Zion Hiking Tours & Vacations
Zion National Park is a must-see Utah destination, especially for travelers who love nature, the outdoors and hiking! It is a complex and stunningly beautiful series of canyons carved out over millions of years by the Virgin River and powerful weather events. Zion is like the Grand Canyon but it towers above us instead of below, and the geologic layers in continue the historical story told by Grand Canyon's below-ground strata.
We offer multiple Zion hiking tours that explore Southern Utah's national parks, many of them combining Zion with other Southwest and Utah highlights like Bryce, the Grand Staircase-Escalante, and Grand Canyon. We offer camping-based and inn-based Zion tours that showcase the best of Utah's Canyon Country on day hikes complimented by wonderful camping or lodge-based accommodations. We also offer Zion Day Hike Tours for folks with less time who want to maximize their experience with the help of an expert!
Why Hike Zion with Us?
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The Wildland Trekking Utah Experience
We offer many ways to explore and discover Utah, with tours in Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National park, Grand-Staircase-Escalante, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Capitol Reef National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park and the Paria Slot Canyons. When you hike with us in Zion, you can expect to have an unforgettable experience that takes you to the must-see highlights of the national park(s) we're visiting, but also off-the-beaten-path hikes that show you some of the undiscovered gems as well. The camping accommodations in Utah are comfortable and scenic, and the lodging is in hand-picked hotels, cabins, and inns that put you right where the action is.
Why Hike Zion?
Zion is one of Utah's most popular national parks, and for very good reason. Zion is sort of an above-ground Grand Canyon, in that the geologic layers are as sheer and stunning as in Grand Canyon, but they ascend up to buttes and mesas instead of descending down into canyons. Defined by 7 geologic layers and the famous Virgin River Narrows, Zion is a trekking paradise with hiking trails appropriate for all abilities. Our Zion hiking tours include a Zion basecamp tour; Zion and Bryce lodge-based tour; and Best of Utah inn-based and basecamp tours; and a Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon inn-based tour.
Hike Zion on Your Own or with a Guide?
Many people hike Zion National Park on their own, and many join guided tours. The benefits of joining a guided Zion National Park tour, like the trips Wildland Trekking offers, include:
- Hiking with expert guides who can help Zion come to life in enriching and exciting ways through stories, natural and cultural interpretation, tidbits of knowledge, knowing how to navigate this popular national park to find degrees of solitude, and identifying and enjoying the best hikes.
- Relax and let us take care of all the details including campground or hotel reservations, transportation, meals, permits and fees, gear and more. Our guests tell us again and again that this is an invaluable benefit in today's busy world, where the efforts to effectively plan a trip can be time-consuming and tedious.
- Combining Zion with other amazing hikes in Utah, like Bryce, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
- Increased safety standards that come with medically certified wilderness guides who carry company-issued emergency communication devices and comprehensive first-aid kits.
When to Trek in Zion
- December-February: winter in Zion is the quietest time of year to be there in terms of other visitors. It's absolutely lovely having this stunning national park a lot to yourself. Average temperatures include highs in the upper 40s and lows in the mid 20s (both fahrenheit). Winter storms are definitely a possibility, but so are beautiful, sunny days with cool but manageable hiking temperatures. We do not offer backpacking and basecamp tours in Utah in the winter, but we do offer lodge-based tours, particularly our Zion and Bryce Lodge-based Tour.
- March-May: Spring is, along with Fall, an absolutely wonderful time to visit Zion and other Utah national parks like Bryce Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Canyonlands and Arches. Spring is relatively busy, especially during the spreak break weeks in late March and early-mid April. To avoid the larger crowds, plan your trip in early-mid March or late April through mid May. Temperatures are mid: highs in the low 50s to upper 60s and lows in the 30s and 40s. Expect the possibility of a late winter storm in March and April and generally dry conditions in May.
- June-August: Summer in Zion can be quite warm (mid to upper 80s fahrenheit) and this is the time of year when you'll see the largest crowds. Don't expect to have Zion to yourself in the summer, but you can still expect to have a marvelous experience hiking the Narrows and Angels Landing, with incredible views of Zion Valley and its breathtaking sandstone walls, spires and other formations.
- September-November: Fall, like Spring, is a fantastic time of year to visit and hike Utah's national parks. The summer crowds have tapered off a bit and temperatures are nearly perfect for being outside and going on hikes (highs in the mid 50s to high 70s fahrenheit, lows in the 30s and 40s.) Fall tends to be pretty dry once the summer monsoons have dissipated, normally in mid September. There is the possibility of an early winter storm in November. Camping trips and backpacking trips are best in September and October, and inn-based tours in November.