You have to wonder. What did the first people think when they saw the Grand Canyon. The immense chasm plunging more than a mile at its deepest. Rocks nearly two billion years old. The vast sun-soaked plateaus. Are the outcrops really those colors? The Colorado River—responsible for all the beauty—carving a tenacious path through the middle. It's incredible. Almost indescribable. And it's only a third of the trip. Bryce and Zion are waiting. Each with its own profusion of breathtaking moments. And as you're biking and hiking, feel free to just wonder.
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 StandardsThe Lodge at Bryce Canyon is a fairly rustic national park lodge that reflects its natural surroundings. While this historic hotel offers simpler accommodations than the typical Backroads property, it's been selected because of its unparalleled access to the best riding and hiking in the region. Please note that the guest rooms are basic and 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 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 will 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.
Days 1-2 Bryce Canyon's maze of spires, windows and pinnacles Hike through a slot canyon in Bryce, whose walls are only ten feet apart in places On a walk to Queen's Garden, discover a labyrinth of hoodoos and vivid rock formations sprouting from the canyon floor Pedal among vermillion rocks and desert wildflowers toward Red Canyon, along a quiet bike path surrounded by sheer cliffs and more hoodoos.
Day 3 Revel in the magnificence of the Grand Canyon, one of the world's seven natural wonders Choose from a variety of hikes including the secluded Widforss Trail for wide-open vistas across the canyon, or take the scenic drive to Cape Royal for superb views of the Colorado River as it slices through the earth.
Day 4 Splash your way through the Narrows in Zion This exhilarating river hike—sure to be a highlight of your family's adventure—takes you through one of the most renowned slot canyons in the world, with small waterfalls and hanging gardens cascading down the rock faces.
Days 5-6 Picturesque routes abound in this hiker's paradise, from easy walks past emerald pools to the unforgettable climb to Angels Landing, bringing you nearly 1,500 feet above the valley for a 360-degree panorama of soaring sandstone.
- Astonishing rock formations, river-carved canyons and soaring cliffs
- Hike amid bizarre and colorful hoodoos, spires and monoliths in Bryce
- A spectacular ride through the crimson sandstone wonderland of Red Canyon
- Gaze in awe at the immensity of the Grand Canyon
- Venture through the Narrows in Zion—one of Backpacker magazine's "Best Hikes Ever"
The Lodge at Bryce Canyon (1 night): Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this simple park lodge is mere steps from the canyon's edge.
Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim (2 nights): This 1920s rustic stone-and-wood lodge is perched above the grandeur of the remote North Rim.
Cliffrose Lodge & Gardens (2 nights): A riverside oasis with a beach and lush gardens. (pool)
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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* Includes a shuttle
2016 Dates & Pricing*
Plus 6.35% Utah state sales tax.
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Guest Trip Reviews
Maybe you and your family have already visited these national parks, but once just wasn't enough. Or perhaps you've dreamed of bringing your kids here "one of these days." Why wait? Join Backroads and get to know Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon National Parks from a new perspective. Some might even say it's the BEST perspective. You'll benefit from our comprehensive planning and support, share in the camaraderie of like-minded travel companions and trip leaders, and discover places as extraordinary as any in the world - right here in our own North American backyard.- Regional Manager, Southwest