From: October 31 to November 4, 2018

Destination: Bryce and Zion National Parks, Utah

  • Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks

    Sometimes you just want to fit as much hiking into four days as you can. We've designed this trip to hike some of the best trails in the two parks in a short period- there won't be significant amounts of downtime on this trip. Maximum group size: 12

  • Wednesday, October 31
    Arrive anytime today in Las Vegas. We'll be staying at a hotel that can be reached by shuttle so you can arrive whenever it's convenient. Our first formal get together will be tomorrow.

    Thursday, November 1
    We'll meet for breakfast and introductions. The drive to Zion National Park is about 3 hours and this afternoon we'll have a shorter warm-up hike, the Emerald Pools Trail System. The hike to the Upper Pool is about 2.5 hours roundtrip and passes both pools and waterfalls, as well as the lush environment of the lower pool and the dry environment of the upper pool. Tonight we'll eat dinner in the open dining area at the Lodge where we can watch the night slowly darken. Overnight Zion National Park.

    Friday, November 2
    Today we'll hike to Observation Point. This steep trail passes the trail to Weeping Rock and then climbs through Echo Canyon and up again to the aptly name Observation Point, gaining 2,150 feet in four miles. The view from the top is magnificent: the yellow color of the cottonwoods make the sweeping views down canyon look like a river of gold. You can also see across canyon to the red rocks of Angels' Landing and the white rocks of the western plateau, or upriver to the where the Narrows are. If there is time and energy, we recommend taking the short uphill trail to Weeping Rock when you're back down at the base - it's well worth it. Time permitting, we'll also drive up to the famous Zion Narrows for a short walk on a paved path back into the canyon. Tonight we'll drive back into Springdale for dinner. Overnight Zion National Park.

    Saturday, November 3
    We get up early this morning for the 2 hour (or so) drive to Bryce. The drive itself is quite pretty and if you've never seen Bryce Canyon, your first look over the rim will take your breath away - as will the elevation, which at 7500 feet is something you'll feel when you hike. Our trail today is the Peekaboo Loop. In contrast to yesterday where we climbed out of Zion Canyon, today we'll start by descending into Bryce Canyon. This 6 mile trail follows a loop around a major formation. Constantly changing views provide an excellent opportunity to see hoodoos from the bottom up and from every possible angle. After completing our hike we'll drive back to Zion, stopping at a restaurant where the food is rivalled only by the view and ambience.

    Sunday, November 4
    Today our choice of hikes starts on the trail to Scout's Landing. This paved trail switchbacks up on a wide trail for about 2 miles. For those who have no fear of heights and want a mental challenge, we offer Angels Landing, one of the classic hikes in Zion. From Scouts Landing, the trail follows a narrow ridge (there are chains there for support) out to a fantastic overlook high above Zion Canyon. For many, however, this will be far enough, and you can either wait (the view is amazing) or return to the trailhead and walk along the Virgin River trail. In either case you can make your final decision once you've actually seen the trail. Hiking up to Angels Landing is about .5 miles out and back. If your legs are demanding a bit of a rest today, walking along the Virgin River is always a good choice. We'll plan to leave Zion by 1:30 pm and be back in Las Vegas by 4:00 pm (we gain an hour when changing time zones) so you can get a flight home after 6:00 pm.
  • Price: $1425  (see this page for travel discounts). $300 deposit. If you want your own room, the additional cost is $300 (limited availability). Please make sure you understand our cancellation policies.

    Trip Includes

    • Two experienced AGC guides
    • Four nights double occupancy accommodation
    • All meals from lunch on Saturday thru lunch on Tuesday
    • Transportation during the trip
    • National Park entry fees
    • Not included: Airfare to and from Las Vegas, Alcoholic beverages, Guide gratuities and trip insurance
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    If you’ve never traveled with us before, you may have some questions about how we do things and what you can expect. We’ve answered the most common ones below and are always available by phone or email to answer any others.

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    What if I’m coming alone?

    The majority of women who travel with us come by themselves. If you want to pay a single supplement to guarantee your own room, or if you want to share a room with someone with whom you are traveling, you can indicate that on the registration form. Otherwise we randomly assign roommates and rotate every time we change lodging – it’s a great way to get to know different women on the trip.

    Can you accommodate special diets?

    It depends on both the trip and on your specific needs. With advance notice, we can accommodate most dietary restrictions or allergies on our domestic trips, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten intolerant. This is not always true on international trips, so please contact us in advance if you have specific dietary needs. We've found that if you are willing to bring some of your own snacks and a couple of items to supplement what is on the menu (peanut butter is always good!) and possibly have less variety than you are used to at home, then dietary needs usually are no obstacle. If in doubt about your specific dietary needs, especially if you have Celiac disease, please give us a call (877/439-4042) or send us an email.

    What if I have to cancel my trip?

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    Do you help with pre-trip and/or post-trip hotel reservations?

    For international trips, if you want to stay at the hotel where we’re staying the first night before the trip, or at the hotel we’re staying the last night after the trip, we’re happy to make a reservation for you. Otherwise our PreDeparture Information will have hotel suggestions. Our travel agent is also happy to help you with this.

    How does the waitlist process work and how often do people cancel?

    If you are interested in a trip that is full, you should sign up here. If there is a cancellation, we send out an email to everyone who has expressed interest and ask them to respond within 24 hours. If more than one person is interested, we give the space to the person who has traveled with us before or in the order of being put on the waitlist. Frequently, even when we have a long wait list, it is the last person to sign up who is still available to go. Whether or not there will be a cancellation is completely unpredictable, although not uncommon.

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    On every trip, the primary roles of the guide(s) are to ensure your safety and to make sure that, to the extent possible, you are having the trip you want. The guide(s) will also make sure that you know what is happening each day and what you need to bring to be prepared. On domestic trips the guide(s) will also likely be driving, preparing picnic lunches and sometimes other meals, providing skills instruction, and giving you information about the natural history of the area. On any trip where we partner with another company (which is most international trips and some trips that require special equipment), the AGC guide will work with the local guide to make sure that the trip is conducted in accordance with the AGC philosophy.

    What if I have more questions?

    Give us a call (877/439-4042) or send us an email. A Program Manager is assigned to each trip. Once you have registered, she will send you a registration confirmation letter that includes her name and email, and she will be your primary contact. Her job is to make sure that you get all your questions answered and that you feel completely prepared for your adventure.

    What if I'm the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape/only single woman/only mom on the trip?

    You might be. Someone has to be the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape person on the trip. And while the great majority of our trips have both single and non-single women, and moms and non-moms, sometimes they don't. But it doesn't matter if you're "different" in any of those ways - what you will share with everyone else is a desire to experience adventure in your life, and an appreciation of the joy and camaraderie of being in an all women's group.

Trip highlights

  • Climbing the West Rim & Observation Point Trails in Zion National Park
  • Hiking the amongst the Hoodoos in Bryce National Park
  • Enjoying the relative solitude and crisp fall days of October
  • Staying for three nights in a lodge at the bottom of Zion Canyon

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