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 2020-Oct 2020

Experience the grandeur of Zion National Park during three days of hiking and camping.

Travelers who come to Zion often feel an instant sense of awe and reverence. Formed over the ages by water and time, this park is indeed one of Utah?s most spectacular wonders. Zion?s greenery is spectacularly contrasted to its steep, gold and red-hued cliffs. Colorful canyons and panoramic views, shimmering rivers and iconic rock formations?our weekend adventure showcases it all.

We begin with one of the most famed hikes in Zion National Park: Angels Landing, a steady climb that culminates in an invigorating half mile of hiking along the spine of an exposed sandstone fin jutting up from the canyon floor. Head for the shade of The Narrows, a deep chasm carved by the North Fork of the Virgin River. Wonder at the hanging gardens, beautiful geology and play of light in this enormous slot canyon. When we are done marveling at Zion?s natural beauty, we rest both nights at our private Signature Camp, exhilarated and glad we came along for the ride.

This is a great trip for adults and fit, older teens. If you're traveling with younger children, check out our Family Zion Hiking Weekend ? REI Signature Camping trip.

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Trip Highlights

  • Discover the sights and beauty of Zion National Park on a weekend hiking trip
  • Stay at REI's private Signature Campsite, complete with amenities and camp host
  • Hike to Angels Landing, explore The Narrows, the Watchman Trail, and more

Activities

This trip is rated Moderate [3]. Trip members should have some previous hiking experience and be in good physical condition. Upon arrival, you should be able to hike up to 5 miles with a 5?10 pound daypack, over terrain with elevation gain and loss up to 1,500', without major discomfort. There are some steep sections and exposed areas with drop-offs on the Angels Landing hike and a last section along a steep, narrow ridge to the summit. In the summer, temperatures can soar to the 90�F+ in Zion canyon and may make hikes feel more strenuous. Please keep these conditions in mind when training for this adventure

  • 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 Base Camp at Zion, 2 nights.

Your Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

Travel from Las Vegas with time to hike the Watchman Trail.

Our trip begins today in Las Vegas (Henderson), Nevada at 7am at Homewood Suites. Our guides will briefly talk us through the basics, ensuring everyone has all they need before we set out. Making our way deep into Utah on this three hour drive to Zion National Park, we'll take in the incredible scenery of the American Southwest. After our first lunch in Springdale, we head to the trailhead for the Watchman Trail to stretch our legs on an introductory hike in the park. This out-and-back trail offers a moderate hike with fantastic views of some of the most famous features in the park including West Temple and Towers of the Virgin. Following our hike we will spend a little time at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center which boasts an innovative Earth friendly design. Our first afternoon in the park will leave you breathless and ready to enjoy the comforts of our exclusive REI Signature Camp. Our guides and camp host will provide a camp orientation and then, while we get situated in our comfortable tents, put the finishing touches on an al fresco dinner before our sweet cravings are satisfied with a delectable dessert. Lunch and dinner included.

Hiking: 2 miles. Optional side hikes may add additional mileage and will vary depending upon the group and conditions.

Day 2

Angels Landing and swim in the Virgin River.

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, famous and not to be missed hikes in the Southwest, Angels Landing. Our hike begins on the canyon floor with a steady climb up a wide path. Entering Refrigerator Canyon we get a slight chance to cool off before we start the 21 switchbacks of Walters Wiggles. At Scouts Lookout we get our first view of the last thrilling 500' of our climb. Here the trail narrows with drop offs on either side. We?re assisted by chains imbedded in the rock as we scramble up sandstone steps. Our final push brings us to the top with amazing views of Zion laid out below and beyond, making this challenging hike worth all the effort. After our hike, a refreshing swim in the Virgin River caps an unforgettable day! Tonight, we enjoy a relaxing evening at camp, complete with a farewell celebration dinner.

Hiking: 5 miles, Elevation gain/loss: 1,500'

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. The first part of our hike walks along the Riverside Trail but after about a mile our trail is the Virgin River. Walking in water, 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.�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

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