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8th-9th Grade14 days$5295
June 9-June 22, 2023Waitlist Inquire
June 26-July 9, 2023Available for Boys Enroll
July 13-July 26, 2023Waitlist Inquire

Places like the high desert in Utah appear in dreams and in paintings with the greatest palettes. Explore the carved cathedrals and red rock caverns of this magical part of the country. This trip features a wonderland of balanced archways, bright orange sandstone, and rushing rivers tumbling through it all. You’ll get to explore it by backpacking, hiking, and rafting through the magic. Get some dust on your boots in Bryce Canyon National Park and discover a new world out west! In this part of the world, the possibilities and the skies are wide open, and they feature the finest sunsets, sunrises and stars you’ve ever seen.


  • See four of Utah’s five national parks by foot as you hike in Bryce Canyon and explore Arches, Canyonlands, and Zion National Parks
  • Rock climb and canyoneer magical sandstone in the world famous town of Moab, the gateway to massive red rock formations
  • Follow the lifeblood of the desert, as you raft the rolling waves of the Colorado River and enjoy some of the largest rapids in the U.S.!
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The Colorado River is the West’s most famous river for a reason, and you’ll get to experience why firsthand as you navigate the rapids of Cataract Canyon. A refreshing change of pace from Moab, the Colorado River will revitalize your spirit and quench your thirst for adventure. After a day of energizing class III and IV rapids, you’ll be able to soak up the sun on a riverside camp, reminiscing your trip so far.

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bryce canyon national park

In the southwest corner of Utah lies a thousand-foot deep red rock canyon, nested in dramatic surroundings: Bryce Canyon National Park. Experience the magic of Bryce Canyon’s massive canyons and tranquil backcountry as you navigate your way on its trails. This hiking will be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. You’ll hike among the steep red cliffs that make this area iconic, and you’ll wind your way through the labyrinth of canyons, all while camping underneath the starriest of skies. 

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Check two more Utah national parks off your list as you scale, scamper, and explore the land bridges, red towers, and delicately balanced beauty of Arches and Canyonlands. Arches National Park lives up to its name containing more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches that are full of splendor. Carved by the Colorado River, Canyonlands National Park has panoramic overlooks, towering rock pinnacles, remote canyons, and American rock paintings. By the end of your exploration, you’ll have experienced some of the oldest and most iconic rock formations in all of the U.S.!

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Length14 days
Current Grade for 2022-20238th-9th
BeginsSalt Lake City, UT
EndsSalt Lake City, UT
Group Size13

dates & availability

JUNE 9-JUNE 22, 2023WaitlistInquire
JUNE 26-JULY 9, 2023Available for BoysEnroll
JULY 13-JULY 26, 2023WaitlistInquire

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