Utah Slickrock Greatest Hits
Arches & Canyonlands
A Geologist Experience

Trip Details

Type: BaseCamp Hiking and Mountain Biking

Trip Code: UTSB

Duration: 5 Days

Distance: 30 mi hiking, 10-20 mi
mountain biking/58 km, 31km

Fitness: 3
Comfort: 2
Solitude: 2

Origin: Moab, Utah

Cost: $1400/person

Trip Description:

The Utah Slickrock Greatest Hits BaseCamp tour includes all the scenery that has made Utah famous.  The geology and adventure here is unparalleled, as we explore, hike, and mountain bike among the arches, canyons, and moutains surrounding Moab, Utah.  Slickrock country is famous for its national parks, world-class mountain biking, adventurous hiking, slot canyons, and the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers.  We will hike and explore Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, observe Fisher Towers, mountain bike in the famous Moab slickrock backcountry, and explore the eipc scenery that has made Moab and Utah a world-class adventure hiking destination.

  1. Double Arch, Arches National Park
  2. Needles District, Canyonland National Park
  3. Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park
  4. Pritchett Arch, Arches National Park
  5. Delicate Arch, Arches National Park
  6. The Vortex, Canyonlands National Park
  7. Robber's Roost, Utah
  8. Fisher Towers, Utah
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Trip Itinerary

Day 1:

The Utah Slickrock BaseCamp tour begins in Moab, Utah with a bang.  We will cruise right into Arches National Park to hike and explore some of the most famous and iconic scenery on the planet, as well as some of the most unique and stunning geology.  Your geologist/guide will direct you to a wonderful trail, and intricately observe and discuss just what makes this area so special.  After we get our fill, we will head to our comfortable and private camp site, where you will enjoy an excellent dinner, fantastic stars, and prepare for your epic journey ahead.
Drive Time: 45 minutes hours
Distance & Elevation: 9 miles, 500 foot descent
Light Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2:

Day 2 in Utah's slickrock country offers more epic adventure, as we embark into Canyonlands National Park and all of its glory.  Your geologist/guide will pick a fabulous set of adventures based on your pre-trip questionnaire and skill levels of the group, and take you on an adventure over land and through canyons that you will not soon forget.  We will capture sunset at Mesa Arch, one of the most famous natural arches in the world, and enjoy a wonderful sunset dinner prepared by your geologist/guide.
Distance & Elevation: Up to 10 miles, up to a 1000 foot descent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:

Day 3 offers a but of a respite, as we cruise into the La Sal mountains and the Fisher Towers area.  The La Sal mountains rise to over 10,000 feet with fantastic mountain scenery and cool mountain lakes, while Fisher Towers offers soaring sandstone monoliths, tremendous Colorado Plateau scenery, and outstading views of the Moab area.
Distance & Elevation: 5 miles, 500 foot ascent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:

Day 4 serves up a quintessential Utah slickrock experience: mountain biking in Robber's Roost.  You will sit atop a world-class mountain bike and attack some of the most gorgeous and adventurous scenery in Utah, ducking through natural arches, riding alongside deep canyons, climbing up and over slickrock swells, peering down at the Colorado River, and having the time of your life.  Please be honest on your pre-trip questionnaire so that we may properly assess your abilities.
Distance & Elevation: up to 18 miles, up to 500 foot ascent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:

Our final day in slickrock country bids farewell in style as we roll back into Arches National Park to hike and explore more of this wonderful geologic area.  Your geologist/guide will continue to walk you through the geologic eons as you observe some of the most breathtaking scenery in Utah and the American Southwest. After yet another amazing day, we will pack up camp and reutn to Moab.
Distance & Elevation: 8 miles, minimal descent
Breakfast, Lunch
Drive Time: 1 hour

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

What’s Included:
A professional, degreed, licensed and medically trained geologist/guide
All necessary gear: daypack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, trekking poles
All cooking/eating gear: bowls, cups, utensils (your geologist/guide will prepare all meals)
All food, including a mix of fresh and pre-made backcountry meals
Roundtrip Transportation from your hotel in Moab to all activities/attractions

Mountain bike rental in Moab, Utah
Entrance fees, camping fees, and backcountry permits

Meals: what to expect
We provide all your meals from a light breakfast on day 1 through lunch the last day. Your geologist/guide will prepare a variety of meals on the trail and in camp that will fit the day's activity. Feel free to tell us about your food preferences, as we're more than happy to tailor the menu to your needs/desires. Some specialty diets may require an additional fee.

All meals will consist of one entree, prepared by your geologist/guide.  Fresh options will be available, and meals will be served cafeteria-style on covered tables.  There will be trail snacks that consist of nuts, fruits, chocolate, and other "gorp" style mixes.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

What’s Not Included:
Transportation to/from Moab, Utah
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?
Most basecamping trips in Utah will accommodate 6 people plus one geologist/guide. On occasion, a group may be as large as 8 people plus 2 guides.

Are there age restrictions?
Children under 12 are generally not permitted on any of Blue Marble's scheduled trips.  This can be negotiable on private tours, please contact us to discuss this policy

How do I sign up?
In order to confirm a reservation , we require an initial deposit of $500 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. Checks by mail are fine as well, 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 Moab, Utah and you will need to spend the night prior to your trip’s scheduled departure in Moab. You will want to fly into either Moab. 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 Moab. Departure times and logistics for the following morning will be discussed at the orientation.  Most trips will depart between 5am and 6am.

*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 the host hotel in Moab 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 Moab 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
March: 4-8
April: 14-18

2018 Dates
March: 4-8
April: 14-18

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.