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Ancient Wayves River and Hiking Adventures

Looking for a guided adventure?

Come join us for an epic journey into the delicate and mystical landscapes of Southeast Utah! Absorb the magnificence of the Bear's Ears National Monument or hear Indigenous stories told by Indigenous guides along the magnificent waters of the San Juan River.

Our Indigenous owned outfit invites you to experience a guided tour you will never forget!

This mesmerizing corner of Utah is exquisitely spectacular possessing geological wonders that tell millions of years old stories.

Thousands of years ago amongst these rugged landscapes, people roamed and thrived in the region. Let us guide you through scenic canyon systems or along an ancient river, where we'll see remnants of these ancient civilizations.

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Adventure with our Indigenous team of guides!

Ancient Wayves guides have ancestral roots connected to the local terrain and wildlife.

It is a privilege for us to be able to lead trips where our ancestors once roamed and lived in harmony.

The Cedar Mesa and the canyon country that extends to the San Juan River, is a land of vast history and sacredness. Human life in this region flourished long ago and there are many stories of this ancient inhabitance.  These stories have been passed down to the younger generations who then are able to share them as well.

If you'd like to explore for day and hike to visit scenic locations while listening to indigenous interpretations, join us for an adventure.

Our knowledgeable guides are ready to lead a unique adventure for you along the meandering waters of the San Juan River! 

There is an awesome region we explore that is near the Bears Ears National Monument and it's in the lower section of Recapture Canyon. Let us lead a trip for you in this mystical canyon system.

Contact us for more information about the magical places we visit.

You gotta explore Utah's canyon landscapes and waters with our adventurous Indigenous guides!

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Experience a guided Backpacking, River Rafting, IK paddling, Day-hiking or Photography tour in an Indigenous landscape..

If you want to connect with the splendidness of nature, we have the tour for you!

We offer tours over a vast region exploring different trails, visiting scenic locations and boating stretches of the San Juan River.

Learn more about the tours we offer on the accompanying pages within our website.

Contact us today to schedule a memorable guided tour!

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Information for Guests

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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 adventure?

Bring only what you need. A day pack to carry your belongings is recommended for "Single-Day" adventures. 

We'll provide guests "Packing lists" when they schedule a "Multiple-Day" adventure.

For river adventures, we'll provide guests with "drybags" to keep gear dry.

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

Can we bring our furry friend (dog) on the hike or a river adventure?

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 to find out if a trail you want to visit allows visitation with dogs.

Regulations do not permit or allow dogs along the San Juan River.

How many people are allowed to participate in a "Hiking" or "Backpacking" tour?

Ancient Wayves limits a group's size to 10 guests per trail.  For groups with more than 10 people, we are able to split up the groups.  Each group will visit majestic settings possessing the uniqueness of Southeast Utah. Large groups that are split up for hikes will rendezvous for a scrumptious lunch in a scenic dining area.

Do we bring our own water and food?

Ancient Wayves provides scrumptious food during "Full-Day" and "Multiple-Day" trips. 

We bring water for refilling bottles. Please bring a water bottle.

* River trips include three meals a day except on the first and last days. The first day is breakfast on your own and the last day is dinner on your own.

* We provide guests pre-packaged meals during backpack trips.

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.

What gear/equipment is provided to guests for river trips?

We'll provide guests medium and small drybags for use during river trips. Drybags are used to store your clothing and personal belongings.

For guests getting off the plane or traveling lightly, we can provide a:

* Tent

* Sleeping bag

We'll supply guests with a sleeping (paco) pad to use during the river trip.

Do we float through rapids during river trips?

We provide tours on stretches of river that extend from Montezuma Creek to Clay Hills.  There are no rapids on the stretch between Montezuma Creek and Sand Island.

There are rapids downriver from Sand Island within the "Upper" and "Lower" canyon stretches. Rapids within the canyon have the potential to reach Class III during low water seasons. For the most part of the year, the rapids are considered Class II. 

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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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