Big Wild Adventures offers hiking, backpacking, canoeing trips in virtually any remote and wild corner of North America. Whether it is for nature study, wildlife photography, fishing, family trips, scrambling to high summits, wilderness survival, navigation, relaxation, or rigorous expedition, Big Wild Adventures can provide the ultimate backpacking adventure. Among the most popular packages are Yellowstone backpacking trips, Missouri River canoeing, and guided tours in Washington’s Olympic National Park, Colorado Rockies, Montana, Wyoming, and others including the wilderness of the American Southwest land.
The Utah’s Slickrock Canyon Country is a colorful region of deep red-walled canyons offering unique geologic features including high and wide-open mesas of sprawling “slickrock” sandstone, streams with willow and cottonwood, as well as slot canyons, ancient Indian ruins, sandstone domes, sand dunes, and arches. The Canyon Country wilderness itself ranges from the big wilds of Canyonlands National Park, the Escalante Canyons, and the more rugged and remote trips at the Utah Grand Staircase backcountry of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. We also offer backpacking trip package to Utah.
Anyone who is physically fit enough for the trip can sign on. Many of our clients book scheduled trips as individuals, but we also get plenty of couples, small groups of friends or relatives, and any mix of these assemblages that you can imagine. Just be sure that you’re up for a great wilderness experience! No Prior experience is necessary, but you must be in good enough physical condition for your trips’ level of difficulty. A reasonably fit adult who is not overweight and who doesn’t smoke, and who gets some cardio-vascular exercise on a regular basis can usually handle and enjoy most of our trips. However, the more strenuous backpack trips do require a higher level of fitness. All of our trips are rated easy, moderately easy, moderate, fairly strenuous or strenuous.
We conduct a comprehensive pre-trip orientation and safety meeting at our trip base motel the evening prior to the trip. We’ll make sure your pack is properly adjusted for maximum comfort. We’ll hand out food and equipment and will also help you to properly pack your gear.
Our trip rating:
Easy: Because of the very nature of backpacking, “easy” trips are the exception, not the rule. Nonetheless, we usually have one or two on the schedule, and we sometimes run specially designed easy Custom or Family backpack or canoe trips that are characterized by low mileages with very little uphill trekking with backpacks.
Moderately Easy: The longest backpacking day would cover no more than about 6 miles, and the largest daily elevation gain with a backpack would be about 1000 feet of elevation. There is plenty of leisure time and the pace is relaxed.
Moderate: There might be one 8 or 9 mile day, and one day of roughly 1500 feet of elevation gain. Typical days would cover about 6-7 miles. Many of our Yellowstone backpacking trips are moderate simply because the terrain is rather gentle.
Fairly Strenuous: On these treks there may be one or two elevation gains of 2000 feet or a bit more, and a day or two of breaking the 10-mile mark is possible, depending upon the trip. Some off trail hiking is likely. Although we still usually have leisure and a layover, expect some steeper terrain and longer days.
Strenuous: You’d best be in top shape for these! You should be prepared for one or two days of roughly 2500 to 3000 feet of elevation gain, a day or two of 10 to 12 miles, and the guide will have no qualms about including some off-trail sections in steep perhaps rocky terrain.