ZION HIKING TOURS & VACATIONS
A must-see destination for nature lovers, Zion is like the Grand Canyon but it towers above us instead of below!
Zion National Park is a must-see Utah destination, especially for travelers who love nature, the outdoors and hiking! It is a complex and stunningly beautiful series of canyons carved out over millions of years by the Virgin River and powerful weather events. Zion is like the Grand Canyon but it towers above us instead of below, and the geologic layers in continue the historical story told by Grand Canyon’s below-ground strata.
We offer multiple Zion hiking tours that explore Southern Utah’s national parks, many of them combining Zion with other Southwest and Utah highlights like Bryce, the Grand Staircase-Escalante, and Grand Canyon. We offer camping-based and inn-based Zion tours that showcase the best of Utah’s Canyon Country on day hikes complimented by wonderful camping or lodge-based accommodations. We also offer Zion Day Hike Tours for folks with less time who want to maximize their experience with the help of an expert!
Zion Hiking Tours Trip Styles
All Zion Hiking Tours Trips (3 results)
Best of Utah Inn Based
Zion and Bryce 4 Day Tour
Zion Bryce Grand Canyon Tour
WHY HIKE ZION
1. ZION'S TOP HIKING COMPANY
Wildland Trekking has been funning guided hiking tours and backpacking trips in Zion and other Canyon Country destinations in Utah since 2006. We know this place like the back of our hands and we’re in love with it. It’s our passion for Canyon Country that has helped us earn the #1 tour company spot and solid 5-star status on Trip Advisor’s Zion page. We invite you to read some of the reviews and see for yourself what guests have to say about the Wildland experience!
3. ALWAYS SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES
Quality over quantity – that’s what it’s all about. Some Utah tour companies run tours with 24-30 guests and then brag about having 3 guides on every trip. Our philosophy in this regard is that there’s a sweet spot in the 6-12 guest range that creates the perfect social environment and amount of personal attention to have an exceptional experience. Fewer than 6 guests (unless it’s on a private tour) is too few, and more than 12 is too many. So we run our trips with 6-12 guests. Every now and then a tour runs with fewer than 6 guests, most often due to cancellations.
5. ALL-INCLUSIVE TOURS
One of the most important points for us is that we believe our guests should have to worry about as little as possible. For this reason we make all of our trips all-inclusive. What does this mean? It means that we provide local transportation, gear, meals, permits and fees, and of course your amazing Wildland guide(s). Many trekking and walking companies don’t provide all of this or charge add-on fees to have them included. With Wildland, it’s all in one easy-to-decipher package that is ready to go for you.
WHY HIKE ZION
2. GUIDES MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
The most important ingredient in the “exceptional hiking experience” recipe is your guide. That are what makes the difference between an amazing experience and an average experience. We understand this only too well, and so put tremendous energy and intention into finding the best guides, training them well, supporting them to be their best, and fostering an internal culture of positivity and excellence. And, we believe it’s good for people to know that we follow all labor laws which is unfortunately very rare in the outdoor adventure industry.
4. PREMIER LODGING AND CAMPING
On our multi-day Zion hiking tours, many of which combine other national parks as well, we either camp or stay in lodges. Of course the choice is yours as to which type of trip you’d like to join. Either way though the lodging and camping is in premier locations. On our inn-based tours we stay near Zion, Bryce and/or the Grand Staircase-Escalanate National Monument in hand-picked, wonderful accommodations. On our basecamp tours we stay in private or state park campgrounds specifically selected for their natural beauty, amenities and proximity to phenomenal hiking.
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ARE THERE GUIDED HIKES IN Zion?
Zion National Park is an excellent place to join a guided hiking tour. With a quality Zion tour company, you can beat the crowds, explore more of the Park, make the most of your time in Zion, and learn about the amazing history of not just Zion, but also the Colorado Plateau and Utah’s Canyon Country. On a multi-day guided Zion hike, you can enjoy having all of the details (permits, reservations, gear, meals, transportation…etc.) taken care of for you so you can focus entirely on exploring the most dramatic of Utah’s incredible national parks.
the wildland trekking utah experience
We offer many ways to explore and discover Utah, with tours in Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National park, Grand-Staircase-Escalante, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Capitol Reef National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park and the Paria Slot Canyons. When you hike with us in Zion, you can expect to have an unforgettable experience that takes you to the must-see highlights of the national park(s) we’re visiting, but also off-the-beaten-path hikes that show you some of the undiscovered gems as well. The camping accommodations in Utah are comfortable and scenic, and the lodging is in hand-picked hotels, cabins, and inns that put you right where the action is.
why hike zion?
Zion is one of Utah’s most popular national parks, and for very good reason. Zion is sort of an above-ground Grand Canyon, in that the geologic layers are as sheer and stunning as in Grand Canyon, but they ascend up to buttes and mesas instead of descending down into canyons. Defined by 7 geologic layers and the famous Virgin River Narrows, Zion is a trekking paradise with hiking trails appropriate for all abilities. Our Zion hiking tours include a Zion basecamp tour; Zion and Bryce lodge-based tour; and Best of Utah inn-based and basecamp tours; and a Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon inn-based tour.
hike zion on your own or with a guide?
Many people hike Zion National Park on their own, and many join guided tours. The benefits of joining a guided Zion National Park tour, like the trips Wildland Trekking offers, include:
- Hiking with expert guides who can help Zion come to life in enriching and exciting ways through stories, natural and cultural interpretation, tidbits of knowledge, knowing how to navigate this popular national park to find degrees of solitude, and identifying and enjoying the best hikes.
- Relax and let us take care of all the details including campground or hotel reservations, transportation, meals, permits and fees, gear and more. Our guests tell us again and again that this is an invaluable benefit in today’s busy world, where the efforts to effectively plan a trip can be time-consuming and tedious.
- Combining Zion with other amazing hikes in Utah, like Bryce, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
- Increased safety standards that come with medically certified wilderness guides who carry company-issued emergency communication devices and comprehensive first-aid kits.
WHEN TO TREK IN ZION
- December-February: winter in Zion is the quietest time of year to be there in terms of other visitors. It’s absolutely lovely having this stunning national park a lot to yourself. Average temperatures include highs in the upper 40s and lows in the mid 20s (both fahrenheit). Winter storms are definitely a possibility, but so are beautiful, sunny days with cool but manageable hiking temperatures. We do not offer backpacking and basecamp tours in Utah in the winter, but we do offer lodge-based tours, particularly our Zion and Bryce Lodge-based Tour.
- March-May: Spring is, along with Fall, an absolutely wonderful time to visit Zion and other Utah national parks like Bryce Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Canyonlands and Arches. Spring is relatively busy, especially during the spreak break weeks in late March and early-mid April. To avoid the larger crowds, plan your trip in early-mid March or late April through mid May. Temperatures are mid: highs in the low 50s to upper 60s and lows in the 30s and 40s. Expect the possibility of a late winter storm in March and April and generally dry conditions in May.
- June-August: Summer in Zion can be quite warm (mid to upper 80s fahrenheit) and this is the time of year when you’ll see the largest crowds. Don’t expect to have Zion to yourself in the summer, but you can still expect to have a marvelous experience hiking the Narrows and Angels Landing, with incredible views of Zion Valley and its breathtaking sandstone walls, spires and other formations.
- September-November: Fall, like Spring, is a fantastic time of year to visit and hike Utah’s national parks. The summer crowds have tapered off a bit and temperatures are nearly perfect for being outside and going on hikes (highs in the mid 50s to high 70s fahrenheit, lows in the 30s and 40s.) Fall tends to be pretty dry once the summer monsoons have dissipated, normally in mid September. There is the possibility of an early winter storm in November. Camping trips and backpacking trips are best in September and October, and inn-based tours in November.
ZION VISITOR INFORMATION
TIPS FOR VISITING ZION NATIONAL PARK
- VISITING ZION: Learn about Zion’s top highlights, best hikes, best tours, visiting in winter months and a lot more!
- WHEN TO VISIT ZION: Get information on every month of the year and find out which one will work best for you.
- 10 BEST ZION HIKES: See our recommendations of the 10 best hikes in Zion National Park – these are outstanding!
- TOP ZION TOURS: Learn about the best tours to do, including hikes, canyoneering, bicycle tours, climbing and more.
- WHAT TO SEE IN ZION IN ONE DAY: Find out how to make the very most of one day in Zion National Park.
- HOW TO HIKE THE ZION NARROWS: Learn everything you need to know to hike Zion’s Virgin River Narrows.
- ZION BACKPACKING PERMITS: Get information on how to secure Zion National Park backpacking permits.