When Utah High Adventure's staff members head into work, they don't sip coffee during meetings or ride the elevator up to an office on the ninth floor. Instead, they crash through raging whitewater rapids and rappel down the sides of canyons against a backdrop of sun-soaked red rocks. Years of training and education have earned them the certification and expertise to lead other thrill-seekers on rock climbs, which is more satisfying than scaling the granite backsplash of a neighbor's fancy kitchen. They also guide mountain-bike rides across Utah's rippling alpine trails. During the spring, summer, and fall months, the company hosts weeklong tours into the wild, which include lodging and equipment.
The licensed trailblazers at Adrift Adventures have safely guided adventurers on boat, horseback, and jeep tours of Canyonlands National Park and the surrounding areas for 33 years. The half-day river excursion draws paddlers down the Colorado River through an august landscape along rapids suitable for rookies and swashbucklers alike. Two daily departure times afford rafters different takes on the area's natural beauty. Birds and fish rub sleep from their eyes and amid river and canyon panoramas as morning excursionists cast off at 8:30 a.m., returning about four hours later. The afternoon ride provides rays for sun-fueled eye feasting and lunch for carb-fueled mouth feasting, embarking at 11:15 a.m. and returning about five hours later to a planet of sentient apes.
The professional guides at Red River Adventures expose adventurous individuals to the rugged and untamed splendor of Utah's rocks, rivers, and canyons with trips designed for all skill levels. The Fisher Towers whitewater-rafting trips pair smaller, intimate groups of four to six paddlers (40 lbs. or more) with a licensed Utah river guide for a 14-mile adventure along Onion Creek, Professor Creek, Cloudburst, and Ida Gulch. Before provoking the Class III wrath of Poseidon, the guides will review safety procedures and outfit swashbucklers with U.S. Coast Guard–approved lifejackets. From the safety of the river-faring craft, paddlers absorb a soaring view of the Fisher Towers, as well as canyon walls that line the waterway and enable time-bending communication with ancient yodelers.
The sunset tour departs from downtown Moab and drives straight into the thick of the region’s canyons and mesas, along a heart-pumping route known affectionately as “Hell’s Revenge.” As you scale rock formations in a mighty Hummer H1, panoramic views of the Moab Canyonlands will unfold. A knowledgeable driver and guide will lead the roughly 2.5-hour expedition, answering questions and describing the region’s history and geology. Mid tour, you’ll enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres atop a scenic overlook, while the sweet and salty flavors of your refreshments compete with the dark and shiny flavors of the impending starry night.
High above the red rock canyon country of southeastern Utah, skydivers fly through the air as their bodies approach terminal velocity. Wind rushes through their hair before a cord is yanked and their searing descent slows into a gentle float.
At Skydive Moab, for over 11 years, novices paired with certified instructors as well as experienced skydivers pilot the skies above Moab?s Arches and Canyonland parks. The veteran skydiving outfit boasts more than 30,000 jumps and they supervise tandem flights, initial solo jumps, and certification programs in accelerated freefall. Before dives, customers ride up into the wild blue yonder aboard a Cessna 182, taking in the scenery below, which is composed of craggy, red rock canyons and the juncture where the Colorado and Green rivers merge to create the biggest natural bubble bath in the state.