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Bryce & Capitol Reef Walking & Hiking Tour

A Journey Across the Grand Staircase

From $2,499 - $2,649 pp dbl. occ. | 5 days / 4 nights

(+$510 for sgl. occ.)
Plus 6.35% Utah state sales tax.

Journey along a scenic byway into the rugged wilderness and isolated landscapes at the heart of the American Southwest. Dramatic scenery and serenity await in the deep canyons of Capitol Reef's Waterpocket Fold, a spectacular wrinkle in the earth's surface almost 100 miles long, and in the winding labyrinths of Bryce's surreal gardens of stone. This hiker's paradise is one colorful vivid playscape that will leave you hungry for more.

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Start/End St. George

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Highlights

 
  • Experience the rugged landscape of southern Utah, an expanse of natural wonders and unusual geologic formations that await your discovery
  • Hike into the extraordinary Waterpocket Fold, a massive warping of the earth's surface and the defining geologic feature of remote Capitol Reef National Park
  • Savor sophisticated farm-to-table cuisine served in a unique restaurant located on the edge of the wilderness in a once inaccessible mountain town
  • Admire the otherworldly landscape of Bryce National Park, where the forces of nature have crafted fantastic rock formations beyond your wildest imagination
 
Utah

Start/End St. George

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Itinerary

Day 1 Are you ready for an unforgettable Southwest adventure? | Traverse the northern edge of Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument for a hike past prehistoric pictographs to a dramatic box canyon | Feel the cool mist on your face as you encounter Lower Calf Creek Falls plunging 130 feet over a sandstone cliff | Journey along the Hogsback, an unforgettable stretch of scenic byway that winds along a narrow ridge | Stay in Boulder, a town so remote that it was one of the last in the United States to receive mail by mule train.

Day 2 Relish the solitude and pristine natural beauty of Capitol Reef National Park, a secluded wonderland and the least visited of Utah's Grand Circle parks | Encounter natural arches, water-carved canyons and towering domes that give Capitol Reef its name, as you hike through the colossal Waterpocket Fold | Notice the greener side of the desert as we pass through the pioneer settlement of Fruita, where 19th-century orchards are still thriving | Revel in the sophisticated menu at Hell's Backbone Grill, inspired by Buddhist and Native American cultures and cuisine.

Day 3 Enter Bryce Canyon, home to the world's largest collection of fanciful geologic formations called hoodoos | Spend the morning on a hike through the Queen's Garden, a natural labyrinth of pinnacles, spires and windows | Venture into Wall Street, a narrow passage between towering rock fins where two immense Douglas fir trees await  | Attend an evening performance you'll never forget—a gentle dance of shifting light and color with ever-changing hues of red, orange and yellow across an immense natural amphitheater.

Days 4-5 Circumnavigate Boat Mesa as you hike along the Fairyland Loop, one of the most spectacular routes in the park where a new vista awaits around each twist and turn | Embark on a scenic driving tour to 9,100-foot Rainbow Point at the southern end of the park where, on a clear day, you can see 100 miles to the Kaibab Plateau | Pass through Dixie National Forest and the incredible Red Canyon on our way back to St. George.  

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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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 the selection of dates below for your group of 8 or more. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2019 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $2,499 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $2,999 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,099 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,799 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,299 pp dbl occ

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From $2,499 - $2,649 pp dbl. occ.
5 days / 4 nights

(+$510 for sgl. occ.)
Plus 6.35% Utah state sales tax.

Casual Hotels

Boulder Mountain Lodge, Utah
Boulder Mountain Lodge

Boulder (2 nights)

Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel, Utah
Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel

Bryce Canyon National Park (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-3

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Bryce, Capitol Reef

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Boulder Mountain Lodge, Utah

Boulder Mountain Lodge

Boulder (2 nights)

An oasis of tranquility and comfort overlooking an 11-acre bird sanctuary at the foot of Boulder Mountain in the rugged landscape of southwestern Utah.

Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel, Utah

Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel

Bryce Canyon National Park (2 nights)

Providing modern comforts and amenities, this full-service hotel is perfectly situated near the canyon's rim. (pool)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-3

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.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day 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 6 500
2 3 200 6 900 8 1500
3 3 600 6 1300
4 2 300 6 1000 9 1400
Optional Scenic Auto Tour of Bryce Canyon (2 Hours)
5 1 100
 

Note: The terrain on this trip includes a mix of well-maintained dirt trails and paved walkways, with some exposed ridgetop and narrow canyon sections.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Also Included

  • 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

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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 Leaders


The National Park Service has many regulations on hiking. In Bryce Canyon National Park, your leaders can hike with you but can't act as "interpretive guides." Throughout the trip, your leaders will give an orientation to the area's flora, fauna and terrain before your hikes. Thank you for helping us cooperate with the park's regulations.

Two Leaders

We ordinarily staff our trips with three leaders: two leaders out on the trail offering support—allowing everyone to have the experience they want, whether it's an easygoing interpretative walk or a rigorous hike—while the third leader moves the van from trailhead to trail end. This trip is a little different in that our routes are a combination of loop hikes and out-and-back trails that begin and end in the same location. This means that you'll still have the same two leaders providing excellent trail support without the need for a third leader to move the van.

Why Travel with Backroads in Bryce, Capitol Reef

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Bryce, Capitol Reef trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for one or two people (or a family of three or four), subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

The Best Leaders in Bryce, Capitol Reef

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Bryce, Capitol Reef , and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

The Value of Casual Hotels

In addition to the ideal balance of comfort and hospitality in our choice of lodgings, this trip featuring Casual Hotels includes nearly all of your meals, plus everything from cocktail receptions to the best snacks along the road. So there's rarely a need to reach for your wallet – we've got you covered.

We Were Born Here (in 1979)

Backroads has been inviting active travelers to explore our own backyard since Jimmy Carter was in the White House. We offer more trips than anyone else in Bryce, Capitol Reef , and we've spent more years finding the best ones. What keeps it real is having a consistent vision and the same passionately committed leadership for nearly four decades.

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Bryce, Capitol Reef you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

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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.

Interpretive Guides & Hiking without Your Leaders


The National Park Service has many regulations on hiking. In Bryce Canyon National Park, your leaders can hike with you but can't act as "interpretive guides." Throughout the trip, your leaders will give an orientation to the area's flora, fauna and terrain before your hikes. Thank you for helping us cooperate with the park's regulations.

Two Leaders

We ordinarily staff our trips with three leaders: two leaders out on the trail offering support—allowing everyone to have the experience they want, whether it's an easygoing interpretative walk or a rigorous hike—while the third leader moves the van from trailhead to trail end. This trip is a little different in that our routes are a combination of loop hikes and out-and-back trails that begin and end in the same location. This means that you'll still have the same two leaders providing excellent trail support without the need for a third leader to move the van.
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