Getting ready to start packing socks and shirts into a duffel bag? This trip is entirely frontcountry hiking. We will have access to our gear in the van for the entirety of the trip.
In anticipation for your trip, we recommend checking the weather forecasts for Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks and making any necessary packing adjustments.
We recommend arriving with all clothing and personal gear packed into 1-2 medium sized duffel bags. It is okay to pack your gear into a hard-sided suitcase instead, but most adventurers find more ease in working out of duffel bags during the trip.
A pack with 20 to 30-liters of volume works well for this trip. You need space for layers, trail snacks, water, and odds and ends. We suggest using a daypack that works well with a hydration bladder.
These will help keep your clothing and gear organized.
We expect to have hot and sunny days on this trip! Our camp in Bryce Canyon National Park is at over 8,000 feet of elevation so it gets cold, even in the heat of the summer! Make sure your clothes can be layered together to stay warm on chilly nights. If you are on an June itinerary, consider bringing extra layers.
T-shirts or tops made for running or working out are good choices. Stick to moisture-wicking fabrics. A long-sleeve, light-color, vented sun shirt may also work well.
Bring shorts designed for running or working out. Look for moisture-wicking nylon, polyester, nylon/spandex, or polyester/spandex fabrics.
Bottoms designed for hiking, running, or working out. Loose or compression fit. Look for moisture-wicking nylon, polyester, nylon/spandex, or polyester/spandex fabrics.
Look for wool, Capilene, or polyester fabrics. No cotton.
Moisture-wicking long underwear bottoms or ankle-length tights made for training or running. Look for wool, Capilene, nylon/spandex, or polyester/spandex. No cotton.
Stick to synthetic or wool fabrics. No cotton.
A warm, thick polyester fleece jacket or synthetic "puffy" jacket. This should be able to be worn under your rain jacket. No cotton.
A lightweight polyester fleece top or other layer to add additional warmth. You should be able to wear this with all your other upper body layers.
A lightweight hard shell you can wear over your other upper body layers.
These provide obvious protection from precipitation but can also be worn as an extra lower body layer for cold nights.
On par with desert weather, temperatures will drop drastically once the sun goes down. Nights at camp in Bryce Canyon National Park can get cold! Pack those warmies just in case we have a cold snap, especially if your itinerary is in June.
A wool, synthetic knit, or fleece hat for cool nights.
Pack fleece, Power Stretch, or other gloves made for running or for use as a medium-weight liner
Use for warmth, or to keep the sun off your neck, weather depending
Make sure these fit well with the socks you plan to use on the trail. Also, be aware that feet tend to swell over the course of an adventure. It’s best if your shoes are already broken-in when you arrive for the trip.
Crocs, sneakers, or light hiking shoes work well.
We recommend sticking to purpose-built, medium-weight hiking socks from companies like Darn Tough and Smart Wool. Make sure these socks fit well with your hiking footwear.
A bag rated for 30-degrees is appropriate for this adventure.
Headlamps with an optional red light won't blind your fellow adventurers or ruin your night vision.
A compressible or inflatable camping pillow can make nights more comfortable.
Minimum of 2 liters carrying capacity. If you pack a hydration bladder, you only need to pack one water bottle. Otherwise, pack two.
A 2-3 liter hydration bladder works well for our hiking days.
If you are worried about your sleeping bag not being warm enough, a liner is a great idea for staying warmer when the nights get cold. Consider packing for colder June itinerary trips.
We recommend taking a stripped-down version of your personal care/toiletry items. Shoot for travel-sized items and repack liquids into anti-leak small containers. Our guides recommended the Nalgene travel bottles.
Pack at least 4oz of sunscreen. Guides recommend at least SPF 30 Small containers work better than larger ones. No aerosol spray cans, please.
It's handy to have your own personal hand sanitizer that can either live in your tent, coat pocket, or PFD pocket.
Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, soap, shampoo, conditioner, face wash, lotion, moisturizer with SPF, brush/comb, ear plugs etc.
To dry off after your shower. We recommend a small to medium-sized towel that won't take up too much packing space. Leave those beach towels at home!
Tampons, Diva Cup, or pads. Pack 50% more supplies than you expect to need.
Look for the active ingredient DEET. Ben's brand is packaged well for backcountry travel. No aerosol sprays.
For dinner in Springdale on day 3.
Please consider rewarding hard work and excellent service with a guide gratuity at the end of the adventure.
Sturdy, dome-style backpacking tent. Prefer to share a tent? Contact us.
A comfy, inflatable camping mattress makes nights restful.
Our camp furniture is comfy, collapsible, and fire engine red.
Narrows Hiking Gear
Canyoneering boots and sturdy hiking staffs.
Medical kit, satellite phone, emergency equipment, and more.
These are great for extra stability on rocky, uneven terrain!
Submit your first name and email. We'll keep you in the loop when we post new dates and announce new adventures. No spam. Unsubscribe anytime.