Zion National Park & Grand Canyon Rim to Rim
September 28 - October 3, 2019
(6 days, 5 nights; Sat - Thu)Alternate Tour Dates
Includes all lodging, all meals, park entrance fees, van shuttles, leaders, trail maps and narratives. Note that private lodging is not available for our night at Phantom Ranch.
Las Vegas, NV
*IMPORTANT NOTE: This tour starts in Las Vegas and ends in Flagstaff
Timberline van shuttle is included from Las Vegas to Zion and from the Grand Canyon to Flagstaff.
Not included: Airline service to McCarran International Airport; Guide Gratuity.
Hotel 8:00 am
“Absolutely Fantastic! From start to finish a great tour!! From the super awesome guides to the perfect transportation to the great choice of lodging, it couldn’t have been better!! Can’t wait for my next trip!!” Sue S.
This tour combines two of the most scenic and challenging national parks in the southwest: a trip to the heart of Utah’s “color country” at Zion National Park, and a bucket list trip to the bottom of the Grand Canyon for a stay in the fabled Phantom Ranch cabins. These two parks comprise a geologic dreamland that offers some of the most fascinating and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes to be found on this planet. Nowhere is nature’s workshop so dramatically displayed, where time is inconsequential and the artistry will always be a work in progress. We start our tour in Zion, a park distinguished by canyons, steep red cliffs, deep chasms, forested trails, waterfalls, a hanging garden, and The Narrows wading hike. It may seem impossible to top the vistas encountered in Zion – until you reach the North Rim of the Grand Canyon to look across the 10 mile chasm that drops over a mile to the mighty Colorado River below. Prepare yourself for the breathtaking descent into the Grand Canyon, from the ponderosa forests at the rim through the layers of Kaibab limestone, Coconino sandstone and Hermit shale to the Colorado at the base of the Canyon. The variety within the Canyon is overwhelming. The land forms, the colors, the spectacular vistas, that first sighting of the Colorado – every step is its own visual and sensual adventure.
It is important to note that this tour is our most challenging itinerary with elevation gains and loses in the thousands, long distances and steep dropoffs. Plan to come prepared mentally and physically for the most enjoyment of this truly spectacular area.
|Day 1||Assemble Las Vegas, transfer to Zion National Park: The Narrows of the Virgin River - Orderville Canyon||5|
|Day 2||Zion National Park: Observation Point||8|
|Day 3||Zion National Park: Angels' Landing; van shuttle to North Rim of the Grand Canyon||5|
|Day 4||Hike to the Colorado River (floor of the Grand Canyon) - North Kaibab Trail: (6400-foot descent); overnight lodging at Phantom Ranch||14|
|Day 5||Hike to the South Rim - Bright Angel Trail; overnight lodging on South Rim, celebratory dinner||8|
|Day 6||Hike the West Rim Trail, return to Flagstaff||4.6|