Ancient Wayves River and Hiking Adventures

What better way to explore the majestic landscapes of southeastern Utah than with a guide whose roots are embedded in the history and geography of this amazing region near the Bear's Ears buttes. Ancient Wayves has the adventure for you!


New company with ancestral ties to the Land - Ancient Wayves River and Hiking Adventures

We are excited to introduce our newly-established guiding/outfitting company providing unique tours in and around the Bear's Ears National Monument landscape.  As an Indigenous-Navajo touring company, our services are oriented towards providing a unique experience through culture sharing and storytelling.


We have the tour for you!

We provide guided hiking and backpacking tours with many trails to choose from. During hikes we will explore an ancient land where many people once lived and thrived as a civilization. Trips are filled with archaeology, scenic landscapes, and an abundance of wildlife.


Ancient Wayves provides tours in many different terrains and landscapes.

Book your indigenous adventure today!

Full-Day Hiking (Cedar Mesa)

Adult: $125 per adult/

$100 per adult if three or more.

Youth (Age 7-17): $100 per youth w/parent or guardian.

Children (Age 0-6): Not recommended for children in this age range due to trip length and difficulty.

* Duration: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

* Lunch, water, and snacks will be provided.

*Must be at least two guests in order to schedule a "Full-Day" hiking trip.

Do you have time to explore a backcountry trail for the day? We offer guided day hiking on trails located in the most scenic and secluded places on Earth.  Plan your trip with our staff and together we'll figure out which trail on Cedar Mesa best suites your desired adventure. 

Trails we access:

* Citadel, Moonhouse, Fallen Roof and more.


Photography Tours

Guests: $100 per person/

$80 per person if three or more people.

* Duration of tour: 5 hours

* Lunch, water and snacks will be provided.

Let us guide you into the most mesmerizing and picturesque places in the world.  These landscapes inspire art so what better place to photograph than here in this artistic region of the southwest. 

Beautiful places we guide for photography:

* Cedar Mesa, Bear's Ears, Butler Wash, Lime Creek(San Juan River), Comb Ridge

Half-Day Hiking (Butler Wash)

Adult: $80 per adult/

$70 per adult if three or more.

Youth (Age 7-17): $75 per youth w/parent or guardian.

Children (Age 0-6):  Not recommended for children in this age range due to trip length and difficulty. 

*Times: 8am- 1pm or 12pm- 5pm

* Snacks and water will be provided.

* Lunch will be provided.

Need to escape to a secluded place away from civilization for several hours without the worry of getting lost? The trails for this tour are located in the scenic valley created by Butler Wash and the Comb Ridge monocline.  This area is located within the Bear's Ears National

Monument and is part of a unique monocline which stretches roughly 120 miles. 

* Trails in Butler Wash: Monarch Cave, Wolfman Panel, Procession Panel and more.


Multiple-Day Backpacking (Grand Gulch and associated canyons)

Adult (18 yrs +) : $225 per day

Youth (Age 12-17): $200 per day 

* Includes food 

* We provide gear upon request. Gear we can provide are backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and tent.

Do you need to getaway from phone signals and city lights? This is the perfect place to do that. Let us guide you on a journey through scenic canyons and beautiful backcountry. This trail traverses within a canyon system that begins by the Bear's Ears buttes and ends at the confluence with the San Juan River.

* Canyons: Grand Gulch, Bullet Canyon, Slickhorn Canyon, and more.

Full-Day Hiking (Lime Creek)

Adults: $125 per adult/

$100 per adult if three or more.

Youth (Age 7-17): $100 per youth w/parent or guardian.

Children (Age 0-6):  Not recommended for children in this age range due to trip length and difficulty.

* Times: 9am - 4pm

* Lunch is included on this trip.

* Snacks and water will be provided.

Let us guide you on a journey and travel back in time geologically. During this (medium) difficulty hike, we'll walk through layers of sediment deposited millions of years ago containing traces of sea creatures that swam in this area long ago.  The San Juan River which helped carve this beautiful landscape offers a great view and is a great highlight along this unique trail.


Multiple-Day Backpacking (Recapture Canyon)

Adults(18 +): $225 per day

Youth (Ages 12-17): $200 per day

* Includes food and fees.

* We are able to provide guests with a backpack, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and tent if requested for.

Plan a trip with Ancient Wayves and sleep under a sky full of bright stars in the remote canyon of Recapture. This majestic region is full of history and the beauty of the desert landscape. Come join us for an adventure in Recapture Canyon!

Half-Day Hiking (Cedar Mesa)

Adult: $80 per adult/

$70 per adult if three or more.

Youth (Age 7-17): $75 per youth w/parent or guardian.

Children(Age 0-6): Not recommended for children in this age range because of trip length and difficulty.

*Times: 8am- 1pm or 12pm- 5pm

*Lunch is included on "Half-Day" trips.

*Snacks and water will be provided.

*Sales tax will be added upon booking of trip.

Would you like to take a stroll on a trail in the vicinity of the historical Bear's Ears buttes while being guided by a local native explorer? Ancient Wayves has the ultimate trip for you!! Our team of guides will lead you on a journey which takes you through beautiful country filled with

an abundance of native plants, animals, and indigenous stories.

There are many trails to choose from on Cedar Mesa so for more information, contact our office to plan your adventure.


Full-Day Hiking (Honaker Trail)

Adult: $100 per adult/

$80 per adult if three or more.

Youth (Age 12-17): $75 per youth w/parent or guardian.

Children (Age 0-11): This trail not recommended for children in this age range due to difficulty and length of trail.

*Times: 8 am- 3pm

*Lunch will be provided on the Honaker Trail tour.

*Snacks and water will be provided.

This magnificent trail displays views of a mesmerizing canyon created by the artistic carving of the San Juan River.  This adventure is excellent for learning about the local geology, walking amongst native Utah plant life and surrounded by the wild animals that inhabit this stunning landscape.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Guest Information


How difficult are the trails?

All the trails differ in difficulty.  The desert terrain where we trek consists of watersheds (drainages), slickrock (smooth surfaces), and areas of dense vegetation.

The trails we explore also differ in slope

Some trails are "average" in difficulty such as walking in a dry creek bed and could be considered as a "walk in the park". 

And there are other trails which require walking a switchback trail beginning at the rim of the canyon to the river and consists of a gradual sloped trail having some steep grades at the points of trail switchback. 

All trails are manageable.

Guests should be physically prepared for their desired hike. 

Contact our team for detailed information for any trail you have in mind to explore.

How far in distance are the trails?

Each trail differs in length.  Some trails we trek average in minimum 3 miles (roundtrip). 

We have a full-day adventure that has a length averaging 9 miles (roundtrip).

Hiking tours averaging more than 9 miles in length will require at least 1 overnight stay in the backcountry.

Contact our office for more information about lengths of different trips we offer.

What do we bring on our single-day adventure?

Our adventures will consist of a lot of sightseeing!
You may consider bringing a day backpack to carry your belongings if your have multiple items.  As long as the weight of the items doesn't become a burden to yourself, bring what you feel necessary. 
The carrying of unlawful items such as illegal weapons or drugs is not permitted.

Can we bring our pet on the hike?

Trail regulations differ at the different trail locations regarding pets.  
Where they are permitted, pets are required to be leashed.
Many of our adventures will have us near archaeological settings where pets are not allowed due to area sensitivity.
Contact Ancient Wayves for specific trail information and regulations regarding pets.
If you need help finding a safe place for your pet during your adventure, we can help assist in that matter.

How many people are allowed per tour?

Ancient Wayves is allowed to take up to 10 people (maximum) per trail.  

Do we bring our own water and food?

Ancient Wayves will provide provide food and water for our guests. 

For Day Hiking:  If you have a day backpack with a water reservoir, we encourage you to fill that up before your hike.

Does Ancient Wayves abide by current CDC recommendations regarding preventing the spread of Covid-19?

Ancient Wayves River and Hiking Adventures considers safety a top priority!!

CDC guidelines will be adhered to by our company to ensure a safe environment for our guests and families.


Let us know about your experience

We'd love to hear how your trip went!  If you would like to provide a review about your adventure, we would truly appreciate any encouraging words. We thank you for your support in our goal to provide excellent adventures.  Ahe hee'(Thank you in Navajo language)

Would you recommend us to your friends?

Contact Us:

Ancient Wayves River and Hiking Adventures is ready to help you plan your next guided exploration!...Book your unique tour today!!...

P.O.Box 943
Montezuma Creek, Utah 84534




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