5-day hiking adventure tour

Explore off-the-beaten path gems

Professional and experienced guides

Escape the crowds and explore off-the-beaten path with our Hidden Treasures of Canyon Country Hiking Tour. We will spend five days hiking through scenic canyons as well as summiting an ultra prominent peak to view the canyons from above. Rich with history, the canyons tell their stories through sculpted sandstone, historic structures and rock art, signs of humankind and nature’s presence. The Hidden Treasures of Canyon Country Hiking Tour explores the wilderness and solitude of southern Utah’s canyon country from the comfort of upscale accommodations. Most of our exploration will be free of established trails.

From $2,199 per person | 5 Days | Meals included

Trip Details

Price

Double occupancy: $2,199 per person

Single occupancy: $2,399 per person


Location

Hanksville, Utah


Availability

April 26-30, 2021

October 27-31, 2021

Custom dates available for groups of 4 or more people


Duration

5 Days


Group size

4-10 people


Experience level

Suitable for beginners


Difficulty rating

2-3

Level 1
  • Activity:
    • Hiking: Easy hiking on well maintained trails
    • Canyoneering: Easy hiking and scrambling using hands and feet for balance and support A rope may be used for handlines, belays, rappels and lowering packs
  • Distances: Hike up to 2 miles
  • Surfaces: Easy terrain
  • Elevation Change: Little to none. Short sections of uphill travel.
Level 2
  • Activity:
    • Hiking: Easy to moderate hiking
    • Canyoneering: Easy to moderate hiking and scrambling using hands and feet for balance and support. A rope may be used for handlines, belays, rappels and lowering packs.
  • Distances: Hike up to 3 miles
  • Surfaces: Flat or rolling terrain with some steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
  • Elevation Change: Up to 600 ft/day
Level 3
  • Activity:
    • Hiking: Moderate, off-trail hiking on rugged trails
    • Canyoneering: Moderate, sustained, climbing and scrambling using hands and feet. A rope is required for handlines, belays, rappels and lowering packs
  • Distances: Hike up to 6 miles
  • Surfaces: Rolling or mountainous terrain with some steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
  • Elevation Change: Up to 1200 ft/day
Level 4
  • Activity:
    • Hiking: Difficult, off-trail hiking on rugged, technical terrain
    • Canyoneering: Difficult, sustained, climbing and scrambling using hands and feet. A rope is required for handlines, belays, rappels and lowering packs.
  • Distances: Hike up to 10 miles
  • Surfaces: Rugged, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
  • Elevation Change: Up to 3000 ft/day
Level 5
  • Activity:
    • Hiking: Very difficult, off-trail hiking on rugged, technical terrain
    • Canyoneering: Very difficult, sustained, climbing and scrambling using hands and feet. A rope may be used for handlines, belays, rappels and lowering packs. May require advanced canyoneering techniques including guided rappels, multi-pitch rappels, complex ropework difficult pothole escapes, and advanced problem-solving and anchor building.
  • Distances: Hike up to 14 miles
  • Surfaces: Extremely rugged, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
  • Elevation Change: Up to 4000 ft/day

Solitude rating

4-5

  1. Expect to be around other hikers and travelers most of the time.
  2. Expect to have some solitude, as much as an hour at a time without seeing other groups.
  3. Expect several hours of solitude at a time.
  4. Expect to see no more than one or two groups on your trip.
  5. Expect to see no other hikers or travelers on your trip.

Included

Accommodation and meals 

  • Four nights of accommodations in luxury cabins at Duke’s Slickrock in Hanksville, UT 
  • Delicious meals beginning with lunch on the first day through lunch on the last day 

Activities 

  • Five days of guided hiking adventures at the Dirty Devil/Robbers Roost Wilderness, Henry Mountains Wilderness and surrounding area 

Other 

  • Transportation during tour 
  • Local experienced guides 
  • All group gear 

Not included

  • Transportation to Hanksville, UT
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal items
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuity for your guide

What to bring

  • Layered clothing
  • Comfortable, sturdy footwear
  • Sun protection
  • Small backpack
  • Water bottles or bladder
  • Headlamp or flashlight

A full packing list will be sent upon booking.

What Lies Ahead of You

Classic canyon country landscapes

Breathtaking and panoramic views of the region

Scenic slot canyons

Solitude to fuel the soul

Hiking routes rich with history

Incredible stargazing at night

Itinerary

Day 1

In the heart of the Colorado Plateau lies one of the truly undiscovered gems of North America. The Dirty Devil River winds for over 90 miles through a maze of red rock canyons and is surrounded by some of the most rugged and remote wilderness landscapes of the American Southwest. Over the millennia, this small desert stream has carved a wilderness paradise of undulating slickrock. We will retrace the steps of previous inhabitants including the Fremont Native Americans as well as Butch Cassidy and the Wildbunch Gang on our 6.5 mile hiking route over sweeping, slickrock waves and domes. Enjoy a nourishing lunch while relishing the uncommon solitude and sublime views of Robber’s Roost – the famous hideout of Butch Cassidy and the Wildbunch Gang. After lunch, the adventurous in the group will have the opportunity to scramble up a slot canyon. We will continue along the banks of the Dirty Devil River before making our ascent along the route used by the outlaws to evade the law on their way into Robber’s Roost.

 

Day 2

We will explore far off the grid today into Robber’s Roost country – one of the most spectacular and remote wilderness areas in the United States. Today’s 6 mile hike brings us to the warm glow of a beautiful, photogenic slot canyon in the newly designated Labyrinth Canyon Wilderness area. This canyon will require a small amount of scrambling, but don’t let that intimidate you on this family friendly adventure. As we return from the canyon, enjoy panoramic views of this seemingly endless playground of remote mountain ranges and hidden canyons. From here, we will drive to a neighboring 2.9 mile hike that leads us to a rare series of arches and stunning views of the Canyonlands region. After our full day of exploring, we will enjoy dinner along the banks of the Green River.

 

Day 3

Previously called the Unknown Mountains, the Henry Mountains were the last mountain range to be mapped in the lower 48 United States. On our way towards the summit of the tallest peak, Mt. Ellen, we will stop to explore signs of prehistoric residents, relics of a once booming gold town, and if we are lucky, one of the few free roaming bison herds in the country. The 5.6 mile hike to the 11,522 foot summit leads to grand, sweeping views across the Colorado Plateau and a great vantage point of our canyon explorations.

 

Day 4

A sea of slot canyons has been formed by the tributaries that ultimately feed into Lake Powell. Today we will explore one of these scenic canyons, following the twists and turns carved by water and wind, to admire the beauty and wonder of nature’s artwork. This 6-mile hike contains the possibility of shallow wading in spots that only adds to the adventure. We will trek across slickrock domes while enjoying expansive views of the landscape on our return. Then marvel at the everchanging sunset colors on the water as we dine along Lake Powell’s shore.

 

Day 5

Our journey begins with a short scramble through a wild and serene slot canyon. Continuing on, we will hike along towering canyon walls decorated with multi-hued desert varnish and one of the most spectacular barrier-style pictograph panels in southern Utah. Towards the head of the canyon, we’ll encounter a variety of dramatic potholes, natural bridges, and hanging gardens. At the top of the canyon, we reach the high point of our 2.5 mile hike with magnificent panoramic views of Robbers Roost, Canyonlands, Bears Ears, and the Henry Mountains. From here, we’ll begin our descent down with a stop at an awe-inspiring natural arch and alcove once used by Ancestral Puebloans.

 

*Itinerary is subject to change at the guide’s discretion to ensure safety of the group and to comply with local regulations.

Other Important Information

Your Accommodation

Located in the heart of Southern Utah’s canyon country, Duke’s Slickrock’s luxury cabins are well-appointed while retaining the area’s rustic charm. Room amenities include western themed décor as well as refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker.

Reservations and Cancellation Policy
  • A reservation requires a deposit of $500.
  • The deposit is non-refundable if the participant cancels their booking.
  • The remainder of the payment is due 60 days before adventure tour start date.
  • Cancellations made 30 to 60 days before adventure tour start date will be refunded 50% minus the deposit.
  • Cancellations made 0 to 30 days before adventure tour start date will be refunded 25% minus the deposit.
  • We highly recommend that participants purchase travel insurance.

 


 

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you would like to join the adventure tour and share a room, we will match you with a roommate.

Dietary needs or restrictions (including vegetarian, vegan, kosher, and gluten-free diets) can be accommodated, provided that you let us know at least six weeks in advance.

We recommend the Salt Lake City International Airport, located a 3.75-hour drive north of Hanksville. Another option is the Grand Junction Airport, located a 2.25-hour drive from Hanksville which is closer than Salt Lake City but has more limited flight schedules.

Not to worry! We welcome hikers and adventurers of all levels. We do recommend that you prepare for the trip with conditioning hikes of 4-6 miles over varied terrain while carrying a 5-10 lb pack if you do not already have a consistent hiking routine.

Wear clothes you can move in, that breathe well and offer sun protection. Layers are also key! For your feet, comfortable medium-weight hiking shoes or boots work best. You definitely need closed-toed shoes that you’ve worn before and broken in well. See our packing list on our FAQ page for more information.

Entrance fees and all meals (including snacks) are included in the price. Remember to check out our packing list on our FAQ page so you don’t forget anything important!

Have more questions? Head to our FAQ page to read more!

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