Zion & Bryce Canyon Hiking ? Lodge-based

Trip Length 6 Days
Group Size 4-12
Activity level
Starting from
$3,399 for REI Members
$3,688 for non-members
Departures Jul 2020-Oct 2021

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

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 historic Zion 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 Canyon from on high at Observation Point. Tackle the ascent to Angels Landing. 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.

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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 historic Zion Lodge and Ruby?s Inn, the closest lodgings to Bryce Canyon
  • Hike Angels Landing, 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

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

Your Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

Travel to Zion National Park and hike to the Emerald Pools.

Meet your guides and fellow travelers at 9am 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 Emerald Pools. The trail skirts the Virgin River beside towering canyon walls and tumbling waterfalls. 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. Lunch and dinner included..

Hiking: 2-3 miles; Elevation gain/loss: up to 150'; Transfer: 4 hours.

Day 2

Hike from Weeping Rock to the jaw-dropping views of Observation Point.

Recognized world-wide for its unique bowl-shaped cliff face, Weeping Rock provides a picturesque glimpse at the remarkable terrain we have in store. The challenge of our four-mile climb to Observation Point is complemented by hidden treasures such as Echo Canyon, where smooth slickrock and soaring sandstone provide the perfect place to take a breather. At 6,508', Observation Point provides panoramas of Angels Landing and the canyon. Our hike back to Zion Lodge gives us time to enjoy ever-changing views around every corner. All meals included.

Hiking: 8 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 2,200'

Day 3

Hike to Zion's most celebrated hiking destination: Angels Landing.

Prepare to check an item off the bucket list! A short hike across the canyon floor takes us to the West Rim trail and the 21 serpentine switchbacks of Walter's Wiggles. At the top of the ridge hikers have a chance to assess their comfort level and decide whether they'd like to continue on the ascent to Angels Landing. This portion of the trail uses fixed chains and involves a combination of hiking and scrambling. The rewards of tackling Angels Landing are unmatched, and the memories made along the route will last a lifetime. Later you'll have the option of exploring the quaint town of Springdale, Utah. The park offers a free shuttle for those interested in exploring this fun southwest village. With lots of boutique shopping and eclectic restaurants to choose from, Springdale offers a perfect destination to celebrate the day's accomplishment. Breakfast and lunch included.

Hiking: 7 miles; 1,500? elevation gain/loss

Day 4

Zion Narrows Experience: Mystery Falls, Wall Street & the Temple of Sinawava

We round out our inspiring sojourn in Zion National Park with a morning hike through The Narrows. 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. Late this afternoon we say goodbye to Zion National Park and transfer to our lodgings in Bryce Canyon. 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 around 5pm. 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.

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.

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