Utah: Arches, Canyonlands & the Colorado River™


Designed with thrill-seekers in mind, with a mix of meaningful community service and pulse-pounding adventure..
  • Explore picturesque Utah, spending half your time rafting and camping
  • Support service and restoration efforts along the Colorado River
  • Work on the famous ‘Whole Enchilada’ bike trail, a one-of-a-kind mountain biking route with
    international recognition
  • Hike through Arches National Park, famed for its more than 2,000 stunning natural stone/rock
  • Go on a multi-night river rafting expedition

On This Program you will...

Experience the myths and modern day realities of the American West. During your time in Utah, you’ll discover not only what a unique state this is, but how immensely its ecosystems have shaped its world-famous landscape. From an excursion to Arches National Park to days on end spent alongside the Colorado River, you will be outdoors for a good portion of this program, and be exploring every nook and cranny of the Utah wilderness. Support environmental stewardship projects, assist with ADA-compliant access to trails and facilities, and begin to develop your own personal leadership style by facing challenges in the great outdoors.

Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!

Community Service

Protect land and water for the well-being of the people and wildlife that depend on them. When it comes to the land, you will participate in trail building on the Whole Enchilada bike trail. Improve access to facilities for people with disabilities by sup- porting ADA-compliant ramp building, and contribute to wildlife management through native species propagation or invasive species removal. When it comes to the water, complete a river clean-up on the Colorado River corridor close to Moab. Additionally, remove tamarisk that poses a risk to native plant species, and help with habitat restoration.

Immersive Learning

Learn first-hand how to be a true outdoor leader. Discover more about your personal leadership style as you learn from local leaders and NGOs about their own efforts tackling the most pervasive environmental and land management crises they face each year. Explore the local culture, experience food the southwestern United States is famous for, and learn all about the native flora and fauna of this immense and diverse region.


This is a high-adventure program, perfect for thrill-seeking students who not only want to make a meaningful difference, but who can’t wait to get outside and discover all the American West has to offer. The big highlight is a trip to Arches National Park, famous for its stunning landscapes and rock formations. You’ll also visit La Sal Mountains and enjoy an immersive hiking experience. Your river expedition will also be a cornerstone of your time here in Utah. Spend six days rafting and floating in the famed Colorado River.

Dates & Tuition


Arches, Canyonlands & the Colorado River™

10-Day Program
2021 Dates
July 10 – July 19
July 22 – July 31
August 5 – August 14
Duration: 10 days
Tuition: $4,199
Student/Staff Ratio: 8 to 1
Community Service Hours: 20
Language Hours: N/A
For Ages: 14-19
More Information


Tips to raise funds for your trip

Tuition Includes All In-Country Expenses Including:

  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Ground transportation
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • Professional full-time staff and experts
  • 24/7 parent support hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and evacuation insurance
  • Cultural activities, lectures and excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
  • Educational materials

Chat with Past Participants on Facebook

Custom Group Travel Option

Global Leadership Adventures offers open enrollment on this program to any middle school student who wishes to join any of the summer session dates listed above. Students will meet other teens from around the country and the world who sign up for the same program dates and destination.

Alternatively, this program is also available as an option for custom group travel any time of the year for those looking to put together their own group trip.

GLA Custom Group Travel works with educators, group leaders, or self-led students to create a tailored experience for their specific group of 12 or more students. Select a pre-designed itinerary or select your own countries, themes, and learning objectives. GLA’s service-learning methodology is the vehicle through which students learn, grow and challenge themselves and their fellow travelers; our host communities welcome students’ energy and helping hands.

Leadership and personal growth are the core components of all of our programs, regardless of duration, destination or theme type and can be woven throughout every aspect of the experience through our intentional design as desired by the group leader. Our programs aim to ignite participants to become inspired to be the change.

Trending Programs

Spain: Spanish in the Land of Don Quixote™

Thailand: Elephant Sanctuary Project™

The STEM Experience: London, Paris & Geneva™

Costa Rica: Beachside Service Adventure

Peru: Service in the Sacred Valley™

Philippines: Climate Action Island Adventure

Guatemala: Children of the Maya™

Dominican Republic: Caribbean Service Adventure

Guadeloupe: French Caribbean Adventure

Hawaii: Sea Turtle Marine Conservation™