Ancient Wayves River and Hiking Adventures

Our company invites you to come on out and join us for an adventure into the mystical landscapes of Southeastern Utah.  We'll lead you to areas to see some of the most scenic views in the world!

This mesmerizing area of the Four Corners region is filled with outstanding archaeology and awesome geological rock features. 

Explore with Ancient Wayves!!


Navajo company with ancestral ties to the Land

Ancient Wayves provides guided backpacking, day-hiking, and photography tours in and around the Bears Ears National Monument region.  As an Indigenous-owned company, our guiding services will be oriented toward providing guests with a unique Native experience!  

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


We have the tour for you!

This special area is filled with ancient cultural history, desert wildlife, and breathtaking views. 

If you love the outdoors and you enjoy listening to the birds, viewing native wildlife, taking in the beautiful landscapes and native interpretation, we have the tour for you!!

Our tours take place in many different areas with their own unique offerings.

Choose from trails located in the desert terrain or adventure in the high elevations where the Pine trees reside.

Contact us today!


Choose your adventure from several wonderful options...

Explore Utah's canyon country with Ancient Wayves!!

Full-Day Hiking (Cedar Mesa)

Adult: $125 - $150 per adult

*Price depends on trail location

Youth (Age 6-17): $100 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 adventure. 

Trails we access:

* Citadel, Moonhouse, Fallen Roof and more.


Photography Tours

Guests: $100 per person

* 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

Youth (Age 6-17): $75 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) : $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 

Youth (Age 6-17): $100 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): $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 Price: $80 

Youth (Age 6-17): $75 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: $125 per adult

Youth (Age 6-17): $75 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.


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 we offer tours on 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?

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 guests (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.

Does Ancient Wayves offer group discounts?

Yes, we do. For groups with 5 people or more, we'll provide a 20% 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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