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About Desert Highlights
Desert Highlights is a canyoneering, packrafting and rock climbing guide service based in Moab, Utah. We offer exclusively private tours and are able to tailor your trip to meet the needs, abilities and goals of your group. We cater to all abilities and especially enjoy introducing beginners to the joy and beauty of desert exploration. Established in 1997, we're the original canyoneering guide service in Moab. We offer the widest variety of canyon trips in southern Utah. We offer many unique tours that combine canyoneering gear, packrafts (one-person, lightweight inflatable boats) and/or mountain bikes to reach remote terrain that is not seen by many. Our guides are experienced, professional and fun. Safety is our top priority and our guides are trained to the highest standards. During your guided tour with Desert Highlights, not only will you be safely guided through jaw-dropping terrain, but you will learn about the flora, fauna, geology and history of our amazing backyard.
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ekrebs14 wrote a review Jun 17
Saint Louis, Missouri28 contributions31 helpful votes
I didn't do a tour with Desert Highlights, just a packraft rental. But wanted to leave a review because Melissa was super helpful answering my 100 questions and dealing with me changing rental details and pickup/dropoff times on her at the last minute. Really appreciate her being flexible and friendly. She even gave me her personal number so we could text about logistics. Def would look into a tour or more gear rental here next time I'm in Moab.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Karen Z wrote a review Jun 6
31 contributions3 helpful votes
What a fantastic day!!! This was one of the most fun experiences I've ever had!!! Climbing up the canyon and rappelling down were both equally thrilling! Our guide Ed was great - confident and calm and a good teacher (which we needed since 3 of the 4 of us hadn't rappelled before). We did the Pool Arch trip which included 3 rappels and some fun climbing "challenges" that required learning some new ways to get around on the rocks. SO much fun...highly recommend this activity and Desert Highlights!
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Response from DesertHighlights, Owner at Desert Highlights
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you, Karen! Ed had a great time out there with your family. Canyoneering is such a great activity for learning new techniques and challenging yourself in a safe and manageable way - thanks for trusting us to give you guys a great experience! Let us know if you're back in the area! Take care, Melissa
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Sean M wrote a review May 2021
White Marsh, Maryland5 contributions
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We had a perfect family day thanks to our guide, Kai. We aren’t huge outdoorsy folks, but like to take adventures on trips. This was our first time doing either Canyoneering or rafting with our 7yo and Kai made it a huge success. She was happy to chat with our precocious kiddo, made sure he was safe, and encouraged him to try but wasn’t pushy *at all.* Our little guy loved the scramble and first repel into Entrajo, but bugged at the 100ft repel (my wife and I did it fine, having canyoneered only once before). Kai gave him encouragement and opportunity to try to do it solo, but he wasn’t up for it. He did take her up on the offer to repel with her (rather than hike back down). It was quite a feat to watch, but we totally trusted Kai. And our little guy felt like a total champ for coming down. We didn’t have a packed lunch, and Kai was totally cool to let us stop in town and grab sandwiches and coffee to refuel for the afternoon. The river was a perfect end to the day. We loved the little rapids/waves, swimming, throwing rocks, etc. Easily the highlight of the trip and something that wouldn’t have been possible without Kai and Desert Highlights! If you’re traveling with your family I can’t recommend them enough!
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Response from DesertHighlights, Owner at Desert Highlights
Responded 2 weeks ago
We're so happy you had such a great time out there with Kai! She loved showing your family a couple of her favorite activities and said that your 7 year old did great. It's important to us that folks, especially kids, have a positive experience when trying something new and scary - I'm glad she was able to make rappelling and boating fun for him! There are many more adventures to be had - we hope to get out there with you guys again!
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DK wrote a review May 2021
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One of the most fun things we have ever done! We went with Kai to Pool Arch and had a blast. Would have signed up for a second day if we had the time. Love that they have private tours. Highly recommend!!
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from DesertHighlights, Owner at Desert Highlights
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you so much for the kind words and high recommendation! Kai had a blast out there as well! Let us know when you're back out this way for more canyon fun - there's plenty more to explore!
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janice r wrote a review May 2021
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AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME! Book this tour! We had a fabulous day with Jake. We are in our mid 50’s and brought our 22 year old twins with us. They loved it too. Climbed, scrambled, rappelled, so much fun! Felt safe the entire time. Jake took really great care of us. We also did the Pedal/Paddle/Pedal with Desert Highlights- Such a unique experience - great time! Really like that Desert Highlights caters to small private tours. Fabulous experience.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from DesertHighlights, Owner at Desert Highlights
Responded May 10, 2021
Thank you so much for the kinds words and for sharing your experience here! Jake is an excellent guide and had a wonderful time out there with your family. We're so glad you chose Desert Highlights for a couple of your adventures - let us know if you're in the area again!
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