Utah River and Wilderness Expeditions since 1964... come Tag-A-Long with us!
This classic day trip, suitable for people of all ages, delivers big adventure, a few thrills, and the best sightseeing available anywhere in canyon country. Exclusive only to Tag-A-Long Expeditions of Moab, Utah, this trip takes travelers in comfort to sights hidden from those who don’t go a little off the beaten path. No wonder it’s one of our most popular expeditions!
Bring everybody on this scenic calm water expedition into Canyonlands National Park. This is an opportunity to see parts of the park you can only see by river and only with Tag-A-Long Expeditions. The scenery is amazing including ancient Native American ruins and writings. There’s even a few thrills as part of the trip takes us over some rugged 4X4 roads. Toddlers welcomed.
Your mini-expedition begins at the Tag-A-Long office at 7:15 in the morning, for a 7:30 a.m. departure. A short, scenic drive on the Colorado River corridor takes us to the boat launch. Along the way, we stop to view a large collection of 1000-year old Indian petroglyphs in the sun burnt patina on the canyon wall. At the launch site, you settle aboard the Colorado Explorer, our large, sturdy jet boat. Your river guide soon takes you deep into the wilderness of Canyonlands National Park. We stop frequently to see geologic wonders, historical sites, prehistoric Indian ruins from the ancient Anasazi culture, and magnificent scenery. Bring your camera and plenty of film! If river level permits, we take a short hike to a hidden petrified forest. All along the way, red-rock canyon walls soar 1,500 feet on either side of the river. You won’t believe the beauty!
After a hearty lunch, you’ll board a comfortable, air-conditioned four-wheel drive vehicle that takes you UP, UP, UP, more than 2000 feet, to the top of the world! This stunning mesa top is known as the “Island in the Sky.” Along the way, you’ll spot rock bridges, pinnacles, and balanced rocks. Keep your eyes peeled for the bighorn sheep that call this part of canyon country home.
The 4×4 portion of the trip includes an exciting climb up Gemini Bridges Trail. Throughout the day your guide will bring the region to life with legends and stories of cowboys, miners and renegades. By the time you roll back into the Tag-A-Long office at about 5:30, you’ll have seen the real Canyonlands, hidden to all but a privileged few.
People of any age, travelers with limited time, families, people wanting to see the backcountry without hassle or fear.
Fitness Level: Average. We’ll take a short hike to see some petrified wood. If water levels permit, additional walk to Indian ruin.
Departures vary beginning in March. Concluding in October.