Explore Robbers Roost, an infamous outlaw hideout

Choose from half-day or full-day tour

Experienced and professional guides

Embark on a Wild West adventure and visit destinations made famous by some of the Wild West’s most colorful and notorious outlaws including Butch Cassidy, The Sundance Kid, Cap Brown, Bill Tibbetts and the rest of the Wild Bunch Gang. Your guide will bring the past alive through the story as you walk in the footsteps of the outlaws. Choose between a half-day tour exploring the seemingly impenetrable route used to gain access into Robbers Roost or a full-day tour visiting the elusive hideout itself.

Trip Details

Price

$179 per person for full-day*
$99 per person for half-day*

*Minimum rate of $358 for full-day and $198 for half-day for solo travelers if they are not joining another group


Departure time

8AM


Meeting point

Hanksville, Utah


Availability

March through November


Duration

Full-day (8-9 hours)
Half-day (4-5 hours)


Group size

2-10 people

If you have more than 8 people in your group, contact us about doing a private tour.


Experience level

No previous experience required

This trip is suitable for beginners of all ages who enjoy an active, adventurous, and educational outdoor experience. Adult participants should be able to carry a pack weighing 5 pounds.


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

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

  • Experienced and professional guides
  • Trail snacks and refreshments for half-day, lunch for full-day
  • Federal land permit fees
  • Safety equipment, including a team first-aid kit and satellite messenger
  • A commitment to make the tour as exciting, challenging, and informative as you’d like

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Transportation to trailhead
  • 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

Explore locations where the Wild Bunch Gang sought refuge from the law

Experience beautiful, secluded canyons in the Robbers Roost wilderness

Learn about the area’s unique history and geology

Enjoy a snack or lunch as your guide shares stories of the area’s past


Cowboys in the Canyons

Live the life of an outlaw for a day and choose between a half or a full-day tour or join us for two days to deepen your explorations.

Half-Day Wild West & Outlaw Tour

Our day begins as we caravan to the rim of the Dirty Devil Wilderness/Robbers Roost – a canyon system whose beauty rivals that of the Grand Canyon yet remains off the beaten path. After a 360 degree overview of the region, we will travel where lawmen feared to go when outlaws ruled the Roost. As we descend from the canyon rim through the rolling slickrock domes to the Dirty Devil River, your guide will share colorful stories about the outlaws as well as their encounters with the law. Once we reach the Dirty Devil River, savor a delicious snack accompanied by the stunning river and canyon views. From here, we will begin our ascent back to the rim of the canyon, stopping along the way to enjoy the scenic views.

Full-Day Wild West and Outlaw Tour

Our journey begins as we caravan through a wild and remote desert landscape, dotted with resilient shrubs adapted to extreme environments. Our destination is the infamous hideout, Robbers Roost, used by Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch Gang as well as other bandits traveling the Outlaw Trail.
Hike around the historically rich Roost while your guide shares stories, legends and elusive facts of the outlaws time in Robber’s Roost. Ponder the existence of an outlaw in the late 1800’s while you explore signs of the outlaws including the life-giving springs, remnants of a cabin, an old corral and cowboy petroglyphs. Don’t forget to enjoy the vastness and beauty as you wander through one of the few wilderness areas remaining in the United States before we caravan back to civilization.

Other Important Information

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Frequently Asked Questions

No. This particular adventure is designed to accommodate all levels of hikers, from beginner to experienced.

Wear clothes you can move in. Make sure to bring enough layers in case of cool temperatures. For your feet, comfortable medium-weight hiking shoes or boots work best. You definitely need closed-toed shoes (no Chacos!) that you’ve worn before and broken in well.

Entrance fees and snacks (half-day) or lunch (full-day) are included in the price.

We are happy to include healthy and delicious sandwiches and snacks on all of our full-day outings. For snacks, we typically bring a nut mix and dried fruit along with us. We welcome you to bring some snacks of your own if you’ve got something specific you’d like.

Please note: we are happy to accommodate vegetarian, vegan, kosher, and gluten-free diets—just get in touch with us, and we’ll chat about your dietry needs!

There is usually little to no signal where we tour. It’s the perfect time to unplug and truly enjoy nature! If you need to stay connected for a specific reason, please get in touch with us, and we’ll work together to get it sorted.

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

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