Grand Staircase-Escalante Discovery

Slot Canyons, Stream Crossings, and Ancient Rock Art

Trip Details

A Tight Slot in Escalante

What’s Included? Everything you need, plus everything you want.

  • Lots of hiking: Full-day hikes lead you across streams and over slickrock to waterfalls, arches, riparian oases, archaeological sites, slot canyons, reefs, ridges, and silence. (Bring your water shoes!)
  • To Drive or Not Drive: This particular journey is priced to include a private transfer for the four-hour drive to and from Salt Lake City to Boulder. If you prefer, rent a car and drive yourself.
  • Local Hiking Guides: Your excellent and amazing guides, who we know well, pick you up and drop you off every day at your lodge.
  • Boulder Mountain Lodge: Your basecamp is Boulder Mountain Lodge, one of our favorite spots to stay in the region, or anywhere, really. (Spoiler alert: Hell’s Backbone Grill.)

Grand Staircase-Escalante Discovery

Trip Type: Custom-Made Travel

Territory: North America

Region: Desert Southwest

Trip Price: $3,250

Duration: 8 days/7 nights

Trip Begins/Ends: Salt Lake City, Utah / Salt Lake City, Utah

National Parklands: Grand Staircase-Escalante NM

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All custom travel is tailored to the desires and interests of our traveling clients (see How Custom Travel Works tab). Trip pricing detailed is an estimate of the per person pricing for the sample itinerary detailed and includes all of the lodging, activities, and guided experiences described. Actual pricing for the trip designed expressly for you and others traveling with you will depend on the features and elements developed during the trip planning process. Travel with Off the Beaten Path requires agreement to our standard Terms & Conditions.

Energy Index

Energy Index Spectrum

No Sweat - 1-2 miles of walking or hiking per day, plus easy activities

Nice & Active – 3-6 miles of hiking or walking per day, plus physically active exploration

High Five! – 5-12 miles of hiking per day, plus possible peak bagging or other action-oriented fun

Grand Staircase-Escalante Discovery

Grand Staircase-Escalante Discovery - Energy Index

The Energy Index detailed above relates to the level of exertion associated with the sample trip detailed. This would be modified to fit the style and ability of your group as a part of the custom trip planning process

How custom-made travel works at Off the Beaten Path

We’ve been tailoring custom journeys for clients since our very inception in the mid-1980s! The process is all about connecting the interests of the travelers with the best that a given destination has to offer. To achieve this, we rely upon good ol’ fashioned conversation! Our geographically focused travel designer love to meet new people and learn about their interests for travel. Understanding your goals informs the process immensely and serves as the foundation for the development of a bespoke travel experience for you and yours.

The trip detailed on this web page is a sample of something we’ve done for other clients over the years. In order to start the process of designing your own custom travel experience, just call us at (800) 445-2995 and ask to speak with one of our Travel Advisors. After a bit of time on the phone, you will then have the opportunity to connect with one of our travel designers.

The entire planning process is very personalized and works in an iterative fashion until a final, perfect trip has been created. We then secure all of the lodging, activities, and guided experiences associated with your trip and send along abundant trip materials capturing these details – and much more about your travels!

Itinerary

Day 1: Salt Lake City

Fly into Salt Lake City and enjoy a restful evening at a nice hotel. 

Days 2-7: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

A private driver takes you to Southern Utah and your lodge in Boulder. Each day, your guide will take you on a wonder-filled hike. Some favorites include Where Dinosaurs Drink, Whirling Dervish Reef, Water Master, Rock Whisperer, Escalante Alchemy, and Never-Speak-of-it-Gulch. 

Day 8: Salt Lake City

A driver takes you back to the airport in Salt Lake City. You fly home, possibly changed forever. 

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