Our home state of Arizona and northern neighbor Utah are superb destinations for spring and fall hiking, and our Arizona-Utah hiking tour to the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion is one highlight after the next at the most spectacular National Parks in the US Southwest. This tour is lodge-based, spending one night in Flagstaff, one night at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and two nights apiece at Bryce and Zion National Parks. Each day we’ll enjoy some of the finest hiking in the Southwest on our scenic hour dayhikes.
Meeting in Flagstaff, Arizona, we’ll split out time at 3 gorgeous inns near each park, taking memorable dayhikes each day. Colorful spires, hidden waterfalls, narrow canyons and soaring rock walls make every day a highlight. Our typical day starts with breakfast at our hotel. Soon we’ll be out on the trail, exploring each of these parks in depth. Each morning, you’ll be handed a lunch to carry, and at a mid-point along the way we’ll choose a beautiful spot to stop and enjoy our picnic. We should finish our hike around 4 pm, giving you time to wash up, relax, or perhaps do a bit of shopping in town. After that, we’ll enjoy dinner together at our hotel or another local restaurant, often local southwest specialties and always delicious!
This tour can be combined with our Northern Arizona Highlights tour for a longer, 2-week Southwest tour, with a $300 discount for combining two tours. Please ask if you are interested.
Our specific hikes will be decided by the group and the leaders during your tour, but here is a sample of what to expect:
Flagstaff - Fly to Phoenix and take a shuttle to Flagstaff, or fly directly to Flagstaff. We’ll meet in the evening for a nice dinner and talk about the trip to come.
Grand Canyon – We’ll leaving early in the morning by van to our to our first hiking destination, the Grand Canyon North Rim.
Bryce – After a leisurely morning, we’ll transfer north by van to Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce is known for it’s otherworldly amphitheaters of colorful hoodoos (spires) and natural bridges.
Bryce – There are many options in Bryce Canyon itself, but we may select an even wilder hike in the nearby Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Zion – Today we discover Zion National Park, a stunning park with orange-red canyon walls that tower over 3000′ above the canyon floor.
Zion – Another of Zion’s classic hikes leads through the Zion narrows. Wading through the Virgin River (sometimes up to your thighs), this hike is a unique and challenging opportunity to hike through a impressive and narrow gorge, with waterfalls, hanging gardens and memories galore.
depart – After breakfast, we’ll return to Flagstaff where you can continue on to your post-tour destinations.