Hiking in Zion and Bryce national parks

by , SmarterTravel Staff
Hiking in Bryce National Park (Photo: Adventures in Goood Company)
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Provider: Adventures in Good Company
Length: Four days
Price: $975

Pampering is nice, but sometimes a girl just wants to get outside and go on a kick-ass adventure. Women high on energy but short on time should look at some of the trips operated by Adventures in Good Company, a women-only tour operator that runs affordable active trips around the world.

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"The company plans amazing adventures for low prices, and I trust them," says elementary school teacher Sydelle Hoffman, who's been on five trips with the outfitter so far. "Every trip has been well-planned, balanced (time with group vs. time alone), and enjoyable because the guides really knew the areas we were exploring. I enjoy the very small group interaction of women of all ages from across the continent."

One of Hoffman's favorite vacations was a weeklong hiking trip in Utah's national parks. This year, Adventures in Good Company has created a modified four-day version of that popular tour. Using the Zion Lodge in Zion National Park as your base, you'll go on four- to six-hour day hikes in Zion or Bryce National Park each day, logging about 25 total miles of trail.

Some of the hiking is strenuous, but the views make the effort worth it. "The Angels Landing trail [in Zion] is probably one of the most spectacular hikes I have done in a national park," says wilderness guide and Company Founder Marian Marbury. "The high point is this flat area with a gorgeous view that indeed looks like a good place for angels to land. Another highlight is Bryce Canyon National Park. The brightly colored hoodoos (rock spires) provide a unique and colorful landscape that literally took my breath away the first time I saw them."

Trip planning

This tour starts November 14 and is inclusive of accommodations, all meals, ground transportation, entrance fees, and guides. It starts and ends at the Las Vegas airport.

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