Photo: Russ Nordstrand

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Zion Bryce Grand Canyon Tour

Highlights

  • Unforgettable hikes in Zion and Bryce
  • Exploration of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Magnificent views, slot canyons, wildlife, spires...
  • Spring-fed creeks, oases, canyon narrows and more!
  • Cabins and lodges reflecting Canyon Country
  • Delicious meals at lodges and on the trail
  • Amazing natural & cultural history

Description

Enjoy the best of Bryce, Zion and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on this 6-day inn-based hiking tour! Our daily hikes will take you to the must-see highlights of these remarkable parks, where you'll experience the Colorado Plateau's spring-fed creeks, world-famous canyons, diversity of colors, and its array of sandstone sculptures - spires, arches, and towers. In the evenings you can relax in luxury at exceptional, rustic (but modern) lodges and enjoy restaurants chosen for their excellent food, charm, and local color.
Our first stop is at Bryce Canyon National Park where we'll spend two days exploring its famous "hoodoos" (rock spires) and amazing diversity of flora, fauna and geology. Our next destination is the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, where for two days we'll hike into the Canyon and along the rim, enjoying the phenomenal views, wildlife, fossils, and relative solitude of the most famous canyon in the world! Last but in no way least is Zion National Park, where we'll experience two days of desert rivers, box canyons, ominous towers, and 8 layers of sandstone carved away by millions of years of intense weather.
Don't miss this opportunity to explore the best of Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon in style - give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to learn more or book your spot today!
Click here to have a detailed PDF information packet emailed to you, or request a reservation today. You can also call us at 800-715-HIKE.

 

Photos of this Trip

(Thanks to PJ O'Malley and Russ Nordstrand for many of these photos)

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Shuttle to Bryce Canyon: 3-hour drive from St. George
Hiking Mileage: 5.5 miles
Difficulty: moderate to strenuous
Accommodations: Bryce Canyon Lodge (or equivalent in same area)


On this Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon hiking tour, we'll pick you up at your hotel in St. George, Utah and begin our drive to Bryce Canyon National Park. We'll hike one of the lesser-traveled trails in Bryce, but one that offers some of the most impressive scenery in the Park. We'll be in the northern part of Bryce, where we'll enjoy superb vistas of Boat Mesa, the Sinking Ship formation, Tower Bridge, China Wall, Fairyland Canyon and other amazing rock structures.

After our hike we'll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, then make our way to the charming, historic lodge where we're staying for next two nights.


Day 2

Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
Difficulty: moderate
Accommodations: Bryce Canyon Lodge (or equivalent in same area)


On our second morning we’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast and head back into Bryce for another exceptionally memorable hike. We'll explore a labrynth of sedimentary hoodoos, fins and spires and spend several hours hiking through this truly remarkable landscape. The hoodoos, which are the most characteristic of Bryce's natural rock features, range in height from 5 feet to more than 10 stories high and are a vibrant combination of horizontally layered oranges, reds, browns and yellows. Formed from deposits at the bottom of an ancient lake, the rock we're surrounded by was formed 30 to 40 million years ago. After a beautiful day of hiking, learning and exploring, we'll return to our lodge for dinner, possibly a moon-lit walk, and eventually a good night's sleep.


Day 3

Shuttle to the North Rim: 4-hour drive
Hiking Mileage: 2.5 miles
1-way Elevation Change: 600 feet

Accommodations: Grand Canyon Lodge (or equivalent in same area)

After eating an early breakfast at our hotel we'll continue on our journey to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and the famous and historic Grand Canyon Lodge. We'll check in to our rooms, enjoy the lodge and its massive picture windows, then enjoy a short hike to Bright Angel Point, one of the most impressive views on the North Rim, where we'll have a picnic lunch.

After lunch we'll hike down the famous North Kaibab Trail to Coconino Overlook, another one of the most impressive overlooks in the Canyon, and possible farther. The North Rim gets less than 10% of the visitation of the South Rim, and it allows us to enjoy Grand Canyon National Park with a suprising amount of solitude. The North Rim also sits at an altitude of 8,000 feet which makes for a beautifully cool climate in the pine and spruce forests of the higher elevations of Arizona and Utah.

Once our hiking is done for the day we'll continue back to the Grand Canyon Lodge, where we'll shower and meet up for a wonderful dinner overlooking the depths of the Grand Canyon from the Lodge restaurant's spectacular picture windows.


Day 4

Hiking Mileage: 7+ miles
1-way Elevation Change: 500+ feet

Accommodations: Grand Canyon Lodge (or equivalent in same area)

Today is a very special day and in many ways the high point of our time at the Grand Canyon. We'll enjoy another relaxing breakfast before heading out to a remote, little-known trail. Our route takes us along the rim through pine forests to a phenomenally breathtaking spot. Our destination is a peninsula of rock that sticks out over the edge of the Canyon allowing stunning views in all directions. What's better is this spot is hardly known and we'll likely have the day mostly - or completely - to ourselves. If the group is feeling amibitious we can continue on for another mile or two into the Canyon. Once our hike is complete, we'll remain near the rim and enjoy an outdoor, sunset dinner at a remote, awe-inspiring viewpoint. This entire day is one you'll never forget.


Day 5

Shuttle to Zion: 2.5 hours
Hiking Mileage: 5 miles
Difficulty: easy to moderate
Accommodations: Zion Mountain Ranch Cabins (or equivalent in same area)


Today we say our good-byes to the Grand Canyon and make our way to Zion National Park. After arriving in Zion we'll head straight to the first day's hike. Starting at the Temple of Sinawava, we'll hike up the Riverside Walk trail and then continue hiking up the river to see some of the best "narrows" sections of the North Fork of the Virgin River. We'll come prepared to get wet, as the hike up the Narrows is entirely in the water. Your afternoon will be filled with the towering walls of Zion, crystal clear spring water, brilliant red sandstone and rocks polished over tens of thousands of years. After our hike we'll check in to our cabins at Zion Mountain Ranch and settle down for a great dinner, a possible evening hike and a good night's sleep.


Day 6

Hiking Mileage: 8 miles
Difficulty: moderate to strenuous
Shuttle to St. George: 1.5 hours


On our final day we'll get a very early start (before sunup) and make our way up a mountainside to one of the best viewpoints offered in Zion. This challenging, thrilling trek is complete with fantastic drop offs and awe-inspiring scenery looking down into Zion Canyon. Our route - on a maintained trail - switchbacks its way up through red Navajo sandstone before cutting into Echo Canyon, a picturesque gorge filled with sandstone pockets. Beyond Echo Canyon the walls drop sharply, allowing truly breathtaking views. Finally at the top, looking down into Zion Canyon at a spectacular scene of stone sculptures contrasted by blue skies, you'll likely feel that your hard work has never been this richly rewarded!

After our hike we'll load up and head back to St. George for the completion of our trip. As the Canyon Country we've been getting to know so well drifts by out the window, it's a time for reflection of the past week but also for dreaming of our next adventures!


Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Top-of-the-line day pack and trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • 2 nights of lodging at Bryce Canyon Lodge
  • 2 nights of lodging at the North Rim's Grand Canyon Lodge
  • 1 night of lodging at Zion Mountain Ranch cabins
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Utah hiking guide
  • Roundtrip transportation from your hotel in St. George, Utah
  • National park entrance fees
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)
See the Packing Lists page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

We provide all your meals from breakfast the first day through lunch the last day. Your guide will prepare breakfasts and lunches with a variety of hot and cold meals that are appropriate for the day's activities. Feel free to tell us about your food preferences, as we're more than happy to tailor the menu to your needs/desires. Some specialty diets may require an additional fee.

For dinners, we've hand-picked local restaurants you're sure to enjoy! We made our decisions based on the quality of their food, their charm, and how much local color and character they have.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required, and we recommend Neoprene socks and water shoes for this trip. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Ready to hike? Simply click here and complete the form to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 48 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Where Do We Meet?

You will rendezvous with the guide and group in St. George, Utah for an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the evening before the trip begins. Your guide will be in contact approximately 2 weeks before your trip starts to specify the orientation location, and we are more than happy to pick you up if the meeting if you are staying at one of our recommended hotels but the orientation is taking place elsewhere. The guide will then pick you up at your hotel the next morning for transport to the trailhead. For Private Utah Tours your guide can meet you at your hotel in St. George or Cedar City, Utah at an agreed upon time.

Check out our Travel Resources page for information on flights, shuttles, lodging and more.


Start/End Times

Your guide will inform you of the first day's pick-up time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 5 and 8 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day no later than 7 PM.


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.


Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on this trip is 6 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 10 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis


Weather in the Southern Utah

Weather in Southern Utah
Southern Utah is a high desert. The weather is very moderate: occasional dustings of snow in the winter that melt rapidly, and summer temperatures in the low 90s (°F) that often cool down with thunderstorms. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). The ideal time to be in the Canyon Country is Spring and Fall. Read below for average high and low temperatures in Utah's Canyon Country:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
 
 
Month
High
Low
 
Dec-Feb
43°
18°
 
March
55°
27°
 
April
64°
33°
 
May
73°
40°
 
Jun-Aug
88°
55°
 
September
79°
45°
 
October
67°
35°
 
November
53°
25°