Utah: Hiking, Hoodoos & Horseback Riding

Explore Utah’s Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks AdventureWoman style in 2020! Try canyoneering, hike among hoodoos, and horseback riding through the setting sun, all while enjoying luxe guest 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 ochre red, yellow, and white. Begin at the 4,000 acre Zion Ponderosa Ranch, a Utah guest ranch, just perfect as our home base for the week. Over a gourmet welcome dinner, get to know the other women joining you to explore Utah’s canyon country, then settle into your room in one of the ranch’s luxury vacation homes.

For your first 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 tough four-mile climb up, 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. Afternoon options include horseback riding through Utah scrub lands to catch a luminous sunset.

The next day, test your mettle and prove you love a challenge as you and your travel companions next travel into Zion to tackle a tricky and demanding hiking trail to Angel’s Landing, navigating switchbacks and sheer drop offs. Your reward is completely breathtaking 360-degree views from the top. Next, 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. S’mores and a crackling campfire will crown this perfect day. The next morning, enjoy an optional helicopter ride over the Zion landscape or simply relax at the guest ranch. Then, for a true visual feast, on day five of our Utah hiking trip, we spend a day hiking down into sun-baked Bryce Canyon and around  its spiky sea of multi-colored vertical sandstone hoodoos, towers of rock formed by ice and rain over the decades.

Saving the very best for last, harness up to 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 of hiking, horseback riding and canyoneering in Utah 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.

Zion and Bryce 2020 Hiking Adventure Highlights:

  • 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 en-suite bathrooms

Price: $3,590

April 26 – May 2, 2020
September 20 – 26, 2020

“The overall friendliness, goodwill and camaraderie among the Utah hiking group was the highlight of my trip.” Linda L.


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