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Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks

Destination: Bryce and Zion National Parks, Utah

Sometimes you just want to fit as much hiking into four days as you can. We've designed this trip to hike some of the best trails in the two parks in a short period- there won't be significant amounts of downtime on this trip. Maximum group size: 12

Highlights

  • Climbing the trails to Observation Point and Scout's Landing in Zion National Park
  • Hiking the amongst the Hoodoos in Bryce National Park
  • Enjoying the outrageous colors and crisp air of late fall
  • Staying for three nights in a lodge at the bottom of Zion Canyon

Departures and Prices

October 26 to October 30, 2019
$1525.00 - FULL
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October 31 to November 04, 2019
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October 24 to October 28, 2020
$1550.00 - Available
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October 29 to November 02, 2020
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Inclusions

  • 1 - 2 experienced AGC guides based on group size
  • Four nights double occupancy accommodation
  • All meals from breakfast on Thursday thru lunch on Monday
  • Transportation during the trip
  • National Park entry fees
  • Not included: Airfare to and from Las Vegas, Alcoholic beverages, Guide gratuities, trip insurance

Details

This trip is rated both 3 and 4 because of the option to modify the hikes by choosing a shorter hike within the park. Except for the first day, each day's hike as described is between 4 and 6 hours and with substantial elevation gain and loss. This trip is a great choice for any healthy woman in good physical condition who loves hiking and wants to do lots of it. If you have significant fear of heights, please call the office before you register.
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Our fall hiking trip to the Southwest is designed to pack as much hiking into a short time as possible. Each of the hikes, chosen for their beauty and variety, involve significant ups and downs. There is not substantial downtime or time to visit Springdale, but there is plenty of time to absorb the unexpected beauty of the golden cottonwoods and red maples.

We will spend one night in Las Vegas and three nights at Zion Park National Lodge in Western Cabins with gas fireplaces and free WiFi. The cabins are simple and comfortable, and the setting, with red rock walls soaring above you, is outstanding.

Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.

DAY 1
Arrive anytime today in Las Vegas. We'll be staying at a hotel that can be reached by shuttle so you can arrive whenever it's convenient. Our first formal get together will be tomorrow.
DAY 2
We'll meet for breakfast and introductions. The drive to Zion National Park is about 3 hours and this afternoon we'll have a shorter warm-up hike, the Emerald Pools Trail System. The hike to the Upper Pool is about 2.5 hours roundtrip and passes both pools and waterfalls, as well as the lush environment of the lower pool and the dry environment of the upper pool. Tonight we'll eat dinner in the open dining area at the Lodge where we can watch the night slowly darken. Overnight Zion National Park.
DAY 3
Today we'll hike to Observation Point. This steep trail passes the trail to Weeping Rock and then climbs through Echo Canyon and up again to the aptly name Observation Point, gaining 2,150 feet in four miles. The view from the top is magnificent: the yellow color of the cottonwoods make the sweeping views down canyon look like a river of gold. You can also see across canyon to the red rocks of Angels' Landing and the white rocks of the western plateau, or upriver to the where the Narrows are. If there is time and energy, we recommend taking the short uphill trail to Weeping Rock when you're back down at the base - it's well worth it. Time permitting, we'll also drive up to the famous Zion Narrows for a short walk on a paved path back into the canyon. Tonight we'll drive back into Springdale for dinner. Overnight Zion National Park.
DAY 4
We get up early this morning for the 2 hour (or so) drive to Bryce. The drive itself is quite pretty and if you've never seen Bryce Canyon, your first look over the rim will take your breath away - as will the elevation, which at 7500 feet is something you'll feel when you hike. Our trail today is the Peekaboo Loop. In contrast to yesterday where we climbed out of Zion Canyon, today we'll start by descending into Bryce Canyon. This 6 mile trail follows a loop around a major formation. Constantly changing views provide an excellent opportunity to see hoodoos from the bottom up and from every possible angle. After completing our hike we'll drive back to Zion, stopping at a restaurant where the food is rivalled only by the view and ambience.
DAY 5
Today our choice of hikes starts on the trail to Scout's Landing. This paved trail switchbacks up on a wide trail for about 2 miles. For those who have no fear of heights and want a mental challenge, we offer Angels Landing, one of the classic hikes in Zion. From Scouts Landing, the trail follows a narrow ridge (there are chains there for support) out to a fantastic overlook high above Zion Canyon. For many, however, this will be far enough, and you can either wait (the view is amazing) or return to the trailhead and walk along the Virgin River trail. In either case you can make your final decision once you've actually seen the trail. Hiking up to Angels Landing is about .5 miles out and back. If your legs are demanding a bit of a rest today, walking along the Virgin River is always a good choice. We'll plan to leave Zion by 1:30 pm and be back in Las Vegas by 4:00 pm (we gain an hour when changing time zones) so you can get a flight home after 6:00 pm.

*These are the unfiltered reviews of women who have been on this trip in answer to the question "Did this trip meet your expectations?". We take reviews very seriously and often tweak itineraries based on feedback. Please feel free to contact us about any questions you have.

As usual, the trip was very well organized, the food options delicious and accomodations very nice.

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 10/31/2018-11/4/2018


Bryce and Zion were amazing. I am so happy I had the opportunity to take this trip.

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 10/26/2018-10/30/2018


I found that hiking with a group inspired me to push myself a bit harder than I would when hiking alone:). The guides were so cheerful fun and encouraging, and participant group was so nice too!

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 10/31/2018-11/4/2018


I've only vacationed with family or friends -- never with strangers. I was delighted by how much fun we had, and how comfortable I felt with the group. I thought that the trip might feel short, but in fact, I felt like I was gone for much longer. The guides were VERY good. The itinerary

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 10/31/2018-11/4/2018


Guides, travelers and beauty!

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 10/31/2018-11/4/2018


Loved ALL the hikes, especially the Zion days. Also, it was really special to be able to stay right in Zion.

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 10/31/2018-11/4/2018


Angels Landing hike.

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 10/31/2018-11/4/2018


The guides were awesome. I can’t think of any negative to say. I love the whole trip

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 10/31/2018-11/4/2018


I had no ideas there were acres and acres of hoodoos in Bryce! The trip to Angel’s Landing was just right, thank you Karen Rinker. ??

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 10/26/2018-10/30/2018


Getting up to Angels Landing.Different hikes we did. The cabin was amazing. Karen and Claire are the best. They compliment each other.

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 10/31/2018-11/4/2018


The trails are all with spectacular views. Transportation and lodging are comfortable.

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 10/26/2018-10/30/2018


This trip exceeded my expectations! It was a once in a lifetime, amazing adventure. I LOVED the guides, the other women I met and the hiking and areas we went - well, there are no words to explain the beauty and awe of it! The only part I really did not like was the Alexis Resort - I didn't feel extremely safe there. It is run-down and in a seedy area. The caulking was coming off of the windows and some of the lights didn't work. It wasn't the best place to start the trip. I recommend a different hotel like the Best Western by the airport.

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 10/26/2018-10/30/2018


This was my first AGC trip. I could not get over the organization and flow of the trip. It was great traveling with women of like minds. We were all interested in hiking and appreciating the sites. There was no concern competition and though there were several levels of skills the guides were encouraging and worked with it. I don't know if the skill level can be vetted better for the benefit of the whole group.

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 10/26/2018-10/30/2018


Wish the guides had time to tell us more about the area - history /geology / fauna. On the Olympic Peninsula trip we had time for this.

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 10/26/2018-10/30/2018


We had a great group of women, the guides were excellent, the scenery was spectacular and the hiking was the perfect level of challenge. Each day - and therefore, the whole trip - flew by between the amazing and ever changing vistas, the interesting conversations, and the chance to push yourself up that next incline.

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 10/26/2018-10/30/2018


Karen and Claire were awesome! They made everything easy. I loved not having to think about anything. Lunches were spectacular. I expected PBJ or lunch meat sandwiches and was surprised by freshly made fixings!

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 10/26/2018-10/30/2018


The highlight was Utah - Zion and Bryce - WOW!

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 10/26/2018-10/30/2018


The stunning scenery of both Zion and Bryce, including the fall colors, were spectacular. The guides also made the trip and there was general collaboration among the participants.

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 10/26/2018-10/30/2018


Zion and Bryce were just stunning and I was in awe! The trails were beautiful and a challenge, but not impossible. I was very pleased choices were given at Angels Landing which is good for the guides as well as the participants. The guides were excellent! Claire and Karen were very good and dealt with the lively group very well. I sincerely enjoyed the group and made some great friends that I will continue to keep. This trip is more than just seeing parks, it is a challenge both physically, cognitively and emotionally. The trip can change ones outlook on self and how they view the world. As John Muir says, "sometimes you have to go out, to go in."

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 10/26/2018-10/30/2018


The scenery/hiking was just magnificent. Truly! But sharing it with such a wonderful group of women, including our guides, was also priceless.

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 11/1/2017-11/5/2017


It was all so wonderful. I really appreciated Karen and Ann taking the time to hike with me b/c I was slow. The encounter with the Big Horn Sheep was a once in a lifetime. Ask Ann. I enjoyed all the women in the group. I loved that it was women from all over and all ages. And the location was WOW!!! Amazing!

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 10/27/2017-10/31/2017


The landscape was the highlight of the trip. I've never been to this area. It's so different from the Midwest. We started out with the hike to observation point and each day the hiking just got better. Angels Landing was such a challenge and I was so excited to reach the top with the group. Speaking of.....we had a great group of women on this trip.

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 11/1/2017-11/5/2017


Bryce Canyon was my favorite hike, because it was so different and beautiful, and I felt like the distance and terrain was perfect on that hike.

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 10/27/2017-10/31/2017


I really enjoyed the women in my group. Easy going and mature. there was not any big drama. The scenery was way beyond my expectations. Bryce was especially beautifuul

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 11/1/2017-11/5/2017


Everything I wanted but much more.

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 11/1/2017-11/5/2017


The trip was very organized and activities were as promised. The guides were prepared for all situations. The women participants were all wonderful - very friendly, easy going and pleasant. I usually shy away from traveling with a group so I wasn't sure what to expect on this one. It was a fantastic experience!

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 11/1/2017-11/5/2017


Never traveled with women only and it was great. Guides excellent at pacing and accommodating individuals needs and skill levels. Initially thought I would have liked more hikes but realistically it was just right according to my muscles by the end. The lodge, restaurants, and fare guides provided were excellent. The choice of hikes were beautiful.

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 11/1/2017-11/5/2017


The other ladies; the hiking; the location

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 11/1/2017-11/5/2017


A very good group of people from the guides to the participants! So much fun.

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 11/1/2017-11/5/2017


Great hike, gorgeous views, great people and great people and guides and food.

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 11/1/2017-11/5/2017


Spectacular landscapes, great lodging and food, and wonderful women to travel with.

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 10/27/2017-10/31/2017


Great group of strong, upbeat, intelligent, supportive women.

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 10/27/2017-10/31/2017


This was a fabulous trip. Well organised and executed. The hikes were spectacular and the setting perfect!

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 10/27/2017-10/31/2017


Honestly, everything was so wonderful. The guides were a Godsend for helping me. I was slow. But they stayed with me and taught me so much about hiking from how to pole uphill to a new way to tie my boots. I really appreciated all the information Karen shared about the geology of the parks, vegetation etc. She was also so great to point out the best places to take photos. All around it was fantastic. And I climbed Angel's Landing!!!

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 10/27/2017-10/31/2017


This was another great AGC trip. It definitely met my expectations. Highlights included the extraordinarily unique beauty of the two parks, the challenging hikes, great weather all four days, a fun group, a song fest on the van ride back from the Cordwood Restaurant, being led up Angel’s Landing by Wonder Woman on Halloween and having trouble keeping up on the way down with a 80 year old “mountain goat” from Minnesota. The Alexa Park was adequate (clean and safe), but a bit rundown. More effective screening of first-timers would be helpful.

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 10/27/2017-10/31/2017


Everything was great

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 10/27/2017-10/31/2017


The beautiful scenery with perfect hiking weather.

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 10/29/2016-11/1/2016


A great itinerary

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 10/29/2016-11/1/2016


Variety of trails

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 10/29/2016-11/1/2016


Everything about the trip was just wonderful. The hiking-spectacular trail picks and nice options for those who wanted to do a little less the last day. The food was amazing! I was so impressed with the nice lunches that the Deb and Karen put together for us to make. Options that met everyone's tastes and so creative to come up with such a spread out of their cabin room. We had a variety of level hikers...marathon runners to a couple that were not as up for the steep difficult trails. I was so impressed with Deb an Karen and their ability to cater to everyone's needs and do so in such an effortless manor. WOW!

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 2016 10/29/2016-11/1/2016


Besides, spending time with great friends visiting Zion and Bryce, I loved the hike to Angel's Landing with Karen. It was my trip highlight related to the itinerary. Thank you!

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks 2016 10/29/2016-11/1/2016


  1. Where do we eat?

    Breakfasts and dinners will be in restaurants where you can order off the menu or are buffet style. Before you start the day, the guides will put out lunch 'fixings' and you'll take a packed lunch or occasionally lunch will be picnic style.
  2. What dietary preferences or restrictions can you accommodate on this trip?

    If we know well in advance, we can accommodate vegetarian, lactose-free, and gluten-sensitive diets. We cannot guarantee a completely gluten-free diet and we cannot provide a kitchen guaranteed to be free of cross-contamination. If you are vegan, we ask that you bring some additional protein bars; and if you are gluten-sensitive, please bring some gluten-free snacks. If you have severe allergies, Celiac disease and/or other significant dietary restrictions, please call the office before you register.
  3. I will be coming by myself. Do I need to pay a single supplement?

    You only need to pay a single supplement if you want to guarantee you have your own room. Otherwise we’ll pair you up with someone and then switch roommates every time we switch lodging.
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