New guide service aims to fill gap in backcountry offerings

A new backcountry guide service that specializes in custom journeys for small groups and families has opened in Moab. Deep Desert Expeditions, founded by Moab resident Mike Coronella, aims to fill a void in the services available to visitors, according to a news release from the company.

Coronella’s company offers full- and half-day hikes in and around the area, guided backpacking and camping treks, archaeological and photo excursions, and rock-hounding trips at a private azurite mine.

A former photography teacher, one of the pioneers of the Hayduke Trail (a more than 850-mile desert backpacking route) and a local Grand County Search and Rescue team member, Coronella has spent 20 years exploring the region, according to the news release. He also has experience as a river guide, a four-wheel drive tour guide, and a few years of fine dining experience.

Trips with Deep Desert Expeditions include tales of local lore and history as well as interpretive information about the area, according to the news release.

Deep Desert Expeditions operates under permits from the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management. For more information about the company visit the website at, or call 259-1565.