Backpacking Bryce Canyon Utah – September 9-11, 2022


During this 3 day / 2 night backpacking adventure you'll discover Bryce Canyon and its stunning hoodoos and breaks from above and below the rim. This adventure includes all your backpacking gear so you can travel light! It's also the perfect opportunity if you have been wanting to try out backpacking but don't have the gear!

We are meeting in Bryce Canyon City, Utah. If you are flying in to join us, the nearest airports are:

  • Cedar City, Ut - 1hr 38mins drive to Bryce Canyon City - You can ride with Desert Wander from here, flight must arrive by Sep 8th at 3:00pm MST.
  • St George, UT - 2hr 30mins drive to Bryce Canyon City - You can ride with Desert Wander from here, flight must arrive by Sep 8th at 2:00pm MST.
  • Las Vegas, NV - 4hr 19mins drive to Bryce Canyon City - You can ride a shuttle to St George and then ride with Desert Wander from there, must arrive in St George by Sep 8th at 2:00pm MST.
  • Salt Lake, UT - 4hr 4mins drive to Bryce Canyon City - You can ride a shuttle to St George and then ride with Desert Wander from there, must arrive in St George by Sep 8th at 2:00pm MST.
  • Other Airports - A rental car from any airport or driving in with your personal car is also an option.

Day 1: Welcome to Bryce!

Arrive near Bryce Canyon National Park on the morning of Sep 9th, 2022 by 7:00 am. Eat before you arrive.

Once we meet up with Desert Wander we will load our backpacks and prepare for our adventure. We will leave Bryce Canyon City by 8a/8:30a and make the drive to our trailhead, about 2 hours of dirt road. We will hike 8.1 miles for the day. We will start high above the breaks and drop down under the rim for our first campsite. We will make camp and enjoy our dinner and first night under the stars.

Day 2: Forests and the Majesty of Bryce

After breakfast, we will hike 7.25 miles staying below the rim. We will enjoy ponderosa trees, cool mountain air, stunning views of the spectacular red breaks. We will take our time and soak it all in. We will have lunch on the trail today. Once at camp we will enjoy dinner and our second and final night under the stars. 

Day 3: Back to Town We Go!

After breakfast we will pack up camp and hit the trail to hike the 6.3 miles back to the truck. We'll climb back up to the top of the rim. We will have lunch on the trail. We will drive back out the way we came to Bryce Canyon City, Utah where we part ways or find some yummy dinner together, dinner not included

Pre Departure: Optional Group Stay in Bryce Canyon City, Utah - September 8th

Arrive in Bryce Canyon City the night before the trip begins. Our tour guide will organize an optional group stay where you'll be able to pack up prior to departure. This is an additional cost which will be split amongst those who opt to join early. No meals included this day.

- All backpacking gear - backpack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, pillow, cook set (pot, spork, stove, fuel), trekking poles, chair, water bottles, water filter, and day pack
- Transportation once you arrive in Bryce Canyon City, UT
- Guided hiking on amazing local trails that includes specialized gear such as trekking poles.
- All guides and entry fees
- All meals provided - Saturday lunch through Monday lunch
- Hiking snacks
- Water, coffee, tea, hot coco

- Transportation to/from the airport if you arrive before the trip start date
- Alcoholic Beverages, energy drinks, electrolyte replacements
- Breakfast on Saturday morning
- Travelers Insurance
- Hotels before and after the backpacking trip. Our tour operator can help arranging a hotel.

All meals will be provided as noted above. Please reach out to the trip host after booking if you have any food allergies/sensitivities. We will do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions but cannot make any guarantees.

Trip Confirmation: 
This trip requires a minimum number of ladies to register in order for it to be confirmed. Once the trip reaches the minimum participant number, you will receive a trip confirmation email and a link to be added a private Facebook group just for trip guests. In this group further trip details will be provided. Please let us know if you do not have or use Facebook (see contact information below).

$995.00 per person; payment plans available.

Cancellation Policy: Please see our Terms of Service.

Covid-19 Travel Policy: Please see our Terms of Service.

Questions? Please reach out to Lindsey Egan at

*Images may not reflect the exact places being visited during this trip itinerary.


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Katie is an adventurer at heart. She has explored and wander in and around Southern Utah for the last 20 years. Canyons, wide open vistas, sandstone and sagebrush are her favorite!  She has worked in some form of recreation since she started working. Her love for backpacking took full force the year and a half she spent working for an outdoor behavioral company as a guide in 2004. Since then marriage and family has been her many focus with work on the side. She has been married for 17 years and has 4 great kids. As her kids have grown she has been able to pursue her passion to help women experience the outdoors safely and have the best time doing it. She started Desert Wander last year, yes 2020! She hopes to cultivate an amazing experience for all who come wander with her.

Come along with Katie as she takes you on an unforgettable weekend exploring some of the places she loves most!