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Zion Ranch Stay & Hiking Adventure

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  • Springdale, UT

  • 3 nights

Grade 4 - Intense

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Start and finish in Las Vegas, but based at a mountain ranch in Zion for the duration of the trip, you'll spend time getting back to nature with hikes in both Zion and Bryce National Parks. Take a 4x4 jeep ride through Monument Valley to enjoy exceptional perspectives of this otherworldly landscape.

You’ll also have the chance to enjoy a homecooked, family-style meal at a Navajo home inside Monument Valley and learn more about their traditions and culture. Experience the real wild, wild west on this 4-day Intrepid retreat in Utah. 

The Basics:

Start and Finish: Las Vegas, United States

Ages: Minimum 15

Group size: Min 4, Max 12

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Visit Utah's famous national parks, enjoy views of the massive canyon walls, red sandstone cliffs, and unique sandstone spires. Learn more about the area's rich culture and history from local guides and adventure travel specialists.

  • Go hiking in Zion National Park along a narrow ridgeline to Angels Landing, which is considered the best in the southwest.
  • Take a Navajo guided tour of Monument Valley and enjoy a traditional homecooked, family-style Navajo lunch.
  • Enjoy a stroll in Bryce National Park along the canyon rim.
  • Travel in a private, air-conditioned vehicle each day before heading back to your ranch accommodation each night.



Welcome to Utah! Get ready to embrace the wild west as you explore some of the country’s great wildernesses. You’ll meet your group in Vegas at the Excalibur Hotel & Casino at 8 am for a Welcome Meeting and then all board the private bus together to transfer to your Mountain Ranch in Zion National Park.

This afternoon, after a picnic lunch, you’ll head out exploring on a hike. This half-day hiking route along a narrow ridgeline to Angels Landing is considered the best in the southwest. On the way enjoy views of the massive canyon walls and red sandstone cliffs, set to a backdrop of clear blue sky.

Tonight, if you wish, you can enjoy dinner back at the ranch and maybe even relax with a bottle of wine under the stars, or head out for a stroll around the property.


  • Mountain Ranch in Zion (1 night)

Included Activities

  • National Park with a leader-led hike to Angels Landing

Meals Included

  • Lunch

This morning after breakfast you’ll be heading to Bryce Canyon National Park for the day. After a short drive in your private, air-conditioned vehicle you’ll reach an elevation of 8000 feet (just over 2400 meters) and will have officially entered Bryce National Park. From here, you’ll spend the morning hiking, with a stroll along the canyon rim to marvel at the unique sandstone spires (known as hoodoos) that rise dramatically from the natural amphitheater.

A picnic lunch is included, so you’ll have time to rest your legs and relax with the other travelers in your group. Later, hike down into the hoodoos for an up-close and personal experience with this fascinating landscape, with plenty of great nature photo opportunities, before heading back to the ranch at about 4:00 p.m. for a free evening.


  • Mountain Ranch in Zion (1 night

Included Activities

  • Bryce Canyon with a leader-led walk

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Today after breakfast you’ll be hopping back into your private vehicle and heading to Monument Valley for the day. The southbound drive will take you through lots of the southwest’s spectacular scenery, past Lake Powell until you reach one of the most iconic locations on the planet. Monument Valley is the setting for many famous western movies so may look quite familiar to some. But, most importantly, it’s the native land of the Navajo Indians.

Once you arrive, you’ll transfer from your vehicle to a 4X4 jeep and enjoy a Navajo guided tour of Monument Valley, where you’ll have the chance to learn more about their rich culture and history in the area, before sitting down to a traditional home-cooked, family-style Navajo lunch. After lunch you'll make your way back towards the ranch, stopping at the famous Horseshoe Bend for an incredible photo opportunity on the way. Once back at the ranch, you’ll have time to rest and recuperate after a fun-filled day.


  • Mountain ranch in Zion  (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Monument Valley with Navajo guided 4x4 Jeep tour including traditional lunch
  • Horseshoe Bend visit
  • Lake Powell

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

This morning after breakfast you’ll be driving to visit a secret slot canyon called, Peekaboo, that evokes images of Petra’s siq in Jordan. Your local host will be able to show you around the coral-pink sands and towering walls of this lesser-known, local gem. After a picnic lunch, you'll depart for Las Vegas where your escape will come to an end (approximately 5 pm) at Excalibur Hotel & Casino.

Included Activities

  • Peekaboo Slot Canyon - meet a Dinosaur Expert
  • Peekaboo Slot Canyon - leader-led walk

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch


The trip involves a lot of walking through Zion National Park, so be prepared with hiking shoes, a water bottle and a day pack.

Lunches will be simple picnic style so perhaps bring some of your own snacks if you think you’ll get hungry between meals.

You will be traveling to the desert, which means it is often very warm during the day but cold at night, so make sure you pack the appropriate clothing for all weather.

A negative COVID-19 test is NOT required before joining a trip unless it is a requirement of entry for the country. If you are unwell prior to traveling, please stay at home and contact Intrepid to make alternative arrangements. At the group meeting, you will be asked to complete a self-screening health form and report any COVID-19 symptoms as well as any close contact with someone who has suspected or confirmed COVID-19. If you are displaying any symptoms or have any health concerns at this time, the advice of local health authorities will be followed to determine whether medical assistance, isolation or further action is required. All travelers should continue to monitor their health throughout their travels and report any relevant symptoms to their tour leader.

While traveling on this tour, you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule the group tends to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company.

The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline only and may change. On some occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in the preferred accommodation. In these cases, a similar standard of accommodation will be used. Throughout the trip, properties will prepare rooms in time for your arrival, especially if arriving prior to normal check-in time. However, this isn't always possible which means you won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels.

To allow flexibility in showing your appreciation, gratuities are not included. If you're happy with the service you receive, providing a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. Please note Intrepid recommends that any tips are given directly to the intended recipient by a member of your group as group leaders are prohibited from collecting cash for tips.

Local Guides:

Throughout your trip, you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. Intrepid suggests US$5-20 per day for local guides. Ask your leader for suggestions as to what is appropriate for a given activity.

Your Group Leader:

You should also consider tipping your leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. Your leader works long and hard for you. He or she may well become your friend during the trip but they do need to pay their bills. If the leader's performance meets or exceeds your expectation they will gladly accept a tip from you. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however you should plan to tip your leader US$7-10 per person per day.

All luggage is carried in trailers or inside the vehicle so please don't bring more than one medium-sized bag, backpack or suitcase (20kg maximum) per person. Your suitcase/rucksack may get some rough handling, so make sure it's a tough one. A small daypack and camera may also be carried inside the vehicle.

Your leader will provide basic information about the sights and cities you'll be visiting but please note that Intrepid's leaders are not 'tour guides' in the traditional sense. They are adventure travel specialists and are there to organize your trip, arrange activities and help with questions or problems you may have while on your tour. Your leader will provide you with all the important information you need to embark on your own explorations. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.

  • It's strictly forbidden for non-qualified rangers to present any information about some National Parks in North America, therefore Intrepid adopts a system (as requested by the park rangers) where their leader will encourage travellers to visit the information centres in the National Parks for details about the site.
  • If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.


They are also responsible for driving the van and navigating across the country. The allowable driving times for drivers is strictly controlled in North America. This ensures Intrepid's drivers are well-rested and are not over-tired from too many hours on the roads.

While your group will have a minivan for all included activities on the trip, please note that the services of the van and the driver may not be available for your use during free time, or after you have arrived for the day. If you need a special trip into town you may need to arrange transport or a taxi. 

  • Reusable water bottle. Intrepid recommends at least a 1.5 litre capacity. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. Tap water in the US and Canada is safe to drink and there are many places to fill up along the way, so please save plastic by bringing your own water bottle.
  • Sun protection: hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
  • Clothing that you can layer. You may encounter a wide variety of temperatures en route due to altitude and unforeseen weather conditions - so be prepared! Make sure to pack a warm fleece and a waterproof jacket. Intrepid suggests you check the expected temperatures en route and bring clothing that you can layer.
  • Closed-in shoes. If you are planning on doing any hiking during your trip Intrepid highly recommends that you take a pair of comfortable, closed-in walking shoes. Closed-in shoes will help to protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through bush/grass-lands, and will also act as a barrier protection in rare cases against bites or stings from dangerous animals in this environment.


  • Insect repellent
  • Spare camera battery. You should have access to electricity to charge your battery most nights, but it is always a good idea to carry a spare.
  • Personal medical kit. Your guide will carry a large kit but we recommend you carry items such as mild pain killers, electrolytes, anti-diarrhoeal, antibacterial gel, wet wipes, bandaids/plasters etc.


  • Travel pillow if you like to sleep during long drives
  • Reusable coffee cup such as a travel mug or KeepCup if you are a coffee drinker. Not only is it much better for the environment, but many places in the US and Canada also give a discount for bringing your own cup.
  • Ear plugs to guard against a snoring room-mate
  • A good book, a journal or an iPod for the long drives.
  • Swimwear
  • Airfare
  • Accommodation in Las Vegas
  • Any dinners
  • Airport transfers, taxes and excess baggage charges
  • Travel insurance (mandatory and must be taken out at the time of booking)
  • Optional activities and all personal expenses


This trip is provided by Intrepid Travel. Minimum age requirement is 15 years old. Minimum of four people total must book this trip for it to happen. Maximum 12 people allowed on the trip in total. A single supplement is available for an additional $445 if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability.

Important Notes:

  1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 8 am on Day 1. Please make your own way to the Joining Point Hotel listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary.
  2. There is no accommodation included in Las Vegas on this trip. If you wish to spend more time in Las Vegas, we'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). Speak to an Intrepid booking agent for more information.
  3. On the final day, this trip finishes at approximately 6 pm on arrival in Las Vegas. You will be dropped at the same location as the joining point. If departing this day, please do not book any flights before 8 pm.
  4. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
  5. Please note these trips require a minimum of 4 travellers to depart.


You are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of $400 USD per person per trip for your booking to be confirmed. Lock in your trip with a deposit and then pay the rest in instalments whenever you like, with no interest or fees. Just make sure you've paid in full by 21 days before your trip is scheduled to depart. If you cancel your trip up to 21 days before departure, you can transfer your deposit to another available trip or hold your deposit on file indefinitely.


Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of US$200,000 for each of the categories of cover. Intrepid also strongly recommends it covers cancellation, curtailment, personal liability and loss of luggage and personal effects. You must provide your travel insurance policy number and the insurance company's 24-hour emergency contact number on the first day of your trip; you will not be able to join the trip without these details. If you have travel insurance connected to your credit card or bank account please ensure you have details of the participating insurer, the insurance policy number and emergency contact number with you rather than the bank's name and credit card details.

Authority on Tour:

Trips are run by a group leader. The decision of the group leader is final on all matters likely to affect the safety or well-being of any traveller or staff member participating in the trip. If you fail to comply with a decision made by a group leader or interfere with the well-being or mobility of the group, the group leader may direct you to leave the trip immediately, with no right of refund.  Intrepid may also elect not to carry you on any future trips booked. You must at all times comply with the laws, customs, foreign exchange and drug regulations of all countries visited


All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to manage and enjoy Intrepid's style of travel. Please note that if in the opinion of the group leader or local guide any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund. You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations before departure. Intrepid recommends that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements as they may not easily be obtained while travelling.

Any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people, will not be tolerated. Use or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated. If you choose to consume alcohol while travelling, drink responsibly and abide by the local laws regarding alcohol consumption.