Zion & Bryce Canyon Hiking – Lodge-based

Trip Length 6 Days
Group Size 4-12
Activity level
Starting from
$3,599 for REI Members
$3,899 for non-members
Departures Sep 2022-Oct 2023

From the Narrows to Fairyland, explore treasures of Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks on a 6-day hiking adventure.

Set out with a small, guided group on the desert adventure of a lifetime. Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks lure travelers with haunting geologic beauty. Get the best of both with an itinerary designed for variety and delight. By day, hike bucket-list-worthy trails, enjoy plentiful food, and soak up jaw-dropping scenery. By night, stay at Cliffrose Lodge and Ruby’s Inn. Rinse off the trail dust, kick back on the porch with a cold drink, sleep in a real bed. Ahhhh.

You’ll finally experience places you’ve heard so much about—and hidden gems you haven’t. Behold Zion while tackling the ascent up the West Rim Trail. Wade the Narrows, flanked by sheer 2,000-foot walls. Hike Bryce Canyon’s Fairyland, Wall Street and Sunset Point trails. Marvel at the Mars-like hoodoo landscape. Your guides bring the parks to life. Did you know Zion’s sandstone walls were once the dunes of a vast Jurassic desert? This trip is for curious, active people who crave challenge and exhilaration.

Our guides enlighten us on the remarkable geological history of Zion National Park and the Colorado Plateau.

Trip Highlights

  • Gaze out at the immense desert canyons of Zion National Park
  • Be immersed in surreal, spectacular Bryce Canyon, hiking among spires and hoodoos
  • Spend a bucket-list day in the Zion Narrows, exploring a slot canyon with 2,000-foot sandstone walls rising around you
  • Stay at the delightful Cliffrose Lodge and Ruby’s Inn, the closest lodgings to Bryce Canyon
  • Hike the West Rim Trail, Fairyland, Wall Street, Emerald Pools, and other legendary trails of the American West

Activities

This trip is rated Moderate [3]. Trip members should be capable of hiking up to 8 miles carrying a daypack that weighs 10-15 pounds over terrain that includes elevation gains/losses up to 2,200'. Some hikes are off-trail on moderately inclined sandstone. Hikes take place between 3,000' - 9,000' in elevation.

  • Hiking

What's Included

Five nights hotel accommodations based on double occupancy; meals as noted in the itinerary; group transfer from Las Vegas and return; vehicle support; guide leadership; park entrance fees. All operations are conducted under the commercial use authorization of Outdoor Calling LLC.​

Accommodations

Cliffrose Lodge, 3 nights; Ruby's Inn, 2 nights

Your Adventure Itinerary

Itinerary map for Zion & Bryce Canyon Hiking – Lodge-based
Day 1

Travel to Zion National Park and hike the Watchman Trail.

Meet your guides and fellow travelers this morning in Las Vegas, Nevada. We transfer four hours to Zion, one of North America's most outstanding national parks. Our first hike takes us to the scenic Watchman trail, giving us a birds eye view of the canyon. Bright green vegetation provides stark contrast to the arid desert landscape beyond the park boundaries. As our first day on-trail winds to a close we enjoy a picnic dinner with stunning views. We spend the next three nights in the quaint town of Springdale at the Cliffrose Lodge which sits on the edge of the Virgin River amid lush desert foliage, just five minutes from the Zion Canyon. Lunch and dinner included.

Hiking: 3 miles; Elevation gain/loss: up to 600'; Transfer: 4 hours.

Day 2

Climb the West Rim Trail to spectacular views of Zion Canyon and beyond.

Our hike today starts near the iconic Zion Lodge. Reaching the West Rim trail, we enjoy views of towering sandstone walls. Next, we ascend the 21 serpentine switchbacks of Walter's Wiggles. At the top of the ridge, we pause to catch our breath and enjoy a picnic lunch with a beautiful view of Angels Landing. All meals included.

Hiking: up to 7 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 1,500'

Day 3

Explore the iconic Zion Narrows and Emerald Pools.

Celebrated as one of the most picturesque slot canyons in the southwest, The Narrows provides an outdoor adventure like no other. With towering 2,000’ cliffs tapering the canyon as they creep closer and closer together, the picturesque River Walk eventually gives way to the Virgin River where we begin our trek through a path of water. Walking in ankle- to knee-deep water is the only way to explore the heart of this geologic masterpiece. Depending on timing, we may also explore the emerald pools trail, a route that skirts the Virgin River beside towering canyon walls. Breakfast and lunch included.

Hiking: 5-8 miles; up to 400’ elevation gain/loss

Day 4

Discover the East side of Zion on the way to Bryce Canyon National Park.

We round out our inspiring sojourn in Zion with a breathtaking morning drive through the East side of the National Park. Along the way, we will take a short hike on the Canyon Overlook Trail, giving us one final glimpse of the vast canyon below. After a picnic lunch, the group will continue toward Bryce Canyon National Park. Before arriving at our new accommodations, we will stop for another scenic hike, this time through the colorful hoodoos of the Bryce area. All meals included.

Hiking: up to 4 miles; Elevation gain/loss: up to 200’; Transfer: 2.5 hours.

Day 5

Hike the enchanting Fairyland Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Bryce Canyon National Park offers a unique and stunning landscape of its own. Today’s hike on the Fairyland Loop Trail perfectly showcases the park’s grandeur. We begin our hike at the rim of the canyon where spectacular views of the natural amphitheater provide a glimpse of what is in store. The trail provides a variety of terrain, meandering from high 360° panoramic viewpoints to winding along the base of towering hoodoos. As we ascend to Sunrise Point, we are rewarded with a glimpse of the northeast section of the park, which is dominated by the imposing Boat Mesa and appropriately named Sinking Ship. We continue along the rim to Sunset Point, where our van is waiting to return us to our hotel. All meals included.

Hiking: 6 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 1,500’.

Day 6

Visit the hoodoos of Peek-A-Boo Loop; transfer to Las Vegas.

Our journey starts at Bryce Point to take in some of the most remarkable views within the park. Shades of orange, pink, peach, and white are set against a vibrant blue desert sky. A photographer’s delight, scenes found along the Peek-A-Boo Loop and Wall Street trails stoke the fires of wanderlust for shutterbugs world-wide. The Three Wise Men, Wall of Windows, and Thor’s Hammer dominate the landscape along our route and will leave us in awe of all the remarkable treasures the southwest has to offer. In the afternoon we depart for Las Vegas; we anticipate arriving at our host hotel late this afternoon. Note: Timing may vary depending on trail conditions, weather and other elements beyond our control. Breakfast and lunch included.

Hiking: 3 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 1,200’; Transfer: 4.25 hours.

Itinerary map for Zion & Bryce Canyon Hiking – Lodge-based

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, ventilation and weather protection. Try to bring only what is necessary—this will help you and the field staff.

What to pack

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