Utah's Bryce & Zion Family Walking & Hiking Tour - 20s & Beyond
National Park Adventure in Canyon Country
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 explore with your family, you'll be glad about that.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual & Casual Plus Hotels
Start/End St. George
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
- Discover impressive canyons, Navajo sandstone cliffs in a landscape carved by time and astonishing rock formations
- Hike amid Bryce Canyon National Park's remarkable geologic features, including hoodoos and spires
- Explore 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
6 Days Casual & Casual Plus Hotels
Get your first geology lesson amongst the sand dunes, cinder cones, ancient lava flows and towering cliffs in Snow Canyon State Park | At day's end, take in the views of Zion National Park's red rocks | Get your first 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 | Take in the panorama of Zion Canyon before descending back to the valley floor | Choose your adventure! | Explore one of Zion's many trails | Beat the heat and get wet on a spectacular trek that follows the inner gorge of the Virgin River | Opt for different canyon views on a hike to Emerald Pools through cottonwood, box elder and Gambel oak trees | Learn about the area's geologic evolution as you explore Zion Canyon | Or maybe a short morning stroll along the Pa'rus Trail sounds appealing | In the afternoon, wander through charming Springdale or lounge poolside at the hotel.
Guest rooms at this welcoming riverside lodge have balconies overlooking the stunning red cliffs of Zion. (pool)
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 be 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 left in the country to see naturally dark skies!
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: 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. LEARN MORE.
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.
- 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, 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.
The National Park Service has many hiking regulations. 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.
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.