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MAY 11 - 16, 2005
Mary Coffin, Leader
canyonTrip Highlights:

- Explore Majestic Canyonlands and Mesa Verde National Parks
 - Hike in the Abajo Mountains above the Red Rock Desert of Southeastern Utah
- Visit Spectacular Overlooks
- Join Experienced Experts in Learning the Joys of this Desert and Alpine environment
- Participate In Unique, Unforgettable, Small Group Learning Experiences
- Group Size:  Minimum 10  Maximum 26
- Expert Staff:  Brett LeCompte
Trip Overview: The staggering beauty of the southeastern corner of Utah is vast. The contrast between the red rock deserts, mountain oasis's, and cultural history make this area a must see. On this tour we will explore the beauty of this amazing place on foot and by vehicle as we hike in the National Parks, National Forest, and high deserts found within this part of Utah. See tentative Daily Itinerary.

Canyonlands National Park contains a colorful landscape of sedimentary sandstone eroded into countless canyons, mesas, and buttes by the Colorado River and its tributaries. On this trip we will spend two days hiking in the Needles District of the park.
The Abajo Mountains rise 11,360 feet above Monticello, Utah. This beautiful mountain range is an alpine wonderland for people who love to hike.  Trails take you through aspen and pine groves to overlooks that open into stunning views of the red rock canyons and valleys below.

Mesa Verde National Park offers an unparalleled opportunity to see and experience a unique cultural, and physical landscape. The culture represented at Mesa Verde reflects more than 700 years of history. The archeological sites found in Mesa Verde are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States. Mesa Verde National Park offers visitors a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people.

Activity Level: This is a moderate program requiring hiking with day-packs from 1-6 miles per day roundtrip.  Some hiking trails may require scrambling on sloping rock and negotiation of low sandstone ledges. There is some flexibility here. Participants can decide on how much of the hike they would like to join, but you need to be in good physical condition.

Day temperatures will vary quite a bit.  In the mountains, temperatures are likely to range from 35 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit with the possibility of snow or rain. Temperatures are likely to be significantly warmer in the parks, desert and lower elevations (50-95 degrees Fahrenheit).  Come prepared for cold and hot conditions with layers so that you can adjust to varying temperatures. Conditions beyond our control such as, but not limited to, wind, snow, storms, rain, or heat, may make hiking more difficult.
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Sponsorship: This trip is jointly sponsored by ADK and Four Corners School of Outdoor Education (FCS). FCS is a non profit organization dedicated to educating people about the environment of the Colorado Plateau.  Four Corners School will provide group equipment, guides and experts that help participants interpret the cultural and natural components of this area. The educational nature of the Four Corners School trips and the expertise of their staff, guides and specialists have always impressed me. They also prepare excellent, wholesome meals.

Accommodations include: 2 nights tent camping in Canyonlands National Park, 2 nights in the bunk house at the FCS Basecamp and 1 night in a hotel in Cortez, Colorado.  FCS will provide transportation between Cortez, Colorado and their base in Utah as well to all venues during the trip.

Price of $1135 ($75 nonrefundable) includes:  All food from dinner Day 1 to breakfast day 6, lodging, transportation from/to Cortez, Colorado airport and all trailheads, expert staff and guides, group equipment and entrance fees. Not included: Airfare, alcoholic beverages and personal items. Single Supplement $50. If you request a roommate for the hotel in Cortez, every effort will be made to find you one. If no roommate is available FCS will charge the single supplement fee. Minimum trip size is 10, maximum is 26. For more information and to sign up, contact the leader, Mary Coffin, 328 Deepsprings Drive, Chittenango, NY 13037, telephone 315-687-3589, E-mail

Please note:  Prices and trip arrangements are subject to change due to circumstances beyond ADK's control.  All registration fees are non-refundable.  Details including cancellation policy will be supplied to all those requesting trip information.