Utah Away from Crowds: Hiking Zion & Grand Staircase-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 & Grand Staircase-Escalante NP
Escalante, UT, USA

Karina Safari
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21 reviews

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 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) 

- Comfortable outfit for sleeping in a cabin (PJs)

- Fleece jacket or light sweater

- A down-jacket for chilly evenings and mornings

- Sunhat

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
21 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


Amazing trip! Loved whole experience. Things I loved: - organization - arrival/departure/car - Guides very knowledgeable, interesting info - great selection of hikes and attraction - great restaurants - great accommodation - loved participants dynamics Things that I would improve: - gathering place for the evening which give opportunity for activity guided by participants - missing spiritual part - was hoping for group meditations at vortexes - hikes too short, better less hikes but longer - sunrise hikes
One of the best trips I had. Great company, very picturesque hikes and comfortable accommodations. Everything was organized perfectly with a good balance between hikes, sightseeing and free time. Karina took care of all the logistics, which made the trip very relaxing. We covered a lot of places in 12 days - more than it would be possible on my own. Highly recommended!
Amazing trip - great people, well-organized itinerary, and an opportunity to surround yourself with unbelievable nature all day, every day. A truly refreshing change of pace and surroundings. If you are hesitating about whether to sign up, nervous about traveling with people you don't know, doubting your level of physical preparedness, talk to Karina - and then do it! You won't regret it. This trip is a breath of air and an experience to remember for a lifetime.
It was an awesome trip!! Karina created the best agenda that allowed us to experience different places/things. The local crew/guide was professional and took care everything for us, and the food is better than expected. Karina stayed connected with us before and throughout the whole trip and responded quickly to our questions/concerns. Highly recommended!
This was a fantastic trip, with top-notch organization, carefully selected itineraries and a very professional local crew. The food was delicious and we enjoyed comfy accommodations as well. Karina is on every detail, so everything ran smoothly. Highly recommended!
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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 Margulis 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 Lyakhovitskiy 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 Toibazarova on 20 Jun, 2019