Family Zion Hiking Weekend – REI Signature Camping
Our Zion Hiking Weekend trip has been carefully designed to offer the ideal hiking and camping weekend. Experience the grand scale of the colorful canyons and the world-renowned Narrows. Whether you're new to camping or simply looking for the next level of comfort and style, our private REI Signature Camping at Zion National Park features the best camping amenities, service, and outstanding access to the great hikes and sights. This is an epic outdoor adventure as only REI can provide.
From our exclusive base camp in Zion, we descend from the canyon rim into the depths of Zion Canyon, the heart of the National Park. We'll explore Echo Canyon and beyond, delving into the labyrinthine of the Narrows. 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.
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 Hiking Weekend – 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 Hiking Weekend – REI Signature Camping Itinerary:
Day 1 An early start from Las Vegas gives us time to hike the Pa'rus Trail and possibly take a dip in the Virgin River.
Day 2 Hike from the roof of Zion to the Virgin River below, then explore the legendary Narrows before enjoying a final night at our REI Zion Base Camp.
Day 3 Emerald Pools, a fun family challenge, and a delicious lunch are in our plans before we head on back to Las Vegas in the afternoon.
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.
Two nights camping in our exclusive Zion 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.
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. Generally, summer temperatures average in the 90's in Zion National Park. 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. Our camp is situated at approximately 6,000 feet above sea level.
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 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 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.
Family Zion Hiking Weekend – 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, ventilation and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you in choosing your equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary, as this will help you and the field staff.
- 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
- 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 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.