Zion Lodge New Year?s Hiking Adventure

Trip Length 6 Days
Group Size 4-12
Activity level
Starting from
$3,499 for REI Members
$3,790 for non-members
Departures Dec 2020-Dec 2020

Ring in the New Year in Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks on a guided 6-day winter hiking escape based at cozy Zion Lodge and Ruby's Inn.

Okay, it's a clich� to call winter "magical." But you'll be hard-pressed to find a more fitting word to describe your experience. You'll gaze out at the sandstone cathedrals of Zion National Park?without having to fight the summer crowds or heat. Snowshoe along Bryce Canyon's Fairyland Loop among hoodoos dusted with powdered-sugar snow. Explore Red Canyon, a little-known sanctuary with hoodoos, red cliffs and bright green conifers.

Join your guides and fellow travelers for a New Year celebration like none other. From the comfort of historic Zion Lodge and Ruby's Inn, we explore a snow-kissed wilderness wonderland. Immerse yourself in the most iconic trails and sights of Zion and Bryce Canyons. This trip includes Zion's Angels Landing (dependent on conditions), Emerald Pools and Observation Point, along with Bryce's Fairyland, Wall Street, Bryce Point and Peek-a-Boo Loop. Let the quiet magic of desert canyons in winter inspire an incredible year.

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Trip Highlights

  • Welcome the New Year on some of America?s most spectacular trails
  • Savor the crowd-free solitude of Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks in winter
  • Stay at Zion Lodge, a historic inn nestled at the base of the park?s towering walls
  • Look out across the sunset-colored amphitheatres of Bryce Canyon
  • Hike and snowshoe amongst hoodoos, rock spires, emerald pools accented with ?hanging gardens,? and heavenly canyon overlooks

Activities

This trip is rated Moderate [3]. Trip members should be capable of hiking and snowshoeing up to 8 miles while 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. Activities take place between 3,000' - 9,000' in elevation.

  • Hiking
  • Snowshoeing

What's Included

Five nights hotel accommodations based on double occupancy; 5 breakfasts; 6 lunches; 4 dinners; group transfer from Las Vegas and return; vehicle support; guide leadership; park entrance fees

Accommodations

Zion National Park Lodge, 3 nights; Ruby's Inn by Bryce Canyon National Park, 2 nights

Your Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

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

This adventure accommodates up to two separate groups, each with their own set of guides. Each group will meet at a specified time on the morning of Day 1. Specific meeting times are provided approximately 30 days prior to departure.

Arrive in Las Vegas, Nevada by 7:30am and transfer to our host hotel. Meet your guides and fellow travelers, then depart for a four-hour journey to one of North America's most outstanding national parks. Our first hike in Zion takes us to the Emerald Pools. The trail to the pools skirts the Virgin River; towering canyon walls, tumbling waterfalls and bright green vegetation provide stark contrast to the arid desert landscape beyond the park boundaries. As our first day on-trail winds to a close we enjoy a dinner at our lodgings. Lunch and dinner included.

Hiking: up to 3 miles; Elevation gain/loss: up to 150'; Transfers: 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 of the terrain we have in store. The challenge of the four-mile climb to Observation Point is shadowed by hidden treasures such as Echo Canyon, where smooth slickrock and soaring sandstone walls provide the perfect place to take a break in the shade. Upon reaching Observation Point (6,508'), we take in the dramatic panoramas of Angels Landing and the canyon. Returning to Zion Lodge, the remainder of the day is free to rest or explore on your own. We recommend taking the park's free shuttle to have dinner in the quaint town of Springdale. With lots of boutique shops and eclectic restaurants, Springdale is a great destination to celebrate the day's accomplishment. Breakfast and lunch included.

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

Day 3

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

Our hike starts from the comfort of 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. This evening we enjoy dinner at the Lodge before ringing in the New Year. All meals included.

Important Day 3 Note: Our goal today is a viewpoint overlooking Angels Landing. Accessing the viewpoint is dependent on snow, ice, trail conditions, park discretion, and other factors beyond our control. Your guides will provide specific details on this hike prior to setting out for the day.

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

Day 4

Celebrate the New Year snowshoeing the Fairyland Loop Trail.

We transfer to Bryce Canyon National Park for our first snowshoe of the New Year. The astonishing amphitheaters of the park are the perfect destination; with the crowds of summer gone, we bask in solitude and enjoy the day on Fairyland Loop Trail The trail provides a variety of terrain, meandering from high 360� panoramic viewpoints to winding along the base of towering hoodoos. At Sunset Point we are rewarded with views of the northeast section of the park, which is dominated by the imposing Boat Mesa and appropriately-named Sinking Ship. We transfer to our lodgings for dinner. All meals included.

Hiking/snowshoeing: 6 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 300?; Transfers: 2.5 hours.

Day 5

Wander amongst the colorful hoodoos of Peek-A-Boo Loop and Wall Street.

We begin hiking at Bryce Point, where some of the most remarkable views within the park are found. Shades of orange, pink, peach and white are set against a clear 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. 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. We return to our lodgings to relax before dinner. All meals included.

Hiking: 3 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 1,200?.

Day 6

Hike the Pink Ledges trail in Red Canyon; transfer to Las Vegas.

A short distance from Bryce Canyon National Park lies Red Canyon, a hidden treasure which offers equally stunning hoodoos, red cliffs and bright green conifers. Some have even designated Red Canyon as ?the most photographed place in Utah?. We make the most of our visit by hiking the appropriately-named Pink Ledges and Birdseye trails. Our trip concludes with a transfer back to our host hotel in Las Vegas, where we say our good-byes. We plan to arrive at 5pm; note that timing depends on road conditions, weather and other factors beyond our control. Breakfast and lunch included.

Hiking: 2 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 700?; Transfers: 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.

What to pack

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Travel documents

  • Airline Tickets (Confirmation and Itinerary)
  • Final Bulletin (Emailed Prior to Departure Date)
  • Photo Identification

Contact Us

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 REI Expert Advice , which has great information to help you prepare for your trip.