Zion & Bryce Women?s Hiking & Camping

Trip Length 5 Days
Group Size 4-12
Difficulty
Starting from
$2,599 for REI Members
$2,849 for non-members
Departures Jun 2020-Sep 2020
Mon���Fri 7am���5pm PT

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 Angels Landing and the 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.

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Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy the spectacular landscapes of Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks
  • Hike scenic trails including Angels Landing and the Navajo Loop
  • 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

Activities

This trip is rated Moderate [3]. Trip members should have some previous hiking experience and be in good physical condition.

We recommend a conditioning regimen beginning at least 2-3 months prior to departure that includes hiking (preferably), walking or some other form of cardiovascular exercise (swimming, cycling) in order to prepare for the activity in this adventure. There are some steep sections and exposed overlooks on the various trails we hike. All hikes are optional and our guides will be sure to brief trip members on the vigorousness and exposure of each hike prior to setting out. Our comfortable Base Camps and knowledgeable guides make this a perfect adventure for novices and experienced campers alike.

  • 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.

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 to Zion and explore the Virgin River Narrows.

Our trip begins today in Las Vegas (Henderson), Nevada, at 7am in the lobby at the Homewood Suites. 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. He?ll we?ll catch the shuttle which returns us to our vehicle for the drive to our private REI Signature Camp. At camp we settle in, have drinks together, then feast on a delicious dinner spread as darkness falls. All meals included from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 5.

Hiking: Up to 5 miles. Elevation gain/loss 200?. Transportation inside Zion NP is via National Park shuttle.

Day 2

Hike to Angels Landing and 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 one of the most thrilling and famous hikes in the Southwest, Angels Landing. Strong hikers can have the opportunity to ascend this long, steady climb (nearly 1,500') that culminates in an exhilarating half-mile of hiking along an exposed sandstone ridge. After transferring back to our tranquil camp later today, we enjoy an invigorating afternoon yoga session before another relaxing evening filled with great food, drink and shared memories with new friends.

Hiking: 5 miles. Total elevation gain/loss: 1,488?. Transportation inside Zion NP is via National Park shuttle.

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 for another night of camping perfection.

Hiking: 6.1 miles. Total elevation loss: 1,900'

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 the cascading 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.

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

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 five-minute drive takes us back to camp, where we'll 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 with a short hike and enjoy a picnic lunch at Zion's northwestern Canyons of the Kolob. After snapping a few final panoramic shots, we complete the rest of 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: 1100'

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

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.