Trip Overview

From the stunning vistas of Zion National Park to the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park, this high energy trip to Utah National Parks is the perfect adventure.  With stunning hiking, a helicopter tour of Zion, an introduction to canyoneering, and all single rooms, it’s sure to be an experience like none other.

The vast expanses of Zion National Park, in southwestern Utah, showcases Zion Canyon, which cuts through reddish-tan Navajo Sandstone. You’ll get to explore the park’s four life zones: desert, riparian, woodland, and coniferous forest. Kick off your Utah National Park adventure with a hike to Observation Point in Zion. Most hikers go on a challenging four-mile climb, but AdventureWomen has a better way! From the Zion Ponderosa Ranch, you can take a trail from the park boundary on a more gentle course that winds through the forest to the jaw-dropping view that is Observation Point. In the afternoon, head out on horseback or an ATV to explore the surrounding countryside. Unwind with your group in your luxury vacation home. You’ll share the common areas, but you will have your own private single room with an en-suite bathroom.

You’ll get to spend the next day hiking in Zion National Park. There will be several trail options, but the two most famous (and most challenging!) are the Zion Narrows and Angels Landing. These full-day adventures are strenuous and exciting, treating you to views of hanging gardens and rock faces in the Narrows, and a 360-degree view from the summit of Angels Landing. If you prefer a more moderate trail, there are plenty of equally spectacular options. Kick your tired feet up at the camp fire back at the ranch and enjoy some smores with your new friends.

Take an optional exclusive helicopter tour to see Zion’s landscapes from the air. After lunch at a café, spend your afternoon in a harness! Take a rappelling lesson which will prepare you for canyoneering later in the week. Climb the rock wall and try out the exhilarating zip line.

The next day, set out for a full day in Bryce Canyon National Park. Hike the Navajo Loop from Sunset Point into the hoodoos. Soak in the unique surroundings and landscape from the hot tub at the Ranch.

The grand finale of the trip is canyoneering! Canyoneering is a combination of route finding, rappelling, problem solving, swimming, and hiking – the perfect activity for AdventureWomen! Your expert guides will help you make the most of your canyoneering adventure, which is suitable for all levels from beginners to experts.

The expansive vistas and National Parks of Utah in October 2018 are the perfect setting for meeting new friends, exciting challenges, and unforgettable memories!

Hosted by Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort at Utah’s Zion National Park

Main Attractions

  • Hike to Angels Landing, one of the most stunning views in the west
  • Horseback ride through the expansive countryside
  • Try canyoneering for the first time, seeing the area from a different angle
  • Explore Bryce Canyon National Park on foot
  • Learn about astronomy as you gaze at the pristine night sky
  • Stay in luxury houses on a ranch with all single rooms and ensuite bathrooms

What You'll See and Do

  • ATV Ride
  • Canyoneering
  • Hiking
  • National Parks
  • Ziplining

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Utah
Welcome to Zion Ponderosa! Your outdoor playground for the week is located on the eastern side of Zion National Park. This 4,000 acre retreat is the perfect home base for exciting outdoor activities and stunning natural beauty.

You will be picked up at 3:00pm from the St. George Airport and transferred to Zion Ponderosa.

Check into your room and relax before dinner.

Enjoy a Welcome Dinner and Trip Orientation in one of the Vacation Homes to meet your group.
Welcome Dinner

Overnight: Zion Ponderosa

 

Day 2

Explore the area
Hike to observation point. Most visitors to Observation Point in Zion endure a challenging four-mile climb and a 2,148 foot ascent from the Weeping Rock area in the bottom of the canyon, but there is a better way! From Zion Ponderosa Ranch, there is a park boundary trailhead that follows a more gentle rolling course across the Zion National Park plateau. This 3.5-mile one- way walk winds through the forest bending slightly northwest and then back to the southwest towards the overlook. About two miles in, you’ll encounter views into a side canyon which are spectacular, but only whet the appetite for the view at Observation Point.

Enjoy lunch back at the ranch.

This afternoon, you’ll have the option to go horseback riding or drive an ATV through the property at Zion Ponderosa. Stunning views and exciting adventure await you on the outskirts of Zion.

Enjoy dinner as a group this evening.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Zion Ponderosa

 

Day 3

To Zion National Park
Drive to Zion National Park and choose from various hikes. These options, as well as other more moderate hikes will be discussed at your orientation. Take a boxed lunch with you on your hike!

Zion Narrows: The Narrows is one of the most strenuous hikes in Zion thanks to a preponderance of slippery surfaces, fast-moving water and the frequent need to wade against the current. It’s also one of the most magnificent. There are hanging gardens and striking rock faces everywhere you look, but you’ll need about 13 hours to hike it all. For this trip, we will hike up a mile on an asphalt trail to the opening of the Narrows. You can then choose to go up as much or as little as time allows in the water.

Angels Landing: Angels Landing is one of the most popular hiking trails in Zion, with some of the most stunning scenery you will ever see. Hikers come from all over the U.S. and abroad for the challenge of this thrilling trail, which can take from three to six hours to complete. From challenging switchbacks and drop-offs to a beautiful 360-degree view of Zion National Park from the summit, get to know the five sections of Angels Landing. This is an extremely strenuous hike, and should not be attempted by inexperienced hikers or those in poor health. Take this hike seriously. Bring water and snacks, and slow down when you need to.

After a long day, kick up your feet around the campfire with smores!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Zion Ponderosa

 

Day 4

Explore the area
Enjoy an optional morning helicopter tour of the beautiful Zion landscape. Seeing the area from the sky will make your jaw drop. (Advance registration required; $200 to sign up).

Relax at the Ranch: If you decide to skip the optional helicopter tour, take a morning to just relax at the ranch, or visit the local town of Springdale.

Lunch is on your own today.

Spend your afternoon in a harness! Take a rappelling lesson to prepare you for your canyoneering adventure. Then have a chance to climb the rock wall and try out the zip line!

Enjoy dinner as a group. Play some games this evening if you have any energy left after your action-packed day!
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Zion Ponderosa

 

Day 5

To Bryce Canyon National Park
Set out from the ranch with a boxed lunch for a day in Bryce Canyon National Park. Hike into the hoodoos via the Navajo Loop from Sunset Point. This beautiful trail gives you an up-close look at the National Park. Take some time to absorb your unique surroundings.

After dinner take some time to relax in the hot tub.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Zion Ponderosa

 

Day 6

Explore the area
For those new to canyoneering, the National Park Service describes canyoneering as a combination of “route finding, rappelling, problem solving, swimming, and hiking.” Each canyoneering adventure experience is unique, and for many people it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Once you’ve tried it you’ll want to do it again!

Zion National Park and the surrounding area is one of the premiere places in the country for canyoneering. Your expert guides will help you make the most of your guided canyoneering adventure. This guided canyoneering adventure is suitable for beginners and even more advanced levels, and every level of technical skill in between. For adventurers with no rappelling experience, your guides are trained to assist you and ensure your safety.

Enjoy a boxed lunch on your way!

Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening, toasting the end of an incredible adventure!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Zion Ponderosa

 

Day 7

Depart from Utah
Bid farewell to your new friends and transfer to the airport to catch your flight home.
Breakfast

 

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Traveling to Utah


Arrival/Departure Information

April 28 Departure:

Arrive: Arrive at the St. George, Utah Airport (SGU) on April 28, 2019 before 3:00pm.

Depart: Depart from the St. George, Utah Airport (SGU) on May 4, 2019 after noon.

September 29 Departure:

Arrive: Arrive at the St. George, Utah Airport (SGU) on September 29, 2019 before 3:00pm.

Depart:Depart from the St. George, Utah Airport (SGU) on October 5, 2019 after noon.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. Please contact us at:

(800) 804-8686 or (617) 544-9393
email: info@adventurewomen.com

If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Health Considerations

We rate this trip as high energy. Our High Energy trips are designed for women who enjoy a physical challenge and crave being on the go! You should be prepared for itineraries that include (but are not limited to): a full day of biking on rolling terrain, hiking 5-8 miles on moderate to steep trails, being active at high altitudes, whitewater rafting, or skiing.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more at: https://fitfortrips.com/partners/adventure-women/

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone. As a courtesy, we can hold your space for five days while you are making personal and travel arrangements.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Forms and Final Payment

Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer).

April 28 Departure Final Payment Date: January 28, 2019

September 29 Departure Final Payment Date: July 1, 2019

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations in single rooms
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All transportation throughout the trip
  • Transfers from St. George, Utah airport
  • All park fees
  • All activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • Experienced hiking and canyoneering guides
  • One AdventureWomen Ambassador

Not Included

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Shuttles to/from Las Vegas airport (if needed)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Accommodations

Zion Ponderosa Ranch & Resort
The mountain vacation rental homes at Zion Ponderosa sit on a 4,000 acre ranch at the border of Zion National Park and are just over a one-hour drive from Bryce Canyon National Park. Unpack once and enjoy your stay in your private single room with an ensuite bathroom. The house will be run as a bed and breakfast type of stay for your trip, so no need to worry about cooking! Hang out in the common areas with your AdventureWomen friends.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What to Bring

As you get ready to pack for your adventure, have a look at The AdventureWomen Store at www.theadventurewomenstore.com - we have picked out our favorite travel clothes and outdoor gear to help make packing easy for you. You can also see our recommendations for this trip on the AdventureWomen Pinterest page.

IMPORTANT: You will be traveling in a 12-15 passenger van, and there is not a lot of room for luggage! It is imperative that you do not bring a large suitcase or duffel bag. Your duffel bag should be no larger than 30” x 14” x 14”. It can have wheels. Your carry-on bag should be your daypack, which you will need to carry for most of your activities during the day time. It should be able to fit under the seats in the van (the size that would fit under an airline seat).

Note: Zion Ponderosa Ranch is located in the mountains, and it is cold in the mornings and evenings. You’ll want to dress in layers as the weather is unpredictable. We recommend bringing either an extra pair of hiking shoes or water shoes, as your shoes will get wet on Tuesday when you are in the Narrows in Zion.

There are laundry facilities in your accommodations, but you may want to bring some detergent or you can purchase some in the gift shop.

Clothing and Gear:

  • Duffel bag or small suitcase
  • Daypack with rain cover
  • Medium-weight waterproof hiking boots or shoes (make sure they are broken in!)
  • 1 pair water shoes
  • Comfortable shoes for evenings
  • Gore-Tex/waterproof jacket
  • Gore-Tex/waterproof pants
  • 1 medium weight fleece sweater/jacket to layer under rain shell
  • 2-3 short sleeve shirts (quick dry recommended)
  • 1-2 long sleeve shirts (quick dry recommended)
  • 2-3 pairs of pants
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • Bathing suit
  • 1-2 sets of comfortable clothing to wear around the house
  • 5-7 pairs underwear
  • 4-5 pairs of wool hiking socks
  • 1 wool or fleece hat
  • 1 pair wool or fleece gloves
  • Sleepwear

AdventureWomen Essentials:

  • Travel documents (identification documents, airline tickets, money)
  • Write down/print out travel insurance number
  • Locks for your suitcase/duffel bag
  • Travel alarm clock with spare batteries
  • Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries
  • Binoculars (8x40/42 models are excellent choices; center focus models are easiest)
  • Digital camera, memory cards, battery charger
  • Power adapters
  • Sunglasses, case, and strap
  • Spare glasses, contact lenses, cleaner, saline, etc.
  • Money belt or neck pouch
  • Your AdventureWomen insulated bottle (good for hot or cold drinks!)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hand wipes/hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Small packet of tissues
  • Tampons and panty liners (avoid plastic applicators)
  • Earplugs: We recommend Mack’s Pillow Soft White Moldable Silicone Snore Proof Earplugs. Available at most drugstores or at www.earplugstore.com
  • Assortment of stuff sacks and Ziploc bags
  • 1-2 bandanas/Buff
  • Reading material/journal and pens

Personal First Aid Kit:

  • Prescription medicine you usually take (in original containers)
  • Personal epi pen (if you need one, don’t forget to pack it!)
  • Bandages, Gauze, Ace bandage, blister prevention
  • Antiseptic wipes/spray
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Cotton-tipped applicators
  • Oral rehydration tablets/packets
  • Antidiarrheal medication
  • Mild laxative
  • Antacid
  • Cold remedies
  • Ibuprofen/acetaminophen
  • Eye drops
  • Tweezers, scissors (travel size), safety pins

If you prefer to buy a complete kit, we recommend the Smart Travel first aid kit.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686