Start: Las Vegas
Finish: Las Vegas
Snow Canyon State Park
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Peek-a-boo slot Canyon
Queens Garden Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park
Zion National Park
Medium, Activity Level 2-3
Vegetarians, Vegans, Meat, Kosher, Jain, Halal
3 - 14
tourhub discount: $165
This trip is a geologist dream! Over 6-days of exploring Bryce Canyon & Zion National Parks, you’ll hike amongst the Zion’s Virgin River Narrows, bike under towering red sandstone cliffs and black lava rock, take a stroll around the magical Queens Garden trails and bask under the clear night skies showcasing the Milky Way.
"Hike Past waterfalls
ranked one of America’s best adventures by National Geographic The magical hoodoo rock formations of Bryce’s Peek-a-Boo and Queens Garden trails One of the top-rated hikes in the world by climbing 1
natural springs and hanging gardens in Zion’s Virgin River Narrows
200-feet above the valley floor to Angel’s Landing"
"Bike Through the breathtaking red canyon walls of Snow Canyon State Park"
"Explore Sculpted rock gardens of brilliantly colored spires
cliffs and natural amphitheaters and take in eye-popping views from Rainbow Point"
"Plus.. Marvel at monolithic hoodoos
and windows as you wind around the outer edge of the gorge in Cedar Breaks National Monument"
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Our trip begins in Las Vegas where we’ll begin our journey with a drive to Snow Canyon State Park and our first hike of the trip amid lava flows and sandstone. The State Park canyon is carved from the red and white Navajo sandstone in the Red Mountains and the lava rock we’ll see along this trail is a result of cinder cones that erupted anywhere between 1.4 million and 27,000 years ago! After lunch we’ll change up our hiking boots for wheels, our afternoon adventure will start with a short bike talk by our informative guides before we hop on bikes to ride under towering red sandstone cliffs and black lava rock, eventually ending up at our first night’s accommodation. The Best Western Plus Abbey Inn is conveniently located in Saint George, Utah, and it offers luxurious accommodations with an outdoor heated swimming pool and spa.Best Western Plus Abbey Inn (Lunch, Dinner)Lava Flows Hiking Distance: 1.6-3.2 kilometres (1-2 miles), 0.5-1 hourElevation Gain: 121 metres (396 feet)Elevation Loss: 121 metres (396 feet)Biking Distance: 22 kilometres (14 miles), 1-2 hours
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
A freshly prepared breakfast will await us this morning before we head to the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve where we’ll take a neat hike. Red Cliffs is a 62,000-acre scenic wildlife reserve set aside to protect the Mojave Desert tortoise and other rare plants and animals. After a picnic lunch, we’ll drive to Cedar Breaks National Monument and hike the Spectra Point Trail. This stunning rim trail takes you out to an outcropping on the southern end of the park, the views to the east and the north are quite spectacular, and so is the giant bristlecone pine that sits near the point. We’ll continue on our drive through to Bryce Canyon National Park, a sprawling reserve in southern Utah, known for it’s rimson-colored hoodoos, spire-shaped rock formations. Our accommodation for the next two nights, the Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel, is surrounded by fantastic scenery, most notably the hoodoos which you’ll encounter in the coming days.Bryce Canyon Grand (All meals)Red Cliffs Desert Reserve Hiking Distance: 3.2 kilometres (2 miles), 1-2 hoursSpectra Point Trail Hiking Distance: 3.2 kilometres (2 miles), 1-2 hours
After a hearty breakfast we’ll embark on a hike through the magical hoodoo rock formations of Bryce’s Queens Garden trail. The trail drops down into the canyon and we’ll wander through natural sculpted rock gardens of brilliantly colored spires, cliffs, and natural amphitheaters with the trail looping up with the Peek-a-boo trail, creating a figure-8, passing by the Wall of Windows, the Hindu temples and many more exquisite series of arches and hoodoos. There’s also an opportunity to head to the southern end of the National Park to take in the jaw-dropping views from Rainbow Point. Afterwards we can all share our favorite parts of Bryce Canyon with the group as we dine at Bryce Pines. If you’re a night owl, be sure to take advantage of one of the clearest night skies around and try your hand at finding some of the constellations.Bryce Canyon Grand (All meals)Queens Garden Hiking Distance: 4.7 kilometres (2.9 miles), 1-2 hoursElevation Gain: 192 metres (630 feet)Elevation Loss: 192 metres (630 feet)Peek-a-boo Hiking Distance: 8.4 kilometres (5.2 miles), 2-3 hoursElevation Gain: 443 metres (1453 feet)Elevation Loss: 443 metres (1453 feet)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
We’ll depart Bryce Canyon National Park on our bikes this morning as we take a relaxed, beautiful ride through Red Canyon. This peaceful trail will take you past a variety of pink, orange, and red rock formations and through patches of ponderosa and bristlecone pine trees. After our morning bike, we’ll drive to Zion National Park, winding through the magnificent canyon walls and towering cliffs that make up this majestic park. We’ll get straight into it and hike Angel’s Landing, one of the top-rated hikes in the world, a trail cut into solid rock in 1926 leads to the top of Angels Landing and provides views of Zion Canyon. With chain-assisted rock scrambling sections, stunning views, and vertigo-inducing heights, this hike is more about the journey than the destination. Later we’ll check into our accommodation for the next two nights, Springhill Suites, located only one mile from the park's entrance. The evening is then yours to explore and enjoy on your own.Springhill Suites (Breakfast, Lunch)Biking Distance: 12.8 kilometres (8 miles), 1-2 hoursAngels Landing Hiking Distance: 8.7 kilometres (5.4 miles), 3-5 hoursElevation Gain: 426 metres (1400 feet)Elevation Loss: 426 metres (1400 feet)
Zion National Park has a unique geography and a variety of life zones that allow for unusual plant and animal diversity, the canyon walls are reddish and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone, eroded by the North Fork of the Virgin River. Today we’ll explore more of the wonders this park has to offer today, spending a full day walking and wading along the Virgin River, into the sheer walled canyon of The Narrows. This gorge, with walls a thousand feet tall and the river sometimes just twenty to thirty feet wide, is recognized as one of America’s best adventures by National Geographic. We’ll soak up the captivating scenery as we pass waterfalls, natural springs and hanging gardens. Afterwards we’ll head back to our accommodation and have time to relax and reflect on the trip before our celebratory farewell dinner.Springhill Suites (All meals)The Narrows Hiking Distance: Up to 8 kilometres (5 miles), as far as you want to go
Meals Included: Breakfast
This morning for a final adventure we’ll hop on bikes to ride through Zion for the last time, from the lodge to the Temple of Sinawava. The Temple of Sinawava is the park’s hallmark, with its paved trail following the Virgin River upstream through ever-narrowing canyons of sandstone to the Zion Narrows, framed by hanging gardens of flowers and waterfalls. We’ll return on the same route, stopping off at the Visitor Centre for lunch, before we take in the beauty of this place one last time before heading back to your hotel or the airport in Las Vegas. This is the end of your trip and we’ll leave you refreshed and invigorated from the good food, exercise, rest, and great times you’ll have had with us!(Breakfast)Biking Distance: 24 kilometres (15 miles), 1.5-2 hours
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Group size:3 - 14
Tour Operator: Active Adventures
Physical Rating:Activity Level 2-3
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