Desert Highlights
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
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6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
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.
Moab, Utah

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Kate W
Westport, CT7 contributions
Feb 2022
Half-Day tour and hiking in Arches National Park
We had limited time and this was the best possible experience. We had a spectacular morning! Herb pointed out the unique geology and history of the rock formations as we drove and his knowledge of the park and the area was encyclopedic.
We hiked the 3 mile round trip to Delicate Arch which was breathtaking, looked at the Fiery Furnace's maze of fins and hiked the 1 mile round trip to Landscape Arch.
Herb took such good care of us on the hikes, especially as there was still snow on the ground and there are a few spots with drop offs and my husband has vertigo.
Melissa are Doug are the ultimate professionals and I would recommend them for this and any other activity they offer.
Written March 9, 2022
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DesertHighlights
Thank you so much for your kind words, Kate! There is truly a lot of value added in these guided hikes, and (as you learned!) Herb loves sharing his knowledge about the area with others! Thank you for choosing Desert Highlights to show you around Arches NP, and thank you for the high recommendation! - Melissa
Written March 11, 2022
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asia999
United States289 contributions
Aug 2020
We signed up our 16 year old for a half day rock climbing excursion. The whole family met up with Jake at Desert Highlights and we followed him in our car to the "Ice Cream Parlor" climbing area. Jake provided a menu of choices and she was able to do four climbs, ranging from a 5.5 to a 5.9, in about three hours. This was the first time she climbed outside of a rock climbing gym and it was an amazing experience. They went through all the requirements for climbing and Jake showed her how to tie knots and ensure for safety. Jake was friendly, knowledgeable and he provided just the right about of guidance.

We would definitely be back if we are in the Moab area!
Written August 23, 2020
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DesertHighlights
Jake had such a great time sharing his love of rock climbing with you guys! It's so important to us that you not only get to experience climbing outdoors but that you take something away from it, so I'm glad she was able to learn a bit about safety while enjoying some classic desert routes! Thanks for coming out with us - we'll look forward to more climbing (maybe a desert tower?) with your daughter in the future!
Written August 25, 2020
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ekrebs14
Saint Louis, MO33 contributions
Jun 2021
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.
Written June 17, 2021
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DesertHighlights
Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review! I'm glad we were able to make the packraft rental work and you guys were able to have a great time on the river! Let us know if you're back in the area again! -Melissa
Written June 29, 2021
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Patti E
4 contributions
Sep 2020
Herb was my guide on a multi-pitch climb at Ancient Art. He is very experienced and a great guide for my first time experience on a multi-pitch! There were some parts I was nervous about but he is very good at talking you through it and patient as I worked through it. He is also a great encourager and has a lot of knowledge about the area. I felt very comfortable in his ability and expertise. I would definitely use Desert Highlights again!
Written September 28, 2020
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DesertHighlights
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience! Ancient Art is such a thrilling experience and certainly requires patience and a calm demeanor from our guides :) Herb is excellent at that, and I'm so glad he was able to help you to the summit! There are many more adventures to be had in and around Moab, and we hope to see you again soon!
Written October 4, 2020
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Dan Y
1 contribution
Apr 2022
Had an amazing and memorable time with Desert Highlights as part of a school group of 24 teens and 3 teacher chaperones. Our guides were courteous, knowledgeable, and carefully tailored four days of canyoneering to the needs of our group. Even our campsite, selected by DH, was truly unforgettable. Big thanks to Melissa, Jake, and all our guides -- you are the best!
Written April 24, 2022
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DesertHighlights
We absolutely LOVE getting out with this group and can't wait for the next adventure with you guys! It's so fun for us to guide school groups and show them all that the desert has to offer - thank you so much for providing this opportunity for them, and for us! Until next time :) - Melissa
Written April 26, 2022
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Kiran C
Tampa, FL24 contributions
Feb 2020
We were a group of 4 who did full day Leprechaun canyon canyoneering and half day looking glass rock, rock climbing tour with Desert Highlands. We could not have asked for a better experience. Right from the communication with Melissa (co-owner) to our guide, Herb(owner) everything was perfect. Melissa is very prompt to reply back with any questions and she took care of all the logistics and even recommended cool places to eat in the town. We spent two days with Herb and i can say he is as genuinely as one can get. Highly experienced, thoughtful and has a good banter. This was our first time doing canyoneering and rock climbing and he ensured we had good fun and catered to our interests. I will be back in Moab sometime in future to do more activities with Herb and his team.
Written February 11, 2020
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We really appreciate you taking the time to leave us a nice review! Thank you so much for the kind words. We take pride in our authenticity and always have such a good time showing people around our backyard. Thanks for choosing Desert Highlights - we'll look forward to seeing you guys out here again in the future!
Written February 12, 2020
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Harry K
Denver, CO7 contributions
Mar 2014 • Friends
Some friends and I just got back from doing a Bad A_ _ ,hard core canyon with Matt and Herb from Desert Highlights. Long day but Amazing, absolutely unforgettable canyon trip. This is a slot canyon with several rappels 2 of which are over 200ft long. It’s the next best thing to skydiving or base jumping but safe. These long rappels are the best I have ever done one is completely free and takes 10 minutes to get down the other is down a pipe like chute into a cave. The canyon dead ends into a river so we inflated our pack rafts and paddled out a couple of miles to a jeep road. Really cool stuff. The canyon was about a 2 hour drive from Moab but its absolutely worth it. The canyon is so remote there is no-one around,there is absolute silence, Desert Solitude silence. If you are looking for something more than a standard canyon trip I would ask about their trips outside of the Moab area the only catch is you need at least 4 people for them to go. It was truly an amazing day. Thanks Matt & Herb
Written March 28, 2014
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Luv_Land_Rover
Littleton, CO6 contributions
Mar 2014 • Couples
When I come to Moab I can always count on a fantastic experience hiking/canyoneering with Matt and Herb. They are the real thing - rock climbers and canyoneers. Last week was my 6+ trip and it was as exhilarating as my first time. I really like that I can show up and they have everything in the shop you will need. They always have a new canyoneering trip for me. Herb guided our adventure off the beaten trail and in less than an hour we were scrambling up a scenic canyon to the rim. The canyon was breathtaking and Herb showed us arches we never would have seen. Lots of long rappels, great food - prepared on a table cloth and solitude - not another soul all day long! We were back to the ice cold water in the van and then to the shop 6 hours. I highly recommend Desert Highlights for anyone - they always provide a great experience!
Written March 23, 2014
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Jamie L
Southfield, MI162 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
One of my main goals for my trip to Moab was to try rappelling. I'm hooked. The price is fair for the experience. Evan and Logan were extremely patient and thorough with us and our group was small; 3. So we never felt rushed or pressured. They took the time to really explain things and get us excited. Evan was very knowledgeable about the area which made the hike back go by quicker. The rappelling itself was extraordinary!!!!! Highly recommend to anyone looking for a great company and excellent experience in Moab. An't wait to go back!!
Written September 24, 2018
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write a great review for us! We're so happy to hear you had such a great time, and we feel so fortunate to have Evan and Logan on our team. We're glad you chose Desert Highlights and hope to see you guys again in the future! Next time - Zig Zag Canyon with a 220 foot rappel :)
Written September 25, 2018
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Omahatraveling
Omaha, NE181 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
At the suggestion of friends, we booked a morning trip with Evan and it was awesome. We’ve never done anything like it, but he instantly put us at ease, explained everything and was really great at making sure we could do this safely. The hike to the canyon and back out was beautiful. We highly recommend it.
Written September 18, 2018
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Thank you for taking the time to write a few kind words about us! As we've said time and time again, we absolutely love having Evan on our team and we're glad you had such a positive experience out there with him! We'd love to get out in another canyon with you guys if you find yourselves in Moab again!
Written September 25, 2018
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