Rappelling adventure
Rappelling in a Colorado Canyon

Rock art panel
Petroglyph in Colorado wilderness

Wilderness trekking
Waterfall in Dominguez Canyon

Hiking in Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness Area

Sandstone Towers in the Colorado Desert

Colorado Alpine & Desert Adventures
Desert Crags & Cracks Rock Guides

Full-service rock climbing, canyoneering and adventure hiking guides and instructors in the Rocky Mountains and Canyonlands of Colorado - PCIA Certified


Hike, scramble, climb, rappel through the narrows and slots of a redrock canyon. Marvel at the sculpted, pocketed, glowing walls. Just try to dodge the pool of water at the base of a rappel! Gaze up at a thin ribbon of sky between towering canyon walls.

Trips are matched to your time frame, technical ability and preferences. All are spectacular, exciting and unforgettable experiences. Remember: canyoneering is physically strenuous at any level. If you're looking for a less strenuous, but equally spectacular experience, please take a look at our scenic hikes.

Half-day Introduction - The Lemon Squeezer
Redrock hiking, squeezing up a narrow slot canyon, scrambling on slickrock to a grand view atop a cliff, a rappel off a cliff - all packed into a few hours in the sandstone canyons of Colorado National Monument! This is our most popular trip, receives the most rave reviews and is a favorite for groups. Rates

One-day Introduction
A half-day of instruction in climbing and rappelling, in beautiful Unaweep Canyon, prepares you for the technical challenges to come. Then we’ll four-wheel-drive and hike to a remote canyon, where we chimney into a slot canyon. Enjoy lovely slickrock formations as we hike and scramble to a pouroff (dry waterfall). Your heart may jump as you swing into space under the lip of the fall, then glide down the rope back to solid ground. A second rappel follows, then we hike between sandstone cliffs back to a pickup point, or mountain bike back to the car. Rates

Scenic Hikes

Half-day: Colorado National Monument
These three-to four-hour hikes in Colorado National Monument can pack a lot of experience into a short time: Desert wildflowers in season, towering redrock canyon walls, Indian petroglyph panels, fascinating Colorado Plateau geology, and a chance to feel remoteness and solitude within minutes of Fruita and Grand Junction. The hikes originate at the bottoms of the canyons; choose from Devils Kitchen and No Thoroughfare Canyon waterfalls (out and back, no loop); Monument Canyon (partial loop); Old Gordon Trail (out and back, no loop); or Liberty Cap (partial loop). Rates

Full-day: Rattlesnake Canyon, Mee Canyon
These all day trips into the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness Area are canyon country classics. Both involve a four-wheel drive ride through scenic high desert, followed by exciting slickrock scrambling with some cliff exposure. Rattlesnake Canyon offers a remote hike along a gallery of natural sandstone arches, with the optional added excitement of an exposed scramble right through an arch - a rope is provided for your comfort! Moderate difficulty. In Mee Canyon, enjoy the contrast of vegetated springs and sculpted sandstone, and cool off in the depths of an amazing overhanging cavern. A longer, more difficult trip. Rates

Backpacking Dominguez Canyon
A great getaway very near Grand Junction and Fruita, this overnight backpack in a beautiful red-rock canyon features a stream running down the length, some great waterfalls, ancient Indian rock art panels, and often bighorn sheep. If the days are warm enough, a dip in potholes is a great frolic. The length is about 14 miles of easy hiking, so as an overnight there's plenty of time to enjoy the setting and solitude. Rates


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Desert Crags & Cracks, LLC

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Colorado National Monument
Lemon Squeezer Cave

Rappelling canyoneering
Lemon Squeezer Rappel