North America Vacations
Utah | Life is Good Adventure | Adult Only
Sand castles, desert canyons and blue skies, a red rock paradise
6 days / 5 nights
Activity Level Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.
Answer the call of canyon country and join us on an action-packed, small-group journey through Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks on our Life is Good – Bryce Zion Vacation. An adventurer’s paradise, Southern Utah is a feast for the senses as red rocks contrast with blue skies and the song of the canyon wren echoes from fern-laden hanging valleys. Hike among Bryce Canyon’s towering hoodoos. Bike along the smooth valley roads of majestic Zion Canyon. Explore the world-renowned Narrows and walk up breathtaking Angel’s Landing. Experience the best in southwestern hospitality and regional cuisine from cozy bed and breakfasts to iconic park properties. This all-inclusive adventure has been an alumni favorite for over 20-years, showcasing Austin Adventures’ best-in-class standard and the signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service. Come see why our expert guides consider these spectacular national parks a couple of their all-time favorite places to share on earth!
Nature’s playground beckons both seasoned and beginner adventurers alike to explore the desert canyons and sand castles of Southern Utah on this six-day, custom Life is Good Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park Vacation. From the fairy tale labyrinths of Bryce’s hoodoos and arches to the jaw-dropping red rock monoliths of Zion, prepare to be inspired, energized and rejuvenated by two of America’s greatest national treasures.
- 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 ancient lava flows, red Navajo sandstone and basalt ridges in 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
- Hike the magical hoodoo rock formations of Bryce’s Peek-a-Boo and Queens Garden trails
- Pause to take in the incredible views atop Angel’s Landing, 1,200-feet above the valley floor
A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
The scenery: a high-desert spectacle of rock formations and river-carved canyons, Southern Utah is a photographer's dream.
The adrenaline: a hike via Walter's Wiggles to the top of Angel's Landing is sure to get your blood pumping.
The stargazing: due to altitude and lack of air and light pollution, stargazing in Bryce and Zion is considered the finest in the Continental U.S.
Las Vegas, Nevada LAS
Las Vegas, Nevada LAS
Las Vegas / St. George
This morning your guides will pick you up at your hotel in Las Vegas • 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 • Pedal through Snow Canyon with its towering red sandstone cliffs and black lava rock • Enjoy some exceptional cuisine at the unique and contemporary Painted Pony restaurant in St. George • The Seven Wives Inn will be our home for the night.
About the Seven Wives Inn
The Seven Wives Inn Bed and Breakfast located in downtown Saint George, Utah, is a historic treasure in the painted southwest desert. Two grand Victorian homes on a well-groomed, green acre offer a selection of thirteen casually elegant rooms all with their own private bath.
Impeccable and friendly service is the standard, your innkeepers will make every effort to make your stay comfortable and memorable. Open since 1981 the Seven Wives Inn takes pride in accommodating her repeat guests as well as opening her doors to all new ones.
Zion National Park/ Cedar Breaks/ Bryce Canyon National Park
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 • Take in an amazing 360° panorama of Kolob Canyon at the end of the trail • 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 • Wind around the outer edge of the gorge in the midst of hoodoos, arches, and windows • Enjoy a wonderful lunch prepared by your guide • 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 • Settle into our home for the next 2 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.
Peek-a-Boo and Queens Garden Trails
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 naturally-sculpted rock gardens of brilliantly colored spires, cliffs and amphitheaters • Take in the jaw-dropping views from Rainbow Point • Enjoy dinner on your own and explore your beautiful surrounding • 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.
Zion National Park
Depart Bryce Canyon National Park on your bike this morning as you take a relaxed, beautiful ride through Red Canyon • 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, hike to Angel’s Landing, one of the top-rated hikes in the world, before checking into your lodging for the next two nights, Zion Lodge • Take the evening to enjoy dinner on your own and explore the artsy town of Springdale.
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.
Today, explore more of the wonders that Zion has to offer • 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.
Springdale / Las Vegas
Before you depart, enjoy 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 • We hope you’ll join us again soon!
** 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.
Arrival & Departure
Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your departure. Day one 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).
- Hiking: 2 to 6 miles per hike, easy to strenuous terrain.
- Biking: 10 to 30 miles per ride, easy to moderate terrain.
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.
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.
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.
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.1 Easy (1)
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.2 Moderately Easy (2)
"Life is Good" Expert
As Vice President of Operations at Austin Adventures, Kasey Austin can tell you the logistical ins and outs of every single trip. More than that, though, Kasey has lived and breathed most of the company’s featured destinations and will eagerly share her contagious passion for the transformational power of active travel. Kasey grew up in the adventure travel business; she knows the positive, lifelong impact of family travel, a quality that earned her the distinction of being named top family travel guide by Outside Magazine in 2014.