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Bryce & Zion Family Walking & Hiking Tour – Older Teens & 20s

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The canyons of the American Southwest. Legendary. Captivating. Amazingly colorful. And perfect for exploration. From the panoramas of Zion to the nooks and crannies of Bryce Canyon, your family adventure awaits! Spending time together has never been this good. 

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Highlights

  • Explore both iconic and lesser-known hiking trails in Bryce and Zion National Parks
  • Marvel at the play of light and color in the rugged landscape of Utah's canyons
  • Ascend to new heights as you hit your stride on the way to impressive panoramic viewpoints
  • Create enduring family memories in an exciting and spectacular setting
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Itinerary

Day 1 Ease into Zion's dynamic landscape with a classic hike to Emerald Pools, a remarkable desert oasis | Become acquainted with the fascinating geologic forces that created this southwestern wonderland.

Day 2 Towers of majestic Navajo sandstone await your discovery | Feel your adrenaline pumping as you make your way through Walter's Wiggles en route to Scout Lookout | Pause to take in the views of Zion Canyon sprawling below | A cool break awaits in Refrigerator Canyon upon your return to valley floor.

Day 3 Want to take it easy today or push yourself to the limit? With a plethora of trails to choose from, opt for the hike that suits your mood and ambition | Or maybe exploring Springdale's shops and art galleries is the way you want to spend your day | Of course, there's always the option of lounging by the hotel's refreshing pool. 

Days 4-6 Take in the stunning views from the rim of Bryce Canyon, then descend into the labyrinth of its amphitheater | Hike along the aptly named Fairyland Loop to get a closer look at this enchanted landscape | Find a new perspective as you stroll down Wall Street, a narrow slot canyon | A photographer's dream! Endless hues of reds and oranges emerge with the rising and setting sun.

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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Casual Hotels

Desert Pearl Inn
Desert Pearl Inn

Zion National Park (3 nights)

Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel

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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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 Grand Hotel

Bryce Canyon National Park (2 nights)

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

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 4 1050
3 Hiking Options in Zion National Park (2-8 Miles; 200–1,200' elevation gain)
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

Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel is a fairly basic lodge. While this hotel offers simpler accommodations and dining experiences than the typical Backroads property, it's been selected because of its unparalleled access to the best walking and hiking in the area. Generally speaking, service in this region can seem laid-back when compared with the high standards of service found on other Backroads trips.

Interpretive Guides & Hiking without Your Leaders

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." 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 each 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 Zion and Bryce

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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Bryce & Zion Family Walking & Hiking Tour - Older Teens & 20s
Bryce & Zion Family Walking & Hiking Tour - Older Teens & 20s
Bryce & Zion Family Walking & Hiking Tour - Older Teens & 20s
Bryce & Zion Family Walking & Hiking Tour - Older Teens & 20s
Bryce & Zion Family Walking & Hiking Tour - Older Teens & 20s
Bryce & Zion Family Walking & Hiking Tour - Older Teens & 20s
Bryce & Zion Family Walking & Hiking Tour - Older Teens & 20s
Bryce & Zion Family Walking & Hiking Tour - Older Teens & 20s
Bryce & Zion Family Walking & Hiking Tour - Older Teens & 20s
Bryce & Zion Family Walking & Hiking Tour - Older Teens & 20s

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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

Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel is a fairly basic lodge. While this hotel offers simpler accommodations and dining experiences than the typical Backroads property, it's been selected because of its unparalleled access to the best walking and hiking in the area. Generally speaking, service in this region can seem laid-back when compared with the high standards of service found on other Backroads trips.

Interpretive Guides & Hiking without Your Leaders

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." 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 each 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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