Traverse unique landscapes while taking in stunning scenery on a Utah hiking trip through two national parks. Marvel at Bryce’s perpetually-balanced hoodoos and swooping natural arches, then travel to Zion to explore slot canyons and hanging gardens. Witness a myriad of colors – red earth, orange stone, pink rocks, and green ponderosa pines, and listen for the chatter of swallows as you stop to cool your feet in moss-lined pools. Take in stunning natural beauty amid an unforgiving setting of wind-polished stone and quick-flowing waters. Your Bryce Canyon hiking tour takes you past otherworldly rock formations and through winding canyons, while in Zion National Park 2,000-foot cliffs host an incredible variety of flora and fauna. In both parks you’ll discover sweeping vistas unlike any on Earth.
Bryce Canyon Lodge
A National Historic Landmark, the renovated 1920’s park lodge offers simple rooms, most with balconies, situated a few feet from the canyon rim at the heart of the national park.
Desert Pearl Inn
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.
|Exceptional boutique accommodations|
|All on-tour meals except 1 dinner|
|Local guides with you throughout tour|
|Local wine and/or beer with dinner|
|Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by One Call International|
Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.
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 studied the natural history of the Olympic Peninsula in college and has explored its jagged peaks and forested valleys as a wilderness traveler ever since. Eric has guided worldwide and pursues his parallel photography career documenting the planet’s native peoples and ecosystems, including a writing/photo project on the Olympic Peninsula’s Elwha River, which was part of the largest dam removal and watershed restoration project in US history. Eric often guides in our National Parks with his partner and co-guide Heather Harding.
Carolyn Beecher first started hiking in Acadia when she was 6 years old with the Appalachian Mountain Club, her family staying at the Echo Lake Camp on the west side of Mount Desert Island. The aroma of balsam fir, the taste of blueberries, and the expansive views of the ocean and islands from the granite summits of Acadia touch deep places within her. Eventually settling in Montana in 1980, she began as a guide in 1991 in Glacier National Park. Her excitement about sharing our national parks’ remarkable ecology, history, beauty, and peace with you cannot be missed. Carolyn will encourage you to relax your mind, open your senses, and have fun in the present moment.