Austin Adventures - Arizona/Utah Stamp - Arizona Utah Vacations
  • 8 days / 7 nights
  • Next Departure: May 05, 2019
  • From $3,598.00 / person
  • ($680.00 single supplement)

Arizona / Utah: Grand Canyon to Bryce and Zion National Park

Explore the wonders of three national parks: Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce Canyon on this eight-day adventure through the American Southwest. Discover your favorite vista from the South Rim as you hike down into the depths of the Grand Canyon via the South Kaibab trail. Photograph the dramatic scenery of sights like Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon. Soak up the sorbet-colored, sandcastle-like spires and hoodoos of Bryce Canyon. Trek down the Narrows and peer beyond Angels Landing after a 1400 ft ascent in Zion National Park. This Southwest hiking adventure gets you intimately acquainted with three of America’s most stunningly beautiful national parks.

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  • Adult only
  • Hiking

Activity Level: Moderate (3)

About
This Tour

Answer the call of canyon country as you join us for eight unforgettable days traveling through the Grand Canyon to Bryce and Zion National Parks. You’ll spend this action-packed adventure journeying into the cravenness depths of the Grand Canyon, hiking through the stone forest hoodoos of Bryce, and navigating the world-renowned Narrows of Zion Park. There’s a new adventure at every turn. Absorb the rich history that the American Southwest has to offer and enjoy the experience of today.

  • Discover one of the Natural Wonders of the World
  • Hike along the unique formations of Canyon Country: slot canyons, soaring towers and monoliths, and scenic sandstone
  • Explore and learn about canyon geology : hoodoos, arches, alcoves and fins
  • Soak up captivating scenery as you pass waterfalls, natural springs and hanging gardens
  • See breathtaking views of Rainbow Point’s colored spires, cliffs, and natural amphitheaters

 

Austin Adventures - Grand Canyon - Arizona/ Utah Trip
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Thanks for providing our family a week full of memories that we will be talking about for years to come.

Mary, Tony, Matthew and Grace Osterlund Cincinnati, OH

Austin Adventures planned everything to a "T". I could NEVER have planned and executed this trip on my own. There were so many extra touches.

Cathy G. Baltimore, MD

Itinerary
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Tour Itinerary

8 days / 7 nights

Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS)

Day 1: Las Vegas / Grand Canyon National Park
Austin Adventures - Grand Canyon - Arizona/ Utah Trip
Meals Included:  L, D

Early morning pick-up in Las Vegas, Nevada • We immediately leave the “City of Lights” behind as we make our way down to Arizona and the South Rim of the Grand Canyon (4.5 hours + stops). Enjoy a homemade picnic lunch prepared by your guides. This afternoon, we check out the fascinating architecture of Hermit’s Rest before embarking on a “wow-inducing” hike skirting the rim of the Grand Canyon. Tonight, enjoy dinner in the Arizona Room at Bright Angel Lodge.

About Kachina or Thunderbird Lodge

Built in the late 1960’s Kachina and Thunderbird Lodges sit directly on the rim of the Grand Canyon. For guests seeking a more contemporary lodging option, Kachina or Thunderbird lodge is a great choice. The guest rooms have a comfortable modern ambiance and are all similar in size and amenities. Many guests choose Kachina or Thunderbird due to their prominent location in the center of the historic district. Either lodge is a great choice for active guests as they are located directly on the Rim Trail. This trail spans from Hermits Rest to the Kaibab Trailhead, approximately 12.8 miles. From your room you can hike in either direction.

Day 2: Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park
Meals Included:  B, L, D

This morning, we hike down South Kaibab trail to Cedar Ridge. The South Kaibab Trail winds us down into the depths of the Grand Canyon, giving us a much different perspective looking up at the Rim from below. We make our way down to Cedar Ridge, where the views of the Canyon and its colorful walls will leave you in awe. After a trailside lunch and break, we begin our hike up and out, stopping frequently to catch our breath and take in the magnificent surroundings. The afternoon is yours to relax or explore the South Rim Village. We’ll meet back up for an early dinner in the restaurant of the famous El Tovar Hotel.

 

Day 3: Horseshoe Bend / Antelope Canyon / Page
Austin Adventures - Horseshoe Bend - Arizona / Utah Trip
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Eat breakfast before we shuttle east towards Page (2.5 hours + stops). We’ll make several stops along the way first at Desert View Watchtower, an unusual stone tower designed in Ancestral Puebloan style by architect Mary Colter, and next at Horseshoe Bend where an incredible view of a U-shaped bend in the Colorado River beckons photographers. Lunch at a local restaurant in Page. Mid-afternoon we walk through the amazing natural wonder of Antelope Canyon. The richness of the canyon’s colors at a great time of day light-wise are sure to make for some beautiful photographs. Enjoy a wonderful dinner in Page before retiring to your downtown hotel.

About Best Western Plus Lake Powell

Enjoy the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon State at this Page, Arizona hotel, which not only offers scenic landscapes, but also offers easy access to many of the area’s most popular attractions. The well-appointed rooms at the Best Western Plus Lake Powell are charmingly decorated in southwest décor and offer free high-speed wireless Internet access, a Keurig Coffee maker, a hairdryer and much more. Many guests take advantage of the seasonal outdoor heated pool and hot tub – it’s the perfect way to unwind after a long day of sightseeing or just to take a break and soak in the Arizona sun.

Day 4: Bryce Canyon National Park
Austin Adventures - Bryce Canyon Trip
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Bid Page goodbye as we make our way towards Bryce Canyon National Park (3 hours + stops). Upon arrival, sit down to a picnic lunch before heading out on a trek to explore the sorbet-colored, sandcastle-like hoodoos and spires of Bryce Canyon. Check into your Bryce Canyon lodging before a casual dinner with the group.

About Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel

Located in southwest Utah just north of Bryce Canyon National Park, the Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel is surrounded by fantastic scenery, most notably rock spires of every shape and size, known locally as "hoodoos." Experience for yourself Bryce Canyon's newest and most luxurious accommodations and amenities with the best in western hospitality. The Bryce Canyon Grand offers an enclosed courtyard offering guest privacy for the pool, whirlpool, and patio areas. You’re invited to experience Bryce Canyon City's newest lodging facilities while visiting the breath taking Bryce Canyon National Park.

Day 5: Bryce Canyon National Park
Austin Adventures - Bryce Canyon Trip
Meals Included:  B, L, D

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. Share your favorite parts of Bryce Canyon with the group as you dine tonight. 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 6: Red Canyon / Zion National Park
Austin Adventures - Angel
Meals Included:  B, L

This morning, we look for the fifteen small arches along the aptly-named Arches Trail just outside Bryce. 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 (2 hours + stops). Hike to Angel’s Landing, one of the top-rated hikes in the world, before checking into your lodging for the next two nights, the Desert Pearl Inn. Take the evening to enjoy dinner on your own in Springdale.

About Desert Pearl Inn

Desert Pearl Inn, a top-rated Zion National Park lodging choice for adventure, nestles within the majestic cliffs of Zion beside the Virgin River in Springdale, Utah. The Inn is more than the experience of sunny days, breathtaking outdoor recreation, and starry nights tucked in a deep canyon of stony copper. There is also at this oasis, a soul you will discover at every turn. Native stone walkways and sun hued stucco are framed by beams of old-growth Douglas fir and redwood reclaimed from a 100-year-old railroad trestle that once spanned the Great Salt Lake. The private balconies and terraces of the spacious rooms open onto towering red rock formations along the tree-lined river.  The large freeform outdoor pool is a favorite feature. Pause for an occasional dip in the sun-kissed water or recline in a comfortable chaise lounge while enjoying a good read.

Day 7: Zion National Park
Meals Included:  B, L, D

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.

About Scholars Townhouse Hotel

This Late Victorian building was renovated by the McGowan family in 2005 who have transformed the magnificent building into a 16 bedroom boutique hotel. Scholars Townhouse is currently the only family-owned hotel in the region and is renowned for its excellence in hospitality and customer service. All luxurious, comfortable bedrooms are furnished to the standards of a modern hotel room. Originally built in 1867 the building is a protected structure and you have to admire the old world charm that the rooms have kept through their renovation.

Day 8: Zion National Park / Las Vegas
Austin Adventures - Zion National Park - Arizona/Utah Trip
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: No Overnight

Take one last hike through Zion National Park before we shuttle to Las Vegas for drop-off at the airport or your post-trip hotel (3 hours + stops). No Overnight.

**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
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  • 8 days / 7 nights
  • Next Departure: May 05, 2019
  • From $3,598.00 / person
  • ($680.00 single supplement)

Confirmed Departures

  • May 5, 2019 - May 12, 2018
  • May 15, 2019 - May 22, 2019
  • May 25, 2019 - Jun 1, 2019

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Additional Trip Information

Arrival & Departures

Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your trip departure. Day one of your itinerary starts in Las Vegas, NV at 7:00 or 7:20 AM, depending on your hotel. Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Las Vegas airport (2:00 pm) or your Las Vegas hotel (2:30 pm).

Activities

  • Hiking: 1 to 8 miles per hike, easy to strenuous terrain (sometimes multiple shorter hikes will be completed within one day)
  • Discovery: Widely considered as one of the world’s most spectacular canyons, the Grand Canyon is one of the “Natural Wonders of the World.” Called Kaibab by the Paiute Indian tribe, meaning “mountain lying down” or “mountain turned upside down,” the creamy white Kaibab Limestone forms the surface on which you’ll stand on while viewing the Canyon. Were you aware that the Grand Canyon is neither the deepest, longest, or widest canyon in the world; however, many consider it to be the most inspiring. Hear tales of Utah’s history from Butch Cassidy to Mormon settlers. Learn about Canyon Country geology, including hoodoos, arches, alcoves and fins. Known for its slot canyons, soaring towers and monoliths, and scenic sandstone, Zion National Park is full of unique formations begging to be explored. Delve into the 150 million year old history of Zion canyon’s geologic formations. Bryce Canyon National Park, named after Ebenezer Bryce, a Mormon homesteader in the 1870’s, will satisfy your adventurous spirit with its options for awe- inspiring hikes. Discover your inner thrill seeker as you ascend the narrow switchbacks to Angel’s Landing. Absorb the magnificence of one of the most legendary canyons in all of Zion National Park, the Zion Narrows, as you walk and wade along the North Fork of the Virgin River in the midst of towering canyon walls. Come visit Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks to witness for yourself what all the hype is about!

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 the Trip Price

  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Any 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 the Trip Price

  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • One dinner during the trip.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.

Pre-departure Information

After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.

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

Shuchi G, Walpole, MA

Excellent - hiking and biking and guides exceeded expectations.

Fred H, Highlands, NJ

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

Leslie B, Deerfield, IL
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More reasons to go exploring in Canyon Country
  • 1. The view: Sandcastle-like hoodoos and spires soar into a vast blue sky in Bryce Canyon providing a feast for the senses.
  • 2. The trill: A hike down the Narrows and a summit of 1400 ft to Angels Landing is sure to get your blood pumping.
  • 3. The history: Follow the ancients paths where native people and pioneers first walked.
  • 4. The legend: The Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce Canyon are three of most stunning National Parks that America has to offer.
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