Bears Ears National Monument - Arch Canyon
Winter trips available if weather permits
4 years old (Please call if you have younger explorers)
9am Departures Daily
$249 - Adults
$189 - youth
If you have never ridden in a UTV on an off-road expedition you have to come join us on this 4×4 adventure. You’ll feel like a kid again as we zip along the trail following a creek bed surrounded by Zionesque canyon walls. Full of cliff dwellings and arches, this is one of the most beautiful canyons in all of Bears Ears National Monument, plus it’s the only canyon accessible without hiking all day. Utah’s National Parks are amazing, but this canyon is as good as any of them and because of its remote location and ruggedness it’s like your very own National Park. Last, but not least we’ll let you drive!
- 6 seat Polaris Ranger 1000
- Snacks and water
- Fresh lunch in the canyon under the Ponderosa Pines
- Learn to drive off-road UTV’s
- Soaring red rock canyon walls
- Cliff Dwellings
- Arch Canyon
Easy to Moderate. Suitable for all ages and mobility levels. All hikes are short within ½ mile round trip and optional.
- A small day bag for your belongings
- Comfortable Shoes
- Sun protection. Hat, Sunscreen, Sunglasses.
- A lightweight jacket in cooler temperatures.
- Camera w/case to keep dust out.
- Reusable Water Bottle
We’ll meet at Wild Expeditions in Bluff, Utah at 8:45 am to give you time to check in and fill up your water bottles. We’ll load up in a van and it’s a 30 minute van ride to the trailhead where we’ll jump in the UTV’s. Everyone who wishes to drive will get a chance to drive throughout the day depending on skill level and the varied terrain. Difficulty of trail is Easy to Extreme so we will take turns switching off drivers based on your comfort level.
After following Comb Wash we hit the best 4×4 trail in the region heading up Arch Canyon. Arch Canyon was home to hundreds of Anasazi people that farmed and survived in this desert environment thanks to a perennial stream that still flows today. A short hike will take you right into one of these dwellings for a close up glimpse into life over 1000 years ago. The trail then continues deeper into the canyon crossing the stream and climbing rough rocky sections until we have reached the tall ponderosa trees at the end of the trail.
Here we will serve lunch at the base of Cathedral Arch surrounded by 600’ red rock cliffs. A half-mile hike up the canyon will take us to Angel Arch for those that wish to hike. Those not wanting to hike can sit in the shade of the Ponderosas and enjoy the serenity of the canyon. We often have the canyon to ourselves.
After lunch we pack up and follow the same trail back to Blanding stopping at different dwelling sites as time allows or for those wanting more time in the UTVs we’ll climb a rough slickrock trail ending at a beautiful overlook of Arch Canyon from the rim. We’ll end back at the van around 4 pm and head back to our shop in Bluff.