Canyonlands and Arches National Parks
April 16 - 21, 2022
(6 days, 5 nights; Sat - Thu)Related Tour Dates
Includes all lodging, all meals, park entrance fees, rafting program, van shuttles, leaders, trail maps and narratives.
Grand Junction, CO
Timberline van shuttle is included from and to Grand Junction, CO prior to and following the tour.
Not included: Airline service to Grand Junction Regional Airport, CO; Guide Gratuity.
Hotel 8:00 am
“Another wonderful week with Timberline. The group was great as were the guides. The weather was a problem, but the guides switched activities easily, making this a very enjoyable week!” Christine M.
Of all of the five national parks within the state of Utah, Canyonlands offers the grandest array of geologic and geographic phenomena that define Utah. Within the park’s vast expanse are two of the West’s great rivers — the Colorado and Green — gaping canyons, open desert and towering mesas covered with stands of pinion and juniper, natural arches, spires and towers, and miles and miles of colorful slick rock.
Our tour takes you to Island in the Sky, a high mesa connected by only a small isthmus, for a top-down view of the Colorado River. We head to the Needles District for walks among the spires, slot canyons and secluded parks, including Chesler Park, whose trail starts with 40 rock steps* up a slickrock canyon. Our two day visit to Arches National Park visits many of the more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, along with other geological formations that fill the desert landscape and provide eye candy for our primitive walks. A float down the Colorado River in one of the most picturesque valleys of the canyon tops off our week.
It should be noted that our trails through the desert and over the sandstone include some scrambling moves, ladders, big steps over jumbled rocks, steep drop offs, narrow slots, perhaps a boost from your hiking companions, – and expansive views of the jaw-dropping landscape.
*In Timberline’s 40th anniversary year, we are celebrating all things 40.
|Day 1||Assembly in Grand Junction - van shuttle to Canyonlands National Park; Hike Neck Spring/Island-in-the-Sky District/Canyonlands National Park; van shuttle to Moab||5|
|Day 2||The Needles District, Canyonlands National Park: Hike to the Confluence Overlook of the Colorado and Green Rivers||12|
|Day 3||The Needles District, Canyonlands National Park: Chesler Park; van shuttle to Moab; overnight at the Canyonlands Inn||10|
|Day 4||Arches National Park: Devil's Garden||8|
|Day 5||Rafting (gentle floating) down the Colorado River|
|Day 6||Arches National Park: hike to Delicate Arch, Double Arch and the Window; van shuttle return to Grand Junction||6|