Zion 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 13–15
  • Aug 29–31
  • Sep 12–14
  • Sep 19–21

2015

  • May 22–24
  • May 29–31
  • Jun 12–14
  • Aug 28–30
  • 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 Zion, 2 nights.

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Trip Highlights

  • Discover the sights and beauty of Zion National Park on a weekend hiking trip
  • Stay at REI's private Signature Campsite, complete with amenities and camp host
  • Hike to Angels Landing, Echo Canyon, Virgin Narrows, and more

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, the world-renowned Narrows, and panoramic views of Angels Landing.

We 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. 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.

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.

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

Learn more about Signature Camping.

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Travel from Las Vegas with time to hike the Watchman Trail.
  • Day 2 - Hike from the roof of Zion to the Virgin River, then explore the Narrows.
  • Day 3 - Visit Angel's Landing for gorgeous views.

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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 with time to hike the Watchman Trail.

    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 three hour drive to Zion National Park, we'll take in the incredible scenery of the American Southwest. We'll head to the trailhead for the Watchman Trail to stretch our legs on an introductory hike in the park. This out-and-back trail offers fantastic views of a some of the most famous features in the park, including West Temple and Towers of the Virgin. After our first delectable lunch, we're off to Checkerboard Mesa to take in some truly magnificent views. Our first afternoon in the park will leave you breathless and ready to enjoy the comforts of our exclusive REI Signature Camp. Our guides and camp host will provide a camp orientation and then, while we're getting situated in our comfortable tents, put the finishing touches on an incredible al fresco dinner before our sweet cravings are satisfied with a delectable dessert. All meals included from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 3.

    Hiking: 3-5 miles on our out-and-back hike today, we'll ascend 368 ft on our climb to a plateau near the base of the Watchman, returning the way we came for a round-trip of 2.7 miles. Optional side hikes may add additional mileage and will vary depending upon the group and conditions.

  • Day 2 - Hike from the roof of Zion to the Virgin River, then explore the 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 main Zion Canyon, the heart of Zion National Park, where we'll emerge from Echo Canyon to enjoy a lovely picnic beneath the cottonwoods. Then, as the sun begins to heat up, we'll head for the shade and relative cool of the Narrows, a deep gash in the earth carved by the North Fork of the Virgin River as it winds from the high aspen forest of the Colorado Plateau and cuts its way down 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: 8 miles. Our first hike today leads from the rim of main Zion Canyon to the canyon floor. We hike 2.25 miles to start, gaining 300ft before the option to take a short side hike to a very scenic overlook. Returning to the main trail, we steadily descend 2,450 ft in the final 3.75 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', and our total loss for the day is 2,550 ft.

  • Day 3 - Visit Angel's Landing for gorgeous views.

    After another incredible breakfast, we'll pack our lunches and drive into the main Zion Canyon, where we'll embark upon one of the most thrilling and famous hikes in the Southwest, Angel's Landing. Strong hikers will have the opportunity to ascend this long, steady climb, nearly 1,500' and culminate in an exhilarating half-mile on an exposed sandstone ridge. Those with a fear of heights or exposure can hang back at Scout's Lookout and still enjoy incredible views. We'll take in a last panoramic view of the canyon before turning around and heading back to our waiting shuttle. We'll eat lunch and then depart for Las Vegas. We lose one hour (changing time zones) as we drive 2.5 hours to Green Valley Ranch Resort. Expect to return sometime between 5:00-6:00pm, local time. Please do not schedule a departing flight prior to 8:00 p.m.

    Hiking: 5 miles. Two miles of climbing along a paved, well-maintained path. The last ½ mile is across a narrow sandstone ridge with steep drop-offs on either side. We will return the way we came for a total of 5 miles with an elevation gain (and then loss) of 1,488 feet.

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 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.

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 90's in Zion. 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.

Zion 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.

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  • Activity level (4)
  • Group camaraderie (4)
  • Guides (4)
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        • Active adventures (5), Destination (5), All the details planned for me (3), I liked the itinerary (3)

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      4.0

      beautiful!

      By bbeth

      from East Bay, CA

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      • Well Organized Itinerary

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

          The guides were so wonderful, they took great care of us and knew the area well. Angles landing was part of the itinerary, but there was not actually time for that hike. We did the Emerald pools instead and I thought that was so wonderful. Not sure why it is in the itinerary when there is not really time for it. There is also no night hike, but still bring your headlamp as you will need to walk to your tent and the bathrooms. Also, I recommend people bring a hydration system. Those that brought only water bottles were always fumbling for the bottles. I found my trekking poles very useful in the water and on the rocky areas!

          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
          • Active Adventures, Destination
          • Why did you choose this trip?:
          • I have always wanted to visit Zion.
          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
          • Observation point was amazing. I loved the Emerald pools, it was such a sweet and beautiful place to spend our last day
          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
          • Be active before your trip, fly in the night before so you can get some rest, be ready for any changes to the itinerary
           
          4.0

          Great way to experience Zion!

          By Colorado Kristin

          from Denver, CO

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          Cons

          • Poorly Organized Itinerary

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

            Be prepared for changing itinerary. Unforuntaley we missed out on the evening hike (guides didn't even know it was part of the itinerary) and were persuaded not to hike to Angel's landing due to the short day and drive back to Las Vegas.

            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
            • Active Adventures, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
            • Why did you choose this trip?:
            • I love REI and my husband and I wanted to visit Zion. We've had great adventures with REI in the past and thought this trip would be fun.
            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
            • It was great to meet and visit with all of the other members of our trip. We had people from across the country with different backgrounds and experiences. Visiting different areas of Zion was also fantastic - it is a beautiful place!
             
            5.0

            Sign us up for the next one!

            By EAK

            from Ladera Ranch, CA

            About Me Casual Adventurers, Endurance Athletes

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            Pros

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            • Exceeded Expectations
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            • Once in a Lifetime Experience
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                Comments about REI Adventures Zion Hiking Weekend – REI Signature Camping:

                We were part of the first group to experience Signature Camping. My husband and I totally fell in love with this format/type of traveling and are already planning to go on the Bryce trip in 2014 (and wherever else REI offers Signature Camping destinations in the future). Loved, loved, loved it! Can't say enough good enough things about the experience.

                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary
                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                • My husband and I were looking for an active vacation adventure. When we came upon the REI Signature Camping trip we were sold. We love to camp and hike but wanted a stress free trip without worrying about the details like the itinerary, meal planning, etc. Mission accomplished!
                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                • So many things to mention . . . great camp setting, wonderful and entertaining guides and camp host (thanks Taylor, Megan, and Clint - you guys are the best!), incredible hikes with even more incredible views (our favorite was the hike from Observation Point into Echo Canyon), fresh delicious meals, getting to meet so many fun and interesting people from all over the country.
                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                • We traveled in late May and the night time temperatures were 10-15 degrees cooler than the information provided in the REI info and weather sites. The camp is at a higher elevation so plan accordingly. Also, make sure to spend time with the group around the campfire. Some of our fondest memories were sharing stories and just hanging out with everyone after a long, fun day of hiking adventures.
                 
                5.0

                Exceeded expectations!

                By Aida

                from Andover, NJ

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                • Exceeded Expectations
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                    Comments about REI Adventures Zion Hiking Weekend – REI Signature Camping:

                    Our accommodations at REI signature camping provided all we needed and more! the food was delicious and prepared with high quality products, very healthy! I loved the fresh coffee brought to our tents in the morning! Our camp host and leaders were amazing! Their knowledge revealed their professionalism, they were enthusiastic and helpful. The lemonade and wet towels at the end of a long hike were so refreshing! And another day, they even surprised us with ice cream comes.

                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                    • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination
                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                    • Because it offered an adventure for the whole family and we had never been in this part of the country before.
                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                    • The perfect accommodations and spectacular views!

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                    5.0

                    BEST TRIP EVER!!!!

                    By Escalador

                    from Andover, NJ

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                    • Exceeded Expectations
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                    • Once in a Lifetime Experience
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                        Comments about REI Adventures Zion Hiking Weekend – REI Signature Camping:

                        This trip exceeded my every expectation, It was so much fun!
                        the guides were super friendly, knowledgable, fun, and ready to serve; the camp was beautiful,and super comfortable; and the food was delicious and healthy!
                        The hikes were amazing, and the views were spectacular.
                        There is nothing that could have made this trip better, I love REI!!!

                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                        • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, I Love Rei, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                        • Why did you choose this trip?:
                        • I chose this trip because I love REI and I love the outdoors.
                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                        • The hikes, the guides, and the food.
                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                        • Go on some hikes in your area before the trip, you will enjoy the trip far more if you are in good shape.

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