Stay in Bryce Canyon National Park and customize your own adventure!
Bryce Canyon is one of Utah’s best kept secrets! This remote national park gets few visitors every year compared to its nearby siblings Zion and Grand Canyon. Bryce is not only hard to access, it is also challenging to find a place to stay in one of the few hotels near the park. Book our private Bryce Canyon Hiking trip and stay not only near the park but IN the iconic Bryce Canyon lodge! The historic lodge is situated near the canyon’s edge, making it easy to explore all the activities the park has to offer.
Private tours, iconic destinations, stunning hiking routes, and staying right in the park – all fully guided by professional, local southwest guides who make it their goal to create lasting memories. Customize this very special private departure to Bryce Canyon National Park for your friends, family, or small group.
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How It Works
HOW IT WORKS:
You can book your private trip to stay at Bryce Canyon online. During the online booking process, you get to select the base elements of the trip. After booking, we will help fill in the details.
Step 1: Choose your dates and length of stay
AOA has a selection of dates available to experience your custom trip staying at the Bryce Canyon Lodge. Your trip can be either 2 nights or 3 nights in duration. See the Trip Dates tab for all options.
Step 2: Select your challenge level for each day’s hike
Each day, there will be the option for easy, moderate, and difficulty hikes. You can find some examples of these hikes under the Hikes & Activities tab. The beauty of this custom Bryce experience is that each hike and activity is suited just to you. Select some extra challenge in the morning then add a light and easy hike to round out the afternoon before dinner. You will not be able to note your preferred hikes during the online booking process. After booking, AOA’s adventure consultants will reach out to you to discuss your desired hikes.
Step 3: Add some extra fun
Bryce Canyon National Park offers a variety of activities and options for exploration! We’ve hand picked some of our favorite activities beyond hiking the park so that you can round out your vacation in just the right way for your group. Take a look at our Upgrades & Optional Activities tab to see some of our suggestions for additional activities.
Step 4: Fine-tune the experience with the help of our adventure consultants
Select Book Now and put all the pieces in your cart. Don’t worry, you don’t have to do all the work, just point us in the right direction. AOA’s seasoned adventure consultants are here to put the pieces together and turn this trip into an unforgettable vacation of a lifetime in Bryce. Each step of the way, we will ensure every detail of your trip is thoughtfully planned to meet your specific desires.
Step 5: Experience Bryce Canyon National Park!
This is the part you’ve been waiting for. After booking, our staff will work closely with you to ensure you are ready for an incredible trip to the Bryce. When you arrive in Southern Utah, the only thing you need to do is relax, enjoy, and sink into the beauty of Bryce Canyon’s remote landscape.
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Price & Inclusions
3-day: $1645 pp
Price is for a 3 day, 2 night trip with standard inclusions
4-day: $2145 pp
Price is for a 4 day, 3 night trip with standard inclusions
- Prices are per person, shared occupancy in all accommodations.
- Optional upgrades will increase the trip price
- Use code NIFTY50 when booking online to get a $50 discount off your trip price
This trip is recommended for parties of up to 6; additional participants possible based on room availability.
- Daily hikes led by professional Wilderness First Responder certified guide
- Roundtrip ground transportation from Las Vegas or Phoenix/Scottsdale
- National park entry fees
- Meals from lunch on first day through lunch on last day
- Water and snacks
- Trekking poles complimentary upon request
- 2 or 3 nights lodging at Bryce Lodge (double occupancy) (up to 3 rooms; additional rooms based on availability)
- Dining and housekeeping gratuity
- Additional tours/services such as horseback riding, ATV tour, aerial tour, etc.
- Personal insurance and expenses
- Air transportation to and from start location
- Pre- or post-trip lodging
- Breakfast Day 1, dinner on last day
- Day hiking pack
- Gratuities to AOA Guides
*Please see the “Upgrades & Additions” tab below for a list of available gear rentals and purchase options.
Where to Meet
START: We recommend an 8:00am departure from the Las Vegas location of your choice. AOA has discounted room rates at Hyatt Place Las Vegas. If you choose to start from Phoenix/Scottsdale, AOA has secured discounted room rates at the Holiday Inn Express in Old Town Scottsdale and Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North.
END: Drop-off at location of your choice in Las Vegas or Phoenix/Scottsdale on the last day of your trip by 3:00pm.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When’s the best time to go on this trip?
A: Bryce Canyon sits at a high elevation ranging from 8,000-9,000 feet above sea level. Because of this, their winters are long and cold, often covering the canyon in snow and ice. Some winter activities exist, but due to the unreliable nature of winter precipitation in this area, we recommend this trip from March through October. Temperatures are warmest in the middle of that season, whereas the shoulders can still see overnight lows below freezing. Bryce Canyon is a popular park, with highest visitation in June, July, and August, however Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which we also visit on this itinerary, is virtually crowd-free.
Q: What sort of accommodations are included on this trip?
A: AOA has already reserved up to 3 rooms at the Bryce Canyon Lodge. This hotel is within the boundaries of the park, with rustic charm and easy access to the rim of Bryce Canyon. Shuttle stops, an on-property restaurant, private restrooms, and walking paths along the rim are all part of staying in this beautiful lodge..
Q: What are the activities like? Do I need to train for the trip?
A: Hiking among the hoo-doos in Bryce Canyon is an amazing experience not to be missed, but does require a level of fitness enabling hikers to descend and ascend well-maintain but steep park trails made of gravel and dirt. Our various hiking options inside Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument range from casual to more extreme, some requiring basic (non-technical) scrambling, climbing, lowering, crawling, and ducking. Many routes within the National Monument involve stream crossings or wading.
Q: Why should I travel with AOA?
A: Arizona Outback Adventures has been operating guided tours in Bryce for almost two decades. Our guides know the canyon intimately and are passionate and enthusiastic about the American Southwest, as well as experienced and certified in wilderness first aid. AOA promises to exceed your expectations in 5 key areas: Safety, Comfort, Food, Education, and Exceptional Guides. Our guests return to travel with us again and again. To hear what they have to say, read our Testimonials page.
Hikes & Activities
There are many different options for exploring Bryce Canyon and the surrounding area. When you stay inside the park, you have all of those choices right at your fingertips. Browse these selected hikes and activities and when you book, we’ll help you configure them into the perfect itinerary for you and your group.
The Rim Trail, Sunset Point to Sunrise Point – This casual paved walk along the rim stretches along the most scenic 1 mile of the canyon rim, allowing you to dip in and out of the pine forest to the grandeur of the Bryce Canyon rim. An amphitheater of hoodoos stretches out before your eyes as you make your way from viewpoint to viewpoint. Each location is also accessible by vehicle or shuttle.
Mossy Cave – At less than a mile, this casual stroll located just outside the park on Scenic Byway 12 offers a beautiful stream-side walk to a mossy overhang and small waterfall.
Queen’s Garden – While not strictly considered “easy” since this trail does switchback down 600 feet in elevation, this is the shortest and fastest route to visit the canyon and the hoodoos beneath the rim at 1.8 miles roundtrip.
Escalante River – Stroll along the sandy banks of the Escalante River beneath sheer canyon walls. Depending on hike length, we should be able to explore an ancient Native American granary or petroglyph site, natural arch, and the Escalante Natural Bridge. Mileage varies based on desires and ability.
Kodachrome Trails – The unique Kodachrome Basin State Park offers a variety of trails to explore it rocky hills and unique rock formations. These are gorgeous at sunset or sunrise and can be chosen based on desires, time, and ability level.
Burr Trail/Long Canyon Scenic Drive – Originally developed as a cattle trail blazed by stockman John Atlantic Burr, this scenic backway is now one of the most picturesque drives in Utah and an unforgettable dirt road route through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
The Rim Trail – Using the same trail as the easy Rim Walk, we can traverse the entire amphitheater of Bryce Canyon on an 11-mile trek. If we plan it well, we can visit all four major viewpoints for a full Bryce Canyon experience.
Navajo Loop – 1.3 miles roundtrip, takes us to one of the most popular viewpoints in the park and leads us below the rim to visit the famous Wall Street formation, a narrow passageway through a natural wall formation lit up in warm reds and oranges for the photographer’s delight!
Hat Shop – Descend to the Under-the-Rim Trail for 4 miles roundtrip with minimal elevation change and see a cluster of balanced-rock hoodoos. This route takes us away from the crowds and allows a more personal view of the canyon.
Lower Calf Creek Falls – We hike along a creek for just under 3 miles before suddenly arriving at the base of Lower Calf Creek Falls, which towers 130 feet above and provides a small, chilly swimming hole. On our route we will also see petroglyphs dating back to 1200 AD. 6 miles roundtrip.
Willis Creek – This creek meanders along a sandy canyon floor, slowing carving a deep gouge in the earth easily explored even on hot days due to the ample shade. Along the way we may see ancient petroglyphs and a natural arch. This is an out-and-back so mileage is dependent on your desires.
Bull Valley Gorge or Round Valley Draw – Both of these adventures take us through short slot canyons that require basic scrambling and stemming to enter and exit. The reward is a view unlike any other, at the bottom of a chasm several hundred feet high. Mileage can vary but each canyon is around 1 to 3 miles total and both can be accomplished in one day.
MORE DIFFICULT OPTIONS
Peek-a-boo Loop – Enjoy a steep but spectacular loop route through the southern part of the park, catching glimpses of a multitude of hoodoos, the canyon rim, and the Wall of Windows. We may even see a trail ride pass by. 5.5 miles roundtrip.
Riggs Spring Loop – For the adventurous and well-honed hiker, we can enjoy a high-elevation hike leaving from Rainbow Point, the southern-most point in the park, down through varied forests of spruce, fir, and ancient bristlecone pine for 8.5 miles.
Peek-a-Boo Canyon and Spooky Gulch – Get a little adventurous with this loop route through the barren Mojave Desert! After hiking cross-country to the tiny, nearly invisible entrance to Peek-a-boo Canyon, we scramble up and into its incredibly narrow recesses. At its terminus, we wrap around to enter another similar canyon, trying out our newfound scrambling skills to make our way through boulders, caves, and sections narrow enough to fit just one person in Spooky Gulch. This route requires a long drive down a dirt road, but it’s worth it!
Phipp’s Arch – Standing high atop the north wall of Phipps Wash and surrounded by sandstone knobs, the hike to Phipps Arch is one to remember. This route is steep, traverses some slickrock, and requires a bit of scrambling over scree slopes for the reward of one of the least visited locales in this area. 8.8 miles roundtrip.
Upgrades & Optional Activities
LODGING AND GEAR UPGRADES
SOLO ACCOMMODATIONS UPGRADE:
3-Day Trip: $299 pp
4-Day Trip: $450 pp
$15-$25 per pack
30 to 40 liter daypack, price is dependent on length of trip.
3-liter Camelbak reservoir/bladder. This item is yours to take home upon purchase.
AOA’s adventure consultants have put together a shortlist of some of our favorite “extras” to enjoy while staying at Bryce Canyon. These extras can be booked when you reserve your trip, and then our team will follow up with you and talk about options for how each activity will fit within your itinerary.
– $: Price varies per group
Embrace the Wild West and try your luck at bull riding! These are real bulls, although they are a tamer version of what you see in professional rodeos. Basic instruction and safety equipment provided. Steer and sheep riding available for the youngsters! We can always just attend the rodeo as well. Available May through August, subject to weather and availability.
– $: Price varies per group
A one-hour sunset guided ATV tour is an amazing way to experience Bryce Canyon and enjoy a fabulous self-drive adventure through ponderosa pine forest to the rim of Bryce! Can-Am and Polaris options for 2, 4, or 6 riders are also available. Available March through November, subject to weather, trail conditions, and availability.
– $: Price varies per group
Climb in the saddle to experience trails taken by notorious outlaw Butch Cassidy by horseback on a half- or full-day guided trail ride. All abilities welcome, riders must be at least 7 years old, 260-pound weight limit. Available year-round, subject to weather and availability.
– $: Price varies per group
Enjoy an aerial tour of the Grand Staircase region from an airplane or helicopter! Many options exist, from 35-minute scenic flights over Bryce Canyon, to longer tours including the Grand Canyon, Zion area, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Optional upgrades, additions, and rentals subject to tax (7.95%).
- March 29- April 1
- April 28- May 1
- May 4-7
- July 1-4
- July 13-16 (pair this with our Zion Customizable trip July 17-20!)
- August 17-20
- September 1-4
- September 25-28
More dates coming soon!
To see all multi-day guided tours, visit our Adventure Tour Calendar.
Reservation & Cancellation Policy
Reservations, Payments and Cancellation
These tours are very popular and advanced planning is often necessary. We recommend making your reservations at least 3 to 5 months in advance. We can accommodate last-minute bookings provided space is available, so please call our office to check. Each trip requires a minimum number of participants for departure.
For more details please see our comprehensive Trip Policies and Payments page.
We recommend Travel Guard insurance.
STAY AT BRYCE NATIONAL PARK
Booking a private and customizable trip with AOA offers the opportunity to stay at historic Bryce Canyon Lodge right inside the park. The Bryce Canyon Lodge sits nestled among pine trees a short distance from the rim of Bryce Canyon allowing you to become intimately acquainted with canyon as the views of the hoodoos change throughout the day.
Iconic Bryce Canyon Lodge