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Utah’s Moab Adventure Center Suggests When to Hire a Private Guide
Moab Adventure Center guides enter the picture when adventurers want to delve deeper and more extensively into the geology and history of the area.
“Most people who come to our area do short hikes on their own,” said Jamie Pearce, manager of the Moab Adventure Center http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/
“Our team knows the ins and outs of the region’s mountains, canyons and national parks and we can mix and match suggestions for both independent and guided activities to match visitor abilities, budgets and interests,” explains Pearce.
Pearce points to several hikes are only a half-mile roundtrip for beginners or folks with limited time. For example, in Arches National Park (http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/
Longer hikes might include a mile roundtrip to Upheaval Dome, “a geological phenomenon in the desert where you look downward into rock layers,” she says. The four-mile-roundtrip Morning Glory Arch hike is into and through a canyon, wandering through red rock with the company of a little stream and some riparian life. “There are rolling hills and this hike is fairly easy,” she notes.
However, more complex hikes may have different start and end points that will require transfers or vehicle shuttles. She suggests that assistance with logistics and a guide’s knowledge (http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/
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Pearce recalled a group who took a guided jeep tour to a pair of natural rock spans known as Gemini Bridges. They rappelled down the bridges and were transported from the bottom of the rappel back to their hotel. The same group then did a downhill mountain bike tour through Onion Creek followed by a two-day whitewater raft trip through Cataract Canyon.
Other opportunities for guides to enhance an experience include custom photography tours. “People say, ‘I want this shot and I want it at this time of day.’ Our guides can accommodate these requests,” she says. “Others ask for wildflower tours, archaeology and rock art tours, and paleontology tours to see dinosaur tracks. Sometimes groups of seniors will ask for guides who can assist their experiences. Others heave heard about our sunset tour with catered dinner atop a vista of the Colorado River.”
The cost for a private tour with a guide, equipment and transportation ranges between $150 to $350 per hour depending upon the activity and group size.
“People who are very, very interested in certain things in Moab, or who want the experience all to themselves, will book these highly personal experiences,”
Guests who prefer joining a pre-set group tour can enjoy a 10 percent discount when combining three or more full- or half-day activities in a package.
About Moab Adventure Center
Moab Adventure Center is a division of Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/)
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