Exclusive insight into this adventurer’s playground
Having pioneered the most ambitious luxury camp experiences throughout Utah, we know best how to create exclusive escapes amongst this state’s geographic drama.
Think front-row views of this year’s solar eclipse from a 3D-printed observatory, heli lunches atop Tower Butte itself and bespoke tented setups among Hunts Mesa’s otherworldly topography.
And, after getting your adrenaline fix heli-canyoneering, rafting on the Colorado River and with jet-ski races on Lake Powell, we’ll create a boutique bolthole just for you. In among stays in world-leading lodges, enjoy nights under the stars with luxury tents and theatrically lit parties.
All images and footage on this page has been taken on past Cookson Adventures trips
A region iconic for its red-rock formations and deep, plunging canyons, America’s desert state is the perfect canvas for a bespoke, off-the-grid adventure. And, this year, Utah’s carved-out rocks and sun-soaked gorges are the perfect backdrop to the ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse. It’s an experience we’ll elevate in true Cookson fashion, perhaps toasting it with sommelier-selected vintages or in the company of top astronomers.
In Utah, the Mars-like landscapes are best explored by air. Bringing in a helicopter means special access to remote pockets that few have the chance to see. That could be discovering stratified slot canyons far away from the crowds of the Narrows or scaling the mile-high monolith of Tower Butte to enjoy a unique lunch, surrounded by nothing but sweeping desert views.
Of course, high-octane activities also really shine here. Take on narrow canyons by bike, sweep out across desert dunes on ATVs and scale epic via ferrata climbs set some 400 foot in the air. Then, try out a full spread of watersports on the sprawling oasis of man-made Lake Powell.
While off-grid, there’s no need to compromise on indulgence. We’ll elevate your experience with your very own tented camp that’s created just for you, from personalised private-chef dining to dedicated wellness facilities. It’s all set to exclusive views of Monument Valley’s monoliths or water-side vistas around Lake Powell. And, you’ve the option of combining it with a world-class desert lodge, complete with the likes of private-pool pavilions.
This year provides the rare chance to witness a ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse phenomenon. With our knowledge of Utah’s most extraordinary landscapes, we can take you to an exclusive viewing spot, set well away from the crowds. It’s all elevated with the likes of top astronomers and your own private camp, created entirely from scratch in the desert wilds.
Unique dining setups
From remote mountain picnics to a dramatic, yet decadent, butte-top seated dinner, we know the very best spots – complete with sweeping 360-degree views – for the ultimate in private dining experiences.
Bringing a slice of luxury to Utah’s dramatic outdoors, head off grid to stay in a custom camp set up exclusively for you. Our previous creations include an isolated lake camp and a tented setup in the wilds of Monument Valley. Expect everything tailored entirely to you – think king-size beds and private-chef dining, perhaps elevated with a helipad-topped houseboat or a telescope for stargazing in some of the continent’s darkest skies.
Utah by air
Exposing the sheer enormity of this red-rock region, take in Utah’s otherworldly landscapes from the air. Fly high by heli above Monument Valley’s steeply sloped buttes or try an empowering yoga lesson, set to the high-alpine peaks of the Uintas Mountains.
Here, adventure is woven into every element. It could be rappelling down vertical rock faces, racing across the dunes in ATVs or saddling up for high-octane mountain bike rides through narrow canyons and arch-studded parks. We can even take you rafting down the Colorado River, where white-knuckle rapids lie excitingly in wait.
Lake Powell – adventure on water
With plenty of toys to hand, it’s all about the on-the-water fun at this sprawling desert lake. Speed on jet skis and speedboats around meandering passageways, glide out by e-foil across the water, and navigate a series of special waypoints on a personalised ‘Amazing Race’ around the lake.
Epic hiking and climbing
From gentle hikes through Utah's big-name national parks to scaling a 400-foot-high via ferrata to swinging your way along a series and Burma bridges, enjoy a taste of suspended adrenaline as you take on Utah’s towering canyons. We know the best hidden spots.
Complete with a side of campfire lounging and s’mores, spend enlightening evenings in the presence of a Navajo medicine man, swapping stories of spirituality, ancient language and learning traditional customs as you go.
Soak in the uninterrupted night skies at your bespoke desert camp
Cookson Adventures' private camp setup on Lake Powell
Exploring Lake Powell's hidden waterways by speedboat
Heli take-off after landing to bespoke lunch setup
Tackle Utah's unique formations on foot
Fly by plane or heli to reach otherwise off-grid canyon landscapes
Mountain bikes exploring Utah's desert remotes
Bring in a houseboat, with helipad, to elevate a private lake-side camp
Abseiling down sheer canyon rock faces
Private camp set up to an epic canyon-studded backdrop
Water toy fun on Lake Powell
Isolated mountain bike routes taken to the next level
Don harnesses and take on vertical rock faces by rope
Historic handprint petroglyph on desert rock
Exploring Lake Powell by kayak
Create special after-dark setups with bespoke light shows
See Utah's spectacular landscapes from the air
Desert driving on ATVs
Head truly off-grid in our bespoke desert camp
Rappel down the narrowest of hidden gorges
Admire seriously epic bike ride views
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