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Rediscover Adventure on a Small Group Active Vacation: A Long Weekend of Hiking in Arches and Canyonlands

Updated: Jul 3

My experience on a small group active vacation

Imagine escaping to the rugged beauty of Moab, Utah for a women's hiking weekend that combines adventure with the luxury of being fully taken care of. In the fall of 2022, I embarked on a transformative small group active vacation that left me feeling refreshed and deeply connected to the stunning landscape of the Southwest.

Our journey began in Salt Lake City, where we gathered as a group of eight women, ready to explore. After a relaxing afternoon at our hotel on arrival day, we set off that first morning on a scenic drive to Moab, bonding over shared stories and excitement for the days ahead.

Upon arrival, we dove right into the adventure with a picnic lunch at Arches National Park before hitting the trails. Wandering between towering red sandstone formations and marveling at the 2,000+ natural arches, we soaked up the desert's serene beauty until sunset.

Me on a small group active vacation in Moab

Our evening in Moab was just as delightful. We enjoyed delicious dinner at a local restaurant and unwound in our spacious condos, complete with stretching sessions, pool and hot tub access, or simply relaxing after a day of exploration.

The next morning, our guides prepared a hearty breakfast before we ventured into the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. The day's hike took us through a labyrinth of narrow slot canyons and towering sandstone pillars, unveiling landscapes that seemed almost otherworldly. Lunch on the trail offered stunning views and a chance to catch our breath amidst the grandeur of the park.

A small group active vacation in Utah

One of the highlights was stopping along the road to visit a well-preserved petroglyph site, where ancient carvings sparked our imagination and connected us to the land's rich history. After a fulfilling day of hiking, we returned to our condos for a well-earned rest and a sumptuous dinner prepared by our guides.

Newspaper Rock seen on a small group active vacation in Moab

Breakfast at sunrise at Dead Horse Point State Park was a breathtaking spectacle. We watched as the sky transformed with vibrant colors, followed by an invigorating yoga session led by our guide. This peaceful start fueled our spirits for another adventurous day in Canyonlands, tackling the steepest trail in the park. Descending 1,500 feet to a picturesque plateau and then climbing back up, we embraced the challenge and the camaraderie it fostered.

A small group active vacation at Dead Horse Point State Park

A small group active vacation in Utah with yoga at sunrise

Our final morning was reserved for the iconic Delicate Arch hike, a fitting farewell to the stunning landscapes of Moab. As we snapped group photos beneath the arch, we reflected on the bonds formed and the shared experiences that made this trip unforgettable.

Delicate Arch on a small group active vacation in Moab

This adventure was more than just a series of hikes; it was a chance to unplug, connect with nature, and feel truly taken care of. From logistics to meals, our guides handled everything, allowing us to focus on the joy of exploration.

A small group active vacation in Canyonlands National Park

At Milestones & Mondays Travel, we specialize in creating these kinds of enriching small group active vacations. Whether you're looking to join a group or bring your own, we'll craft the perfect itinerary for you. With destinations around the globe and a variety of activities, your dream adventure awaits.

Let us handle the details while you savor every moment of your journey. Contact us today to start planning your next great escape!

Milestones & Mondays Travel
Milestones & Mondays, LLC

At Milestones & Mondays Travel, I transform wanderlust into adventures & unforgettable experiences for active travelers looking to get away from the crowds and deeper into the destination with expedition cruises, small ship cruising, small group active vacations and solo travels for those seeking experiences beyond the ordinary.

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