Hiking the canyons in Arizona and Utah

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). Below is the itinerary we followed from San Francisco.

Day 1

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

Recommended gear list for the Narrows:

  • 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

Day 2

  • Drive to Zion Adventure Co by 6:20 am
  • 6:30 am: Shuttle departure
  • Get ready to get wet and hike the Narrows for several hours!

Day 3

  • Check Sunrise time at Zion
  • Drive to Bryce Canyon (1.5 hours)
  • Begin your day hike and check the sunset time at Bryce, select one of the two options Peekaboo or Fairyland loop
  • Overnight at Bryce

Day 4

  • Check Sunrise time in Bryce Canyon
  • 11 am drive towards North Rim for about 3 hours
  • Check Sunset time at Cape Royal
  • 6 pm: Drive back
  • 11:30pm: Once you are back at LAS, return your car
  • Overnight at LAS

Day 5

  • Return to SFO!

It was among the best hiking experience I had in the US and I would recommend this to any outdoor enthusiast.

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