Zion & Bryce Hiking – REI Signature Camping

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Dates: May-Sep - see all dates

Total Days: 5

Activity Level: 3

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Price:

2014/2015

REI Member: $1,999

Non-member: $2,199

Trip Dates:

2014

  • May 25–29
  • Jun 1–5
  • Jun 8–12
  • Jun 15–19
  • Jun 22–26 Sold out
  • Aug 17–21
  • Aug 24–28
  • Aug 31 – Sep 4
  • Sep 7–11
  • Sep 14–18
  • Sep 21–25

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2015

  • May 24–28
  • May 31 – Jun 4
  • Jun 7–11
  • Jun 14–18
  • Jun 21–25
  • Aug 16–20
  • Aug 23–27
  • Aug 30 – Sep 3
  • Sep 6–10
  • Sep 13–17
  • Sep 20–24

Or, book a
private departure.

Group Size: 4-12

Activity Level: 3

Activities:

  • Hiking

Accommodations:

REI Signature Camping at Zion, 2 nights; REI Signature Camping at Bryce Canyon, 2 nights.

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Trip Highlights

  • Explore spectacular Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks
  • Hike the Wall Street/Navajo Loop, to Fairyland, and through slot canyons
  • Visit Escalante National Monument
  • Stay in deluxe camping accommodations at REI's Signature Camps

Southwestern Utah is home to some of the most stunning landscapes in all of North America. Our Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Escalante adventure has been carefully designed every step of the way to offer the perfect hiking and camping adventure through this treasure trove of sights.

We hike to expansive views of Zion Canyon from thousands of feet above the shimmering Virgin River, then explore the subterranean wonderland of Echo Canyon and beyond into the labyrinthine of the Narrows. Next, we visit Bryce Canyon's prolific hoodoos, striped in radiant reds, bright orange, and white. Hike the classic Wall Street/Navajo Loop and descend into enchanting Fairyland before arriving at our exclusive Bryce Canyon REI Signature Camp on foot. We also spend a day at nearby Escalante, where two slot canyons wind into the depths of the National Monument.

Whether you're new to camping or simply looking for the next level of comfort and style, our private REI Signature Camping trips feature outstanding access to the parks' great hikes, the best camp amenities, and incredible service.

Learn more about Signature Camping.

Traveling with kids under 18? Check out our Family Zion & Bryce Hiking – REI Signature Camping trip.

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Travel from Las Vegas to our Zion Signature Camp and enjoy a warm-up hike.
  • Day 2 - Descend on foot to the Virgin River, then explore the legendary Narrows.
  • Day 3 - Depart Zion for our Bryce Signature Camp and hike a few classic routes.
  • Day 4 - Hike through two of Escalante National Monuments slot canyons.
  • Day 5 - Hike through Bryce Canyon's famed hoodoos before returning to Las Vegas.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

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.

  • Day 1 - Travel from Las Vegas to our Zion Signature Camp and enjoy a warm-up hike.

    Our trip begins today in Las Vegas, Nevada. Arrive into Las Vegas by 10:00 a.m. and transfer independently to the Henderson REI store. Group orientation is at 11:00 a.m. at the store. Our guides will briefly talk us through the basics, ensuring everyone has all they need before we grab a bite to eat at a nearby restaurant and set out for Zion. Making our way into Utah on this 3 hour drive, the mountains and mesas of Zion appear in the distance and rise to meet us as we arrive in time to enjoy a classic hike this afternoon. We'll climb the Watchman trail and enjoy views into Zion Canyon above the Virgin River, then return to our vehicle and complete the drive to our private REI Signature Camp. At camp we'll settle in, enjoy apps and drinks together while we get oriented to the site, then enjoy an abundant dinner spread before evening sets in. All meals included from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 5.

    Hiking: 3.2 miles. 3 hours. On our out-and-back hike today, we ascend 550 ft in our first 1.4 miles, then hike a short 0.4 mile scenic loop before returning to the trailhead along the route we ascended, making our total gain/loss today around 550ft.

  • Day 2 - Descend on foot to the Virgin River, then explore the legendary Narrows.

    Wake to the song of canyon wrens and the smell of freshly brewed coffee as we enjoy breakfast in camp, then set out for the Observation Point trailhead. Our hike today descends from the canyon rim into the depths of Zion Canyon, the heart of Zion National Park. We'll enjoy a picnic lunch in the shade of Echo Canyon, then, as the sun begins to heat up, we'll head for the relative cool of the Narrows, a deep slot canyon carved by the North Fork of the Virgin River as it cuts its way down through the Colorado Plateau to the foot of the Temple of Sinawava in Zion Canyon, where our hike begins. We travel upstream along the steep sandstone walls of the Narrows on a route often described as one of the best hikes in the U.S. before returning to main Zion Canyon to meet up with our vehicle and return to camp for the evening. This spectacular day of hiking offers a variety of dramatic views into the most celebrated wonders of Zion. Back at camp, look forward to another relaxing evening filled with great food and drink and shared memories with new friends.

    Hiking: 9 miles. 6 hours. Our first hike today leads from the rim of main Zion Canyon to the canyon floor. We hike 3.3 miles to start, gaining 300ft before steadily descending 2,450 ft in the final 4 miles of the route to reach the valley floor. On our second hike we walk upstream for about one mile into the Narrows, often in shallow water, very gradually gaining about 100 ft before turning around and exiting via the same route. We return to camp by vehicle from main Zion Canyon. Our total elevation gain for the day is 400 ft, and our total loss for the day is 2,550 ft.

  • Day 3 - Depart Zion for our Bryce Signature Camp and hike a few classic routes.

    Our Zion camp host bids farewell this morning with a delicious breakfast spread while our gear is loaded and we prepare to depart Zion for Bryce Canyon National Park to begin the next chapter of our adventure. Our van transfer today takes less than two hours, and the scenic drive traverses Red Canyon, providing just a glimpse of the grandeur that awaits us at Bryce. Arriving at Inspiration Point, we enjoy our first dramatic views from the rim. This chain of natural amphitheaters, formed by erosion, is packed with thousands of brightly colored spires or "hoodoos" banded in red, orange and white, some standing over 200 feet fall, all steeped in the mythology of the ancient Paiute people. Hiking along the rim, we take in the views from a range of angles across the canyon before taking a detour below the rim to explore the dramatic narrow slot through Wall Street, returning to the rim via the Navajo Loop. Next we'll enjoy a bountiful picnic spread at Sunset Point while sitting face to face with the oft photographed Thor's Hammer. Afterward, we'll make our way to the Fairyland Trail and descend to Tower Bridge before continuing on to our exclusive Bryce Canyon Base Camp where our host will welcome you in style as you arrive to find everything in its place for another night of camping perfection.

    Hiking: 6.5 miles, with options up to 9 miles. 4-6 hours. Our 6.5 mile day begins at Inspiration Point as we hike 0.7 miles to Sunset Point along the rim, gaining only 100 ft. From Sunset Point we descend renowned the Wall Street trail, losing 500 ft quickly in a half mile, then climbing out 500 ft back to the rim to complete the Navajo Loop in another half mile. From Sunset Point, we hike the rim once again to Sunrise Point, a flat 0.75 miles, then descend the Fairyland Loop Trail 800 ft to a hidden wash that leads directly to our hidden Base Camp, losing another 600 ft in the final 2.75 miles. Total elevation gain today is 600 ft, while total loss is 1,900 ft. Options for longer hikes may add more elevation gain/loss.

  • Day 4 - Hike through two of Escalante National Monuments slot canyons.

    The smell of pinion pine and juniper mingled with fresh coffee and steaming hot breakfast begins a new day. Within just 45 minutes of our private Bryce Canyon Base Camp are two of the most accessible and enjoyable slot canyon hiking adventures in Escalante National Monument, a lesser-known but equally spectacular region of southern Utah. Arriving at the mouth of our morning's first slot, we'll pause to learn about the unique natural forces that have formed the canyon along with some basics of slot canyon navigation before we begin. Our selected canyons involve no technical rope travel, but we'll squeeze our way through some tight spots and make use of some new skills like "bridging" and "chimneying" as we explore Willis Creek slot. We'll be feeling pretty good about our newfound canyoneering skills as the route reaches its end, and in nearby Kodachrome Basin we find an idyllic spot for another of our guides' great picnic spreads. After refueling, we'll take it up a notch as we make our way to Round Valley Draw for one more slot canyon adventure. Dropping into Round Valley Draw will put all our new canyoneering skills to work as we navigate a few tight vertical spaces and enormous boulders lodged between the canyon walls. These two hidden slot canyons provide a really special view into what makes Escalante National Monument such an important and unique environment, and are completely distinct from the hikes we'll have already enjoyed at Zion and Bryce. Tonight, we'll enjoy a final relaxing evening in our Base Camp, complete with a farewell dinner and celebration.

    Hiking: 8-10 miles. 5-7 hours. Both of today's slot canyon hikes are between 4 and 5 miles each, and our turnaround point in each canyon is flexible. We plan to descend first into Willis Creek, where we lose 250 ft in elevation steadily in the first 2.5 miles before returning the same way we entered. Total elevation gain/loss for Willis Creek is around 250 ft. At Round Valley Draw, we lose 100 ft in the first mile before we enter the slot itself then lose another 200 ft over the next 1.5 miles before returning the way we entered. Total elevation gain/loss for Round Valley Draw is 300 ft, and total for the day with both hikes combined is 550 ft. Round Valley Draw requires hikers to use their hands and feet and to wedge at times through tight, narrow spaces.

  • Day 5 - Hike through Bryce Canyon's famed hoodoos before returning to Las Vegas.

    This morning we transfer to the rim of Bryce canyon where we'll enjoy a spectacular sunrise before starting on our final hike. We'll descend through the famed skyscraper hoodoos of Wall Street and past the walls of Bristlecone Ridge as we admire the changing light illuminating the canyon. We'll emerge from the park at Tropic Trailhead, where our camp host will meet us. A 5-minute drive take us back to camp, where we'll have time for showers and a tasty brunch before departure. Loading the van, we return to Las Vegas where our trip ends. En route, we'll make a stop to stretch our legs and enjoy a picnic lunch at Zion's northwestern Canyons of the Kolob. After snapping a few final panoramic shots, we'll complete the rest of drive, arriving in Las Vegas between 5 and 6 p.m. Please do not schedule a departing flight prior to 9 p.m.

    Hiking: 3.5 miles, 2.5 hours. From the Rim, our hike gradually descends 1100 feet, averaging about 320 feet of loss per mile.

Note on Itinerary

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.

Price Includes

Four nights camping in our exclusive Zion and Bryce Canyon REI Base 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.

Not Included

Flights to/from Las Vegas, NV; airport transfers; alcoholic beverages; sleeping bag; guides gratuities.

Air Travel

Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.

Weather

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, spring and fall high temperatures will be in the 60s-70s in Bryce and in the 80s-90s in Zion. 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 Base 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.

Qualifications

This trip is rated Moderate [3]. 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. 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 Base Camps and knowledgeable guides make this a perfect adventure for novices and experienced campers alike.

Single Travelers

If you request single accommodations REI will provide you with your own tent at no additional charge. If you are willing to share a tent, we will assign you a same gender tent-mate if one is available. Please be advised that there are a limited number of tents and single tents are assigned first-come, first-served.

General Information

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 – REI Signature Camping Gear List

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.

Gear Checklist

Provided Gear
  • REI tents
  • Cots and sleeping pads
  • Camp furniture and seating
  • Cooking and eating utensils
  • Stoves and fuel
  • Trip leader first-aid kit
Official Papers
  • Photo identification
  • Airline tickets
Luggage
  • 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
Outerwear
  • Rain jacket (or poncho), lightweight, waterproof and breathable
  • Rain pants, waterproof and breathable
  • Fleece jacket or insulating later (spring and fall departures only)
  • Warm hat and gloves (spring and fall departures only)
Camping Gear
  • 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
Clothing
  • Walking shoes (closed-toed)
  • Sport sandals
Clothing
  • Base layer top and bottoms (spring and fall departures only)
  • Hiking pants
  • Hiking shorts
  • Long-sleeve shirt
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear
  • Hiking socks
  • Liner socks
  • Swimsuit
Clothing Accessories
  • Sun hat
Footwear
  • Hiking boots, sturdy, midweight, broken- in, aggressive tread
  • Camp shoes such as tennis shoes or sandals
  • Water hiking shoe or old tennis shoes (not flip-flops)— See "Things to Consider"
Travel Accessories
  • 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
  • Towel
  • Personal first-aid kit, small
  • Insect repellent
  • Several Ziploc plastic bags for wet clothes and trash
Optional Field Gear
  • 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.
  • Water shoes should be shoes that you don't mind hiking in wet, since our Narrows hike will be mostly in water. Old tennis shoes work, as do Keen sandals or another water shoe with a heel strap. Flip flops fall off and are easily lost, so they should be avoided.

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.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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4.5

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Pros

  • Accommodations (4)
  • Group camaraderie (4)
  • Guides (4)
  • Food (3)
  • Well organized itinerary (3)

Cons

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        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
        • All the details planned for me (4), Destination (4), Travel with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts (3)

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      5.0

      Fantastic 1st Experience with REI trips

      By WigB

      from Edwards, CA

      About Me Casual Adventurer

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      Pros

      • Accommodations
      • Food
      • Group Camaraderie
      • Guides
      • Well Organized Itinerary

      Cons

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          Comments about REI Adventures Zion & Bryce Hiking – REI Signature Camping:

          Overall the trip was outstanding. We saw all the highlights of both canyons as well as some really cool parts of Escalante National Monument. That part was a substitution because part of the itinerary was still closed from the previous weeks downpour. But, I didn't feel like I had missed anything, in fact we got more than we bargained for with the Escalante portion and the beautiful Lower Calf Creek Falls. I'm already looking for my next trip.

          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
          • All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
          • Why did you choose this trip?:
          • This was a combination decision between my dad and I. He had always wanted to go and heard how beautiful it was.
          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
          • Sunrise in Bryce as it lite up the hoodoos. Beautiful
          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
          • Bring plenty of water carrying capacity. About 100oz is a good value. The area is dry and if your not careful you'll be dehydrated quickly. If you're bring new foot ware try to have them broken-in before arriving. The downhill portions will test the fit of your boots.
           
          4.0

          Great adventure for the novice camper

          By Christina in Minnesota

          from St. Paul, Minnesota

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          • Guides
          • Quality Equipment Provided

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              Comments about REI Adventures Zion & Bryce Hiking – REI Signature Camping:

              I think this trip is really good for people who enjoy hiking, but may be nervous about camping. You are truly spoiled rotten in food and sleeping accomodations. And while the hikes are vigorous, they are not exhausting. My step-son had no trouble managing each days hiking. I thought this would be a great trip for lots of my friends who do some day-hiking, but aren't backpackers. I will say that if you are an avid hiker/backpacker, you might find this trip a little on the light side. I always ended the day thinking, I want to see MORE! But since we had my step-son along, it really was a good balance of adventure and chilling out. We had some uncooperative weather (flash flood danger), so there were a few hikes in the itinerary we missed - but the guides did find some really amazing alternatives to keep us out on the trail. The only reason I gave this a 4 instead of a 5 was that I could have handled more challenge. But everything else about the trip was top-notch - including staff, accomodations, food, and a chance to experience these amazing parks. Plus, I appreciated how the staff adjusted to having an 11-year-old on the trip and took extra steps to make sure he had a fantastic time.

              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
              • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
              • Why did you choose this trip?:
              • We wanted to bring my 11-year-old step-son on a great hiking adventure, and we spied the Family version of this trip. But we accidentally signed up for the regular version. After we figured out the mix-up, REI was very accomodating and said he should be fine on the regular version. And he was! And both Zion and Bryce are breathtaking.
              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
              • The people - our guides and camp hosts were fantastic. The views - both Bryce and Zion are full of breathtaking moments. The feeling of success when I made it through that scary stretch of the Zion trail. Relaxing on a hammock at the Bryce base camp. Hot tea waiting by my tent when I woke up in the morning. Someone else cooking, cleaning, planning!!
              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
              • Bring layers! Use lighter hiking shoes - your feet get warm. One of our guides hiked in Chacos, but don't do that unless you've trained in them. Also, if you have a fear of heights and narrow trails, a stretch of switchback into Zion can be chilling. I never thought I'd make it, but one of the guides walked on the outside of me and I kept my eyes down and did it. The 11 year old also made it!

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              5.0

              This was THE WAY to see Bryce & Zion!

              By Waterlover22

              from Shoreline, Washington

              About Me Avid Adventurer

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              Pros

              • Accommodations
              • Activity Level
              • Exceeded Expectations
              • Food
              • Group Camaraderie
              • Guides
              • Once in a Lifetime Experience
              • Well Organized Itinerary

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                  Comments about REI Adventures Zion & Bryce Hiking – REI Signature Camping:

                  The guides were really good about keeping us moving without making us feel rushed. I definitely enjoyed the spread out feel of Zion's base camp over Bryce's, but the views and accommodations at Bryce were hard to beat! Feel free to ask the guides to take your photo - they're more than happy to - but watch out for Guide Taylor's antics. ;-) The other thing I really appreciated about our group was everyone shared their photos within a reasonable amount of time (2 weeks).

                  • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                  • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                  • Why did you choose this trip?:
                  • Bryce Canyon was on my 'Someday I Will' list and I NEEDED a vacation that was semi-close to home, economical, but still felt like a get-a-way. This did all of that! REI's commitment to sustainability was also valued.
                  • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                  • Canyoneering! I LOVED it!!! I was instantly addicted. It sounded like this opportunity is dependent on the ability of the group.
                  • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                  • 1) Get ready for some serious fun! 2) Bring Kleenex or better yet a bandanna. It is a very dry, dusty climate and I found myself wanting to blow my nose a lot. 3) Have an extra camera battery & charger along with a sizable memory card. 4)Pack your sense of humor!

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  The good life!

                  By Laura B

                  from Minneapolis, MN

                  About Me Active Athlete, Casual Adventurer

                  Pros

                  • Accommodations
                  • Exceeded Expectations
                  • Food
                  • Great Location
                  • Group Camaraderie
                  • Guides
                  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                  • Quality Equipment Provided
                  • Well Organized Itinerary

                  Cons

                  • Activity Level

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                    Comments about REI Adventures Zion & Bryce Hiking – REI Signature Camping:

                    We were the very first group to experience this trip and it is everything you would expect from REI -- highly recommend! I'm not a true "camper" but REI's signature camp concept makes camping comfortable and fun. Some of the transfer and hike times were a little longer than expected, but since we were the first group the REI team was very open to feedback and committed to making adjustments as they learn how the "real" experience plays out. Lastly, Zion is not to be missed as it is a beautiful display of nature with fascinating vistas at every turn. We can't wait until you build more of these signature camping trips. Well done REI!

                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                    • All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, Previous Trip W Rei
                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                    • Zion was on my travel wish list and in combination with REI's signature camping opportunity, it was a perfect way for me to experience Zion.
                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                    • Our hike down from Observation Point into Echo Canyon, along switchbacks carved into the rock, was amazing! At each turn of the trail you can see a different perspective of this beautiful canyon. Also, REI's signature campsite is first-class -- a peaceful once in a lifetime experience to wake up, sit on the deck of the tent drinking fresh coffee (delivered by our guides) and overlook the mesa.
                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                    • Camp is at 6000 ft elevation, much cooler at night than the lows forecast down in Springdale. A 30 degree bad is fine, but bring some layers to wear at night around the campfire. Also, be patient -- the drive between the park and campground is about 45 minutes, plus bus transfer time to the trailhead once in the park. Bring a good sunhat.

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