Adventure Getaway: Escalante River Gorge

Sunday, September 5, 2021

September 5th – September 11th

Come on an adventure with us to a land of history and breathtaking natural beauty.

Escalante is a place far out of the ordinary. The river that bears its name is the last river of this size to be discovered in the continental U.S. This wild place remains less crowded than the wider-known national parks of the West. Yet, it holds the beauty of natural bridges, canyons, and some of the most unique terrain that you will ever see. Its history runs deep. Both the Fremont and ancestral Puebloan people lived here, and evidence of the past is scattered in petroglyphs etched in the desert rock.

We will take our time to explore the Escalante River Gorge. As we backpack through the gorge, we’ll set up camps and hike the hollows and creeks that split off from our path. We’ll find hidden petroglyphs. We’ll spend warm evenings swimming and sitting by the campfire. And at night, we’ll gaze at the millions of stars overhead. We’ll be adventuring when the moon phase leaves the nigh sky at its darkest.

Join us for an adventure where you can leave everything behind and explore a whole new world!

Day 1 (September 5th)

We’ll pick you up in the morning after you fly into the Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. Please double-check with us before booking your flight to make sure that the arrival time works.

Then, we’ll be on our way! We’ll take a 15-passenger van to a town known as “Big Fish.” We’ll pick up our group supplies and spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the quaint, Western town. After a dinner together, we’ll turn in early.

Day 2 (September 6th)

We’ll drive to the trailhead and start our journey into the gorge. We’ll stop and explore sites along the way, including the Escalante Natural Bridge. After setting up camp for the night, we’ll swim, then hike out to explore the surrounding area and see petroglyphs. After coming back to camp, our guides will prepare dinner, and we’ll spend the evening together by the fire.

Day 3 (September 7th)

After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we’ll pack up camp and continue our adventure. We’ll hike to a site of a giant cave with a 15-foot natural pool with a beach. We’ll spend the afternoon swimming, relaxing, and exploring the surrounding areas. We’ll spend the evening by the campfire under the stars.

Day 4 (September 8th)

Today, we won’t be moving our campsite. Instead, we’ll spend the entire day hiking into Death Hollow, an amazingly scenic trek into one of the tributaries of Escalante River. We’ll finish up the day at our campsite, enjoying dinner and another night in the wild.

Day 6 (September 9th)

After packing up our camp, we’ll continue our journey along the Escalante River. We’ll set up camp and explore more petroglyph sites and natural wonders in the area.

Day 7 (September 10th)

We’ll have one last day to enjoy the beauty of this remote area before we hike out back to civilization in the town of Escalante. From there, your guides will drive you back to Las Vegas, and we’ll spend the last night of the trip in Luxor, a unique pyramid-shaped hotel. You will have free time in the evening to explore!

Day 8 (September 11th)

Flight back to NYC. Please double-check with us before booking your flight to make sure that the departure time works.

Accommodations: 2-person rooms on the first and last nights; tents for the duration of the backpacking trip. If you would like a single room for an additional fee, please contact us at, and we’ll arrange it for you.

Meals: Adventure Untamed will provide meals on all days except for Day 1 and Day 7 when we are on the road.


Level: Intermediate (Learn More)

Mileage: Mileage will vary from day to day. We'll hike up to 5 miles a day with our gear, then set up camp and explore the area with day packs.

Elevation Gain: Varies; the area is relatively flat.


Limited spots remaining

This trip has a $20 limited-capacity charge.

While COVID-19 remains a concern, we are limiting our van capacity to a 10-person maximum, including guides, and leaving the middle seat empty in each row. The limited-capacity trips have a $20 fee to accommodate the changes we need to make for the COVID protocol. The fees will only be in effect while we limit capacity on trips. Learn more about what we are doing to keep everyone safe.


  • Hiking sandals that provide good support, protect the toes, and allow water drainage
  • Moisture-wicking, non-cotton clothing (top and bottom, no cotton)
  • Long underwear for sleeping
  • Fleece hat
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses

Pack (*starred items are available for rent at an extra fee)

  • Sleeping bag*
  • Sleeping pad*
  • Tent*
  • Money for lunch stops on the road
  • Personal toiletries
  • Water bottles that can hold at least 3 liters total
  • 50L – 70L Backpack (large enough to fit all the extra layers and supplies)
  • Headlamp (required)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Extra clothing and fleece for the colder nights
  • Trekking poles (optional)