Family Zion & Bryce Hiking – REI Signature Camping
- Explore Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks by foot
- See slot canyons, hoodoos, Kodachrome Basin, Virgin River Narrows, and more
- Enjoy activities designed for the whole family
- Stay at REI's Signature Camps, with top-notch amenities and superb service
A trip to the southwest is truly one of America's great family vacations, and REI's family hiking trip at Zion and Bryce has been carefully designed to create a memorable experience for kids and adults alike. Arriving at Bryce Canyon National Park, we descend from the enchanting Fairyland trail to a hidden wash that will bring us to our exclusive REI Signature Campsite. The exploration jumps into nearby Escalante, where two stunning slot canyons wind into the subterranean wonderland of this National Monument. Transferring to our camp in Zion, we drop from the canyon rim into the depths of Zion National Park. Hiking trips take us to Echo Canyon and beyond into the labyrinthine of the Narrows.
Enjoy exceptional panoramic views, brimming with spires and hoodoos, while staying in posh camping accommodations. REI's Signature Campsites feature outstanding access to the parks' best destinations, superb camping amenities, and incredible service. Our highly-skilled and friendly guides love to spill the canyons' secrets as we explore these fantastic destinations.
Kids get an REI day pack — Kids traveling on our Family Adventures will receive an REI day pack for their adventure! Kids age 8-17 will receive the REI Flash 18 Pack (while quantities last, colors may vary).
Not traveling with kids under age 18? Check out our Zion & Bryce Hiking – REI Signature Camping trip or inquire about a private departure of this itinerary.
Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.
Family Zion & Bryce Hiking – REI Signature Camping Itinerary:
Day 1 Travel from Las Vegas to our exclusive Signature Camp at Bryce Canyon.
Day 2 Hike through two of Escalante's slot canyons; visit in Kodachrome Basin.
Day 3 Hike Bryce Canyon's rim and slot canyons; stay at Zion Signature Camp.
Day 4 Trek from the roof of Zion to the Virgin River and explore the Narrows.
Day 5 Hike the Pa'Rus trail and a swim in the river; return to Las Vegas.
Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.
Four nights camping in our exclusive Zion and Bryce REI Signature Camps; guide leadership; round trip van transportation from Las Vegas; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; beverages including coffee, hot tea and hot chocolate; extra-thick sleeping pads; all group camping equipment; park fees and local taxes.
All operations in Grand Staircase National Monument are conducted under the authorized concessionaire permit of Arizona Outdoor Specialists, Inc.
Flights to/from Las Vegas, NV; airport transfers; alcoholic beverages; sleeping bag; guides gratuities.
Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.
During most months this high desert region receives very little precipitation. However, please be prepared for the possibility of rain. The temperature difference between Zion and Bryce/Escalante is commonly 20 degrees. Generally, summer temperatures average in the 90's in Zion and in the 70's in Bryce. Bear in mind that the dry air and ample shade created by the canyon walls will also make the temperatures feel slightly cooler. While daytime temperatures between Zion and Bryce will vary, our REI Signature Camps are at roughly the same elevation so temperatures in camp in the evenings, at night and in the mornings will be roughly the same, generally in the 40s-50s.
This trip is rated Moderate . Trip members should have some previous hiking experience and be in good physical condition. We recommend a conditioning regimen beginning at least 2-3 months prior to departure that includes hiking (preferably), walking or some other form of cardiovascular exercise (swimming, cycling) in order to prepare for the activity in this adventure. There are some steep sections and exposed overlooks on the various trails we hike. Day 4 is the biggest hiking day with the potential of 9+ miles and a big descent ( 2,450'). There are many options for shorter hikes and/or a van transfer to the valley floor to hike the Narrows. All hikes are optional and our guides will be sure to brief trip members on the vigorousness and exposure of each hike prior to setting out. Our comfortable REI Signature Camp and knowledgeable guides make this a perfect adventure for novices and experienced campers alike.
This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).
We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.
Family Zion & Bryce Hiking – REI Signature Camping
The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation. This gear list is provided to help you in choosing your equipment and clothing for this trip. Try to bring only what is necessary.
- REI tents
- Cots and sleeping pads
- Camp furniture and seating
- Cooking and eating utensils
- Stoves and fuel
- Trip leader first-aid kit
- Photo identification
- Airline tickets
- One large luggage piece to store your personal belongings
- Daypack 2000 - 2500 cu. in. to carry your camera, water bottles, lunch, etc.
- Luggage tags and luggage locks
- Rain jacket (or poncho), lightweight, waterproof and breathable
- Rain pants, waterproof and breathable
- Fleece jacket or insulating later (might need for evenings)
- Sleeping bag rated to 30-35°F, light weight, compressible down or synthetic material is best. (Available to rent for additional fee)
- Small travel pillow
- Base layer top and bottoms (spring and fall departures only)
- Hiking pants
- Hiking shorts
- Long-sleeve shirt
- Hiking socks
- Liner socks
- Sun hat
- Hiking boots, sturdy, midweight, broken- in, aggressive tread
- Camp shoes such as tennis shoes or sandals
- Two (2) one-quart water bottles or hydration system
- Flashlight or headlamp, and spare batteries/bulb
- Biodegradable soap and shampoo
- Baby wipes
- Toilet paper
- Sunglasses and retainer strap
- Sun block and lip balm
- Toiletry kit
- Personal first-aid kit, small
- Insect repellent
- Several Ziploc plastic bags for wet clothes and trash
- Camera, film/memory card(s), spare batteries
- Small binoculars
- Watch with alarm or travel clock
- Motion sickness remedies
- Spare contact lenses or glasses
- Reading and writing materials
- Trekking poles
- Ear plugs
Things to Consider
- Please remember to always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, a change of clothing (including hiking boots) and medications in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed. Pack your camera and film in your carry-on, too.
- Cotton is wonderful in warm weather. However, once it becomes wet, it will drain your body heat. Consider also bringing wool or synthetics such as Capilene, MTS and Thermax.
- Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding and bunching up.
- Make sure hiking boots are broken-in. Bring blister treatment in your personal first-aid kit. Thin liner socks worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters. The liner sock should be synthetic, not cotton. Test your sock combination before you go on the trip.
- Stuff sacks are great for sorting gear. Use different sizes/colors to differentiate contents.
- Snacks: Plenty of food and snacks will be available at all times during the trip. Should you bring your own snacks or powdered drinks, store them in the lock boxes in the kitchen area with the other food items. Never leave food in the tents or in your daypack unattended. Animals will chew through packs and tents to get to the food.
Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.