Who We Are

Moab’s Original Canyoneering, Packrafting and Rock Climbing
Guide Service, Est. 1997

We are explorers and pioneers

In 1997, Desert Highlights began as Moab's first and only canyoneering guide service. Most of the routes that we guide in the Moab area are Desert Highlights original routes. We love putting forth the work to discover a new route and explore the options of descending an unknown canyon. This can mean using unique tools such as packrafts, mountain bikes, and highly specialized canyoneering equipment. As canyoneering has become more popular over the last 20 years, we have remained passionate about finding new and remote canyons as a way to provide our guests with a solitary experience. Click here to learn more about what it takes to create and officially guide a new canyoneering route.

We are passionate stewards of the land

Exploring the Desert Southwest is our passion, and canyoneering is a huge part of that. When we're not out guiding, we're out in the desert discovering new ways to access seemingly impossible terrain. We're constantly learning new things about our surroundings, allowing nature to be our teacher. Keeping all of our trips private allows us to travel in small groups, ensuring that we are minimizing our impact and adhering to Leave No Trace principles. We are fortunate to have a huge backyard with endless amounts of public land. We strive to care for this environment, educating our guests about low impact travel in canyon country. This often means ``ghosting`` a canyon - leaving nothing behind, including anchors, so that future groups have a similar experience of discovery and exploring pristine canyons.

We are accommodating

All of our canyoneering and packrafting trips are private. This is the best way to get the most out of your guided adventure. We want your trip out with us to feel like a day out with your friends and we understand that different people have different abilities and goals. Let us customize a trip that meets the goals and desires of your group. We'll go at your pace, in your style, with your people!

We are teachers

Sure, it's our job to get you and your group through a technical canyon safely, but our job doesn't stop there. We want your trip with us to be a learning experience for you, leaving you with a deeper understanding of and connection to the landscape that you're visiting. We love talking about the flora, fauna and natural history of our area - a value added component that is often lacking with other companies. We'll also ``teach you the ropes`` (literally!), giving as much detail as you'd like, so that you can gain trust in your guide and and understanding of the systems you'll be using to safely descend the canyon.

We are Desert Highlights

We love canyoneering because we believe it can be done by any age at any ability level. In fact, we often say that a sense of adventure is more important than age and/or ability. If you want to run through the trade routes smushed into a large group with strangers, look elsewhere! However, if you have a ``curiosity for the unknown`` and value personalized attention, then allow us to give you a canyoneering experience you’re sure not to forget!

Meet Your Guides

Jake Palmer

Jake Palmer

“I’m originally from Salt Lake City and grew up hiking and climbing around the Wasatch mountains. I gained my love for wandering through the red rock about 5 years ago when I moved just outside of Zion National Park, which is where Kai and I fell in love with Canyoneering. I never thought I would be a guide, but the more I brought friends, family and anyone who would follow me into new places, the more I realized how much I love to teach and show people these amazing landscapes.

We moved to Moab this year to explore new canyons and climb as much as we can squeeze our hands, fingers and feet into!”

Desert Highlights is excited to have Jake on board as an AMGA Certified Single-Pitch Instructor and an all around great guide! Guests rave about what a patient and fun guide Jake is!

Kai Palmer

Kai Palmer

“Born and raised in Salt Lake City, I was fortunate to have the Wasatch mountain range right in my backyard. My parents taught me to love the outdoors early. They got me on skis at age 2! Our family vacations were always down south to Lake Powell or Lake Mead to boat camp. I fell in love with canyoneering in college when a family friend took me out to run a few canyons in the North Wash. I was hooked!

After graduating college I took a big road trip around the U.S. – it was exciting to adventure through the states but I missed the desert! I moved to southern Utah and after briefly pursuing a career in dental hygiene, decided to take a different route and go for what I was truly passionate about. I started guiding just outside of Zion National Park and I loved every second of it! Moving to Moab was an easy decision for me because of all the outdoor adventures this area has to offer!”

Desert Highlights is excited to have another female on our team and in the guiding industry, and we love Kai’s easy-going, passionate and safety-conscious guiding style!

Ed Oak

Ed Oak

Ed has been guiding with Desert Highlights off-and-on for the last 20 years. This free-spirited Gemini started his wilderness explorations with an ascent of Mt. Katahdin in Maine at the age of 8, and by 14 he was leading multi-pitch rock climbs at the spectacular Seneca Rocks in West Virginia. With this kind of youthful introduction to the backcountry, one can see why Ed enjoys helping people of all ages and abilities discover breathtaking, high-angle adventures.

He has a degree in outdoor education from Prescott College in Arizona and has spent over 14 years leading trips for some of America’s leading wilderness schools, including the Pacific Crest Outward Bound School. Of course, his climbing resume also includes an ascent of Yosemite’s formidable El Capitan!

All of these experiences and more have given Ed the personal and practical skills that will enrich and ensure the safety of your canyon explorations with Desert Highlights.

Melissa Crimp

Melissa Crimp

Melissa spent her formative years between Southern Maryland and Gulf Shores, AL, breaking free from the south in 2007 when she made the life changing move west to Denver, CO. It was here that she was introduced to rock climbing and eventually canyoneering during her first visit to Moab in 2008. Although most of her days were spent adventuring outdoors, she found time to attend UC Denver and receive a bachelors degree in Environmental Science. She gave the 9 to 5 lifestyle a chance and quickly learned that sitting behind a computer was not the life for her. She has traveled and worked throughout the US and Central America, finally landing in Moab in 2013.

She has spent time canyoneering in the slots of Zion, the Grand Canyon and the Moab area and climbing all over Colorado and Southern Utah. On her days off, she can be found exploring remote areas of Southern Utah, whether it be in a deep, narrow canyon or on top of a tall, skinny desert tower – her favorite way to experience desert rock climbing. She feels at home in the desert and truly enjoys sharing this special place with visitors. As a guide, she finds great reward in coaxing the fearful over the edge of a cliff – on rope, of course!

Herb Crimp

Herb Crimp

Herb grew up in Virginia hiking and climbing in the Appalachians. He got his first taste of southern Utah during a thirty day Wilderness Leadership course through his alma mater, Radford University. He received his bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism.

After graduating, Herb worked as an environmental education teacher in Alabama. The lure of the West is strong, however, and in 2005 he returned to live in northern Utah and work as a counselor for a wilderness therapy program. The challenges of work had him seeking solace on his days off in the breathtaking backcountry of southern Utah. In 2007, Herb began guiding for Desert Highlights. Herb has also been a climbing and backcountry snowboard instructor for NOLS since 2011. His enthusiasm for traveling through remote canyons is contagious. In 2015, Herb purchased Desert Highlights from Matt to become the sole owner.

Herb is certified as a Swiftwater Rescue Technician and a Wilderness First Responder. He has trained with NOLS as a climbing Instructor. Herb has also completed a Level 1 Avalanche course through NOLS.

Kiera Mason

Kiera Mason

“Growing up, I spent many summers working on farms and exploring the outdoors through hiking, camping, and backpacking. While pursuing an accounting degree, I discovered the rock climbing world through a PE class, and realized that a desk job was never going to satisfy my constant desire to be outside. After graduating, I opted to manage a small market farm for a season. My world was further expanded when I decided to enter a bachelor’s degree program in International Rescue & Relief. While spending many school breaks in Moab, I was exposed to the guiding world, and soon found myself leading trips in the incredible landscape surrounding the Colorado river. Although a North Idahoan at heart, Moab quickly became my desert home. I love sharing the amazing topography of this region and helping others safely adventure into new places!”

Kiera’s love for the desert, experience on rope, calm demeanor and positive energy makes her a great addition to the Desert Highlights team!

Preston Henning

Preston Henning

“I grew up on the Colorado Front Range and discovered the outdoors through family camping trips. I couldn’t get enough and joined Scouts to spend as much time as possible climbing, backpacking, and biking. My first trip to Southeast Utah was on a roadtrip through the national parks as a teenager and I couldn’t wait to go back! After many return trips, a summer of guiding in New Mexico, and a short stint living in Northern Utah, I moved to Moab in 2020. When I’m not climbing on the cliffs or scrambling through remote slot canyons, I’m sewing the backpacks and gear to make those trips possible. I love guiding to share the experiences and landscapes that have had a huge impact on me with others!”

Desert Highlights is proud to have Preston join the team as a patient, kind and all-around fun guide! If you’re interested in his super awesome, locally-made backpacks, check out Mindset Packs.

 

Matt Moore

Matt Moore

Matt Moore is the founder of Desert Highlights, opening the doors of Moab’s first canyoneering company in 1997. He is the pioneer of many of the classic Moab canyoneering routes that are still enjoyed today, and he is a true desert wanderer at heart. His knowledge of the Colorado Plateau is unmatched and we’ve been so fortunate to pick his brain over the years. His passion and excitement for exploring the Utah landscape is contagious, and we hope to carry the Desert Highlights torch and keep the flame bright by showing you our backyard with the same enthusiasm that Matt always has.

Mark & Sue Wiggins

Shuttle Drivers & Behind-the-Scenes Support

While you may not see them on your guided trip with Desert Highlights, Mark and Sue are an integral part of our day-to-day operations. If you’ve ever done a trip with us where the vehicle magically ended up at the end of the canyon so that you’d have a ride back to town, you can thank them for making it happen! Shuttle drivers, dog-sitters, moral support during the busy season, loving parents (to Melissa) and in-laws (to Herb) and all around wonderful people – Desert Highlights is grateful to have the Wiggins’ as part of the team.

On his days off, you might see Mark wandering around the desert with his dog Leeroy. He loves canyoneering when he gets the chance – usually during the off-season when crowds are low and guides are available.

Sue has become a wonderful addition to the Moab community, supporting locals and visitors by volunteering at the St. Francis Episcopal Church’s food bank and soup kitchen and always searching for ways to help those in need. She has a huge heart and a kind spirit, and will occasionally get a hankering for some good ole canyoneerin’!

What Our Guests Say About Us

 

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I had an absolutely wonderful time with Desert Highlights! This was my first time using the company, but it won't be my last! I spent 2 days with the company. I love that all of the tours are private. They even provide water and snacks. I have a chocolate allergy and they made sure to have non-chocolate snacks available. The 1st day was a half-day hiking in Arches with Herb. He was great - friendly, a pleasure to be around & very helpful for navigating the terrain! He also took plenty of pictures of me with the arches in the background! Prior to the hike(s), he gave me options on whether to do 1 longer hike or multiple shorter hikes. We ended up doing multiple shorter hikes so I could see more arches. Herb's wife, Melissa, is the one that answers all of the emails. She was wonderful as well! Prior to the my next tour, I emailed Melissa last minute to see if I could add a sunset hike to Delicate Arch to my half-day hiking tour and thankfully they were able to accommodate! The 2nd day was a half day hiking in Canyonlands Island in the Sky district in the morning with a short afternoon break and then a hike to Delicate Arch for sunset. Both of these hikes were with Kai. Kai was wonderful! She was friendly, helpful, and a pleasure to be around! For Canyonlands, we did a few shorter hikes as I didn't want to wear myself out too much before our Delicate Arch hike. The Delicate Arch hike was wonderful! I'm a hobbyist photographer and was going to limit my equipment in order to keep my bag light, but Kai was kind enough to offer to carry my tripod and one of my lenses in her bag. The sunset at Delicate Arch was beautiful! I definitely plan to return to the area and do other adventures and plan to use Desert Highlights again!

Aspen Blackmon January 7, 2024
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Amazing day! Amazing company! We had such a fun day. Our guide ,Ed, was great. Patient with my kids (11 and 13) and so knowledgeable. Just all around good guy the shop helped us figure out our dog problem and they were incredibly nice and down to earth as well. I’ll definitely do more trips with them!

Melissa Shaw November 21, 2023
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Me and my 13 year old son had a wonderful experience rock climbing for 2 full days with Desert Highlights. Working with Kai to make our reservation was very easy. Kai was friendly, answered our questions and followed up with us as promised. After reading other reviews, we requested Jake for our guide and thankfully he was available both days. Jake was amazing. Me and my son are both beginner outdoor climbers with intermediate climbing skills from time spent at the climbing gym. Jake was very personable, professional and patient with us. Safety was always first and fun was a close second. Jake quickly assessed our climbing abilities and put us on challenging climbs that were not above what we could do. He was constantly assessing our energy level and asking about our climbing terrain preference. He is an excellent teacher making suggestions to improve our technique and helping us be better climbers. He is extremely knowledgeable about the Moab area as well. Since we're interested in learning how to climb outdoors on our own, Jake provided lots of advice on how to get to that level safely. It's obvious that Jake loves climbing, guiding, teaching and being outdoors. I would not hesitate to climb with Jake again and we look forward to doing more challenging crack climbs with him in the future. Thanks Jake, Kai and Desert Highlights for a great two days of rock climbing.

Prosper Wang November 9, 2023
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We did the zigzag canyon with Ed and this was a highlight of our time in Moab. He was so encouraging and well versed in the landscape and history of the area. He showed us some rock art while we were out hiking around that was very cool. He really taught us what to do, explained all the steps well and gave a lot of encouragement and gentle corrections as we went. Would love to come back and do more tours with desert highlights. They also have wonderful swag in their shop, some of which sales go to local charities, really a wonderful company to support !

Elizabeth Kilty November 2, 2023
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Our canyoneering outing with Kiera was outstanding. She was knowledgeable, totally prepared, and extremely engaging. Strong focus on safety, while still providing a good physical test. I Strongly recommend Desert Highlights.

Tim Sheehy November 2, 2023
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Our experience with Desert Highlights was fantastic beginning to end. We were a group of four looking for an adventurous trip doing canyoneering (our first times). It started with talking to Melissa on the phone who helped answer questions and got a feel for what we were looking for. She followed up our call via email with a ton of information and helped us pick the perfect excursion. Recommend talking to them to pick the right one for your group, they are super helpful. The day of the adventure was super convenient. We had a private group since it was four of us and we met our tour guide, Jake. We rode in a private vehicle to the starting point where we did a super intense hike with stunning views, scrambling, and even some rock climbing maneuvers (it was so cool and what we asked for!). Jake was the best. He was cool to talk to, very knowledgeable, and supportive and helped us feel totally safe throughout the entire trip. He even took amazing pictures and gave ski recommendations for Utah for our next visit! Cannot recommend Desert Highlights enough! Will absolutely book with them again. Thank you DH!

Greg Cavanaugh November 1, 2023
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My adult son and I did the Medieval chamber rappel and hike with Kiera on 10/17. It was unbelievable. Kiera radiated competence and inspired confidence. I'm a 55-year-old granny with no previous experience, but she made it easy. Also, the hike out from Morning Glory arch was one of our prettiest hikes during our week in Moab.

Randi Eastland October 23, 2023
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Ed was an excellent guide for the Medieval Chamber/Packraft trip for me and my husband. We had a fantastic day. Thanks also to Kai and Herb for shuttling! Highly recommend this company!

Chris Gavlin October 14, 2023
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I did a solo canyoneering and hiking morning with Kai and could not have been happier! I had never rappelled before and her calm, confidence and simple but thorough instructions made me completely comfortable. And the hike itself was one that had been recommended by several people, including a park ranger and it did not disappoint. I recommend anyone wanting to explore beyond the national parks to book and adventure with Desert Highlights!

Cindy Talmadge October 11, 2023
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Our guide Jake took us out to Indian Creek as well as to the Ancient Art tower and the entire trip was spectacular. He is an excellent teacher (about climbing and the surrounding area/rock formations) and a truly kind person. Cannot recommend enough!

Margo Ruby October 9, 2023
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My wife and I had a fantastic time canyoneering with Desert Highlights. We had never done it before and the guide was wonderful at explaining everything and patiently helping us. She made it possible for us to push ourselves to do this new experience that was truly unforgettable. I highly recommend Desert Highlights to any and all!

Justus Hedeen October 1, 2023
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We were a group of 5 50ish women from NY who had never done canyoneering, Quite honestly we didn’t realize what we were signed up for (LOL). We met Kai at the meeting place and she immediately began to describe the day’s activities at Entrajo canyon. We were stunned that she thought that we were capable of climbing up a gully and then repelling into a canyon and ultimately repelling down a 90 foot cliff side. Well, she was right!!! She was so patient and her instructions were so thoughtful and detailed that we all conquered all the above! BEST DAY EVER!! I definitely recommend the full day Entrajo canyoneering and pack rafting tour!

Janice Parise September 20, 2023
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Our group had an incredible experience. I’m an avid traveler and I can tell you from lived experience, this is a legit outfitter. 10/10

Josh Myrick September 10, 2023
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We had a great full day trip with rappelling, and packaging. Our guide Kai was great. This was definitely a highlight of our trip.

nick September 9, 2023
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I had an amazing time with Desert Highlights on a guided rock climbing and also a canyoneering trip this past spring. It was one of the best experiences of my life! Herb was my guide on both trips and he was extremally patient, knowledgeable and easy going. He answered endless questions about the technical skills used on the trip as well as questions pertaining to the local area. Herb is awesome! Another thing that I really appreciate is they are a small company that really worked with me to tailor the experience so I could get the most out of it. I honestly cannot say enough good things about this place! If I end up in Moab again I will be booking another adventure with them! If you are looking for a great way to explore the beauty and wonder of Moab, you should definitely book a trip with Desert Highlights. You will not regret it!

Anthony Castro September 8, 2023
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They are an amazing guide service Very professional and friendly Incredibly knowledge about the local flora, fauna, and history

Daria Indeck September 7, 2023
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Eric Wagner August 26, 2023
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My best friend was visiting me in Moab and we have the BEST time ever canyoneering. Our guide Kiera was so calm and relaxed in explaining to us on what to do which made us a lot more confident throughout the entire trip. I loved it so much I went and did Medieval Chamber a couple of weeks later! Herb was our guide and so knowledgeable about the area. Such an amazing experience and I couldn't recommend Desert Highlights enough!

Corinne Lewis August 9, 2023
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We had such a fun morning with Kai on the Entrajo Canyon tour. She is such an easy and calm person to be with, you forget she is actually expertly guiding you safely through the canyon. If you are in Moab, you MUST book a tour. It’ll be your highlight!

melissa rust July 29, 2023
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If you are in Moab and want to take an adventure, go with Desert Highlights! Our guide Kiera was so great with my two daughters. She patiently encouraged them and made them feel confident the entire time. The business itself is organized and well-run. Could not have asked for a better time! Do yourself a favor and book a trip with Desert Highlights!

Nate Smith July 26, 2023
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We had a wonderful adventure with Ed! He was very willing to share his knowledge and made sure we felt safe. Desert Highlights was easy to communicate and work with. I highly recommend their services!

Tricia Walheim July 25, 2023
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Wonderful trip, will be going again as soon as I’m ba k to the area.

Cole Reed July 25, 2023
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Second time with Desert Highlights and I don't think I would ever use another tour service. We went canyoneering with Ed, our tour guide, and had an amazing time. Clear instructions, historical knowledge and a great hang, we really had a fantastic day. Saftey is their number one concern and we always felt secure on each repel. Highly recommend Desert Highlights to anyone visiting MOAB and looking for adventure.

Troy July 25, 2023
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Desert Highlights gave us an absolute dream half day canyoneering trip that was safe, fun and expanded our horizons in majorly beautiful ways! I highly recommend them for all your Moab adventures! The next time we return to Moab, we will take more tours with Desert Highlights for sure!

Sarah Hoover July 25, 2023
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My partner and I went on the "Medieval Chamber" trip. The beauty and experience is one we continue to talk about months later. Our guide was extremely patient and adaptable to my partner being afraid of heights haha ... Tip your guides!

Kristyn D July 23, 2023
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Amit Kumar July 17, 2023
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Jake and Kai are amazing! They were so helpful with all of us feeling safe and having a good time. We highly recommend. Everyone had an amazing time.

Erin Swan June 25, 2023
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Outstanding outfitter with an A++ guide! Kiera guided my family of 5 through some amazing canyons in Moab, teaching us various climbing and rappelling techniques. We will be back for more adventures!!

David Bowen June 22, 2023
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Alessandra June 19, 2023
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If you're looking for a knowledgable, experienced and friendly guide who can whip together a mean gourmet lunch, ask for Desert Highlights's Ed Oak. He took my wife and me on day-long hikes in both Arches and Canyonlands, and gave detailed and highly informative explanations of the history, geography and geology of the area. A truly first-rate guide! A big shout-out also to Desert Highlights owner Melissa Crimp, who took the time to find out our interests and hiking experience, and paired us up with Ed. This is the Moab guide service to book with!

Michael Brumas June 3, 2023
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Great climbing session. Solo traveled and it was one of the few places that didn’t overcharge for lone travelers. Initially I thought I wouldn’t mind going with a group, but actually really happy they don’t combine groups. It was just Herb and I, which was great. Climbed whatever routes I wanted and learned a lot in the process.

Brielle Shea May 29, 2023
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Keira took us to Looking Glass Arch for a multi-pitch climb and 140 foot rappel. I was so nervous and she made me feel 100% safe and was fun to experience it with. I had previous climbing experience but the climb was rather easy. The most important is she made us feel safe the entire way, and took some great photos for us! Can't wait to return to go on another adventure.

Lauren Blynder May 25, 2023
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Herb and Melissa are wonderful. I have done three trips with them to learn and refine LNT and retrievables. Herb is an excellent instructor.

rebecca baum May 21, 2023
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Canyoneering with Kai today was amazing! Very knowledgeable and definitely knows what she is doing; I’m afraid of heights and felt very safe. We did Medieval Chamber and being in a private group is so nice! So much fun, will be on a full day trip with them next time!

Dillon Strommen May 18, 2023
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My family had an awesome experience with Herb at Constrychnine Canyon, Poison Springs. We all had some experience climbing and rappelling but this was our first real canyoneering adventure. Herb was so knowledgeable and prepared, we felt safe, confident, and had a lot of fun. We highly recommend them!

Erin Bailey May 17, 2023
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My partner and I booked Desert Highlights for our first ever canyoneering trip and LOVED the entire experience!! This was by far our favorite adventure all week!! Jake was our guide and he is both knowledgeable and fun. I would ONLY book through them and would recommend them to anyone! They did a great job of matching our adventure level with the excursion we went on. We have climbing/hiking experience but none on repelling. We did the Rock of Ages trip and it took about 6 hours. The pools we had to swim/wade through were chilly and it was a great time! I couldn’t recommend Desert Highlights enough!!!

Abigail Grove April 26, 2023
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We had the best time in Zig Zag Canyon! We loved the private experience with 2 incredible guides. They were so wonderful to work with and helped arrange so we could bring 3 more people than we were anticipating. The canyons were beautiful and so remote we never saw anyone else the whole time. So fun! Highly recommend choosing desert highlights!

Andrea Eyestone April 25, 2023
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Wow! So great! From first contact (via email and phone) to returning to town, we had a fantastic experience. Our guide was TOP NOTCH. So experienced, generous, kind, patient, curious, skilled, safe. Ed is the best. We would definitely recommend and hope to return soon.

Jim Ace April 25, 2023
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Wow, what a great experience! We are a family of 5 with 3 teenagers aged 16, 14, and 12. We splurged and did the overnight canyoneering/camping experience. Our first day was spent in a true slot canyon in the Irish canyons, and the second day was in a wider canyon in the area named Hogwarts with larger rappels and grander views. It was awesome to experience both kinds of canyons. We have frequently "car camped" in our lives, so the overnight was perfect for us. They provided all of the tents, bedding, food, chairs, etc. We flew in from another state so it was awesome they had everything we needed. And, our campsite was unforgettable with expansive views of the desert and the nearby Henry Mountains. Our guide for the two days was Kai. She was AWESOME! She was great to have as a member of our family for two days. She took great care of us, made sure we felt safe (we certainly did), and her cooking was great. Lunch both days, dinner, and breakfast. So good. Folks, this company is awesome. The communication from the owner Melissa before the trip was spectacular. They only take private groups (no mixing people together) so you will always have personal service. This was one of our favorite family vacation highlights of all-time that we will not forget. Thanks to Kai and the whole Desert Highlights team for a great adventure.

Matt Vander Velde April 10, 2023
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Excellent service and wonderful trip. Thank you.

Jon H April 7, 2023
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Great company. Used them on three trips now. It is comforting knowing you have an expert with you. I can't thank them enough.

Ted brown March 30, 2023
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Very enjoyable and memorable canyoneering trip! My guide was qualified, experienced and had a vast knowledge of the history and geology of the area. Also very helpful discerning best trip option for my skill level.

Sarah Bergstrom March 28, 2023
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My son and I had a fantastic canyoneering experience with Desert Highlights. They were conscious of the weather and having a private guided trip made sure we were able to get everything in before rains came. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. The scenery and adventure were outstanding. I've been canyoneering several times in the area and I would highly recommend this crew without hesitation. Thanks for a memorable trip!

R Bates March 27, 2023
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Where do I even start? This company was top notch, start to finish. Our two-day private guided adventure was nothing short of spectacular! Jake was a wealth of knowledge, and great company as well. Safety always came first, but fun was a close second! We cowboy-camped in 20-degree weather, and Jake was always there with every bit of kit we could need to stay warm and comfortable, plus made some mean fajitas by headlamp so we could refuel after our strenuous first day. This was our first canyoneering experience, but it won't be our last! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping create another lasting memory for our family.

Dan Vilanj March 23, 2023
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The guides were experienced and great to spend the day with. They got my family (including some kids and my mother) through the slot canyons safely and everyone agreed this was a highlight of our visit to Moab.

Brigitta Shouppe March 22, 2023
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This was a FABULOUS tour!!! Desert Highlights is a small but very professional outfit. Our guide tailored the excursion to fit our speed and kept the conversation interesting by offering extensive insights into the ecology and geology of the area. They are great offer great instruction for ropes and even made MOM comfortable with the HUGE descent at the end of the walk. We look forward to our next trip with them when we return to Moab - !!!

Lee Lee March 5, 2023
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We could not have been more thrilled with our experience, our guide Herb was great! Very knowledgeable, and a pleasure to chat with and generally be around! Our day was made brighter having him around which is what you want In a guide. We also felt very safe throughout, and he was great about educating while we went. 10/10 will do again. the private tours are a great benefit, it's just gonna be your group and your guide! Herb was hands down the best guide of any activity I've ever done!

Christian Allred February 20, 2023
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Desert Highlights is nothing but professional and knows how to provide their guests a great time. Herb and Melissa were super helpful when we had to cut our trip down by one person at the last minute. Kai was an incredible guide! Having experienced a lot of guides around the world I would highly recommend Desert Highlights.

Eric DOrvilliers November 28, 2022
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I have hired plenty of guides elsewhere and I was seriously impressed with this company. Having a private trip is a huge deal. It allows the guide to customize the outing to your group and just makes the whole experience so much more enjoyable. We explained our experience/comfort level and they planned the perfect trip for us! And yet their prices were more than fair, especially when compared to other companies in the area. Our guide, Herb, was fantastic. He had 10+ years of experienced and was full of interesting knowledge about the area. He even took the time to teach us a few skills we were interested in. Plus, it seems like this company really tries to take care of their staff and have a positive impact on the community. We had such an awesome experience on our full-day, private canyoneering trip, and I would gladly do another trip with them!

Jo L November 10, 2022
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We had an amazing experience canyoneering Leprechaun Canyon with Herb! It was great to be able to go at our own pace, and Herb was super-competent and confidence-inspiring. He was also really well versed in the history and geology of the area, and the conversation was awesome all day. Melissa helped us get booked and was very communicative and friendly as we worked through scheduling and destinations. We will absolutely call these guys next time we need a guide in the area, I can't recommend them highly enough.

Chris Wareham November 3, 2022