NEW!! – The Iconic Southwest Adventure – Page, Arizona – April 27th – 30th, 2023

Monument Valley, Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon...Oh My!

Join us for an AMAZING 4 day/3 night adventure where you'll visit iconic Southwest locations like Lake Powell, Monument Valley, Horseshoe Bend and more! This weekends activities include a pontoon boat ride on Lake Powell, kayaking through serene Marble Canyon, an Antelope Canyon X tour, a Monument Valley backcountry tour, the iconic Horseshoe Bend, amazing hikes, vistas for days, great food, and so much more!! We are beyond excited for you to experience this epic adventure with our Utah based ambassador and owner of Desert Wander, Katie, as she shows you some of her favorite places in this area!

Day 1: Welcome to Page!
 
Arrive at the Paria Contact Station in Grand Staircase National Monument on the morning of Apr 27th, 2023 by 9:00 am. Please have breakfast before you arrive.
 
If you are flying in to join us, the nearest airports are:
- St George, UT - 2hr 11mins drive to Paria
- Cedar City, UT - 2hr 28mins drive to Paria
- Las Vegas, NV - 3hr 59mins drive to Paria
- Salt Lake City, UT - 5hr 29mins drive to Paria
 
(There are airport shuttles from SLC, Las Vegas and Cedar City to St George Ut. The option to ride with your guide from St George and back for the duration of the trip is possible no matter which airport you fly into. That would eliminate the need for a rental car. Reach out to have us help with you travel arrangements)

Or come from Arizona side:
- Flagstaff, AZ - 2hr 45mins drive to Paria
- Phoenix, AZ - 4hr 52mins drive to Paria
 
After meeting up with Katie, your adventure starts with a hike of the Toadstool Hoodoos. Hoodoos are unique and colorful formations that are throughout the area. The Toadstools are a great area with many together. We’ll enjoy a little over 2 miles here. 

Once we’re done we will head to Antelope Marina on Lake Powell where we’ll have a pontoon boat rented for the rest of the day. We will cruise through Navajo Canyon under  massive sandstone cliffs with so much beauty around us. For dinner we will have a cookout, and an option to swim if desired.

After we arrive back at the marina, we’ll head toward our house in Wahweap. On our way we will stop at an overlook to enjoy the sunset. At the house you will have time to settle in, rest and get to know the other ladies joining this long weekend adventure! 
 
Day 2: Monument Valley
 
Rise and shine!!! It is the first of two early morning starts. We’ll leave bright and early at 6:00 am with a grab and go breakfast. Then we will be on our way to Monument Valley. 

Today's adventure is a backcountry tour of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. We will enjoy 3 ½ hours with our Navajo guide showing us all the iconic spots and wondrous vistas. We’ll also enjoy a musical performance and a visit to a Navajo Hogan.
 
After our tour we’ll enjoy lunch and then have some free time to explore the Monument Valley National Monument visitor’s center and of course we will venture to the iconic Forrest Gumo highway spot!

When we are ready, we’ll make our way back in the direction of the house with a stop at a Navajo National Monument about half way back. On our stop we'll hike out to the Betatakin Ruins overlook, a paved 1.5 miles. Then we will continue on on our way back to the house for dinner.

After dinner there is an option to hike a small loop section of the Page Rim trail, 1.7miles, to take in the sunset or you can relax at the house with a book, beverage or both!
 
Day 3: Horseshoe bend, from the top to the bottom
 
It's another rise and shine morning! This is the second of two bright and early 6:00am starts with a grab and go breakfast. We know it's early but trust us....it's worth it! Our morning begins with a quick, short hike out to Horseshoe Bend where we will watch the sunrise. The hikes is 1.6 miles total. 

After taking in the views of the mighty Colorado river, we make our way to Lee’s Ferry where we will get on the river and change our perspective from looking down to looking up. Our outfitter will drive us up the river 14 miles to view Glen Canyon Dam from the bottom. Then take us back 5 miles toward Lee’s Ferry and drop us off with kayaks. We’ll spend the rest of the day paddling the remaining 9 miles through the canyon. 

Before we get on the river, you will have a chance to check out the nice petroglyph panel at our starting point and use the bathrooms. On the river we will enjoy flat water, take in stunning views and experience the peace of Marble canyon. Since we will be traveling with the river flow, we can stop and take advantage of some side hiking options if desired. Kayaking nine miles can go fast or slow depending on the amount of stops and the duration on the river will be determined by the group's pace.

Once we arrive back at Lee’s ferry, we’ll drive back home to enjoy a delicious dinner and relax the rest of the evening.
 
Day 4: Glen Canyon Dam and Antelope Canyon X
 
Sleep in past 6 am today. We will have a slower start as we enjoy our last morning together. After breakfast, we will pack up, check out of the house and head out on a few final adventures.

Our first stop is Glen Canyon Dam. Here we can view both the lake and river sides, we will also have time to stop in the visitors center. After that we'll make the short drive to the Dam Overlook trailhead and take the short 1 mile hike to a stunning view of both the Dam and down river. From here you will be able to see where we were yesterday.  

We will end our time together with a bang as we tour the iconic Antelope Canyon X. Our 1 ½ hour tour will be led by a member of the Navajo nation. They will take us through the tight, winding, stunning walls of this landmark canyon. This is the perfect way to close our time together!
 
We’ll head back to town and have a celebratory meal at Fiesta Mexicana. After lunch we will say our goodbyes (around 4:00 pm) and head our separate ways.

 
**Please note that there will be 10 total miles hiked during this trip, moderate level,  with sandy sections. There is also paddling, other physical activities and additional walking. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.**

Inclusions:
- 4 Days/3 nights of accommodations at a beautiful home, double occupancy which includes a shared room with either your own queen or twin bed.  
- All transportation once you arrive in Page, AZ
- Guided hiking on amazing local trails that includes specialized gear such as neoprene socks, trekking poles. The total distance for this trip is 10 miles on moderate trails with sandy sections.
- Guided Monument Valley tour
- Guided Antelope Canyon X tour
- Boat and kayak rentals, backhaul 
- All guide, parking and entry fees
- All meals provided - Thursday lunch through Sunday celebratory lunch
- Hiking snacks and some desserts
- Water, coffee, tea, hot coco
 
Exclusions:
- Transportation to and from Page, AZ. If you are flying or shuttling into St. George, our guide may be able to provide transportation to Page at an additional cost $20. Please inquire if you are interested in this option.
- Alcoholic Beverages, energy drinks, electrolyte replacements, etc.
- Travelers Insurance (recommended for local travel and required for international travelers)
 
Meals: 
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 to 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).
 
Cost:
- $1,450 per person; this option includes your own single bed in a shared room. 
- $1,700 per person; this option includes your own queen bed in a shared room. 
 
Cancellation Policy: Please see our Terms of Service.
 
Covid-19 Travel Policy: Please see our Terms of Service. This is subject to change. Policies vary per trip and may be based on an affiliated tour company or third party's requirements.
 
Questions? Please reach out to Lindsey Egan at lindseyegan@womenwhoexplore.com
 
*Images may not reflect the exact places being visited during this trip itinerary.

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MEET YOUR TRIP LEADER - SOUTHERN UTAH AMBASSADOR - KATIE

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 in 2020, 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!