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Ready to unravel the secrets of Utah’s canyons? Step back in time and ride the winds of legendary outlaws as you delve deep into untamed terrain, where tales of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid still dance among the cliffs. Set out on a thrilling journey through hidden canyons and towering sandstone arches, where every rappel is a leap into the unknown. Discover ancient petroglyphs etched in stone, weaving tales of bygone eras in the silent rock faces. With all essentials provided, embrace the spirit of the Wild West and let the untamed beauty of Utah’s wilderness captivate your soul—let your adventurous spirit run wild!

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Adventure highlights

  • Natural arch rappel

    Experience the adrenaline rush of rappelling through a natural sandstone arch

  • Exploring Robber’s Roost

    Traverse the remote and historic landscapes of Robber’s Roost, once a refuge for outlaws

  • Ancient petroglyphs

    Marvel at ancient petroglyph panels, offering a glimpse into the rich cultural history of the region

Itinerary

Experience the best of canyoneering in Utah and discover rugged wilderness on a thrilling three-day guided canyoneering expedition. From overcoming challenging rappels and exploring remote, historic hideouts to traversing Navajo Sandstone landscape and admiring petroglyph panels, this expedition immerses you in the beauty and lore of the wilderness landscape where solitude is protected under federal law. With all meals and gear provided, you can fully focus on canyoneering and relax in your luxury cabins overnight while stargazing. Escape to the edge and explore Utah's backcountry!

  • The adventure kicks off with a brief practice session of canyoneering techniques. Our chosen canyon, protected for solitude, promises just 2 miles (3 kilometers) of hiking off the beaten path. Prepare for 3-4 rappels up to 90 feet (30 m), consistent easy to moderate scrambling and several challenging sections of captivating narrows. It’s a natural obstacle course amidst stunning scenery and the ultimate playground perfect for adventure seekers.

    Meals: Lunch and dinner
    Accommodation: Luxury cabin

    Rappelling for beginners in Utah canyons
  • Today, we venture deep into the untouched wilderness of Robber’s Roost, renowned for its rugged beauty and historical intrigue. This remote expanse got its name from several outlaws, most notably Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, who used these challenging canyons as a hideout. Our route, known for its mesmerizing narrow passageways, offers four rappels amidst the challenging terrain as we navigate through the canyon’s depths.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
    Accommodation: Luxury cabin

    Surreal canyon in Utah
  • The best is saved for last! Day 3 unveils a canyon described as magical, enchanting, and wonder filled, boasting one of the most spectacular rappels in southern Utah—through a natural sandstone arch. As we traverse the Navajo Sandstone landscape, expect a more leisurely pace with reduced scrambling and hiking.

    The day’s thrills lie in four unique rappels, including a free rappel (with no feet touching the rock), and navigating a semi-keeper pothole obstacle. Following the last rappel, we’ll take in the captivating sights of two petroglyph panels of Barrier and Fremont origins before bidding farewell after our three-day epic journey.

    Meals: Breakfast and lunch

    Admiring petroglyph panels
  • The itinerary may be adjusted by the guide as necessary to prioritize the safety of the group and to adhere to local regulations.

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Meet your guides

Christopher Hagedorn
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Christopher Hagedorn
Christopher Hagedorn
Christopher is the founder of Get in the Wild, professional outdoor educator, wilderness guide, and leadership expert. He’s had a passion for the outdoors for as long as he can remember—he’s been climbing, exploring, and teaching throughout North America for over a quarter of a century, spending extensive time in the North Cascades, southern Appalachian Mountains, and southern Utah. Christopher has a Bachelor of Science in Geological Science and a Master of Science in Geotechnical Engineering. He thinks of himself as a leader and educator—the satisfaction in seeing others achieve their dreams is the fuel that keeps him going as he continues his lifelong adventure.
Get In The Wild
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Get In The Wild
Get In The Wild prides themselves in providing unique and memorable outdoor adventure experiences. They offer a wide range of wilderness tips and courses for adventurers of all ages and skill levels. From invigorating backpacking, intense canyoneering and family adventure trips to mindful yoga sessions in the wilderness, they offer you the ultimate service in outdoor travel. What makes them unique is operating at off-the-beaten-path locations where no one else guides! It is a true passion of theirs to help you explore one of the most distinct and beautiful locations in the world, because the Pacific Northwest and Southern Utah are a world of their own.
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Ingrid C. (source: Trip Advisor)

What an amazing and unique experience. Beautiful and interesting landscape. Scrambling on rocks and hiking was exciting but the real gem is the rappel. We always felt safe and very informed. Great guide and fun experience for all. Highly recommend this activity.

Farzad N. (source: Trip Advisor)

Great day out with Tyler at Robbers roost. It is just challenging enough to keep it very interesting but not overly challenging for me with my dad bod and my 15 y/o son. Tyler was great, giving us instructions, and keeping us safe and comfortable. The views were fantastic and we got some great photos. It was an experience we will both remember for a long time.

Tracy B. (source: Trip Advisor)

Christopher and Tyler were great guides. They took the time to answer lots of questions. They taught us new techniques and made everyone in the group very comfortable with what we were about to approach. I loved that they also offered up a little history of the area too. Already talking about coming back next year. 100% a good time!

Mary G. (source: Trip Advisor)

An incredible experience start to finish! Adrenaline-inducing, awe-inspiring once in a lifetime adventure. Our guide Will was the very best – experienced, extremely safety conscious, and after two days felt like our best friend. DO IT! BOOK IT!!

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • Experienced, local guides with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 3 full days of guided technical canyoneering adventures at the Dirty Devil/Robbers Roost Wilderness and surrounding area
      • 2 nights of accommodations in luxury cabins in Hanksville, UT
      • All meals beginning with lunch on Day 1 through lunch on Day 3, as well as snacks
      • All technical canyoneering gear
      • Transportation during tour
      • Entrance fees

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Hanksville, UT
      • Alcoholic beverages
      • Personal items
      • Guide gratuities — optional
      • Travel and medical insurance — strongly recommended
  • Best of canyoneering in Utah is designed for beginners, but a moderate level of fitness is recommended. The guides will teach you the ropes at the beginning of the tour, and let you put into practice your new skills.

    The terrain ranges from easy to moderate and you can expect sustained climbing and scrambling using hands and feet, with rope use for safety during rappels and belays. While beginner-friendly, participants should be comfortable with physical activity and uneven trails.

    If you would like to spend more time in Utah’s wilderness, check out this five-day beginner-friendly tour in Canyon Country, UT.

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Small backpack
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2-3L capacity)
      • Comfortable, sturdy footwear (medium-weight hiking shoes or boots)
      • Comfortable, weather-appropriate hiking clothes
      • Spare clothes for layering
      • Headlamp or flashlight
      • Sunhat
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, etc.)
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

    For your feet, comfortable medium-weight hiking shoes or boots work best. You definitely need closed-toed shoes that you’ve worn before and broken in well.

  • For this best of canyoneering in Utah tour, you’ll spend 2 nights in luxury cabins. Nestled amidst the stunning canyons of Southern Utah, these cabins blend modern comfort with rustic charm. Room amenities include southwestern themed décor as well as refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker.

    During your tour, you’ll be sharing a cabin with a fellow participant. If you’re joining solo, you will be matched with a roommate.

    However, if you would like to have a room to yourself and not share it with anybody, you can choose the single supplement option for an additional fee upon checkout.

  • Group sizes and pricing

      • This is a group tour, but a private tour can be organized at your request—let us know if you’re interested!
      • The maximum group size is 8 people.
      • The cost per person does not decrease as the group grows.

    Hiking in Hanksville can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Children as young as 5 may be permitted to join this best of canyoneering in Utah tour on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Hanksville, the starting point of the best of canyoneering in Utah tour, most people fly into Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), located a 3.75-hour drive north of Hanksville. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service.

    Even closer than Salt Lake City airport is the Grand Junction Airport (GJT), located a 2.25-hour drive from Hanksville, but bear in mind that it has more limited flight schedules.

    Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet in Hanksville, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance.

    With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

    Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to.

    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • A non-refundable $500 deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is due two months (60 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.

      • Cancellations made thirty (30) to sixty (60) days before the tour start date will be refunded 50% minus the deposit.
      • Cancellations made zero (0) to thirty (30) days before the tour start date will be refunded 25% minus the deposit.
      • Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non-refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.
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