Our program assembles in the morning in Las Vegas on Day 1 and from there we’ll shuttle north towards Bryce. We stop in Red Canyon for an introduction hike that will give you a taste of the spectacular scenery to come. We’ll continue our journey to Bryce National Park in time to get introduced to the park. We’ll tour several of the overlooks along the Rim Trail. We’ll spend our first of two evenings at the long standing Ruby Inn in Bryce Canyon City.
The morning of Day 2 we’ll begin our trek into the canyon along the Queens Garden trail complex. Early into this hike, you’ll understand that those who view Bryce only from the rim overlooks cannot best experience the park. Each bend in the trail reveals a view more spectacular than the last. The towering hoodoos and peek-a-boo windows are everywhere. Before we’re finished, we will have explored not only Queens Garden, but also the entire Navajo and Peekaboo Loops and returned to the rim through awesome Wall Street (8 miles).
We’ll hike the Fairyland Loop (9 miles) on Day 3 with its magnificent views of the Sinking Ship, Tower Bridge, and the Chinese Wall and then head to Zion National Park where we’ll spend the next three days and nights.
Without a doubt, Zion is a hiker’s fantasy with a large and varied selection of trails that will captivate the imagination of participants of all levels. On Day 4, we’ll visit The Narrows of the Virgin River. We’ll wade through the shallow river bed upstream at least far enough to sense the awesome beauty of this narrow corridor through which the Virgin flows (3 miles).
On Day 5, we’ll climb from the floor of Zion Canyon through Echo Canyon to awesome Observation Point, the highest accessible promontory in Zion. The views from Observation Point are incredible. Far below, the Virgin River winds through Zion Canyon towards its ultimate rendezvous with the Colorado; massive sandstone temples line the Virgin corridor. From our vantage point, we look down on famed Angels Landing with its swarms of hikers (8 miles). (Note: This trail is temporarily closed due to a large rock slide. We will monitor the situation and may need to choose an alternate hike)
The Zion experience requires a visit to fabled Angels Landing and that’s our plan on our final day (5 miles). It is a true experience and one you will remember for a long time. After a final lunch in the area, we’ll then return to Las Vegas where our Bryce/Zion Hiking Tour concludes.