Easygoing Multi-Adventure Tour Utah & Arizona's National Parks
Dolce Tempo Journey in Bryce, Zion & Grand Canyon
A journey to the mighty national parks of the American Southwest is one that will etch itself into your life story as deeply as the Colorado River has carved the towering walls of the Grand Canyon. Whether you come for the iconic western-movie landscapes, the world-class foot paths, the wide-open spaces or the mind-boggling geologic history, prepare for your expectations to be shattered.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual Hotels
Utah & Arizona
Start/End St. George
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Refreshingly Active Adventures
Stroll through the fantastic hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, where pinnacles of rock catch the blazing light of sunset in one of nature’s most photogenic displays. E-bike the long undulating descent through the surreal landscape of Red Canyon.
Explore historic trails and hidden corners once home to famous western outlaws, 19th-century pioneers and Native American tribes.
Note about the Grand Canyon
Since the US Park Service has paused most commercial group permits, select departures do not visit the Grand Canyon and instead spend more time in Bryce and Zion. Please click on a departure under Dates & Prices for more information.
6 Days Casual Hotels
Welcome to Zion National Park, one of nature’s greatest cathedrals | Gaze upon towering red rock cliffs and learn the ancient story of the canyon’s original indigenous inhabitants | Walk below cascading wateralls and hanging gardens | Stroll the meandering path beside the Virgin River and discover one of the most renowned slot canyons in the world | After sunset, turn your eyes skyward to a spectacular display of shooting stars and sparkling constellations.
With Arts & Crafts architecture that harkens back to the early days of the national parks' tradition, this cozy lodge offers panoramic views of Zion's cliffs just steps from the park's south entrance. (pool)
E-bike through the heart of Zion along its car-free scenic drive and paved bike path | Journey into Arizona and onto the Kaibab Plateau as we learn about the region’s fascinating geologic history | Discover the Grand Canyon, one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders | Stroll along a secluded trail offering panoramic vistas across the canyon to the San Francisco Peaks towering above the South Rim | Catch a stunning desert sunset from our Grand Canyon Lodge terrace with a prickly pear margarita in hand.
This 1920s rustic stone-and-wood lodge is perched above the grandeur of the remote North Rim.
Discover Bryce Canyon’s maze of hoodoo rock formations—unearthly pinnacles and spires that testify to the power of erosion | Explore an impressive slot canyon with overhanging walls that are at times just 10 feet apart | Walk to Queen’s Garden amid a whimsical labyrinth of hoodoos resembling a petrified forest | Spot bristlecone pines, some of the oldest living organisms on earth | Pedal your e-bike along Red Canyon’s scenic bike path lined with scarlet rocks and colorful desert wildflowers | Stroll from our hotel along the rim of the canyon, soaking in views over Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this simple park lodge is mere steps from the canyon's edge.
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy
Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.
Dolce Tempo: What to Expect
Our easygoing Multi-Adventure tours make adventuring a breeze—perfect for beginners or occasional bikers/hikers, or anyone who is interested in exploring the world actively. With dedicated Trip Leaders, support vans and GPS supported routes, the day is yours to decide. Find an unbeatable blend of walking and biking routes (2-4 hours of activity, 10-30 miles of biking, 2-7 miles of walking) with other fun-filled activities such as kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, camel riding and more. On trips with biking, custom electronic-assist bikes allow you to pedal effortlessly!
Most of our walks will be gentle climbs with occasional short steep pitches. Our rides will generally be level with gentle climbs mixed in. All activities take place around 7,000–8,000 feet.
Available Bike Options
On this Dolce Tempo trip, most travelers choose to ride one of our custom titanium e-bikes. If you prefer to enjoy the daily rides without electric assistance, you can select another bike. See all options below.
- All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
- Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
- Snacks and beverages between meals
- Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
- Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
- Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
- Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
- All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
- Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
- On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
- Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
- Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
- Park and other entry fees
- Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
- Select coach transfers
- Baggage transfers and porterage
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.
While the accommodations on this trip reflect the natural surroundings of the national parks and provide unparalleled access to the best activities in the area, they are simpler than is typical of Backroads lodging. Many buildings date back to the turn of the century and have only been minimally renovated, in accordance with park regulations. The Lodge at Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon Lodge – North Rim have basic guest rooms that are not equipped with televisions or air-conditioning (nights are usually cool due to the high elevation); breakfasts and dinners throughout the week may lack variety and tend toward simple ingredients. Overall, the service standards can seem slow and casual when compared with the hospitality found on other Backroads trips. Please note that internet and cell phone service are extremely limited throughout the parks.
The National Park Service has many regulations on walking and hiking. In Zion National Park they limit where you can walk when accompanied by your trip leaders. Your leaders will provide pre-walk briefings, maps and directions so you can explore certain trails on your own. In Bryce Canyon National Park, your leaders can walk with you but can't act as "interpretive guides." They'll also be unable to walk with you in Grand Canyon National Park. Throughout the trip, your leaders will give an orientation to the area's flora, fauna and terrain before your walks. Permit restrictions also dictate that your leaders won't be able to offer route support on the optional e-bike ride at the Grand Canyon. Thank you for helping us cooperate with each park's regulations.
According to local COVID-19 regulations and park operation limitations, most national park lodge meals this season will be to-go style and outdoors. Chilly mornings and evenings are not unusual, so please come prepared with plenty of layers. Of course, you are welcome to take any meals back to your room. We recognize that this will not be a typical Backroads dining experience; we are working hard behind the scenes to provide an excellent trip experience while following all regional restrictions and guidelines. Please note that regulations are subject to change, and we will take advantage accordingly.
While biking and hiking and kayaking trips are at the core of popular adventure travel offerings, they are not for everyone. So Backroads, a company that has long been the leader in active travel trips, has come up with an array of softer adventures for 2021.