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Explore the Wonders of Bryce & Zion National Parks

Next Trip: October 2018
Trip Rating: Strenuous Maximum Daily mileage: 6-10
Terrain: Mountainous hikes with rocks and roots
Elevation gains: Up to 1,000 feet - altitudes higher than 5,000 feet

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For one magical week…

Zion’s Majestic Waterfalls

  • Explore Zion’s majestic mountains, waterfalls, and red-rock canyons
  • Wade knee-deep in the Virgin River between towering canyon walls
  • Hike amidst Bryce’s rock-spire fairyland
  • Soak in the Southwest’s fall artistry
  • Horseback ride through pristine wilderness and canyons
  • Discover the fun of rappelling and canyoneering
  • Relish great food, great laughter, and camaraderie
  • Make this bucket-list vacation happen

Discover gorgeous panoramas at Bryce

Day 1

Fly in to the airport in St. George, Utah, where we’ll meet your flight at 3PM. (Alternately, fly into Las Vegas and take a shuttle to St. George, where we?ll meet you. We?ll suggest shuttles and hotels.) Then tour Utah’s remarkable countryside as we drive to Bryce National Park, a fairyland of rock formations. Settle into the national park cabins, just a two-minute walk to amazing canyon-rim views. We’ll enjoy dinner together at the park lodge.

Bryce Hoodoos

Day 2

Trek 3.5 unforgettable miles on the Navajo/Queen’s Garden Loop through Bryce Canyon’s hoodoos... towering rock spires in a geologic fantasyland. Then, we’ll visit the park’s most picturesque overlooks, taking short walks to savor the views. Dinner at the lodge.

Ride through Bryce’s amazing scenery

Switchback up from our hike
among Bryce hoodoos

Day 3

At the canyon rim, watch the sun’s first morning rays play light shows with the hoodoos. Then enjoy a 3-mile hike at Fairyland Point for more spectacular hoodoo views ... OR mount up for an optional horseback ride on Thunder Mountain. This unforgettable ride switchbacks to the top of Red Canyon, where you’ll ride the mountain’s narrow backbone. (Recommended for those who have ridden at least once before.) Later, we’re off to jaw-dropping scenery as we drive to Zion National Park. There, don your hiking boots for the 1-mile Canyon Overlook hike that boasts breathtaking views and photos of Zion’s towering mountains and Virgin River winding along its canyon floor. Check into our lodge, with private balconies overlooking the majesty. Then enjoy dinner in the lodge.

 

Explore Zion’s unforgettable scenery

Day 4

Today’ 4-mile hike, ranked as one of the Southwest’s 10 best, offers incredible vistas of Zion Canyon … - and bragging rights. Follow switchbacks up Zion Canyon’s west wall and Walter’s Wiggles to breathtaking views at Scout Lookout. After our hike, savor free time to read on your balcony, hike a nearby trail, or visit Springdale&146;s great shops. We’ll enjoy dinner at the Bit & Spur Saloon, where yummy food and great ambience make it a local legend.

Hiking "The Narrows"

Day 5

National Geographic ranks The Narrows hike as #5 of America’s Best 100 Adventures. On this 5-mile hike, we’ll trek knee-deep in the Virgin River as it winds through narrow, sculpted-sandstone walls towering hundreds of feet on either side. (Water levels are carefully monitored to ensure safety.) We’ll dine at the Spotted Dog Cafe and then take a short night hike to gaze at Utah&$146;s amazing starlit skies.

Make memories and discover how
fun it is to canyoneer and rappel!

Day 6

Choose from two morning adventures: Take a hike on your own or with a friend through Zion’s lovely scenery. Or choose 3-4 hours of guided, beginner-level canyoneering with Zion Adventure Company: First, you’ll hike and rock scramble into a slot canyon. Then challenge yourself with 2-4 rappels down 20 to 80-foot canyon faces. You’ll be securely strapped into a harness, and assisted by experienced guides; no experience needed. This bucket-list adventure is a highlight for many of our hikers ... and offers great photo ops and "tales from the trails" stories for friends and family. Dinner will be at one of our guides’ favorite spots.

Savor exquisite scenery

Day 7

Say goodbye to Zion with a gorgeous sunrise. Join us for a short drive to see the sun’s rays light up the Towers of the Virgin, an iconic rock formation. Later, we’ll drive through the lovely Utah landscape, arriving at 10AM in St. George for your return flights and shuttles. You’ll go home with great stories, friendships, and a renewed love for the great outdoors.

Mule deer at Bryce

Sunrise over Bryce Canyon

Registration/Cost

The trip cost includes:

  • 2 days and nights at Bryce National Park’s lodge’s cozy cabins*, walking distance to amazing views and dining.
  • 4 days and nights in Zion National Park’s lodge*, in the heart of dramatic scenery and great hikes. Comfy rooms boast private balconies with beautiful views.
  • Guided hikes by experienced, knowledgeable female leaders who explain the area’s unique geologic and cultural heritage.
  • Transportation throughout the week.
  • Shuttles to and from St. George airport, within designated time frames.
  • Park entrance fees and permits.
  • Guided discussions that foster warm friendships and help you view nature and yourself in new ways.
  • Informational booklet packed with hiking and trip tips, as well as area info.
  • Photo CD memento of the trip.

*Price is based on double occupancy. A solo room upgrade is an additional $750, and dependent on room availability.

NOTE: Because the horseback ride and canyoneering adventure are optional, we have not included their cost in this price

  • When my wife stepped off the plane from the Utah trip and I looked into her eyes, I knew it was a great trip, and I was glad I was able to help and support her decision to go. The fellowship of the others and the daily activities she shared have kept that extra twinkle in her eye. ~Heido Ho’s husband
  • Absolutely amazing! What a wonderful trip! What wonderful women! What wonderful friends! ~Quinn
  • I loved our trip to Utah! Now it’s a highlight in my life’s journey. Thanks for going above and beyond to make this trip a very personal and fulfilling experience.
  • How very much I appreciate being a part of Trailbound’s trips. You truly are a Memory Maker. It is such a treat to get away, to be "pampered," and to enjoy all the beauty of nature, friendship, and sisterhood. ~Whisper
  • I can’t thank you enough for putting together such an awesome trip. Your company is top-notch and delivered more than anticipated!!! Hard to believe that a couple of weeks ago, I was transported into an "other-wordly" place, but the incredible photos (and the pink stain of Navajo sandstone on the bottom of my shoes) give me evidence that this was for real. I loved such incredible natural beauty in the company of really KOOL ladies. ~Peapod
  • Thank you for helping us to explore God’s beautiful creation — not only the mountains and rivers, but friendship as well.
  • What an amazing week it has been! I will treasure the memories forever.
  • You have given us memories we will never forget and experiences we could never imagine. ~Blaze
  • Thank you, thank you for every second of every day and for putting this amazing adventure together. My memories will last a lifetime.
  • Each day brought a new treasure, gave me a deeper appreciation for nature, offered new challenges I could meet, and opened my heart to other women’s stories, joys, and insights! ~Indian Paintbrush
  • Our Utah trip was the most amazing experience I have ever had. Every hike was so cool!!! The horseback riding was awesome!!! Walking in the Virgin River was beyond words. And the rappeling and rock scrambling were just as amazing!!! What an experience!! Thank you for everything! ~Blue Bird