Utah Away from Crowds: Hiking Zion & Escalante NP

Escalante, UT, USA

Karina Safari
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Apr 28 - May 2, 2021
Group size: 8 - 12
Utah Away from Crowds: Hiking Zion & Escalante NP
Escalante, UT, USA

Karina Safari
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Apr 28 - May 2, 2021
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 with several advanced portions 

🏔  Be ready to hike on up to 15 miles on the second day with gradual elevation gain of 1760ft.  In other days: less intensive hikes, up to 11 mi/daily with insignificant elevation gain. 

🏋🏻‍♂️  Good physical fitness and previous hiking experience is REQUIRED from all registered participants

🍭  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: 

- Registration deposit (if applicable) is non-refundable after being paid;

- Cancellation 30 to 21 days before departure - up to 50% of the Trip cost 

- 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)

What’s included

  • Lodging
    Basic hotels (double-sharing occupancy in rooms with private facilities)
  • Transportation
    12-seater Van
  • Assistance
    Professional local bilingual guide Katya Belykh
  • All arrangements
    Hiking program, logistics, arrangements
  • Admissions
    Permits, parking, etc
  • Local flights
  • Meals


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
30 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


I had a great time! Thank you for everything, Karina and Sasha!
By Natalie H for Alaska Hiking Adventure: Glaciers, Icebergs & Fjords on 26 Jul, 2021
It was my second hiking adventure organized by Karina (the first one was to Patagonia). Everything was awesome: hikes, guides, lodging, transportation, schedule. I'm sure I would not be able to pack as many activities in 1 week if I planned the trip myself. Above all, Karina assembled an amazing group of people who made the time extremely enjoyable. I'm sure I'll be back for another trip.
By Grigory L for Alaska Hiking Adventure: Glaciers, Icebergs & Fjords on 19 Jul, 2021
I've heard of Karina's adventure traveling company from many of my friends who had a fantastic experience! I wanted to give it a try and wasn't disappointed. The trip was planned and organized very well, and as one of my friends said after reading Karina's bio " you will be fine, your guide looks legit " . ;) We have seen great nature, challenged ourselves daily, and at the end of the day ate great local food in a company of new friends. This trip combined it all for me! It's very important to have a professional leading the pack and Karina is indeed that. She is also very much of a peoples' person and makes you feel at home. I valued her input and enjoyed our many talks on this trip. We also had a second leader on the tour with whom she cooperated, Alex Mironyuk , who is an experienced adventurer, fantastic photographer and last but not least, a very fun guy. Kudos to Karina's leadership for putting together a great group and making all of us feel safe and welcome. I look forward to going on more trips with her!
By Alona K for Alaska Hiking Adventure: Glaciers, Icebergs & Fjords on 17 Jul, 2021
We had a great time. Wonderful people. Thank you for a fantastic experience!
By Yulia V for Meet your Inner Mountain (Retreat Lodging) on 22 Jun, 2021
It was a great trip -again!!! Wonderful trails, people, accommodations and everything was will organized and thoughtful. Highly recommend! Thank you Katya and Karina!
By Natasha K for Best of Yellowstone and Grand Teton Hiking trip on 09 Jun, 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