Sun, Apr 30: Depart Indianapolis for Grand Junction, Colorado. Transfer to Moab, Utah and check into the Red Cliffs Lodge. Enjoy a group Welcome Dinner served at the lodge. (Meal: Dinner)
Mon, May 1: Mid morning grab a paddle for a rafting adventure along seven miles of the Colorado River with mild Class I & II stretches of whitewater. Your guide will skillfully maneuver the raft and talk about the unique geology of Castle Valley. Start at Ida Gulch rapids, with stops to relax and swim as you approach White’s Rapid. A barbecue lunch will be served with plenty of time to take in the one-of-a-kind scenery on this stretch of the river. Return to the lodge to take advantage of its many optional amenities, including horseback riding. (B,L)
Tue, May 2: Morning at leisure. Consider a visit to the Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage with “100 years of Cowboy History,” located at Red Cliffs Lodge. Enjoy free time to explore the town of Moab before a guided tour of Arches National Park to see the famous Balanced Rock, Courthouse Towers, La Sal Mountains, Petrified Dunes and Panorama Point. Enjoy short guided walks to the North and South Window Arches, Turret Arch, as well as the legendary Delicate Arch Overlook. (B)
Wed, May 3: Today’s adventure starts with a jet boat tour deep into the wilderness of Canyonlands National Park. Stop frequently to see geologic wonders, historical sites, prehistoric Indian ruins and magnificent scenery. All along the way, red-rock canyon walls soar 1,500 feet on either side of the river. Next, transfer by 4x4 vehicles past rock bridges, pinnacles, and balanced rock and climb to the top of the Island in the Sky, a spectacular mesa in Canyonlands National Park. See Mesa Arch, Green River Overlook and Grand Viewpoint, and make an exciting climb up Gemini Bridges Trail. Throughout the day your guide will bring the region to life with legends and stories of cowboys, miners and renegades. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery and sunset over the canyon rim above the Colorado River during a picnic dinner in Dead Horse Point State Park before returning to the lodge. (B,L,D)
Thu, May 4: Transfer to Grand Junction and fly home. (B)
Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab, Utah
Located beside the Colorado River and Castle Creek, the lodge is surrounded by stunning scenery of White’s Rapids and 2,000-foot towering red cliffs. Highlights: comfortable creekside mini-suites, all with private patios • kitchenettes with mini-fridges, microwaves, coffeemakers and dining table and chairs • restaurant (indoor and outdoor dining) • bar/lounge • complimentary high-speed Internet • air-conditioned • fitness center • pool • horseback riding • volleyball • tennis • horseshoes • jeep rentals • winery on site (fees apply for some activities).