Bryce & Zion

Trip Description

This fantastic lodge-based hiking tour visits two of the most sought-after National Parks in the American Southwest. Explore the geological wonders of the Colorado Plateau while hiking through Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. The stunning result of time and erosional processes reveal starkly different, but equally amazing, landscapes. Experience them up close through a series of hikes that best illustrate what each park has to offer.

We start with Bryce Canyon, where we’ll spend two days exploring its fascinating geologic wonder of hoodoos, crimson hues, and expansive views. Descend into it’s natural amphitheaters via the Fairyland Trail and Navajo Loop. Then it’s to the iconic Zion National Park, where towering sandstone cliffs in excess of 2000 vertical feet dominate and overwhelm your senses. We explore from above and below, hiking to Emerald Pools and up to unbeatable views high above the canyon floor.

Hike and explore by day and retire each evening to a comfortable lodge, enjoying dinners at restaurants handpicked by our local guides. Let us handle the logistics while you spend every moment simply enjoying the experience.


Trip Details

Type: Lodge-Based Hiking

Days: 4 Days

Distance: ~25 miles

Difficulty: Intermediate

Origin: St. George, UT

Cost: $2575


Trip Itinerary

Day 1:

Depart St. George early for the scenic drive through southern Utah. Our first stop is little-known region of beautiful rock formations not far from Bryce Canyon. We’ll stretch our legs as we wonder through the stunning views along quiet trails. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch for heading into Bryce. We will hike the scenic Navajo Loop, enjoying wild formations with names like the Three Wise Men, Wall of Windows, and Thor’s Hammer. After a great first day of hiking, we’ll settle into our lodge before heading out to dinner at a nearby restaurant.
Drive Time: 2.5 hours
Distance & Elevation: up to 6 miles, 1500-foot ascent/descent
Lunch, Dinner

Day 2:

Today we explore beneath the rim of Bryce Canyon. The Fairyland Loop offers all that Bryce is famous for: unique rock towers (hoodoos), natural arches and windows and spectacular views. And it’s also less crowded than some of the other trails in the park. You’ll enjoy the fascinating features like the Chinese Wall, Boat Mesa and Tower Bridge. There are plentiful ups and downs along the way making this a moderately strenuous hike but the rewards are plentiful!
Drive Time: n/a
Distance & Elevation: 8 miles, 2300-foot descent/ascent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:

Today we head on to Zion National Park. Entering through the east side of the park, we are greeted by a pine and juniper studded landscape of the white sandstone domes of Checkerboard Mesa. As we pass through the Zion-Carmel Tunnel, an unrivaled view unfolds before us as we descend the numerous switchbacks to the bottom of Zion Canyon. We head for the Watchman Trail, where we climb nearly 400 feet to earn views into Zion Canyon, as well as back towards the pleasant valley below and the town of Springdale. Back to the canyon floor, we’ll head up-canyon and spend the afternoon enjoying a hike to the famed Emerald Pools.
Drive Time: 1.25 hours
Distance & Elevation: 6 miles, 1000-foot ascent/descent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:

Our final day in Zion offers us the opportunity to hike the steep and exciting trail to Scout Lookout, offering incredible views high above the canyon floor. Climb up to Refrigerator Canyon and through Walter’s Wiggles to Scout Lookout. Though the climb is arduous, the rewards from trail’s end are magnificent views of the canyon below and are well-worth the effort. We return the way we came, and enjoy a final, hearty lunch before loading up for the drive back to St. George for farewells.
Drive Time: 1 hour
Distance & Elevation: 5 miles, 1500-foot ascent/descent
Breakfast, Lunch

* Final itinerary and specific hikes may change due to weather conditions, group preferences, or any unforeseen circumstances. There are endless fantastic hiking opportunities in the area and your guide may offer alternatives.*


What's Included

  • All lodging (double occupancy) for the duration of the trip.
  • A professional, licensed and medically trained guide
  • Use of day pack & trekking poles
  • All meals from lunch on Day 1 through lunch on the last day + trail snacks
  • Roundtrip Transportation from your hotel in St. George, UT
  • Park entrance fees

What's Not Included:

  • Transportation to/from St. George, UT
  • Lodging the night before/after the trip
  • Clothing, raingear, and footwear
  • Personal toiletries, sunscreen
  • Water bottles/hydration bladder
  • Guide gratuity (suggested 10-20% of trip cost)

*Upon booking you will receive a detailed trip information packet

How many people are in the group?

Most trips in Utah will accommodate 6 people plus one guide. On occasion, a group may be as large as 9 people plus 2 guides.

Are there age restrictions?

Children under the age of 12 are generally not permitted on regularly scheduled trips. This restriction may be negotiable on private tours. Please contact us with any questions regarding this policy.

How do I sign up?

In order to confirm a reservation, we require an initial non-refundable deposit of $250 per person, with the final balance due 90 days prior to the trip’s departure. If you book a trip within 90 days of the trip’s scheduled departure, then full payment is due at the time of booking.

Your deposit is payable over the phone by Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, or Discover. You can also pay by personal check or PayPal (PayPal incurs a 1.5% surcharge). Call our office Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm Arizona time. 1-877-272-5032

Travel Logistics

Where does the trip begin/end?

This trip will begin/end in St. George, UT and you will need to spend the night prior to your trip’s scheduled departure in St. George. You will want to fly into either Las Vegas (2 hour drive) or St. George.

Where do meet our guides?

We will meet for at 6:00am the morning of your trip’s departure at the Best Western Abbey Inn in St. George. It is best to plan on staying at this hotel the evening prior to your trip’s departure.

What do we do with our car and extra stuff?

We will provide all transportation to/from trailheads for the duration of the trip. We will pick you up at your hotel in St. George and return you there at the trip’s conclusion. Guests staying at the Best Western Abbey Inn (recommended) can leave their cars at the hotel. The hotel will often store your luggage for you, as well, but please confirm this option in advance. If you are staying at a different hotel, you will need to check with them as to whether you can leave your car/luggage there.

What time will we get back on the last day?

Expect to be back in St. George by 5pm at the latest on the last day of the trip. Many trips will return earlier but we cannot make any guarantees. In general, it is recommended that you do not plan to fly home on the same day your trip finishes. Since each trip has slightly different logistics, feel free to contact us with specific questions related to the expected return time for your trip.

Trip Dates

2024 Dates 

September: 10-13

October: 1-4, 8-11

Don’t see your dates? Custom dates may be available!

Call 1-877-272-5032 or email us for details.

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