Bryce Canyon & Grand Canyon Hiking Adventure

Trip Length5 Days
Group Size4–9
Activity level
Starting from
$3,399 for REI Members
$3,739 for non-members
DeparturesMay 2024-Sep 2024

On this unforgettable adventure, we’ve combined two of America’s iconic national parks, to create a perfect 5-day adventure for people who love to hike by day and sleep in comfort by night.

The first leg of our adventure transports us to one of Utah’s crown jewels, Bryce Canyon National Park. This wondrous park was named after Ebenezer Bryce who homesteaded in the area in 1874. It is easy to understand why this place completely captivated him and spurred his famous quote “a helluva place to lose a cow”. Here, the trails weave past soaring red, white, and crimson sandstone pinnacles that contrast perfectly against the cobalt blue sky. With every bend in the trail, more of the postcard-perfect landscape unfolds before our eyes. At night, we retreat to our private REI Signature Camp located a short distance outside of the park. This is camping at its finest with spacious tents and sleeping cots, delicious homemade meals, private showers and bathrooms, and other special touches. Designated as an International Dark Sky Park, the region around Bryce Canyon is perfect for star gazing and we’ll have a local astronomer join us in camp to teach us about the array of celestial objects in the night sky by using telescopes.

From Bryce Canyon, our journey continues to one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the ruggedly beautiful Grand Canyon. Of the six million annual visitors, only a fraction explores the spectacular trails of the less-trafficked North Rim. We make the most of our two days here hiking part-way down into the canyon on the iconic North Kaibab Trail and along trails skirting the canyon rim with sweeping panoramic views of the canyon’s colorful ravines, buttes, and towers carved over the millennia by the Colorado River. At night, we relax in comfort in our private cabins at the historic Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge.

We stay at the North Rim Lodge with its million-dollar views.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the spellbinding landscape of Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon National Parks
  • Hike trails with endless views of sandstone spires, deep canyons, and stunning rock formations
  • Sleep in comfort at REI’s Bryce Canyon Signature Camp and the Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge
  • Exceptional guides lead us on trails and teach us about the fascinating geology of the Colorado Plateau
  • Enjoy a night of stargazing with a local astronomer

Activities

This trip is rated Moderate [3]. Trip members should be in good physical condition and capable of hiking up to 6 miles with a 5–10-pound daypack over rocky and sandy trails with elevation gain/loss up to 1,900’, for consecutive days in a row. There are some steep sections and exposed overlooks on the various trails. Most hikes take place at an elevation of 8,000' and will feel harder than hiking at lower elevations. Additionally, the summer heat can be well into the 90s°F (or higher) making the hikes feel much more strenuous. Keep the heat and altitude in mind when training for this adventure, especially if coming from a lower elevation/sea level.

  • Hiking
  • Camping

What's Included

Four nights accommodations; guide leadership; round trip van transportation from Las Vegas; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; Bryce camp astronomy talk; all group camping equipment; park fees and local taxes.

Accommodations

REI Bryce Canyon Signature Camping, 2 nights; Lodge, 2 nights

Your Adventure Itinerary

Itinerary map for Bryce Canyon & Grand Canyon Hiking Adventure
Day 1

Hike among the famous hoodoos at Bryce Canyon National Park

Meet your guides and fellow travelers in Henderson, NV for an orientation before setting out for Bryce Canyon National Park. Whether it’s your first trip to Bryce or not, it’s hard not to feel an overwhelming sense of awe at the sight of the towering hoodoos (sandstone spires) that rise from the canyon floor of Bryce Amphitheater. Inspiration Point is said to be one of the best views in the park and it’s where our first hike begins. As we hike along the canyon rim, we have a front-row view of the thousands of vibrantly colored spires – the greatest concentration of hoodoos found anywhere on Earth. Before we know it, the trail descends into this magical sandstone forest via the Queen’s Garden Loop Trail with its mesmerizingly bizarre and colorful rock formations. A gradual descent on the Tropic Trail provides stretches of Ponderosa Pine and Douglas Fir mixed in with the otherworldly landscape. From the trail’s end, a short drive takes us to our private REI Signature Camp where we are welcomed in style for our first night of camping under the Utah sky. Lunch and dinner included.

Hiking: 4.5 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +398’ / -1,615'; Van transfer: 5.5 hours

Day 2

Hike the Fairyland Trail and stargaze with a local astronomer

We take advantage of our full day in Bryce by hiking the wonderful Fairyland Loop, a scenic trail that offers endless photographic opportunities the entire way. Descending into the canyon, the warm-colored sandstone, stands of jade-green pine trees, and whimsical hoodoos surround us with every step. It is easy to understand why this national park is so uniquely captivating. This afternoon, we return to camp to relax before enjoying a homemade dinner prepared by our amazing guides. Bryce Canyon, and the surrounding area, are part of the International Dark Sky Association so after the sun goes down, a local astronomer visits our camp (weather permitting) to teach us about the night sky providing an unforgettable star-gazing experience. All meals included.

Hiking: 6 miles, Elevation gain/loss: 1,600'

Day 3

Morning hike in Bryce before driving to the Grand Canyon

Today’s hike gives us one last opportunity to take in the natural beauty of stunning Bryce Canyon National Park. Starting on the rim at Bryce Point, we’re greeted with a spectacular view of the hoodoo-filled Bryce Amphitheater. From here, the well-maintained trail descends quickly into the splendor of the amphitheater before connecting with Peek-A-Boo Trail and past iconic rock formations like The Alligator and Fairy Castle. On Bryce’s trails, what goes down must come up. To return to the rim, we ascend the switchbacks of the iconic Wall Street Trail. The crimson-colored walls and rock formations make this hike fun and interesting, even on the uphill. Along the rim, we take in the mesmerizing vistas of Bryce one last time then drive south to the incomparable Grand Canyon, our home for the next two nights. After settling in, we’ll take a short walk from our lodge to Bright Angel Point and enjoy its world-class view of the canyon. Tonight, relax in the comfort of a private cabin. All meals included.

Hiking: 4.2 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +1,572’ / -1,953; Van transfer: 3.5 hours

Day 4

Descend into the Grand Canyon on the North Kaibab Trail

The famous North Kaibab Trail is our hiking route today. Cut into the redwall cliffs, this is the only maintained trail with access to the canyon floor from the North Rim. Initially, the trail descends a series of switchbacks that offer remarkable views and verdant vegetation like fir trees, aspen, and ferns. As we hike down, we’ll stop at scenic overlooks before reaching Supai Tunnel, our turnaround point. The tunnel was built in the 1920s by blasting directly into the red stone to match the quality and grade of the South Kaibab Trail. Sections of this out-and-back hike can be challenging, but our guides are here to keep us engaged and energized, sharing stories of the canyon, and teaching us about the park’s flora, fauna, and geology. Tonight, we enjoy a well-earned hearty dinner in the famous North Rim Lodge dining room. All meals included.

Hiking: 3.5 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +1,385’

Day 5

Appreciate final views of the Grand Canyon on a hike along the rim. Return to Las Vegas

What better way to spend our last morning at the North Rim, and get a unique perspective of the canyon, than by hiking along the canyon rim? From the lodge, the 4-mile roundtrip hike skirts the rim and winds through a canopy of trees with scenic vistas along the way. As we hike, our guides will identify various topographical and geological points of interest to help us better understand the features that comprise this beautiful landscape. With luck, we’ll encounter wildlife along the way such as birds, mule deer, or the elusive Kaibab squirrel found only on the Kaibab Plateau. After our morning hike, we have lunch before setting out for Las Vegas where we say our final goodbyes. We plan to arrive in Las Vegas by late afternoon. Evening flights should be scheduled for 8pm or later. Breakfast and lunch included.

Hiking: up to 5 miles, Elevation gain/loss: 600’; Van transfer: 5.5 hours

Itinerary map for Bryce Canyon & Grand Canyon Hiking Adventure

Gear List

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We provide

  • All Group Cooking Gear
  • Group First Aid Kit
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Tent(s)

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