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Bryce & Zion Walking & Hiking Tour

Utah National Parks Adventure

From $2,598 - $2,798 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$620 for sgl. occ.)
Plus 6.35% Utah state sales 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.

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Utah

St. George, Utah

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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 the 1,500-foot-high Angels Landing for views of soaring rock faces and an impressive canyon
Utah

St. George, Utah

Zion Bryce Utah Map

Itinerary

Day 1 Get your first taste of Zion National Park's grandeur on a picturesque hike to the Emerald Pools through cottonwood, box elder and Gambel oak trees | Learn about the area's geologic evolution as you explore Zion Canyon.

Day 2 Wind your way through cool Refrigerator Canyon and up Walter's Wiggles to Scout Lookout, with views of massive cliffs and a yawning abyss | A 360-degree panorama of Zion Canyon is the backdrop for today's breathtaking hike up to Angels Landing, a sheer wedge of rock looming 1,500 feet above the valley floor.

Day 3 Choose your adventure! | Experience the Narrows, hike of a lifetime | Beat the heat and get wet on a spectacular trek that follows the inner gorge of the Virgin River | Opt for more Zion Canyon views on a hike to Observation Point | Of course, there's always the option of strolling through charming Springdale or lounging poolside at the hotel.

Days 4-6 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.

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 16 or more. If your party has fewer than 16 guests, or your preferred date is not available, call or email us and we'll work together to find a trip just for you.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $2,598 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,098 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,498 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $4,998 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $5,798 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $2,598 - $2,798 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$620 for sgl. occ.)
Plus 6.35% Utah state sales tax.

Casual Hotels

Desert Pearl Inn
Desert Pearl Inn

Zion National Park (3 nights)

Bryce Canyon Lodge
Lodge at Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Zion and Bryce

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Casual Hotels

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Desert Pearl Inn

Desert Pearl Inn

Zion National Park (3 nights)

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

Bryce Canyon Lodge

Lodge at Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park (2 nights)

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

This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

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 2 400
2 3 1000 4 1500 6 1900
3 2 200 4 300 5 400 8 700
4 2 250 5 350 6 1400 9 1400
5 3 500 3 600 6 1300 11 1500
6 1 200
 

Note: The terrain on this trips 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 (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 6 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.

Accommodations & Service Standards

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon is a fairly rustic national park lodge that reflects its natural surroundings. While this historic hotel offer simpler accommodations than the typical Backroads property, it provides unparalleled access to the best hiking in the region. Please note that the guest rooms are not equipped with televisions or air-conditioning (nights are usually cool due to the high elevation).

Generally speaking, service in the national parks can seem laid-back 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. In Zion National Park they will be limited to guiding on certain trails. Throughout the trip, your leaders will give an orientation to the area's flora, fauna and terrain before your hikes.

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 Zion and Bryce

A Shuttle Is No Walk in the Park

The Southwest is a big place, so a bit of shuttling is inevitable if you want to explore a few of the area's spectacular national parks. But some companies take that way too far, arranging a three-hour shuttle that only gains you a half-day in the next park. This is where it helps to have 37 years of experience designing trips in this region. At Backroads we minimize shuttles so you have time to explore properly – because we believe that active travel should live up to its name.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Zion and Bryce 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 Zion and Bryce

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Zion and Bryce, 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 Zion and Bryce, 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 Zion and Bryce 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.

Accommodations & Service Standards

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon is a fairly rustic national park lodge that reflects its natural surroundings. While this historic hotel offer simpler accommodations than the typical Backroads property, it provides unparalleled access to the best hiking in the region. Please note that the guest rooms are not equipped with televisions or air-conditioning (nights are usually cool due to the high elevation).

Generally speaking, service in the national parks can seem laid-back 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. In Zion National Park they will be limited to guiding on certain trails. Throughout the trip, your leaders will give an orientation to the area's flora, fauna and terrain before your hikes.

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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