There is something about a hiking trip that feels so different than any other vacation. I love the fresh air, the rush you get after finishing those strenuous switchbacks, and believe it or not, having no cell service. A hiking trip should be on everyone’s bucket list because you get to get up close and personal with nature. Feel free to use this Bryce and Zion Itinerary as your guide for your next Utah trip! It truly is a beautiful place and has been one of my favorite trips so far!
Bryce and Zion Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Vegas
Shane and I opted to fly into Vegas on a Wednesday because it was a little cheaper. We arrived at 7:30 PM and checked into our hotel – Flamingo. Although it wasn’t the nicest, we were saving some coin for our last two nights in Vegas at the end of our trip.
Dinner at Zuma in the Cosmopolitan. This restaurant had amazing vibes and was hands down the best meal I have ever had, with the best cocktail I have ever had! The seafood here is to die for. If you do decide to splurge on a cocktail, get the burning history. Made with Sake whiskey, honey, ginger, egg whites, and a barrel stave is caught on fire to give it a smoky flavor.
Day 2: Depart for Zion
The couple we were traveling with arrived at 7:30AM and picked up the rental car from the airport, a Jeep Renegade, which cost a total of $232 dollars for Thursday-Monday. Zion is a 2.5 hour drive from Las Vegas, and we arrived to Zion around 1:00 (1 hour time change and we stopped for lunch.)
We stayed at Cable Mountain Lodge all three nights and it was perfect because it was right at the entrance to the park.
From April to October, access to Zion National Park is by shuttle bus. There are 9 stops along the way, and you get off at whatever hike you are to conquer that day.
Hike Hidden Canyon Trail and get away from the crowds. This hike was fairly strenuous, with about 1,000 feet of elevation gain and beautiful views along the sides of a cliff. When the trail ends, make sure to scramble over the large rocks and continue on about fifteen minutes and you will see a beautiful arch.
Watchman Trail for the sunset – you will need to time this out right so that you aren’t hiking back down in the dark.
Early morning hike up Angel’s Landing. I was so nervous for this hike because of my fear of heights but I was SO GLAD that I completed it! This hike was strenuous but worth it for the views. We left around 830 and completed the hike around 1:30 – we hung out up top for about an hour!
Relax by the pool/nap OR stretch your legs with an easy hike to Emerald Pools
Drive to Canyon Overlook Trail for the sunset – you have to time this out perfectly! We left dinner a little too late and missed the sunset but we were still able to catch some beautiful views before the sun was completely gone.
Day 4: Zion And Bryce In One Day
We left Zion around 10:30 AM after getting breakfast at our favorite café, Perks at Zion. The drive from Zion to Bryce is about 2 hours. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Bryce as much as Zion, but I was so wrong! I felt like I was in a dream.
Hike the Peekaboo Loop trail and see the hoodoos up close. Every turn was something so unique and beautiful!
Watch the sunset at sunset point
Dinner at Ruby’s Inn
Drive back to Zion
Day 5: Zion to Valley of Fire to Vegas
We decided last minute to drive an hour out of the way to check out the Valley of Fire on our drive back to Vegas. The red stone formations here were breathtaking, but in the beginning of May this place was already packing the heat so hiking would have been too hot. Our boyfriends opted to fly their drones around (be careful not to get caught) and after about an hour we were back on route to Vegas. For more details on our trip to Valley of fire, check out this post!
Check into the Venetian Hotel
Relax by the pool or attend a pool party (the guest list ended at 2:45 PM and we had just missed it! But worth it for the views of Valley of Fire.)
The couple we were with had a National Park pass that cost 80 dollars for the entire year. The pass is good for four people, and allows you to get into any National park in the US. If you are planning on visiting more National parks, I recommend getting this pass! Unfortunately, Valley of Fire is a State park, but entrance there was only $10. For Zion, entrance is $30 dollars per person for the weekend, so the National Park Pass is definitely worth the money!
When in Vegas – try and find a promotor via Instagram or the club website to get on the guest list so that you can get in for free. Guys may still have a cheaper cover, but if you arrive early enough there will not be.
make sure that you pack bandaids if you aren’t used to hiking in your new hiking boots, like me!
If you gamble, you get to drink for free. Just don’t lose your money too quick! I recommend allotting yourself a certain amount to “lose” and once that is gone, you’re done. Shane actually won $200 dollars and bought us both dinner but then that same night quickly lost it again.
What was your favorite hike or your Favorite National Park? Let me know in the comments!