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Gold Adventurous Journey UtahQualifying Journey training, support, and logistics

9 Days
9 Days
All Ages
About the trip

Pursue your Qualifying Journey in the care of expert guides

Experience stunning backpacking in Utah's Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument.

On the way to your journey in Grand Staircase, you willl explore Zion National Park. From the plateau at the top, the river sliced into the earth, sinking deeply into stone walls on either side. 

Along the Escalante River, your 4-day backpacking journey will take you through some of the most rugged and scenic trails in the Southwest. Carved from the Escalante River, dramatic canyons tell a geologic story as well as human one from its petroglyphs.

Available to participants ages 14-25


True to the spirit of the Adventurous Journey, students will plan the backpacking routes and make decisions on campsites. 

Level 8/10
9 Days



Arrival & Orientation

Please arrive by noon into McCarren International Airport (LAS). Transportation provided from Las Vegas to Escalante. After meeting instructors, participants register, receive tent assignments, and settle in. Once all participants have arrived, groups tour the campground. Team-building games. Introductory outdoor skills. Meals: lunch and dinner

Practice Journey

The team has their first day in the field to practice their newly learned skills. Overnight camping off the trail. Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Hiking Distance: 7-8 miles

Practice Journey

The team completes the roundtrip of the two-day practice journey. The afternoon will be spent resting. Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Hiking Distance: 7-8 miles

Preparation for Adventurous Journey

The day is spent refining outdoor skills, packing and preparing their equipment. Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Adventurous Journey

The team departs for their Adventurous Journey today. Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Hiking Distance: 7-8 miles

Adventurous Journey

Another full day on the trail for the team as they hone their skills and deepen their bonds. Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Hiking Distance: 7-8 miles

Adventurous Journey

The return trip of the Adventurous Journey completes their last day on the trail. Upon returning to basecamp, the team will prepare their presentation of their Aim. Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Hiking Distance: 7-8 miles

Adventurous Journey

Participants present their aim. Transportation to Las Vegas and evening in a hotel. Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Return home

Depart for Las Vegas by 10:00. Meals: breakfast, snacks.

Here’s what you need


Essential Gear

Backpack (50 L recommended)
Waterproof backpack cover
Waterproof backpack liner (garbage bag will suffice)
Backpacking tent (included in program fee)
Sleeping bag (can be rented for additional fee)
Sleeping pad (can be rented for additional fee)
Lightweight inflatable pillow or stuffable pillow case
Lightweight towel
Headlamp or flashlight
Basic first aid kit (band-aids, moleskin, etc)
Lightweight bowl, mug, and utensils
Bug spray
Camelbak bladder or water bottles (3 L capacity)
Toilet paper
Hand sanitizer
Journal (optional)
Knife or multitool (optional)
Hiking poles (optional)
Waterproof stuffsack (optional)


Essential Clothing

Hiking boots (well used)
Camp shoes
Lightweight wool socks (3 pair)
Hiking pants (2 pair)
Wicking underwear (2 pair)
Long underwear (depending on the forecast)
Wicking long-sleeved shirt (UV protection)
Wicking short-sleeved shirt (UV protection)
Rain Jacket
Rain pants
Sun hat
Warm hat
Warm gloves
Balaclava or buff

What's Included

  • Round Trip Transportation from Las Vegas
  • Licensed and medically trained guide team
  • Meals as outlined in itinerary
  • Group equipment including stove, water filter, pots, pans and first aid kit
  • Park permits and fees


Your journey begins upon landing in Las Vegas, where you will be picked up from the airport in a 15-passenger van and shuttled to our camp. Please arrive by 10AM to ensure adequate time for the drive.


Weather in Utah will be quite hot with temperatures regularly reaching the mid 90s. Evening temperatures may reach as low as the mid 50s. Rain is unlikely but possible. Participants should have gear to protect them from the sun including UV clothing, hats, sunblock, and sunglasses.


This trip does not require technical climbing skills or experience. It does, however, require a moderate level of physical fitness. We strongly encourage our hikers to experience hiking while carrying weight. The difference in difficulty while carrying the weight of a fully loaded backpack can sometimes come as a surprise to hikers, so you are encouraged to try challenging day hikes with a weighted backpack. Those who are in good shape are more likely to enjoy the experience and the views along the trail.

Give yourself adequate time to prepare, particularly if this form and intensity of exercise is new. It is important that you arrive fit and ready to hike the mileage required of this course. The trails are rocky and agility is important.

Dates and Prices

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at the right time.

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Jul 5, 2020
Jul 13, 2020
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