Trip Type : Group Tour
Mountain Valley View of Zion, United States

Zion Hiking & Camping Weekend Adventure

Arizona Outback Adventures
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
3 days
From: $ 995 $ 332 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Experience hike to Angel’s landing over the canyon wall
  • See the Virgin River forms a lush river valley below, where water skirts around Angels Landing and the Organ
  • Explore Zion by hiking Emerald Pools Trail

Short Description

Get to know Zion National Park on this 3-day weekend adventure with AOA’s expert guides. Your guides will lead you to Emerald Pools and through the Virgin River within the lofty walls of the Narrows, where we learn about the natural forces that carved the canyon’s incredible depths. We will summit Angel’s Landing, whose spectacular vistas were thought by early settlers to be reserved for the flight of angels alone. Together we’ll conquer the challenging Observation Point which is one of (if not the best) spot to take in the beauty and grandeur of Zion.

At each adventurous day’s end, you and your fellow hikers will have fun sharing your favorite moments of the day while reminiscing on the amazing views. When you return home to your day to day life, you will bring with not only photos of one of the Southwest’s grandest destinations but also the incredible memories of hikes accomplished and new friends made on the trail.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Zion National Park
End City Zion National Park

Destinations

United States

Cities & Attractions

Zion National Park

Activities

Hiking Nature

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Trip Includes

  • 2 nights camping at Watchman Campground in Zion National Park
  • Basecamp Group Gear (personal mess kit, kitchen equipment, hand washing station, dish washing station, camp chairs, etc.)
  • Meals starting lunch Day 1 through lunch Day 3
  • Water and snacks
  • Professional Wilderness First Responder certified guide
  • Zion National Park commercial fees*

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Itinerary

Day 1: Meet Your Guide & Group, Hike The Emerald Pools Trail

Hiking: 3-6 miles

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Watchman Campground in Zion National Park

11:00am – Meet your AOA Guide and fellow travelers at the Zion National Park Visitor’s Center. We’ll do a quick orientation then hop on the shuttle. We’ll enjoy a quick lunch together then begin our exploration of Zion by hiking Emerald Pools Trail. This trail meanders past stream that leads to a series of three pools known as Lower, Middle, and Upper Emerald Pools. After exploring this hidden desert oasis, we can get additional miles in by hiking the shoulders of the Watchman spire to a stunning lookout over Zion Canyon. The afternoon sun splashes the walls in crimson red as we take in the sights and sounds of the valley for the first time. The evening will close with a delicious dinner before retiring to our tents.

Day 2: Hike Observation Point And The Narrows

Hiking: 8-10 miles

Meals: All meals included

Accommodation: Watchman Campground in Zion National Park

Today we’ll checkout one of the best viewpoints in the entire park, Observation Point. The maintained trail zigzags its way up the steep mountainside alongside towering cliffs of Navajo Sandstone. before venturing through Echo Canyon, a deep gorge filled with water-gnawed sandstone pockets. Beyond Echo Canyon walls drop sharply, giving way to spectacular views. The Virgin River forms a lush river valley below, where water skirts around Angels Landing and the Organ, forming Big Bend. We’ll take a breather to enjoy the view before descending back to the valley floor where we’ll hop on the park shuttle to head to our next adventure, the world-famous Narrows. The Narrows are a National Park classic because of the stunning beauty and uniqueness of the terrain. On this hike, we will wade through the knee- to waist-deep water of the Virgin River while 2,000-foot Navajo Sandstone towers overhead on either side of us. Tonight, we celebrate our week of adventure and relaxation with a final dinner.

Day 3: Hike Angel’s Landing And Say Our Goodbyes

Hiking: 5 miles

Meals: Breakfast and lunch included

Accommodation: On your own

On our last day together, we will conquer the challenging hike to Angel’s Landing before the desert sun peaks over the canyon wall. Angel’s Landing is not just a hike; it is the pre-eminent trail of our National Park System and the perfect adventurous finale to our fantastic week of exploring our national gems. Named for Reverend Frederick Fisher in 1916 when he exclaimed,” Only an angel can land on it”, this hike’s legend has been growing since its opening to the public in 1926. The trail ascends 1,488 feet in 2.5 miles to the 5,790-foot summit of a monolith perched partway between the river and the canyon rim. It is flanked on three sides by the erosive North Fork of the Virgin River below. The payoffs to landing on this perch are sweeping north-south views of the Virgin River Gorge, Cathedral Mountain, Observation Point, Cable Mountain and the Great White Throne looming high above Angel’s Landing. After descending back to the canyon floor, we’ll head over to Red Rock Grill for lunch before hopping back on the shuttle and returning to the Visitor’s Center where we’ll say our goodbyes to the towering sandstone peaks of Zion.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Air/Ground transportation to and from meetup location
  • Park entry fees
  • Pre- or post-trip lodging
  • Breakfast Day 1, dinner Day 5
  • Tent (available to rent from AOA)
  • Sleeping pad (available to rent from AOA)
  • Sleeping bag (available to rent from AOA)
  • Day hiking pack (available to rent from AOA)
  • Gratuities to AOA Guides

Meals Included:

2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 2 Dinners

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