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Bryce Canyon & Zion Family Vacation

  • 6 Days
  • Avg Group Size: 12
  • Activity Level 2
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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!

Trip Highlights

Zion National Park

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Bryce’s Best Trails

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Snow Canyon State Park

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Slot canyon canyoneering

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Bryce Canyon & Zion Family Vacation ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: St. George, Utah Trip End: St. George, Utah

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  • 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

    #1854

    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

    #1855

    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

    #1856

    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

    #1857

    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

    #1858

    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!

    #1859

    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)

Bryce Canyon & Zion Family Vacation Departure Dates

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  • 6 months
  • 1 year

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

USD $3699/per adult , USD $3399/per child

Child rates apply for children 12 years and under.

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What's Included

  • Our own highly experienced guides, with you from start to finish
  • Industry-leading Guest-to-Guide ratio (averaging 6:1)
  • Your own ‘Travel Wallet’, an online space with everything required for your trip
  • Our knowledgeable Customer Service Team to answer your queries - just a phone call, email or chat away
  • Customer Service pre-trip phone calls to ensure you’re 'trip ready'
  • All accommodations for the duration of your trip 
  • All meals except where indicated in the itinerary
  • Unlimited snacks to keep you fueled
  • Special ‘Wow!’ moments you'll never forget
  • All activities outlined in the itinerary
  • All necessary equipment (well-maintained and safe) for activities
  • All gratuities for hotels, restaurants, and activities 
  • All park and other entry fees 
  • Transportation in our air-conditioned vans - safe, clean, modern, and comfortable!

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Bryce Canyon & Zion Family Vacation - August 2023

Great Trip

"Amazing trip!! Well planned and organized!! Attention to detail. Different options for different levels of activity.

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5 Stars (54 reviews)

H Heather | August 2023

Bryce Canyon & Zion Family Vacation - August 2023

Wonderful family adventure!

"Our trip to Bryce and Zion was terrific. Wonderful guides, a variety of activities and simply beautiful scenery. We would highly recommend this trip to making special memories.

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"Our trip to Bryce and Zion was terrific. Wonderful guides, a variety of activities and… read more

"Our trip to Bryce and Zion was terrific. Wonderful guides, a variety of activities and simply beautiful scenery. We would highly recommend this trip to making special memories. read less

5 Stars (54 reviews)

S Susan | August 2023

Bryce Canyon & Zion Family Vacation - August 2022

Bryce Canyon & Zion Family Vacation

"Although we were disappointed to be the only family on the trip-we made the best of it with our guides. Accommodation/ food were really good. It was our second trip with Jesse. She was very accommodating going above and beyond to make it a great week of memories.
On a very negative note we were completely dissatisfied with 11 bikes in a trailer on a van that is really not suited for it for highway travel in a windy condition our guides had to drive very slow to keep the ride remotely safe this comes from a man who owns 50 commercial vehicles with many many commercial operators I would not put that vehicle on the road in my business under those conditions.

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"Although we were disappointed to be the only family on the trip-we made the best… read more

"Although we were disappointed to be the only family on the trip-we made the best of it with our guides. Accommodation/ food were really good. It was our second trip with Jesse. She was very accommodating going above and beyond to make it a great week of memories.
On a very negative note we were completely dissatisfied with 11 bikes in a trailer on a van that is really not suited for it for highway travel in a windy condition our guides had to drive very slow to keep the ride remotely safe this comes from a man who owns 50 commercial vehicles with many many commercial operators I would not put that vehicle on the road in my business under those conditions. read less

4 Stars (54 reviews)

P Patricia | August 2022

Bryce Canyon & Zion Family Vacation - August 2021

Bryce Canyon & Zion Family Vacation

"Beautiful parks, knowledgeable guides. Enjoyed the entire experience!

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"Beautiful parks, knowledgeable guides. Enjoyed the entire experience! read more

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5 Stars (54 reviews)

B Betty | August 2021

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Bryce Canyon & Zion Family Vacation

"I was a little nervous going into this trip as I didn't feel as physically prepared as I should be, but it ended up being (almost) no problem. The first day was REALLY hot, and we just happened to be on a hike with no shade (none of this was the fault of the guides, Austin Adventures, or anyone else, just timing and chance). The guides were very clear that they were interested in our safety first and demonstrated this many times throughout the trip. But they were also fun to interact with, offered great suggestions and recommendations, and also seemed to be enjoying themselves. The trip itself had a few bumps along the way, mostly due to weather so out of anyone's control, but I had no complaints beyond that. I had a great time.

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"I was a little nervous going into this trip as I didn't feel as physically… read more

"I was a little nervous going into this trip as I didn't feel as physically prepared as I should be, but it ended up being (almost) no problem. The first day was REALLY hot, and we just happened to be on a hike with no shade (none of this was the fault of the guides, Austin Adventures, or anyone else, just timing and chance). The guides were very clear that they were interested in our safety first and demonstrated this many times throughout the trip. But they were also fun to interact with, offered great suggestions and recommendations, and also seemed to be enjoying themselves. The trip itself had a few bumps along the way, mostly due to weather so out of anyone's control, but I had no complaints beyond that. I had a great time. read less

5 Stars (54 reviews)

S Samantha | August 2021

Bryce Canyon & Zion Family Vacation - August 2021

Bryce Canyon & Zion Family Vacation

"I really enjoyed both Bryce & Zion along with working with the guides. Food was more than expected with the 1st night meal spectacular! Ate too much so suffered for awhile after....HA!

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"I really enjoyed both Bryce & Zion along with working with the guides. Food was… read more

"I really enjoyed both Bryce & Zion along with working with the guides. Food was more than expected with the 1st night meal spectacular! Ate too much so suffered for awhile after....HA! read less

4 Stars (54 reviews)

P Patsy | August 2021

Bryce Canyon & Zion Family Vacation - August 2021

Bryce Canyon & Zion Family Vacation

"Enjoyable trip with awesome scenery.

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5 Stars (54 reviews)

D Doris | August 2021

Bryce Canyon & Zion Family Vacation - August 2021

Bryce Canyon & Zion Family Vacation

"We had a fantastic time-- it was our best family trip ever.

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"We had a fantastic time-- it was our best family trip ever. read more

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5 Stars (54 reviews)

B Ben | August 2021

Bryce Canyon & Zion Family Vacation - August 2021

Bryce Canyon & Zion Family Vacation

"We had lots of fun and enjoyed the full package. The guides and the two other families were awesome!

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"We had lots of fun and enjoyed the full package. The guides and the two… read more

"We had lots of fun and enjoyed the full package. The guides and the two other families were awesome! read less

5 Stars (54 reviews)

B Brian | August 2021

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Bryce Canyon & Zion Family Vacation

"The trip was fantastic from start to finish. Joel and Dennis were wonderful - they were so much fun, so knowledgeable, and they took care of absolutely everything.

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"The trip was fantastic from start to finish. Joel and Dennis were wonderful -… read more

"The trip was fantastic from start to finish. Joel and Dennis were wonderful - they were so much fun, so knowledgeable, and they took care of absolutely everything. read less

5 Stars (54 reviews)

M Michele | August 2021

Bryce Canyon & Zion Family Vacation - June 2021

Bryce Canyon & Zion Family Vacation

"Our original plans this year were to take the June 27th trip to Alberta, but of course Covid prevented that trip from running. One of the reasons why we initially chose that trip was due to the variety of activities on the Alberta itinerary - horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and snowshoeing across the icefields, in addition to hiking and biking. Admittedly, when we changed to the Bryce and Zion trip, we were concerned about the lack of variety of activities on this itinerary. All hiking and biking was not as appealing, but Bryce and Zion were definitely on our bucket list to get to at some point. Despite our reservations about the itinerary (specifically the lack of variety), we are really glad that we took this trip when we did. The parks were not overly crowded yet, and we did not have to worry about taking the shuttles since the vans were still allowed on the scenic byway. It was much more relaxing to take this trip on a group tour than try to see these parks on our own (especially Zion.) All in all, even though it was not our first choice for 2021,…

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"Our original plans this year were to take the June 27th trip to Alberta, but… read more

"Our original plans this year were to take the June 27th trip to Alberta, but of course Covid prevented that trip from running. One of the reasons why we initially chose that trip was due to the variety of activities on the Alberta itinerary - horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and snowshoeing across the icefields, in addition to hiking and biking. Admittedly, when we changed to the Bryce and Zion trip, we were concerned about the lack of variety of activities on this itinerary. All hiking and biking was not as appealing, but Bryce and Zion were definitely on our bucket list to get to at some point. Despite our reservations about the itinerary (specifically the lack of variety), we are really glad that we took this trip when we did. The parks were not overly crowded yet, and we did not have to worry about taking the shuttles since the vans were still allowed on the scenic byway. It was much more relaxing to take this trip on a group tour than try to see these parks on our own (especially Zion.) All in all, even though it was not our first choice for 2021, I feel like it worked out for the best, and we had a great opportunity to see 2 amazing parks (plus the Red Cliffs) before the heat and crowds really ramped up for the season. read less

4 Stars (54 reviews)

K Kathryn | June 2021

Bryce Canyon & Zion Family Vacation - August 2019

Bryce Canyon & Zion Family Vacation

"To me, personal touches are what make a trip memorable. So it was Tom and Natalie who made this trip the spectacular success it was

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5 Stars (54 reviews)

B Benjamin | August 2019

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J Jennifer | August 2019

Bryce Canyon & Zion Family Vacation - August 2019

Bryce Canyon & Zion Family Vacation

"Traveling with Austin Adventures removed all the stress and provided unexpected and delightful special touches throughout our trip. Our guides were wonderful at connecting with and encouraging our grandson. We came home with lifelong memories.

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"Traveling with Austin Adventures removed all the stress and provided unexpected and delightful special touches… read more

"Traveling with Austin Adventures removed all the stress and provided unexpected and delightful special touches throughout our trip. Our guides were wonderful at connecting with and encouraging our grandson. We came home with lifelong memories. read less

5 Stars (54 reviews)

H Harriet | August 2019

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Bryce Canyon & Zion Family Vacation

"We had a wonderful time. Tom and Natalie were terrific! Fun to be around and fantastic with our grandson

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"We had a wonderful time. Tom and Natalie were terrific! Fun to be around and… read more

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5 Stars (54 reviews)

L Lou | August 2019

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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 book your pre-trip stay at either of these hotels directly or any other hotel in St George, 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 (SGU) 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 (SGU) after 1:30pm. Earlier flight times will require a separate transfer booked at your own expense.
Many of our guests choose to arrive/depart Las Vegas Airport (LVS) before or after their trip, please note there are many shuttles that run both ways between St George and Las Vegas, daily for a fee. Prior reservations are recommended and can be made online via a local operator.

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.

What is not included?

Flights to and from trip start/end points
Pre/Post Accommodation
Optional extra activities
Travel insurance
Gratuities for your guides

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.

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 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 travelers, 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 travelers who book within 90 days of departure, where there are no other solo travelers 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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Bryce Canyon & Zion Family Vacation

USD $3699/per adult
USD $3399/per child
$500 USD deposit per person required to secure your place on the trip

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Sunday 4 August 2024
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Sunday 11 August 2024
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Sunday 3 August 2025
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Sunday 10 August 2025
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