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Moab: Colorado River Dinner Cruise with Music and Light Show

1. Moab: Colorado River Dinner Cruise with Music and Light Show

Begin the evening on the banks of the Colorado River, just 2 miles north of Moab, Utah. Savor a delicious cowboy-style Dutch oven dinner in a dining room overlooking the water. After dinner, climb aboard a flat-bottomed boat and begin your river adventure. A knowledgeable and entertaining guide will point out things of interest and ignite your imagination. Once darkness settles in, the formal part of the evening begins when 40,000 watts of natural light illuminate the canyon wall. Watch as lights, shadows, music, and narration make the stories of the canyon's formation, creation, and history come to life on the walls above the river - as learned from the early settlers of the area (the Catholic conquistadors, Native Americans, and Mormon pioneers). This Sound and Light Show is a not-to-be-missed unique experience and a great end to a perfect day in Moab.

East Zion: Slot Canyon Exploration and UTV Tour

2. East Zion: Slot Canyon Exploration and UTV Tour

This tour begins with a thrilling ride in a customized off-road machine leading to a slot canyon, which is privately accessed only and far from any paved roads. Once at the canyon's mouth, the hike begins. The red canyon walls stretch over 100-feet high on either side, with a gap of only 6-10 feet between the walls to hike through. Led by a guide and local expert, the tour continues on foot through the canyon while learning about Native American history and geographical information. Large boulders frequent the route, requiring short climbs of 3-6 feet with the assistance of the guide. After traveling the desired distance into the canyon and capturing stunning pictures of these sandstone formations, you’ll hike the same route back to the vehicle and return to the meeting location.

From Moab: Colorado River Half-Day Rafting Trip

3. From Moab: Colorado River Half-Day Rafting Trip

Enjoy a guided rafting tour for all ages and levels of experience along the Colorado River. Depart from Moab and spend half the day navigating Class 1 or 2 rapids surrounded by impressive rock formations. Get picked up in Moab and meet your professional guide. Get outfitted with the necessary rafting gear and listen to your guide's safety instructions. Then embark on a wild adventure along the Fisher Towers and Professor Valley part of the river. The trip is about 7 miles and you're sure to get in some splashy rapids. Select the option including lunch to enjoy a buffet-style meal during your tour. At the end of the trip, the shuttle will take you back to Moab.

Moab: Hell's Revenge 4WD Off-Road Tour by Kawasaki UTV

4. Moab: Hell's Revenge 4WD Off-Road Tour by Kawasaki UTV

Climb aboard a Kawasaki UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicle) for an adrenaline thrill on the Hell’s Revenge Trail of Moab. Drive a specialized 4WD vehicle, with the confidence of knowing you are following a professional guide. Hell's Revenge is like a slow moving roller coaster; except it’s on slickrock! Drive across petrified mountains of rock that look like sand dunes. Although known as “slickrock,” it's actually gritty like sand paper; and unlike anything else you’ve experienced before. Along the way, stop for panoramic views from the Colorado River Overlook, and see authentic dinosaur tracks. Travel in convoys of no more than 5 vehicles for a more intimate and personal experience. Anyone over the age of 21 can drive one of the buggies if they have a valid drivers license, and are comfortable driving on terrain with steep slopes and cliffs. Each vehicle can accommodate up to 4 people.

Bryce Canyon National Park: 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour

5. Bryce Canyon National Park: 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour

Explore Bryce Canyon National Park with a local guide. Hike through the park and see its famous sites while learning about local flora and fauna, history, and geology. Your tour starts in Fairyland Canyon with a short hike. See incredible geological formations and get the opportunity to see a Bristlecone Pine Tree, one of the oldest living organisms in the world. From there, head to the center of Bryce Canyon National Park where you can explore the Natural Bridge, as well as a high plateau view that extends to the north rim of the Grand Canyon. Visit the cathedral and conglomerate sections, before heading to Inspiration Point for some Hoodoo hunting. After another short hike, the tour will continue to Wall Street. This segment offers sights of the so-called Silent City, Thors Hammer, the Great Serpent, and Queen Victoria.

Bryce Canyon National Park: Guided ATV Tour

6. Bryce Canyon National Park: Guided ATV Tour

Start your engine and get ready to embark on a journey to the rim of Bryce Canyon National Park. This is the perfect tour for those who are short on time. Receive ATV briefing and follow your guide on the off-road trails through less known and crowded areas of the region. The trail will take you through Ponderosa Pine forests to the rim of Bryce Canyon National Park. Enjoy a few short stops to breathe in and enjoy the moment. Admire a pristine alpine landscape, the Bryce Canyon Rim and fresh clean air. See some of the most incredible scenery that is seen by very few.

Moab: Colorado River Sunset Boat Tour with Optional Dinner

7. Moab: Colorado River Sunset Boat Tour with Optional Dinner

The tour departs the flat waters of the Colorado River and chases the sun as it hides behind the canyon walls, painting the sky and surrounding scenery with a rich palette of colors. Relax on board the boat and marvel at the spectacular and unique views that are only visible from the water. Along the way, discover an old Indian granary, ancient petroglyphs, and fascinating arches that enrich the landscape with history. After a leisurely 1.5 hour cruise, your skillful guide turns the boat around for the return journey to the dock. Upon arrival at the private dock, enjoy an optional western-style Dutch oven dinner against the backdrop of the Colorado River. This cowboy inspired dinner is cooked all day to create the authentic and rich dishes of BBQ beef, BBQ pork, BBQ chicken, cowpoke potatoes, sweet baked beans, homemade rolls, pasta salad, and much more. There's also an array of bottomless soft drinks and desserts to end the meal, as well as a selection of vegetarian friendly options.

3-Hour Sunset Tour of Monument Valley

8. 3-Hour Sunset Tour of Monument Valley

Enjoy this small-group tour of Monument Valley and discover the breathtaking monuments you’ve seen in photos and western movies. See the famous West and East Mitten Buttes, John Ford Point, the Three Sisters, Moccasin Arch, the Totem Pole, The Big Hogan, Moccasin Arch, Sun's Eye, North Window and Sleeping Dragon.  Travel by safari-style open-air vehicle or by an enclosed van in cold or hot weather. Your guide will share with you a lot of interesting facts about the Monument Valley. You will even visit the backcountry of the valley, that you can’t visit on your own. Learn many interesting facts about Navajo culture and visit a Navajo Hogan, a traditional Navajo home to watch a rug weaving demonstration and to enjoy a ceremonial musical performance by your guide.

East Zion: 1-Hour White Mountain Horseback Tour

9. East Zion: 1-Hour White Mountain Horseback Tour

Combine two of Southern Utah's most popular activities of exploring slot canyons and horseback riding on this 1-hour experience. Follow your guide as they take you on a scenic trail and teach you the art of reigning a horse. Meet your guide and begin your tour at the stables. Climb into the saddle and inexperienced riders will receive a brief riding lesson. No need to worry if you are a beginner, this horseback tour is designed to welcome first-timers with well-trained horses. Ride to the mouth of a beautiful slot canyon where you will dismount and walk a short distance into the canyon. Be impressed by the incredible sandstone formation and its towering walls, several hundred feet high on either side. Following your stop, riders will again get in the saddle and ride back to the starting point.

Monument Valley: Scenic 2.5-Hour Backcountry Tour

10. Monument Valley: Scenic 2.5-Hour Backcountry Tour

Enter the backcountry of Monument Valley to visit the popular arches, dwellings, and petroglyphs made by the ancient Anasazi people. Stop first to admire the Sleeping Dragon with clouds above, followed by the Chief’s Head with its bonnet of feathers.  Moving on, explore the traditional dwelling of the Navajo people known as hogans. Admire the round, cone-shaped, and multi-sided structures. With or without internal posts, they were built with timber or stonewall and packed with earth or bark. For a summerhouse, the door faces east to welcome the rising sun for wealth and good fortune. Your guide will provide information and a short demonstration of the Navajo people and their lifestyle.  Save the best for last and marvel at an arch that replicates a traditional hogan with an eagle eye looking upon you. Take a panoramic view of the Eye of the Sun, a beautifully shaped eye with sunrays beaming through it. Last will be the Ear of the Wind, standing against a steep sand dune that, if you walk up to it, you're most likely to bring home Monument Valley's souvenir: sand in your shoes.

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What a blast! Perfect balance of thrillin’ and chillin’. Yes, you will get wet….very wet! No it isn’t scary. To maximize your experience wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from with wind and waves and take the poncho that is offered as it can get pretty chilly out on the water. Our guide was awesome, hilarious and attentive. Great experience!!

The best way to see Canyonlands Island in the Sky area in our opinion. We were able to access parts of the park only accessible via 4x4. Adam, our guide, was excellent sharing history and geography of the area while giving our group time to safely explore.

Kevin did an excellent job! We were out of our comfort zone for sure but he took our safety seriously. I would recommend this excursion to anyone who is looking for an exciting adventure. Took the sunset tour-was beautiful!

This was definitely a great way to visit arches. It was a private tour for our party of 3 and we didn’t see anyone else for hours. Mick, our guide, was friendly and knowledgeable. We would highly recommend.

A great experience to see the amazing nature that you have to see with your own eyes.