Bryce, Zion & Grand Canyon Family Multisport
- Astonishing rock formations, river-carved canyons and sheer sandstone cliffs
- Kids make like early pioneers, exploring the Grand Canyon's rim by mule
- Pedal among crimson rocks and desert wildflowers
- Starry night skies far from city lights
- Splash your way through the Narrows in Zion
Biking & Walking A National Park "Triple Crown"
"Awesome!" As a parent, you may try to avoid the word. But in this case, as you gaze out over the Grand Canyon, marveling at the play of light and shadow across the endless expanse, it's perfect. And the words keep coming. Whether you're exploring a wonderland of hoodoos and pinnacles in Bryce Canyon ("sweet!"). Traipsing amid the soaring walls and hanging gardens of a slot canyon in Zion ("epic!"). Or laughing at fireside stories under a star-speckled sky ("those leaders are so fly!"). You'll try to contain yourself. But you can't. Because the whole experience is truly... awesome.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
Interpretive Guides & Hiking Without Your LeadersDue to permit restrictions for all outfitters, your Backroads leaders can hike with you in Bryce Canyon National Park, but can't act as interpretive guides. They will be unable to hike with you in Grand Canyon National Park and are limited to guiding on certain trails in Zion National Park. Throughout the trip, your leaders will give an orientation to the area's flora, fauna and terrain before your hikes.
Permit restrictions also dictate that your leaders won't be able to offer route support on the optional bike ride at the Grand Canyon.
Tents & Sleeping EssentialsOur roomy four-person dome tents accommodate two adults and two small children snugly, without luggage. Sleeping bag, sleep sheet and an extra-thick inflatable sleeping pad are all provided to make sleeping on the ground more comfortable. Backroads does not supply pillows, so please bring your own. No lighting is provided in your tent, so a small flashlight is essential.
Restroom FacilitiesRestroom facilities are available at each campground. The restroom floors can be wet, so be sure to bring flip-flops! We also recommend bringing a hanging toiletry bag since space is limited and surfaces are wet. Be advised that outlets and mirrors are few. Backroads does not supply towels, so please be sure to pack your own.
ConnectivityKeeping your cell phone charged while on a camping trip is usually done during the day via a car charger in the Backroads van. Backroads will provide car chargers with USB ports, so please make sure to bring your USB connecter cord with you. You’ll be responsible for plugging your phone in and retrieving it at a later time.
Days 1-2 In Bryce, hike through an impressive slot canyon whose walls are only ten feet apart in places Discover a labyrinth of hoodoos and vivid rock formations sprouting from the floor of Queen's Garden Grown-ups spin to Red Canyon, where youngsters join them for a breezy ride What was that? Desert critters, like lizards and chipmunks, scamper across your path Journey through an arid landscape with the spectacular Kaibab Plateau rising ahead.
Day 3 Kids make like early pioneers, exploring the Grand Canyon's rim by mule Adults enjoy an up-close look at the beauty of the Grand Canyon during a hike Swap stories about the day's adventures around the campfire.
Day 4 Splash your way through the Narrows in Zion Admire expansive high-desert views of the Grand Staircase en route to Zion, a hiker's paradise It's an exhilarating river hike through the Narrows, one of the most renowned slot canyons in the world, with small waterfalls and hanging gardens cascading down the rock faces.
Days 5-6 Night skies exploding with stars - we're far from city lights here Experienced canyoneering instructors show kids the ropes Adults opt for an easygoing walk past Emerald Pools or a thrilling climb to Angels Landing A traffic-free bike ride amid towering walls of sheer Navajo sandstone.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
Every member of our family loved the trip. The scenery was incredible, our leaders were amazing, and we thoroughly enjoyed our fellow campers. I could not have imagined the uniqueness of hoodoos in Bryce, the awesome expanse of the Grand Canyon or the rugged beauty of Zion. Backroads provided the perfect way to see them.- Fort Myers, FL
Awesome and awe-inspiring. I knew the locations were going to be eye openers. What I didn't realize was how Backroads would carefully construct and perfectly put together this family camping trip from considering how to make the most of every location for both parents and children, to the campsite logistics of arranging three sumptuous meals a day for 26 individuals (many with unique needs), to the putting up, arranging and taking down of our tents at each site, to providing informative breaks and activities on our long driving days. This was my first family camping trip (after 18 inn trips). You all outdid yourselves. I'm convinced that another camping trip is in my near future. I've come to know that with Backroads that the trip logistics and planning will be top notch. The thought and tiny details (playing in a water park for the kids to cool off, dessert at the rim of Grand Canyon, ice cream sundaes and smores for dessert) raise the bar and standards that Backroads set. I'm sold on family camping for the future.- New York, NY
Our trip was simply fantastic. The accommodations were great (and I had NEVER tent-camped before!), the food was out of this world (I never would have guessed that we would eat that well on a camping trip!), and our leaders were second to none. I can't say enough about it; we had the time of our lives! I was awed by the beauty of the Southwest as well as the top-notch service we received from Backroads.- Jefferson, MD
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah (1 night) Set in a pine forest, just a short hike from the rim of Bryce Canyon.
North Rim Campground
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona (2 nights) Our home, near the edge of the canyon in a meadow ringed with aspen, offers breathtaking views.
Zion National Park, Utah (2 nights) Nestled along the Virgin River with soaring cliffs all around.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick any open date in next year's lineup for your group of 16 or more - just book by December 31st of this year. Call us for date availability.
Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.
This Trip Is Rated Level 1-3
Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
|Daily Route Options|
|Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Level 5|
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|Other||Point Imperial scenic drive (2.5 hours)|
|Kids||Mule ride (1 hour)|
|Kids||Canyoneering (6 hours)|
On this Family Trip, our routes follow gentle terrain with no significant gain or loss in elevation. Liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary to facilitate our activities and mileage is kept moderate to enable you to spend more time exploring on your own.
* Includes a shuttle