Stay in Zion National Park and customize your own adventure!
A trip to Zion National Park is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Stay at Zion Park Lodge on the floor of Zion Canyon and relax along the Virgin River beneath the towering red Navajo sandstone walls. Zion Park Lodge is one of the most difficult places to get rooms in all of the national park system. Avoid the stress and challenge of planning your stay at the lodge by booking a private customizable hiking trip for your small group.
Private tours, iconic destinations, stunning hiking routes, and National Park lodges – all fully guided by professional, local southwest guides who make it their goal to create lasting memories. Customize this very special private departure to Zion National Park to escape with your friends or family.
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How It Works
HOW IT WORKS:
You can book your private trip to stay at Zion 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 Zion 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 Zion 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
Zion National Park and the surrounding area is full of beautiful sights to see and fun things to do. We’ve hand picked some of our favorite activities beyond hiking the canyon so you can round out your vacation in just the right way for your group. Take a look at our Upgrades and Optional Activities tab to see some of our staff choices for activities beyond hiking.
Step 4: Make your deposit and Fine-tune the experience with the help of our adventure consultants
Select Book Now and put all the pieces in your cart. When you book online, the trip defaults of 4 days and we collect a $500/person deposit. You will have the option to make some selections for upgrades and activities. Don’t worry, you don’t have to do all the work, just point us in the right direction. AOA’s seasoned adventure consultants will soon be in touch to talk through your selections and offer you an official quote for the trip.
Each step of the way, we will ensure every detail of your trip is thoughtfully planned to meet your specific desires and make this trip an unforgettable vacation of a lifetime in Zion.
Step 5: Experience Zion 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 Zion. When you arrive in Utah, the only thing you need to do is relax, enjoy, and experience the magic of the national park.
This trip confirms with 2 guests!
All it takes is a $500/p deposit!
Get the Full Zion National Park Experience!
Price & Inclusions
Starting at $1495 pp
3 day, 2 night trip with standard inclusions
Starting at $1995 pp
4 day, 3 night trip with standard inclusions
- Get your trip started by making a $500/person deposit online.
- Prices are per person, shared occupancy in all accommodations.
- Optional upgrades will increase the trip price, AOA’s adventure consultants will provide you with a final quote.
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 Zion Lodge (double occupancy) (up to 3 rooms; additional rooms based on availability)
- Dining and housekeeping gratuity
- Additional tours/services such as canyoneering, caving, or photography workshops, etc.
- Personal insurance and expenses
- Air transportation to and from Las Vegas or Phoenix/Scottsdale
- 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 a location of your choice in Las Vegas. AOA has secured discounted room rates at Homewood Suites in South Las Vegas.
END: Drop-off at the location of your choice in Las Vegas 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: Zion’s popularity is in part due to its temperate climate, with pleasant daytime hiking temperatures just about year-round. Daily highs in the winter still get to the mid 40s F, while summertime highs can reach to around 90 degrees F. Overnight lows range from 60 degrees F in the summer to a chilly 21 degrees F in the winter, meaning camping trips are out from October through April. Crowds in Zion are always something to be aware of, as it is a small park with high visitation. The most popular months are June, July (highest), and August, with minimal visitation in December, January, February.
Q: What sort of accommodations are included on this trip?
A: AOA has already reserved up to 3 rooms, generally with two queen beds in each, at Zion Lodge. The lodge sits within the park, on the floor of the valley about mid-way up the Zion Canyon Road. It is set among tall canyon walls, a grassy lawn, and is only steps from the Virgin River. A restaurant is on property. Our rooms are in lodge, not the cabins, although we can always look at availability of the cabins if your group would prefer these.
Q: What are the hikes like and how do I train for the trip?
A: Zion’s trails, for the most part, are decidedly uphill or decidedly downhill. This is as a result of the small park being located within a valley formed by steep-walled erosive forces. A couple trails meander along the Virgin River in the valley (Pa’Rus Trail, for example) but many climb the cliffs to various viewpoints and areas of interest. Some trails are paved with an asphalt substance meant to control further erosion, although they should not be considered wheelchair accessible due to very steep inclines. All hikes begin in the valley from various shuttle stops. One very unique hike is The Virgin River Narrows, where we hike upstream in a massive slot canyon in ankle- to thigh-deep water over slippery river stones.
Q: Why should I travel with AOA?
A: Arizona Outback Adventures has been operating guided tours in Zion 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 so many ways to explore Zion and when you stay right in the park, you have all of those choices 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.
Pa’Rus Trail – This paved 3.5-mile trail casually winds along the banks of the Virgin River, starting at the South Campground, passing the Visitor’s Center, and continuing all the way to Canyon Junction.
Court of the Patriarchs – Deep in the Zion valley, this short paved path gives you beautiful views of the Three Patriarchs, rock formations towering over the trail.
Canyon Overlook Trail – A scenic drive through the amazing Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel to the east side of the park is a must during your stay here! This scenic drive features views of Checkerboard Mesa and an array of other interesting sites. Make sure to stretch your legs on the 1-mile Canyon Overlook Trail, a series of steps and bridges that leads to the very top of the Zion Arch.
Weeping Rock – A short .5 mile, paved trail to a beautiful natural spring where water drips from the crevices of an overhanging rock, creating a garden of maidenhair fern. This is the start to the Observation Point hike as well.
The Narrows – After hiking along the 1.1-mile Riverside walk, a paved and dirt path that follows the Virgin River upstream from the Temple of Sinawava, this trail drops hikers into the chilly waters of the Virgin River where they can continue wading in the creek, moving upstream as far as 1.5 miles. Enjoy hidden swimming holes while marveling at the massive walls stretching above you to form this slot canyon. Shielded from the sun, the water here is cool even throughout the summer. This hike is not recommended for those with depth perception or balance issues.
Emerald Pools – There first mile of this trail is paved and casual, leading to the lower Emerald Pool and waterfall. We can continue another mile along a sandy and rocky trail that climbs to the upper pool at the base of a cliff, returning the same way. Some drop-offs exist on this route.
Watchman Trail – This moderate 3.3-mile trail is an excellent introduction to Zion, making its way through shady trees out onto an overlook where we can see rock formations such as The Watchman and Towers of the Virgin.
MORE DIFFICULT OPTIONS
Angel’s Landing – The preeminent National Park Trail, this route climbs a steep paved trail for 2 miles before reaching Scout’s Lookout. This is the stopping point for those afraid of heights or drop-offs. The trail continues 0.75 mile out along a sheer fin of rock jutting up hundreds of feet from the valley floor. Hikers must negotiate a narrow trail, punctuated by high steps and some scrambling, and protected by the installment of chains and bars by the National Park Service. The reward is an unmatched and breathtaking 360-degree view of the entire valley.
Observation Point – Starting at Weeping Rock, we follow the East Rim Trail as it climbs steeply up the east cliff of Zion, drop-offs of ever-increasing height around each corner. The trail passes through a narrow canyon teeming with life that is also the entry point for canyoneers. Eventually, after 4 miles of climbing and switchbacks, we reach the highest point in the park, Observation Point, towering over even Angel’s Landing far below.
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 in Zion. 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
Half-day or full-day private canyoneering adventure with local expert guides where you are taught to use harnesses, ropes, and belay and rappel devices to climb, scramble, descend, slide, swim, and rappel your way through one of Zion’s exciting slot canyons. Inquire for pricing and details.
– $: Price varies per group
Full-day private caving experience where you’ll use helmets, headlamps, knee pads and an expert local guide to crawl and maneuver your way through the 5th largest cave in Utah. Inquire for pricing and details.
– $: Price varies per group
Private photography workshop led by professional photographers who can help you get that once in a lifetime epic shot that will make all your friends and family jealous. Daytime, nighttime, or slot canyon courses available. All equipment and skill level welcome, even the phone camera user! DSLR set-ups also available to rent. Adventure photography and special event photography services also available. Inquire for pricing and details.
Private Dinner in the Desert
– $: Price varies per group
Off-road ride to a once-in-a-lifetime private catered dinner on a secluded mesa overlooking the Mohave Desert; unforgettable for couples! Inquire for pricing and details.
Optional upgrades, additions, and rentals subject to tax (7.95%).
- April 13-16
- April 20-24
- May 11-14
- May 28-31
- July 17-20 (pair this with our Bryce Canyon Customizable trip July 13-16!)
- July 27-30
- August 5-8
- August 16-19
- August 23-26
- September 2-5
- September 4-7
- October 11-14
- October 25-28
- November 10-13
- November 21-24
- February 13-16
- March 15-18
- March 29- April 1
- April 22-25
- April 27-30
- May 10-13
- May 17-20
- June 2-5
- June 14-17
- June 21-24
- June 28- July 1
More dates coming soon!
To see all multi-day guided tours, visit our Adventure Tour Calendar.
Cancellation & Trip Policies
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.
This trip confirms with 2 guests. Grab a friend and your trip is guaranteed!
For more details please see our comprehensive Trip Policies and Payments page.
Essential Eligibility Requirements
AOA’s goal is to provide challenging and meaningful experiences through guided and self-guided tours to unforgettable destinations. These criteria have been developed to help our guests identify the skills and abilities needed to successfully and fully participate in these tours. If you are unable to meet certain criteria, please contact us; we may be able to assist you with reasonable accommodation(s) unless it would change or otherwise risk the fundamental nature of the tour, would compromise your safety or the safety of other participants or guides, or would place an undue financial or administrative burden on AOA.
We recommend Travel Guard insurance.
STAY INSIDE ZION NATIONAL PARK
By booking this private and customizable trip with AOA you are afforded the opportunity to stay at the Zion Lodge inside Zion National Park. Relax beneath the leafy cottonwood and sycamore trees near the banks of the Virgin River with easy access to all of Zion National Park’s most magical spots.
Iconic Zion Park Lodge