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Zion National Park Day Trip From Las Vegas
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Highlights

  • • Towering sandstone cliffs!
  • • Unique rock formations and canyons!
  • • One of America's most popular parks
  • • Optional horseback riding
  • • Only 2.75 hours from Las Vegas!
  • • Small group tour: 9-14 guests
Tour Code
3462-328357
Duration
10.5 hours
Departure City
Las Vegas
End City
Las Vegas
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Nature

Get in touch with Mother Earth

Style: Guided

Multiple local tour guides/drivers available throughout your tour/activity

Group Type: Standard group

Tour with fellow travelers from all over the world

Activity Level: Moderate

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking

Quality: Budget

The most affordable tour service and/or accommodation with fast-paced itineraries

Itinerary

Las Vegas - Zion National Park - Las Vegas

We will travel north up Interstate 15, leaving Las Vegas and its bright lights behind. You may be surprised to learn that Las Vegas is actually in the middle of a desert, which we come to as soon as we depart town.

Las Vegas to St. George - 123 mi / 197.91 km - About 2 hours

After passing through the small casino town of Mesquite, on the Nevada Arizona border, we'll cross into the desolate Arizona Strip, before heading up the Virgin River Gorge and into Utah. Much of the route is scenic, and we may stop briefly in the Gorge to take pictures. There will be a comfort stop at either the small southern Utah town of St. George, or the even smaller one of Hurricane.

St. George to Zion - 41 mi / 65.97 km - About 45 minutes

The Interstate is left behind just outside St. George, at the turn off to the small town of Hurricane, as we travel through really picturesque scenery, and a number of tiny towns, on the way to Zion National Park.

Pick up lunch!

We'll stop just outside Zion to pick up your sack lunch. This will include a sandwich, bottle of water, fruit, chips and a mint. You have a choice of what filling you want on your sandwich, including a vegetarian option. This can be selected when you check out.

Zion National Park - 4 1/2 hours

We'll enter Zion at the south entrance, and start taking a slow drive through the park, with frequent stops. Utah has more national parks than any other state, and Zion is by far the most popular! For the purposes of this one day Zion tour, our itinerary can be divided into three regions:
• The lower elevations of Zion National Park
• The upper plateau of Zion National Park
• Zion Canyon

Time is spent in all three areas, but the order we undertake them may vary from tour to tour. You will also have the option of going horseback riding during your Zion park tour.

Zion is located close to where three major physiographic provinces meet up, and this accounts for the amazing variety of flora in this part of the park, as plant types from all three are to be found here.

Towering Navajo sandstone cliffs of different colors and hues are everywhere you look, climbing up into the skies. The Virgin River, which carved Zion Canyon, provides nourishment to the plants, as it makes its way to Lake Mead and the Colorado River.

The Great Arch of Zion, a giant iconic landmark that has been naturally carved over the centuries, is one of Zion's best known sights, and it can be viewed in this part of the park.

This is also where you will catch your first glimpse of the windows in the Navajo sandstone cliffs, showing where a remarkable tunnel was blasted into the rocks. Construction started in the 1920's and was completed in 1930. At some stage during your Zion park tour we will travel up through the tunnel on our way to Zion's higher elevations.

For most of the year upper Zion Canyon is closed to almost all traffic except Park Service shuttles. When we visit this part of the park on our Zion tour we will need to leave our vehicle, and take one of the shuttles into the canyon. From November through March it is generally not necessary to use the shuttle system, and we will be able to take our own tour vehicle into upper Zion Canyon.

The shuttles stop at various locations in the canyon, and the great views are everywhere to be seen. Your tour guide will be leading the group on the park service shuttle, and you will need to stay with him/her, unless you want to go horseback riding.

Horseback riding is an optional extra which can be ordered at check out. This is a one hour excursion which will follow the Virgin River for about a mile (1.6 km) to the Court of the Patriarchs and then return back to the loading corral. Amongst the natural wonders you will take in are the Three Patriarchs and the Beehives. Please be aware of two limitations on the ride. You must be at least seven years old, and not weigh more than 220 pounds (almost 100 kg), and yes, you will be weighed if necessary!

Those who do not take the horseback riding will explore more of the canyon with your guide, before returning to meet the riders.

There are endless photo opportunities in the upper canyon, and you will be able to walk around and explore. Amongst the sights you may see are the Great White Throne, a monolithic slab of rock towering more than 2400 feet (730 metres) above the canyon floor, Angels Landing, an island high up in the sky, and the Three Patriarchs.

If there is time we will try and get all the way to the end of Zion Canyon, to the Narrows. This is where the Virgin River has cut a narrow (hence the name) canyon through the cliffs. While there will not be time to hike up the river into the canyon, you can get your feet wet if you like, during this part of your Zion National Park tour.

We mentioned earlier a tunnel that has been blasted through the Navajo sandstone cliffs. Your Zion National Park tour will take you through this, to experience the completely different scenery that is to be found as you get to the other side. Gigantic sand dunes have been frozen into rock over the millennia, and the striations in the rock show the direction the wind was blowing as the dunes began to solidify. An amazing sight is the trees growing out of the rocks at all sorts of odd angles.

For many people this is their favorite part of Zion, and you will have the opportunity to get out and inspect the rock formations at close quarters, and take pictures to your heart's content. On a sunny day the contrast between the red and white rocks, and the blue sky is quite awesome! Checkerboard Mesa is one of Zion's better known landmarks.

You've always been told to keep your eyes on the road, but if you want to see big horn sheep in Zion, peer closely at the cliffs. Like mountain goats, they are often to be found in the most inhospitable places. We see big horn sheep about 30% of the time we go to Zion.

Depending on the make up of the group, we may or may not take a walk along one of the easier trails. A favorite is the Canyon Overlook Trail, which we come to as we leave the tunnel. The first 100 yards or so are fairly steep, along a man made trail, but after that it is pretty easy, although there are exposed areas. The trail is about half a mile (0.8 km) each way, and generally takes about an hour round trip. There are some great views along the way, and some interesting trees and rock formations.

If you intend doing any walking around, we recommend that you bring a good pair of walking shoes with you, with ankle supports.

From Zion we will wind our way to Interstate 15 and the main road back to Vegas, which goes through St. George. From St. George, we'll travel down the picturesque Virgin River Gorge. We will pass through Mesquite, a casino town on the Arizona Nevada border, before driving across the desert and back to the bright lights of Las Vegas.

Tips:
Please input your hotel address in "meeting point" during booking and we'll confirm the pick-up schedule with you.
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Friendly, certified guide
  • Small group tour: 9-14 guests
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off from most Las Vegas Strip Hotels
  • Admission fees
  • Sack lunch
  • Transportation by mini buses or vans with individual, high back, reclining seats
  • Meeting Point Transfer Reimbursement: Up to USD 10 (with receipts)

Package Excludes

  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips
Special Notes
  • Please note this tour is likely to sell out, please book your tours at least 14 days prior to tour departure date to make sure your seat confirmed.
  • Pick ups take place at most Strip properties. If you are staying elsewhere, please catch a bus or taxi and we'll reimburse you a maximum of $10 against the receipt.
  • The tour departs at about 6 a.m. and lasts about 10.5 hours.
  • The tour runs every day. Depending on when you book, at quieter times of the year we may need a five person minimum. That is not five in your group but a total of five.
  • The vehicles we use are mini buses or vans with individual, high back, reclining seats.
  • The entry fees to both parks are included
  • A sack lunch is included.
  • After ordering please wait for our email confirmation prior to making arrangements that are dependent on this tour.
  • We are not responsible if bad weather, road closures, traffic or other factors beyond our control result in parts of either park not being seen.
  • All times are approximate. We are not responsible for the consequences of any delays, and this itinerary may change without notice.
  • Bad weather, dangerous conditions or factors beyond our control may result in the cancellation or postponement of this tour. Should this occur, the only amount we will refund is the actual cost of the tour.
  • If you intend doing any walking around, we recommend that you bring a good pair of walking shoes with you, with ankle supports.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Price is per person

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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