*9/28 - 10/3
Pick up time: airport 7:30am, hotel 8am Drop off time: 5pm
Tour Cost: $2,445
Additional Single Occupancy Lodging Cost: $433
This hiking trip in Southern Utah is a geologic fantasyland that offers some of the most fascinating and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes to be found on this planet. Nowhere is nature's workshop so dramatically displayed, where time is inconsequential and the artistry will always be a work in progress.
Thankfully, much of nature's handiwork in the region lies within the protective confines of a series of national parks and monuments that are remarkably accessible for those ambitious enough to set forth on foot to explore their wonders. We'll explore the heart of Utah's "color country" in the context of our Bryce/Zion Hike.
Our program assembles mid-afternoon at Bryce Canyon (we’ll provide a van shuttle from Las Vegas with a pause along the way to visit Cedar Breaks National Monument). We’ll arrive in Bryce with time for at least an introduction to Bryce. We’ll tour several of the overlooks along the Rim Trail and watch the sun set from Sunset Point. We’ll spend our first of two evenings at Bryce and then begin our trek into the canyon along the Queen’s Garden trail complex early the following morning.
Early into this hike, you'll understand that those who view Bryce only from the rim overlooks are without a clue as to what Bryce is all about. Each bend in the trail reveals a view more spectacular than the last. The towering hoodoos and peek-a-boo windows are everywhere. Before we're finished, we will have done not only Queen's Garden, but also the entire Navajo and Peekaboo loops and returned to the rim through awesome Wall Street (8 miles).
We'll hike the Fairyland Loop (9 miles) on Day 3 with its magnificent views of the Sinking Ship, Tower Bridge, and the Chinese Wall and then head to Zion where we'll spend the next three days and nights.
Without a doubt, Zion is a hiker’s fantasy with a large and varied selection of trails that will captivate the imagination of participants of all levels. On Day 4, we’re headed for the Kolob Terraces region in the remote northwest corner of Zion. We’ll trace the course of the La Verkin Creek through stands of oak and bigtooth maple and return by way of Lee Pass (6 miles). It’s then back to Zion early afternoon in time for a visit to the Narrows of the Virgin River. We’ll wade through the shallow river bed upstream at least far enough to sense the awesome beauty of this narrow corridor through which the Virgin flows (3 miles).
On Day 5, we'll climb from the floor of Zion Canyon through Echo Canyon to awesome Observation Point, the highest accessible promontory in Zion. The views from Observation Point are incredible. Far below, the Virgin River winds through Zion Canyon towards its ultimate rendezvous with the Colorado; massive sandstone temples line the Virgin corridor. From our vantage point, we look down on famed Angel's Landing with its swarms of hikers (8 miles).
The Zion experience requires a visit to fabled Angels' Landing and that's our plan on our final day (5 miles). We'll finish by noon, head to the Pioneer in Springdale for lunch and then return to Las Vegas where our Bryce/Zion Hiking Tour concludes.
|Day 1||Group assembles at Bryce Canyon National Park (van shuttle from Las Vegas); Rim Hike; overnight at Bryce Lodge or Ruby's Inn||3 miles|
|Day 2||Bryce Canyon National Park:Queen's Garden, Navajo, Peekaboo Loop; overnight at Bryce Lodge or Ruby's Inn||9 miles|
|Day 3||Bryce Canyon National Park:Fairyland Loop; van shuttle to Zion; overnight at Zion Lodge or Desert Pearl||8 miles|
|Day 4||Zion National Park: Narrows of the Virgin River - Orderville Canyon - overnight at Zion Lodge or Desert Pearl||5 miles|
|Day 5||Zion National Park: Observation Point ( 2,200' elevation gain); overnight at Zion Lodge or Desert Pearl||8 miles|
|Day 6||Zion National Park: Angels' Landing; van shuttle return to Las Vegas||5 miles|
Total Hiking Mileage - 38 miles