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Zion 4 Day Weekend Family

A desert family adventure

Make the most of your family vacation with Trek Travel's Zion National Park long weekend adventure.

The fun desert town of Springdale, Utah, located just outside the gates of Zion National Park, is the perfect home base from which to explore this awe-inspiring natural playground with your kids. Join Trek Travel for an action-packed weekend filled with diverse activities for the young and the young-at-heart featuring casual rides; a variety of hikes with amazing sights; horseback riding; splashing around in cool, clear natural pools; and many other surprises along the way. At the end of each day retreat and relax in comfort on the lush green banks of the Virgin River, right in the center of town and close to all the fun. Discover Zion National Park on an adventure your family will never forget.

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Daily Itinerary

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Day
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Day
1

Today's Ride:

Springdale to Temple of Sinawava Return
Approximately 18 miles with 900 feet of climbing

Description:

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Best Western Abbey Inn at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. Once everyone has gathered, you’ll take a 1 hour private shuttle to the desert town of Springdale. Here you will enjoy a picnic of local specialties prepared by your Trek Travel guides. During the picnic your guides will lead you in a short round of introductions, before discussing the rules of bike safety and also offering some specific cycling tips for riding in Utah. Your guides will then ensure you a comfortable fit to your bike, and familiarize you with some of its features. Now Zion awaits! Get on your bike to witness Zion’s iconic monuments—The Watchman, Court of the Patriarchs, Angel’s Landing and Weeping Rock—arriving at the Temple of Sinawava, where the canyon road gives way to the Virgin River. Tonight you and your new travel companions will meet for a drink and a delicious catered meal on the back deck of the Deep Creek Coffee Company. Take in the incredible surroundings from your private perch above Springdale as you watch the evening light flow across the desert.

Hotel:

Desert Pearl Inn
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Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
2
Day
2

Today's Activity:

Hike Zion National Park

Description:

This morning it’s time to put on your hiking shoes for a truly unique adventure. If the forecast and water level permit, today you’ll experience the fabled Virgin River Narrows, where you’ll wade beneath sheer skyscraping cliffs and experience the park from a completely new vantage point. Later, you may decide to tackle the incredible, renowned Angels Landing, head for the challenge of Observation Point, or enjoy a shorter walk to view Weeping Rock or Emerald Pools. With a packed lunch in hand, the day is yours to explore together in the diverse and magnificent Zion landscape, with your guides on-hand to help you decide how to best spend your day. Save some time at the end of the day to visit some of the local shops and galleries or play in the pool at the hotel. Tonight the guides and the kids will head into town for a night of pizza and fun games, leaving the adults free to explore Springdale for a quiet and relaxing dinner on their own.

Hotel:

Desert Pearl Inn
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day
3
Day
3

Today's Activity:

Horseback Riding
(Must be at least 7 years old to participate)

Short Option:

Zion Mountain Ranch to Springdale
Approximately 16 miles with 300 feet of climbing

Optional Hike:

Canyon Overlook Trail
Approximately 1 mile with 160 feet of climbing

Description:

Prepare for a day in the saddle as you experience Zion by bike and horseback! Pack a bag of riding gear and put on your ranch duds, ready for adventure. After a 45 minute shuttle, saddle up for a morning on horseback at the pristine Zion Mountain Ranch. After the ride it’s onto the bikes (or the van) for an exhilarating descent through the eastern side of Zion National Park, past the Checkerboard Mesa. For the younger set we have a short hike along the Canyon Overlook Trail to round out the morning. At the Zion Tunnel, both riders and hikers will board the Trek Travel van to reach the other side of the tunnel where adults can hop back on their bikes and the kids will shuttle to Springdale for a lunch of your choice. The afternoon is yours to enjoy: race the kids down the river on tubes (water levels permitting) for an afternoon flotilla in the sun or you can kick back and enjoy the gorgeous pool and riverside lawn at the Inn. However you spend this time with your family, enjoy your final evening together reminiscing over the weekend’s events with famous Cadillac Margaritas and outstanding southwestern cuisine at local dining mainstay the Bit and Spur.

Hotel:

Desert Pearl Inn
Visit Website

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
4
Day
4

Today's Ride:

Springdale to Zion Tunnel Return
Approximately 12 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Pa’rus Bike Path Return
Approximately 5 miles with 150 feet of climbing

Description:

Take your final morning to sleep in, take a refreshing swim with the kids in the hotel pool, or head out on a scenic ride. If you choose to cycle, you'll ride along the Pa’rus bike path and up to the western entrance of the Zion Tunnel. Simply doing an out-and-back on the bike path is a great option for the younger set. Those who make it to the tunnel entrance will be treated to an unforgettable descent into the canyon with fantastic views of the Great Arch of Zion, The West Temple, The Sundial, and the Altar of Sacrifice all bathed in spectacular morning light. It's a great way to wrap up the weekend before check-out.

Included Meals:

Breakfast


Dates & Pricing

EARLY BOOKING SAVINGS ENDS JANUARY 3RD

Book today for the best savings of the year and the widest availability of dates. Not sure where or when you want to travel? We don’t charge a fee for changing dates or destinations up to 90 days prior to your trip start.

2017


Apr
20th - 23rd / 4 days / 3 nights
$1999 / Person, $550 / Single Occupancy / Kids 12 and under get 10% off
Guaranteed *

What is Single Occupancy?

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself.

Hotels

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Desert Pearl Inn

Springdale, Utah

The Desert Pearl Inn offers an oasis of privacy and tranquility right in the heart of Springdale. Each thoughtfully selected detail adds to the feeling of warmth and hospitality at this desert retreat. The beautiful wood seen throughout the grounds is old-growth Douglas fir and redwood reclaimed from the historic Lucin Cutoff railroad trestle that once spanned the north end of the Great Salt Lake. From the relaxing lawn you can watch the river flow past and reflect on this ancient elemental force that slowly carved the magnificent canyon walls.

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  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All luggage transfers
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • 3 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Zion trip, you will stay in a tastefully appointed inn located on the banks of the Virgin River in the heart of Springdale.
  • Daily breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 social hours, 2 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Zion Family bike trip, you will have a variety of culinary experiences. The first night features an outdoor social hour and catered dinner. The following evening you are on your own indulge at a restaurant of your choice while the guides take the kids for an evening of pizza and games. The final evening the group will gather for a fun night at one of our local favorites, the Bit and Spur. All meals are casual dress and most dietary requirements can easily be met.
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  • All breakfasts are on your own, and there are a variety of options within a short walk or town shuttle ride from the Inn. All meals are casual dress and most dietary requirements can easily be met.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • The use of a Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle. For the kids, the use of a Trek Superfly 20 or 24 bike.
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • The use of Bontrager bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Contact us for details.
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey or Trek Travel t-shirt

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5%-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership.Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 5-10% of the trip price.

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

  • Rider Type | 1
  • Average Daily Mileage | 15
  • Terrain | Hilly
  • Average Daily Elevation | 850 ft.

On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Zion Long Weekend is best suited for our Type 1 Riders. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 2 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain is varied, from relatively level riding along the floor of Zion Canyon to sustained climbing in potentially windy conditions on the east side of the Park. The splendid views make the climbs worthwhile. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

Zion enjoys a desert climate, meaning generally much warmer during the day than at night. During April, May and October you an expect daytime highs between 65-85F and nighttime lows between 40-55F. Precipitation chances are generally low, but we recommend bringing rain gear just in case. Light layers and a wind/waterproof shell are good for the day. Warm layers are recommended for the cool nights and early mornings.

On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. See Included In The Trip Price for more information. Some non-riding options on this trip are:

  • Numerous hiking options in the staggering beauty of Zion National Park
  • Shop in Springdale
  • Relax poolside with a view of red rock cliffs at the Desert Pearl Inn
  • Schedule a spa treatment in Springdale

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to the brand new Trek Emonda SLR with Shimano Di2 Electronic shifting or Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels for the ultimate riding experience. Contact our trip consultants for more details.

If you’re going we’re going on almost all our trips. Trips with 1 guest booked are guaranteed to run. Select trips like Cross Country, Race and Special Edition trips require a minimum number of guests to run and are not guaranteed until that number is reached. Contact your Trip Consultant for more details.

In the event that a departure has low enrollment, we will notify guests at 60-90 days before departure to give the option to select a different date with more guests booked. Please do not reserve airfare before confirming your Trek Travel trip.

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start you will receive an email containing a trip start meeting location reminder and any last minute information that you will need to know before your trip. Once you arrive at your destination Trek Travel staff will brief you on the day-to-day plan for the trip and provide you with daily route guides and a detailed map allowing you to ride with complete confidence and independence.

Please review our packing list page for more details.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip.

  • Children must be at least 9 years of age to ride their own bike
  • For children under 9 years old, a parent must ride a FX hybrid bike with their child riding a pedal bike attachment
  • Children have the option to receive a Trek Travel T-shirt or jersey prior to the trip depending on their preference
  • Trek Travel does not provide car seats or booster seats for riding in the support vans
  • The minimum age to go on a trip is 6 years old

Meeting & Departing

How to get there

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into St. George, Utah (SGU). You can contact the St. George Shuttle (800 933 8320, www.StGShuttle.com) to schedule a taxi ride from the airport to downtown St. George for approximately $40, one way. Or you can call for a taxi upon arrival at the airport and should expect to pay a similar amount. However, taxis are not necessarily waiting at this small airport so we encourage you to arrange transportation ahead of time for the transfer between the airport and your accommodations.

Alternatively, you may fly into Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS) and shuttle approximately 2 hours to St. George. The St. George Shuttle (800 933 8320, www.StGShuttle.com, $39 per person each way or $49 per person for the Executive Shuttle) will drop you off at their office in downtown St. George, and you can take a taxi to your pre-trip accommodations. When making travel plans from Las Vegas, please note that St. George, Utah is on Mountain Standard Time.

Best Western Abbey Inn | St. George, Utah

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Best Western Abbey Inn (1129 S Bluff Street, St. George, UT 84770) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. If you choose to stay at the Abbey Inn the night before your trip, special rates may be available for Trek Travel guests, depending upon your travel dates. Simply mention Trek Travel when you call the hotel to book. For guests driving to the trip start, please note that you may not leave your vehicle at the Abbey Inn during your trip. Instead, you may contact Temple View RV (800-776-6410, please mention that you are with Trek Travel) to reserve a storage space for your vehicle the length of your trip. It's $10/day or $50 for 5+ days (up to a month). Temple RV is a 0.4 mile walk from the Abbey Inn. Once the luggage has been loaded, you will shuttle 1 hour to the desert town of Springdale. Please have your first day’s cycling clothes and riding gear easily accessible, separate from your luggage. After enjoying a picnic lunch, you will change into your biking clothes and begin the gorgeous ride through Zion Canyon.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Desert Pearl Inn (435.772.8888), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. We strongly recommend that you make the scheduled pick-up time, as there are few transport options for the 40 miles to Springdale. However, if this is not possible and you do need to arrange private transportation, we’d suggest you try Southern Utah Scenic Tours (888 404 8687, www.UtahScenicTours.com) or a local car rental company to arrange transportation at your own expense.

St. George Airport (SGU) | St. George, Utah

You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Desert Pearl Inn.You’ll then shuttle 1 hour and 15 minutes to the St. George Airport (SGU), arriving at approximately 12:15 PM. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate possible traffic delays. If needed, you can alternatively be dropped off at the Abbey Inn or Temple View RV in downtown St. George after the airport drop-offs have been made.

Before: St. George, Utah

While in St. George, take advantage of the spa treatments at the Green Valley Spa or enjoy a round of golf at one of the local courses.There are also a range of beautiful hiking options in the region close to St. George that are well worth exploring, and we’d recommend a visit to Snow Canyon, a state park located 11 miles northwest of town, in addition to Zion National Park which you’ll visit on your trip. St. George is not a very walkable town, so if you plan to spend time here we recommend that you rent a car to get around. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre and post trip hotel:

Green Valley Spa and Hotel

A family-owned spa, Green Valley is a jewel in the desert and boasts the only four-diamond accommodations in southern Utah. GreenValley was founded in 1985 and has become an icon of spa luxury and innovation, earning distinctions such as “Best mid-sized spa in America” by Spa Finder and “Among the best spas in North America” by Condé Nast Traveler.

1871 W. Canyon View Drive St. | 800 237 1068 | www.GreenValleySpa.com | ~$200

The Inn at Entrada

The Inn at Entrada is located about 15 minutes from downtown St. George, on the way to Snow Canyon State Park. This small luxury resort is inside a gated golf community and offers luxury casitas, a fitness center, spa, golf and on-site restaurants. An outdoor theater and outdoor pool are among the many amenities at this beautiful property.

2588 West Sinagua Trail| 435 634 7100 | www.innatentrada.com | ~$250

Best Western Abbey Inn

Conveniently located near downtown St. George, the Inn features a full breakfast, outdoor heated pool, exercise room and high speed internet. It is also the pick up point on the first day of your Utah cycling vacation. When booking, mention that you are traveling with Trek Travel to receive a special rate the night before your trip begins (please note this discount may not be available on certain dates).

1129 S Bluff Street| 435 652 1234 | www.BWAbbeyInn.com | ~$135


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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