Utah & Arizona's National Parks Family Multi-Adventure Tour - Older Teens & 20s
Majestic Bryce, Zion & Grand Canyon
You have to wonder. What did the first people think when they saw the Grand Canyon? This chasm plunging more than a mile at its deepest. Rocks nearly two billion years old. Vast sun-soaked plateaus. It's incredible. And it's only a third of the trip. Bryce and Zion await with their own wealth of epic moments. While you're here with your family, feel free to wonder.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual Hotels
Special Kids Prices
Utah & Arizona
Start/End St. George
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
- Gaze in awe at the immensity of the colorful Grand Canyon, whose depth and grandeur are hard to believe
- Hike amid bizarre and colorful hoodoos, pinnacles, spires and monoliths in photogenic Bryce Canyon
- Bike through the crimson sandstone wonderland of Red Canyon—a spectacular ride!
- Venture into Zion Canyon, where every trail provides a window into its geological wonders
6 Days Casual Hotels
Behold the Grand Canyon, one of the world's Seven Natural Wonders | Hike along a secluded trail offering wide-open vistas across the canyon | Bike to Cape Royal or Point Imperial, the highest point on the North Rim or hike into the depths of the canyon | A drive to Cape Royal provides superb views of the Colorado River as it slices through the earth | Swap stories with fellow travelers at the North Rim's historic Grand Canyon Lodge.
This 1920s rustic stone-and-wood lodge is perched above the grandeur of the remote North Rim.
Is this Earth or another planet? Towering cliff walls, crimson sandstone canyons, cascading waterfalls and hanging gardens await your discovery at Zion National Park | Hike to the edge of the Virgin River and look into one of the most renowned slot canyons in the world | After sunset, take in the real show starring one of the darkest skies around | Picturesque routes abound in this hiker's paradise from relaxed walks past emerald pools to climbs up to soaring cliffs that provide magnificent panoramic vistas | What about a visit to the Zion Human History Museum? Or maybe you'd rather explore Springdale's shops and art galleries? The choice is yours!
Guest rooms at this welcoming riverside lodge are spacious and offer views of Zion's stunning red cliffs. (pool)
Spin along Zion's car-free Scenic Drive | Journey down the Grand Staircase into Arizona and learn about the fascinating geologic history of this immense sequence of sedimentary rock layers | Bryce Canyon's maze of pinnacles, spires and windows are a mesmerizing study in the power of erosion | Hike through an impressive slot canyon with walls only 10 feet apart in places | Walk to Queen's Garden amid a vibrant labyrinth of hoodoos and vivid rock formations sprouting from the canyon floor | Look for Thor's Hammer, the Hunter and Queen Victoria | Pedal among vermilion rocks and desert wildflowers, surrounded by sheer cliffs and more hoodoos.
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
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Activity Level: 1-3
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. LEARN MORE.
Note: For some departures, the activities listed in Daily Route Options vary. Download the Detailed Itinerary for details.
Available Bike Options
The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.
- 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 hiking. In Zion National Park they limit where you can hike 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 hike with you but can't act as "interpretive guides." They'll also be unable to hike 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 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. Thank you for helping us cooperate with each park's regulations.