Zion, Escalante AND Bryce? Thrice as nice.

Sep 26, 2017
By: Chad Taylor & Jake Wilhelmsen

Go deeper into these three parks — both geographically and experientially — with a little help from your new best friends at Wildland Trekking.

In Utah, we don’t believe in sightseeing. Anyone can look at the scenery, take a pic, apply an oversaturated filter and become an Instagram hero. The parks around here deserve more. They deserve to be explored, to be communed with, to have you listen to their storied history.

That kind of experiential travel takes a little more work, and that’s where the folks from Wildland Trekking come in. Their basecamp hiking tours offer an authentic camping experience that gets you into the beating heart of these museums of ancient art.

Here are three itineraries to choose from:

6-Day Zion, Bryce & Escalante Basecamp Tour

The whole enchilada. The big three. The Utahsome threesome. This trip has it all, including all the food, bedding and expert insight you’d ever want.

Observation Point in Zion National Park

Day 1

Hike: 5 miles in Zion (Temple of Sinawava, Riverside Walk, The Narrows)

Sleep: Watchman Campground

Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous

Day 2

Hike: 8 miles in Zion (Observation Point)

Sleep: Watchman Campground

Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous

Fairyland Loop in Bryce Canyon National Park

Day 3

Hike: 5.5 miles in Bryce Canyon (Boat Mesa, the Sinking Ship formation, Tower Bridge, China Wall, Fairyland Canyon and other amazing rock structures)

Sleep: Escalante Petrified Forest State Park

Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous

Day 4

Hike: 6 miles in Escalante (Calf Creek Falls)

Sleep: Escalante Petrified Forest State Park

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Spooky and Peek-a-boo Canyons

Day 5

Hike: 7–10 miles in Escalante (Spooky and Peek-a-Boo Canyons, Devils Garden)

Sleep: Escalante Petrified Forest State Park

Difficulty: Moderate

Day 6

Hike: 2.2 miles in Bryce Canyon (Navajo Loop)

Difficulty: Moderate

See more details and book your adventure

Don’t have six days? Don’t want to see all three parks?

Wildland Trekking offers two other trip options:

3-Day Zion Basecamp Tour

5-Day Escalante Basecamp Tour

Don’t want to sleep in a tent?

Wildland Trekking offers the same trip but without the camping. With an inn-based tours, you’ll hike by day and at night sleep in cabins, hotels, and lodges. And no one will look down on you for it.

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