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  • Arches & Canyonlands National Parks

    Arches National Park contains the world's largest concentration of sandstone arches and Canyonlands National Park is the largest park in Utah.

    • Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park

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    • Delicate Arch Sunset. Arches National Park

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    • Ranching

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    • Moab Scenic Views

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    • Sorrel River Ranch

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    • Moab Views

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    • Arches National Park

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    Arches National Park

    Arches National Park contains the world's largest concentration of natural sandstone arches. Although over 2,000 arches are located within the park's 76,518 acres, the park also contains an astounding variety of other geological formations. Colossal sandstone fins, massive balanced rocks, soaring pinnacles and spires dwarf visitors as they explore the park's viewpoints and hiking trails.

    Canyonlands

    Canyonlands is the largest national park in Utah (more than 500 square miles), offering awe-inspiring views across the valleys which stretch as far as the eye can see. The Colorado and Green Rivers divide Canyonlands into four districts - Islands in the Sky, The Needles, the Maze and the rivers themselves - each with its own distinct character. The easiest way to see the park is with a visit to the Island in the Sky district, only 32 miles (51.5 kilometres) from Moab. The Island in the Sky offers many pullouts with spectacular views along the paved scenic drive. Hiking trails and 4X4 roads access backcountry areas for day or overnight trips. 

    Moab

    Whether you choose to hike, bike, partake in Jeep experiences and river expeditions, or simply relax and enjoy the scenery on beautiful scenic drives in the national parks, Moab's central destination between Arches and Canyonlands National Parks makes it a great place to base yourself during a stay in Utah. Moab’s unique combination of small laid-back dessert town, astounding scenery and the cool waters of the Colorado River has made it one of the most sought after destinations in the southwest.

    Within minutes of leaving the town of Moab, you will find yourself surrounded by the red rock of Arches National Park. Also reachable in under an hour are Canyonlands National Park or Dead Horse Point State Park which offers visitors amazing views of the snaking meanders of the Colorado River 2,000 feet below.  

    Utah's Colorado Riverway is a scenic wonderland of colourful cliffs, river-carved canyons, lush bottom lands, and massive sandstone spires. Highways 128 and 279 parallel the river for many miles, and are both Utah Scenic Byways.

    From mild to wild, Moab has an abundance of river recreation opportunities available to suit any taste. The Fisher Towers section of the Colorado River is more suited for a family rafting experience whereas Westwater and Cataract Canyons provide a thrilling class IV white water rapids. Alternatively take out a canoe or a kayak or enjoy a jet boat ride.

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    • Top Tip 1

      Follow the trail to the Emerald Pools, a scenic series of pools and waterfalls in the heart of Zion National Park, Utah.

    • Top Tip 2

      Visit the Moab Brewery, Utah's most popular restaurant and microbrewery. There’s a great selection of ales and beers and a tasty menu.

    • Top Tip 3

      To get the most out of your visit to Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, chat to one of the rangers. They will share their knowledge and tips to suit your interests and the time you have available.

    • Top Tip 4

      Kanab, Utah, is worth a stop as part of a tour around North Rim of Grand Canyon, Vermillion Cliffs and Pipe Springs National Monument. The quaint Main Street has dedications to the many film stars who have made movies in the area.

    • Top Tip 5

      No visit to Utah is complete without time spent in Bryce Canyon National Park. It's simply incredible – imagine a golden-hued forest of stone and you’re somewhere close.

    • Top Tip 6

      Rodeos are held most weekends during the summer. Soak up the atmosphere as you see the wranglers show off their lassoing and bull-riding skills and have a go at riding the bucking broncos.

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  • The Grand Circle

    Begins in and ends in Las Vegas, Nevada

    11 Days / 10 Nights

    Departures: April to November

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Monument Valley

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    • Las Vegas

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    • National Parks, Arches

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    • Zion Angels Landing

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    • Bryce

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    • Monument Valley

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    • Moab

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    • Lake Powell

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    • Grand Canyon Havasu Falls

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    Day 01

    Arrive Las Vegas

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Las Vegas. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel. Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world, so even after a long journey you will be drawn to experience this amazing destination after dark with its incredible themed hotels and unique atmosphere.

    Hotel: The Cosmopolitan

    285Mi/459Km

    Day 02

    Grand Canyon

    From the city of entertainment to the awe inspiring Grand Canyon, truly one of the most spectacular sights in the world. En route, take time to stop and take a tour of the Hoover Dam, on the Nevada/Arizona border. When you arrive at the canyon the remainder of the afternoon is yours to enjoy either a hike into the Canyon or perhaps to take an aerial flight for a bird’s eye view. The restaurant at your hotel is popular for its incredible views, so make sure your table is booking in advance of your arrival.

    Hotel: El Tovar

    135Mi/216Km

    Day 03 Day 04

    Lake Powell

    A leisurely morning at the Grand Canyon is followed by a short drive to Lake Powell. Enjoy two nights at the Lake Powell Resort overlooking the man-made lake, which was created when the Glenn Canyon Dam was built in 1966. Don’t miss taking the boat trip out to Rainbow Bridge, the tallest natural bridge in the world.

    Hotel: Lake Powell Resort

    125Mi/200Km

    Day 05

    Monument Valley

    Depart for Monument Valley, one of the most photographed places in America. Many parts of this visually stunning area can be better viewed by taking one of the escorted jeep rides which are offered with a Navajo Indian guide. Relax and experience the serenity of the incredible scenery in this beautiful part of the world.

    Hotel: Gouldings Lodge

    147Mi/237Km

    Day 06 Day 07

    Moab

    Some of the best scenery in the southwest can be viewed on the journey to Moab, so take some time to enjoy it. Two nights in Moab gives you plenty of opportunity to explore Utah’s majestic scenery and perhaps take a drive down to Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. There’s a wide range of recreational choices including hiking, rafting, boating, four wheel drive tours and scenic air flights.

    Hotel: Best Western Plus, Canyonlands Inn

    153Mi/246Km

    Day 08

    Capitol Reef National Park

    Named for the enormous rock ridge that runs for more than 150 Km through it, Capitol Reef is a very peaceful and tranquil National Park with several hiking trails and scenic drives winding through it. Some of the sites not to be missed are Panorama Point; a scenic vista overlooking the Sulphur Creek goosenecks and Chimney Rock; a towering stone steeple. Also take a trip to Hickman Bridge which is a beautiful, photogenic natural bridge that can be seen at the end of a short hike.

    Hotel: Capitol Reef Resort

    153Mi/246Km

    Day 09

    Bryce Canyon

    Today’s short drive brings you to spectacular Bryce Canyon. Here you can see some of the earth’s most colourful rocks, sculpted by erosion into pillars and spires. You may choose to leave your car and take a hike along one of the many loop trails down into the Canyon and walk among the colourful stone monuments.

    Hotel: Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand

    245Mi/395Km

    Day 10

    Zion National Park & Las Vegas

    The journey back to Las Vegas takes you through Zion National Park, where desert terrain and huge sculpted rock formations co-exist alongside waterfalls and blossoming gardens. Tonight, experience the sights and sounds of Las Vegas, with great restaurants and a wide range of shows and entertainment.

    Hotel: The Cosmopolitan

    Day 11

    Journey home

    Time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before making your way back to Las Vegas McCarran Airport to return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £1399 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

  • Utah Multi-Day Canyon Rafting Adventure

    Moab

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    • Canyonlands from Green River Overlook

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    • Mesa Arch Sunrise

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    Are you searching for adventure, excitement, and a unique experience? Tag-A-Long Expeditions is the longest running tour company in Utah offering tours into Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, the Grand Staircase and Escalante National Monument, San Rafael Swell, and mild to wild adventures on the Colorado, Green, and San Juan Rivers. Whether it is in a Jeep, boat, canoe, raft, on a mountain bike, or your own two feet, Tag-A-Long Expeditions is dedicated to making a trip exclusively for your enjoyment, no matter your age or ability.

    Enjoy three nights camping under the stars, exploring side canyons, floating on the flat water sections of the Colorado River with class III-V rapids. This trip is perfect for those wanting to slow down and take in the majestic beauty of Canyonlands National Park.

    Duration: 4 Days

    Day 1
    Your adventure begins at the Tag-A-Long office at 7.00am. After a short, scenic ride to the Potash Boat Ramp downstream of Moab and a brief orientation, you start the adventure. As you drift on the calm waters of the Colorado River, your guide will discuss the natural and human history, geology, and flora and fauna. There are walks at several spots with views of petrified wood, geologic wonders and historical sites from oil prospecting from the 1920 era. For lunch, your guides will show off the culinary skills you will enjoy throughout your expedition. Late afternoon, set up your first camp in a picturesque spot near the river. Instruction on setting up tents makes it quick and easy, so you can spend your time getting to know your companions, playing horseshoes, or burying your toes in the sand. Dinners on the river consist of an appetiser, main course with a salad, and dessert.
    Hotel: Camping

    Day 2
    After coffee and breakfast, you continue down the Colorado River through Canyonlands National Park. Along the way prehistoric Indian ruins built by the Ancient Puebloan Peoples, the same culture who built the amazing structures at Mesa Verde National Park are pointed out. Choose to take a hike over the Loop for a hawk’s eye view of the Colorado River or, float around the loop on the raft. After lunch on shore you’ll reach the confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers, a magical place where two great Western rivers join forces before tumbling into Cataract Canyon.
    Hotel: Camping

    Day 3
    After a hearty breakfast and thorough white water instruction, you depart camp and begin the adventure of a lifetime as we encounter the brilliant rapids of Cataract Canyon. These rapids represent some of the most well-known and respected white water in North America. As you descend the river, the rapids become more intense. Meet 'Capsize', 'Ben Hurt', 'Powell’s Pocket Watch', and the three spectacular rapids of the 'Big Drops'. These are the steepest and most thrilling stretches anywhere on the Colorado River. Tonight you camp near Lake Powell.
    Hotel: Camping

    Day 4
    After breakfast you cross stunning Lake Powell, a red rock and blue water wonderland. There will be time for swimming, relaxing, and absorbing the raw beauty of this country. Arrive at Hite Marina by afternoon where you embark for the return trip to Moab.

    Prices

    From £905 per person

    Utah Multi-Day Hiking & Jeep Tour

    Moab

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    • Jeeping Trails

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    • Jeeping Trails

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    • Chimney Rock, Capitol Reef National Park

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    • Gifford Barn, Capitol Reef National Park

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    Are you searching for adventure, excitement, and a unique experience? Tag-A-Long Expeditions is the longest running tour company in Utah offering tours into Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, the Grand Staircase and Escalante National Monument, San Rafael Swell, and mild to wild adventures on the Colorado, Green, and San Juan Rivers. Whether it is in a Jeep, boat, canoe, raft, on a mountain bike, or your own two feet, Tag-A-Long Expeditions is dedicated to making a trip exclusively for your enjoyment, no matter your age or ability.

    Enjoy four nights camping under the stars, travel by Jeep, hike through slot canyons, discover petroglyphs and visit the Grand Staircase and Escalante National Monument, the San Rafael Swell and Capitol Reef National Park.

    Duration: 5 Days

    Day 1
    Your adventure begins at the Tag-A-Long office in Moab at 7.00am where you board a 4X4 around 7.30am for the drive to the San Rafael Swell. This formation can be seen far in the distance as a giant uplift in the earth. You stop here for a hike into Big Wildhorse Canyon to view the ghostly Barrier Canyon petroglyphs left by ancient American Indians over 1000 years ago. Tonight you’ll camp under the stars and enjoy a delicious cowboy-style supper.
    Hotel: Camping

    Day 2
    After a hearty breakfast to prepare you for your day’s activities, you set off to Little Wildhorse Canyon and Bell Canyon. These slot canyons made famous by western landscape photographers were carved in sandstone by the power of water and wind. Your trekking today takes you through narrow, shady canyons. Your professional naturalist guide can explain the geology, history and wildlife of the canyons as you explore them. By the end of the day, you’re back at camp waiting for another sumptuous meal.
    Hotel: Camping

    Day 3
    This morning you board the vehicle again to travel through Capitol Reef National Park. This area was home to historic pioneer settlements along the Fremont River and many of the structures and homesteads still stand. You pass over Boulder Mountain for spectacular views of the Waterpocket Fold and in the afternoon, hike the Calf Creek Valley, an area home to petroglyphs from the ancient Fremont Indian culture. As the day comes to an end, you follow the 'Hole in the Rock' pioneer trail to the camp. Camp tonight is in the 'new' Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument.
    Hotel: Camping

    Day 4
    Today is the most unique day of hiking as you enter Spooky and Peekaboo canyons. These are narrower slot canyons. Around every corner there’s a new sandstone sculpture and filtered lighting plays with colour and form. Brimstone Gulch and the dry fork of Coyote Gulch come alive as your guide interprets the history, folklore and wildlife of the region. Camp tonight is on the rim above the dry fork of Coyote Gulch and you’ll enjoy your last evening meal in the canyons.
    Hotel: Camping

    Day 5
    Your destination today is the small town of Escalante. You may choose to take a short walk into Escalante Canyon while you have lunch and wait for your flight back to Moab. You’ll board the charter aircraft for an unforgettable scenic flight over southeastern Utah as you return to Moab. Arrive back in Moab about 4.00pm.

    Prices

    From £1200 per person

    Utah Horseshoe Canyon Hiking Tour

    Moab

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    • Backroad to Horseshoe Canyon

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    • Horseshoe Canyon

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    Are you searching for adventure, excitement, and a unique experience? Tag-A-Long Expeditions is the longest running tour company in Utah offering tours into Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, the Grand Staircase and Escalante National Monument, San Rafael Swell, and mild to wild adventures on the Colorado, Green, and San Juan Rivers. Whether it is in a Jeep, boat, canoe, raft, on a mountain bike, or your own two feet, Tag-A-Long Expeditions is dedicated to making a trip exclusively for your enjoyment, no matter your age or ability.

    Board a 4X4 vehicle and travel across the high desert to Green River, Utah, to the Horseshoe Canyon trailhead. Hike deep into the canyon to see The Great Gallery - the mysterious, world-renown rock art panel left by ancient American Indian cultures in the Southwest. Your guide will explain to you the difference between petroglyphs and pictographs and will discuss various rock art styles including the ghostly Barrier Canyon style, displayed at the Great Gallery. You’ll have time to sit quietly with the powerful images that tower above you. The hike to the panel descends about 600 feet. The hike is 8 miles round trip.

    Duration: One day

    Prices

    From £182 per person

    Utah Jeep Tours

    Moab

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    • A combination of back country off roads and main attractions on the paved roads

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    • Discuss flora, fauna, geology and history along the way

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    • Explore Utah by Jeep

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    Are you searching for adventure, excitement, and a unique experience? Tag-A-Long Expeditions is the longest running tour company in Utah offering tours into Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, the Grand Staircase and Escalante National Monument, San Rafael Swell, and mild to wild adventures on the Colorado, Green, and San Juan Rivers. Whether it is in a Jeep, boat, canoe, raft, on a mountain bike, or your own two feet, Tag-A-Long Expeditions is dedicated to making a trip exclusively for your enjoyment, no matter your age or ability.

    Canyonlands Jeep Tour
    This half-day expedition takes you to see the spectacular wide-open spaces of Canyonlands National Park 'Island in the Sky' mesa. Your trip includes stops to peer into the Colorado River corridor from Dead Horse Point State Park, a short hike to Mesa Arch for amazing canyon views, and back down the rivers' edge on a route that goes under a fallen boulder across the Long Canyon trail.

    Duration: Half-day

    Hell's Revenge Jeep Tour
    Located in the famed Sand Flats Recreation area of Moab, this trail is a roller-coaster ride in the middle of some of the most spectacular red rock vistas around. Travel over slickrock between the majestic La Sal Mountains and the mighty Colorado.

    Duration: Half-day

    Dinosaur/Paleo Jeep Tour
    This tour will explore the ancient history of Moab from dinosaur bones and footprints to rock art on the walls left by the first inhabitants of the Moab valley. Be prepared to travel back in time with your story teller guide on this journey.

    Duration: Half-day

    Prices

    Canyonlands Jeep Tour

    From £95 per adult & £85 per child (16 years old and under)

    Hell's Revenge Jeep Tour

    From £95 per adult & £85 per child (16 years old and under)

    Dinosaur/Paleo Jeep Tour

    From £95 per adult & £85 per child (16 years old and under)

     

    Utah Jet Boat Tours

    Moab

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    • Scenic Jet Boat Cruise

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    Are you searching for adventure, excitement, and a unique experience? Tag-A-Long Expeditions is the longest running tour company in Utah offering tours into Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, the Grand Staircase and Escalante National Monument, San Rafael Swell, and mild to wild adventures on the Colorado, Green, and San Juan Rivers. Whether it is in a Jeep, boat, canoe, raft, on a mountain bike, or your own two feet, Tag-A-Long Expeditions is dedicated to making a trip exclusively for your enjoyment, no matter your age or ability.

    Scenic Jet Boat Cruise
    This half-day expedition takes you to see the spectacular wide-open spaces of Canyonlands National Park “Island in the Sky” mesa. Your trip includes stops to peer into the Colorado River corridor from Dead Horse Point State Park, a short hike to Mesa Arch for amazing canyon views, and back down the rivers' edge on a route that the vehicle under a fallen boulder across the Long Canyon trail.

    Duration: Half-day

    Family Scenic Splash Rafting
    Raft the Colorado River through Professor Valley on this half day rafting experience. Ride through four moderate to small rapids, class I-II, and enjoy some beautiful scenery. This leisurely schedule allows plenty of time for swimming and water fights along the way.

    Duration: Half-day

    Cataract Canyon Rafting
    Travel 100 miles of the Colorado River and 28 Grand Canyon style rapids in one day. Cruise down the flat water of Canyonlands, blast through the rapids of Cataract Canyon, then accelerate across Lake Powell to Hite Marina.

    Duration: One day

    Prices

    Scenic Jet Boat Cruise

    From £87 per adult & £78 per child (16 years old and under)

    Family Scenic Splash Rafting

    From £56 per adult & £47 per child (16 years old and under)

    Cataract Canyon Rafting

    From £382 per person

    Utah Mountain Biking Tour

    Moab

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    • Guided Mountain Bike Tour

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    Are you searching for adventure, excitement, and a unique experience? Tag-A-Long Expeditions is the longest running tour company in Utah offering tours into Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, the Grand Staircase and Escalante National Monument, San Rafael Swell, and mild to wild adventures on the Colorado, Green, and San Juan Rivers. Whether it is in a Jeep, boat, canoe, raft, on a mountain bike, or your own two feet, Tag-A-Long Expeditions is dedicated to making a trip exclusively for your enjoyment, no matter your age or ability.

    Your guided mountain bike adventure on the White Rim Trail begins at the Tag-A-Long office in Moab. Travel by shuttle to the 'Island in the Sky' where you begin the descent down Shafer Trail, an historic cattle trail and 4X4 road. The day is spent deep inside Canyonlands National Park where you may choose to visit natural bridges and other geologic wonders as you skirt even deeper canyons. The terrain is level or downhill to the river. Learn about the geology, wildlife and other natural and cultural history of the area along the way.

    Self-guided mountain bike adventures are also available.

    Duration: One day

    Prices

    From £191 per person

     

    Create Your Utah Adventure

    Moab

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    • Hell's Revenge Jeep Adventure

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    • Back road to Horseshoe Canyon

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    • Hike through Horseshoe Canyon

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    • Mesa Arch Sunrise

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    • Scenic Jet Boat Cruise

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    Are you searching for adventure, excitement, and a unique experience? Tag-A-Long Expeditions is the longest running tour company in Utah offering tours into Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, the Grand Staircase and Escalante National Monument, San Rafael Swell, and mild to wild adventures on the Colorado, Green, and San Juan Rivers. Whether it is in a Jeep, boat, canoe, raft, on a mountain bike, or your own two feet, Tag-A-Long Expeditions is dedicated to making a trip exclusively for your enjoyment, no matter your age or ability.

    Combine any two of the following half-day activities to create a full day adventure of your choice.  

    Canyonlands Jeep Tour
    Explore Canyonlands by Jeep. Start your journey on a climb to see the top of the mesa via the Gemini Bridges Trail. After a short hike, discover amazing canyon views at the famous Mesa Arch. Then over to Dead Horse Point State Park before heading back down to the rivers’ edge on a route that takes the vehicle under a fallen boulder on the Long Canyon trail.

    Hell's Revenge Jeep Tour
    Hell’s Revenge is an extreme Jeep adventure in the famed Slickrock area of Moab. Travel over between the majestic La Sal Mountains and the mighty Colorado.

    Dinosaurs and Archaeology Jeep Tour
    Travel North of Moab to see dinosaur track sites and bones still encased in rock. Visit ancient rock art and ruins and walk through a natural tunnel in the side of a cliff.

    Family Scenic Splash Rafting
    Raft the Colorado River through Professor Valley. This is a section of the river that is great for families. Your guide will point out rock formations, movie locations and other points of interest.

    Scenic Jet Boat Cruise
    Enjoy a scenic jet boat cruise on the Colorado River into Canyonlands accompanied by informative narration. Make stops to view petroglyphs along a country road and see granaries and a view of Dead Horse Point along the river.

    Duration: One day

    Prices

    Prices vary depending on components chosen.