Best Affordable Fall Adventures
Exploring the Escalante Canyons in Utah
Lead guide Grant Johnson, who has lived in the area since 1975, is passionate about the
area’s geologic formations and the history of the prehistoric cultures. On his Kayenta
Passages trip, you set up base camp on a sandy beach by the Escalante River and from there take day
trips into the surrounding canyons and the serpentine passages between them. Canyons are
particularly lush in the fall, filled with cottonwood trees and flowers like purple aster and
orange globe mallow. You’ll walk the benches and mesas above the canyons in the cool fall
mornings and wade in the river in the afternoons; in between you’ll climb Anasazi trails,
passing by prehistoric rock art on the canyon walls.
Cost: $1,420 single or double occupancy, five days.