Ancient Wayves River and Hiking Adventures

We invite you to come out and join us for an awesome exploration into the mystical landscapes of Southeastern Utah. 

We'll adventure 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. 

Explore this ancient landscape with Ancient Wayves!!


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.


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!


>> Indigenous 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.

* Sales tax will be added. *

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.  

Trails we access:

* Citadel, Moonhouse, Fallen Roof and more.


4-Hour Photo Tour

Cost: $100 per person

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:

* Various canyons of Cedar Mesa, Bear's Ears, Butler Wash attractions, Lime Creek (San Juan River), Comb Ridge, and many other exquisite locations.

"Half-Day" Hiking Adventure: Butler Wash

Adult: $90 per adult

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

Children (Age 0-5):  Free 

* Sales tax will be added. * 

*Times: 8am- 1pm or 12pm- 5pm

* Tasty snacks and water will be provided.

Need to escape from civilization for several hours without the worry of getting lost? Let us guide you on a trail located along a scenic ridge created by the Monument Upwarp.  This area is located within the Bear's Ears National

Monument, part of a magnificent monocline that extends approximately 120 miles. 

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


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

Adult (18 yrs and older): $270 per day

Youth (Age 12-17): $240 per day 

* Sales tax will be added. *

* Includes food 

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

Do you need to get away 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 Adventure: Lime Creek/San Juan River

Adult (18 yrs. & older): $150 

Youth (Age 6-17): $120 per youth (Must be accompanied by 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 Adventure: Cedar Mesa

Adults (18 yrs. & older: $90 

Youth (Age 6-17): $85 per youth (Must be accompanied by parent or guardian.)

Children (Age 0-5): Free 

* Sales tax will be added. *

*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 Adventure: Honaker Trail

Adults (18 yrs. & older): $150 per adult

Youth (Age 6-17): $120 per youth (Must be accompanied by parent or guardian.)

Children (Age 0-5): Free

* Sales tax will be added. *

*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: Butler Wash

Adults (18 yrs. & older):  $150 per person

Youth (17 yrs. and younger):  $120 per

* Sales tax will be added. *

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.



(3-Day, Sand Island to Mexican Hat, UT)

Adults (18 yrs. & older):   $825
Youth (18 yrs. & younger):   $720
* Sales tax will be added. *

Float through a unique stretch of the San Juan River and see exquisite geologic formations which were deposited millions of years ago. Time travel with our knowledgeable guides into lands that are home to plants, animals and tribes who have inhabited this region since time immemorial.


(4-Day, Sand Island to Mexican Hat, UT)

Adults (18 yrs. & older): $1100

Youth (17 yrs. & younger):  $960

* Sales tax will be added. *

Enjoy a laid-back trip where the guides take care of all the usual duties associated with large river expeditions.

Our guides look forward to preparing scrumptious meals containing an indigenous flavor and sharing stories of these foods that have nourished the local tribes since time immemorial.


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 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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