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Utah Hiking & Adventure Tours

Utah Explorer Trip

Get ready to be transported to a land of geologic wonder on our Utah hiking and adventure tours.

From the intimate waterfalls of The Narrows trail to the soaring heights of Angel's Landing, the arid landscapes of Utah are world-renowned for their stunning beauty, and our Utah hiking and adventure tours will get you out exploring in the best of it. That's not all, though; you'll also journey through the Mighty 5 - Bryce Canyon, Zion, Arches, Capitol Reef and Canyonlands National Parks. Your knowledgeable guides will enlighten you about the geologic wonders as you hike, bike and kayak your way through the most stunning parts of Utah. Evenings will be marked with rustic elegance punctuated by excellent local cuisine while you marvel at the brilliance of Utah's starlit sky. Discover for yourself why Utah is one of the best hiking destinations in the USA on our Utah hiking and adventure tours.

Utah Trips

North America

Mighty Five Adventure

4.96

  • Duration 9 days
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

      Step It Up

      I love an active vacation. Engaging in a challenging activity with a difficult goal, such as reaching a summit, is exactly what I need to unwind in the evenings.

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 ADULT ONLY

Explore the best of Utah’s National Parks; including Canyonlands, Arches, Capitol Reef, Zion, and Bryce Canyon National Parks. You'll discover countless canyons, soaring pinnacles, crimson-colored hoodoos, and cascading waterfalls.

Trip Start: Grand Junction, Colorado Trip End: St. George, Utah

North America

Bryce Canyon & Zion Adventure

4.88

  • Duration 6 days
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

      Step It Up

      I love an active vacation. Engaging in a challenging activity with a difficult goal, such as reaching a summit, is exactly what I need to unwind in the evenings.

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 ADULT ONLY

Over six days of exploring Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks, you’ll hike through Zion Canyon, bike under towering red sandstone cliffs, stroll the Queens Garden trail, and behold clear night skies showcasing the Milky Way.

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

North America

Bryce Canyon & Zion Family Vacation

AustinAdventures

Operated by our sister brand Austin Adventures

4.83

  • Duration 6 days
  • Activity Level Level 2 
    • Activity Level 2

      On the Move

      Sure, I own some hiking boots, they're even worn in, but they don't go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.

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 FAMILY VACATION

Explore the iconic desert canyons and windswept rock terrain of Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks on this family-friendly adventure. The action-packed days and star-studded nights are sure to impress every member of the family.

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

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Reviews from our Utah Adventures

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Mighty Five Adventure - October 2023

Utah rocks

"The Utah Mighty Five trip was an experience like no other. The guides Steve and Bryson tailored the experience to suit our group and pushed us to optimize the experience. They shared their expert knowledge, kept us laughing for 9 days and were highly organized and personable. The hiking was amazing and the canyoneering guides Jack and Andy instilled a sense of confidence that make rappelling down a slot canyon totally safe and exhilarating. The accommodation and food were excellent - Austin Adventures thought of every detail. I would highly recommend this trip for the full hiking experience, the stellar quality of the guides and every aspect of the trip.

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"The Utah Mighty Five trip was an experience like no other. The guides Steve and… read more

"The Utah Mighty Five trip was an experience like no other. The guides Steve and Bryson tailored the experience to suit our group and pushed us to optimize the experience. They shared their expert knowledge, kept us laughing for 9 days and were highly organized and personable. The hiking was amazing and the canyoneering guides Jack and Andy instilled a sense of confidence that make rappelling down a slot canyon totally safe and exhilarating. The accommodation and food were excellent - Austin Adventures thought of every detail. I would highly recommend this trip for the full hiking experience, the stellar quality of the guides and every aspect of the trip. read less

5 Stars (70 reviews)

H Helga | October 2023

Mighty Five Adventure - October 2023

The Mighty Two!

"Thanks to Steve and Bryson, the mighty two guides on our October 2023 Mighty Five Adventure, our hiking adventure exceeded my expectations! Starting with the hiking trails to the rappelling experience, Steve and Bryson kept us organized, safe, well fed and most of all they they instilled confidence and kept us motivated each step of the way. A special shout out to Jack and Andy who guided us through the canyons and rappelling experience. Wow! So exhilarating.

Every day was filled with laughter, words of encouragement, sharing of facts and history of our surroundings. The accommodations and food were excellent. The van was very comfortable for travelling.

I would definitely recommend this hiking trip! We had a fantastic time.

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"Thanks to Steve and Bryson, the mighty two guides on our October 2023 Mighty Five… read more

"Thanks to Steve and Bryson, the mighty two guides on our October 2023 Mighty Five Adventure, our hiking adventure exceeded my expectations! Starting with the hiking trails to the rappelling experience, Steve and Bryson kept us organized, safe, well fed and most of all they they instilled confidence and kept us motivated each step of the way. A special shout out to Jack and Andy who guided us through the canyons and rappelling experience. Wow! So exhilarating.

Every day was filled with laughter, words of encouragement, sharing of facts and history of our surroundings. The accommodations and food were excellent. The van was very comfortable for travelling.

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5 Stars (70 reviews)

R Ruth | October 2023

Mighty Five Adventure - October 2023

Awesome MIghty Five

"The Might Five trip was awesome--gorgeous scenery, exhilarating hikes and canyoneering experience, led by excellent guides Steve and Bryson, with a fun group of people! Thank you for a great trip!

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"The Might Five trip was awesome--gorgeous scenery, exhilarating hikes and canyoneering experience, led by excellent… read more

"The Might Five trip was awesome--gorgeous scenery, exhilarating hikes and canyoneering experience, led by excellent guides Steve and Bryson, with a fun group of people! Thank you for a great trip! read less

5 Stars (70 reviews)

C Connie | October 2023

Mighty Five Adventure - October 2023

Mighty Five Grand Adventure

"This trip will go down as one of our most memorable adventures ever. Our guides, Steve and Bryson, made this experience a lifetime memory. We took on challenges that were beyond what we thought we were capable of and left with memories we will cherish forever.

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"This trip will go down as one of our most memorable adventures ever. Our guides,… read more

"This trip will go down as one of our most memorable adventures ever. Our guides, Steve and Bryson, made this experience a lifetime memory. We took on challenges that were beyond what we thought we were capable of and left with memories we will cherish forever. read less

5 Stars (70 reviews)

T Tracy | October 2023

Mighty Five Adventure - September 2023

Best Vacation Ever!

"This was my first trip and I wasn't sure what to expect, but it exceeded all of my expectations! It was a retirement gift for me for my husband and myself to take this trip together. First of all, Steve and Bryson are both top notch professional guides and people. They took care of everything, which made our trip stress free and truly enjoyable. I believe the guides can make or break your experience and they were EXCELLENT! The hiking excursions, restaurants, awesome views, home made lunches by the guides, etc. were second to none. The extra friendly and thoughtful touches by Steve and Bryson made our group feel like a family. I have no bad comment or even constructive criticism
about the trip. Truly outstanding! The hikes did push me but they had a good feel for our group's capabilities and took plenty of rest stops when needed.

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"This was my first trip and I wasn't sure what to expect, but it exceeded… read more

"This was my first trip and I wasn't sure what to expect, but it exceeded all of my expectations! It was a retirement gift for me for my husband and myself to take this trip together. First of all, Steve and Bryson are both top notch professional guides and people. They took care of everything, which made our trip stress free and truly enjoyable. I believe the guides can make or break your experience and they were EXCELLENT! The hiking excursions, restaurants, awesome views, home made lunches by the guides, etc. were second to none. The extra friendly and thoughtful touches by Steve and Bryson made our group feel like a family. I have no bad comment or even constructive criticism
about the trip. Truly outstanding! The hikes did push me but they had a good feel for our group's capabilities and took plenty of rest stops when needed. read less

5 Stars (70 reviews)

R Robin | September 2023

Mighty Five Adventure - September 2023

The Amazing Mighty Five Adventure!!

"WOW! Every aspect of this trip was amazing! It far exceeded my expectations. The National Parks were absolutely gorgeous; the guides were knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, and FUN! Their personalized touch for each and every one of the travelers was spot on! The hotels, restaurants and food were also perfect for each location. Every aspect of this tour was well planned and thought out. Each hike or activity (canyoning) was well done! Steve and Bryson are wonderful guides! I hope to book another trip soon.

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"WOW! Every aspect of this trip was amazing! It far exceeded my expectations. … read more

"WOW! Every aspect of this trip was amazing! It far exceeded my expectations. The National Parks were absolutely gorgeous; the guides were knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, and FUN! Their personalized touch for each and every one of the travelers was spot on! The hotels, restaurants and food were also perfect for each location. Every aspect of this tour was well planned and thought out. Each hike or activity (canyoning) was well done! Steve and Bryson are wonderful guides! I hope to book another trip soon. read less

5 Stars (70 reviews)

N Nadine | September 2023

Mighty Five Adventure - September 2023

Hiking the Mighty 5 National Parks from St George to Moab, Utah

"My wife Robin and I just finished a 9 day adventure of the Mighty 5 National parks in Utah with Austin Adventures. We had a fantastic time.
Our Guides (Steve and Bryson) were the best!! They took us on wonderful hikes in all the parks averaging 6-8 miles/day. The hotels and food were great. The trip was exciting and something I will remember the rest of my life. "Kudos" Austin Adventures for a job well done. Thank you for the experience of a lifetime. We plan to book another trip in the future.

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"My wife Robin and I just finished a 9 day adventure of the Mighty 5… read more

"My wife Robin and I just finished a 9 day adventure of the Mighty 5 National parks in Utah with Austin Adventures. We had a fantastic time.
Our Guides (Steve and Bryson) were the best!! They took us on wonderful hikes in all the parks averaging 6-8 miles/day. The hotels and food were great. The trip was exciting and something I will remember the rest of my life. "Kudos" Austin Adventures for a job well done. Thank you for the experience of a lifetime. We plan to book another trip in the future. read less

5 Stars (70 reviews)

J John | September 2023

Mighty Five Adventure - September 2023

Good Times

"The trip was great, guides were awesome, hikes were just right!

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"The trip was great, guides were awesome, hikes were just right! read more

"The trip was great, guides were awesome, hikes were just right! read less

5 Stars (70 reviews)

N Nicole DuPont | September 2023

Mighty Five Adventure - September 2023

Mighty 5 Trip

"It was a wonderful trip with attentive, engaging, and knowledgeable guides. Everything felt smooth, and seamless.

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"It was a wonderful trip with attentive, engaging, and knowledgeable guides. Everything felt smooth, and… read more

"It was a wonderful trip with attentive, engaging, and knowledgeable guides. Everything felt smooth, and seamless. read less

5 Stars (70 reviews)

K Karen | September 2023

Bryce Canyon & Zion Adventure - August 2023

Excellent experience

"Many lifetime memories made on this trip. Beautiful views.

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"Many lifetime memories made on this trip. Beautiful views. read more

"Many lifetime memories made on this trip. Beautiful views. read less

4 Stars (177 reviews)

T Teri | August 2023

Bryce Canyon & Zion Adventure - August 2023

Bryce/Zion trip

"This was such a fantastic trip. Spending time in beautiful Bryce and Zion with a great group of people and two fantastic guides was just the best!!! I will definitely travel with Austin Adventures again!!

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"This was such a fantastic trip. Spending time in beautiful Bryce and Zion with… read more

"This was such a fantastic trip. Spending time in beautiful Bryce and Zion with a great group of people and two fantastic guides was just the best!!! I will definitely travel with Austin Adventures again!! read less

5 Stars (177 reviews)

N Naida | August 2023

Bryce Canyon & Zion Adventure - August 2023

Bryce Canyon & Zion Adventure

"My wife and I are senior citizens and booked this trip with some reservations on whether we would be paired with people similar in age or we would slow the group down. To our delight we found that most of the group was similar to us in age and the "adventures" include in the trip were doable for us and we had the option to do something a little less demanding. The guides were very attentive to our needs, thank you to Megan and Joel, we had a wonderful trip.

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"My wife and I are senior citizens and booked this trip with some reservations on… read more

"My wife and I are senior citizens and booked this trip with some reservations on whether we would be paired with people similar in age or we would slow the group down. To our delight we found that most of the group was similar to us in age and the "adventures" include in the trip were doable for us and we had the option to do something a little less demanding. The guides were very attentive to our needs, thank you to Megan and Joel, we had a wonderful trip. read less

5 Stars (177 reviews)

C Christfried | August 2023

Bryce Canyon & Zion Adventure - August 2023

Great Sights, Great Exercise, and Great Friendships!

"My wife and I had an outstanding adventure vacation at Bryce and Zion. We saw incredible sights and enjoyed the friendships that we developed over the course of the week spent hiking, bicycling, kayaking, and canyoneering together. Our guides were always one step ahead, anticipating our needs and wants - and totally spoiling us in the process!

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"My wife and I had an outstanding adventure vacation at Bryce and Zion. We saw… read more

"My wife and I had an outstanding adventure vacation at Bryce and Zion. We saw incredible sights and enjoyed the friendships that we developed over the course of the week spent hiking, bicycling, kayaking, and canyoneering together. Our guides were always one step ahead, anticipating our needs and wants - and totally spoiling us in the process! read less

5 Stars (177 reviews)

S Scott | 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 2023

Great Trip

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

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

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

5 Stars (54 reviews)

H Heather | August 2023

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Save 10% When You Book Early

Dreaming of an epic adventure, but haven't quite taken the next step? Now is the time! Take advantage of our Earlybird Explorers offer, and enjoy 10% off* ANY of our trips. (*T&Cs apply, please see below.)

This limited-time offer ensures you are on the path to advance your adventure plans, and turn your travel dream into a reality. Until February 29, 2024, secure your booking with only a 50% deposit, and receive a 10% discount off the trip price.

If you'd like to learn more, or need any help finding your next adventure, get in touch with our dedicated customer service team. Be an Earlybird Explorer, catch your next adventure, and start counting down to the trip of a lifetime!

 

Terms & Conditions

Take 10% off the trip price when you book a trip and pay a 50% deposit by February 29, 2024. By opting for this payment plan, your 50% deposit is non-refundable, and your booking is non-cancellable, and non-changeable. The discount only applies to bookings which are scheduled to depart no sooner than 180 days from the date of payment (no sooner than 270 days for Africa). The cancellation and refund (by you) and change of trip or departure terms and conditions do not apply to bookings subject to this payment plan. If you change or cancel your trip, you will forfeit your 50% deposit, and no refunds will apply. This discount cannot be combined with any other offers and applies to the trip cost only. We highly recommend that you purchase Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) insurance. We recommend Redpoint Insurance – you can find details here. Use promocode EARLYBIRD10 at time of booking.

Your Expert Local Guides

Utah FAQs

Do you recommend buying travel insurance?

As an Austin Adventures traveler, it’s highly recommended you take out travel insurance to cover the likes of travel delays, missed connections, medical expenses or injury, or lost baggage for your travel with us. Please head to our Travel Protection page for more in-depth information and our recommended insurance provider.

What's included on your North America trips?

Accommodation

We've spent years finding places to stay that are quaint, perfectly-located, and comfortable when we take you to the most amazing parts of North America. We offer a wide variety of accommodations on our trips ranging from locally run inns and first-class hotels to resorts, dude ranches and historic national park cabins. Accommodations are selected for their location, unique charm and history, and offer a true feel for the region. We strongly believe in the value of a good night's sleep and our accommodation reflects this. We also like to have somewhere comfortable to relax after the day's activities.

Transport

We're really focused on ensuring that we spend as little time as possible sitting in vehicles, and that we optimise your vacation for adventuring in the great outdoors. Our average driving time is just over two hours a day, and we make plenty of stops for bathroom breaks and sightseeing along the way. We use modern, comfortable 15-passenger vans for all of our transfers and a second van is added to most departures to provide more flexibility and more room to spread out while seeing the sights! Make no mistake - our trips are not typical bus tour vacation packages! Picture more of a road trip with family complete with good music, tasty snacks, and plenty of guide-supplied fun facts along the way to keep you entertained!

Meals

Just about all your meals are included when you travel with Austin Adventures in North America. We provide a wide variety of cuisine - breakfasts are typically eaten at your hotel on your own time in the morning before meeting up with the group. Lunches feature everything from elaborate picnics to roadside cafes to sandwiches trailside. Dinners are usually eaten at our hotel's dining room or a local restaurant with plenty of options to choose from. We easily cater to vegetarians, picky kids, and people with particular dietary needs. All our guides have food safety certificates and are well-practiced in the art of food prep and serving while on-the-move. You'll find the meals are a real highlight of your trip!

All Guiding Services

Each trip features two or three incredible guides and our average guest to guide ratio is 6:1. Our guests are often drawn to North America by the beautiful scenic landscapes, promise of wilderness and clean air - and there's no doubt you'll find all that, though what you may not be expecting is to forge real, genuine friendships with your fellow tripmates, including our wonderful guides. They're hands-down the BEST guides you'll ever come across.

Activities

Any activity described in our itinerary, such as hiking, rafting, horseback riding, kayaking and biking, are included in your trip cost. Our itineraries are pretty jam-packed to maximize our time spent exploring in these amazing places, and your guides will make it clear if there are additional activities available (at your expense).

How many people are there on each of our North America trips?

We get a real variety of people on our trips and they all seem to have one thing in common – a love of the outdoors! Our trips can accommodate up to 22 guests, depending on each departure. Our adult-only departures require a minimum age of 16 years and generally feature a mix of singles, couples and friends, and our family departures require a minimum age of 6 years to join (7 years on our Alaska Family Adventure) and are a great way to meet other like-minded families who like to get outside.
Please note child rates apply to children 12 years and under.

Do you charge a forced single supplement if I'm a solo traveller?

We welcome many solo travelers on our trips – in fact, we get so many solo travelers and they always say it’s a great way to travel alone, but not actually by themselves. You’ll have an incredible adventure sharing your experiences with other like-minded travelers, and the best part is we don't charge extra for solo travelers, providing you don’t mind sharing a room. However, for bookings within 90 days of your chosen departure, a forced single supplement will apply if there is no other guest of the same gender already booked to share with.

If you prefer not to share a room at all, you can upgrade to a single room, if one is available. 

If I book a trip with my children, will I be sharing a room with them?

Active Adventures & Austin Adventures family vacations are naturally about spending time with family and as such, most families opt to share rooms on our trips. At time of booking, families consisting of four guests 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 the 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.

What if I need a special diet?

We’re accustomed to catering to the following special diets:

  • vegan (no meat or animal products)
  • vegetarian (no meat products)
  • pescatarian (vegetarian, and eat fish)
  • no red meat (eat chicken & fish)
  • no pork (eat chicken & fish)
  • gluten intolerant (no wheat, rye, barley or oats)
  • lactose intolerant (no dairy products)
  • picky kids (send us a list of what your child will eat and we'll make sure to have it!)
You will get the opportunity to specify your particular requirements when you fill in your travel wallet. If you have any other dietary requirements please let us know well in advance, via email or the online travel wallet.

 

How much luggage can I bring on the North America trips?

You are allowed one piece of luggage on your trip, plus a daypack. Your main piece of luggage should not exceed 50 pounds (23 kilograms) and can be anything from a duffle bag to a sports bag with wheels or a suitcase. You’ll also want a good quality backpack sized 25-30 liters (2000 cubic inches) to use throughout the days.

How much spending money should I bring and where do I get cash?

You'll be able to find a reliable ATM once you arrive to start your trip, within the township or at the airport you land in, as national park ATM locations are sparse at best. Aside from tips for your guides, you could bring $200 and go home with change though some people like to bring some cash to cover a round of drinks, a few souvenirs, and dinner on "night on your own", although you could just as easily use a credit card for these purchases too.

What are your recommended guide gratuity guidelines?

You will have 2-3 guides on your Austin Adventure (depending on group size) and we recommend $15-25 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.

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You’ll be inspired and exhilarated, enjoying mind-blowing scenery on foot, in a sea kayak, or by bike - all at your own pace.

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With an average of 12 guests per departure and an industry-leading average 6:1 guest-to-guide ratio, you'll get to know your fellow travelers and have the flexibility to go at your own pace.

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