Staircase XL
  1. Snow Canyon State Park, Utah
  2. Utah Slot Narrows
  3. Rivers and Monoclines
  4. Paria Ghost Town, Utah
  5. Utah Slots and Narrows
  6. Grand Staircase-Escalante Arch
  7. Red Desert Cliffs, Utah
  8. Rocks and Canyons, Utah
  9. Dunes and Moons, Utah
  10. Utah's Finest Adventures
  11. Red Desert Cliffs, Utah
  12. Spooky Slot
An Ultimate Experience

Trip Details

Type: Luxury Experience

Trip Code: SCXL

Duration: 6 Days

Distance: 38 mi/61 km

Fitness: 4
Comfort: 3
Solitude: 3
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Host City: St. George, UT

Cost: $4000/person

Trip Description:

Staircase XL celebrates the best of southern Utah in grand style. Utah is at the top of many outdoor enthusiast's to-do list, and for good reason.  Dramatic canyon vistas, ever-changing colors and viewpoints, cultural history, and the nearly confrontational geology of hoodoos, spires, slots, and sunset-orange sandstone.  To be in Utah's Wilds is to be in continual awe of the power of water, wind, and time.  Staircase XL takes Utah exploration to the next level, as we hit some of the region's greatest features by day, then live a luxurious life by night.  You will marvel at the views and the impeccable, outstanding service provided as we dine, drink, and sleep in absolute swank.  You will start the day with a full breakfast, be packed an outstanding lunch and have access to delicious snacks on the trail, then return to camp to dine on your nightly 4-course, wine-paired meals prepared by a professional chef.  A masseuse is on call at our camp to work out the knots of the day's epic adventures, and your sleep accomodations, complete with body-forming pillows, top-of-the-line down sleeping bags, and oversized queen air mattresses  will far exceed expectations you may have for even a reputable resort.  This is truly Glamping.  The exploration side of things will take us to some of the most iconic scenery in the world from on top of mountain bikes, ATV's, into world-class slot canyons, paddling into peaceful bays on Lake Mead, and hitting the trails to see wonderful scenery and learn about this awesome region's phenomenal geologic past, present, and future.  
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Trip Itinerary

Day 1:

Snow Canyon and Red Desert Cliffs......
Drive Time: 3.5 hours
Distance & Elevation: 9 miles, 160 foot descent
Light Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2:

Kayaks in Glen CanyonATVs on coral pink sand dunes.....
Distance & Elevation: 9 miles, 160 foot descent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:

ATVs on coral pink sand dunesAngel's landing, zion....
Distance & Elevation: 9 miles, 350 foot descent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:

Angel's landing, zionPoint hike, Bryce Canyon...
Distance & Elevation: 12 miles, 600 foot descent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:

​Point hike, Bryce Canyon....
Distance & Elevation: 5 miles, minimal descent
Breakfast, Lunch
Drive Time: 2 hours

Day 6: 

Zebra slot, GSENM

*Final itineraries are occasionally subject to change due to permit/campsite availability, park restrictions/closures, weather conditions and/or road closures.

What’s Included:
 professional, licensed, degreed, and medically trained geologist/guide
All necessary gear: daypack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad
All cooking/eating gear: tables, bowls, cups, utensils (your guide will prepare all meals)
All meals from a light breakfast on Day 1 through lunch on the last day + trail snacks
Roundtrip Transportation from your hotel in St. George, UT to all Staicase XL activities
Entrance fees, attraction fees, camping fees and backcountry permits

Meals: what to expect

What’s Not Included:
Transportation to/from St. George, UT
Lodging the night before/after the trip
Clothing, raingear, and footwear
Personal toiletries, sunscreen
Water bottles/hydration bladder
Headlamp or flashlight
Guide gratuity (suggested 10-15% of trip cost)
*Upon booking you will receive a detailed trip information packet

How many people are in the group?
Grand Canyon XL trips will accommodate up to 5 people plus one geologist/guide and camp associates.

Are there age restrictions?
Grand Canyon XL adventures are strictly 21 and over due to the nature of the service, adventures, and camp atmosphere.  This restriction may be negotiable on private tours. Please contact us with any questions regarding this policy.

How do I sign up?
In order to confirm a reservation, we require an initial deposit of $1000 per person, with the final balance due 90 days prior to the trip’s departure. If you book a trip within 90 days of the trip’s scheduled departure, then full payment is due at the time of booking.  Your deposit is payable over the phone by Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, or Discover. Cashier's checks by mail are accepted with two forms of ID, as are bank transfers ($35 transfer fee). Call our office Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm Arizona time. 1-602-904-2536
Travel Logistics

Where does the trip begin/end?
This trip will begin/end in St. Geoge, UT and you will need to spend the night prior to your trip’s scheduled departure in St. George. You will want to fly into either Las Vegas (2 hour drive) or St. George. Please visit our  Travel Resources  page for information on airports, shuttles/rental cars and recommended hotels.

Where do you meet our guides?
We will hold a pre-trip orientation at 4:30pm the evening prior to your trip’s departure at the host hotel in St. George. Departure times and logistics for the following morning will be discussed at the orientation.  Most trips will depart between 6am and 7am.

*This meeting is not mandatory, but highly recommended, as we will depart early the next morning. If you are unable to attend, please let us know in advance so that we can make alternate arrangements.

What do we do with our car and extra stuff?
We will provide all transportation to/from trailheads for the duration of the trip. We will pick you up at your hotel in St. George and return you there at the trip’s conclusion. Guests staying at the host hotel can leave their cars at the hotel. These hotels will often store your luggage for you, as well. If not, we are happy to store extra luggage at a secure location for the duration of the trip. If you are staying at a different hotel, you will need to check with them as to whether you can leave your car there.

What time will we get back on the last day?
Expect to be back in St. George by 5pm at the latest on the last day of the trip. Some trips will return earlier but we cannot make any guarantees. In general, it is recommended that you do not plan to fly home on the same day your trip finishes. Since each trip has slightly different logistics, feel free to contact us with specific questions related to the expected return time for your trip.

Trip Dates

2017 Dates
June:  5-11
September:  3-9

2018 Dates
June:  5-11
September:  3-9

More dates to come soon…
Don’t see your dates? Custom dates may be available!
Call 1-602-904-2536 or email us  for details.