Zion and Bryce Canyon National Park Hiking + Glamping
Unreal hoodoos? Check. Slot canyons? Majestic overlooks? Check. All this and more (like heated tents with electricity) await you during our Women’s Hiking and Glamping in Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon weekend adventure!
Bryce Canyon Hiking and Beginner-Friendly Canyoneering
Escape to prehistoric Utah where you’ll hike stupid-pretty trails in Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. Wade through the Virgin River below 1,500′ canyon walls in the Narrows. Spend an entire day exploring Bryce Canyon National Park. Ghost the tourists as you wander deep into orange hoodoos. Explore areas of Zion so remote, they can only be reached by rappelling, scrambling, and down-climbing on a beginner-friendly canyoneering route.
Angels Landing Hike
Do you dare to Beastmaster up the chains of Angels Landing? If your answer is “Hell yeah!” you’ll snag one of the best views in Zion National Park. Not feeling it? No problem! You can still enjoy the Angels Landing hike without the exposed and often crowded chain portion. You’ll have the option to hang out on Scout Lookout while the rest of your group ascends the chains. Your guide and Explorer Chick sisters will support you the whole way. Afterward, dry your pits as you amble the streets of Springdale, Utah – the gateway to Zion (and seriously good ice cream). **Please read Angels Landing Permit tab for more information on the 2022 Angels Landing Permit process**
Every night you’ll rest your head in Insta-worthy glamping tents bordering Zion National Park. Kick it by the campfire under a diamond sky with goddesses who aren’t afraid to get dirty.
- Check off your National Parks bucket list over 4 days with hikes in Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park.
- Get lost, figuratively, surrounded by the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon.
- Explore below the canyon walls in Zion trekking the Narrows and cast your eyes down at the valley perched atop Angels Landing.
- Rappel, scramble, and down climb your way canyoneering in a beginner friendly slot canyon.
- Sleep easy at our Glamping site with canvas tents outfitted with all the creature comforts.
- Actively experience the parks with 2 Explorer Chick Guides who will ensure you hike the best, and sometimes most challenging, hikes.
- Relax and let us do the driving in the Explorer Chick SHE-nanigan Shuttle!
- Disconnect to reconnect! Leave behind the constant contact and use your phone solely for capturing moments.
- Relax with a comprehensive itinerary that makes the logistics, entrance fees, navigation, meal planning, lodging, and everything in-between easy.
- Geek out with supportive and encouraging Explorer Chicks on a private, women-only, small group adventure tour.
Day 1: Welcome to Zion + Angel’s Landing!
Smash down a lumber-jill breakfast before meeting your group at 7:00am at our Rendezvous Hotel in Las Vegas. You’ll be greeted by your Explorer Chick Guides with an official orientation to follow. We’ll then hop into our Explorer Chick SHE-nanigan Shuttle for a 2:30 hour transfer to Zion National Park.
The first time driving into Zion is not one you will soon forget. *wipes drool from face while staring up at towering walls* You’ll jump right into the action hiking your booty right on to the top: Hello, Angel’s Landing** Yes, you’ll ascend all 21 of Walter’s Wiggles to reach Scout Landing. We’ll take a breather and sit in the stillness. Any Explorer Chicks feeling daring are welcome to tackle the chains to reach the infamous Angels Landing. PINCH ME!
After our climb down, we’ll squeeze in as much trail time as we can before hopping our shuttle to our luxurious Glamping Digs.
We’ll then unpack at our Explorer Chick Base Glamping site and laze around the campfire, sharing our conquests with the stars.
Hiking Distance: 4.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,073′
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Transfer Time: 2:30 hours
Meals: L, D
**The National Park Service now requires advance reservations to hike to Angels Landing. The reservations are awarded via a seasonal lottery. Please note that you will need to apply for your own permit to hike the “chains” portion to Angels Landing on Recreation.Gov We will provide you with additional information on how to apply for the permit at the time of booking. More information is in the Angels Landing Permit Tab**
Day 2: Bryce Canyon and Hoodoos
It’s a sunup to sundown day in Bryce Canyon. After crushing a hot breakfast, we’ll board the SHE-nanigan Shuttle to cruise the largest collection of hoodoos on Planet Earth. Our big hike of the day starts at the canyon rim overlooking Bryce Amphitheater which can only be described as a mosh pit of rock formations.
We’ll leave the gawking tourists behind to wander deep among the hoodoos on a remote trail. Cull your photo roll to make space for all the stunning scenery Bryce Canyon has to offer.
The rest of our day will be spent exploring the shorter trails in Bryce Park to squeeze out every second of sunlight. On our return to camp, we’ll stop for a hot dinner to silence our gremlin bellies.
Distance: 7.8 miles+
Elevation Gain: 1,545’+
Hiking Time: 5 hours
Transfer Time to Bryce Canyon: 1:30 hours
Meals: B, L, D
Day 3: Canyoneering in Greater Zion
The Zion area is home to some of the best slot canyons in the country. Slowly carved by wind and water, these canyons are best explored by scrambling, down-climbing, rappelling, and wading. In the span of 4 hours you’ll conquer 8 rappels with your highest at 70 feet! YOU’RE BASICALLY ON THE COVER OF OUTSIDE MAGAZINE NOW.
This route is perfect for beginners with no experience. Just show up willing to go ALL IN and back off the edge into the canyon. We’ll snap you cheesin’ and score plenty of Glamour Shots as the light dances off the red sandstone walls.
Your afternoon is free. As a group, you can decide to tack on another hike in Zion, take your bra off back at camp, or catch an epic sunset from the hot tub.
Wanna fill your afternoon with more adventure? You have the option this afternoon to add an off-road Jeep tour. The Jeep tour will include outside guests – not just Explorer Chicks.
Hang on tight as your 4×4 Jeep crawls over boulders and ascends narrow, steep switchbacks before pausing at a beautiful viewpoint. Ascend over 1500 feet and see the breathtaking views of the vast East Zion from Brushy Cove and Elevator Trail. Views of the West Temple, Checkerboard Mesa, the Narrows, and other prominent Zion landmarks are visible from here.
Hiking Distance: 2.1 miles
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours plus optional hikes
Meals: B, L, D
Day 4: Zion’s The Narrows and Goodbyes
Hold those tears back – we have one last epic hike! It’s an early morning to return to the park for some real-life teleportation. Alien cliffs rise above you as we descend deep below the walls to goose our way through the Virgin River. Copper waterfalls, narrowing walls, deepening water – all part of the hike up river to the infamous Wall Street.
SOAK IT ALL IN GIRL! You earned this high after a weekend of gnarly hikes, belly laughs, and new friendships. We’ll hug it up and roll out to drive the 2:30 hours back to Las Vegas. The courage in your heart and stank in your boots will buoy you until your next Explorer Chick adventure.
Plan evening flight departures after 8pm.
Distance: 5 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Transfer time: 2:30 hours
Meals: B, L
*Explorer Chick reserves the option to modify trip itineraries at the discretion of your tour director as necessary due to weather, conditions, illness, injury, group dynamics, or other unforeseen incidents.
- 4 days/3 nights in a canvas Glamping tents. Shared, 2 Explorer Chicks per tent. Tents are equipped with electricity and heaters. Access to a pool, hot tub, showers, and coin-op laundry.
- Guided Canyoneering tour including all necessary gear.
- Entrance and commercial permit fees to Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park
- All meals as indicated in itinerary: B-3, L-4, D-3
- All tips for included meals and tours.
- Guided hiking throughout with 2 experienced Explorer Chick Guides
- A commemorative Explorer Chick shirt
- Private Explorer Chick land-transportation throughout itinerary
- A detailed Travel Guide with everything you need to know for your trip
- The freedom to enjoy your vacation and mindlessly wander!
- Small Group experience! Your Explorer Chick Adventure is exclusive and limited to 10 women
*Packages do NOT include your optional Narrows Rental Gear, rendezvous hotel, departure hotel, airfare, airport transportation, alcoholic beverages, travel insurance, Explorer Chick Leader Tips, meals exclusive of itinerary, or costs for additional activities.
*Does NOT include your Explorer Chick Guide’s Tips – Tipping your Explorer Chick Guides is optional, but customary. If you wish to recognize your Explorer Chick Guides for exceptional service we recommend you tip them 10-25% of your trip costs. Gratuities may be given to one guide—the team divides tips among themselves after the trip.
*You must apply for your own Angels Landing permit via Recreation.gov The permit is $6.00
You will receive a Travel Guide with all the hotel and additional information you’ll need to prepare for your epic trip!
Your adventure begins and ends in Las Vegas, NV at our Rendezvous hotel.
Day 1: Arrival. We will rendezvous as a group at 7:00am on Day 1. It is highly recommended to arrive the day before. You are responsible for booking your arrival hotel and airport transportation.
Day 4: Departure. Plan to fly out of Las Vegas on Day 4 after 8pm. It is recommended to fly out the following day in case there are road delays or issues on the trail. You are responsible for booking your departure hotel and airport transportation.
We require a minimum of 5 Explorer Chicks for this trip. Please confirm your trip is guaranteed before booking airfare.
During your Hiking and Glamping in Zion and Bryce Canyon adventure, you will hike some of the best trails in Zion and Bryce National Parks.
- The Narrows (5 miles/5 hours)
- Fairyland Trail (7.8 miles/1,545’ gain)
- Angels Landing (4.4 miles/2,073′ gain)**
Plus, optional side hikes of varying distances/elevation.
** Please read Angels Landing Permit information**
Tackle your fears: Canyoneering and Angels Landing may prove challenging to those who are weary of heights. The canyoneering portion involves 8 rappels up to 70 feet high. It is a beginner friendly route.
You can still enjoy the Angels Landing hike without the exposed and often crowded chain portion. You’ll have the option to hang out on Scout Lookout while the rest of your group ascends the chains. Your guide and Explorer Chick sisters will support you the whole way.
You should very easily be able to hike on rough terrain at 2 miles per hour. Please read the itinerary thoroughly with the stated hikes and gains.
You should be training on rough and rugged terrain – not always perfectly paved sidewalks. Train how you play!
Find steps, a hill, or the Stairmaster and get to climbing! Your quads, booty, and calves will thank you. Train in all the weather – This even means rain!
Train your tootsies! Do NOT show up with brand new hiking boots or trail shoes. You should be spending hours upon hours in your boots leading up to your adventure to break them in. Better to suffer blisters at home than to miss out due to painful hot spots on your feet. This is our number one injury. Do not let it happen to you!
Please consider your ability to meet the physical demands very seriously. It is for the safety of both you and our group. All Explorer Chicks will be required to sign an Acknowledgement of Physical Demands as part of their waiver upon booking.
Learn More with Explorer Chick
Starting in 2022, you must have a permit to hike the “chains” to Angels Landing. All Explorer Chicks will need to apply for their own permit on Recreation.gov through their permit lottery process. We will provide you with more details and information on the lottery process at the time of booking. If you do not receive a permit for Angels Landing via the lottery, you may to apply again 1 day before your scheduled visit.
Those Explorer Chicks who do not receive a permit during the first or second lottery application period will hike the West Rim Trail with the group starting at the Grotto Trailhead. You will experience the other famous sections of this remarkable trail: Refrigerator Canyon, Walters Wiggles (with 21 switchbacks!) , and Scout’s Lookout. Scout’s Lookout has amazing views of Zion Canyon, and is the farthest you can hike the trail before the Angels Landing chains begin. One of our Explorer Chick guides will remain with you and there may also be a possibility of adding another easy hike if time allows.
Angels Landing Lottery Application Timeline:
April – May Trips: Apply for Permits from January 3 – January 20 (notification of permits on January 25)
June Trips: Apply for Permits from April 1 – April 20. (notification of permits on April 25)
October + November Trips: Apply for Permits from July 1-July 20 (notification of permits on July 25)
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