Ancient Wayves River and Hiking Adventures

We invite you to come join us for an epic journey into the mystical landscapes of Southeastern Utah!

We'll take you on an exploration you will never forget amongst the most splendid views in the world!

This mesmerizing area of the Four Corners region is filled with interesting

history and spectacular geological wonders. 

Float the San Juan River or backpack the canyons of Bears Ears National Monument with Ancient Wayves!!

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Adventure with Indigenous guides!

Ancient Wayves has many adventures to choose from!

>> Experience a multiple-day backpack trip led by our knowledgeable indigenous guides.

>> Explore for day and hike casually to visit scenic locations while listening to indigenous interpretations.

>> Partake in a photography tour amongst a splendid canyon setting and absorb the breathtaking views.

>> There is also the option of floating the spectacular San Juan River with our experienced guides! 

>> We trek and adventure in areas within the marvelous Bears Ears National Monument and majestic Navajo Nation of Southeast Utah. 

Our unique services focus on providing guests with a memorable Indigenous experience!  

Join a trip where your guide has ancestral roots connected to the surrounding terrain and wildlife.

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River journey, photo shoot, day hike or backpack adventure?

The places we adventure are filled with ancient cultural history, desert wildlife, forest wildlife and breathtaking Southeast Utah views. 

If you love the outdoors, we have the tour for you!

Come out and enjoy a day listening to the birds, viewing native wildlife, taking in the beautiful landscapes and listening to native interpretation.

Contact us today for scheduling a guided tour!


>> Indigenous Tours <<

Explore Utah's canyon country with Ancient Wayves!!


"Full-Day" Hiking Adventure: Cedar Mesa

Explore the Cedar Mesa which sits within the mystical Bears Ears National Monument and holds stories of ancient inhabitance. We offer guided day-hiking adventures on many trails of various levels of difficulty. The civilizations that existed here long ago were located in the most scenic and secluded places in the region.  

Trails we access:

* Citadel (medium difficulty)

* Moonhouse (high difficulty)

* Fallen Roof (medium difficulty)

* House on Fire (low difficulty)

* Cave Towers (low difficulty)

* Shieks Canyon (medium-high      difficulty)

* Slickhorn Canyon (medium-high difficulty)

 and more.

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4-Hour Photo Tour

Duration of the photography tour is 4 hours and can be arranged for the morning or the evening during summer or anytime throughout the day during Spring and Autumn. 

We'll guide you to the most picturesque places in the world.  Capture views of awesome colorful landscapes that inspire art and culture. We'll lead you to places where you'll be immersed in unique canyonland beauty surrounded by native wildlife. 

Mystical places we guide for photography:

* Cedar Mesa

* Bear's Ears

* Butler Wash

* Lime Creek (San Juan River)

* Valley of the Gods

  and many other exquisite locations.


"Half-Day" Hiking Adventure: Butler Wash

Need to escape from civilization without the worry of getting lost?

Let us guide you on a trail located along a magnificent ridge created by the Monument Upwarp.  This area, located within the Bears Ears National

Monument, is part of scenic monocline (Comb ridge) that extends approximately 120 miles. 

Choose from several adventures within the Butler Wash:

* Monarch Cave

* Wolfman Panel

* Procession Panel

  and more.


"Multiple-Day" Backpacking: Grand Gulch and branching canyons

Do you need to get away from noise pollution and bright city lights? How about an adventure where you'll see the brightness of the stars amongst the dark skies of Grand Gulch? This is the perfect adventure for you if connecting with nature sounds appealing.

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.

* Grand Gulch

* Bullet Canyon

* Kane Gulch

  and more.


"Full-Day" Hiking Adventure: Lime Creek-San Juan River

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

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 Adventure: Cedar Mesa

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 Adventure: Honaker Trail

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.


"Full-Day" Hiking Adventure: Butler Wash

Travel back in time in the historical canyons of Butler Wash!  We'll show you around this majestic setting of woven side canyons to see ancient villages and excellent geological features.



(Sand Island to Mexican Hat, UT)

Float the "Upper Canyon" stretch of the San Juan River and see exquisite geologic formations deposited hundreds of millions of years ago. Time travel with our knowledgeable guides into lands home to plants, animals and tribes who have inhabited this region since time immemorial.



(Mexican Hat to Clay Hills, UT)

Float the "Lower Canyon" with our Indigenous river crew and experience a memorable tour of mystical wonders.

During this epic journey, we'll guide you through the mesmerizing Goosenecks and several awesome Class II rapids.

Our guides will prepare scrumptious meals with indigenous flavors and share stories of these foods that have nourished the local tribes since time immemorial.



(Old Foot Bridge to Sand Island)

This unique float begins on the banks of the Navajo Nation at the "Old Foot Bridge". This archaeological adventure is along a ~7.5-mile stretch of river just south of the town of Bluff.

Our native guides will lead you to visit the mystical "Casa del Echo" and the "Sand Island Petroglyph Panel" during this nature cruise along the San Juan River amongst the colorful Bluff Sandstone cliffs and cottonwood forest.


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 and tour differs in length

Several trails where we conduct guided adventures average 3 miles (roundtrip). 

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

Contact us for detailed information about the different lengths of trails.

What do we bring on our single-day adventure?

Bring only what you need. You may want to consider bringing a day pack to carry your belongings if you have multiple items.  As long as the weight of the items doesn't become a burden, bring what you feel necessary. 

*The carrying of unlawful items such as illegal weapons or drugs is not permitted.

Can we bring our pet-dog on the hike?

Regulations regarding our four-legged friends depends on the trail's location: 


- Where dogs are permitted, they are required to be leashed. During our adventures, we trek on trails that are surrounded by Cryptobiotic Soil and often come across archaeological settings where we tread softly to limit the disturbance of these delicate places. 

Contact us for more info about trails that allow visitation with dogs.

If you need help finding a safe place for your pet during your adventure, we can do our best to help assist in that matter.

How many people are allowed to participate during a tour?

Ancient Wayves is able to lead groups totaling 9 guests per trail.  For larger groups, we are able to split up the group and alternate the groups between trails.  Each group will get to experience the same majestic settings throughout the tour.  

Do we bring our own water and food?

Ancient Wayves will provide scrumptious food and water for each of our guests during Full-Day tours and Multiple-Day backpacking trips.

* We will have water available for guests during all tours.

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 viruses and germs?

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 their families.

* Guests will be required to wear facial masks while inside the vehicle during transport.

Does Ancient Wayves offer group discounts?

We sure do! Groups composed of 7 or more participants will be eligible for a 10% discount.


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)

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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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