Zion & Bryce Hiking & Camping

Trip Length 5 Days
Group Size 4-12
Difficulty
3

Starting from

$2,499

for REI Members

$2,699 for non-members

Departures

Aug 2019-Sep 2019

Designed to be an ideal hiking and camping adventure, this 5-day journey takes us through some of Southwestern Utah’s most stunning landscapes.

Be immersed in the expansive views of Zion canyon from Angels Landing on one hike and then be awed with the view looking up out of the canyon through the walls of the Narrows on the next. Along the way, look forward to sharing memories with fellow travelers while camping underneath the starry night sky. Experienced hikers and novices alike will find the journey challenging yet comfortable.

No visit to Bryce Canyon would be complete without visiting the famed hoodoos, a labyrinth of spiraling rock towers striped in radiant red, orange and white. Spend a day at nearby Escalante National Monument, where a stunning waterfall awaits us at the end of an amazing desert canyon. Begin each new day to the smell of pinyon pine and juniper mingled with fresh coffee and steaming hot breakfast. Hike the classic Navajo Loop and descend into enchanting Fairyland before arriving, feeling alive and accomplished, at our Bryce Canyon REI Signature Camp.

This is a great trip for adults and fit, older teens. If you're traveling with younger children, check out our Family Zion & Bryce Hiking – REI Signature Camping trip.

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Trip highlights

  • Explore spectacular Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks
  • Hike the Wall Street/Navajo Loop, through Fairyland, and to calf creek
  • Visit Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
  • Stay in deluxe camping accommodations at REI's Signature Camps

Activities

This trip is rated Moderate [3]. The day including our visit to Angels Landing will include up to 10 miles of hiking with over 1,400’ elevation gain/loss. Hikes on the remainder of the days range from 1.5 – 6 miles. Trip members should have previous hiking experience and be in good physical condition.

There are some steep sections and exposed overlooks on the various trails we hike. All hikes are optional and our guides will brief trip members on the vigorousness and exposure of each hike prior to setting out.

  • Hiking
  • Camping

What's Included

Four nights camping in our exclusive Zion and Bryce Canyon REI Base Camps; guide leadership; round trip van transportation from Las Vegas; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; beverages including coffee, hot tea and hot chocolate; extra-thick sleeping pads; all group camping equipment; park fees and local taxes.

All operations are conducted under the commercial use authorization of Arizona Outdoor Specialists, Inc.

Accommodations

REI Signature Camping at Zion, 2 nights; REI Signature Camping at Bryce Canyon, 2 nights.

Your Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

Travel from Las Vegas to our Zion Signature Camp and enjoy a warm-up hike.

Our trip begins today in Las Vegas, Nevada. Arrive into Las Vegas by 10am and transfer independently to the Henderson REI store. Group orientation is at 11am at the store. Our guides will briefly talk us through the basics, ensuring everyone has all they need before we grab our sack lunches and hop in the van to set out for Zion. Making our way into Utah on this 3 hour drive, the mountains and mesas of Zion appear in the distance and rise to meet us as we arrive in time to enjoy a classic hike this afternoon. We'll climb the Canyon Overlook Trail and enjoy views into Zion Canyon above the Virgin River, then return to our vehicle and complete the drive to our private REI Signature Camp. At camp we'll settle in, enjoy apps and drinks together while we get oriented to the site, then enjoy an abundant dinner spread before evening sets in. If time permits we’ll take a short hike behind our camp to enjoy incredible views and an iconic sunset. All meals included from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 5.

Hiking: 1-1.5 miles. Total elevation gain/loss: 163’

Day 2

Hike Angels Landing then explore The Narrows.

Wake to the song of canyon wrens and the smell of freshly brewed coffee as we enjoy breakfast in camp before embarking upon one of the most thrilling and famous hikes in the Southwest: Angels Landing. This long, steady climb culminates in an exhilarating half-mile of hiking along an exposed sandstone ridge.

As the sun heats up, we head for the shade of the Narrows. Alternating between hiking and wading, our trail is the Virgin River itself as it winds its way between 1,000’-tall canyon walls. We follow the river, marveling at the hanging gardens and beautiful geology before returning downriver. Back at camp, look forward to another relaxing evening filled with great food and drink with new friends. All meals included.

Hiking: Up to 10 miles. Total elevation gain/loss: 1,488’. Transportation inside Zion NP is via National Park shuttle.

Day 3

Depart Zion for our Bryce Signature Camp and hike a few classic routes.

Our Zion camp host bids farewell this morning with a delicious breakfast spread while our gear is loaded and we prepare to depart Zion for Bryce Canyon National Park to begin the next chapter of our adventure. Our van transfer today takes less than two hours, and the scenic drive traverses Red Canyon, providing just a glimpse of the grandeur that awaits us at Bryce. After a bountiful picnic lunch to fuel our bodies, we'll arrive at Fairyland Point to our first dramatic views of Bryce Canyon National Park. This chain of natural amphitheaters, formed by erosion, is packed with thousands of brightly colored spires or "hoodoos" banded in red, orange and white, some standing over 200 feet tall, all steeped in the mythology of the ancient Paiute people. After donning our hiking boots and backpacks, we hike down into the canyon to walk among the hoodoos. We'll explore the incredible Fairyland Loop Trail, taking in the well-known landmarks of Sinking Ship, Tower Bridge, and the Chinese Wall. After our hike, we transfer by van to our exclusive Bryce Canyon Signature Camp where our host will welcome you in style as you arrive to find everything in its place for another night of camping perfection.

Hiking: 6 miles. Total elevation gain/loss: 1,900'.

Day 4

Visit Calf Creek Falls in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

The smell of pinion pine and juniper mingled with fresh coffee and steaming hot breakfast begins a new day. Within an hour drive from our camp, Lower Calf Creek Falls is one of the gems of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, a lesser-known but equally spectacular region of southern Utah. We hike three miles along a river, passing Native American pictographs and granaries as we explore deeper into the canyon. Enjoy a relaxing lunch and swim at the base of the incredible 126’ waterfall. After refueling and refreshing we’ll hike back through canyon country to our trailhead. Tonight, we'll enjoy a final relaxing evening in our Signature Camp, complete with a farewell dinner and celebration.

Hiking: 6 miles. Total elevation gain/loss: 370'

Day 5

Hike through Bryce Canyon's famed hoodoos before returning to Las Vegas.

This morning we transfer to the rim of Bryce Canyon where we enjoy a spectacular sunrise before starting on our final hike. We descend through the famed skyscraper hoodoos of Wall Street and past the walls of Bristlecone Ridge as we admire the changing light illuminating the canyon. We emerge from the park at Tropic Trailhead, where our camp host will meet us. A five-minute drive takes us back to camp, where we have time for showers and a tasty brunch before departure. Loading the van, we return to Las Vegas where our trip ends. En route, we make a stop to stretch our legs and enjoy a picnic lunch before completing the drive, arriving in Las Vegas between 5 and 6pm. Please do not schedule a departing flight prior to 8pm.

Hiking: 4.6 miles. Total elevation loss: 1342'

Zion & Bryce Hiking & Camping Departures 2019

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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.

What to pack

Packed by REI

  • All Group Cooking Gear
  • Camp Furniture
  • Cots and Sleeping Pads
  • Group First Aid Kit
  • Tent(s)

Packed by you (Required)

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Travel Documents

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Contact Us

Feel free to give us a call at 1-800-622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (1-800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out REI Expert Advice, which has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

Meet your guides

Nick P.

Nick formerly worked as a field biologist in some of the national parks where he now guides. He loves sharing the knowledge he gained in the field with all his guests. A certified Wilderness First Responder, Nick has been guiding for REI since 2014.

Meet your guides

Will B.

Will is the ultimate adventurer. He's served in the Marine Corps, raced camels in Morocco, whitewater rafted in New Zealand, and rappelled into icy canyons in Switzerland. He's psyched about sharing his love of adventures!

Adventure Expert

Andy

We've packed this 5-day itinerary with some of the most awe-inspiring hikes in southwestern Utah. A fabulous introduction to this high desert wonderland filled with soaring cliffs, sandstone pinnacles and rugged, colorful canyons.

aemka

Worth every penny


Brian and Will, our guides were just awesome. They were both very patient with the dozens of questions they were asked as well as being very approachable and easy to get along with. The camping and the food was amazin...

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