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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 Zion, Bryce 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 national 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 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. Next we head to Bryce Canyon National Park where we'll spend two days exploring the Park's famous "hoodoos" (rock spires) and amazing diversity of flora, fauna and geology. Our final 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 at the most famous canyon in the world!
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Trip Itinerary

Day 1
  • Shuttle to Zion: 1.5-hour drive from St. George
  • Hiking Mileage: 8 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous
  • Accommodations: Zion Mountain Ranch (or equivalent in same area)
On this Southwest hiking tour we begin our tour departing from St George, Utah and make our way to Zion National Park. Today's hike is a challenging, thrilling trek in Zion complete with dizzying drop offs and awe-inspiring views 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 amazingly breathtaking views.

Finally at the top of our hike, we look down into Zion Canyon at a spectacular landscape of stone sculptures, towering cliffs, riparian bottomlands, all contrasted by striking blue skies. You will very likely feel your hard work has never been this richly rewarded!

After our hike we’ll load up and head to our lodging for the evening, check in to our accommodations and enjoy dinner at our lodge's award-winning restaurant!
Day 2
  • Shuttle to trailhead: 1.5 hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 5 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy to moderate
  • Accommodations: Zion Mountain Ranch (or equivalent in same area)
This morning we will wake up to a hearty breakfast, then head straight to our day hike. Starting at the Temple of Sinawava, we hike up the Riverside Walk Trail 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 by tens of thousands of years of flowing water.

After our hike we’ll return to our cabins at Zion Mountain Ranch and settle down for a delicious dinner, possible evening hike and peaceful night's rest.
Day 3
  • Shuttle to the trailhead: 1.5-hour drive
  • Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous
  • Accommodations: Bryce Canyon Lodge (or equivalent in same area)
Today we depart our Zion accommodations and transition to Bryce Canyon National Park. Our first hike is, intentionally, on a lesser-traveled trail in Bryce, but one that offers some of the most impressive scenery in the Park. We’ll enjoy superb vistas of Boat Mesa, the Shrinking Ship formation, Tower Bridge, China Wall, Fairyland Canyon and other remarkable rock formations.

After our hike we will enjoy a gourmet dinner at a hand-picked local restaurant, then make our way to our charming historic lodge accommodations.
Day 4
  • Shuttle trailhead: 1.5-hour drive
  • Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Accommodations: Grand Canyon Lodge (or equivalent in same area)
After a hearty breakfast, we will pack up our belongings and begin our drive back to Bryce National Park for another classic hike through its famous hoodoos and spectacular vistas. Our hike takes us down from the rim, through the stunning corridors of Wall Street and past the Silent City, before bringing us back to the rim of the famous amphitheater. We’ll enjoy lunch on the rim while gazing into the maze of Wall Street and the other-worldly splendor of Bryce.

After lunch we will begin our drive to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon where we will check into our accommodations (a short walk from the edge of the Canyon), clean up and head to dinner. Our dinner tonight is at Grand Canyon Lodge, which is perched literally on the edge of the North Rim, in a restaurant with towering picture windows looking out into the depths of the Grand Canyon. Some visitors travel for days just to sit in one of these rooms, gaze into the Canyon, and contemplate life.
Day 5
  • Hiking Mileage: 2.5 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous
  • Accommodations: Grand Canyon Lodge (or equivalent in same area)
After meeting for a hot breakfast we will enjoy a short hike to Bright Angel Point, one of the most impressive views on the North Rim. We'll have a relaxing, light lunch, then hike down the famous North Kaibab Trail to Coconino Overlook, another one of the most impressive overlooks in the Canyon with potential to travel farther along the trail if the group is up for it. The North Rim gets less than 10% of the visitation of the South Rim and allows us to enjoy this world-famous national park with a surprising 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 hike is complete, we’ll remain near the rim and enjoy an outdoor, sunset dinner prepared by your guide(s) at an awe-inspiring viewpoint. This sunset dinner, and indeed the entire day, is a guest favorite and an experience you’ll not likely forget anytime soon!
Day 6
  • Hiking Mileage: 7+ miles
  • Difficulty: easy to moderate
  • Shuttle to St. George: 3.5 hours
Today is a 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, lightly traveled trail. Our hike 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 like have the day mostly, or even completely, to ourselves. If the group is feeling ambitious we can continue on for another mile or two into the Canyon.

Following a picnic lunch in a spectacular setting we’ll load up and head back to St. George. As the Canyon Country we’ve been getting to know so well drifts by out the window, it’s time for reflection of the past week but also for dreaming of our next adventure!



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? In the Dates section of this trip page, the green dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here 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 72 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.


Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time...etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides' off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on this trip is 6 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 9 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-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°