Utah Basecamp Tour

     6-DAYS GUIDED HIKING

Best of Utah Basecamp Hiking Tour

Reserve your spot with only a $100 deposit! for a limited time only!

Location: Saint George, Utah, USA

Length: 6 Days
Availability: April 12th – 17th, 2021

Type: Guided

Grade: Easy to Moderate

Price: $1705

Best of Utah Basecamp Hiking Tour

See the best of Zion, Bryce and Escalante, Utah’s most celebrated national park destinations, on our 6-day basecamp hiking tour! Our daily hikes will take you to the must-see highlights of these breathtaking parks. Experience Utah’s spring-fed creeks, deep canyons, diversity of colors, and its array of sandstone sculptures – spires, arches, and towers. In the evenings you can relax, enjoy our fantastic outdoor cuisine, and have access to showers in beautiful, comfortable basecamps!

Our first stop is at Zion National Park, where you’ll experience two days of desert rivers, box canyons, ominous towers, and 8 layers of sandstone carved away by millions of years of intense weather. Then it’s on to Bryce Canyon National Park, where we’ll spend a day exploring its famous “hoodoos” (rock spires) and incredible diversity. And finally, we end up in Escalante, where for 2 days we’ll explore hidden canyons, oases, arches, and waterfalls in one of Utah’s – and even America’s – best kept secrets.

Who Will Enjoy This Tour?

You’ll enjoy this trip if you love the great outdoors, have a sense of adventure, and enjoy hiking while relaxing in a beautiful campsite and want the convenience of staying in the same place each night.

Hiking in Bryce Canyon National Park
Hiking Tour in Utah
Backpackers in Virgin Narrows

Highlights of the Best of Utah Basecamp Hiking Tour

  • Classic hikes in Zion and Bryce
  • Breathtaking solitude & scenery
  • BIG views, slot canyons & waterfalls
  • Arches, spires, oases & natural bridges
  • Comfortable canyon country camping
  • Delicious outdoor cuisine

What’s Included

  • Professional guide
  • Group Gear (Use of daypacks, trekking poles, First Aid-Kit)
  • Use of Narrows hiking gear
  • Park entrance fees
  • Transportation
  • All meals
  • Permits

Map of the Best of Utah Basecamp Hiking Tour

Day 1: Zion National Park – Virgin Narrows

Backpackers in Virgin Narrows

Starting at the Temple of Sinawava, we will hike up the Riverside Walk trail and then continue right up the river to see some of the best “narrows” sections of the North Fork of the Virgin River. We’ll come prepared to get wet, as the hike up the Narrows is entirely in the water. Your afternoon will be filled with towering walls, crystal clear spring water, brilliant red sandstone and rocks polished over tens of thousands of years.

  • Hiking Today: 5 miles (8.05 km)
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Transfer: 1.5-hour drive to the trailhead

Day 2: Observation Point

Observation point in Zion National Park

Day 2 features a hike you’ll never forget! We’ll hike up a mountainside to one of the best viewpoints offered in Zion. This challenging, thrilling trek is complete with fantastic drop-offs and awe-inspiring scenery looking down into Zion Canyon. Our route – on a maintained trail – switchbacks its way up through red Navajo sandstone before cutting into Echo Canyon, a picturesque gorge filled with sandstone pockets.

Beyond Echo Canyon the walls drop sharply, allowing truly breathtaking views. Finally at the top, looking down into Zion Canyon at a spectacular scene of stone sculptures contrasted by blue skies, you’ll likely feel that your hard work has never been rewarded this richly!

  • Hiking Today: 8 miles (12.87 km)
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous

Day 3 Bryce National Park – Fairyland

Guided Tour in Bryce National Park

On Day 3 we’ll break camp and make our way to the Escalante country, visiting Bryce National Park en route.
We’ll enjoy one of the lesser-hiked trails in Bryce, but one that offers some of the most impressive scenery in the Park. We’ll be in the northern part of Bryce, where we’ll enjoy superb vistas of Boat Mesa, the Sinking Ship formation, Tower Bridge, China Wall, Fairyland Canyon and other amazing rock structures. After our hike we’ll continue to our Escalante Camp for a tasty dinner and night of rest and recuperation.

  • Hiking Today: 5.5 miles (8.85 km)
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous

Day 4: Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument – Calf Creek Falls

Hiking in Escalante National Monument

Our first hike in the Escalante country will take us to the spectacular Calf Creek Falls. This is a short walk along a flat, sandy canyon bottom. We’ll pass Indian ruins and pictographs, and have a good chance of seeing some wildlife.
At the end of the trail, we can take a swim (if you’re hearty – this water is surprisingly cold) below the 128-foot falls. We’ll eat lunch then have the opportunity to visit the town of Boulder, UT where we can make an optional visit to Anasazi State Park. This site was home to one of the largest Anasazi communities west of the Colorado River. Once done at Anasazi State Park, we’ll drive back to our campsite and enjoy a delicious dinner.

  • Hiking Today: 6 miles (9.7 km)
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Day 5: Devil’s Garden, Spooky & Peek-a-boo Canyons

This day takes through one of the most physically fun hikes in all of southern Utah. Driving down historic Hole-in-the-Rock Road, we’ll hike out to the exciting and fun Spooky and Peek-a-Boo Canyons. Spooky is aptly named as it’s a dark, narrow slot that requires lots of sideways walking with your daypack in your hand. Peek-a-Boo is also brilliant but quite different; it’s filled with interconnected potholes, arches, and grottos. Along our drive back, we’ll take the opportunity to visit the incredible Devil’s Garden. This is a great spot for young and old alike as it’s a fairyland of small knobs, arches, and other eroded landforms.

  • Hiking Today: 7 – 10 miles (11 – 16 km)
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 6: Bryce National Park – Navajo Loop

Hiking in Utah

On our last morning, we’ll eat breakfast, break camp, and head west for the starting point of our trip, St. George, Utah. En route, we’ll stop at Bryce National Park again for another classic hike through its famous hoodoos and spectacular vistas. Our hike takes us down from the rim, through the stunning corridors of Wall Street and past the Silent City, before bringing us back to the rim of the amphitheater. We’ll enjoy lunch on the rim while gazing into the maze of Wall Street. Following lunch, we’ll load up and head back to St. George, where we’ll say our goodbyes and begin scheming about our next adventure.

  • Hiking Today: 2.2 miles (3.5 km)
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Transfer: 4.5-hour drive to St. George

BEST OF UTAH BASECAMP HIKING TOUR INFO

Availability

This trip is available during the following dates: April 12th to 17th, 2021

Booking in Advance

Book as soon as possible to ensure that accommodation is available on your start date. This region of United States is very popular and accommodations often fill up months in advance. Space is limited to 10 guests.

Luggage 

Pre and post-trip lodging is your responsibility. We recommend the below-listed accommodations while in town.

Lodging options in St. George are numerous. Below are recommended options based on convenience, location, and our experience. We recommend booking early as St. George is a tourist community.

Best Western Coral Hills Special discounted rate of 20% off for our guests. Downtown hotel with indoor/outdoor pools, in room mini fridge, coin operated laundry on site and ample parking.


7 Wives Bed and Breakfast
Provides a discount of 10% off for our guests. Fashionable B&B in a historic building on a quite street in the town center.

Grade and Terrain

Grade 2 (medium). The trail is often very well maintain. Daily Hiking Distance averages between 2 and 10 miles. Most elevation loss is around 2000 feet while the elevation gain is 2000 feet.

Professional Guided Tours

This walk is a prefessional guided tour.

We’ll take care of booking your accommodation, provide you with instructions in English. We’re there for you prior to and during your trip. Ask all the questions you want. Our goal is to make this the easiest holiday that you’ve ever planned.

Location

We will meet in the day before the trip starts at the Best Western Coral Hills in St George, UT, for an orientation at 5 p.m. We’ll give you a ride to the meeting point if you are staying at one of the recommended hotels.
The orientation includes introductions, a briefing on the trip itinerary, and a checking of personal gear.
Important note: Please bring all gear you plan on hiking with to this meeting.

Fitness Level

You should be in good physical condition and be a regular walker or hiker. The route is not technical so no prior expertise is required.

General

In Zion and Bryce the trails are very well maintained. Our hike up the Virgin River Narrows is in the water on slippery rocks. In the Grand Staircase-Escalante the trails are rocky and sandy.

Hiking in Bryce Canyon National Park
View of Bryce Canyon National Park from it’s highest elevation – Rainbow Point
Backpackers in Virgin Narrows
Hiking in Yellowstone
Hiking in Escalante National Monument
Hiker in Zion National Park

PRICING AND INCLUSIONS

Pricing

$1705 USD per person.

Inclusions

  • Professional guide
  • Group Gear (Use of daypacks, trekking poles, First Aid-Kit)
  • Use of Narrows hiking gear
  • Park entrance fees
  • Transportation
  • All meals
  • Permits

Payment Info

$500 USD is normally due at the time of booking, but due to COVID-19 only $100 is due for a limited time only.

The remaining balance is due 60 days before the onset of the trip. If you’re booking within 60 days full payment is due at the time of booking. You see the booking terms and conditions by clicking here.

Extras

  • Airfare
  • Trip insurance
  • Hotels
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Mandatory 5% fee* and services
  • not specified
  • Personal expenditures
  • Tips for the guides
  • Travel and trip cancellation insurance. We recommend World Nomads since it includes mountain rescue and repatriation insurance which are required and not covered by all insurance polices.

ACCOMMODATION ON THE BEST OF UTAH BASECAMP HIKING TOUR

Availability

You’ll enjoy the accommodations of developed campgrounds while on the trip. There will be picnic tables and restrooms or port-a-let potties. The Escalante Petrified Forest State Park Campground has showers, and you’ll have the
opportunity to shower in the Zion town of Springdale on the
second day of the trip. Additionally, we’ll provide roomy tents and chairs for the group.

Storage of Personal Items

Many guests choose to store any extra luggage with the hotel
they’ll be using before and after the trip. You are also
welcome to leave any luggage with us for secure storage while
you’re on your trip – just inform your guide.

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Guided Tour in Bryce National Park
Observation point in Zion National Park
Hiking Tour in Utah

TRAVEL TO ST. GEORGE

By plane:

All Utah trips begin and end from St. George, Utah. St. George has a small airport served by Delta Connection and
United Express. From the St. George Airport one can take a taxi into town or some hotels offer a complimentary airport shuttle.

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Note: We highly recommend waiting to book your flights or making other travel arrangements until you receive an email from us notifying you that all your accommodation has been confirmed.

By shuttle:

One can also fly into Las Vegas and take a shuttle to St. George. This is often your cheapest option. It is a 2-hour drive from Las Vegas to St. George on good roads.

From Las Vegas Airport: St. George Express (1-435-652-1100)
and St. George Shuttle (1-435-656-9040) run daily vans from
Las Vegas to St. George.

By Car:

Or you can also rent a car and enjoy the drive through the desert.

Our Best of Utah Basecamp guided hiking tour gives you the freedom to hike and explore some of the most beautiful sceneries in all of America while staying safe and comfortable. But without the time-consuming hassle trying to find the most scenic routes.

We do the hard work so that you can focus on hiking and enjoying the magnificent views of this impressive region.

This tour is available from April 12th to April 17th, 2021. Complete your booking in less than 5 minutes.

When you book this trip through us, you’ll also receive the following bonuses:
  • Packing list of the essentials
  • My secret list of easy to pack luxurious non-essentials
  • How to make the most of your hiking experience from going within
  • How to get the most of hiking with a group (and still having time for yourself)


Limited time only – book with only a $100 deposit! See the terms and conditions here. Before you book, check that you meet the essential eligibility requirements.

This trip is operated by our trusted partner, the Wildland Trekking Company.

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