Guide Outfitting

We offer guided day-hikes in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and Capitol Reef National Park. Our guide service provides an educational, safe, and fun adventure in some of the most unexplored areas in the world. Meander through slot canyons and gaze at 800-foot vertical sandstone walls and narrows, as well as vast landscapes with lush vegetation.
We take the guesswork out of your trip which allows you more time to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and archaeological marvels that the area has to offer. Our guides have knowledge of the area’s natural history including, but not limited to, paleontology, anthropology, biology, and wildlife, enhancing your experience and creating a memorable journey. We can customize any trip depending on your ability, time frame, and budget.

We have provided description os some of the many hikes we offer through our guide outfitting service. For more information on other hikes and for future reservations please contact info@bouldermountainguestranch.com

Guide Outfitting Rates:

*Tax and Gratuity Not Included
1-2 people $125 pp.
3-4 people $95 pp.
5-6 people $85 pp
7-11 people $70 pp

Lunch is not included.Lunch can be added for an additional $15 per person.

Shuttle services are available. Shuttles available up to 4 people. First 2 people $250 up to 100 miles round trip. Additional miles up to 25 is $50 per 25 mile segment. Each additional person up to 4 is $50 per person round trip.

 

Guided Hikes

Phipps Arch

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This trail-less slickrock loop hike is a secretive stunner that plateaus above Maverick Canyon and then descends down to Phipps Arch, eventually leading to the crystal-clear Escalante River. The hike skirts along 600-700-foot Navajo sandstone overlooking a red rock garden surrounded by lush vegetation and tall cottonwood trees, affording numerous opportunities to witness just how fertile the desert can be. In addition to spectacular views, this easy/moderate loop hike (requiring a shuttle) will take you to ancient panels of rock art (pictographs) and of course the spectacular Phipps Arch. Once you arrive at the Escalante River there are a few crossings, where you can dip your feet into the refreshing water. This hike is truly a gem.

**Phipps Arch hike can be combined with the Bowington Arch hike.

Distance: 6 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Hike provided in Spring/early Summer (April-June) and late Summer/Fall (August-November)

Bowington Arch

Guided Hikes

This route takes you beyond Phipps Wash tributary to the prominent Bowington Arch. This hike takes you along the Escalante River through steep and colorful walls of Windgate and Navajo Sandstone. Along the hike there are two prominent archeological rock art sites: one a small cave with pictographs and another boulder wall chalked full of petro glyphs. After viewing these historical sites continue onto the arch. There are several natural pools that are adjacent to the hike which are amazing to enjoy in the warmer months, especially after a rainstorm. During the spring and early summer months wildflowers will be out and full bloom. The fall months award you with brilliant array of autumn foliage.

Distance: 6 ½ miles
Difficulty : Moderate
Hike provided in Spring/early Summer (April-June) and late Summer/Fall (August-November)

Wolverine

This amazing hike will lead you into Windgate Sandstone with sheer walls that narrow to about 3 ft across and reach heights of over 700ft. As the canyon narrows you will be in awe of what nature art gallery displays including forming arches and stone catacombs delicately placed by natures erosive hand. This truly magical place was created by volcanic activity that flourished over 250 million years ago leaving behind hardened cinder cones offering a variety of purple hues with a breathtaking background. Due to the volcanic activity and mother nature’s talent a unique geological phenomenon has created an abundance of petrified trees, another highlight of the trip. There are several different routes you can choose from depending on your time frame and ability.

**The hike can loop into Little Death Hollow.

Distance: 6 miles
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Hike provided in Spring/early Summer (April-June) and late Fall (Mid September-November)

Escalante River Bridge to Sand Creek

This is an easy day hike where you will encounter petroglyphs, Anasazi ruins, a spring, an arch and a Natural Bridge. You must be willing to get your feet wet as there are numerous river crossings through calf-deep water. This hike is a spectacular stroll through a lush riparian area along the Escalante river, you might spot many types of flora and fauna including wild turkeys, hawks, deer, and a variety of cacti and wild flowers.

Distance: 7 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Hike provided May through September

Cream Cellar Route

This easy 3 mile hike is accessed of Highway 12 and takes you to the rim of the Escalante river canyon for dramatic vistas. This is the historic mule route that cream was once carried from Boulder to Escalante. Portions of the old cream cellar are still visible. Hike ends at the spectacular setting of the Kiva Koffee House where you can enjoy a beverage with a view of the canyon.

Distance: 3 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Hike provided April through October

Zebra and Tunnel Slots

A moderate hike to a short, spectacular slot known for its unique pattern of pink and white stripes which are extremely photogenic. Hike starts about 8 miles down the Hole-in-the-Rock road. Climbing and stemming are required to reach the main part of the slot and negotiate a small pour-off. Carrying large packs should be avoided as the narrows are narrow. Not a good hike on hot days. May require swimming.

Distance: 5 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Moderate
Hike provided in Spring/early Summer (April-June) and late Summer/Fall (August-November)

Peek-a-boo and Spooky Slot Canyon

Guided HikesAlthough this hike is popular it is not easy to navigate. This non-technical but challenging loop hike will cover two uniquely different slot narrows (not intended for those that are claustrophobic). Peek-a-boo is an easy scramble up a rock ledge where you’ll find yourself needing to scramble over more small sandstone entrances which access stone sculptured chambers with several arches that you pass through to reach the end (or the beginning) of this amazingly sculptured wonderland. Spooky slot canyons boast serpentine curves, arches, pour overs, tunnels and occasional choke stones. The slot gets fairly tight in areas warranting a side (vs frontal) approach to pass. The twists and turns of this slot canyon create an eerie and haunting nature, hence the name Spooky. This loop hike includes panoramic views over Hole-in-the-Rock road and it amazing playground. This exciting and fun hike is great for all ages.

Distance: 3 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Hike provided in Spring/early Summer (April-June) and Fall (Mid September-November)

Additional day hikes include: Little Death Hollow, Fiftymile Creek, Upper Muley Twist. (see below)

Fiftymile Creek

A stunning remote slickrock canyon. This seldom-visited hike explores narrow passages, slot canyons, caves, petro-glyph panels, deep alcoves (one with a budding arch), 500ft canyon walls and wildlife due to the perennial streams. The hike ends at Lake Powell where you’ll find views of the lake accessible during Spring. Camping can be anywhere along the route but we prefer the superb campsite under an alcove in the sand. This hike requires some river bed bouldering for approx. ½ mile although the rest of the hike is not technical.

Distance: 9 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Hike provided in Spring/early Summer (April-June) and late Summer/Fall (August-November)

Upper Muley Twist

 

This loop hike is known for its numerous arches, breathtaking panoramic views, narrow passages and access to the geological wonder known as the Waterpocket Fold. There are several different entrances to this area which can make the hike vary from a long day hike to an overnight backing adventure (preferred). Best times to hike are spring and fall. In late spring wildflowers will be abundant and temperatures a reasonable. Fall offers similar temperatures and autumn foliage in contrast to the painted desert landscape. Elevation change is about 900 feet which makes for a leisurely stroll through this magnificent canyon.

Distance: 9-15 miles depending on where you begin and what suits you
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
Hike provided in Spring (April-May) and Fall (Late September-November)

Little Death Hollow

This scenic trip is a spectacular loop hike adventure which takes you through Windgate and Kayenta Sandstone (rare for the area) into narrow passages then through a long colorful slot canyon. During the trip you will see petro glyphs, pictographs and enjoy the vast scenic natural playground. The area is littered with petrified wood, another unique feature offered on the hike. In the spring the hike warrants and abundance of wildflowers and other plant life due to the aquifers in the area. You can even find freshwater mountainside springs throughout the hike in the spring months. The fall provides an abundance of truly colorful foliage. Swimming holes are available to cool off in just off the trail…a nice treat during the warmer temperatures. Camp sites along the route are lush and are often located under or around the lush patches of Cottonwood trees. This is a moderate hike with only one area that requires technical maneuvering over a boulder.

Distance:
Difficulty: Moderate
Hike is offered in Spring-Early Summer (April-June) and Fall (Mid September-November)

Red Break Narrow

Guided Hikes

This hike leads you through a spectaculr slot canyon. One of the longest in the area.The hike into the narrows is a beatuful vast landscape where you can see the many formations of natures creative work with sandstone. As you approach the narrows the walls tighten and you are now in the slot canyon that continues for anothr 1.5 miles. This is not a loop hike but can be made into one with linking up with the 10 miles loop in Harris Wash. There is one section where you will need to chimney a chokestone which is the only technical move during the hike. This hike offers many featues along the way. Great for a family or group hike as it allows for many types of abilities.

Distance: 4-5 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Hike is offered in spring and fall when temperatures are mild.

Our Guide Colter Hoyt

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Colter has been guiding people of all abilities into the mountains and canyons for most of his life. As a guide and leader he will fill you with the local history as you walk, from the Ancient Ones… to modern day. He not only knows and loves to study the edible and medicinal plants used by the natives, he also has a passion to share this with his clients. He is certified by NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) as a Wilderness First Responder, which means you will be safe in his hands. For 2 years he guided hikes for The Biggest Loser Resort in Malibu dealing with all levels of hiker, and also worked with people in recovery at a rehab center, bringing them closer to nature for 8 years. Before that, he worked with troubled teens and managed outdoor activities to help build confidence and self awareness. He has traveled to remote corners of the world, loves adventure, and maintains a positive and fun attitude in life. He will make anyone’s wild west dreams come true no matter of their skill level.

Long or Short in the Saddle

Multi-day ride with lodging and meals included

Located in the heart of Utah’s scenic and wild canyon country, between Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Monuments, we are surrounded by millions of acres of undiscovered country. For the intermediate to experienced rider, we offer unparalleled riding opportunities. Whether you’d like to explore the pristine lakes at the top of our 11,000 foot mountain or scramble down old slick rock cattle trails to rivers and streams peppered with ancient petroglyphs, we’ve got it all. Your guides will lead you through some of the most remote and beautiful country in the lower 48 states, as well as teach you about some of the geology, plants, animals, and cultures of the area. Expect to walk, trot and canter through varied terrain, cross streams, and navigate some steep ups and downs. After a day of riding sit back and relax at the Ranch…view the spectacular sunsets, gaze at the stars, or warm yourself by a fire. Enjoy our amazing food served with plenty of hospitality. Our menu can cater to anyone’s appetite, we’re happy to work with you if you have special dietary needs.

After a day of riding sit back and relax at the Ranch…view the spectacular sunsets, gaze at the stars, or warm yourself by a fire. Enjoy our home cooked meals with plenty of hospitality. Our menu can cater to anyone’s appetite, we’re happy to work with you if you have special dietary needs.

Short in the Saddle: $810 pp/double occupancy.

Rate includes:

4 days of riding 3.5-4.5 hours per day
5 nights of lodging
All meals: 15 total (dinner first night/ 3 meals per day/breakfast and lunch last day)
Accommodations include cabin or private room.

Long in the Saddle: $1100 pp/double occupancy

Rate includes:

4 days of riding 7-8 hours per day
6 nights of lodging
All Meals: 18 total (dinner first night/ 3 meals per day/breakfast and lunch last day)
Accommodations Include cabin or private room

Rates can be adjusted for shorter or longer stay or for additional people. Meal plan can also be adjusted upon request.

Please do not book your reservation online if planning on partaking in Long or Short in the Saddle. You may call our office for availability.

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