Three epic national parks. Six glorious days. And countless opportunities to mix, mingle and soak up the great outdoors. This sensational trip will have you biking, hiking and camping in one of North America's most stunning regions - and sharing the experience with a fantastic bunch of like-minded travelers. Lose yourself in Bryce Canyon's red-rock labyrinth. Gaze in awe at the Grand Canyon's immensity. Journey amid Zion's soaring rock faces. With Backroads' unique mix of exhilarating activity and effortless bonhomie, the connections come easily. So come join the friendliest group of adventure seekers around, and get set for good times!
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 LeadersDue 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. They'll be unable to hike with you in Grand Canyon National Park and are limited to guiding on certain trails in Zion National Park. Throughout the trip, your leaders will give an orientation to the area's flora, fauna and terrain before your hikes.
Permit restrictions also dictate that your leaders won't be able to offer route support on the optional bike ride at the Grand Canyon. We appreciate your cooperation with the park's regulations.
Tents & Sleeping EssentialsOur spacious dome tents easily accommodate two adults and their gear. Sleeping bag, sleep sheet and an extra-thick inflatable sleeping pad are all provided to make sleeping on the ground more comfortable. Backroads does not supply pillows, so please bring your own. No lighting is provided in your tent, so a small flashlight is essential.
Restroom FacilitiesRestroom facilities are available at each campground. The restroom floors can be wet, so be sure to bring flip-flops! We also recommend bringing a hanging toiletry bag since space is limited and surfaces are wet. Be advised that outlets and mirrors are few. Backroads does not supply towels, so please be sure to pack your own.
AttireComfortable, casual attire and footwear is strongly recommended - leave those heels or imported Italian leather loafers at home! Also be sure to bring along a few warm layers for the cooler evenings.
Days 1-2 Witness the otherworldly rock formations of Bryce Canyon, once described by settler Ebenezer Bryce as "a hell of a place to lose a cow" Among these brilliant red spires, you’ll feel as if you’re hiking through a petrified forest - or on another planet Margaritas anyone? Get to know your comrades over drinks and a fabulous alfresco meal Biking out of Bryce, point your wheels downhill through peaceful Red Canyon Nothing compares to that first view of the spectacular Grand Canyon, one of the world’s seven natural wonders.
Day 3 If a descent into the Grand Canyon itself is your thing, follow the North Kaibab Trail down to Supai Tunnel Walk the secluded Widforss Trail for vistas across the canyon, or head out to Bright Angel Point to view the Colorado River as it slices through the earth Tackle the challenging ride to Point Imperial, the highest point on the North Rim at 8,803 feet.
Days 4-6 Take your pick of inspiring hikes in Zion National Park Entering Zion, pedal through the canyon amid towering walls of Navajo sandstone Don't mind getting wet? Hike the Narrows, one of Backpacker magazine's "Best Hikes Ever," a trek through the inner gorge of the Virgin River amid hanging gardens and sheer cliffs Or stroll to Emerald Pools or opt for the dizzying climb to Angels Landing.
- Dramatic vistas of petrified sand dunes, sculpted hoodoos and river-chiseled gorges
- Hike past Bryce Canyon's celebrated spires and pinnacles
- Contemplate the humbling vastness of the Grand Canyon
- Follow a path as it snakes up the side of a cliff in Zion Canyon
- Enjoy campsites perched on canyon rims and under the cool canopy of towering pines
Sunset Campground (1 night): Set in a pine forest, just a short hike from the rim of Bryce Canyon.
North Rim Campground (2 nights): Our home, near the edge of the canyon in a meadow ringed with aspen, offers breathtaking views.
Watchman Campground (2 nights): Located along the Virgin River with soaring cliffs all around.
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.
Routes For All Abilities
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2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 8/28-9/2 Price: $2098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $0 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/20-25 Price: $2098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $0 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
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.
All Private Camping trips require a minimum of 16 guests. Call us for date availability.
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|8 - 9 guests from $2,898 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $2,098 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests from $2,398 pp dbl. occ.|
Guest Trip Reviews
We could not have been more pleased with the trip. We know Backroads did not create the countryside, but we felt that you led us to the activities that allowed us to take the best advantage of and get the most out of where we were.- Evanston, IL
I have taken some great vacations; this was the best. The leaders were sensational. Your people are wonderful, your processes and training are impeccable. I have been in business for 30 years and am an avid athlete in my 50s. This exceeded all my expectations; I am impressed with your people and company. Not only did I have fun, I am motivated as a businessman and manager to have more passion for my own work. I will be back with Backroads and will refer others. Thank you!- Columbus, OH
I couldn't have been more pleased. I was very nervous about camping - it was my first time - and Backroads made it so easy and so pleasant. Plus, as a single traveler, I appreciated the group dynamic very much, which I credit to the quality of traveler you attract. It was like the sleepaway camp I never had.- Scarsdale, NY