Hiking the canyons!

The US national parks have many canyons that offer spectacular views and amazing hikes. They offer a wide range of ways to experience them. During 4-5 days we decided to explore some of the most famous canyons: The Grand Canyon (Arizona), Angels landing (Zion, Utah), Narrows (Zion, Utah) and Bryce Canyon (Utah).

Angels Landing, Zion, Utah

Itinerary:

Day 1:

  • 6am SFO-LAS, pick up rental car
  • 8:30am Drive to Zion (3 hours)
  • Pick up Narrows Permit from Visitor Center
  • Day hike (Angel’s Landing)
  • 4:30-7:30:  Pick up rental gear at Zion Adventure Co (36 Lion Blvd, Springdale UT)

Day 2:

  • Drive to Zion Adventure Co by 6:20
  • 6:30 shuttle departure
  • Hike the Narrows
Narrows, Zion, Utah

 

 

 

Day 3:

  • Check Sunrise time at Zion
  • Drive to Bryce Canyon (1.5 hours)
  • Day Hike and sunset at Bryce (Peekaboo or Fairyland loop)
  • Overnight at Bryce.

Day 4:

  • Check Sunrise time in Bryce Canyon
  • 11am drive towards North Rim (3 hours)
  • 5:40pm: Sunset at Cape Royal
  • 6pm: drive back
  • 11:30pm: back to LAS, return car
  • Overnight at LAS

Day 5:

  • Return to SFO!

 

Bryce Canyon, Utah

 

Recommended gear list:

  • Zion Park Newspaper
  • Zion Narrows Map
  • Dry pants packages reserved from Zion Adventure Co:
    • Neoprene Socks
    • Water boots/shoes
    • Walking stick
    • Dry pants
  • Headlamp / Flashlight
  • Clothing for for 0-5c weather (hat, gloves, etc)
  • Clothing for 10-15c weather (not cotton)
  • Swim suit
  • Food: trail mix, water bottle, bars, etc