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Bryce, Zion & Grand Canyon Family Multisport Tour
Bryce, Zion & Grand Canyon Family Multisport Tour

Hovering hoodoos. Walter's Wiggles. Spindly spires. Kids in giggles. Seems right out of Dr. Seuss. But this fantastical world exists. Right here. In the Southwest. You'll rub your eyes. Once. Maybe twice. To believe the whimsical rock formations. The spectacular views. The red and orange and yellow hues. And in this wonderland of slot canyons, pinnacles and bristlecone pine, your family gets to hike, bike, mule ride and rock climb. Watching the sun set at the surreal gorge's rim, you might just hear Dr. Seuss say: "Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one."


Straight Talk
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 Standards

The 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 Leaders

Due 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.

Days 1-2 Bryce Canyon's maze of spires, windows and pinnacles  Hike through a 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 Youngsters delight in a special dinner with the Kid Coordinator while adults sit down to a satisfying meal at the Grand Canyon Lodge.

Day 4 Splash your way through the Narrows in Zion, one of the most renowned slot canyons in the world, with small waterfalls and hanging gardens cascading down the rock faces Admire expansive high-desert views of the Grand Staircase and watch as the cliffs change to vibrant shades of pink and red.

Days 5-6 The thrilling hike to Angels Landing, bringing you nearly 2,000 feet above the valley for a 360-degree panorama of soaring sandstone  Opt for an easygoing walk past Emerald Pools if heights aren't your thing  Experienced canyoneering instructors show kids the ropes Pedal a traffic-free route amid towering walls of sheer Navajo sandstone.


Trip Highlights
  • Astonishing rock formations, river-carved canyons and sheer sandstone cliffs
  • Pedal among crimson rocks and desert wildflowers to Red Canyon
  • An impressive slot canyon in Bryce, whose walls are only ten feet apart in places
  • Kids make like early pioneers, exploring the Grand Canyon's rim by mule
  • Splash your way through the Narrows in Zion
big map


Casual Inns

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)


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
Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Walking/Hiking 3 500
2 Biking 9* 100 29 1000
Biking 16 100
Walking/Hiking 2 100
3 Walking/Hiking 2 500 7 1500 10 500
Walking/Hiking 5 100
Other Point Imperial Scenic Drive (2 Hours Round-Trip)
Kids Mule Ride (1 Hour)
4 Walking/Hiking 2 0 5 200
5 Walking/Hiking 3 400 4 1000 5 1500 8 2200
Walking/Hiking 4 1000
Kids Canyoneering (6 Hours)
6 Biking 19 500
 
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* Includes a shuttle


2014 Dates & Pricing*

FAMILY TRIPS
  • 8/3-8 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/10-15 Price: $2798 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.


2015 Dates & Pricing*

FAMILY TRIPS
  • 6/14-19 Price: $2498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/21-26 Price: $2498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/5-10 Price: $2498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/12-17 Price: $2498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/19-24 Price: $2498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/26-31 Price: $2498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/2-7 Price: $2498 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.


Recommended Kids Ages

Minimum Ages:

General Info on Minimum Ages:

We strongly encourage families to join our Family Trips, designed with kid- and adult-friendly features. Please note that we have a minimum age requirement of 1 year for all Inn trips and 2 years for all Camping trips. Other than that, we do not restrict trips to a minimum age except in the rare case of a hotel age restriction. We do, however, recommend minimum ages based on the following criteria: Please note that a trip may feature an activity with an older age requirement than the minimum age recommendation for the trip. Younger kids are still welcome on the trip and while they will not be able to participate in the activity, the leaders will suggest an alternate activity. For safety reasons, children under 7 may not ride their own bikes and are required to ride on a Piccolo or in a Burley. For certain destinations, children must be 9 or older to ride their own bikes.

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 (prices may vary based on departure date)

2014

2 - 3 guests from $5,098 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $3,398 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $4,098 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $2,798 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $3,598 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $2,498 pp dbl. occ.

2015

2 - 3 guests from $4,798 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $3,298 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $3,998 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $2,798 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $3,598 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $2,498 pp dbl. occ.

Please note: Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.


Guest Trip Reviews

This was the best trip ever - it combined the right amount of adult time with family time, exercise and leisure. Given the five-year difference in our kids' ages, combined with our younger son's endless energy, we wanted to find the family vacation that satisfied all our needs and goals, and Backroads fulfilled this in every way. Additionally, our leaders' willingness to be flexible with regard to our itinerary made the trip even more tailored to us. A perfect blend of activity, downtime, family, new friends. We are new fans!
Janet Myers - Menlo Park, CA

What an amazing family experience!! We could never have accomplished near this amount of activities, left to our own devices. Nor have challenged ourselves as much. We enjoyed the entire experience, and hold its memory dear!
Cathy Kaempfer - Saint Augustine, FL

Backroads is the way to travel - it was great having all the logistics taken care of. We could just relax and enjoy the trip. The sights were incredible and the activities fun. My children, ages 6-17, all had a wonderful vacation. I cannot say enough nice things about our leaders - they were awesome. I would recommend this trip to anyone who likes to be active and appreciates nature.
Pat English - Wauwatosa WI

This has been the best trip our family has ever taken. Please extend my sentiments to the owner of Backroads: "the quality of the backroads experience...is unsurpassed. I will be back. Thank you very much."
John Storment - Lafayette, LA

This trip exceeded our expectations in every way. I kept telling my friends for weeks afterwards about Backroads and the fact that not a detail was missed. All of our leaders were excellent. We liked that there were always options in terms of length of hikes or bike trips. We liked the options. We can't say enough good things about our Backroads experience.
Elizabeth Cohen - Wilmette, IL

The trip in the canyon areas exceeded my high expectations. Our family had a wonderful time and truly enjoyed our vacation together. This was our second Backroads trip and reinforced our pre-existing belief that Backroads trips are the best way to see new areas.
Ken LeClair - Needham, MA

The trip exceeded all our expectations - which had been set pretty high by previous Backroads clients we know.
Ken Hoyt - Hopkinton, MA