Spend a weekend completely immersed in Zion National Park, where towering red walls and serene riverbanks excite and inspire. We have teamed up with Arizona Outback Adventures to bring you an incredible weekend of hiking and camping. During your weekend in Zion National Park, AOA guides will show off all the highlights while sharing their favorite tips, tricks, and insights into the park’s history and landscape. At the end of each adventurous day, the evening is filled with relaxation while your guides prepare delicious fresh meals and make it easy for you to revel in the magic of Zion. Hike all the highlights of Zion National Park on this 3-day trip, see the Emerald Pools, delve into the Zion Narrows, summit iconic Angel’s Landing, conquer the challenge of Observation Point.
Itinerary September 20th-22nd, 2019
DAY One September 20th
11:00am – Meet your AOA Guide and fellow travelers at the Zion National Park Visitor’s Center. We’ll do a quick orientation then hop on the shuttle. We’ll enjoy a quick lunch together then begin our exploration of Zion by hiking Emerald Pools Trail. This trail meanders past stream that leads to a series of three pools known as Lower, Middle, and Upper Emerald Pools. After exploring this hidden desert oasis, we can get additional miles in by hiking the shoulders of the Watchman spire to a stunning lookout over Zion Canyon. The afternoon sun splashes the walls in crimson red as we take in the sights and sounds of the valley for the first time. The evening will close with a delicious dinner before retiring to our tents.
- Hiking: 3-6 miles
- Meals: Lunch and dinner included
- Lodging: Watchman Campground in Zion National Park
Day Two September 21st
Today we’ll checkout one of the best viewpoints in the entire park, Observation Point. The maintained trail zigzags its way up the steep mountainside alongside towering cliffs of Navajo Sandstone. before venturing through Echo Canyon, a deep gorge filled with water-gnawed sandstone pockets. Beyond Echo Canyon walls drop sharply, giving way to spectacular views. The Virgin River forms a lush river valley below, where water skirts around Angels Landing and the Organ, forming Big Bend. We’ll take a breather to enjoy the view before descending back to the valley floor where we’ll hop on the park shuttle to head to our next adventure, the world-famous Narrows. The Narrows are a National Park classic because of the stunning beauty and uniqueness of the terrain. On this hike, we will wade through the knee- to waist-deep water of the Virgin River while 2,000-foot Navajo Sandstone towers overhead on either side of us. Tonight, we celebrate our week of adventure and relaxation with a final dinner.
- Hiking: 8-10 miles
- Meals: All meals included
- Lodging: Watchman Campground in Zion National Park
Day Three September 22nd
On our last day together, we will conquer the challenging hike to Angel’s Landing before the desert sun peaks over the canyon wall. Angel’s Landing is not just a hike; it is the pre-eminent trail of our National Park System and the perfect adventurous finale to our fantastic week of exploring our national gems. Named for Reverend Frederick Fisher in 1916 when he exclaimed,” Only an angel can land on it”, this hike’s legend has been growing since its opening to the public in 1926. The trail ascends 1,488 feet in 2.5 miles to the 5,790-foot summit of a monolith perched partway between the river and the canyon rim. It is flanked on three sides by the erosive North Fork of the Virgin River below. The payoffs to landing on this perch are sweeping north-south views of the Virgin River Gorge, Cathedral Mountain, Observation Point, Cable Mountain and the Great White Throne looming high above Angel’s Landing. After descending back to the canyon floor, we’ll head over to Red Rock Grill for lunch before hopping back on the shuttle and returning to the Visitor’s Center where we’ll say our goodbyes to the towering sandstone peaks of Zion.
- Hiking: 5 miles
- Meals: Breakfast and lunch included
- Lodging: On your own
Note about itinerary changes: We do our best to operate each trip as closely as possible to the published itinerary, however there are sometimes forces outside of our control that could require us to make adjustments to the operations of a trip. These include but are not limited to weather, natural disasters, road closures, park closures, campsite availability, emergency guest illness or injury.
- 2 nights camping at Watchman Campground in Zion National Park
- Basecamp Group Gear (personal mess kit, kitchen equipment, hand washing station, dish washing station, camp chairs, etc.)
- Meals starting lunch Day 1 through lunch Day 3
- Water and snacks
- Professional Wilderness First Responder certified guide
- Zion National Park commercial fees
- Personal insurance and expenses
- Air/Ground transportation to and from meet-up location
- Park entry fees
- 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
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