Map of Hiking in Zion and the Grand Canyon including United States Of America

Discover the best of the Southwest on foot

Calling all adventure seekers – a land of yawning canyons, inspiring trails and rushing rivers awaits. Over five days, explore the most thrilling bits of Utah and Arizona on foot as you venture into Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon’s North Rim. With two leaders by your side, you’ll not only learn about the landscapes you traverse, but also be let in on local secrets, including lesser-known known hiking trails and hidden viewpoints. The Southwest doesn’t get better than this.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Saint George, United States
Finish
Saint George, United States
Destination
United States
Style
Original
Theme
Walking & Trekking
Code
SKXN
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 13

Why you'll love this trip

  • Lace up your boots and discover the unique landscapes of Zion National Park in Utah and the dramatic formations of Arizona’s Grand Canyon.

  • Zion National Park is a playground of natural wonders – explore highlights and hidden gems including Scout Lookout, Emerald Pools and the iconic Virgin River Narrows hike.

  • The lesser-known treasures of the Grand Canyon’s North Rim await – with only 10% of the visitation the South Rim receives, you’ll enjoy big views without the big crowds.

  • It’s important to be energised for your adventures – that’s why a lot of meals are included on this adventure. Sunset dinner at a viewpoint overlooking the Grand Canyon is one meal you won’t forget!

  • With two experienced leaders to guide the way, you’ll have access to little-visited trails, as well as the option to split into two groups based on interests or difficulty.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a walking trip; a good fitness level will help you enjoying all included walks and activities.

  • On our final day we will reach St. George between 5 pm and 6 pm. This night’s accommodation is not included so please plan your departure accordingly, or pre-book a post-tour night.

  • There is some driving included in this trip, up to 3 hours.

  • This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

Itinerary

Welcome to St. George, Utah! This Southwestern city rubs shoulders with Arizona and is known for a flourishing arts scene and friendly locals. Your adventure begins with a 5pm welcome meeting at your hotel, where you’ll be joined by your local leaders and fellow travellers. If you arrive early, you may like to take a stroll through the city’s historic downtown, dotted with interesting heritage buildings. After your meeting, join your leaders and group for dinner at a local restaurant and enjoy your first taste of Southwestern cuisine.
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Leave St. George in the rear-view mirror and drive into the wild landscapes of Zion National Park (approximately 1.5 hours). Decorated with sandstone formations, desert rivers and box canyons, the scenery here is simply incomparable. Your first hike is along a lesser-known trail through the lower canyon – a perfect introduction to the geologic wonders of the park. Take a short break then hop aboard the Zion shuttle, taking you up-canyon to your next trailhead. This next hike is sure to be one you’ll never forget – head up to Scout Lookout and admire unrivalled views of the dramatic canyon system below. Follow trails along the canyon walls, providing a fantastic vantage point over the canyon floor. Emerge at the serene Emerald Pools, named for their glorious green tones, then descend to the lawn of the historic Zion Lodge and sit down to a late picnic lunch. After lunch, head down-canyon and grab your hiking gear for tomorrow’s walk in the Virgin River Narrows, then retire to your hotel for the evening.
Included Activities
  • Zion NP - Scout Lookout and Emerald Pools Hike
  • Zion NP - Historic Zion Lodge Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today's hike is approximately 5 miles/8km.
The Virgin River Narrows hike is perhaps the most iconic and beloved in Zion National Park, passing by many scenes that could only be found in Zion. Kick things off with a gentle stroll down the paved River Trail – flanked by water on the left and a towering cliff face on the right, this trail allows you to appreciate the natural forces that sculpted the canyon below. Walk beneath the shade of cottonwoods and hanging gardens until the path vanishes – it’s time to get your feet wet! Donning your seasonally appropriate water gear, enter the river. It can take a while to find your feet in this new environment, but you’ll soon find hiking in moving water to be a fun and thrilling experience! Walk 1.5 miles up river to your turnaround point at Orderville Canyon, stopping to enjoy some lunch and snap some pictures of the soaring walls of the Narrows before returning downstream. Then, say goodbye to Utah as you set off for the next leg of your journey, travelling to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona (approximately 2.5 hours). On arrival, settle into your lodge for a well deserved relaxing evening.
Included Activities
  • Zion NP - Virgin River Narrows Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today's hike is approximately 5 miles/8km.
It’s surprising that the Grand Canyon’s North Rim isn’t better known, receiving just 10% of the visitors of the super popular South Rim. This is great for you though, as it means you’ll have the chance to explore the dramatic landscapes the Grand Canyon is so famous for without jostling with crowds. Begin your discoveries of the region with a remote and little-explored trail, enjoying the cool climate that the North Rim’s 8000 ft altitude affords it. Walk beneath forests of pine towards a spectacular peninsula that juts over the edge of the canyon, providing unbeatable panoramic views. This spot is the Grand Canyon’s best kept secret, so you won’t need to compete with hoards of tourists to get that perfect pic. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, the group will have the option to venture another mile or two into the canyon. Once the hiking is wrapped up for the day, head to a viewpoint along the North Rim and make the most of your incredible location by enjoying a sunset dinner prepared by your leaders – this is one sunset that will be burned on your mind forever!
Included Activities
  • Grand Canyon - North Rim Solitude Hike
  • Grand Canyon - Sunset Outdoor Dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today's hike is approximately 7 miles/11km with a 1200-2400 ft elevation loss/gain.
Are you tired of breathtaking views yet? Didn’t think so! After breakfast this morning, take a short hike to Bright Angel Point and come face to face with one of the most remarkable views on the North Rim. You’ll then set off on your final hike along the revered North Kaibib Trail towards the scenic Coconino Overlook. After your hike, swing by the Grand Canyon Lodge, balanced on the edge of the North Rim. Enormous windows allow you to look into the depths of the canyon one last time – the perfect opportunity to reminisce with your group about all you’ve seen and accomplished on your journey. After lunch, drive back to St. George (approximately 3 hours), where on arrival your adventure will come to an end.
Included Activities
  • Grand Canyon - North Kaibab Trail to Coconino Overlook Hike
  • Grand Canyon - Lodge visit
  • Grand Canyon - Bright Angel Point Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today's hike is approximately 5 miles/8km.

Meals

4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights)

Included activities

  • Zion NP - Scout Lookout and Emerald Pools Hike
  • Zion NP - Historic Zion Lodge Visit
  • Zion NP - Virgin River Narrows Hike
  • Grand Canyon - North Rim Solitude Hike
  • Grand Canyon - Sunset Outdoor Dinner
  • Grand Canyon - North Kaibab Trail to Coconino Overlook Hike
  • Grand Canyon - Lodge visit
  • Grand Canyon - Bright Angel Point Hike

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Important notes

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1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. This trip starts in Saint George on Day 1 at 5pm. This allows time after the welcome meeting to explore Saint George. Please see Joining Point Hotel listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary.
3. This trip finishes in Saint George on Day 5 at the same location as the joining point. Please do not book any flights until after 8pm this evening.
4. Please note on some days the group will split and hike in two smaller sub-groups, each with one, experienced and fully qualified guide.

Essential trip information

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