Grand Canyon Bryce Zion Hiking Adventures
An Inn-to-Inn Hiking Adventure featuring the Southwest's Triple Crown
Explore three of America's most incredible national parks: Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion. Well versed in the region's rich natural history and lore, The World Outdoors guides will lead you on a journey through this intricately carved and sculpted wilderness of color and grandeur. Following quiet footpaths we will enter the vast depths of the Grand Canyon, the richly tinted amphitheater of Bryce, and Zion's vertical world of sandstone cliffs and temples. Each day we'll uncover a unique aspect of America's canyon country, and at night relax in the comforts of a fine inn.
This trip is one of our best getaways for accommodating varying ability levels. It is ideal for the beginning hiker, but also offers options for those who want longer or more challenging adventures.
Day 1. Hiking Red Canyon, Bryce Canyon Lodge (435-586-9476 / private baths) or Ruby's Inn 10/7/07 (435-834-5341)
Be sure to eat a hearty breakfast before we meet in St. George at 8:00 a.m. After introductions and a brief orientation, we shuttle to Red Canyon, a little-known gem of southern Utah. Our guides lead us on the Castle Bridge Trail through wind-sculpted bluffs and red rock formations.
After our hike, a short van shuttle takes us to Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce's stunning amphitheater and colorful spires and buttes beckon immediately upon arrival. For those wanting some more and equally spectacular hiking before dinner, the Navajo Loop trail descends to Two Bridges and Thor's Hammer, passing through Wall Street where Douglas firs tower between the glowing red walls.
Castle Bridge Hike [3.7 miles round trip with several hundred feet of elevation gain / loss]
Navajo Loop Hike [1.4 miles; 521 feet of elevation loss/gain]
Day 2. Hiking Fairyland Trail, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge cabins (928-638-2611 / private baths)
In the morning light, Bryce's amphitheater of radiant spires and pinnacles set the course for a delightful hike. Winding below the rim on the Fairyland Trail, explore an intricate maze of contorted and colorful hoodoos and rock formations. The scenery along this trail rivals any in the park, with the Sinking Ship, Aquarius Plateau and distant Navajo Mountain forming the backdrop. Marvel at the geologic layering featuring many shades of red, purple, white, and yellow.
After lunch, we depart for our exploration of the Grand Canyon, one of the world's seven natural wonders. Carved over eons, the Grand Canyon is a remarkable testimony to the forces of nature. Only one in ten guests to the Grand Canyon visit the tranquil sanctuary of the North Rim, making it an ideal spot to explore one of Mother Nature's finest masterpieces free from the crowds.
Before dinner, enjoy a walk to Bright Angel Point for your first glimpse of this awesome canyon and an incredible Arizona sunset!
Fairyland Loop Hike [4.9 miles; 900 feet of elevation loss/gain]
Day 3. Hiking North Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge cabins
Rise and shine for a day of exploration! To experience the canyon from below the rim, we descend on the North Kaibab Trail. From the trailhead on the Kaibab Plateau, switchbacks through breaks in the sheer cliffs of Coconino sandstone lead us into the void of Roaring Springs Canyon. Blasted in the 1930s, the Supai Tunnel then takes us down through the Esplanade to the top of the Redwall limestone formation, where a bridge spans the rocky gorge. The Redwall traverse is spectacular, descending to a rocky notch just below the spire of the "Needle".
We end our descent at a green oasis below Roaring Springs, water source for both rims of the Canyon, and the pumphouse which lifts the water nearly 3,600 feet to the North Rim. Quite a sight to behold, the springs literally "roar" as the massive discharge spews from the base of the Redwall. Then the "fun" begins as we reverse direction and climb back out of the canyon.
" North Kaibab Trail to Supai Tunnel [3.6 miles round trip; 1200' elevation loss/gain]; or further to Redwall Bridge [5.4 miles round trip; 2200' elevation loss/gain]; or further yet to Roaring Springs [10 miles round trip; 3200' elevation loss/gain]
Day 4. Hiking Widforss Trail, Zion Lodge cabins (June 25, July 9, August 20, September 3 / 435-772-3213 / private baths) or Flanigans Bed and Breakfast (May 21, June 11, September 17, October 8 /435-772-3244 / private baths )
Today we'll get in a morning hike on the Widforss Trail, arguably the finest plateau-top trail in the Park. This classic trail is named in honor of Gunnar M. Widforss, the "Painter of the National Parks" who created vivid watercolors of his favorite national park in the 1920s and 1930s. Hugging the edge of the Transept, a 4,000-foot-deep tributary of Bright Angel Canyon, the trail winds through meadows of lupines and forest of blue and Engelmann spruce, white fir, quaking aspen, Ponderosa pine and Gambel oak.
After lunch we shuttle to Zion National Park Lodge, located beneath towering walls of sandstone and a stone's throw from the cool waters of the Virgin River.
Widforss Point Trail [up to 10 miles round trip; mostly level with a total of 200 feet of elevation loss, then gain on the return]
Day 5. Hiking Angels Landing and Emerald Pools, Zion Lodge cabins (June 26, July 10, August 21, September 4 / 435-772-3213 / private baths) or Flanigans Bed and Breakfast (May 22, June 12, September 18, October 9 /435-772-3244 / private baths )
A great start to your day is the fabulous hiking trail to Angels Landing-a true construction wonder. Cut into solid rock in 1926, the trail passes through Refrigerator Canyon (you'll love the cool breeze), ascends the 21 short switchbacks of "Walter's Wiggles" and culminates with spectacular views over sheer drops into Zion Canyon. From Scout Lookout to Angels Landing, the route travels along a narrow ridge with support chains anchored into the rock. The 360 degree view at the end is worth every heart-pounding and breathtaking step! This trail is truly a classic.
This afternoon the Emerald Pools trail beckons. Formed by a small year-round creek coming out of Heaps Canyon, two small waterfalls with pools below are the main attraction. Views include Lady Mountain, the Great White Throne, Red Arch Mountain and majestic cliffs in all directions. Or, if you'd rather just relax, you can soak up the sun, take off your shoes and dip your toes into the soothing waters of the Virgin River.
Angels Landing Hike [5.0 miles round trip; 1,488' elevation gain/loss]
Emerald Pools Hike [2.3 miles round trip; 300' elevation gain/loss]
Day 6. Hiking the Narrows of the Virgin River, St. George
Our tour concludes with what for many is the highlight-a water tramping experience in the Narrows of the Virgin River-where the trail is simply the river itself. Here the river has carved a chasm 2,000 feet deep into the Markagunt Plateau. On a hot day, there are few things more enjoyable than this river hike in the Narrows. The river meanders through a sculptured gorge of grottoes with lush riparian vegetation beneath the soaring fluted walls.
Following a late lunch we say a fond farewell to Zion-knowing you'll be back again-and shuttle back to St. George.
Narrows of the Virgin River Hike [round trip distance variable, up to each individual; no detectable change in elevation]
|Grand Canyon Bryce Zion Hiking Adventures
|Fee per person:
|Single Room Supplement**
* Best suited for ages 8 and older. Ages 8-18 receive a 15% discount On inn trips, youths getting this discount must share a room with a full paying adult. Solo Traveler trips minimum age is 21.
** Rooms are based on double occupancy. You can opt to have your own room and pay our Single Room Supplement fee. With reservations 90 days or more in advance, you can book just one person and pay the regular rate if you will share a room.
All trips require a minimum of 4 people for the trip to run and the trip maximum is 12.
Trip Fees Include:
All meals (lunch Day 1-lunch Day 6), all accommodations (double occupancy), T-shirt, water bottle, support vehicle, national park fees, and professional guides.
Trip Fees Exclude:
Airfare, personal insurance, hotel miscellaneous expenses (phone, fax, laundry, etc.), additional optional tours, services not specified in the tour itinerary, and guide gratuities (An appropriate gratuity to each trip leader is $75-$100 per guest).Trip Notes: Exploring this region can involve shuttles of up to several hours. While we always request the best rooms at each hotel in the parks, no single group is guaranteed its exact request due to each park's popularity.
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Special Requests + What to Bring:
If you have any special dietary needs or any special request that will make your trip more enjoyable, please be sure to notify your Trip Consultant or travel agent after booking. One of our trip consultants will be contacting you to go over options and the details with you.
The World Outdoors will provide you with extensive pre-departure information, including your reservation payment receipt and confirmation, travel insurance application, suggestions for preparing for your trip, a packing list, information on pre- and post-trip arrangements, a guest questionnaire and a liability release agreement.
General Information, Questions & Answers
What type of weather should I expect?
Bryce Canyon and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon are over 7,000 feet of elevation. As a result, the daytime temperatures are generally in the 60s and 70s during the day, while the evening temperatures are normally in the 30s to low 40s. Zion is significantly lower in elevation, and the temperatures are generally in the 80s and 90s F, with evenings in the 50s and 60s.
How will the change in altitude affect me?
Elevations in the Great Canyons region range from 4,000 to over 9,000-feet elevation, and have an extremely dry climate. Thus, to prevent altitude sickness we recommend that you always remain well hydrated, gradually expose yourself to higher elevations, exercise moderately until altitude acclimatized, eat a diet consisting of at least 70% carbohydrates beginning 1 to 2 days prior to ascent, and get plenty of rest. Furthermore, we suggest that you arrive at our gateway city at least 1 to 2 days prior to the first day of your trip.
How difficult is this trip?
This trip is ideal for those who feel comfortable exercising 3-6 hours a day. It is ideal for those who are looking for a leisurely vacation or an introduction to hiking. Hikes are up to 5 miles with up to 1500 feet of elevation change. Several days have moderate options of up to 10 miles with elevation changes of up to 3,600 feet.
Special Family Values
Young people, ages eight through 18, receive a 15% discount on this trip. This applies to camping trips when accompanied by one full paying adult and inn trips when sharing a room with one full paying adult. Though children eight years and older are welcome on this tour, please see our itinerary above and make sure your child can handle the level of physical activity on this trip. Call us to discuss the suitability of a particular tour.
Families are welcome on all open departures except solo traveler adventures.
If you're traveling on your own and want to share the experience with other solo travelers, we've set aside special departures for many of our trips. Itineraries are identical to our those of our open trips but, because these departures are composed entirely of independent travelers, there's a unique, fun dimension to the group dynamic. Of course, solo travelers are more than welcome on all of our open departures as well, where often half of our guests are traveling alone.
Meeting Place & Time
8:00 a.m. at the St. George Shuttle Lodge Inn, 435-688-8383, 915 South Bluff St., St. George, UT. The St. George Shuttle Lodge Inn is located directly off I-15, Bluff Street Exit. Please plan to arrive at the inn at the designated meeting time, and not earlier, for the convenience of the innkeeper. We recommend arrive ready to hike as our first meal together will be lunch on day 1. Snacks will be provided throughout the day.
Driving to the Meeting Place: St. George is 130 miles northeast of Las Vegas, approximately a 2-hour drive. It is located directly off I-15 approaching from north or south. If you are approaching St. George from the North, exit at Bluff Street (exit 6), and take a right (if you are approaching from the South, take a left) at the stop light onto Bluff Street. When making your travel plans, remember to keep in mind that there is a time zone change. Las Vegas time is one hour earlier than St. George time. During the trip, cars can be left at the Shuttle Lodge Inn.
5:00 p.m., St. George Shuttle Lodge Inn, St. George. If you are departing this evening from Las Vegas, it is important that airline departures be scheduled no earlier than 9:00 p.m.
How do I book airfare for this trip?
Once you have booked your reservation, Sherry will contact you to help arrange your air. You can also call James TravelPoints, a local travel agency, at 800-538-7461 and ask for Georgia (ext 251) or Di (ext 252) or email GeorgiaT@travelpoints.com or DianeJ@travelpoints.com. Be sure to tell her you are traveling with The World Outdoors. Alternatively, you are welcome to book your airfare online, directly with the airline or through your personal travel agent.
Gateway City Transfer: The St. George Shuttle Service offers public transportation between Las Vegas airport and St. George. The cost for this service is $30/person each way. The shuttle drops off at the Shuttle Lodge Inn in St. George. The 2-hour shuttle does cross a time zone. Call 1-800-933-8320 or 435-628-8320 for reservations.
For information on additional pre/post trip activities call the St. George Chamber of Commerce, 435-628-1658 or the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, 702-735-1616.
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We commit to you that all of our trips are of the highest quality at the best value. If you find a trip of equal quality that matches our itinerary and inclusions at a lower fare within 30 days of booking your trip with us, we will gladly refund the difference. A simple guarantee that assures you of the best trip at the best fare!
If you cancel your trip, you must notify us in writing. We calculate your refund from the day we receive written notice of your cancellation. There is no refund for arriving late or leaving early from a trip.
Number of Days Prior to Trip Departure
|90 days or more
||$100 per person
|89 to 60 days
||50% of total price per person
|59 to 30 days
||75% of total price per person
|29 to 0 days
||100% of total price per person
We highly recommend trip insurance. This is an option we will discuss with you.