Trip Details

Type: Lodge-Based Hiking

Days: 6 Days

Distance: ~30 mi/48 km

Difficulty: Intermediate

Origin: St. George, UT

Cost: $2850 (plus Utah sales tax, 6.5%)

Single Supplement: + $475

Trip Description

This fantastic lodge-based hiking tour visits three of the most sought-after National Parks in the American Southwest in a single trip. Explore the geological wonders of the Colorado Plateau while hiking through Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Grand Canyon’s North Rim. Retire each evening at a comfortable lodge and enjoy breakfasts and dinners at local restaurants handpicked by our local guides.

We start with a short stop in Zion’s stunning Kolob Canyons, where massive peaks and sheer cliffs dominate the scenery. Then it’s on to Bryce Canyon where we’ll spend two days exploring its fascinating geologic wonder of hoodoos, crimson hues, and expansive views. Next up is Grand Canyon’s remote and beautiful North Rim. We’ll spend two more days hiking along its cool, forested rim, gazing into the endless depths, and learning about this unrivaled masterpiece of nature. Our final destination is 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, through incredible slot canyons, and up to unbeatable views along the canyon’s rims.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1:
Meet your guide for breakfast and a brief orientation at 6am. Depart St. George for the short drive to Zion National Park’s Kolob Canyons on the seldom-visited western side of the park. Majestic peaks and towering cliffs surround us as we head towards our first hike, a short stroll to an incredible vista overlooking the region. Then it’s back on the road on our way to Bryce Canyon. En route, we’ll stop for a picnic lunch at Red Canyon and enjoy another short walk to introduce us to the unique geology of the region. We arrive at Bryce mid-afternoon and check into our lodge before meeting your guide for a walk along the rim and a breathtaking introduction to this natural wonder.
Drive Time: ~3 hours
Hiking Distance & Elevation: 3 to 4 miles, minimal elevation
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
Hiking Distance & Elevation: 8 miles, 2300 foot descent/ascent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:
After breakfast, we depart for Grand Canyon’s North Rim. Our scenic drive takes us down through the multi-colored hues of the Grand Staircase, across the Arizona Strip, and up to the cool, forested heights of the Kaibab Plateau. Our first glimpse of the canyon is earned via a pleasant 2-mile hike through Ponderosa pine forest to a secluded viewpoint that we just might have to ourselves. After soaking in the tremendous scenery, we return the way we came and head to the North Rim Lodge, our home for the next two nights. If time permits before dinner, we will enjoy a walk out to Bright Angel Point for more dramatic views and photo opportunities.
Drive Time: 3 hours
Hiking Distance & Elevation: 4 to 5 miles, 200 foot ascent/descent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:
Today’s journey will bring us incredible views from the rim as we explore one of the lesser-traveled trails in the park. The Widforss Trail winds along the rim through beautiful forests of spruce, aspen and fir, and past ancient fossil beds towards a spectacular and secluded viewpoint. Don’t expect to see too many other people out here. You’ll feel like you have Grand Canyon to yourself! Enjoy some free time in the late afternoon to relax around the lodge grounds, sip on a cold drink on the patio or explore the nearby Transept Trail.
Drive Time: 10 minutes
Hiking Distance & Elevation: up to 10 miles, minimal elevation change
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:
Our final destination on this spectacular tour is 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. Mysterious and inviting canyons head off in every direction as we approach the Zion-Carmel Tunnel. As we exit the tunnel, an unrivaled view unfolds before us as we descend the numerous switchbacks to the bottom of Zion Canyon. We will spend the afternoon exploring the canyon from below and enjoying a hike to the famed Emerald Pools.
Drive Time: 3 hours
Hiking Distance & Elevation: 3 to 4 miles, 400 foot ascent/descent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:
Our final day in Zion offers us the opportunity to hike the steep and exciting trail to Angel’s Landing, offering one of the best views in the park. Climb up to Refrigerator Canyon, through Walter’s Wiggles and past Scout’s Lookout to the final ascent to the Landing. This narrow trail offers many chains, guard rails and carved steps for your peace-of-mind but might leave those with a fear of heights with shaky knees! Nonetheless, 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.
Hiking Distance & Elevation: 6 miles, 1500 foot ascent/descent
Breakfast, Lunch
Drive Time: ~1 hour

*Final itineraries are occasionally subject to change due to park restrictions/closures, weather conditions and/or road closures.

What’s Included

  • A professional, licensed and medically trained guide
  • All lodging (double occupancy) for the duration of the trip.
  • All meals from lunch on the first day through lunch on the last day + trail snacks.
  • Use of day pack and trekking poles
  • Roundtrip transportation from your hotel in St. George, UT
  • All backcountry permits & 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 15% 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 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. Checks by mail are fine as well, as are bank transfers ($35 transfer fee). Call our office Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm Arizona time. 1-877-272-5032

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. Please visit our Travel Resources page for information on airports, shuttles/rental cars and recommended hotels.

Where do meet our guides?

We will meet for at 6:00am the morning of your trip’s departure at the Hilton Garden 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 Hilton Garden 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.

2019 Dates

September: 25-30

Ocotber: 9-14

 

2020 Dates

May: 31-June 5

June: 14-19

July: 5-10

August: 30-September 4

 

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

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

When booking your Grand Canyon hiking trip, make sure that you book out at least 4+ months in advance due to Grand Canyon National Park’s permit system. The deadline to apply for backpacking permits is on the first of the month, 4 months prior to the month you intend to hike (i.e. January 1 deadline for all May trips, February 1 for June, March 1 for July…etc.).