Zion & Bryce Canyon Desert Adventure
Spend five days exploring two very different canyons in the southwestern desert – Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks.
April 19 – April 23, 2023
October 4 – October 8, 2023
Hiking & Interpretive Tours
Medically-trained, naturalist guides
Round-trip transportation from SLC
Glamping Tent Reservations & Fees
Park entry fees
Gratuity for your guide
Sleeping bag (available to rent for $50)
Personal camping gear (see pack list)
This adventure hits the highlights of Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. Hike to spectacular long canyon views, trudge through rivers, admire various rock formations and gaze up at the hoodoos. Your nights are spent in relative luxury as you glamp in canvas tents.
The experience was amazing. I tend to be independent wanting to go my own way but oh how I have shifted. The guides, Alex and Matt, know where to go and when so we could really enjoy the parks and hikes. They are full of insightful information about history, nature, and geography. The food, picnics, and organization was all so well done. I didn’t have to worry about anything. The views were amazing and Alex and Matt delighted in making sure we saw and experienced the best of everything the parks had to offer. The hikes were the perfect challenge to allow me to feel so satisfied about a day outside. It was such a wonderful experience with Good Trip Adventures. Thank you!
The best times of year to hike in the deserts of Utah are during early Spring from late February to May, and the fall months of September through to early November. The summer months can be oppressively hot and not ideal for hiking. Daytime temperatures in spring and fall are usually from 60° to 80°F (16°-27°C) and nights are cool. In the early fall you should be prepared for the odd afternoon thunderstorm.
Good Trippers can be any age but most of our travelers are in their 30s – 50s.
We get families, couples and friends, but most of our travelers come solo! We have trips for all abilities, just make sure to review the Intensity section for information about what to expect on your trip.
All public trips are 18+. If you’re traveling with kids, we’d be happy to make any itinerary private! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intensity – Moderate
Expect to spend 3-6 hours walking or hiking over the course of the day (and, yes there will be elevation change) while carrying day packs with water and snacks! Suitable for most fit people with a bit of hiking experience.
- Four nights of glamping in canvas tents at East Zion Resort
- Pricing is based on double occupancy accomodations
Your guide will meet you at Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City, Utah at 11:00 am on Day 1, so please book a flight that arrives by 10 am. Alternatively, you can be collected at your accommodation in Salt Lake City at 9:30am if you are already in town.
Your trip ends back at Salt Lake City International Airport at around 4:00 pm on Day 5. Please book a flight that leaves after 6:00PM to ensure you have enough time to check-in. Alternatively you can be dropped at your accommodation in Salt Lake City if you are staying on.
Your host will meet you at Salt Lake City Airport where you’ll jump in the van, meet your guides, and fellow group. After a quick stop in town for lunch, you’ll review the week’s itinerary before making the quick 4 hour drive to Springdale, Utah. Upon arrival, you’ll warm up your legs with an early evening hike before checking into your glamping tents.
In the evening you’ll have dinner with the group while your guide gives you a heads-up on the big hike tomorrow. Don’t forget to check out the stars before bed!
Meals: L, D
Alarm clocks will be ringing early this morning as you wake up before the sun to head straight out into Zion – Originally named Mukuntuweap by the Paiute, meaning straight canyon. You’ll gain a full understanding of this as you begin the Narrows Bottom Up Hike, walking through the Virgin River. After lunch, you’ll take a series of short hikes along different trails to see a selection of these incredible formations including the Emerald Pools: a desert oasis. Your hikes are set against a constant backdrop of bright red rock, and lush green plant life against the deep blue sky – an iconic southwestern sight.
Meals: B, L, D
*Narrows Hike is tentatively scheduled per weather. If the hike is closed, an alternative route will be selected.
Enjoy a quick breakfast, before heading over to Bryce Canyon National Park, the place where redrock and the forest meet. You’ll hike amongst the Queen herself- the only named Hoodoo within the park. This hike is challenging but you’ll be rewarded with amazing views of the red rock hoodoos- feeling fully immersed in the landscape. After lunch, enjoy a few short hikes to epic views with a never ending horizon. End the night with smores near the campfire.
Meals: B, L, D
After breakfast, you’ll make your way back into Zion National Park for a quick hike to Scout’s Overlook- an epic site offering amazing views overlooking the canyon. Keep your eyes peeled for California Condors- the largest North American Bird, who are often seen nesting nearby. After lunch, gear up for a thrilling canyoneering adventure. You’ll spend the afternoon traversing through slot canyons, rappelling , down-climbing, stemming, and in some cases wading or swimming! This activity is suitable for most with hiking experience and is considered a beginner friendly course.
Meals: B, L, D
Enjoy a final sunrise in the desert before it’s time to pack up. You’ll have breakfast in town and take one one hike before having to say “until next time” before returning to Salt Lake City for your departing flight.
Meals: B, L
- Required Gear
- Day pack (15-30 liters recommended)
- Luggage (can be left in the vehicle, 1 small suitcase per person)
- Sleeping bag (also available to rent)
- Pack cover
- Reusable water bottles or bladders (3L total capacity)
- Recommended Gear and personal items
- Cotton or silk sleeping bag liner (optional, recommended if renting)
- Travel pillow
- Insect repellent
- Toiletries (please choose biodegradable and scent-free items)
- Small, personal first aid kit (including blister treatment)
- Small, quick dry towel
- Required Clothing
- Warm jacket (down, puffy, fleece)
- Rain jacket or shell
- Breathable wicking base layers
- Lightweight hiking pants
- Warm clothes to sleep in
- Warm hat
- Sun hat with a brim
- Wool socks (1 pair per day of trip)
- Hiking boots
- Recommended Clothing
- Rain pants
- Buff or neck scarf
- Comfortable clothes for camp
- Sandals or camp shoes