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Guided Walking : North America

Utah: Bryce & Zion Canyons

Moderate Terrain: 2-8 Miles Daily

Encounter the best of Utah in two national parks, exploring Bryce’s pink-limestone hoodoos and swooping natural arches before moving on to Zion’s sandstone slot canyons and lush hanging gardens. In this landscape of undulating slickrock and quick-flowing water, you’ll discover a rich palette of red earth and wind-polished stone accented by the green of ponderosa pines. Along shaded walks, you’ll hear the chatter of violet-green swallows and cool your feet in moss-lined pools. Bryce Canyon offers otherworldly rock formations flecked with fossils, staggering views of the Aquarius Plateau and Navajo Mountain, and stands of bristlecone pine, some of the oldest trees in the Western Hemisphere. Zion is a geological wonder, with soaring 2,000-foot cliffs, gracefully curving walls of orange stone, and an incredible variety of flora and fauna—from peregrine falcons to desert bighorn sheep and the Zion snail. In both parks, you’ll enjoy the daily spectacle of sunset: golden light painting carved crimson cliffs, deep-blue rivers, and vistas unlike any on Earth.


Tour Highlights:
  • Descend from the rim down into the heart of Bryce Canyon on foot, while observing stunning views of the natural amphitheaters and unique rock formations as you go.
  • Enjoy the frontier beauty of Springdale, your home for three nights, and meet local artisans in their galleries as you venture out into town.
  • With your expert guides, discover the Puebloan legacy of the region, learning how this ancient tribe survived in this extreme climate and perhaps spotting their rock art along the way.
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6 days, 5 nights

FROM $3,398 USD

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Your Tour Includes:

  • All meals except one dinner
  • Local wine and/or beer with dinner
  • Exceptional boutique accommodations
  • Local Guide(s) with you 24/7

Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Arrival in St. George

Snow Canyon; 2-3 miles, easy to moderate. Transfer to Bryce Canyon National Park. Fairyland Rim Trail; 3 miles, easy to moderate

Your guide(s) will meet you at the Inn on the Cliff at 8:00 a.m. in the lobby. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking.

Explore the Snow Canyon and Kolob Canyon Trail en route to Bryce Canyon National Park. Here, you walk the Fairyland Rim Trail, passing colorful hoodoos on your way to your lodge.

Accommodation: Bryce Canyon Lodge, Bryce Canyon National Park

A National Historic Landmark, the renovated 1920s park lodge offers simple rooms, most with balconies, situated a few feet from the canyon rim at the heart of the national park.

Day 2

Bryce Point to Sunset Point

3-4 miles, moderate, 700-1,000-ft. elevation gain; Queen’s Garden Loop and Navajo Loop; 3 miles, easy to moderate, 500-ft. elevation gain; 1 mile, easy. Shorter option: Bristlecone Loop via Rainbow and Yovimpa Points; 1 mile, easy

Start today’s walk on the rim of the canyon, with views of Bryce Point, Bryce Amphitheater, and the Paria River Valley beyond. After lunch, follow the Queen’s Garden Loop and Navajo Loop from your lodge past Twin Bridges to the canyon floor and back.

Accommodation: Bryce Canyon Lodge, Bryce Canyon National Park

A National Historic Landmark, the renovated 1920s park lodge offers simple rooms, most with balconies, situated a few feet from the canyon rim at the heart of the national park.

Day 3

Transfer to Zion National Park

Optional sunrise walk: Bryce Point to Sunset Point; 2 miles, easy; Canyon Overlook Trail; 1 mile, moderate; Emerald Pools Trail; 3 miles, easy to moderate

After an optional sunrise walk from Bryce Point to Sunset Point, you transfer to Zion National Park, stopping en route to hike the Canyon Overlook Trail. At Zion, hike the Emerald Pools Trail, passing a series of pools on your way to a scenic waterfall.

Accommodation: Desert Pearl Inn, Springdale

Local stone, Douglas fir beams, and reclaimed redwood are architecturally designed to create a perfect setting at the gates of Zion National Park. The inn’s spacious and stylishly decorated rooms have balconies overlooking the Virgin River and surrounding cliffs. A swimming pool and hot tub are welcome at day’s end.

Day 4

Echo Canyon

4 miles, moderate, 1,000-ft. elevation gain; or Echo Canyon plus Observation Point, 8 miles, challenging, 2,000-ft. elevation gain

Stroll through the beautiful “hanging gardens” of Echo Canyon, enjoying views of nearby Cable Mountain, before considering an optional walk to the lookouts of Observation Point. Tonight’s farewell dinner is at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Desert Pearl Inn, Springdale

Local stone, Douglas fir beams, and reclaimed redwood are architecturally designed to create a perfect setting at the gates of Zion National Park. The inn’s spacious and stylishly decorated rooms have balconies overlooking the Virgin River and surrounding cliffs. A swimming pool and hot tub are welcome at day’s end.

Day 5

Riverside Walk

2 miles, easy; Scout’s Lookout and West Rim Trail view point, 5 miles, moderate, 1,500-ft. elevation gain; or the Narrows, 3-5 miles, moderate, water-level dependent

Set off on a winding trail through Refrigerator Canyon and the switchbacks of Walter’s Wiggles on your way to the spectacular Scout’s Lookout. Here, you’ll savor a picnic lunch beneath ponderosa pines. Dinner tonight is on your own.

Accommodation: Desert Pearl Inn, Springdale

Local stone, Douglas fir beams, and reclaimed redwood are architecturally designed to create a perfect setting at the gates of Zion National Park. The inn’s spacious and stylishly decorated rooms have balconies overlooking the Virgin River and surrounding cliffs. A swimming pool and hot tub are welcome at day’s end.

Day 6

Red Cliffs archaeological site

2 miles, easy to moderate

Round out your adventure at the Red Cliffs archaeological site, where Ancestral Puebloans built settlements from 600 to 1200 AD. Then, enjoy lunch at an organic restaurant, followed by a complimentary transfer to the St. George Regional Airport or Inn on the Cliff.

Dates & Prices

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Guides

Guides

Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.

Heather Harding

Heather Harding has been guiding for many years on both Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, where she lives, and in the canyons and plateaus of the Southwest, where she earned college degrees in biology and Southwest Studies. Heather brings a world-wide background of whale research and Waldorf teaching to her guiding. During the winters, Heather leads People to People tours in Cuba with her partner and frequent co-guide Eric Kessler.

Eric Kessler
Eric Kessler

One of our most veteran guides, Eric Kessler has guided for CW for over twenty years! As a wilderness traveler during his college years, he began his explorations of the Southwest and has been drawn to the region ever since. First running field studies programs in Utah’s National Parks, Eric has guided walking tours in the canyons for over 10 years. When not guiding, he pursues his parallel photography career documenting the planet’s native peoples and ecosystems and has a particular interest in the fragile and sometimes elusive presence of water in the desert areas he loves. Eric often guides with his partner and CW guide Heather Harding.

Tim Smith

Although Tim Smith’s vocation is teaching, his passion is the outdoors. Currently he divides his time between Vermont where he resides, and the Southwest where he spends his free time hiking the canyons and mesas. A self-taught naturalist, Tim truly looks forward to sharing his passion for the Southwest with CW guests on our Utah tour. Tim can be found hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing, or skiing during his free time.

Clint Fries

Clint Fries has been guiding adventurers and sharing his curiosity, love, and stewardship for the natural world for over two decades. His own sense of adventure has led him to accompany groups in locations ranging from Big Bend National Park, to Alaska, and the Arctic. In addition to guiding walking tours in Utah, he enjoys spending time with his family in the home he built on a windswept bluff outside Flagstaff, Arizona.

Carolyn Beecher CW Walking Tour Guide
Carolyn Beecher

Carolyn Beecher has guided, hiked, backpacked, and canyoneered in the Utah canyon country since the mid-1970s, appreciating the geological drama and the cultural remnants of first people’s lives. Although this part of the west lures her frequent visits, Carolyn has made her home in MT where she guides our CW Glacier tours since they were first offered in 1999. Through the winter she makes her living in the map business and caretakes a piece of land in the foothills of the Mission Mountains near Flathead Lake.

Marsha Holland

Marsha Holland is a professional guide and historian with a background in forestry, mapping, search and rescue operations, and motherhood! She lives at the foot of Bryce Canyon with her husband where they raised their two sons. Marsha is a good listener, prioritizing both fun and safety in her guiding. During the school year, she works as a substitute teacher in Tropic, Utah. She is also a Master Naturalist in desert environments with a lifelong interest in exercise and nutrition. As a founding member of the Bryce Community Foundation, she supports healthy southern Utah communities.

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