We feel that travel to wild places is more important now than ever as many people are experiencing significantly elevated levels of stress and anxiety. Our trips invite you to disconnect from a fast-paced world and reconnect with your family and friends as well as enjoy the healing, restorative power of nature. Research shows that spending just 20 minutes in nature provides stress relief through the lowering of cortisol (a stress hormone) in the body. A day in the wilderness, amidst the fresh air, sunshine, and wide-open spaces, can do wonders to rejuvenate your spirit.
The occurrence of the coronavirus provides an opportunity for all of us to examine our health-related habits as they relate to not only the coronavirus but the cold and flu as well. It is important that we all take steps to maintain individual and community health. Our guests’ health, safety and well-being are of the highest priority to us.
Please note, while we are following all recommended Federal, State and Local guidelines, an inherent risk of exposure to, or contraction of COVID-19 (and other communicable diseases) exists in any public place where people are present. By participating in an adventure with Get In The Wild, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to, or contraction of, COVID-19 and other communicable diseases. Though we cannot completely eliminate the risk of COVID-19, we are implementing the procedures for all 2020 bookings to mitigate the risk and increase your comfort when you are ready to travel.
All Half- and Full-Day Trips Upgraded to Private Bookings
All bookings will receive a complimentary upgrade to a private reservation. This means that it is extremely unlikely that you will encounter another human being, besides your guide, during your adventure. We hope that this provides guests with peace of mind to relax and enjoy their experience without concerns about the health of other guests. All half- and full-day trips still require a minimum of two guests per booking. Please note, due to the transition to private reservations, our 2020 schedule is filling quickly. If you are considering an adventure this summer or fall, we highly recommend you book your reservation as soon as possible.
Small Groups for Accommodation-Based Multi-Day Trips
We have always maintained, and will continue to uphold, small group sizes of up to 8 guests for our all-inclusive multi-day trips. This will allow us to maintain physical distance on and off the trail as well as the opportunity to create new connections. If you have 4 or more friends or family ready for a new adventure, reach out to us about reserving the trip for your group as a private booking.
Before joining Get In The Wild for an adventure, you are required to submit a trip application and waiver. In the past, we have accepted printed, paper copies of the waivers. During the current circumstances, we request that all guests submit their waivers electronically prior to their trip. You will receive the waiver in your confirmation email after you have booked your reservation. Please complete one waiver per person and return via email before your adventure.
Show Up Healthy
We ask both guides and guests to travel and interact in a socially responsible manner, before and during the trip, so that you can enjoy your adventure.
Guides are required to check for any symptoms of illness before each adventure and to stay home if they are symptomatic or have been in contact with someone who is sick.
For consideration of all, please contact us to reschedule your booking if you are exhibiting any signs of illness, or you have been in close contact with someone who is sick, particularly respiratory illness and/or fever. Please understand that anyone showing up for a trip with signs or symptoms of illness will be asked to leave.
Balancing Physical Distance and Face Mask Use
Two simple actions that we can implement to help take care of one another is to practice physical distance and use a face mask when appropriate. We will practice physical distancing, a minimum of 6 feet between guests and guides, at all times except during activities which require closer interaction. The main time we will not be able to practice physical distancing is at the top of a rappel when your guide will help you connect into the rappelling system and perform a safety check of your gear. During these interactions, you and your guide will be required to wear a face mask that fully covers your nose and mouth. Our guide will show guests the proper way to use and wear a mask. Additionally, we recommend that you bring hand sanitizer and/or antibacterial wipes with you to use at your discretion.
For half- and full-day trips, we are requesting that guests bring their own snacks, lunch and water. Guides will choose lunch break locations that offer sufficient space for physical distancing. For accommodation-based multi-day trips, meals are included and we are offering more flexible dining options such as grab-n-go breakfast, our standard lunch in wide-open nature, and dinner in your room or at smaller tables with your travel companion(s). For tent-based basecamp trips, our guides will follow recommended state and federal guidelines for preparing and serving food as well as sanitization. In addition, guides will wear masks during food service.
We will be implementing a deeper cleaning of equipment and gear after each trip. While we are fortunate to guide adventures in a sunny environment, which in and of itself provides a level of protection from the virus as the sun’s ultra-violet rays destroy the virus’ proteins within minutes, we will be spraying equipment with coronavirus-specific disinfectant between trips as an extra precaution.
Flexible Scheduling and Locations
We want you to feel comfortable with your travel plans. If you wish to postpone your trip or travel restrictions limit your ability to travel, you may reschedule to a different date within the next 12 months (subject to availability) without additional fees. Date changes must be requested at least 21 days in advance of the scheduled trip.
As the COVID 19 situation evolves, it is possible that even as various public lands reopen, new closures may be required. Get In The Wild holds permits with state parks, national parks, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Forest Service which means that we often have the flexibility of shifting to a different area if certain public lands close.
We will not be offering vehicle shuttles for the remainder of 2020. We hope to be able to offer vehicle shuttles for the spring 2021 float and rafting season.
We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves to ensure that we meet or exceed appropriate local, state and national guidelines, requirements and recommendations. We will communicate any pertinent updates with you by email prior to your departure.
We recommend the following sources for you to stay informed about travel advisories or restrictions: U.S. State Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, State of Utah, State of Washington.
We believe that everyone has a role in ensuring that safety comes first and implementing our new policies. You must follow the directions of your guide as it relates to the health and safety of all guests and your guide. With that said, we encourage you to share any questions or concerns you may have with your guide.
We will update this page as the situation evolves. We encourage you to make informed decisions and take the precautions that you feel are necessary for your health and safety. Get In The Wild’s doors remain open and committed to offering wilderness adventures. Thank you for your continued support.