Arches and Moab Weekend Hiking
Hike the best trails in Canyonlands and Arches National Park while exploring the desert landscape over a 4 day Weekend on our Women-only, Small Group Hiking Tour in Moab, Utah.
Your Hiking Adventure has been carefully curated and “in the field” tested by your Explorer Chick team over years of playing in this outdoor mecca in the desert. You’ll squeeze in some serious hiking over the course of a long weekend working on those hiker booty gains. Don’t expect to find some of these trails on your average Utah hiking blog! Heck no!
You’ll wander among red, sandstone pillars in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. You’ll explore 6 arches in one trail and quickly discover the namesake of Arches National Park. You’ll catch an unforgettable sunrise at Deadhorse Point State Park as you sip your coffee and munch on your breakfast. You’ll descend down layers of red, pink, brown, and white sandstone to enjoy a well earned lunch on the White Rim of the Colorado River in Canyonlands National Park. Every day you can expect to be challenged by a new trail, new horizon, and new National Park on your adventure trip for women only.
Every night, you’ll kick off your dusty hiking boots in our Explorer Chick Lodging while sharing bad jokes and retelling the day’s SHE-Nanigans! Your Explorer Chick guides will prepare fresh breakfasts and dinners every night when not enjoying a local, favorite eatery. Oh, and we’ll squeeze in time for you to meander and shop in the funky little town of Moab. Plus, it’s an easy rendezvous at a Salt Lake City airport hotel. We’ll take care of all the transportation from there!
Phew, did we mention this is all going down in 4 days?
Explorer Chick is an approved and permitted Commercial Operator for Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.
- Experience 4 days of hiking Explorer Chick’s favorite desert trails in two iconic National Parks – Arches and Canyonlands.
- Witness the power of wind as you hike among iconic formations in Arches National Park where over 2,000 arches have been documented.
- Wander through slot canyons, among sandstone hoodoos, and across wind-eroded plains in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.
- Wake early to watch the sunrise over the canyon in Dead Horse Point State Park while munching on breakfast and sipping on hot coffee.
- Hike in secluded areas of the desert where you’ll hear nothing but the rustle of the wind and scruff of your hiking boots.
- Meander into the shops of the quaint and artsy town of Moab.
- Relax with a comprehensive itinerary that makes the logistics, transportation, navigation, meal planning, lodging, and everything between easy.
- Private Explorer Chick, small group, women only tour. Embark on your adventure with an encouraging and supportive group of bold women!
- 4 days/3 nights in a shared house near Moab, UT. Shared, 2 Explorer Chicks per room. Each Explorer Chick will have her own king, queen, double or bunk bed. Beds selected at random.
- Entrance and commercial permit fees to Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park
- All meals as indicated in itinerary: B-3, L-4, D-3
- All tips for included meals
- Guided hiking throughout with 2 experienced Explorer Chick Guides
- A commemorative Explorer Chick shirt
- Private Explorer Chick land-transportation throughout itinerary
- A detailed Travel Guide with everything you need to know for your trip
- The freedom to enjoy your vacation and mindlessly wander!
- Small Group experience! Your Explorer Chick Adventure is exclusive and limited to 10 women
*Packages do NOT include your rendezvous hotel, departure hotel, airfare, airport transportation, alcoholic beverages, travel insurance, Explorer Chick Leader Tips, meals exclusive of itinerary, or costs for additional activities.
Day 1: Welcome to Utah!
Your day begins at 8:00am at our Rendezvous Hotel located in Salt Lake City, UT. Be sure to eat a hearty breakfast before meeting up with the group. You’ll be greeted by your Explorer Chick Guides in the morning with an official orientation to follow. We’ll then hop into our Explorer Chick Private Transport for our 4 hour transfer to Moab and the surrounding National Parks.
We won’t waste any time today as throw on our daypacks and hit the trails in Arches National Park. You’ll wander your way between red sandstone walls and up massive rock formations seeking out the some of the 2,000 arches in Arches National Park. You’ll look up in awe at the longest arch in the United States, stand under picture perfect arches eroded through time by wind, and soak in your first taste of the Utah Desert Sun.
We’ll unpack at our Explorer Chick House for the next 4 days with views of the rocky mesas and red desert right out our windows.
Distance: 5 miles
Time: 3 hours
Accommodation: Explorer Chick House
Meals: L, D
Day 2: Explore Canyonlands National Park – Needles District
After a hearty breakfast, we’ll lace up our hiking boots and explore one of Explorer Chick’s favorite trails in Canyonlands National Park. (Hint: You won’t find it listed as a “best” online!) We’ll navigate portions of desert slick rock where the trail is only marked by scattered cairns. We’ll hike among towering sandstone pillars that jut straight out of the ground. We’ll squeeze through a labyrinth of narrow slot canyons to view landscapes that seem to belong on a different planet. We’ll bask in the desert sun while eating our trail lunch with panoramic views. Along the trail keep your eyes peeled for hidden caves, lizards, pre-historic fossils, and your desert glamour shot.
On the way back to our Explorer Chick House, we’ll make a stop at one of the best preserved petroglyph sites in Utah. Hundreds of petroglyphs puzzle historians as they attempt to decipher stories from centuries ago.
Distance: 11.6 miles
Time: 6-7 hours
Accommodation: Explorer Chick House
Meals: B, L, D
Day 3: Dead Horse Point State Park and Canyonlands National Park: Island in the Sky
We’ll have an extra early morning today, but it’ll be worth it as you view the sunrise from the edge of Dead Horse Point State Park. Munch on your breakfast and sip your coffee as the sun paints her colors across the sky.
After an unforgettable sunrise, we’ll head over to Canyonlands National Park to tackle the steepest trail in the park. We’ll descend over 1,500 feet in 2.7 miles to the canyon plateau below where we’ll be greeted by the best lunch spot in the park. Chances are, we’ll be the only ones around.
A challenging hike back to the canyon rim will take us up the switchbacks along the cliffside working those calves and earning our dinner! After a triumphant finish, we’ll hop back in our van and stop at the best vista viewpoints that the park has to offer. Sweaty, dirty, glamour shots are the best proof of a day well-spent!
Hiking Distance: 5.4 miles
Time: 4-5 hours
Accommodation: Explorer Chick House
Meals: B, L, D
Day 4: Hike to the infamous Delicate Arch
We’re saving the most iconic hike for last – Delicate Arch. This picturesque formation has graced Utah license plates since 1996, the Olympic Relay Torch passed under it in 2002, and now you will have the opportunity to stand under the prominent Delicate Arch to snap your glamor shot.
After our final hike, we’ll pack up and say goodbye to the desert as we drive the 4 hours back to Salt Lake City. The memories and red desert dirt on your hiking boots will stay with you for months after you return home.
Plan evening flight departures after 7pm.
Hiking Distance: 2.9 miles
Time: 1.5 hours
Meals: B, L
*Explorer Chick reserves the option to modify trip itineraries at the discretion of your tour director as necessary due to weather, conditions, illness, injury, group dynamics, availability, or other unforeseen incidents.
You will receive a Travel Guide with all the hotel and additional information you’ll need to prepare for your epic trip!
Your adventure begins and ends in Salt Lake City, UT.
Day 1: Arrival. We will rendezvous as a group at 8:00am on Day 1. It is highly recommended to arrive the day before. You are responsible for booking your arrival hotel and airport transportation.
Day 4: Departure. Plan to fly out of Salt Lake City on Day 4 after 7pm. It is recommended to fly out the following day in case there are road delays or issues on the trail. You are responsible for booking your departure hotel and airport transportation.
We require a minimum of 4 Explorer Chicks for this trip. Please confirm your trip is guaranteed before booking airfare.
Just as you would a marathon, you must train prior to your adventure. The itinerary is packed with multiple days of hiking and adventures taking place on a variety of terrain. You should be comfortable with hiking up to 11 miles and a full day with your day pack. You should very easily be able to hike on rough terrain at 2 miles per hour. Please read the itinerary thoroughly with the stated elevation gains and distances.
You should be training on rough and rugged terrain – not perfectly paved sidewalks. Train how you play! Also, find steps, a hill, or the Stairmaster and get to climbing! Your quads, booty, and calves will thank you. Train in all the weather – This even means rain! Please consider the physical demands carefully as it is for the safety and enjoyment of the group.
Train your tootsies! Do not show up with brand new hiking boots or trail shoes. You should be spending hours upon hours in your boots leading up to your adventure to break them in. Better to suffer blisters at home than to miss out on a hike due to painful hot spots on your feet. This is our number one injury. Do not let it happen to you!
All Explorer Chicks will be required to sign an Acknowledgement of Physical Demands as part of their waiver upon booking.
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Non-Refundable Deposit: $200 due at booking to secure your spot