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Colorado & Utah Active Adventure

United States

Colorado & Utah Active Adventure

Start: Denver
End: Salt Lake City

Explore the rugged desert landscapes of the US by foot, bike, raft and rope during this nine-day act

LocationUnited States
Duration9 days
Start / EndDenver / Salt Lake City
Tour operatorIntrepid Travel

United States

Colorado & Utah Active Adventure

9 days·Intrepid Travel
Start: Denver
End: Salt Lake City


Pack your bags for an active adventure from progressive Denver to Salt Lake City and its Mormon majesty. Hit Telluride for year-round outdoor fun then cruise to Moab for an overnight rafting trip down the mighty Colorado River and multiple opportunities to hike, scramble, climb and rappel through the desert landscape that have inspired for generations. Stop at Dead Horse Point and gaze out on t...

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Day 1Denver
Welcome to Denver! Colorado's capital is a progressive city with a burgeoning arts scene and, of course, a massive outdoors community thanks to the city's proximity to the Rocky Mountains. Meet your team at 6 pm then join them for an optional group dinner, or grab some food and explore the nightlife on your own.
Day 2Telluride
Today you'll take a long drive through the Rockies, but hey, there'll also be some pretty phenomenal scenery along the way. The impressive views don’t stop when you reach Telluride, a former Victorian mining town nestled in the Rockies which is now a ski-town with plenty of outdoor opportunities all year round. The town is also home to several famous music and film festivals that take place during the middle of the year. It's also a surprising foodie city, with the main street featuring high-calibre restaurants and some wicked bars, so why not spend the night exploring (responsibly, of course).
Day 3Telluride
Enjoy a day at your leisure in Telluride. Take a free gondola ride up to the San Sophia overlook for unparalleled views of the surrounding San Juan Mountains, then check out the Mountain Village or explore the endless hiking trails. You could also choose to hit the slopes on a mountain-biking experience or, if you're simply happy with the views, remain in Telluride and visit the Historical Museum, walk the quaint main street full of shops and enjoy the crisp mountain air.
Day 4Moab
Transfer this morning to the Moab area, approximately three hours from Telluride. Moab is an mountain-biking mecca and the jumping-off point for so many iconic locations including Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park, the latter of which you'll spend half a day hiking in this afternoon. Walk the Devil's Garden Trail and gaze in wonder at the other-worldly sandstone formations, then watch the sun set at Delicate Arch, perhaps the most recognisable arch in the universe after that golden McDonalds' variety. This is quintessential desert landscape and isn't easily forgotten.
Day 5Moab / Colorado River
Up bright 'n' early today for an adrenaline-filled overnight adventure down the Colorado River. Travel through the Cataract Canyon in a unique, motorised whitewater boat twisting and turning with the river as it meanders through the canyon walls. Experience the full gamut of river-rafting from flat water through to Class V rapids, pulling over to the sandy banks throughout the day to hike to waterfalls and bluffs and see this ancient canyon from a different perspective. Camp by the river in the evening and enjoy a chef-made meal, then fall asleep under the stars to the sounds of the flowing water.
Day 6Moab/Colorado River
Greet the day with hot coffee and a big breakfast then it's back on the water. Continue down the river to the take out point but the adventure doesn't end when the rafting does. Embrace dry land on a half-day canyoneering trip through the sandstone mazes of Canyonlands, where you will squeeze between narrow gorges and be awed by rock formations that are alternatively softly curved and sharp. Return to Moab in the evening – preferably with both arms intact, you'll need them to lift a few cold beers this evening. 
Day 7Moab
Spend a day hiking through the Island of the Sky section of the Canyonlands National Park. Witness incredible views over the Canyonlands from the top of this towering, sheer-walled mesa. There are multiple trails to choose from, or you could take part in an optional activity like rock climbing or an off-road hummer tour. During the return to Moab, stop at Dead Horse Point State Park look out at one of the most photographed scenes not just in Moab, but the entire west, where the Colorado River lazily bends around a mesa across the valley.
Day 8Salt Lake City
Rise and shine for the four-hour drive to Salt Lake City, Utah's capital, and check out Temple Square. Covering 10 acres and owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this vast square – including the impressive granite temple at the centre – is a testament to how influential the Mormon religion is in Salt Lake City. The rest of the day free your own exploration. This is the final evening of the trip so why not organise a group dinner and reflect on your adventures with your new travel crew in the evening.
Day 9Salt Lake City
Your trip ends today and there are no activities planned. Feel free to stay on in Salt Lake City, keep exploring Utah's national parks or, if the travel bug has well and truly bit, continue your adventures in North America. Check out our website for some more incredible journeys in wild, rugged places.

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Trip title

Colorado & Utah Active Adventure

Trip code



Validity: 01 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019


Pack your bags for an active adventure from progressive Denver to Salt Lake City and its Mormon majesty. Hit Telluride for year-round outdoor fun then cruise to Moab for an overnight rafting trip down the mighty Colorado River and multiple opportunities to hike, scramble, climb and rappel through the desert landscape that have inspired for generations. Stop at Dead Horse Point and gaze out on the ... Read more




Active Adventures,Explorer


Private vehicle

Physical Rating


Joining point

Quality Inn & Suites Denver International Airport

Joining point instructions

The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport. The shuttle picks up on level 5, island 3, in front of door 512 on the west side of the terminal. Baggage Claim is located on level 5, so guests may pick up bag and walk directly out the west side terminal doors to Island 3- Hotel Pick-Up. Shuttle will take guests directly to front doors of the hotel, located on Tower Road. PRE/P... Read more

Finish point

SpringHill Suites

Important information

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip however excludes night 5 (Colorado River) where you will be in shared accommodation.

Group leader

Your Intrepid group leader’s role involves organising the overall operation and smooth-running of the trip, managing trip logistics and camp responsibilities. They will work to make the trip as safe and enjoyable as possible for all travellers. Intrepid's North American trips are built around the co-operation and participation of all the group members under the supervision of the group leader. On ... Read more


Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and upd... Read more


WIFI Our vans in the USA are equipped with free WiFi however a fair use policy applies. It is limited to 5 users at one time, and is suitable for updating your Facebook status or sending an email home - not for streaming video or radio. Please be considerate of your use so that there is enough to go around. Some campgrounds also have WiFi access, as do many hotels. CHARGING BATTERIES North Americ... Read more


Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with ... Read more

Why we love it

Visit the mountain town of Telluride, a year-round outdoor paradise known for its epic film and music festivals

Is this trip right for you

This is an active trip for active adventurers including rafting and canyoneering and although you only need a moderate level of fitness some activities can be physically demanding. However no prior experience is necessary and you will be guided on these activities. This is a participatory trip. That’s a fancy way of saying you’re not just along for the ride – you’re part of a team! You know the p... Read more


All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/o... Read more

Food and dietary requirements

While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price.... Read more

Money matters

SPENDING MONEY: When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need. Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so ... Read more

What to take

LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS: All luggage is carried in trailers or inside the vehicle so please don't bring more than one medium sized bag, backpack or suitcase (20kg maximum) per person, plus a sleeping bag. Your suitcase/rucksack may get some rough handling, so make sure it's a tough one. A small daypack and camera may also be carried inside the vehicle.

Climate and seasonal

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS: The following national holidays are observed in the US, which can affect our itinerary as traffic can be extreme, and shops, restaurants and attractions can be closed: - New Year's Day - Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. - Washington's Birthday - Memorial Day - Independence Day - Labor Day - Columbus Day - Veterans Day - Thanksgiving Day - Christmas Day

A couple of rules

Everyone has the right to feel safe when they travel. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a customer are strictly forbidden. Use or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. If you choose to consume alcohol... Read more


After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers.

Emergency contact

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential nega... Read more

Responsible travel

We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller. Read more

The Intrepid Foundation

Help us change thousands of lives by creating meaningful work and supporting skills training in communities around the world. The Intrepid Foundation is the not-for-profit for Intrepid Group. We work with local organisations around the world to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable individuals and communities through sustainable travel experiences. With our travellers’ help, we’ve contributed mo... Read more

Accommodation notes

The campsites that we use are selected for either their scenic beauty, their convenient location to places of interest and/or the facilities available. We aim to offer you a selection of different types of campsites. If you've never camped before - no problem! We provide a complete set of camping and cooking equipment. This includes roomy easy-to-pitch tents, which are shared by only two people ... Read more

Transport notes

FLEET Our large fleet of vans are fully equipped with dual air-conditioning system, V8 engines and any camping or cooking equipment needed for your trip. Most have cloth-upholstered seats and carpeted interior with radio/tape or CD players. Your baggage is transported in a trailer which is towed behind the van. The vans are regularly serviced in our own maintenance facility and continuously check... Read more

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and th... Read more

Your fellow travellers

As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit... Read more

Itinerary disclaimer

We've allowed plenty of room for freedom and flexibility in our trips. In fact, flexibility is one of the ingredients that makes each of our trips so exciting. This style of travel offers us some unexpected circumstances at times, for example, bad weather and road conditions, technical defects of transportation, inconveniences caused by local operators and authorities, and other circumstances beyo... Read more


Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt),Camping (with facilities) (5 nts),Hotel (2 nts)
€2,489per person
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