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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 desert canyon 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 26-31, 2017
April 2-7, 2017
Duration: 6 days
Cost: $995 - includes paired hotel lodging pre and post-trip
Average Age


Typical Female/Male Mix:


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.)


Days are warm, but steep terrain, loose footing and sleeping on the ground, increases this trip's challenge.

Fly in/out:

Grand Junction, CO (code: GJT)

Additional Information:

March 26-31 Trip Description & Equipment Guidelnes (pdf)

April 2-7 Trip Description & Equipment Guidelines (pdf)

Apply Now:

Download Application (pdf). [Hint: complete electronically, print it, sign it, mail or scan email to us in Lander]

Instructors: Click here for information on our alumni trip instructors.
Reviews: "The canyon trip was a wonderful way to reconnect with NOLS, learn new skills, brush up on some old skills, see some beautiful landscape, and make new friends. The beauty of the canyons was as wonderful as the people I shared this adventure with. The trip leaders could not have been better and my fellow adventurers were stellar. It was a great reminder of the quality of people who are NOLS alumni. — Jody Stickle, Nashville, TN "I absolutely loved the alumni canyon trip. Wonderful people, great pace, incredible adventuring, and skies that still give me peace and awe when I conjure them up. The guides were just great and had the right touch for a group of experienced hikers. I will do it again!"— Kyle Peterson, Newton, MA
  "Canyon Hiking in Grand Gulch is a trip full of NOLS— camaraderie, great scenery, an no cell phone coverage. Hiking daily among centuries-old ruins makes you constantly wonder what it must have been like to have lived in such a harsh environment. What more could you ask for?"— Mike Murray, Tampa, FL


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Signing Up
A $200 per person non-refundable deposit is required for enrollment on all alumni trips. If you would like to sign up or have questions just give us a call at 1-800-332-4280 or email at

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

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