Utah
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 04, 2017
  • From $2,698 / person
  • ($580 single supplement) Children: $2,158 - $2,428

Bryce and Zion National Park Vacation

Discover the smile-inducing, jaw-dropping scenes of Southern Utah on this action-packed family adventure exploring. The Most Colorful Park in America (Bryce) and “The Land of Rainbow Canyons” (Zion). Join our expert guides and uncover the fascinating history, geology and folklore of Canyon Country as you hike, bike and explore the hoodoos, arches, alcoves and fins of the desert southwest. Channel your inner-eight-year-old as you pedal through Snow Canyon’s towering, rouge-colored sandstone cliffs and black lava rock, experience a ‘water-hike’ through Zion’s famous Narrows between yawning canyon walls and, throughout this all-inclusive Utah vacation package, keep a keen eye out for mule deer, coyotes, lizards, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep and the elusive California Condor. Each day, enjoy the best in regional accommodations and cuisine (including ice cream, of course!) complemented by Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service. On this custom itinerary, we take care of the details so all you have to do is relax and spend time with your family discovering one of America’s greatest national treasures.

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  • Family Vacations
  • Biking
  • Hiking

Activity Level: Moderately Easy

About
This Tour

Explore nature's playground of desert canyons and sand castles on this six-day, family-friendly adventure through the spectacular windswept rock terrain of Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. These action-packed days and star-studded nights are sure to impress both the youngest and oldest in your family as you uncover the mystery and majesty of this guide-favorite custom journey through the spectacular fairy-tale scenes of Southern Utah.

  • Hike past waterfalls, natural springs, and hanging gardens in Zion's Virgin River Narrows, ranked one of America's best adventures by National Geographic
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch surrounded by cinder cones, natural rock bridges and basalt ridges in Valley of Fire State Park
  • Explore sculpted rock gardens of brilliantly colored spires, cliffs and natural amphitheaters and take in eye-popping views from Rainbow Point
  • Hike the magical hoodoo rock formations of Bryce's Peek-a-Boo and Queens Garden trails
  • Scan the expansive grasslands outside of Bryce for pronghorn antelope, the Checkerboard Mesa in Zion for bighorn sheep and Scout's Lookout for occasional California Condor - a grand treat for wildlife lovers!
  • Join a night ranger talk in Bryce for fascinating insights into the Continental US's darkest night skies
Bryce Canyon National Park
Photo: Bryce Canyon National Park

An Adventure of a lifetime; great food, great fun, great company!

Maurene M Laguna Miguel, CA

Amazing! Tons of fun! Great Guides! Utah is beautiful! Wonderful people and memories :)

Sloan G Huntington Beach, CA

Excellent trip! Bryce and Zion are amazing. Our guides really know the area well and make the whole experience more enjoyable.

Shuchi G Walpole, MA

Itinerary
& Map
Day 1: Las Vegas / St. George
Utah Family Vacation Packages
Meals Included:  L, D
Overnight: best Western Plus Abbey Inn

This morning your guides will pick you up at your hotel in Las Vegas and drive 2.5 hours to Snow Canyon State Park where you'll begin the Lava Flows hike.

  • Indulge in a fantastic meal before beginning this afternoon's adventure
  • Listen to a short bike talk by your informative guides before you pedal through Snow Canyon with its towering red sandstone cliffs and black lava rock

Tonight, enjoy some exceptional cuisine at the unique and contemporary Painted Pony restaurant in St. George. The Wingate Inn will be our home for the night.

 

About the Best Western Plus Abbey Inn

Conveniently located, the best Western Plus Abbey Inn provides quick access to Bryce and Zion National parks. These luxurious accommodations offer all the amenities a guest can hope for, including an outdoor heated swimming pool, spa, and fully equipped exercise facility. Enjoy the conveniences in every room and the opportunity to rest up before transferring to the nearby Bryce Canyon entrance.

Day 2: Zion National Park / Cedar Breaks / Bryce Canyon National Park
Hiking in Bryce and Zion National Parks
Meals Included:  B, L, D

A freshly prepared breakfast will await you this morning before departing to Zion National Park.

Take a break from your shuttle for a short hike up Timber Creek Trail. The overlook at the end of the trail offers an amazing 360° panorama of Kolob Canyon.

Another short shuttle will take us out of Zion and to the trailhead of another breathtaking hike. Spectra Point Trail at Cedar Breaks will introduce you to even more stunning geology such as hoodoos, arches, and windows as you wind around the outer edge of the gorge.

After enjoying a wonderful lunch prepared by your guides, jump on your bike for a scenic ride to the city of Panguitch. Relax and enjoy the scenery as we finish our shuttle and enter Bryce Canyon National Park.

Our home for the next two nights is The Lodge at Bryce Canyon.

About the The Lodge at Bryce Canyon
Located in Bryce Canyon National Park you will experience the rustic elegance at one of the grand western lodges designed for national parks in the 1920's. A National Historic Landmark, The Lodge at Bryce Canyon is the only lodge of that era to remain largely intact. This historic lodge also offers unrivaled access to breathtaking views, world-class hiking trails, and a tranquil wilderness. As the only lodging within the national park, all of the facilities are just steps from the stunning ancient rock formations of the Bryce Amphitheater.

 

Day : Peek-a-Boo and Queens Garden Trails
Bryce and Zion Tours
Meals Included:  B, L

After a hearty breakfast, embark on a hike through the magical hoodoo rock formations of Bryce's Peek-A-Boo and Queens Garden trails.

Trek through natural sculpted rock gardens of brilliantly colored spires, cliffs, and natural amphitheaters and take in the jaw dropping views from Rainbow Point. Sit back and relax while your guides prepare your hard-earned dinner around the campfire. Take the evening to enjoy dinner on your own and explore the beautiful surroundings.

If you are 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.

Day 4: Zion National Park
Biking in Utah
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Zion Lodge

On Day 4, depart Bryce Canyon National Park on your bike this morning as you take a relaxed, beautiful ride through Red Canyon.

A short shuttle will bring you to Arches Trail where you will enjoy a short hike and a picnic. Shuttle into Zion through an entrance that will leave you in awe as you wind through the magnificent canyon walls and towering cliffs that make up this majestic park.

This afternoon, experience some of the best views that Zion has to offer when you hike the Canyon Overlook Trail.

After the hike you will also have time to relax and soak in the surrounding beauty of our home for the next two nights at Zion Lodge.

About the Zion Lodge
The only "In-Park" lodging at Zion National Park, Zion Lodge is the perfect base for discovering the majesty of Zion. Set amidst the towering red rock cliffs of Zion National Park and surrounded by spectacular 2,000-feet canyon walls, there is a view from everywhere at Zion Lodge. At Zion Lodge you will receive an exceptional experience of warmth and personalized service. With a wide variety of services and outdoor activities to further add value to guest experiences, Zion Lodge is sure to provide a memorable and comfortable stay in the heart of Zion National Park.

 

Day 5: The Narrows
The Narrows
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Zion Lodge

Today, explore more of the wonders that Zion has to offer today!

  • Spend a full day walking and wading along the Virgin River, into the sheer walled canyon of the Narrows
  • Soak up the captivating scenery as you pass waterfalls, natural springs and hanging gardens
  • The Narrows hike is recognized as one of America's best adventures by National Geographic and is one that you will not soon forget

Take time to relax and reflect at the Inn before our farewell dinner at Bit & Spur.

** During the spring, an alternate hike to Observation Point may be arranged if the Virgin River is running too high or too cold.

Day 6: Springdale / Las Vegas
Springdale / Las Vegas
Meals Included:  B, L

Today you will have time for one last hike through the colorful sandstone landscapes and the sweeping high desert scenery just outside of Zion.

Take in the beauty of this place one last time as we shuttle back to Las Vegas for our departures home.

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.

Dates, Rates
& Details

  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 04, 2017
  • From $2,698 / person
  • ($580 single supplement) Children: $2,158 - $2,428

Confirmed Departures

  • Jun 4, 2017
  • Aug 13, 2017
  • Aug 20, 2017

Recommended Travel Months

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Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your departure.
  • Day1 of your itinerary starts at 7:00 am or 7:15 am, depending on which Las Vegas hotel you are staying at.
  • Your trip ends with a drop-off at the Las Vegas airport (2:00 pm) or your hotel (2:30 pm).
  • Please note, there is a 1 hour time difference between Las Vegas, NV (PST) and St. George, UT (MST).
Activities
  • Hiking: 2 to 6 miles per hike, easy to strenuous terrain.
  • Biking: 10 to 30 miles per ride, easy to moderate terrain.
Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions - except one dinner on your own - are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners - except one dinner on own your own - refreshments and receptions .
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment - all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • One dinner on your own.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
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Testimonials
Testimonials

With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:

Excellent - hiking and biking and guides exceeded expectations.

Fred H, Highlands, NJ

Great guides, fun group, beautiful area. Fully enjoyed myself.

Diana S, Albany, CA

Very well organized. Guides were superb. Especially the "silver tray" ice cream on Angel's landing was perfect.

Kathie L, Streetsboro, OH

This was my third trip with you and all have been excellent the trip was amazing, went without any glitches- great leadership

Leslie B, Deerfield, IL

The trip was incredible. Everything was planned to the last detail. It was so nice to go on vacation and not have a care in the world!

Mary M, Yardley, PA

A fabulous trip. The guides continually went above and beyond what I expected.

David M, Watkinsville, GA

Very well organized and thought out vacation. It was completely worry free.

Raymond G, Orangeville, ON

Great guides, well organized, attentive, resilient and fun.

Nancy T, Niantic, CT

A challenging and fun vacation! I did much more than I would have done on my own. Loved the "hidden gems" off the beaten path.

Imogene T, Belle Meade, NJ

The tour guides and our group were phenomenal. Plus, experiencing nature as we did, was exhilarating. One of our best vacations!

Brian C, Winslow Township, NJ
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Regions we visit in Southwestern US: , ...

  • 1. The scenery: a high-desert spectacle of rock formations and river-carved canyons, Southern Utah is a photographer's dream.
  • 2. The adrenaline: a hike via Walter's Wiggles to the top of Angel's Landing is sure to get your blood pumping.
  • 3. The star gazing: due to altitude and lack of air and light pollution, star gazing in Bryce and Zion is considered the finest in the Continental U.S.
  • 4. The colors: there's an ever-changing orange, amber, and red sandstone glow that dazzles from sunrise to sunset.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: from getting your kids stoked on nature to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your family vacation truly is going home.
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