Bryce & Escalante Inn Based

Saint George, UT
5.0 (8 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Spires & Natural Bridges
  • Slot Canyons & Waterfalls
  • Boutique Canyon Lodging
  • Delicious Lodge & Picnic Meals
  • 5 Days Exploring Utah's Secrets
  • BIG views, slot canyons and waterfalls
  • Cozy, modern accommodations
  • Amazing natural & cultural history
  • Guides Choice Trip

Description

Are you ready for a phenomenal week? This iconic Utah hiking vacation is an exciting and diverse journey through many of the classic landscapes of the American Southwest. Each day is completely different as we set out on increasingly exciting hikes and adventures into breathtaking Canyon Country. Utah’s Grand Staircase – Escalante area is rich with beauty, history, and opportunities for adventure. Your week will feature five hand-picked journeys into waterfalls, across slickrock, through deep canyons, and under natural arches and bridges – all with endless views and incredible natural and cultural history that combine to make this week one of the most enchanting you’ll spend on the planet. At night you’ll return to the Slot Canyons Inn B&B, a cozy, modern, inviting lodge at the edge of the wilderness. You’ll also enjoy an array of fantastic meals prepared by your guide, as well as dinners at local, charming restaurants!

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5 Days
$2470 Per Person
$320 Single Supplement

$320 Single Supplement

Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Inn-Based Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 4-7 Guests
Trip Length: 5 Days
Distance: 22-25MI / 32-40KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2

Our difficulty ratings are based on a scale of 1-5, tours with a rating of 1 being least difficult, tours with a rating of 5 being most difficult

Backpack Weight:
10 pounds
Daily Hiking Distances:
2-10 miles
Most Elevation Loss:
800 feet
Most Elevation Gain:
800 feet
Quality of Trails:
Mostly unmaintained trails
Additional:
The trails on this trip tend to be rocky and/or sandy

Participants should:

  1. be active and healthy
  2. exercise several times per week
  3. be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles per day in hilly or mountainous terrain taking occasional breaks

SOLITUDE LEVEL 3

1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Utah trip a Level 3 on solitude. You can expect to see a handful of other groups per day. At certain times of year, such as Spring Break, you can expect to see more people.

TRAVEL TO ST. GEORGE

This Utah trip originates in St. George, Utah where you’ll meet your guide and group. St. George has a small airport served by Delta Connection and United Express. From the St. George Airport one can take a taxi into town or some hotels offer a complimentary airport shuttle. The more popular method of travel though is to fly into Las Vegas, NV and take a shuttle (www.stgshuttle.com) to St. George. This is often your cheapest option. It is a 2-hour drive from Las Vegas to St. George on good roads.

UTAH SALES TAX

Utah is the only state we are based in that charges sales tax to outfitters and guides. The sales tax is based on the St. George, UT municipality rates, which are adjusted occasionally but are in the 6-7% range. For all of our hiking and backpacking tours that originate from our St. George, Utah base (Utah trips and Death Valley trips), the sales tax will be applied automatically to your payments. Feel free to call us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) with any questions!

Private Trips

Travel in perfect company by booking a private trip exclusively for your group!

Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.

Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations. 

Private Rates FOr This Trip

  • 2 People: Rate x 2.5
  • 3 People: Rate x 2
  • 4 People: Rate x 1.5
  • 5+ People: Rate x 1.15

*all rates are per person and single supplements apply

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ITINERARY

ITINERARY

Day 1

  • Shuttle to Escalante: 3.5-hour drive from St George
  • Hiking Mileage: 4 miles
  • Accommodations: Slot Canyons Inn

This Utah hiking tour starts with a drive to the town of Escalante and to the trailhead for the Upper Escalante Canyon. The day’s trek consists of pleasant hiking along the floor of a deep and imposing canyon. There will be lots of hiking across the creek so you’ll need your wading shoes for this one. The highlight of the day is the spectacular Escalante Natural Bridge, located 1.5 miles in. Following the hike we’ll check in at the Slot Canyons Inn B&B, a cozy, modern lodge at the edge of the Utah wilderness.

Day 2

  • Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
  • Accommodations: Slot Canyons Inn

Our second hike will take us to the spectacular Calf Creek Falls. This is a beautiful hike along calf creek, a lush stream that is home to a substantial trout population. We’ll hike past indian ruins and pictographs, and have a good chance of seeing some wildlife. At the end of the trail we can take a swim (if you’re hearty – this water is surprisingly cold) below the 128-foot waterfall. We’ll eat lunch at the falls, and then have the opportunity to visit the town of Boulder, UT where we can make an optional visit to Anasazi State Park. This site was home to one of the largest Anasazi communities west of the Colorado River. Once done at Anasazi State Park, we’ll drive back to the Slot Canyons Inn and enjoy a delicious dinner.

Day 3

  • Hiking Mileage: 5 miles
  • Accommodations: Slot Canyons Inn

After a hearty breakfast we’ll hike into Phipps Wash, a seldom-visited, colorful canyon with a forty-foot high arch and a natural bridge. The hike begins off the historic Sheffield Road on open slickrock with expansive views. We descend quickly, however, and eventually come to the hidden Phipps Arch. We’ll have lunch here and take some time to explore. Eventually we’ll hike into the Escalante River drainage and wade upstream to complete our hike.

Day 4

  • Hiking Mileage: 7-10 miles
  • Accommodations: Slot Canyons Inn

This day takes through one of the most physically fun hikes in all of southern Utah. Driving down historic Hole-in-the-Rock Road, we’ll hike out to the exciting and fun Spooky and Peek-a-Boo Canyons. Spooky is aptly named as it’s a dark, narrow slot that requires lots of sideways walking with your daypack in your hand. Peek-a-Boo is also brilliant but quite different; it’s filled with interconnected potholes, arches, and grottos. Along our drive back, we’ll take the opportunity to visit the incredible Devil’s Garden. This is a great spot for young and old alike as it’s a fairyland of small knobs, arches, and other eroded landforms.

Day 5

  • Hiking Mileage: 2.2 miles
  • Shuttle to St. George: 4.5-hour drive

On our last morning we’ll eat breakfast, check out of our lodge, and head west toward the starting point of our trip, St. George, Utah. But the trip isn’t over yet! We’ll stop at Bryce Canyon National Park to enjoy a classic hike through its famous hoodoos and specacular vistas. Our hike, the Navajo Loop, takes us down from the rim, through the stunning corridors of Wall Street and past the Silent City, before bringing us back to the rim of the amphitheatre. We’ll enjoy lunch on the rim, gazing into the maze of Wall Street and contemplating our incredible week. After lunch we’ll load up and head back to St. George, where we’ll say our goodbyes and start scheming about our next adventure!

Snow Canyon Add-On Hike

Extend your adventure with a day hike in the amazing “Miniature Zion Canyon” – Snow Canyon State Park! Click here to learn more.

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes.

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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Available to Book

AVAILABLE TO BOOK

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Request a Reservation

REQUEST A RESERVATION

This trip is exclusively booked through customer service due to logistics with lodging, permits, staffing, availability, or something else. Please contact us online or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to request a reservation.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Top-of-the-line day pack and trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • 4 nights of lodging at the Slot Canyons Inn Bed and Breakfast
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Utah hiking guide
  • Roundtrip transportation from your hotel in St. George, Utah
  • National park entrance fees
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

Meals: What To Expect

We provide all your meals from breakfast the first day through lunch the last day. Your guide will prepare breakfasts and lunches with a variety of hot and cold meals that are appropriate for the day’s activities. Feel free to tell us about your food preferences, as we’re more than happy to tailor the menu to your needs/desires. Some specialty diets may require an additional fee.

For dinners, we’ve hand-picked local restaurants you’re sure to enjoy! We made our decisions based on the quality of their food, their charm, and how much local color and character they have. One very noteable restaurant we visit is the Hell’s Backbone Grill in Boulder, Utah – a highly acclaimed, award-winning grill!

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:

  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency communication device(s)

What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important.

What Clothes to Bring

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with detailed guidance about what clothes to pack (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and our recommended clothing system. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!

Where Do We Meet?

You will rendezvous with the guide and group in St. George, Utah for an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the evening before the trip begins. Your guide will be in contact approximately 2 weeks before your trip starts to specify the orientation location. The guide will then pick you up at your hotel the next morning for transport to the trailhead. For Private Utah Tours your guide can meet you at your hotel in St. George or Cedar City, Utah at an agreed upon time.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.

Start/End Times

Your guide will inform you of the first day’s pick-up time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 5 and 8 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day no later than 7 PM.

Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We’ve developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time…etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides’ off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.

Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on this trip is 7 guests and 1 guide; private trips can go up to 12 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we’ll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:

  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis

Weather in the Southern Utah

Weather in Southern Utah

Southern Utah is a high desert. The weather is very moderate: occasional dustings of snow in the winter that melt rapidly, and summer temperatures in the low 90s (°F) that often cool down with thunderstorms. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). The ideal time to be in the Canyon Country is Spring and Fall. Read below for average high and low temperatures in Utah’s Canyon Country:

MonthHighLow
Dec-Feb43°18°
March55°27°
April64°33°
May73°40°
Jun-Aug88°

55°
September79°45°
October67°35°
November53°25°

Accommodations

Accommodations

Slot Canyons Inn

0-4 nights

This amazing boutique lodge characterizes Canyon Country beautifully through its architecture, sandstone cliff surroundings, and wonderful hosts. With a variety of rustic but modern cabins and rooms, it is a perfect staging point to explore the amazing Grand Staircase!

Boulder Mountain Lodge

0-4 nights

Another equally amazing lodging option for this tour is Boulder Mountain Lodge. This family-owned boutique inn is an oasis of calm, comfort, and luxury in the middle of Utah’s scenic red rock canyon country and mountain forests. It puts is right in the action for exploring the best of Utah!

* These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (8 reviews)
Lee D
5.0

Excellent Trip to Escalante

5 months ago

The Escalante trip was excellent. Our guide, Ruthie Schnitt, was superb. Her extensive knowledge and kind and gracious professional manner made our trip exceptional. Ruthie Schitt is the gold standard for outdoor guides.

Michael H.
5.0

Absolutely Wonderful Experience

5 months ago

Our trip was fantastic in every way, it was the peaceful escape that we were looking for and was totally rejuvenating. Our guide, Ruthie, was beyond knowledgable and gave us an insiders view of Escalante! My daughter loved learning about the botany of the area and is still identifying plants days later. I can't say enough about this wonderful experience.

Jane D.
5.0

Second Trip with Wildland

5 months ago

My second trip with Wildland and the process was easy to book and let Wildland take the drivers seat. Ruthie, our guide, was knowledgeable and passionate about her work and every detail was taken care of.

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