Thank you to Joe for being our trip leader. His sense of humor and patience played a huge part in the success of the trip. It was a great experience that was planned well!"
"Not only was the food good, but the variety & impulsiveness was fun... keep it up. The lunch at Silencio was pleasantly unique, as were the roadside stops and new foods. I traveled with Backwoods as the positive result of a previous Backwoods trip and would be pleased to do so again."
"The whole Backwoods Adventure, from the slideshow, to the advice/shopping at the Norman store to the conference calls to the actual trip itself was fantastic. I hope to continue these trips as they provide a lot of value for the cost!"