Family Zion Hiking Weekend

Trip Length 3 Days
Group Size 4-12
Activity level
Starting from
$1,499 for REI Members
$1,649 for non-members
Departures Jun 2021-Aug 2021

Spend three days hiking and camping amid the picturesque scenery of Zion.

Bring the grandeur of Zion National Park to life on this classic camping and hiking adventure. We have every detail dialed in so you can enjoy time with your loved ones. Our private REI Signature Camping at Zion National Park features the best camping amenities, service and outstanding access to the great hikes and sights. Along the way, savor fresh, healthy meals that sustain us during our adventures.

Hike from the valley floor up Walter’s Wiggles to Scout’s Lookout, peering into the heart of the National Park. Experience the grand scale of colorful canyons delving into the labyrinthine of the world-renowned Narrows and beyond. Our skilled and friendly guides are passionate about the desert Southwest and all its unique history—and they love to spill the canyons' secrets as we explore it all.

REI Flash 18 Pack

Kids get an REI day pack — Kids traveling on our Family Adventures will receive an REI day pack for their adventure! Kids age 8-17 will receive the REI Flash 18 Pack (while quantities last, colors may vary). Learn more about REI Family Adventures.

Not traveling with kids under age 18? Check out our Zion Hiking Weekend – REI Signature Camping trip or inquire about a private departure of this itinerary.

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Trip Highlights

  • Explore Zion National Park, with colorful canyons and the renowned Narrows
  • Stay at REI's Signature Campsite with top-notch amenities and a camp host
  • Discover Echo and Zion Canyons, Emerald Pools, and much more
  • Enjoy an itinerary designed with the whole family in mind

Activities

This trip is rated Moderate [3]. Participants should be prepared to hike up to 4 miles per day with 1,100’ elevation gain/loss (our camp is located approximately 6,000’ above sea level). Hiking takes place both on trails and, on one day, in streams.

  • Hiking
  • Camping

What's Included

Two nights camping in our exclusive Zion REI Signature Camp; guide leadership; round trip van transportation from Las Vegas; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; 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 Camp at Zion, 2 nights.

Your Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

Travel from Las Vegas to Zion for a hike on the Watchman Trail.

Our trip begins today in Las Vegas (Henderson), Nevada at 7am at our host hotel. Making our way deep into Utah on the three-hour drive to Zion National Park, we pass the time with some games from the REI Family Games Bag before arriving at the trailhead for the iconic Watchman Trail. This beautiful hike offers our first opportunity to learn about the area's unique geology and human history. At the end of our full day, we’re ready to relax and enjoy the comforts of our exclusive REI Signature Camp. Our guides and camp host will provide a camp orientation and then, while we're getting situated in our oversized tents, put the finishing touches on an incredible al fresco dinner. All meals included from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 3.

Hiking: moderate trail, 2 miles round trip with 456' elevation gain.

Day 2

Hike to Scout’s Lookout and swim in the Virgin River.

We enjoy a scrumptious breakfast, before catching the park shuttle to the Grotto Trailhead. From here we begin our hike to Scout’s Lookout. Step by step, we make our way through aptly named Refrigerator Canyon where the towering rock walls keep temperatures cool. Exiting the canyon, Walter’s Wiggles soon come into view. The famous set of 21 tight switchbacks carved into the cliff face lead to today’s destination, Scout’s Lookout. From the lookout we’re rewarded with expansive views of Zion Canyon and the iconic formations that comprise the multi-colored landscape of this national park. After our hike, a refreshing swim in the Virgin River caps an unforgettable day! Back at camp, parents can relax while kids take part in a sketch session (all supplies provided) of our beautiful surroundings. Tonight, we enjoy a relaxing evening at camp, complete with a farewell celebration dinner.

Hiking: 4 miles; 1,100’ elevation gain/loss.

Day 3

Hike the Narrows before we depart for home.

After another hearty breakfast, we say goodbye to camp and shuttle to the Temple of Sinawava. From here, we embark upon our hike into the Narrows—a deep gash in the earth carved by the Virgin River. We travel upstream along the steep, colorful sandstone walls on a route often described as one of the best hikes in the U.S. After exploring the spectacular Narrows, we return to our waiting van and begin the three-hour drive back to Las Vegas. We expect to arrive at the Las Vegas airport about 5pm and the Homewood Suites at 6pm, local time. Please do not schedule a departing flight prior to 8pm.

Hiking: We walk on trail for approximately one mile before entering the Narrows, where we literally get our feet wet as we hike up to 1.5 additional miles upstream. In the Narrows, we very gradually gain about 100' before turning around and exiting via the same route. Our total elevation gain for the day is 200'.

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. This gear list has been created to help you in choosing your equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary, as this will help you and the field staff.

What to pack

Contact Us

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