Zion and Bryce Winter Hiking Adventure – Lodge Based

Trip Length6 Days
Group Size4–12
Activity level
Starting from
$3,749 for REI Members
$4,040 for non-members
DeparturesDec 2024-Dec 2025

Spend 6 days on a winter hiking escape to Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks.

Okay, it's a cliché 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 as we explore a winter 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 you.

Our visit to Bryce will include close-up views of the park's iconic and colorful hoodoos.

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 amphitheaters of Bryce Canyon
  • Hike and snowshoe amongst hoodoos, rock spires, emerald pools accented with "hanging gardens," and heavenly canyon overlooks


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. All operations are conducted under the commercial use authorization of Outdoor Calling LLC.


Local hotels and lodges, 5 nights

Your Adventure Itinerary

Itinerary map for Zion and Bryce Winter Hiking Adventure – Lodge Based
Day 1

Travel to Zion National Park; hike the Watchman Trail

Holiday departures of this adventure may accommodate several separate independent groups, each with their own set of guides. For holiday departures 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. For non-holiday departures, your meeting time will be provided in your final bulletin.

Meet your guides and fellow travelers early this morning in Las Vegas, Nevada, 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 Watchman Trail. The trail initially skirts the Virgin River, passing by towering canyon walls, while 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. Dinner included.

Hiking: up to 3.5 miles; Elevation gain/loss: up to 400'; Transfers: 4 hours

Day 2

Hike from our lodge in the heart of Zion Canyon along the Virgin River to a loop trail perched atop a massive ancient landslide

Following the river down the canyon, our trail will have spectacular views of several named sandstone features that tower over 2,000' above us, including Court of the Patriarchs, the Sentinel, Mountain of the Sun, and the Bee Hive. We will enjoy lunch and take in the iconic view of the Watchman, whose picturesque summit guards the entrance to Zion Canyon. As we complete the Sand Bench Loop, our trail winds through large sandstone boulders, with expansive views above the Virgin River. Returning to Zion Lodge, there will be time to relax before we regroup for dinner. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Hiking: 7 miles, elevation gain/loss 500'

Day 3

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.

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

Hike along the Virgin River in Zion Canyon

After breakfast, we take one last journey through Zion Canyon, exploring the twists and turns of the Virgin River along the Riverside Walk and the Pa'rus Trail. We round out our inspiring sojourn in Zion with a breathtaking drive through the East side of the National Park. After exiting the park, our journey continues toward Bryce Canyon National Park, where we settle into our new accommodations before dinner. All meals included.

Hiking: 3 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 200’; Transfers: 2.5 hours

Day 5

Snowshoe the Fairyland Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park

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. All meals included.

Hiking/snowshoeing: 6 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 300’; Transfers: 0.5 hours

Day 6

Wander amongst the colorful hoodoos of the Queens Garden trail

We begin hiking at Sunset 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 Queens Garden trail stoke the fires of wanderlust for shutterbugs. The namesake Queen, 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. Our trip concludes with a transfer back to our host hotel in Las Vegas, where we say our goodbyes. We plan to arrive early this evening. Breakfast and lunch included.

Hiking: 3 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 600'; Transfers: 4.25 hours

*Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including weather, snow, trail and road conditions.

Itinerary map for Zion and Bryce Winter Hiking Adventure – Lodge Based

Gear List

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