Day Adventures

Adventure Awaits

Visit some of the unique geological features on our planet, including ancient ruins and rock art right here in the Bears Ears region. Canyon Country Discovery Adventure trips are developed to create a sense of place and wonder. With education and hands-on learning, groups can experience more from their environment. Each trip dives into the local ecology, geology, culture, and human history that make this area unique.

What’s included with each trip:

  • Local guide
  • Transportation (available upon request)
  • Lunch






Our full or half-day adventures are tailored to what each customer wants and is able to experience. With so much to see and do in this region, we help you discover some of our favorite things, like visit archaeological sites in Cedar Mesa, Butler Wash, or Comb Ridge. Or you can choose from our popular options like Mule Canyon’s House on Fire, Comb Ridge Procession Panel and Wolfman Panel, or Lower Butler Wash to the San Juan River.

$140/person (minimum of two people, maximum of 10 people per tour)

Inquire about saving with group rates, multiple day or half day options!

All tours begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Canyon Country Discovery Center in Monticello, UT.  

Hotel pick-ups and drop-offs are available upon request. 





Lower Butler Wash

This hike takes you from the desert plateau, down a historical road cut into an improbable route and winds down into a lush canyon filled with songbirds and willow. As we walk down to the confluence with the San Juan River to Kachina petroglyph panel, we'll see a few small ruins that provide an interesting cultural experience on this walk through history.

Moderate: Some rolling terrain with elevation change.


Mule Canyon

Join us as we hike up this beautiful canyon on Cedar Mesa. There are seven separate ruins along this route. We’ll hike past the exceptionally well-preserved Wall Ruin and a set of granaries called House on Fire that happens to be one of the most photogenic ruins in the Bears Ears Region. Due to rock coloration and the location of the sun, this structure can sometimes appear to be on fire. While this is a generally straightforward hike, there are a couple of spots in which we walk along camber slick rock and hop along the seasonal creek.

Moderate: Some rolling terrain with elevation change.


Comb Ridge

Near the top of the Comb Ridge monocline lies Procession Panel, one of the most spectacular petroglyph panels in a serene and awe-inspiring setting. We will hike across Butler Wash and up the slick rock to this one-of-a-kind feature. From the top, we’ll take in the 360-degree views of the Abajo Mountains, Cedar Mesa, Valley of the Gods and the San Juan River. A visit to an additional panel on the way back catches the best afternoon light.

Strenuous: Aerobic level for those who prefer elevated heart rate.



Upper San Juan River

Enjoy a somewhat leisurely stroll down the San Juan River either on inflatable kayaks or rafts (depending on water levels). We will put in above Bluff and enjoy a family-friendly float through red rock cliff bands and along the sandy beaches of the San Juan. 

"Rafting down the San Juan was my first river trip. It was wonderful being immersed in nature and away from everything that is part of my regular life! The guides from Canyon Country Discovery Center were not only knowledgeable but friendly and fun guys, which made the trip easy and enjoyable. And they can cook! I give them 5 stars and definitely recommend trips with this crew!” -Elke M. 


Reservation calendar coming soon! 

Looking for something a little different? Tell us what you want to see and do and we'll plan an amazing adventure for you!

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