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Hello again to all you cross-country explorers and hiking enthusiasts out there!  It may technically be the “slow season” in red-rock country, but here at Dreamland, we never really slow down - and these past few weeks have been dedicated to us working hard to bring something new and exciting to you for 2023: the Dreamland Safari Tours Backpacking Program!

You all know and love our day tours and truck-based overnight camping outings.  Some of you have even joined us on the Buckskin or Paria Backpack before, the two multi-day trail adventures that we've offered for the last few years. Now we are excited to announce that we are finally launching a full-fledged,  official desert backpacking program with destinations across the Grand Canyon, the Vermilion Cliffs, and Grand Staircase Escalante. 

Take Me Backpacking!

Is heading to the edge of the world with nothing more than a pack of supplies and the camaraderie of a few key companions on your ultimate bucket list?  Then Dreamland's below-the-rim guided backpacking adventures in the Grand Canyon are the ideal opportunity to pursue an unforgettable experience in one of the most remote environments in the Lower 48 which can only be explored on foot. No one who ventures deeply into the Grand Canyon comes away unchanged by the experience; the enormousness of almost 2 billion years of geologic history evokes humility and awe in even the most experienced of desert travelers.  

With our guided Grand Canyon Backpacks, you can eliminate the guesswork that usually comes with planning adventures of such magnitude.  We’ll take care of the complex logistics involved in obtaining backcountry permits, trailhead shuttles, gear lists, and setting up key hotel reservations and celebratory dinners to bookend your adventure.  We provide tents and team gear and, shoot, we even have backpacks and sleeping bags available to rent for those folks who don't have their own and prefer not to shop for gear at all.  What you'll need to bring: a can-do attitude, good trail fitness (if that's something you need to work towards, a thorough training regimen can help get you there), and that very same thirst for adventure that brought you to Dreamland in the first place.

Think you might up for the challenge?  We’ve got a fantastic variety of trips to choose from: 

The Boulder Mail Trail
16 miles | 2,600 feet ascent
Date: June 1-5, 2023
Difficulty: easy-moderate
Cost: $1595


Buckskin Gulch
23 miles | 300 feet ascent
Date: May 19-21, 2023
Difficulty: moderate-intermediate
Cost: $949


Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim
24 miles | 5,000 feet ascent
Date: Oct 2-6, 2023
Difficulty: challenging
Cost: $1495


Paria Canyon
40 miles | 700 feet ascent
Oct 19-25, 2023 (co-ed)
                Mar 24-30 / Oct 21-27 (all-women)

Difficulty: intermediate
Cost: $1995


Deer Creek / Thunder River
28 miles | 5,600 feet ascent
Date: Nov 4-9, 2023

Difficulty: extremely challenging
Cost: $1445


Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim
45 miles | 11,000 feet ascent
Date: Jan 7-13, 2024
Difficulty: challenging
Cost: $1845


No matter if you are new to backpacking and looking to cut your teeth on a beginner-friendly trip like the Boulder Mail Trail or Buckskin Gulch, or if you are an experienced backpacker looking for a hassle-free getaway and like-minded companions for an adventure of a lifetime like the Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim: Dreamland has your back, and we’ll utilize our decades of guiding expertise to lead you on an amazing adventure that you’ll never forget. 

Space is limited, so head on over to our website and check out the details!

See Our Backpacking Trips

Not quite ready to commit to a full-blown backpacking trip, but still want to get out on a memorable adventure? The new year is right around the corner, and even in the midst of the winter weather, we love to keep things lively, so our January Hiking Special - previously known as 'The Bootcamp' - is making a comeback. If you’re itching to get out on the trails and have no intentions of waiting for spring, we’re right there with you.  A special offering available for January dates only (book now to lock yours in!), this option allows a group of two people to choose not one but three back-to-back adventures from our impressive lineup of full-day tour offerings for a rare, all-inclusive price of just $995 + tax.    

And why aren't we calling it 'The Bootcamp' anymore?  Because the beauty of our January 3-day Hiking Special is that, really, you choose the difficulty level. Are you an avid hiker who seeks out the toughest trails to challenge yourself?  Perfect!  Try our Grand Staircase Hiker’s Dream Tour on for size, or head out to the Amazing Sandstone Teepees to experience one of the most remote sections of the incomparable Vermilion Cliffs.  Or are you looking for something spectacular in scope but more relaxed in pace?  We’ve got that, too.  For a leisurely series of explorations, try the Ultimate Kanab “variety” tour or a trip out to Toroweap Overlook in the Grand Canyon to strike just the right balance.  Want something even more exotic?  Give us a call and we’ll help you set up a custom itinerary to some truly unique (and “semi-secret”) locations that only a tiny fraction of Utah visitors ever gets the chance to experience. 

Take me to the January Hiking Special
Parting words. Don't forget: The Dreamland Women's Adventure Award is still accepting applications and nominations until December 27.  The Women's Adventure Weekend will happen in Kanab from February 10-12; each Women’s Adventure Award is valued at over $750 and includes:
  • A full day backcountry hiking adventure with Dreamland Safari Tours 
  • A VIP tour of the Best Friends Sanctuary and lunch with one of Best Friends Animal Society’s Founders
  • Two nights of lodging at the Best Friends Roadhouse
Submit your nomination or application today - it only takes two minutes.  Apply now!
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