3-day Grand Staircase-Escalante & Bryce Canyon Hiking Trip

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Activity
Hiking
Destination
Bryce Canyon National ParkGrand Staircase-EscalanteUtah
Tour Length
3 days, 2 nights
Accommodations
Basecamping
Guide Type
Guided
Difficulty
Moderate

AOA is now a part of the REI Co-op and in 2020 this trip will no longer be available. You can book a similar trip directly through REI. It will still be operated by the same great guides who call the Southwest home.

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Join our guided weekend hiking tour in Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument and Bryce Canyon National Park for 3 days of camping and exploring Southern Utah’s most unique geological features. Perfect for groups of friends, active families, and single travelers, this guided adventure provides comfortable camping in Kodachrome Basin State Park, hiking in Bryce Canyon National Park, access to iconic and hard-to-reach wilderness hikes in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, high adventure, and all logistics. Group gear, food, permits, and the complex details are taken care of, so you can relax and enjoy your vacation.

What's Included

AOA is now a part of the REI Co-op and in 2020 this trip will no longer be available. You can book a similar trip directly through REI. It will still be operated by the same great guides who call the Southwest home.

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Permits & Land Use Fees Include

  • Escalante National Monument commercial fees
  • Bryce Canyon National Park commercial fees

Not Included ​​​​​​​

  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Air/ground transportation to and from meeting location
  • Pre- or post-trip lodging
  • Breakfast Day 1, Dinner Day 3
  • Tent (available to rent from AOA)
  • Sleeping pad (available to rent from AOA)
  • Sleeping bag (available to rent from AOA)
  • Day hiking pack (available to rent from AOA)
  • Gratuities to AOA Guides

Upgrades + Additions

Gear Rental

  • 4-Person Basecamping Tent ($45 per tent)
  • Inflatable sleeping pad ($25 per, sleeping pads add insulation and are required on AOA trips)
  • Sleeping bag and linen set rental ($25 per bag/set)
  • 30 to 40 liter daypack ($15 per pack)
  • Trekking poles (complimentary upon request)

Optional Additions

  • Purchase: 3-liter Camelbak reservoir/bladder ($35 per)
Optional upgrades, additions, and rentals subject to tax (8.05%).

Rates

Rates

  • TOUR PRICE $ 1,125 pp 1,125 pp
  • +Permits & Land Fees $ 33 pp* 33 pp

*Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure

2020 Rates

  • Trip not offered in 2020 $

*Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure

AOA is now a part of the REI Co-op and in 2020 this trip will no longer be available. You can book a similar trip directly through REI. It will still be operated by the same great guides who call the Southwest home.

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Dates

AOA is now a part of the REI Co-op and in 2020 this trip will no longer be available. You can book a similar trip directly through REI. It will still be operated by the same great guides who call the Southwest home.

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After meeting our guides and fellow hikers, we drive north from Las Vegas to Cedar Breaks National Monument, for a high-elevation preview hike on the Rampant Trail where we stretch our legs, dial in our hiking gear and day packs, and watch for marmots. Following lunch at a scenic overlook in Cedar Breaks, we drive past quaint mountain villages, lakes, and ancient volcanic formations on our way to our new home away from home.

This afternoon we arrive at Kodachrome Basin State Park. Our camp will be surrounded by a palette of warm shades of red, yellow, pink, white and brown which, against the deep blue sky and rare green vegetation. This led the National Geographic Society to name the area Kodachrome Basin (with the consent of the Kodak Film Corporation). The park is known for unique spires, or “chimneys”, of rock known as sand pipes. After dinner, prepared for you by your guides, relax in our comfortable camp while the setting sun turns our red rock home into a glowing amphitheater.

Hiking

Up to 4 miles

Meals

Breakfast on own, lunch and dinner included

Lodging

Established campground in Kodachrome State Park

After a hearty breakfast in camp we venture out into Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Today we visit picturesque Lower Calf Creek Falls. Our hike takes us along Calf Creek’s clear flowing waters and picturesque canyon walls. On this beautiful and iconic trek, we’ll see ancient pictographs and ruins on our way to a breathtaking 126-foot waterfall. This hike is a favorite of adults and kids alike. On our way back to Kodachrome Basin State park we head down Hole in the Rock Road to Devil’s Garden. Devil’s Garden is like a geologic collage of some of Utah’s most unique features and includes Hoodoos, spires, and arches. If time permits and the weather is just right, there’s opportunity for us to visit one of Escalante’s iconic slot canyons before returning to our home away from home for a hearty guide prepared dinner.

Hiking

6 – 9 miles

Meals

All meals included

Lodging

Established campground in Kodachrome State Park

Hiker admires Bryce Canyon National Park view at sunrise

After breaking camp and enjoying a delicious breakfast we transfer to Bryce Canyon National Park. Words cannot describe the sweeping views before us as we start our easy walk along the rim on the Navajo Loop and Queen’s Garden Trail. After viewing this wild land of rock from the rim, we’ll hike down into the canyon through a surreal maze of pink hoodoos and rock windows all the way to the mouth of the Bryce amphitheater. The erosive force of frost-wedging and the dissolving power of rainwater have sculpted the colorful limestone rock into bizarre formations including slot canyons, windows, fins, and spires called “hoodoos.”

Hiking

3 – 5 miles

Meals

Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on your own

Lodging

On your own

Hiker admires Bryce Canyon National Park view at sunrise