Zion In a Day Private Tour

Zion National Park, UT
4.9 (31 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • All-around Zion Experience
  • Stunning Zion views
  • Creeks, cliffs and canyons
  • Multiple short hikes
  • Amazing natural and cultural history
  • Tasty trail snacks & picnic lunch

Description

Step into a cathedral of wild serenity. Unpack its history. Marvel in its beauty. And discover its secrets. This trip is great for any age, fitness level or physical ability. Your guide will adapt your program to suit your needs.

Your Day In Zion connects a series of short hikes that showcase the diverse splendor of the canyon’s geological, biological, historical and cultural wonders. Expect to do 3 or 4 hikes interspersed with an elegant picnic lunch, tasty snacks and ample opportunities to learn and appreciate why this place has been so special to so many generations of park visitors, pioneers and indigenous Americans.

We will begin the day by traveling to The Temple of Sinawava, the furthest point into the canyon. Here we will hike along the majestic Virgin River, perhaps dip our toes into its famous “Narrows,” and get your first up-close introduction to Zion’s iconographic Navajo sandstone.

From the Narrows, we’ll venture down-canyon where we’ll traverse the inspiring Kayenta Trail, which connects Zion’s serene Emerald Pools and provides excellent opportunities to learn its lessons of geologic time and get a tactile sense for its diverse layers of rock. Cap-off our Kayenta hike with a stroll beneath the refreshing waterfalls spewing from the mouth of Behunin Canyon.

Finally, we’ll culminate our Day in Zion with an invigorating hike of the Watchman Trail, where our vantage point offers stunning views of the dramatic West Temple cliff face under the playful colors on the sinking sun. Descending the Watchman, your guide will make a few insider’s dinner recommendations so you’ll be sure to enjoy your evening-out in the canyon country town of Springdale.

(Important: We run hikes in almost all weather conditions and very rarely cancel. See our terms and conditions for information on cancellations and refunds.)

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5-7 Hours
$115-$525 Per Person
Season: Year Round

Season: Year Round

Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Day Hike Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 1-12 Guests
Trip Length: 5-7 Hours
Distance: 5MI / 8KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 1

Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

SUMMARY OF DIFFICULTY
These ratings reflect the maximum difficulty options, but the hiking route is easily adjustable to accommodate your group’s ability and desires. There are sections with intermittent heights exposure, with drop-offs 2-3 feet from the trail.
Hiking Distances:

5-8 mi
Backpack Weight:

8-12 lbs
Terrain:

Moderately Rugged
Max Daily Elev. Gain:

1200-1700 ft
Heights Exposure:

Significant

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for 4-6 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on moderately rugged terrain
  • Hiking with occasional, significant heights exposure

SOLITUDE LEVEL 1

  • Level 1: around other hikers the entire time
  • Level 2: around other hikers most of the time
  • Level 3: around other hikers some of the time
  • Level 4: see a couple other groups during the hike
  • Level 5: most likely to have the trail to ourselves
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Rates

Rates

  • 1 person: $525 per person
  • 2 people: $275 per person
  • 3 people: $245 per person
  • 4-5 people: $205 per person
  • 6-7 people: $175 per person
  • 8-12 people: $115 per person
  • 10 and younger: $135 per person

Private day hike tours are only open to your party.

*Prices do not include Utah sales tax (6.75%) or guide gratuity

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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Available to Book

AVAILABLE TO BOOK

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GOING FAST

This trip has 1 or 2 spots remaining and is bookable online! Click on the date to book now or contact us online to book through customer service.

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.

The listed dates reflect general availability for Southern Utah day hike tours. You will select your exact hike during the registration process. The season for this tour is Year Round.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • A professional, knowledgeable, medically trained, friendly wilderness guide.
  • A commitment to make the tour as exciting, challenging, informative, and full as you’d like, and as is possible in a day
  • Trail snacks and a picnic lunch
  • Use of a top of the line, technical day pack
  • Use of trekking poles
  • Use of crampons in the winter

What's Not Included (Required)

  • Lightweight hiking shoes or hiking boots
  • Waterproof rain jacket or poncho
  • Warm wool or fleece top (Spring, Fall, Winter)
  • Warm hat and gloves (Spring, Fall, Winter)
  • Water bottles or bladder (3 liters total capacity)
  • Sunhat

What's Not Included (Recommended)

  • A cold or frozen bottle of water or Gatorade (Spring, Summer, Fall)
  • Sunglasses
  • Knee braces (if needed)
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Gratuity for your guide

Food: What To Expect

Day hike tours include energizing trail snacks and a delicious picnic lunch. Your guide will customize the food for your hike, but a typical lunch consists of gourmet sandwiches or wraps, fruit, veggies, chips, drinks and a dessert. On wintery or cold days you may be treated to soup or a hot, freshly cooked lunch (if you’d prefer a hot meal, please let us know!)

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.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

Where Do We Meet?

You will rendezvous with your guide outside the visitor center inside Zion National Park (see map). Your guide will contact you approximately 7 days before your hike to coordinate this rendezvous and answer any questions you have.

Start Times

  • March 15 – May 16: 7am
  • May 17 – Sept 26: 6am
  • Sept 27 – Oct 25: 7am
  • Oct 26 – March 18: 8am

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 all tours carry an emergency communication device. 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.

Group Size and Restrictions

The maximum group size on this hiking tour is 12 guests. 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:

  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval on a case by case basis

Weather In The Southern Utah

Weather in Southern Utah
Southern Utah is a high desert where the weather can vary significantly based on elevation and season. 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 sample average high and low temperatures in Zion National Park:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Month
High
Low
January
54°
30°
February
59°
34°
March
66°
39°
April
75°
45°
May
86°
54°
June
95°
63°
July
100°
70°
August
99°
68°
September
91°
61°
October
79°
48°
November
64°
37°
December
54°
30°

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 4.9 (31 reviews)
Amy S
5.0

Awesome!

2 months ago

We had never been to Zion or Utah for that matter, and wanted to get the most out of our day - Nolan and Jack definitely accomplished that! Zion was our first stop on a 2 week trip and having a knowledgeable guide helped a great deal. Of all the Utah parks, I found Zion to be the most intimidating, but Nolan had a great itinerary for us and we were able to see most of the key stops! Our group consisted of 4 kids (ages 6-13), my husband and I, and my parents (mid-60s)... the day was challenging for some in our group at times, but was just the right amount. Nolan brought an awesome spread for breakfast and lunch, along with plenty of trail snacks that helped to keep my little guys going! We hiked the Emerald Pools, up towards Angels Landing (not the whole thing since we had little kids, but enough to see some awesome views), and then went to the Narrows, where we wandered around for quite a while. While I'm sure I could have figured out the day without guides, it was a great kick off to our Utah parks tour. They enriched the day greatly and made it a much more memorable experience. Nolan lives local and also gave us many tips on restaurants and other hikes/stops to make as we went from Zion to Bryce. It was a great experience and a great day in Zion!

Amy S.
5.0

A great way to experience Zion in a day!

2 months ago

We had never been to Zion or Utah for that matter, and wanted to get the most out of our day - Nolan and Jack definitely accomplished that! Zion was our first stop on a 2 week trip in mid-September and having a knowledgeable guide helped a great deal. Of all the Utah parks, I found Zion to be the most intimidating to plan for, but Nolan had a great itinerary for us and we were able to see most of the key stops! Our group consisted of 4 kids (ages 6-13), my husband and I, and my parents (mid-60s)... the day was challenging for some in our group at times, but was just the right amount. Nolan brought an awesome spread for breakfast and lunch, along with plenty of trail snacks that helped to keep my little guys going! We hiked the Emerald Pools, up towards Angels Landing (not the whole thing since we had little kids, but enough to see some awesome views), and then went to the Narrows, where we wandered around for quite a while. While I'm sure I could have figured out the day without guides, it was a great kick off to our Utah parks trip. They enriched the day greatly and made it a much more memorable experience. Nolan lives local and also gave us many tips on restaurants and other hikes/stops to make as we went from Zion to Bryce. It was a great experience and a great day in Zion!

Kathy M
5.0

Fantastic!

2 months ago

I've never had a guided hike before but my adventure in Zion with wonderful guide Savannah made me a believer. What a great way to experience the best trails suited for you with someone who can share knowledge, companionship, and a fantastic lunch!

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