Bryce Canyon & Zion Family Vacation

  • 6 Days
  • 18 People Max

    6 - 18 guests

  • Activity Level 2
    • Activity Level 2

      On the Move

      Sure, I own some hiking boots, they're even worn in, but they don't go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.

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  • Trip Start: St. George, Utah
  • Trip End: St. George, Utah
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Explore nature’s playground of desert canyons, windswept rock terrain, and sandcastles on this Bryce Canyon and Zion family vacation.

Action-packed days and star-studded nights are sure to impress both the youngest and oldest in your family as you explore the mystery and majesty of the otherworldly landscapes of southern Utah. Bryce Canyon & Zion National Parks are two of the most geologically fascinating and stunningly beautiful places on earth. Explore colorful canyon walls and looming cliffs in Zion National Park when you trek the Queen Garden Trail. Hike Zion Canyon, a magnificent slot canyon showcasing dramatic panoramas of towering canyon walls, picturesque views of the Virgin River, and lushly-vegetated trails. Sit back and relax as all the details are handled and all you need to focus on is making memories and having a blast on this Utah family vacation!

  This trip is operated by Austin Adventures

Bryce Canyon & Zion Family Vacation ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: St. George, Utah Trip End: St. George, Utah
  • Day 1Hike and Bike Snow Canyon State Park

  • Day 2Kayaking in Quail Creek State Park, hiking Bryce Canyon National Park

  • Day 3Hike Peek-a-Boo and Queens Garden Trails

  • Day 4Bike Bryce Canyon, hike Zion National Park

  • Day 5Canyoneering Slot Canyon Adventure

  • Day 6Explore Zion, farewell!

  • Day 1

    Hike and Bike Snow Canyon State Park


    This morning your guides will pick you up at your hotel in St. George and drive to Snow Canyon State Park for your first hike of the trip amid lava flows and sandstone. The State Park canyon is carved from the red and white Navajo sandstone in the Red Mountains and the lava rock we’ll see along this trail is a result of cinder cones that erupted anywhere between 1.4 million and 27,000 years ago! After lunch, your afternoon adventure will start with a short bike talk by our informative guides before we hop on bikes to ride under towering red sandstone cliffs and black lava rock, eventually ending up at our first night’s accommodation. The Best Western Plus Abbey Inn is conveniently located in Saint George, Utah, and it offers luxurious accommodations with an outdoor heated swimming pool and spa.

    Best Western Plus Abbey Inn (Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 5 miles (8 kilometers)
    Biking: 14 miles (22 kilometers)

  • Day 2

    Kayaking in Quail Creek State Park, hiking Bryce Canyon National Park


    Before setting off for your kayaking adventure, enjoy breakfast to fuel up for the fun. You'll spend about 2 hours exploring the waters of Quail Creek State Park, discovering the diverse geology and history of the region. After lunch, you’ll swap your paddle for boots to hike in Bryce Canyon National Park. The Bryce Canyon Rim Trail Hike takes you along the rim of the Bryce Canyon to Fairyland trailhead. Watch as the landscape shifts with hundreds of orange, yellow, and white hoodoos rising from the canyon floor. Check into your home for the next two nights and relax before dinner. Our accommodation for the next two nights, the Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel, is surrounded by fantastic scenery, most notably the hoodoos which you’ll encounter in the coming days.

    Bryce Canyon Grand (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Kayaking: 2 hours
    Hiking: 2.5 miles (4 kilometers)

  • Day 3

    Hike Peek-a-Boo and Queens Garden Trails


    After a hearty breakfast, you’ll hike through the magical hoodoo rock formations of Bryce’s Queens Garden Trail. The trail drops down into the canyon and we’ll wander through natural sculpted rock gardens of brilliantly colored spires, cliffs, and natural amphitheaters with the trail looping up with the Peek-a-boo Trail, creating a figure eight. You'll pass by the Wall of Windows, the Hindu temples, and finish with a walk up the famous Wall Street with its switchbacks leading back to the rim. After a full of day of hiking enjoy a bit of rest before enjoying dinner at the hotel.

    Bryce Canyon Grand (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: Up to 8 miles (13 kilometers)

  • Day 4

    Bike Bryce Canyon, hike Zion National Park


    We’ll depart Bryce Canyon National Park on our bikes this morning and take a relaxed, beautiful bike ride through Dixie National Forest’s Red Canyon under towering red cliffs and scattered pine forests. After our morning bike, we’ll drive to Zion National Park, winding through the magnificent canyon walls and towering cliffs that make up this majestic park. We will then explore Zion Canyon on a hike showcasing dramatic panoramas of towering canyon walls, picturesque views of the Virgin River, and lushly-vegetated trails. Later we’ll check into our accommodation for the next two nights, Springhill Suites, located only one mile from the park's entrance. The evening is then yours to explore and enjoy on your own.

    Springhill Suites (Breakfast, Lunch)

    Biking: 12 miles (20 kilometers)
    Hiking: 3 miles (4.8 kilometers)

  • Day 5

    Canyoneering Slot Canyon Adventure


    Challenge yourself on this thrilling adventure where you can truly experience the land around you. Rappel down water-carved rocks in a sandstone slot canyon with professionals who will guide you every step of the way. You'll be fully equipped and supported as you jump into this adrenaline-inducing activity, perfect for beginners! Take the afternoon to relax or explore a bit more Zion National Park on your own via the shuttle system.

    Springhill Suites (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Canyoning: 4-5 hours

  • Day 6

    Explore Zion, farewell!


    We'll spend our last morning exploring the Zion area before transferring back to St. George where you'll bid your farewells and head home or onto your next adventure.

    No Accommodation (Breakfast, Lunch)

Trip Dates

Bryce Canyon & Zion Family Vacation Departure Dates

  • Upcoming
  • 3 months
  • 6 months
  • 1 year

Discounted child prices are available for children 12-years-old and under.

USD $3499/per adult , USD $3199/per child

Child rates apply for children 12 years and under.

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Useful Info

Where does the trip start?

On the first morning of the trip, our two pick-up locations are Best Western Plus Abbey Inn at 8am or from the Hilton Garden Inn at 8.15am. You are welcome to stay at any hotel in St George for your pre-night, though you must make your own way to one of the two pick-up points at the pre-designated times.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the St George Airport at 12pm in time for flights below or at a hotel of your choice in St George around 12:30pm.

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: We recommend arriving in St George at least the day before your trip starts. Many guests like to arrive a day or two early to accommodate potential flight delays and/or explore the city prior to your trip start.
Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, we recommend departing from St George after 1:30pm. Earlier flight times will require a separate transfer booked at your own expense.

Alternative Itineraries

Some departures for this trip feature a hiking-focused itinerary, which differs from the one advertised. Contact us, or check your Travel Wallet once booked, to get the specific itinerary for your trip.

Will I have contact with my guides before the trip starts?

Your guides will call your cell phone the night before your trip begins to touch base on the first day’s plan. If they don’t get through to you, they will leave a voicemail on your cell phone with all the details you need to plan for your first morning.

What should I bring with me on the first day?

When you speak with your guides the night before your trip, they will give you a detailed description of what to bring with you on Day 1. Typically, this includes a day pack with your rain jacket, sunglasses, hat, camera, etc. Anything you want easy access to during the day should go in your day pack as the rest of your luggage will go in the locked cargo trailer pulled behind the van. Your guides will provide you with a water bottle on the first morning of your trip and will always have water available for refills. There will be snacks available at all times in the van. Your guides will also have bug spray and sunscreen accessible for you to use.

What are your recommended guide gratuity guidelines?

You will have 2-3 guides on your Austin Adventure (depending on group size). We recommend USD$20 per day, per guest, per guide. Typically, gratuities are offered by check or cash in local currency on the final morning of the trip and can either be given to each guide individually or to one guide to be equally distributed. Most of our guides these days also accept gratuities via Venmo (please note this app does not work in Canada). All dining, housekeeping and activity tips are included in your trip price.

How do rooming arrangements work?

Trip prices are based on shared arrangements (typically two guests per room), unless otherwise stated. For solo travellers, we’ll pair you with another person of the same gender to share rooms and if there’s no one suitable to share with, there’s no forced single supplement. However, if you specifically request your own rooms, you can opt to pay the single supplement. Solo travellers who book within 90 days of departure, where there are no other solo travellers willing to share, will be required to pay the single supplement. 

For Family Vacation bookings, families consisting of four guests traveling with children aged 17 and under will be automatically assigned one shared room. However, the following alternative rooming allocations are available:

  • Families consisting of four guests with all children aged 13 and above are welcome to opt for additional rooms as per advertised double occupancy adult rates.
  • Families consisting of four guests with at least one child aged 12 and under are automatically assigned a shared room. However, families can opt to pay the adult rates for all guests in their family to have an additional room.
  • The same principles apply for families consisting of more than four guests.

Rooming preferences are subject to availability and must be communicated in writing at time of booking. Automatic assignments as per this policy will be applied in the absence of any specification provided by guests. Any request for additional rooms during trips will be at guests’ own expense and subject to rates made available by the accommodation provider at the time. All minors (guests aged 17 and under) must be accompanied by at least one adult.

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Just-right group sizes allow you to get off the beaten path

With an average of 12 guests per departure and an industry-leading 6:1 guest-to-guide ratio, you’ll enjoy a highly personalized experience with the perspective of an insider.

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Award-winning guides lead the way

It’s so much easier to relax and enjoy your adventure when you have fun, caring guides who know the land, are experts in motivation, sweat all the details and whip up incredible meals, too!

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You’ll never need to sweat the details

When we say all inclusive, we mean it! Meals and snacks, activities, lodging, transportation, guiding services and more. Every detail is handled; all you need to do is show up!

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Every aspect of your trip is thoroughly considered for your safety, from highly vetted vendors and well-maintained equipment to extensively trained guides and our seasoned operations team at headquarters.

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Family travel and North American National Parks are our specialty. We’ve perfected our itineraries and sustained relationships for decades, ensuring you'll experience your destination to the fullest.

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