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Guided Walking : North America

Colorado & Utah: Mesa Verde, Arches & Canyonlands

Moderate Terrain: 4-10 Miles Daily

Walking the remote borderlands of Utah and Colorado, rustling juniper forests give way to a sculpted landscape of slickrock canyons, sandstone spires, and arches of wind-burnished stone. Among these otherworldly formations, the Pueblo Indians built a sophisticated civilization more than 800 years ago. Join us to marvel at what they left behind: grand cliffside cities, vivid petroglyphs, prehistoric towers, and sacred kivas. With our knowledgeable guides, you’ll explore archaeological sites like Mesa Verde’s Cliff Palace, a complex of more than 150 rooms perched 30 feet up a rocky bluff. Go beyond these ancient ruins to delight in the natural beauty of the region. Encounter a graceful color palette of rich brown earth, crystal-blue rivers, red cliff walls, and the persistent green of piñon pine. Discover the geological origins of Delicate Arch, and gaze upon the sheer sandstone walls of the monolithic Island in the Sky Mesa, overlooking a dramatic canyon more than 2,000 feet deep. It’s the ideal combination of pre-Columbian history and Wild West splendor.


Tour Highlights:
  • Raft through Colorado River canyons past formations like Fisher Towers and Castle Rock, stopping for a picnic lunch (and swim, if you’d like) on a sandy beach.
  • Hike the amazing Sand Canyon trail with a local guide, passing through Indian reservations to see Puebloan cliff dwellings undisturbed for centuries.
  • Enjoy dinner alfresco on the deck of your hotel, overlooking a view of the Colorado River and savoring wine from your lodge’s own vineyard.
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6 days, 5 nights

FROM $2,998 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Arrival in Durango

After arriving in Mesa Verde National Park, your explorations begin with a visit to Spruce Tree House, a remarkable Ancestral Puebloan ruin sheltered by Douglas fir. After a welcome lunch, embark on a guided tour of the Balcony House, one of the park’s most famous cliff dwellings, before enjoying a three-mile walk through the surrounding canyons.

Accommodation: Far View Lodge, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

Simple rooms in the heart of Mesa Verde National Park offer balconies with views, as well as immediate access to hiking trails and spectacular cliff dwellings. Our group will enjoy the recently renovated kiva rooms, which are tastefully decorated with Native American and Western fabrics and art.

Day 2

Mesa Verde National Park

After an optional sunrise walk to enjoy the view from Park Point Overlook, you head outside Mesa Verde to Sand Canyon. Here, in the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, you’ll ramble along the canyon rim with a local expert on Native American traditions. Enjoy spotting hidden cliff dwellings as you go.

Accommodation: Far View Lodge, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

Simple rooms in the heart of Mesa Verde National Park offer balconies with views, as well as immediate access to hiking trails and spectacular cliff dwellings. Our group will enjoy the recently renovated kiva rooms, which are tastefully decorated with Native American and Western fabrics and art.

Day 3

Transfer to Moab

After transferring to Moab, Utah, enjoy lunch at a favorite restaurant in this iconic western town. Then stretch your legs on a walk through Negro Bill Canyon, skirting a clear stream before following a side canyon to Morning Glory Bridge—a natural 243-foot arch. Tonight, enjoy an alfresco dinner on your accommodations’ private deck overlooking the Colorado River.

Accommodation: Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab, Utah

Spacious riverside and creekside rooms offer private patios overlooking the Colorado River. Guests enjoy views of the red rock canyons from virtually everywhere on this property, including the pool, restaurant, and lodge decks. The lodge also offers easy access to rafting and hiking.

Day 4

Colorado River float excursion or Fisher Towers

Today you experience a half-day float down the Colorado River, passing through short sections of mild class I and II rapids and enjoying views of red rock canyons and iconic towers along the way. In the afternoon, explore the Island in the Sky section of Canyonlands National Park, a wilderness area of sheer-walled canyons.

Accommodation: Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab, Utah

Spacious riverside and creekside rooms offer private patios overlooking the Colorado River. Guests enjoy views of the red rock canyons from virtually everywhere on this property, including the pool, restaurant, and lodge decks. The lodge also offers easy access to rafting and hiking.

Day 5

Arches National Park

Journey into Arches National Park to explore some of the country’s most extraordinary geologic sites. Strolling along broad slickrock trails, you’ll witness Double Arch, Window Arch, and Turret Arch, as well as sweeping views of the La Sal Mountains. Tonight, enjoy a celebratory farewell dinner, including wine from your lodge’s vineyard.

Accommodation: Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab, Utah

Spacious riverside and creekside rooms offer private patios overlooking the Colorado River. Guests enjoy views of the red rock canyons from virtually everywhere on this property, including the pool, restaurant, and lodge decks. The lodge also offers easy access to rafting and hiking.

Day 6

Optional sunrise walk

Enjoy an optional sunrise walk in the hills near your accommodations before transferring to Durango to journey home.

Accommodation: Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab, Utah

Spacious riverside and creekside rooms offer private patios overlooking the Colorado River. Guests enjoy views of the red rock canyons from virtually everywhere on this property, including the pool, restaurant, and lodge decks. The lodge also offers easy access to rafting and hiking.

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Day 1

Arrival in Durango

After arriving in Mesa Verde National Park, your explorations begin with a visit to Spruce Tree House, a remarkable Ancestral Puebloan ruin sheltered by Douglas fir. After a welcome lunch, embark on a guided tour of the Balcony House, one of the park’s most famous cliff dwellings, before enjoying a three-mile walk through the surrounding canyons.

Accommodation: Far View Lodge, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

Simple rooms in the heart of Mesa Verde National Park offer balconies with views, as well as immediate access to hiking trails and spectacular cliff dwellings. Our group will enjoy the recently renovated kiva rooms, which are tastefully decorated with Native American and Western fabrics and art.

Day 2

Mesa Verde National Park

After an optional sunrise walk to enjoy the view from Park Point Overlook, you head outside Mesa Verde to Sand Canyon. Here, in the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, you’ll ramble along the canyon rim with a local expert on Native American traditions. Enjoy spotting hidden cliff dwellings as you go.

Accommodation: Far View Lodge, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

Simple rooms in the heart of Mesa Verde National Park offer balconies with views, as well as immediate access to hiking trails and spectacular cliff dwellings. Our group will enjoy the recently renovated kiva rooms, which are tastefully decorated with Native American and Western fabrics and art.

Day 3

Transfer to Moab

After transferring to Moab, Utah, enjoy lunch at a favorite restaurant in this iconic western town. Then stretch your legs on a walk through Negro Bill Canyon, skirting a clear stream before following a side canyon to Morning Glory Bridge—a natural 243-foot arch. Tonight, enjoy an alfresco dinner on your accommodations’ private deck overlooking the Colorado River.

Accommodation: Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab, Utah

Spacious riverside and creekside rooms offer private patios overlooking the Colorado River. Guests enjoy views of the red rock canyons from virtually everywhere on this property, including the pool, restaurant, and lodge decks. The lodge also offers easy access to rafting and hiking.

Day 4

Colorado River float excursion or Fisher Towers

Today you experience a half-day float down the Colorado River, passing through short sections of mild class I and II rapids and enjoying views of red rock canyons and iconic towers along the way. In the afternoon, explore the Island in the Sky section of Canyonlands National Park, a wilderness area of sheer-walled canyons.

Accommodation: Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab, Utah

Spacious riverside and creekside rooms offer private patios overlooking the Colorado River. Guests enjoy views of the red rock canyons from virtually everywhere on this property, including the pool, restaurant, and lodge decks. The lodge also offers easy access to rafting and hiking.

Day 5

Arches National Park

Journey into Arches National Park to explore some of the country’s most extraordinary geologic sites. Strolling along broad slickrock trails, you’ll witness Double Arch, Window Arch, and Turret Arch, as well as sweeping views of the La Sal Mountains. Tonight, enjoy a celebratory farewell dinner, including wine from your lodge’s vineyard.

Accommodation: Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab, Utah

Spacious riverside and creekside rooms offer private patios overlooking the Colorado River. Guests enjoy views of the red rock canyons from virtually everywhere on this property, including the pool, restaurant, and lodge decks. The lodge also offers easy access to rafting and hiking.

Day 6

Optional sunrise walk

Enjoy an optional sunrise walk in the hills near your accommodations before transferring to Durango to journey home.

Accommodation: Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab, Utah

Spacious riverside and creekside rooms offer private patios overlooking the Colorado River. Guests enjoy views of the red rock canyons from virtually everywhere on this property, including the pool, restaurant, and lodge decks. The lodge also offers easy access to rafting and hiking.

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Dates & Prices

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2017 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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May 7 - May 12 $2,998 $598
Sep 17 - Sep 22 $2,998 $598
Sep 24 - Sep 29 $2,998 $598

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You can transform this itinerary into an exclusive experience for you and your fellow guests. Enjoy all the same walks and inclusions as on our traditional tours, in the company of the same expert guides. Simply gather your friends, choose your preferred departure date, and we’ll take care of the rest.

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2017 Dates Number of Travelers
6 - 11 12 - 18 Single Supplement
Apr 15 - Oct 15$3,348$2,998$598

Guides

Guides

Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.

Clint-Fries
Clint Fries

Clint Fries has been guiding adventurers and sharing his curiosity, love, and stewardship for the natural world for over two decades. His own sense of adventure has led him to accompany groups in locations ranging from Big Bend National Park, to Alaska, and the Arctic. In addition to guiding walking tours in Arizona and Colorado and Utah, he has been building his own home and raising a family on a windswept prairie outside Flagstaff.

Tim-Smith
Tim Smith

Although Tim Smith’s vocation is teaching, his passion is the outdoors. Currently he divides his time between Vermont where he resides, and the Southwest where he spends his free time hiking the canyons and mesas. A self taught naturalist, Tim truly looks forward to sharing his passion for the Southwest with Country Walkers’ guests on our Colorado & Utah tour. Tim can be found hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing or skiing during his free time.

Utah Guided Walking Adventure Guide Scott Solle
Scott Solle

Originally from Montana, Scott Solle discovered the Four Corners over 25 years ago, and his love of the Southwest was born! In fact, it inspired him to build a home in Moab, Utah where he continues to guide adventures and enjoy the outdoors. An experienced whitewater rafting and backcountry ski guide, Scott is also an instructor at the Swiftwater Safety Institute and when he’s not leading tours or teaching safety courses, you can find Scott enjoying the canyons and mountains of his home state of Utah!

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