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Join trip leader David Taft, Adventure Director at Canyon Country Discovery Center as you explore the Bears Ears region.


The area around Cedar Mesa and the greater Bears Ears region is home to over 100,000 archeological sites, sweeping desert vistas, and an intricate network of sandstone canyons. This spring we will spend 3 days exploring these areas with our Adventure Director who has logged hundreds of miles in the canyons finding the unique, aesthetic, and breath-taking trails in this red rock canyon country. Join us this spring for a beautiful weekend venturing out, enjoying quality company, soaking in the silence, and immersing yourself in the wonders of canyon country.

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3 Nights/4 Days: Starting in Monticello, Utah


Activity Level: Requires fitness adequate for hiking up to 8 miles per day with 40-50 pound packs and paddle up to 15 miles, willingness to camp along the river, and a readiness to participate as a team member in a group-oriented adventure. 

INCLUDED: Includes food beginning from dinner on night 1 through lunch on day 4, and transportation from the Discovery Center in Monticello, UT to Bears Ears and back. 

NOT INCLUDED: Personal items, motels, and transportation to Monticello, UT before or after trip are not included.

Tents, sleeping bags, and pads are available for rent. Gear rental is $15/ per person for tent OR sleeping bag only, or $30 for tent and sleeping bag/pad per person.


(Itinerary subject to change based on weather, wind conditions, etc.)

Thursday Night

Trip orientation will take place at the Canyon Country Discovery Center in Monticello, Utah. At the orientation, you'll meet the director of the Canyon Country Discovery Center and learn about its goals, objectives and future plans. A group dinner will be provided by Canyon Country Discovery Center. 



After breakfast on campus, we will head out to Cedar Mesa and the canyons. We will have the chance to explore a couple historic sites on the way out and provide an in-depth orientation regarding the lay of the land, general archaeological trends, and geology of the Bears Ears region. Following a insightful day out we’ll make our camp and enjoy ourselves with a tasty dinner.



We’ll have another day exploring some of the most spectacular canyons in the region, more rounds of delicious food, and some quality time around the campfire before settling in to enjoy one the darkest skies in the Western United States.



Break down camp and get ready for our final day with our leaders and some new found friends! We’ll save some of our favorites for the final day so that we can all head back to town feeling great about a weekend well spent. Hikers should be up and out of the canyon around 4 p.m. for the end of our tour. We’ll transport everyone back to Monticello to rendezvous with your vehicles and head home.



Durango - La Plata County Airport (DRO), Durango, CO is the nearest airport with a variety of flight options.

Boutique Air offers flights to Cortez, CO


By car

We are approximately 4 1/2 hours from Salt Lake City and 6 1/2 hours from Denver via I-70 and US191.



Inn at the Canyons in Monticello. Visit their website or call (435) 587-2458 for reservations.

If you prefer to camp there are two USFS campsites just outside Monticello in the Abajo Mountains, Dalton Springs and Buckboard.


Travel Insurance

We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance for the duration of your trip. A travel protection plan can help cover your non-refundable travel payments should you cancel a trip because of a covered illness or injury.

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