Explore Utah’s Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks in 2021 AdventureWomen style! Try canyoneering, hike among hoodoos, and ride horseback through this iconic landscape, all while enjoying comfortable ranch living to round out each active and adventurous day.
Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks are two of Mother Nature’s greatest marvels, their gigantic canyons and erosion-carved forms layered in ribbons of red, yellow, and white. Begin at the 4,000-acre Zion Ponderosa Ranch. Over a tasty welcome dinner, get to know your Utah-based guides and fellow AdventureWomen travelers joining you to explore Utah’s canyon country. You are also accompanied by an AdventureWomen Ambassador, committed to helping make your experience a fun and personally rewarding adventure, and cheering you on as you reach beyond your comfort zone to take on new challenges in your own unique way! Then settle into your single room in one of the ranch’s comfortable vacation homes.
For your first full day in Utah, survey America’s big, beautiful backyard from Observation Point. At 6,521 feet high, the sweeping scenery before you includes most of Zion Canyon, its high walls and canyon floor stretching out for miles. While many make the strenuous four-mile climb up from the park, AdventureWomen has a better way to reach the top! A 3.5-mile trail from the park boundary takes a gentler course to reach those jaw-dropping views. This afternoon you have the option for a horseback ride through the scrublands before you harness up for a rappelling lesson to get ready for your canyoneering adventure later in the week.
The next day treats you to “secret” hikes within Zion. None are long or strenuous, but combined they total 8-10 miles throughout the day. Your first stop is the Court of Patriarchs. This stunning short hike offers expansive views of the monumental peaks that welcome you into Zion Canyon. You’ll have the opportunity to hike part of the Zion Narrows, a deep slot canyon, wading portions of the Virgin River to reach wild hanging gardens and walk among the arcing walls. Discover a few more secret spots in the park unknown to tourists, and crown this perfect day with s’mores and a crackling campfire. You have two options for your next day. For a hike that will test your mettle and prove you love a challenge, choose to travel into Zion to tackle a tricky and demanding route to Angels Landing, navigating switchbacks and sheer drop offs. Your reward is completely breathtaking 360-degree views. For those who prefer a less-challenging option, wake early for a less demanding hike to see the sunrise at Canyon Overlook. Afterwards meet up for lunch, shopping and walking around Springdale. For a true visual feast, on day five spend your time hiking down into sun baked Bryce Canyon and around its spiky sea of multi-colored vertical sandstone hoodoos.
Saving the very best for last, harness up and join your friends and professional guides for the heart-pumping thrill of canyoneering! Whether you’ve never tried it before or you’re an “old hand,” this activity is suitable for everyone. Feed out the ropes as you descend step by step along steep red sandstone walls to land safely far down below. It might seem scary before you step out over the cliff, but by the time you reach the canyon floor, canyoneering might be your favorite sport!
Your week concludes with a spectacular farewell dinner to match a spectacular week. Wish each other a bon voyage, appreciating the camaraderie, the moxie, and the shared laughs that will be recounted and remembered often in the years to come.
- Hike in the secret, hidden areas of Zion National Park
- 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
- Stay in houses on a ranch with all single rooms and en-suite bathrooms
What You'll See and Do
- Horseback Riding
- National Parks