Zion & Bryce Women’s Hiking & Camping

Trip Length5 Days
Group Size4-12
Activity level
Starting from
$3,199 for REI Members
$3,519 for non-members
DeparturesJun 2024-Sep 2024

Journey off the beaten track through Utah’s most magnificent landscapes on this five-day REI Signature Camping adventure.

Suitable for novice or veteran hikers, this trip pairs desert wilderness with the comforts of a deluxe camp, while the cooking, cleaning, and setup are all handled for you. Led by expert female guides, we explore hidden corners of Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks and Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument. Every hike brings us to astonishing new places, from The Narrows and Navajo Loop to the aptly named Fairyland. We revel in the never-ending expanse of Zion Canyon stretching toward the horizon and the sun rising over the famed hoodoos of Bryce Canyon—a labyrinth of soaring sandstone pinnacles striped in red, orange, and white. We’ll also explore a slot canyon and discover a waterfall oasis.

After hiking, we relax at REI Signature Camps. Wake to the songs of canyon wrens and the aroma of French press coffee delivered steaming hot to your tent each morning. Eat fresh, healthy meals. Participate in one of our private guided yoga sessions. You’ll leave this trip deeply renewed by adventure and the beauty of the Southwest.

Enjoy a wide variety of perfectly prepared dishes featuring plentiful, fresh, and healthy ingredients.

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy the spectacular landscapes of Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks
  • Hike classic trails like The Narrows and Wall Street
  • Experience REI Signature Camping. Spacious tents, amazing meals and more!
  • Get gear tips and learn basic camping skills from our expert female guides
  • REI Women’s Adventure—designed for women, guided by women


This trip is rated Moderate [3]. Trip members should be in good physical condition and capable of hiking up to 6 miles over terrain with elevation gains up to 1,500' with a 5-10 pound daypack, for consecutive days in a row. Trails can be rocky, sandy, steep, exposed and wet. Be prepared for all trail conditions. Hiking the Narrows is in water through the Virgin River where rocks are slippery and uneven. The summer heat can be well into the 90s°F (or higher) making the hikes feel much more strenuous. Additionally, hikes at higher elevations (the rim at Bryce Canyon is between 8-9,000') will feel harder and use more energy than at lower levels. Keep the heat and altitude in mind when training for this adventure, especially if coming from a lower elevation/sea level.

  • Hiking
  • Yoga
  • Camping

What's Included

Four nights camping in our exclusive Zion and Bryce Canyon REI Signature Camps; guide leadership; roundtrip 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; two yoga sessions, park fees and local taxes.


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

Your Adventure Itinerary

Itinerary map for Zion & Bryce Women’s Hiking & Camping
Day 1

Travel to Zion and explore The Narrows

Our trip begins early this morning in Las Vegas (Henderson), Nevada at our host hotel. Our guides talk us through the basics and offer invaluable tips about outdoor gear with women’s considerations in mind. After the orientation, we grab our sack lunches, hop in our van, and set out for Zion. Towards the end of the three-hour drive, the peaks of Zion rise to meet us. Our first hike is in the spectacular Narrows, a deep, water-filled chasm carved by the North Fork of the Virgin River. We travel upstream (often wading in shallow water) through the steep sandstone walls of The Narrows before returning to the trailhead. After our hike, we transfer to our private REI Signature campsite and enjoy our first guide-prepared dinner together under a star-filled Southwestern sky. We spend the next two nights at our private camp. Lunch and dinner included.

Hiking: up to 5 miles (with a significant amount of river wading); Elevation gain/loss: 200’; Van transfer: 4 hours. Transportation within Zion NP is via the national park shuttle

Day 2

Hike to Scout Lookout and Emerald Pools. Enjoy an afternoon yoga session

Wake to the song of canyon wrens and the smell of freshly brewed coffee as we have breakfast in camp. After breakfast, we embark on a beautiful hike to Scout Lookout and Emerald Pools. The long, steady climb to Scout Lookout takes us through the famous Walter Wiggles switchbacks before rewarding us with stunning views of Zion’s soaring cliffs and deep canyon. From Scout, we descend the trail and continue to Emerald Pools. This verdant oasis is tucked away in a side canyon and consists of a series of streams and tiered natural pools. After transferring back to our tranquil camp later today, we enjoy an invigorating afternoon yoga session before another relaxing evening filled with great food, and drink and shared memories with new friends. All meals included.

Hiking: Up to 6.5 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 1,500’

NOTE: An optional hike to Angels Landing may be incorporated in lieu of Emerald Pools if permits can be acquired. These highly competitive permits cannot be guaranteed, but we will attempt to secure them if possible. Angels Landing Hike: 5 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 1,500’

Day 3

Transfer to Bryce Canyon and hike among the towering hoodoos

After a breakfast of blueberry pancakes and maple sausage (or one of many other great hot breakfast possibilities), we bid farewell to our REI Signature Camp near Zion and relax during a scenic, two-hour drive to Bryce Canyon National Park. We arrive at Fairyland Point and relish our first dramatic views of Bryce. 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. We explore part of the incredible Fairyland Loop Trail to Sunset Point, taking in the well-known landmarks of Sinking Ship, Tower Bridge, and the Chinese Wall. After our hike, we transfer to our exclusive Bryce Canyon Signature Camp where our host will welcome us in style as we arrive to find everything in its place for another night of camping perfection. All meals included.

Hiking: 6 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 1,600'

Day 4

Visit Calf Creek Falls and relax in our private Signature Camp

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 wilderness area in 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 an incredible 126’ waterfall. After refueling and refreshing, we hike back through canyon country to the trailhead. Another relaxing yoga session at camp ends the day on a delightful note. Tonight, we spend a final evening in our Signature Camp, complete with a farewell dinner and celebration. All meals included.

Hiking: 6 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 866’

Day 5

A final sunrise exploration in Bryce 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 short drive takes us back to camp, where we'll enjoy a tasty brunch before departure. Loading the van, we start the 4.5 hour drive to Las Vegas. En route, we make stops to stretch our legs, enjoy a short hike and savor our last picnic lunch together. We expect to arrive at the Las Vegas by early evening. Breakfast and lunch included.

Hiking: 4.5 miles; Elevation gain: minimal, Elevation loss: 1,342'; Van transfer: 4.5 hours

Itinerary map for Zion & Bryce Women’s Hiking & Camping

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.

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Provided by REI

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

What to pack

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