Zion Escalante Adventure – May 11 – 15, 2022

Come along on this 5 day/4night adventure where you'll enjoy the magic of the Grand Staircase with all of it’s hidden wonders. Explore waterfalls, wander through slot canyons, spend a day canyoneering, marvel at the natural bridges, enjoy great food, and so much more as our Utah based ambassador and owner of Desert Wander, Katie, shows you some of her favorite places in Zion!

Day 1: Welcome to Escalante!

Arrive in Escalante, Utah on the morning of May 11th, 2022 by 10:00 am. Please have breakfast before you arrive.

If you are flying in to join us, the nearest airports are:
- Cedar City, Ut - 2hr 24mins drive to Escalante
- St George, UT - 3hr 19mins drive to Escalante
- Las Vegas, NV - 5hr 7mins drive to Escalante
- Salt Lake, UT - 5hr 0mins drive to Escalante

We will meet up with Katie, owner of Desert Wander and our adventure will start with the iconic Lower Calf Creek Falls. A 130-foot waterfall oasis in the desert; this is a 6-mile hike. We’ll stop to have lunch along the trail.

After our hike we will check into the house and settle in for the weekend. Next, we will enjoy a yummy dinner, and to end our evening, we will head to Escalante Petrified Forest State Park to watch a spectacular sunset.

Day 2: Canyoneering in the Grand Staircase

After a delicious breakfast, we will meet up with our canyoneering guides in town. They will help us get ready and take us out to our canyon location. We will spend the day with them as they take us on a full day tour through a incredible slot canyon.

After we get back to town from our epic day we will see what time it is and our tiredness level. If we are still feeling adventurous and there is time, we will be able to head out to explore a few great roadside options to view pictographs and petroglyphs. When our day's adventure has come to an end, we will have dinner and rest for the night.

Day 3: Candy Cane stripes and Goblins

We will start our day a little later with a grand breakfast and a yoga stretch session. Then we will head out to discover some hidden and well-known treasures. Our first stop will be Bighorn Canyon hike; this is 3 miles. Here we will find less people and have the chance to explore the wonderful natural features including Candy Cane striped canyon walls. Lunch will be enjoyed on the trail.

After our hike we will find our way over to Devils Garden. This is a fun area with lots of rock formations, even goblins. There is no defined route so we will wander and play and take pictures. We will also enjoy dinner here and watch another gorgeous sunset. After we will drive back to the house and rest for the night.

Day 4: Slots, Slots, Slots

We’ll wake up and get going early today. We will be hiking Spooky, Peek-a-boo and Dry Forks slot canyons. These are some of the most iconic in the area. These are non technical but require scrambling, boosting, and hand lines. These are very narrow; at one point Spooky is only 10 inches wide. If body size is a concern don’t let it stop you! Spooky is just over a ¼ mile long in the slot section so you can opt to do the beginning out and back and walk up to meet us at the end. Today will be memorable as we get up close and personal with the landscape. This hike is 5.5 miles.

Day 5: Escalante Natural Bridge

We will enjoy breakfast, pack up our things and check out of the house. We will then find our way to the Escalante River; the life blood of the area. We will hike upstream to see the beautiful massive Escalante Natural Bridge and then return back down stream back to the trailhead. This hike is 4.25 miles.

We’ll return to Escalante for a celebratory lunch. After lunch we will say our goodbyes (around 3:00 pm) and head our separate ways.

Join Us For A Pre-Trip Coyote Gulch Backpacking Adventure - May 7th - 9th 

If you are looking for a little adventure before tackling Escalante, join us for our Coyote Gulch Backpacking Adventure. Check our trip page for all the details!
- 5 Days/4 nights of accommodations at a beautiful luxury home; double occupancy which includes a shared room with either your own queen or twin bed.  Single room occupancy is available, see below for details.
- All transportation once you arrive in Escalante, UT
- Guided hiking on amazing local trails that includes specialized gear such as neoprene socks, trekking poles.
- Canyoneering tour; includes guide, all gear and safety equipment
- Yoga instruction
- All guides and entry fees
- All meals provided - Wednesday lunch through Sunday lunch
- Hiking snacks and some desserts
- Water, coffee, tea, hot coco

- Transportation to and from Escalante, UT
- Alcoholic Beverages, energy drinks, electrolyte replacements
- Travelers Insurance
- Pre-trip Coyote Gulch Backpacking Adventure (must be booked separately)

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 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: $1,695 per person for double occupancy (which includes a shared room with either king, queen or twin beds) or $1,995 for single occupancy (2 spaces only; which includes your own room with a double bed). You must be vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination to attend this trip. 

Cancellation Policy: Please see our Terms of Service.

Covid-19 Travel Policy: As of November 15th, 2021, trip participants traveling on a trip where accommodations are shared indoors must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. The cost of any required Covid-19 vaccination/testing is not included in the trip price and will need to be paid and arranged by trip participants. Any additional related expenses including but not limited to testing, vaccinations, treatment, quarantines, and travel costs incurred as a result of a positive Covid-19 will be the responsibility of the trip participant. 

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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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!