Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Backroads Bryce & Zion Walking & Hiking Tour
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Backroads Bryce & Zion Walking & Hiking Tour
Backroads Bryce & Zion Walking & Hiking Tour
Bryce & Zion Walking & Hiking Tour
Bryce Canyon National Park Hiking Tour
Backroads Bryce & Zion Walking & Hiking Tour
Backroads Bryce & Zion Walking & Hiking Tour
Backroads Bryce & Zion Walking & Hiking Tour
Backroads Bryce & Zion Walking & Hiking Tour
Backroads Bryce & Zion Walking & Hiking Tour
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Utah's Bryce & Zion Walking & Hiking Tour

National Park Adventure in Canyon Country

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Activity Levels 2-4

Casual & Casual Plus Hotels

From: $3,399 - $3,649 pp dbl occ

($700 for sgl occ) plus 6.75% tax

One second the geology is like a city skyline, the next it's another planet. Sometime it seems it's all a mirage. The colors, the plant life, the birds and animals, you're forever wondering how they all got here. It's a place that gets along pretty well without people. And as you walk, you'll be glad about that.

Utah Bryce and Zion Walking and Hiking
Utah Bryce and Zion Walking and Hiking

Utah

Start/End St. George

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights

  • Admire astonishing rock formations, impressive canyons and Navajo sandstone cliffs in a landscape carved by time
  • Hike amid Bryce Canyon National Park's remarkable geologic features, including hoodoos and spires
  • Venture into Zion Canyon, where every trail provides a window into the wonders of nature and geology
  • Ascend​ to new heights as you hit your stride on the way to impressive panoramic viewpoints in Utah's Canyon Country
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Itinerary

Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Casual & Casual Plus Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-3
Description

Massive Navajo Sandstone walls erupt all around us as we trek toward the eastern wall of Zion Canyon | Hike through the reddish-brown Kayenta Formation | Marvel at sweeping views of the canyon, West Temple, Watchman and Bridge Mountain | At day's end, take in the views of Zion National Park's red rocks | Learn about the area's geologic evolution as you explore Zion Canyon on foot | Get another taste of Zion's grandeur as you wind your way through cool Refrigerator Canyon and up Walter's Wiggles to Scout Lookout, with views of massive cliffs and a yawning abyss | If heights don't bother you—and you secure a permit with help from your leaders—continue on to Angels Landing, a sheer wedge of rock looming 1,500 feet above the valley | Admire the panorama of Zion Canyon before descending back to the valley floor | Beat the heat, getting wet on a spectacular trek through the Narrows, following the inner gorge of the Virgin River | Wander through charming Springdale or lounge poolside at the hotel.

Accommodations
Desert Pearl Inn
Desert Pearl Inn
Zion National Park
| Casual Plus Hotel

Guest rooms at this welcoming riverside lodge have balconies overlooking the stunning red cliffs of Zion. (pool)

Days 4-6
Description

Visit the former studio of Maynard Dixon, a preeminent artist of the American West, en route to Bryce National Park | Hike amid Bryce's fantastical hoodoos, crooked rock formations and striking monoliths | The Fairyland Loop drops you into a seldom-visited section of Bryce Canyon National Park | Feeling young? You will next to bristlecone pines, some of the oldest living organisms on Earth | Discover the otherworldly wonderland of Queen's Garden | Grab your camera and a seat on the canyon rim to watch the sun set or rise over Bryce | ​Take in the night sky from one of the few places where you can see naturally dark skies!

Accommodations
Bryce Canyon Lodge, Utah
Lodge at Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon National Park
| Casual Hotel

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this simple park lodge is mere steps from the canyon's edge.

Dates & Prices

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.

Activity Level: 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

The terrain on this trip includes a mix of well-maintained dirt trails and paved walkways, with some exposed ridgetop and narrow canyon sections. Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service.

Daily Route Options

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles | 400 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Level 3 | 5 miles | 1500 ft. gain
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 100 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles | 100 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 3 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 5 miles | 1100 ft. gain
Level 3 | 8 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 3 miles | 600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 200 ft. gain

What's Included

  • 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

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, Meals & Service Standards

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, the Lodge at Bryce Canyon is simpler than is typical of Backroads lodging. The lodge's basic guest rooms 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.

Hiking in Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks

The National Park Service has many hiking regulations. In Zion National Park they limit where you can hike when accompanied by your trip leaders, so our itinerary has been designed to adhere to these regulations. 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 national park regulations.

Hiking Angels Landing

If you hope to hike Angels Landing, you'll need to apply to the permit lottery before your hike. To learn more about the lottery, visit: www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/angels-landing-hiking-permits.htm. Your leaders can help you apply while on the trip, the day before you hike. Permits are not guaranteed.

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 on most days.

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