Bryce Hiking Weekend – REI Signature Camping

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Dates: May-Sep - see all dates

Total Days: 3

Activity Level: 3

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Price:

2014/2015

REI Member: $999

Non-member: $1,099

Trip Dates:

2014

  • May 23–25
  • May 30 – Jun 1
  • Jun 6–8
  • Jun 13–15
  • Jun 20–22
  • Aug 22–24
  • Aug 29–31
  • Sep 5–7
  • Sep 12–14
  • Sep 19–21

2015

  • May 22–24
  • May 29–31
  • Jun 5–7
  • Jun 12–14
  • Aug 21–23
  • Aug 28–30
  • Sep 4–6
  • Sep 11–13
  • Sep 18–20

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Group Size: 4-12

Activity Level: 3

Activities:

  • Hiking, Camping

Accommodations:

REI Base Camp at Bryce Canyon, 2 nights.

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Trip Highlights

  • Explore Bryce Canyon National Park while staying at a deluxe, private basecamp
  • Hike through slot canyons, the Fairyland trail, and the Wall Street/Navajo Loop
  • Enjoy REI's Signature Campsites with great amenities and a camp host
  • Take in radiant spires and hoodoos, weaving canyons, and awesome views

Our Bryce Hiking Weekend has been carefully designed to offer the perfect weekend hiking 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 at Bryce Canyon features the best camping amenities, service, and outstanding access to the park's great hikes and sights. This is an extraordinary National Park adventure as only REI can provide.

Upon arrival, we descend from the enchanting Fairyland trail to a hidden wash that brings us to our exclusive REI Signature Camp. Next we explore into nearby Escalante, where two distinct slot canyons wind into the depths of this 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.

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Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Travel from Las Vegas to Bryce Canyon and go on a warm-up hike.
  • Day 2 - Hike through two slot canyons, with a stop in Kodachrome Basin.
  • Day 3 - Explore iconic Wall Street slot and Navajo loop before our return.

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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 Bryce Canyon and go on a warm-up hike.

    Our trip begins today in Las Vegas (Henderson), Nevada at 8:00am at Green Valley Ranch Resort. Our guides will briefly talk us through the basics, ensuring everyone has all they need before we set out. Making our way deep into Utah on this 5-hour drive to Bryce Canyon, we'll take in all the beauty of the North American Southwest. Arriving at the park, we enjoy our first dramatic views from the rim. This chain of natural amphitheaters, formed by erosion, is brimming with thousands of brightly colored spires or "hoodoos" striped in red, orange and white, some standing over 200 feet fall, all steeped in the mythology of the ancient Paiute people. We'll enjoy a bountiful picnic spread and then make our way down to the Fairyland Trail and descend to Tower Bridge, where a hidden wash leads to our exclusive Bryce Canyon Base Camp. Our camp host will welcome you in style as you arrive to find everything in its place for your first night of camping perfection. All meals included from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 3.

    Hiking: 4 miles, with options up to 6 miles. We'll 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 loss is 1,900 ft. Options for longer hikes may add more elevation gain/loss.

  • Day 2 - Hike through two slot canyons, with a stop in Kodachrome Basin.

    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 enjoy at Bryce. Tonight, we'll enjoy a final relaxing evening in our Signature Camp, complete with a farewell dinner and celebration.

    Hiking: 8-10 miles. Both of today's slot canyon hikes are between 4-5 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. Both slot canyons require hikers to use their hands and feet and to wedge at times through tight, narrow spaces.

  • Day 3 - Explore iconic Wall Street slot and Navajo loop before our return.

    After another incredible breakfast, we'll pack our lunches and set out (via van transfer) into the Park to the Sunset Trailhead to explore the famous Navajo Loop. We'll be able to experience the dramatic narrow slot through Wall Street, a classic and awe-inspiring hike that is not to be missed. Depending on conditions, we may even be able to add in a quick trip to Queens Gardens for a long, last look around. After saying good-bye to the hoodoos of Bryce, we'll begin our return trip to Las Vegas, arriving between 4:00 and 5:00pm, local time (we'll gain an hour as we cross back in to Nevada). Please do not schedule a departing flight prior to 7:00 p.m.

    Hiking: Navajo Loop/Wall Street: 1.3 miles with 800 feet of elevation loss and gain. Optional Queens Garden extension will add 1.7 miles

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

Two nights camping in our exclusive Bryce REI Signature Camp; guide leadership; round trip van transportation from Las Vegas; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; 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. Generally, summer temperatures average in the 70's in Bryce. Spring and fall temperatures will be about 10 degrees cooler and bear in mind that the dry air and ample shade created by the canyon walls will also make the temperatures feel slightly cooler.

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 Camp 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 Weekend Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and detailed pre-trip 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.

Bryce Hiking Weekend – 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
  • 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
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 identification, 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.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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REI AdventuresBryce Hiking Weekend – REI Signature Camping
 
4.6

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accommodations (5)
  • Group camaraderie (5)
  • Guides (5)
  • Food (4)
  • Activity level (3)

Cons

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        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual adventurer (5)
        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
        • Destination (4), All the details planned for me (3)

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      5.0

      Perfect Weekend Escape

      By DownhillJill

      from Phoenix, AZ

      About Me Casual Adventurer

      Pros

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

      Cons

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          Comments about REI Adventures Bryce Hiking Weekend – REI Signature Camping:

          I think my husband is going to regret inviting me on this hiking weekend in Bryce. Let's just say, from now on I'm going to expect a cold, scented towel and iced lemonade after all hikes.

          I've experienced Bryce Canyon before, but never like this and especially not in a tent setup large enough for a closet, mirror and nightstand. The campsite is impressive with its spacious tents and wooden platforms.

          While REI brings together all the comfort and style a camper could want, it's the beauty of Bryce Canyon that steals the show. The hikes wind through incredible landscapes of red rock and hoodoos. The slot canyons of Escalante are sandstone playgrounds, filled with plenty of challenges. This place is amazing!

          Not only did our weekend in Utah give us a much-needed break from the Phoenix heat, it gave my outdoors-loving husband a glimpse into our future as campers. I'd like to thank REI for that.

          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
          • Destination, Recommended by a Friend
          • Why did you choose this trip?:
          • I've been wanting to explore Southern Utah. I was also excited about not having to pack in all my gear and food in or set up a tent. I wanted the extra time to relax and enjoy the views while in camp.
          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
          • There is no better playground than a slot canyon and the one we explored in Escalante was a blast. For several people in our group, this was the first time they had ever done any canyoneering/bouldering. Our guide Brian was encouraging and helpful with figuring out handholds and footholds.
          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
          • While in camp, sit back and relax. Where else can you get a French press coffee delivered to your tent each morning? Aside from camp life, the hiking offers incredibly photogenic views and exploring the slot-canyons is a fun challenge.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          "Glamping" is not a four letter word.

          By Shaunee77

          from Redwood City, California

          About Me Casual Adventurer

          Pros

          • Accommodations
          • Activity Level
          • Food
          • Group Camaraderie
          • Guides
          • Quality Equipment Provided

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              Comments about REI Adventures Bryce Hiking Weekend – REI Signature Camping:

              Wonderful trip, loved hiking the beautiful scenery. Guides were awesome and great camp host. I felt TOO taken care of if that's possible. Two things I would prefer...
              1) once registered it would be nice to have an online forum to meet other campers and possibly meet up prior in LV and to share cab fare with.
              2) Not a big deal and certainly not enough to keep me from signing up again, I would have liked a little more free time in camp to frolic and play with my fellow campers. I could see bonding over lawn games and cards by camp light. By the time we got in each night there was just enough time to shower, eat, and sit at the fire for maybe 10 minutes before I needed to get to sleep for the early mornings. But again, not a big deal. Highly recommend this trip!

              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
              • All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
              • Why did you choose this trip?:
              • Perfect weekend getaway.
              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
              • Hking the slot canyons and learning so much about Canyon formation. Steph and Gary are amazing and truly professionals in their field.
              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
              • September was a great time to travel to Bryce. Not to warm, not too cold. Expect some periods of rain and don't leave your stuff on the porch even if its sunny and clear. The weather moved so fast around us, you can be soaked in a matter of minutes so bring rain gear. Ask questions about what you're seeing, guides love to teach and I learned so much about the formation of these canyons! Loved it!

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              red rock, soft adventure

              By easilylost

              from Phoenix, AZ

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              Pros

              • Accommodations
              • Exceeded Expectations
              • Food
              • Group Camaraderie
              • Guides
              • Quality Equipment Provided
              • Well Organized Itinerary

              Cons

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                  Comments about REI Adventures Bryce Hiking Weekend – REI Signature Camping:

                  I can't imagine a better way to get a taste of Bryce and Escalante in the span of a weekend. Navajo Loop and Kodachrome Basin are ridiculously photogenic, and Wall Street is a great intro to slot-canyon exploration.

                  The trip was well planned without ever seeming regimented, and downtime afforded plenty of opportunities for reading, snacking, Frisbee flinging, etc.

                  The campsite has killer views. Walking into camp was like walking into an REI catalog. Tents with front porches and closets? Come on.

                  I was a little worried about doing the group-tour thing (not my style), but this tour rarely felt like a field trip. We had a good group and good guides. Our guide Brian was a consummate pro. He shared knowledge casually, never pedantically rattling off facts, and he gently encouraged guests to step out of their comfort zones (say, by conquering a rock problem in the slot canyon) without ever seeming pushy. He's also a heck of a cook.

                  If there's any negative to this tour, it's that the setup is almost TOO nice. It definitely borders on "glamping". (We arrived from the first day's hike to lemonade and chilled, lavendar-scented towels.) But I chose to think of the trip as a resort escape without walls. If you like outdoor living and soft adventure--and you can only take so much of Vegas--this tour will rock your world.

                  • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                  • Destination, Recommended by a Friend
                  • Why did you choose this trip?:
                  • I love southern Utah, and I wanted to treat my wife to a level of "camping luxury" she doesn't enjoy on our usual backcountry excursions.
                  • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                  • Sitting around the campfire, under a dense canopy of stars, sipping beverages and trading jokes and stories with the guides.
                  • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                  • If you're a hardcore hiker/camper, swallow your pride and let the guides take care of you. If you're a newbie hiker/camper, cast aside your inhibitions and let the guides take care of you.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Fun trip with royal treatment

                  By LogOff Hiker

                  from Baltimore, MD

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                  Cons

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                    Comments about REI Adventures Bryce Hiking Weekend – REI Signature Camping:

                    The trip was wonderful, the guides were very knowledgeable and personable. Food was awesome and we were treated very well. I would have liked to see the slot canyons, but weather impeded that part so you have to be flexible with the itinerary. That was the only downside, otherwise the trip was lots of fun!

                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                    • All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                    • I wanted to see Utah and hike with a group of people.
                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                    • Hiking through Bryce Canyon.
                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                    • Make sure you have the proper gear and use the gear list provided by REI. There was all kinds of weather during the trip so be prepared for rain and sun.

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Amazing!

                    By Lydia and Jonah

                    from Temple, TX

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                    Pros

                    • Accommodations
                    • Activity Level
                    • Group Camaraderie
                    • Guides
                    • Wake Up Call With Coffee

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                        Comments about REI Adventures Bryce Hiking Weekend – REI Signature Camping:

                        Alyssa and Chris were great guides. They were both very knowledgeable and personable. The tents were WAY better than I expected. The cots were actually pretty comfortable and there was a "closet" to hang my wet towels, clothes, etc. The bathrooms were great too - Heat/Air plus warm water. The view from our porch (yes, the tents have porches) was beautiful. I have decided that I will definitely "fancy camp," but I may never go regular camping again. Thanks REI!

                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                        • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability
                        • Why did you choose this trip?:
                        • We really just picked this trip because I had the weekend off for my birthday and this was the only REI trip that weekend.
                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                        • The second day we spent hiking the slot canyons was amazing. It was beautiful. Great photo opportunities. But personally I just loved climbing up and down and around all the boulders!
                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                        • Pack light. Wear sunscreen. Bring warm clothes, because the evenings get pretty chilly.

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