Reserving a trip is easy! Sign up online or call us at 818-381-WILD (9453). We recommend making a reservation as soon as you have your travel dates because our group sizes are small and departures frequently sell out months in advance, especially on the weekends.
Our trips are located in some of the last true wilderness areas of America’s lower 48. This magnificent area was the last to be mapped by the US Geological Survey and is one of the few remaining areas where solitude is actually protected. Read more about Why Go Wild!
In simplest terms, canyoneering is traveling through a canyon using a variety of fun techniques including hiking, scrambling (using hands and feet), climbing and rappelling. Our trip options include both technical (involving the use of technical gear to rappel through the canyons) and non-technical canyoneering.
No experience is necessary to join us for a canyoneering trip and in fact most guests have never been canyoneering before. Guests should be comfortable hiking a minimum of 2 miles over sometimes uneven terrain and have a sense of adventure.
Meeting locations vary depending upon the specific trip, and of course, the state. For the Goblin’s Lair adventure, we meet at the Goblin Valley State Park’s visitor center. Most of the remaining trips and courses meet at the Hollow Mountain Market in Hanksville, Utah. For our Washington trips, we agree upon a meeting point outside of Seattle. Specific meeting location information will be sent to you a few weeks before your trip.
Meeting times vary depending upon trip type, time of year, trip location and duration. For half-day trips, we typically meet at 9AM and return between 12-1PM. For full-day trips, we typically meet at 8AM and return between 4-6PM. During summer months (June-August), we may meet as early as 7AM to avoid being out in the canyons during the hottest time of the day. Trip duration is often dependent upon group size, pace of the group and route selected.
Due to COVID-19, we are not currently providing food for guests. In the future, for half-day trips, we provide snacks. For full day trips, we provide healthy sandwiches and snacks. If you have any diet restrictions or preferences, such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc., please tell us at least 2 weeks before your trip, and we can accommodate.
When you register for a specific trip or course, we will email you detailed trip information, including a list of required and recommended gear and clothing items. For any trip or course, we require:
- Hiking shoes or boots
- Weather-appropriate clothing
- A small backpack
- A headlamp or flashlight
- Any personal items you may need
- Ability to carry 2-3 liters of water (water bottles or hydration bladders)
We provide all gear for technical canyoneering trips (helmet, harness, carabiners, rappel device, etc.) and recommend that you wear your “play clothes” for these trips as canyons can be abrasive. That means non-restrictive pants, long sleeve shirts for technical canyoneering routes and lighter colored clothing during the hotter months.
The area in which we guide experiences four distinct seasons: moderate springs and falls, cool winters and hot summers. Many consider the ideal weather in canyon country to occur during spring (March-May) and fall (September-November). The sun shines throughout the year and the wind comes and goes throughout the seasons.
Read below for average high and low temperatures in Fahrenheit in the Dirty Devil/Robbers Roost Wilderness area:
- March: High 61°, low 27°
- April: High 70°, low 35°
- May: High 80°, low 44°
- June: High 92°, low 52°
- July: High 98°, low 59°
- August: High 94°, low 57°
- September: High 85°, low 46°
- October: High 70°, low 34°
- November: High 53°, low 21°
- Dec-Feb: High 44°, low 14°
We welcome children aged 5 and older for non-technical trips, and 7 and older for technical trips. Under-aged participants on private trips and courses are assessed on an individual basis.
We offer discounts for groups booking with 8 or more guests. Please get in touch with us for further details.
Yes! Starting in January 2019, previous GITW guests are entitled to a discount to be applied towards their next GITW trip or course. Travel with us within the following year and save 10%. This returning guests discount cannot be combined with other savings, sales or discounts.
Yes. We offer private departures for a wide variety of groups, including couples, families and friends, Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts and clubs and organizations. See our group adventures page for details.
Yes, you can, whether by purchasing a specific trip/course or a GITW gift certificate which can be applied to any of our trips/courses.
Our trips and courses do not include transportation but we do provide a shuttle service. Please come prepared to drive your group to the trailhead. Many routes are easily accessed by a standard vehicle. For some routes, a higher clearance vehicle such as an SUV is recommended. Please inquire with any questions when booking.