Ancient Wayves River and Hiking Adventures

Our company invites you to come on out and join us for an exploration into the mystical landscapes of Southeastern Utah. 

We'll adventure to areas and see some of the most scenic views in the world!

This mesmerizing area of the Four Corners region is filled with awesome history and spectacular geological features. 

Come on out and explore with Ancient Wayves!!


Join us for a unique Indigenous Tour

Ancient Wayves River and Hiking Adventures invites you to enjoy a guided multiple-day backpack tour, day-hike, or photography tour in a splendid setting. 

Explore with us in areas within the Bears Ears National Monument and Navajo Nation. 

As an Indigenous-owned company, our unique services focus on providing guests with a unique Native experience!  

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


Journey with Ancient Wayves!

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!


We have many wonderful locations where we provide tours...

Explore Utah's canyon country with Ancient Wayves!!

Full-Day Hiking Adventure (Cedar Mesa)

Adult (Cost): $160 per adult

Youth (Age 6-17): $120 per youth w/parent or guardian.

Children (Age 0-5): 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


Trails we access:

* Citadel, Moonhouse, Fallen Roof and more.


4-Hour Photo Tour

Cost: $100 per person

* Duration of tour: 4 hours

* Lunch, water and snacks will be provided.

We'll guide you to the most picturesque places in the world.  Get ready to see awesome colorful landscapes that inspire art and culture. View this mesmerizing beauty while looking out for native wildlife that inhabit the region. 

Beautiful places we guide for photography:

* Cedar Mesa, Bear's Ears, Butler Wash, Lime Creek (San Juan River), Comb Ridge, the Navajo Nation and many other exquisite locations.

Half-Day Hiking (Butler Wash)

Adult: $90 per adult

Youth (Age 6-17): $85 per youth w/parent or guardian.

Children (Age 0-5):  Free  

*Times: 8am- 1pm or 12pm- 5pm

* Tasty snacks and water 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 and older) : $270 per day

Youth (Age 12-17): $240 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)

Cost (Adult): $150 

Youth (Age 6-17): $120 per youth w/parent or guardian.

Children (Age 0-5):  Free

* Times: 9am - 4pm

* Lunch is included on this trip.

* Tasty snacks and precious 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 yrs and older): $250 per day

Youth (Ages 12-17): $220 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 Price: $90 

Youth (Age 6-17): $85 per youth w/parent or guardian.

Children (Age 0-5): Free 

*Times: 8am- 1pm or 12pm- 5pm

*Tasty 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: $150 per adult

Youth (Age 6-17): $120 per youth w/parent or guardian.

Children (Age 0-5): Free

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

*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.

(Full-Day) Hiking Adventure in Butler Wash

Adult (Cost):  $150 per person

Youth (Cost):  $120 per youth

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.


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 differ from trail to trail regarding family dogs: 


- Where dogs are permitted, they are required to be leashed.

During many of our adventures we'll come across sensitive archaeological settings and we'll be careful not to disturb these delicate places. Contact us for specific trail information and regulations regarding your pet.

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 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 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 (6 people or more) 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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