Utah Custom Trips

Look at a map of Utah’s National Parks, Forests, and Monuments, and the rugged wilderness in front of you will provide a perfect canvas on which to paint a picture of the ideal adventure vacation. The state’s geologic diversity ranges from 13,000 ft peaks in the northeastern Uinta Mountains to the arid basin of the Great Salt Lake Desert in the west. The striking canyons of intricately carved Navajo and Kayenta sandstone in Southeast Utah were the last terrain in the lower 48 United States to be mapped.

From cycling the red-paved roads of Zion National Park to backpacking the slender gorges of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, a custom-designed guided trip in Utah offers possibilities to suit every adventure style. Comfortable lodges and campgrounds set in stunning remote locations provide an oasis of tranquility after an active day of exploring our American Southwest’s national treasures.

Scheduled Southern Utah Hiking and Biking Trips

Our custom trips were so popular with our guests that we have added scheduled trips in Southern Utah to our Adventure Calendar:

“Custom” is about You

At Arizona Outback Adventures we’ve been designing adventure vacations for 20 years and custom itineraries are our specialty. All it takes is a phone call, and we do the rest. Don’t forget, all of our scheduled departures can also be personalized to fit your personal vacation style!

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We also offer custom guided trips in:  Arizona,  California,  Colorado

Get inspired by past custom trips in Utah!

Zion/Bryce

Zion & Bryce – Sample Trip
6 Day Cycling

From the majestic vistas of Zion Canyon to the pink pinnacle-filled amphitheater of Bryce, the scenery on your southern Utah adventure vacation is nothing short of spectacular. Each magnificent experience leads to the next as hoodoos make way for slot canyons and canyons make way for hanging plateaus.  These gems of our National Park system, while visited by many, are only truly explored by a few.  Let your guides use their extensive local knowledge to weave tales of the eclectic southwest as they lead you from tourist to traveler.

DAY 1: LAS VEGAS TO ZION NATIONAL PARK
Meet your experienced local guides in Las Vegas and travel to Zion National Park to gear up and prepare for the week ahead.

  • Lodging: Zion National Park Lodge

DAY 2: EXPLORATION OF ZION 
After an optional morning hike of either iconic Angel’s Landing or Echo Canyon, we’ll take the day to explore the unbelievable majesty of Zion by bike.

  • Hiking: optional 5-8 miles; difficult
  • Cycling: Options from flat and easy to the famously steep “tunnel climb”
  • Lodging: Zion National Park Lodge

Biking Zion Park road

DAY 3: THE FAMOUS HOODOOS OF BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Before breakfast, discover the enchanting Emerald Pools by foot  then transfer to Red Canyon and climb in the saddle for perfect pedaling across rolling hills. Enjoy your first glimpse of the iconic hoodoos of Bryce Canyon.

  • Hiking: optional 2.6 miles
  • Cycling: 20 miles – elevation gain of 800 feet/loss 1,500 feet
  • Lodging: Bryce Country Cabins

US Southwest/Bryce and Zion/Bryce and Zion 10.7.12

DAY 4: KODACHROME BASIN AND GRAND STAIRCASE-ESCALANTE

Pedal through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to Kodachrome Basin, named for the surrealistic colors that paint the surrounding rock (for a longer option, ride back instead of jumping in the van).

  • Cycling: 15 or 30 miles, rolling hills
  • Lodging: Bryce Country Cabins

DAY 5: EXPLORATION OF BRYCE
Possibilities abound today, choose from various options to explore Bryce Canyon National Park. Highlights can include difficult cycling to Rainbow Point and hikes on the famous Navajo Loop and along the scenic Rim Trail.

  • Cycling: 17-37 miles, elevation gain up to 2,000 feet
  • Lodging: Bryce Country Cabins

DAY 6: FINAL RIDE AND RETURN TO LAS VEGAS
Farewell ride in spectacular Kolob Canyons in western Zion National Park. Return to Las Vegas after celebratory lunch.

  • Cycling: 10-16 miles, rolling hills
  • Lodging: On your own

Utah Winter

Grand Canyon, Bryce, and Zion – Sample Trip
6 Day Winter Adventure

Winter is a wonderful time to visit our incredible National Parks & Monuments and this is the ultimate Southwest Grand Slam. Visitors are at a minimum so your group will have the beauty of these places virtually to yourselves! The famed landscapes of the Southwest take on a whole new image in the winter, the South Rim of the Grand Canyon may be covered in a fine blanket of snow, highlighting the geologic striations of the canyon walls and the wilderness in Bryce and Zion National Parks appears otherwordly under the winter sun.

Day 1 – LAS VEGAS TO GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Meet your guides in Las Vegas and travel to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Today there is an optional Helicopter over flight of the National Park – stunning views! Get introduced to the story of the canyon with an exceptional Imax movie experience then head off to the canyon rim to do a little sightseeing. Your guides will show you all the best lookout points as you walk along.

  • Hike: 0-2 miles
  • Drive: 4-4.5 hours
  • Lodging: Grand Canyon National Park South Rim Lodge

Day 2 – DAY HIKE IN GRAND CANYON
Hike down the South Kaibab Trail and have a picnic lunch below the rim – this is the best day hike from the South Rim! As you descend below the rim of the canyon you beging to gain a new perspective on the immensity of the canyon. Your guides will share facts and stories about the geology and history  as you walk along. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife sightings!

  • Hike: 3-8 miles
  • Drive: 0 hours
  • Lodging: Grand Canyon National Park South Rim Lodge

Day 3 – GRAND CANYON TO BRYCE NATIONAL PARK
Complete your canyon experience by taking in the sunrise at Yavapai Observation Station (optional) before we depart the South Rim. Visit the Navajo Indian Reservation & Cameron Trading Post, a great place to pick up souvenirs and native handicrafts. Highlights today include seeing the Little Colorado River, the Painted Desert, and an optional visit to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes for sand board sledding and an option to ride ATVs at Red Canyon State Park! Tonight we will stay outside of Bryce National Park.

  • Hike: 2-5 miles
  • Drive: 5.5 hours
  • Lodging: Stone Canyon Inn – Tropic, UT

Day 4 – GRAND STAIRCASE NATIONAL MONUMENT & BRYCE CANYON

Take in the amazing views of Bryce National Park on foot, or rather snowshoes! After a hearty lunch we head to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to explore the secret slot canyons and hanging plateaus of “America’s Outback.”

  • Hike: 5-8 miles
  • Drive: 1-1.5 hours
  • Lodging: Stone Canyon Inn – Tropic, UT

Day 5 – BRYCE CANYON TO ZION NATIONAL PARK
Start the day with a refreshing snowshoe hike on the Bryce Rim Trail at sunrise (optional). The morning light casts an ethereal glow over the glistening snow gathered in drifts beneath the iconic pink pinnacles and hoodoos of Bryce. Transfer to Zion National Park, options to explore.

  • Hike: 0-3 miles
  • Drive: 1.5-2 hours
  • Lodging: Zion National Park Lodge

Day 6 – ZION TO LAS VEGAS
Awake in Zion and hike the wonderful and challenging Angels Landing Trail – Zion’s most famous hiking trail. Feeling rewarded by accomplishing the challenge of Angel’s Landing we will rest on the drive back to Las Vegas, NV.

  • Hike: 5 miles
  • Drive: 2.5 hours
  • Lodging: on your own

So. Utah

Southern Utah’s Treasures – Sample Trip
6 Day Hiking trip

DAY 1: LAS VEGAS – CEDAR BREAKS NATIONAL MONUMENT & BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Meet your guides in Las Vegas and travel northeast through the desert ascending over 6,000 feet before arriving in the natural dream land of Cedar Breaks National Monument. Cedar Breaks is carved from the same stone, variegated Pink Cliffs (Claron Formation) found in Bryce and Red Canyons, but has its own unique look and feel. The rim of the Canyon is over 10,000 feet above sea level and towers over 2,000 feet above the canyon floor. After lunch in Cedar Breaks we will head to Bryce Canyon National Park.

  • Driving:
  • Hiking: 1-3 miles
  • Lodging:

DAY 2: EXPLORE BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK
US Southwest/Bryce and Zion/Bryce and Zion 10.7.12After a hearty and delicious breakfast, we will explore Bryce Canyon National Park. Words cannot describe this wild land of rock as we hike through a surreal maze of pink hoodoos and rock windows all the way to the mouth of the Bryce amphitheater. Enjoy your own perspective of what some describe as both “a scientist’s laboratory and a child’s playground”. The erosive force of frost-wedging and the dissolving power of rainwater have sculpted the colorful limestone rock into bizarre formations including slot canyons, windows, fins, and spires called “hoodoos.”

  • Hiking: 3-5 miles
  • Lodging:

DAY 3: HIKE IN GRAND STAIRCASE-ESCALANTE NATIONAL MONUMENT
The Navajo phrase describing a slot canyon is “Tse neh gi too na aah dis zjaa” translated it means… “A place where water has painted a picture of itself.” You will understand the Navajo description better after today’s fabulous slot canyon hike in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, a highlight for many trip members. We will lunch in picturesque Kodachrome Basin surrounded by a palette of warm shades of red, yellow, pink, white and brown.

  • Hiking: 4-7 miles
  • Lodging:

DAY 4: SAY GOODBYE TO BRYCE CANYON & INTRODUCTION TO ZION NATIONAL PARK
Optional sunrise hike in Bryce and transfer to Zion National Park. Choose your own adventure with the expert guidance of your trip leader. Ride the shuttle route through Zion for a sightseeing exploration of the Park and its colossal formations, and learn more about the area’s local history by visiting the museum and visitors center, or enjoy a bit of retail therapy in nearby Springdale, a charming town at the doorstep of the Park. Option to rent inflatable tubes and run gentle rapids on the Virgin River!

  • Driving:
  • Hiking: 4-8 miles
  • Lodging:

Zion Narrows

DAY 5: ZION NATIONAL PARK
Explore Zion’s main canyon and hike the world famous Narrows. The Narrows are a National Park classic because of the stunning beauty and uniqueness of the terrain, on this hike we will wade through knee to waist deep water of the Virgin River while 2,000 foot Navajo Sandstone towers overhead. Young and old alike can tackle our next hike, the Emerald Pools Canyon Navigation Challenge! After our guides provide a short skill seminar on the use of map and compass, each “team” navigates a highly interactive course, answering canyon trivia about flora and geology… and much more! Finish off the day with a celebratory dinner tonight.

  • Hiking: 5-8 miles
  • Lodging:

Hiking Narrows

DAY 6: ZION NATIONAL PARK TO LAS VEGAS
Possibilities abound for today’s final adventure in Zion. Some choices include: Technical (roped) canyoneering or renting a bike and riding the quiet park roads to name just two of the spectacular choices. Waving farewell to Zion, we arrive back to the bright lights of Las Vegas by early evening.

  • Driving:
  • Hiking: 0-7 miles
  • Lodging: On your own

  FAQ  

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How does planning a custom trip work?
A: On each adventure trip that we lead, our goal is always to provide the most memorable and personal experience for each of our guests. One way to do this is by creating a custom trip or tailoring an existing itinerary to suit your travel style. It’s simpler than you think.

Step 1: Call us!
Give us a general outline of your adventure vision, including your group size, the time of year or exact dates, the location(s) you’d like to travel, the activities that interest you, and any special requests.

Step 2: We create your personalized itinerary and estimate of costs.
Keep in mind that it is a “custom trip proposal” and you may change, modify, add, or subtract anything you wish until it suits you and your budget perfectly.

Step 3: Hit the trail!
…or singletrack, or river, or sit on your chosen lodge’s veranda with a perfectly chilled beverage, learn all about the flora, fauna and geology – let our world-class guides help you create a life-long memory.

Request a custom trip proposal

Q: Can we reserve and customize one of your regularly scheduled dates exclusively for us?
A: Yes! As long as there are no other customers booked on that date – it is yours and we can modify it to suit you.

Q: Is there a minimum or maximum amount of people for each trip?
A: We can accommodate groups ranging in size from 2-60 people.

Q: Is it more expensive to do a private or custom trip?
A:Not necessarily – there is no additional charge for a custom or private trip. However, pricing varies greatly and is always dependent on a number of factors such as group size, activities selected, accommodations preferred, special requests, and trip duration – all of which are under your control and at your discretion.

Q: Can we alter one of the example itineraries or standard trips you offer?
A: Yes, absolutely! The itineraries listed here are only intended to inspire you and show you what is possible. We will propose your own trip just for you! All of our trips can be extended, shortened, combined or modified however you wish.

Q: Can you do a trip in a location that you don’t talk about on your website?
A: As long as we have expertise in the area you have in mind – no problem. Even if we don’t we likely can work with one of our partners to create just the experience you have in mind. Want to join your favorite AOA guide rafting in Chile? We have just the trip for you…

How it works:

Step 1: Call us!

Or submit a request for a custom trip proposal and give us a general outline of your adventure vision, including your group size, the time of year or exact dates, the location(s) you’d like to travel, and any special requests.

Step 2: We create your personalized itinerary and estimate of costs.

Keep in mind that it is a “custom trip proposal” and you may change, modify, add, or subtract anything you wish until it suits you and your budget perfectly.

Step 3: Hit the trail!

…or singletrack, or river, or sit on your chosen lodge’s veranda with a perfectly chilled beverage, learn all about the flora, fauna and geology – let our world-class guides help you create a life-long memory.

Request a custom trip proposal