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Canyon country provides textbook illustrations of the lands geologic past." Photo: Marco Johnson

Hiking Utah's Canyons

In addition to living and traveling in Utah's canyon desert environment, this trip focuses on the area's natural history and incredible Anasazi culture. Exposed landforms provide textbook illustrations of the land's geologic past while thickly vegetated riparian zones contrast stark expanses of rock, sand, and black bush.

Prehistoric Indian cultures once thrived in the region; Utah's Grand Gulch is filled with amazing signs and remnants of their society. This is a fantastic trip to invite non-grad guests, friends or family.

Canyon Hiking, Grand Gulch, UT
Dates: March 24-29, 2014
Duration: 6-days
Cost: $995 - includes paired hotel lodging pre and post-trip
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Course start/end: Grand Junction, CO

Activity Rating :

(this is a subjective rating of anticipated physical difficulty- weather, route, and the group mix can combine to make trips more or less "difficult" —higher numbers mean more challenge.)


Steep terrain, loose footing, sleeping on the ground, taking care of yourself and others.

Fly in/out:

Grand Junction, CO, (GJT)

Additional Information:

Trip Description (pdf)

Equipment Guidelines (pdf)


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Utah's canyons often have a surprising amount of running water. Photo: NOLS

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