Utah Away from Crowds: Hiking Zion & Escalante NP

Escalante, UT, USA

Karina Safari
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Apr 6 - 10, 2022
Group size: 8 - 12
Utah Away from Crowds: Hiking Zion & Escalante NP
Escalante, UT, USA

Karina Safari
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36 reviews

Apr 6 - 10, 2022
Group size: 8 - 12

About this trip

Join our Adventure Team and Explore the  Hidden Gems of Utah Without Crowds!

In the recent years Zion and Escalante National parks of Utah had become very popular and way too trafficked. In this trip we avoid the "mainstream" touristy routes and  have a chance to enjoy the most unique  landscapes of the "red rock kingdom" almost by ourselves!


What to expect:

🌟  Daily hiking activities in Zion and Escalante National Parks among the weirdest arches, canyons, cliffs and walls, incredible creations of Mother Nature.  Learn interesting facts about geology of this region.

🌟  Traveling in the Mormon's state, listen to the spooky stories of the past, the first Mormons settlings, Mormon's traditions, religion and ways of life that haven't changed much since that time.

🌟  Travel in a fun and friendly team of like-minded hikers of our travel family, assisted by a knowledgeable bilingual guide Katya Belykh, the expert of the region!

Read before you sign up:

🥾  Level of hiking: - Intermediate 

🏔  Be ready to hike on up to 10+ miles on the second day with gradual elevation gain of 1760ft.  In other days: less intensive hikes with insignificant elevation gain. 

🏋🏻‍♂️  Good physical fitness and previous hiking experience is preferred

🍭  Kids are allowed 16 y,o and older assisted by parents (sorry, no discount is given)

✈️ Arrival / Departure to & from Las Vegas (NV)  

🏠  Lodging:  Hotels, dbl sharing rooms with private facilities (1 night in St. George, 3 nights in Kanab)

Trip terms and Cancellation Policy

Participant can cancel their trip anytime prior departure with the following penalties: 

- Cancellation 45+ days before departure - fully refundable

- Cancellation 45 to 21 days before departure - up to 50% of the Trip cost , including registration deposit

- Cancellation 20 to 0 calendar days before departure – non refundable

Trip cancellation insurance is advisable; it protects all registration deposits and payments for both air and land cost.

Weather & Packing list:

It's on average nice and warm weather to be expected in April, 60-70F, temperature may drop close to freezing at night. 

Rain is possible but not likely 

Gear items:

- A small-size suitcase or Duffel bag or a Backpack for your main luggage  (Note: Please don't bring too big and bulky backpacks)

- A small backpack 25-30L for day-hikes (to carry a water reservoir, an extra layer, a hiking snack,  sun block, and a personal first aid kit). 

- Head lamp (it is good to have light when your hands are free always keep it in your backpack on a hiking trail)

- Trekking poles – optional (if you are used to hike with trekking poles, bring them. Otherwise, not necessary. Note: Hiking poles are not allowed in carry on luggage)

- Water bottle or camelback reservoir (1.5-2L)

- Several zip lock bags for your personal garbage/leftovers during hiking days

- Sunblock (UV 50+) & lip balm

- Personal toiletries : toothpaste, toothbrush etc.

- Your personal first aid kit (personal medications you can’t do without). The guide will have essentials.

- Sunglasses 

- Face covering (needed on a flight and indoor public places, visitor centers etc)

- Ear plugs, if you are a sensitive sleeper

Outfit for hiking:

- Good sturdy high-ankled hiking boots, well-worn before the trip  (!) Please don’t bring brand new boots, try them a few times on hiking trails before the trip, to avoid painful blisters while on a trip

- Comfortable tennis shoes (it's good to have a change of shoes for off-trail activities)

- Light hiking pants  (shorts or yoga pants are not recommended – to prevent sunburns) 

- Light long-sleeved loose shirt (for sun protection)

- A change of long/short-sleeved t-shirts for hiking (preferably a quick-dry fabric, not cotton)

- A change of long hiking socks (not cotton. merino wool is the best) 

- Fleece jacket or light sweater

- A windproof/waterproof jacket

- A down-jacket for chilly evenings and mornings

- Sunhat

- Fleece or wool beanie and gloves for chilly mornings and evenings (it's always good to have)

- Swim suite and sarong/quick try small towel (there will be an opportunity to swim in lakes and rivers)

Meals and water

On the day of arrival we will make a stop at the grocery store to buy necessary hiking snacks, fruits and drinking water for hiking days.

* We will provide the drinking bottled water in the van on the rides, however you will need at least 2 gallons per person of water for hiking trails for entire trip.

Hotels rooms are always equipped with mini-fridges to keep your groceries.


Continental breakfasts are provided at hotels (e.g: coffee, bagel, cream-cheese, juice).


Take your own trail snack. You can purchase it in advance. In addition, we would suggest taking your own dry snacks from home such as trail mix, energy bars, chocolate etc.

If itinerary and time allowes, we stop by for lunch at the local cafeterias or breweries as well.


We make an advanced group table reservations in the restaurants. If you would like to opt for a different place - no problem, just let the Team Leader know.

Wifi and cellphone reception

Cellphone reception is very limited or non-existent in the national parks

Wi-fi and cellphone receptions is available in hotels and towns

What’s included

  • Lodging
    Basic hotels (double-sharing occupancy in rooms with private facilities)
  • Meals
    Breakfast in hotels
  • Transportation
    12-seater Van
  • Assistance
    Professional local bilingual guide Katya Belykh
  • All arrangements
    Hiking program, logistics, arrangements
  • Admissions
    Permits, parking, etc
  • Drinking water
    on the van rides
  • Local flights
    to/from Las Vegas
  • Meals
    lunches (your own snack on a trail), dinners in town


Day 1 / Wed
Arrival in Las Vegas > Drive to St. George

Arrival to Las Vegas (NV) in the evening.  Airport pick-up and drive 2h to the town of St.George (UT).  Overnight in a basic hotel in St. George.

Your Organizer

Karina Safari
36 reviews
Professional adventure travel organizer and team leader since 2006. Originally from Moscow, Russia. Lived and worked as a tour guide and destination expert in South American countries (Ecuador and Colombia) in 2009-2012. Moved to the U.S. in 2012. Resident of San Francisco bay area. Founder of Safarika Adventure Club, CA since 2013 (CST # 2112795-40). Join our tribe of active travelers! Experience epic bucket list destinations and world best trails you have only dreamed of in our unbeatable team adventures to South America and beyond


The best part of any trip is to meet new people and get to know everyone in a group. You can't find a better place to do this then gorgeous Hawaii. The food was diverse and delicious, abundance of fruit will surprise anyone. Accomodations were comfortable and spacious. I can't wait for the next adventure to meet new and old friends
By Larysa Z for Hawaii Big Island Encompassed: Best Hikes & Beaches on 12 Nov, 2021
Another amazing trip with Safarika! My husband and I came back home rested, energized, and with new wonderful friends. Collecting our vacation time for another adventures with Safarika. Looking forward for new travels with beginner and medium level hikes.
By Olga K for Hawaii Big Island Encompassed: Best Hikes & Beaches on 09 Nov, 2021
Thank you very much Karina and Alex for fantastic views, great company and delicious food!
By Victoria M for All Shades of Fall in Colorado Hiking Trip on 14 Oct, 2021
It's my second trip with Karina. As the previous time everything was well organized: accommodations, transportation, permits, passes, dining.. All we have to care about - is to have fun! What I like the most about trips with Karina is a balance between challenging and interesting hikes - if you have to push yourself to get somewhere - be sure you'll be rewarded. Several trip highlights: - One of the most beautiful alpine lakes in Rocky Mountain NP - Sunrise hike with spectacular views over the park. Each picture taken there worth National Geographics cover - Variety of restaurants reserved ahead of time - And of course people!
By Valerii T for All Shades of Fall in Colorado Hiking Trip on 12 Oct, 2021
The trip was awesome! Thank you so much Karina and Katya for making my dream of exploring Yellowstone NP come true. Unforgettable memories, beautiful pictures, wonderful company - everything was superb. I will travel with you again and would recommend you to anyone.
By Olesia M for Best of Yellowstone and Grand Teton (Moderate Hiking/ Hotels stay) on 28 Sep, 2021
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One of the best trips I've done! I am mainly either a solo traveler or prefer to go with my family But 4 days hiking trip to Montana Glacier NP has changed my preferences :) Thank you very much, it's been a pleasure and FUN Met so many interesting intelligent people, would highly recommend if you enjoy active vacations
By Yelena M on 10 Sep, 2020
I traveled with Karina to Patagonia in 2020 and it was awesome! Perfect planning & organization throughout the trip, including dealing with the unexpected (e.g. lost luggage). I really liked other folks in the group and made several new friends in this trip. I highly recommend Karina's trips to casual and semi-serious hikers, and plan to be a return customer myself.
By Grigory L on 14 Mar, 2020
Thank you, Karina, for a wonderful first time experience of active adventure trip! Everything is well thought and organized. Would recommend to anyone!
By Aizhan T on 20 Jun, 2019