Zion & Bryce Hiking – Lodge-based
A jewel in the crown of the U.S. park system, Zion National Park is certain to enchant visitors with its spectacular red and white-walled canyons, towering sandstone peaks and an abundance of exhilarating hiking opportunities. Our week-long adventure, led by our top guides, includes some of the best-known hikes in this magical park. We'll climb to a lofty perch atop Angel's Landing for panoramic views of magnificent Zion Canyon and descend 2,000 feet down a wildly switchbacked trail from Observation Point to the cool waters of the Virgin River. We'll also spend a day exploring the highlights of Bryce Canyon National Park and marvel at the forces of erosion that carved the thousands of spire-like hoodoos that stand as silent sentinels in colorful Bryce Amphitheatre. After each day's hike, relax with a bountiful meal and settle into a secluded lodge on a private 1,000-acre ranch on Zion's eastern border.
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.
Zion & Bryce Hiking – Lodge-based Itinerary:
Day 1 Meet in Las Vegas and travel to beautiful southern Utah and our private ranch accommodations on the east side of Zion National Park.
Day 2 Hike from the Virgin River up to Observation Point with stunning views of all of Zion's iconic natural monuments and landmarks.
Day 3 Surrounded by 2,000-foot sandstone walls, hike to Hidden Canyon and the amazing Zion Canyon Narrows.
Day 4 Explore the tranquil east side of Zion on a hike along the Canyon Overlook Trail to the top of the Great Arch.
Day 5 Discover Bryce Canyon National Park on a hike through colorful Fairyland Canyon. Visit Sunset Point and magnificent Bryce Amphitheatre.
Day 6 A final exhilarating hike to Angel's Landing; the trail floating 1,500' above the canyon floor along the spine of a sandstone fin!
Day 7 We'll stop at the Zion Park Visitor Center and hike the Watchman Trail before returning to Las Vegas and saying our goodbyes.
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 including weather and trail conditions.
Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.
Single room space is very limited and single travelers of the same gender will be roomed together on sold out departures. Single rooms cannot be guaranteed.
Accommodations for 6 nights (shared bathrooms); meals as noted in the daily itinerary; group transfer from Las Vegas and return; vehicle support; guide leadership and park entrance fees.
Airfare, one lunch; insurance of any kind, excess baggage charges, guide gratuities, alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, and items of a personal nature.
This trip is rated Moderate . It is not necessary to be an expert hiker to participate, but you should enjoy hiking and feel comfortable hiking off-trail, sometimes on moderately inclined sandstone. To maximize your enjoyment of the trip and to avoid sore muscles, we suggest beginning a regular exercise regimen at least 2-3 months prior to departure. Recommended exercises include hiking, jogging, cycling and/or swimming. The better shape you are in, the more fun you will have. Get out on those hills if possible!
Spring and fall weather in Utah is generally perfect for hiking with typically sunny days and temperatures in the 60-85 F range in springtime and 45-70 F in the fall. Evening and early morning temperatures can drop below freezing so arriving with some cold weather clothing is essential. Thunderstorms are not uncommon, but are usually short in duration.
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.
Zion & Bryce Hiking – Lodge-based
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, ventilation and weather protection. Try to bring only what is necessary—this will help you and the field staff.
- Airline tickets
- Photo identification
- Duffel bag or soft-sided suitcase, sturdy and large enough to hold your clothing
- Luggage tags and luggage locks
- Daypack 1500-2500 cu. in. to carry camera, water and extra clothing
- Bring a few lightweight, easily washable items for travel and evening wear
- Midweight fleece or wool sweater
- Lightweight, synthetic or wool long underwear, top/bottom
- Hiking shorts, synthetic
- Hiking pants, synthetic
- Hiking socks, synthetic
- Liner socks, synthetic
- T-shirts (cotton and synthetic)
- Long-sleeve shirts
- Rain jacket/shell, waterproof, breathable
- Sun hat
- Wool or fleece hat
- Wool or fleece gloves
- Sturdy lightweight hiking boots, broken in, agressive tread
- Casual shoes or sandals for lodge/evening wear
- Old tennis shoes (should be fully enclosed for foot protection while wading in rivers)
- Sunglasses and retainer strap
- Three one-quart water bottles or hydration system
- Sunscreen and lip protection (SPF 15+)
- Watch with alarm or travel clock
- Toiletry kit
- Small washcloth and bath towel (ranch does not supply towels)
- Flashlight and spare batteries/bulb
- Hand sanitizer gel
- Bath or body soap
- Hair dryer
- Camera, spare media card and batteries
- Reading and writing materials
- Pocket knife or multi-tool
- Walking staff or trekking poles with rubber tip protectors for better grip on slickrock
- Compact binoculars
- Ear plugs
- Travel pillow
- Spare contact lenses or glasses
- Motion sickness remedies
Things to Consider
- Please remember to always pack essential items such as appropriate identification, money, eyewear, a change of clothing, hiking boots and medications in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed.
- Cotton is wonderful in warm weather. However, once it becomes wet, it will drain your body heat. Bring 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 boots are broken-in. Bring moleskin for foot treatment. 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.
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.