Dates: May 19 - 25, 2017
(7 days, 6 nights, Fri - Thur)
(airline service to Las Vegas; Timberline van shuttle between Las Vegas and Bryce prior to tour and from the South Rim of The Grand Canyon to Flagstaff following tour) *IMPORTANT NOTE: This tour starts in Las Vegas and ends in Flagstaff
Meeting time: hotel 8:30 am Drop - off time: 4 pm
(includes all lodging, all meals, park entrance fees, van shuttles from Flagstaff to North Rim prior to tour and return to Flagstaff, leaders, trail maps & narratives)
Additional Single Occupancy Lodging Cost $440
We are so happy to be offering this blended trip of two of the finest, most scenic and challenging hiking areas in the Southwest, together in one enjoyable trip. This truley is an action packed itinerary. Let the fun begin as we assemble in Las Vegas and make our way to Zion National Park. Thankfully, much of nature's handiwork in the region lies within the protective confines of a series of national parks and monuments that are remarkably accessible for those ambitious enough to set forth on foot to explore their wonders. We'll explore the heart of Utah's "color country" in the context of our Bryce/Zion Hike.
On Day 1, we’re headed for the Kolob Terraces region in the remote northwest corner of Zion. We’ll trace the course of the La Verkin Creek through stands of oak and bigtooth maple and return by way of Lee Pass (6 miles). It’s then back to Zion early afternoon in time for a visit to the Narrows of the Virgin River. We’ll wade through the shallow river bed upstream at least far enough to sense the awesome beauty of this narrow corridor through which the Virgin flows (3 miles). Day 2, we'll climb from the floor of Zion Canyon through Echo Canyon to awesome Observation Point, the highest accessible promontory in Zion. The views from Observation Point are incredible. Far below, the Virgin River winds through Zion Canyon towards its ultimate rendezvous with the Colorado; massive sandstone temples line the Virgin corridor. From our vantage point, we look down on famed Angel's Landing with its swarms of hikers (8 miles). Day 3, the Zion experience requires a visit to fabled Angels' Landing and that's our plan (5 miles). We'll head on to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and enjoy a nice dinner and prepare for the hike the next morning to Phantom Ranch. Day 4, following Bright Angel Creek as it tumbles toward the Colorado. Along the way, we'll pass Roaring Springs, the primary water source for both the North and South Rim villages. A short spur trail offers the irresistible opportunity to visit Ribbon Falls. By the time we reach Phantom Ranch, our destination for the evening, we will have descended almost 6,300 feet over 14 miles through five distinct life zones to the canyon floor.
Day 5 provides choices from a solid layover day to relax to a morning hike and an optional afternoon hike. Breakfast precedes daybreak on Day 6— a Phantom Ranch tradition — we'll be crossing over the Colorado as the sun begins to rise above the canyon walls. We'll follow the Bright Angel Trail as it climbs from the river beyond the Inner Canyon to Indian Gardens, onward and upward to the South Rim (10 miles). We'll spend the evening at a lodge on the South Rim and celebrate over dinner at magnificent El Tovar.
Day 7, we’ll hike, out and back on the South Kaibab trail, enjoying the views, we'll depart for Flagstaff with a afternoon arrival and where our Zion, Rim River Rim Hiking Tour concludes.
|Day 1||Arrive at Zion and enjoy a hike; La Verkin Creek (6 miles), Narrows hike (3 miles)||9|
|Day 2||Zion - Echo Canyon to Observation Point||8|
|Day 3||Zion - Angels' Landing||5|
|Day 4||North Rim- Hike to Phantom Ranch (base of the Grand Canyon) - North Kaibab Trail: 14 miles, 6300-foot descent; overnight lodging at Phantom Ranch||14|
|Day 5||Phantom Ranch- Layover day or optional hike||(3-8)|
|Day 6||Hike to the South Rim - Bright Angel Trail: (10 miles); overnight lodging on South Rim||10|
|Day 7||Hike South Kaibab trail in the morning and van shuttle return to Flagstaff in the afternoon||6|
Total hiking mileage: 55 - 58
Routes, mileage and accommodations are subject to change due to safety, road/trail conditions, weather and availability.