Welcome to Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks


Geology

Perhaps nowhere else in the Southwest can compete with southern Utah when it comes to the sheer number of geological works of art. Soaring pinnacles and arches, dizzyingly deep canyons and rainbow-colored, alien-looking rocks are all par for the course. The bones of the earth – and the powerful natural processes that shape them – are laid bare. Take the time to observe the different-colored layers stacked one upon the other: Kayenta, Navajo, Temple Cap, Carmel. These are snapshots of the planet's distant past, and an amazing opportunity to take in the work of 240 million years in a single glance.

Adventure

There's no better way to get a feel for this red-rock wonderland than by having some fun. Serious fun. Whatever your sport, there's a good chance that Utah sets a pretty high standard. Hikes lead to majestic freestanding arches, secret oases, desert labyrinths and exposed traverses across narrow fins. Canyoneers rappel into the earth's wrinkles to explore dark, mystical passageways filled with adventure. Moab's slick-rock trails set the standard for mountain biking decades ago, while desert spires and mighty big walls are the envy of rock climbers around the world.

Scenic Drives

Though southern Utah's majestic parklands are hardly drive-by attractions, scenic roads abound. In fact, they're an essential part of your journey here in canyon country, whether you're driving, cycling, riding the park shuttles in Zion and Bryce or negotiating a teeth-rattling, nerve-wracking 4WD road in the rugged backcountry. And if there are moments when you feel as if you've seen that view before in a Hollywood film, it's because you probably have. Up that road less traveled, adventure awaits in one of America's last great wildernesses.

Wilderness

You could spend weeks immersed in the national parks and monuments. But then you'd be missing out on some of the most memorable places, from arty, alternative-minded towns like Moab to Native American tribal lands and sites where prehistoric denizens made their mark. Detours are always worthwhile here, whether for an earthy plate of organic, farm-fresh food or to capture another top-of-the-world vista. Local state parks (Snow Canyon, Goblin Valley) and wilderness areas (Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs) deserve consideration, as do off-the-grid wild areas found in Grand Staircase–Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments.


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$125 Outdoor Activities

Rock Climbing and Canyoneering near Zion National Park

Pre-expedition training is a key part of the excursion and your guides will cover important safety and equipment tips. All participants will be instructed in all procedures, as well as thoroughly inspected to ensure that everyone is prepared and safe. Your trip includes expert training, transportation and gear, including helmet, harness, equipment, shoes and wetsuits if required. Learn about safety and equipment, belaying and rappelling, climbing and canyoneering ethics and techniques, all while being looked after by a professional guide. Your guides will pick you up at your hotel or designated meeting place around Zion National Park, and from there shuttle you to the climbing or canyoneering spot. A half-day trip lasts from 4-5 hours including travel time. Wear layers (jacket, hat etc.) that can be removed as needed depending on the weather, shoes with good tread (bulky hiking boots not recommended). Bring also 1-2 quarts of water per person, snacks and energy bars. There will be a moderate approach or hike to access the canyon or climbing areas. Lastly, enjoy the beautiful views from the top!

$1300 Classes & Workshops

Balance and Breathe Beginner Yoga Retreat in Utah

You'll stay at the Zion Ridge Family Lodge, a luxury vacation home complete with all the amenities needed to unwind and relax. From lounging in the hot tub, to enjoying the downstairs game room, to chatting with others in front of the fireplace, you’ll have everything needed to connect and enjoy each other’s company. Check-in from 4pm-6pm (Mountain Standard Time) Enjoy beginner yoga classes daily and discover yoga basics Horseback Riding Campfire & S’mores Creative Workshops to Take Away Stress Listen to Inspirational Speakers Wine Yoga Classic Dutch Oven Dinner in Zion’s Backyard Sunday  Check-out 11am (Mountain Standard Time)

$3399 Classic

National Parks & Bright Lights

From the Golden Gate Bridge to glowing canyon walls at sunset, this trip captures the beauty of the cities and wilderness of the western U.S. It’s perfect for the traveller looking to breathe in the scent of the sequoias of Yosemite by day but wanting the comforts of a hotel at night. Prepare yourself for otherworldly hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park and desert scenery in Death Valley — the lowest spot on the continent — before taking an optional helicopter ride above the incomparable Grand Canyon. You won’t just visit the West Coast, you’ll live it.

18-to-Thirtysomethings

Canyon Country & Coasts – Las Vegas to San Francisco

Speckled with national parks, bustling cities, natural treasures, and must-see monuments, the Southwest – America’s great wide open – is a living postcard. On this trip, you’ll venture from Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon to the Pacific Coast of California, camp outdoors, and reconnect with the most picturesque side of this great country. Paired up with an attentive and knowledgeable CEO, this trip is perfect for nature-minded travellers eager to see the best of the Southwest in a short period of time.

18-to-Thirtysomethings

Camping America's West

Think every trail in the Great American West has been blazed by now? Think again, partner. Spread across 21 glorious days, this trip takes you on an incredible loop from beautiful San Francisco and back again with stops in Yosemite, Las Vegas, San Diego, and LA along the way. In between, you’ll have the chance to take a dip in the Pacific, raft the Colorado River, hike the Grand Canyon, and stretch out under star-filled skies in the region’s top national parks. Three weeks of your life, a memory forever.

$2799 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Los Angeles to Seattle Road Trip

With so many hot spots in America's Western states, it can be hard to decide where to hit. So we've done all the hard work for you with a 21-day road trip that crosses a host of destinations off your list, keeping time and your budget in mind. Start off on a glamorous note with the glitz of Los Angeles and Las Vegas before venturing to incredible national parks (Joshua Tree, Zion, Grand Canyon). The best of the west awaits.