Backpack Willis Creek & Bull Valley Gorge Utah – November 4–6, 2022


During this 3 day/2 night backpacking adventure you'll discover one of the best spots deep in the heart of the Grand Staircase. Tight slot areas, towering walls, scrambling, interesting history features, and solitude!! This adventure is for all skill levels and it includes all your backpacking gear so you can travel light! It's also the perfect opportunity if you have been wanting to try out backpacking but don't have the gear!

We’re meeting in Tropic, Utah on the morning on November 4th by 7:00 a.m. If you are flying in to join us, the nearest airports are:
  • Cedar City, Ut - 1hr 37mins drive to Tropic - You can ride with Desert Wander from here. Your flight must arrive by Nov 3rd at 3:00pm MST.
  • St George, UT - 2hr 29mins drive to Tropic- You can ride with Desert Wander from here. Your flight must arrive by Nov 3rd at 2:00pm MST.
  • Las Vegas, NV - 4hr 16mins drive to Tropic - You can ride a shuttle to St George and then ride with Desert Wander from there. You must arrive in St George by Nov 3rd at 2:00pm MST.
  • Salt Lake, UT - 4hr 1min drive to Tropic - You can ride a shuttle to St George and then ride with Desert Wander from there. You must arrive in St George by Nov 3rd at 2:00pm MST.
  • Other Airports - A rental car from any airport or driving in with your personal car is also an option.

Day 1: Welcome to Tropic!

Arrive in Tropic, Utah on the morning of November 4th, 2022 by 7:00 am. Eat before you arrive. Once we meet up with Desert Wander we load our backpacks and prepare for our adventure.

We will leave Tropic by 8am/8:30am and make the drive down Skutumpah road to our trailhead, 35 minute drive. We will hike 6.4 mile through Bull Valley Gorge today. This is an adventurous route with small down climbs and scrambling. We will have hand lines and other measures to help us navigate the fun safely. We will pass underneath the infamous truck wreckage that is wedged in the canyon. We will make camp and enjoy our dinner and first night under the stars.

Day 2: Sheep Creek Canyon

After breakfast, we will hike 5.0 miles through Sheep Creek Canyon. Today's walking will be easier with less obstacles to navigate. We will enjoy beautiful canyon walls, fall foliage, solitude and so many other great features. We will take our time and soak it all in. We will have lunch on the trail today. Once we are back at camp, we will enjoy dinner and final night under the stars.

Day 3: Willis Creek and Back to Town We Go!

After breakfast we will pack up camp and hit the trail to hike the 4.9 miles to exit through Willis Creek Canyon. During that time, we'll enjoy shapely walls and delicate colors in the Navajo sandstone as it closes in around us to be a narrow slot. We will have lunch on the trial today. 

We will drive back to Tropic, Utah where we can part ways or find some yummy dinner together, dinner not included.

Pre Departure: Optional Group Stay in Escalante, Utah - November 3rd
Arrive in Tropic the night before the trip begins. Our tour guide will organize an optional group stay where you'll be able to pack up prior to departure. This is an additional cost which will be split amongst those who opt to join early. No meals included this day.

- All backpacking gear - backpack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, pillow, cook set (pot, spork, stove, fuel), trekking poles, chair, water bottles, water filter, and day pack
- Transportation once you arrive in Tropic, UT
- Guided hiking on amazing local trails that includes specialized gear such as trekking poles.
- All guides and entry fees
- All meals provided - Thursday lunch through Saturday lunch
- Hiking snacks
- Water, coffee, tea, hot coco

- Transportation to/from the airport if you arrive before the trip start date
- Alcoholic Beverages, energy drinks, electrolyte replacements
- Breakfast Thursday morning and dinner on Saturday evening
- Travelers Insurance

All meals will be provided as noted above. Please reach out to the trip host after booking if you have any food allergies/sensitivities. We will do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions but cannot make any guarantees.

Trip Confirmation:
This trip requires a minimum number of ladies to register in order for it to be confirmed. Once the trip reaches the minimum participant number, you will receive a trip confirmation email and a link to be added a private Facebook group just for trip guests. In this group further trip details will be provided. Please let us know if you do not have or use Facebook (see contact information below).

$995.00 per person; payment plans available at checkout.

Cancellation Policy: Please see our Terms of Service.

Covid-19 Travel Policy:Please see our Terms of Service.

Questions? Please reach out to Lindsey Egan at

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Katie is an adventurer at heart. She has explored and wander in and around Southern Utah for the last 20 years. Canyons, wide open vistas, sandstone and sagebrush are her favorite!  

She has worked in some form of recreation since she started working. Her love for backpacking took full force the year and a half she spent working for an outdoor behavioral company as a guide in 2004. Since then marriage and family has been her many focus with work on the side. She has been married for 17 years and has 4 great kids. As her kids have grown she has been able to pursue her passion to help women experience the outdoors safely and have the best time doing it. She started Desert Wander last year, yes 2020! She hopes to cultivate an amazing experience for all who come wander with her.

Come along with Katie as she takes you on an unforgettable weekend exploring some of the places she loves most!