You have to wonder. What did the first people think when they saw it? The Grand Canyon. The immensity of the chasm, plunging more than a mile at its deepest. Rocks nearly two billion years old. The vastness of the sun-soaked plateaus. Are the outcrops really those colors? The Colorado River - responsible for all the beauty - carving a tenacious path through the middle. It's incredible. Almost indescribable. And it's only a third of the trip. Bryce and Zion are waiting. Each with its own profusion of breathtaking moments. And as you're biking and hiking, feel free to just wonder.
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.
Accommodations & Service StandardsThe Lodge at Bryce Canyon is a fairly rustic national park lodge that reflects its natural surroundings. While this historic hotel offers simpler accommodations than the typical Backroads property, it's the only game in town - and has been selected because of its access to the best riding and hiking in the region. Although clean and comfortable, the guest rooms are basic and are not equipped with televisions or air-conditioning (nights are usually cool due to the high elevation).
Generally speaking, service can seem slow and brusque in the national parks when compared with the high standards of service found on other Backroads trips.
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.
Day 1 Bryce Canyon's maze of spires, windows and pinnacles Hike through a slot canyon in Bryce, whose walls are only ten feet apart in places On a walk to Queen's Garden, discover a labyrinth of hoodoos and vivid rock formations sprouting from the canyon floor Pedal among vermillion rocks and desert wildflowers toward Red Canyon, along a quiet bike path surrounded by sheer cliffs and more hoodoos.
Days 2-3 Revel in the magnificence of the Grand Canyon After cycling along Zion's crimson-colored roads, arrive at the Grand Canyon, one of the world's seven natural wonders Bike to Point Imperial, the North Rim's highest point Choose from a variety of hikes including the secluded Widforss Trail for wide-open vistas across the canyon, or take the scenic drive to Cape Royal for superb views of the Colorado River as it slices through the earth.
Day 4 Splash your way through the Narrows in Zion, an exhilarating river hike through one of the most renowned slot canyons in the world - with small waterfalls and hanging gardens cascading down the rock faces.
Days 5-6 Picturesque routes abound in this hiker's paradise, from easy walks past emerald pools to the unforgettable climb to Angels Landing, bringing you nearly 2,000 feet above the valley for a 360-degree panorama of soaring sandstone.
- Astonishing and beautiful geologic formations
- Revel in the magnificence of the Grand Canyon
- An impressive slot canyon in Bryce, whose walls are only ten feet apart in places
- Pedal among crimson rocks and desert wildflowers toward Red Canyon
- Splash your way through the Narrows in Zion
The Lodge at Bryce Canyon (1 night): Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this simple park lodge is mere steps from the canyon's edge.
Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim (2 nights): This 1920s rustic stone-and-wood lodge is perched above the grandeur of the remote North Rim.
Cliffrose Lodge & Gardens (2 nights): A riverside oasis with a beach and lush gardens. (pool)
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.
Routes For All Abilities
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|Other||Cape Royal Scenic Drive (2.5 Hours Round-Trip)|
|Other||Optional Mule Ride at the Grand Canyon (2 Hours)|
2014 Dates & Pricing*
- 5/18-23 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/1-6 Price: $2698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/8-13 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/29-7/4 Price: $2698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/3-8 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/10-15 Price: $2698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/31-9/5 Price: $2498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/7-12 Price: $2498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/9-14 Price: $2698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/21-26 Price: $2598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/23-28 Price: $2498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/28-10/3 Price: $2598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/30-10/5 Price: $2498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
- 5/25-30 Price: $2598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/17-22 Price: $2698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
Plus 6.25% Utah state sales tax.
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
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 from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.
If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.
Pricing for Private Trips
- 2 - 3 guests $4,398 pp dbl. occ.
- 4 - 5 guests $3,798 pp dbl. occ.
- 6 - 7 guests $3,398 pp dbl. occ.
- 8 - 9 guests $3,198 pp dbl. occ.
- 10 - 11 guests $2,798 pp dbl. occ.
- 12 or more guests $2,498 pp dbl. occ.
Guest Trip Reviews
This trip was a celebration of my 60th birthday and I will remember it always; the natural beauty of Grand Canyon, Bryce, and Zion, the camaraderie of the group, and the fantastic trip leaders who did everything in their power to personalize the trip and provide me with a great time that I will remember forever.- Delmar, NY
This was my first Backroads trip and it exceeded all my expectations. I met some great people, challenged myself to some adventures I didn't think I could accomplish, saw amazing things, overall had a fantastic time. The leaders were absolutely critical to that. They really cared and were very accommodating and flexible and could adapt to any situation. I am extremely pleased and look forward to the next trip!- Chicago, IL
Had one of the BEST vacations of my life! Saw amazing sites, did amazing things. The physical aspects of the trip pushed me just enough. I did things I never thought I could, like climb to the top of Angels Landing in Zion National Park. The guides were tremendous - very helpful, great preparation, evaluated everyone well. It was hard to come home. Thanks for a great getaway!- Fort Meyers, FL
Fantastic, awesome, can't wait to do it again!!! More than met my expectations!! You guys are off the charts. Won't go any other way. Worth every penny!!!- Holtsville, NY
This trip fulfilled all my hopes, and confirmed NONE of my fears for the trip. My hope was to experience new activities, to discover new abilities in myself, and to push myself physically. I got chances to do all of that. My fear was that the trip leaders would be too demanding in terms of requiring everyone to do tons of activities and to "enjoy" tough things like biking in the rain. I was also afraid everyone on the trip would be more active than me, and more gung ho about hiking or biking in the cold or rain. None of this happened. I absolutely loved the trip.- Las Vegas, NV
We had a great time again with Backroads! The spectacular beauty of the Canyons speaks for itself and you help make it a fantastic experience. The leaders you provide are so well suited to their roles - making it a certainty that everyone in the family has a great time full of memories. I'd love to know your secrets for hiring great people to use in my business!- Allendale, NJ
My wife and I really enjoyed ourselves; great overall experience. Our leaders were absolutely fantastic: upbeat (even at 7 am), always with a smile on their faces and always willing to accommodate any guest's requests. The vacation was all we could have asked for; we will certainly travel with you again.- Martinez, CA
Way better than I could have dreamed!!! The very best week of my life, and so happy we did this with our son who is leaving for college in August. We loved our guides and our time together, and meeting new friends. AWESOME AND WONDERFUL!!!
I couldn't have been more pleased with Backroads. I want to say that by the time the week was over, we went from total strangers to great friends with all of the other group members. In retrospect, there are many aspects of enrichment to be expected and cultivated on a trip like this. There is the inherent, awe-inspiring beauty of the area you are visiting; the thoughtful way in which Backroads has anticipated and accommodated our wants and needs - really beyond my expectations; the rich qualities of skills and congeniality of the leaders; and the development of relationships with the other group members as the week progresses. I'm left wanting more.- Virginia Beach, VA
I came home exhilarated by the experience! The hiking and biking was great! The leaders were fantastic. The level of service and attention to guests' needs was the best. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that I'll be doing trips with Backroads in the future! - Hermitage, PA