Hike and bike your way through southern Utah's national parks, including Bryce Canyon, Zion, and Snow Canyon. You'll cycle through barren landscapes, past unique multi-hued rock formations, switching gears to experience the scenery up close by foot.

Highlights

  • Ride Zion's famous red roads past the iconic Checkerboard Mesa
  • Hike Zion National Park's Narrows, cooling off in the Virgin River
  • Climb the steep Angels Landing Trail for panoramic vistas of Zion
  • Bike to Snow Canyon State Park to view ancient lava flows and petrified sand dunes

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Las Vegas; Transfer to Brian Head; Hike Cedar Breaks Brian Head
Day 2 Cycle to Bryce Canyon; Hike among the hoodoos  Bryce Canyon National Park
Day 3 Cycle in Zion‍‍‍ National Park Springdale
Day 4 Hike to The Narrows - Cycle the valley floor  Springdale
Day 5 Hike to Scouts Lookout and Angels Landing‍‍‍ St. George
Day 6 Bike to Snow Canyon State Park - Transfer to Las Vegas - Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Las Vegas - Transfer to Brian Head - Hike Cedar Breaks

Cedar Breaks National Monument
Cedar Breaks National Monument

Meet your driver in Las Vegas and transfer to the small mountain resort town, Brian Head, Utah for a bite to eat and a brief orientation with your guide.

Afterward, you'll be driven to Cedar Breaks National Monument for a moderate hike of the area. Starting at 10,000 feet above the Colorado Plateau, you'll hike below the rim to a viewpoint for breathtaking vistas of the colorful layered rock.

Return to your hotel in Brian Head for dinner before retiring for the evening.

Driving duration (Las Vegas - Brian Head): 3 hours
Hiking distance: 4 miles (6.4 km)
Elevation gain: 880 feet (268 m)

Day 2: Cycle to Bryce Canyon - Hike among the hoodoos 

Hoodoos dot Bryce Amphitheater
Hoodoos dot Bryce Amphitheater

Today you’ll begin the biking portion of your adventure. Start from your accommodation and bike the mostly downhill route to Panguitch, a typical Utah cowboy town. From there, you have the choice of either catching a shuttle or cycling an additional 21 miles (33.8 km) to Bryce Canyon. Stop for a picnic lunch, before hiking into the Bryce Amphitheater following a winding path through unique spires of rock known as hoodoos.

Cycling distance: 37 or 58 miles (60 or 93 km)
Elevation gain: up to 3,000 feet (914.4)
Hiking distance: up to 3 miles (4.8 km)
Elevation gain: 580 feet

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Day 3: Cycle in Zion‍‍‍ National Park

Checkerboard Mesa
Checkerboard Mesa

After breakfast, you'll be shuttled to Mount Carmel Junction near the east entrance to Zion National Park. Switching to your bike, you'll ride along Zion's red roads past the iconic Checkerboard Mesa and through the historic Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel. Marvel at your first views of Zion Canyon, before stopping for a rest and a bite to eat. If you have the energy, enjoy a short hike in Zion to explore your surroundings, otherwise, you may wish to spend a relaxing afternoon at your hotel in Springdale.

Driving duration: 1.5 hours
Cycling distance: 26 miles (41.8 km)
Elevation gain: 1,500 feet (457.2 m)

Day 4: Hike to The Narrows - Cycle the valley floor 

The Narrows and Virgin River
The Narrows and Virgin River

Today you will hike a section of Zion National Park known as The Narrows. Hike up the Virgin River, cooled by its waters as you work your way along the canyon until you reach the narrowest part, known as "Wall Street". Marvel at the sheer cliff faces as they stretch above you for hundreds of feet.

In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to cycle the floor of the valley—a scenic route that is nearly free of cars.

Hiking distance: up to 8 miles (12.9 km)
Biking distance: up to 18 miles (29 km)

Day 5: Hike to Scouts Lookout and Angels Landing‍‍‍ 

Angel's Landing Trail, Zion National Park, Utah
View of Angels Landing Trail

Leave your hotel in Springdale behind and venture out once more into Zion to hike a short route to Scouts Lookout. You will have the option to continue on with a more challenging climb up to Angels Landing. At 5,790 feet, the mountain outcropping soars almost 2,000 feet above the valley floor and offers an all-encompassing view of the park.

In the afternoon you'll be shuttled to St. George. Settle into your accommodation and enjoy your last evening's meal.

Hiking distance: 5 miles (8 km)

Day 6: Bike to Snow Canyon State Park - Transfer to Las Vegas - Depart

Snow Canyon State Park's petrified sand dunes and lava flows
Snow Canyon State Park's petrified sand dunes and lava flows

After breakfast, you'll have the option to either bike to nearby Snow Canyon State Park or, relax and have a leisurely morning at the hotel. When it's time, you’ll then be shuttled back to Las Vegas for your return flight home.

Biking distance: 16 miles (25.7 km)
Elevation gain: 1,500 feet (457 m)

Map

Map of Utah's National Parks: Hike and Bike Tour - 6 Days
Map of Utah's National Parks: Hike and Bike Tour - 6 Days