Zion & Bryce Hiking – REI Signature Camping
Our Zion, Bryce Canyon and Escalante adventure has been carefully designed every step of the way to offer the perfect hiking and camping adventure. Experience exceptional panoramic views, brimming with spires and hoodoos striped in radiant reds, bright orange and white. 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 and sights, the best camp amenities, and incredible service. This is an extraordinary outdoor adventure as only REI can provide.
We'll hike to expansive views of Zion Canyon from thousands of feet above the shimmering Virgin River, then explore the depths of Echo Canyon and beyond into the labyrinthine of the Narrows. Next, we make our way a short distance to Bryce Canyon, where an exceptional panoramic view of the park's thousands of hoodoos striped in radiant reds, bright orange, and white, marks the start of a full day of exploration. Hike the classic Wall Street/Navajo Loop before descending into enchanting Fairyland, then arrive at our exclusive Bryce Canyon REI Signature Camp on foot. Jump off from there to nearby Escalante where two distinct slot canyons framed by high walls of warped sandstone wind into the depths of the National Monument. Our highly skilled and friendly guides are passionate about the desert southwest and all its unique history—and they love to spill the canyons' secrets as we explore it all.
Round-trip transportation is provided from Las Vegas, Nevada where our adventure begins and ends.
Traveling with kids under 18? Check out our Family Zion & Bryce Hiking – REI Signature Camping trip.
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.
Zion & Bryce Hiking – REI Signature Camping Itinerary:
Day 1 Travel from Las Vegas to Zion National Park and our Zion REI Signature Camp and enjoy a spectacular warm-up hike in the park on the way.
Day 2 Descend on foot from the panoramic roof of Zion to the Virgin River below, then explore the legendary Narrows before returning to our Zion REI Signature Camp.
Day 3 Depart Zion for Bryce Canyon National Park, arriving at the rim for amazing views and in plenty of time to explore a few classic routes before hiking into our Bryce Canyon REI Signature Camp.
Day 4 Hike through two of Escalante National Monuments most accessible slot canyons today before enjoying a final night at our Bryce Canyon REI Signature Camp.
Day 5 Say goodbye to Southern Utah with a return hike to the rim through Bryce Canyon’s famed hoodoos before returning to Las Vegas where our adventure ends today.
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 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.
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.
We make it easy for solo 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.
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.
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. 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.
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
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 (spring and fall departures only)
- Warm hat and gloves (spring and fall departures only)
- 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
- Walking shoes (closed-toed)
- Sport sandals
- 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
- Water hiking shoe or old tennis shoes (not flip-flops)— See "Things to Consider"
- 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.
- 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.
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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.