Explore the glorious red-rock landscapes of Utah and Colorado, encountering fascinating geology and indigenous archaeological sites in national monuments and three celebrated national parks. 

Starting at: $4,495 * Price includes special offer Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde  Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park  Delicate Arch, Arches National Park  The Colorado River in Canyonlands National Park  Vista of Arches National Park. Credit: Fadhillah Azman  The cliff dwelling of Mesa Verde

Hiking Canyon Country in Utah and Colorado

An Active Journey

7 days from $4,495

Explore the glorious red-rock landscapes of Utah and Colorado, encountering fascinating geology and indigenous archaeological sites in national monuments and three celebrated national parks. 

or Call 855-330-1542


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Hotel Maverick

Grand Junction, Colorado , United States

Located on the campus of Colorado Mesa University, a short distance from downtown Grand Junction, Hotel Maverick is a dynamic property that combines contemporary elegance with a focus on the outdoors. Rooms are stylish and bright with original design elements, and some include patios or balconies. Along with a large outdoor terrace, complimentary bikes, and a well-equipped fitness center, the hotel offers an inviting rooftop bar and restaurant with views of the surrounding cliffs. 

Number of nights: 1

Red Cliffs Lodge

Moab, Utah, United States

The Red Cliffs Lodge is nestled at the foot of soaring cliffs on the banks of the Colorado River just outside of Moab. Comfortable suites and cabins are decorated with knotty pine features, locally inspired textiles, and Mexican tiles. Amenities include a seasonal swimming pool; a year-round hot tub; a fitness center; a riverside patio for lunches al fresco; and the Cowboy Grille, with expansive views of the surrounding cliffs. The hotel’s own Castle Creek Winery is located on site and offers regular tastings.  

Number of nights: 2

Desert Rose Inn

Bluff, Utah, United States

Set on the edge of the town of Bluff, the Desert Rose Inn is ideally located for visting Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Family-owned, wood-built, and decorated with Western charm, the inn offers accommodations in cabins, the main lodge, and courtyard suites, each individually appointed and offering modern conveniences. The property includes two restaurants, a fitness room, and a lounge.  

Number of nights: 2

Strater Hotel

Durango, Colorado, United States

Built in 1887 in downtown Durango, the Strater Hotel maintains an authentic, Victorian atmosphere. The fully renovated hotel features 93 guest rooms equipped with modern amenities yet uniquely decorated in Victorian style, with period wallpaper and one of the world’s largest collections of American Victorian walnut antique furniture. Dining is available at the Mahogany Grille, and the Diamond Belle Saloon offers a ragtime piano bar experience. The hotel’s Henry Strater Theatre offers live entertainment year-round, from vaudeville to concerts and more.  

Number of nights: 1

Activity Level

Activity Level 3: Moderate / Active

Expectations:  This trip is part of the Smithsonian Active Journeys collection and features a schedule of physical activities—including walking and hiking—in addition to activities designed to offer cultural or historical context. Walks, hikes, and activities will take place rain or shine. If you are reasonably fit and can walk and hike from 1 up to 7 miles easily you should be comfortable on this Moderate/Active tour (Level 3).

On this trip, daily hikes are taken at a leisurely to active pace over various types of terrain, from well-groomed paths to some more challenging/rocky trails.  Many of the days will also feature a cultural site associated with the hike, such as an archaeological site. A few longer travel days with early morning departures should be expected.  Hikes are not long enough to require support vehicles so once a hike is begun it is necessary to finish. Sometimes it is feasible to skip a day’s activities and relax at the hotel, if desired. During the tour, leisure time is usually limited to the evenings. Hiking boots, rain gear, and day packs for daily necessities are a must; some travelers may wish to bring hiking poles. Details on what to pack and expect on this trip will be included in your Pre-Tour documents.

Transportation between hotels will be by a small van or motor coach. Accommodations on this trip feature comfortable city hotels, lodges, and country hotels. The highest elevation on this trip is 6,000 feet.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, have a strong fitness level, expect a slightly vigorous pace, are comfortable participating in up to four hours of hiking per day, and enjoy challenging themselves physically.

Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Travel Guard provides an on-tour Insurance Plan. On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). It also includes up to $25,000 medical and up to $500 dental expense coverage, and 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance. Please click here to view complete coverage details.

Please visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1-800-208-6142 to learn about additional (optional) coverage.