May 15 - 19th 2024 (5 days/4 nights)
(Wednesday - Sunday, arrive back NYC Monday morning if you take an overnight flight back Sunday evening)
On this tour we will NOT include the airfare, this gives you the flexibility to fly in days before or stay longer to extend your vacation, choose which airport to travel from and maybe use your own frequent flyer points.
$999 (per person, based on double occupancy)
$1,249 (single room, must be 18 years old)
Please let us know if you do not have a traveling partner and you want us helping you find another person of the same gender to share a room with to save $250.
To reserve a seat for this tour you must pay a $300 non-refundable deposit per person. Remaining balance is due no later than April 10th 2024. If the remaining balance is not received by April 10th, the reservation will be considered cancelled with loss of the deposit. Reservations for this tour made after April 10th. must be paid in full at the time of reservation (if seats are still available)
The following is included in the price:
4 nights of accommodation at a 2-3 Star comfortable hotel
3 breakfasts at the hotel
Unlimited Water consumption
4 days of sightseeing & activities
All local transportation w. private van
Zion National Park fee
Bryce Canyon National Park fee
Snow Canyon State Park fee
Valley of Fire State Park fee
Red Cliffs national Conservation Area fee
A tour coordinator accompanying you during the tour
All taxes and fees
Not included in price:
We will meet at hotel Excalibur in Las Vegas on May 15th. Check in is any time after 3 pm. 3850 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV89109. Hotel stay included in your tour price.
Utah is a state of unparalleled natural beauty with no less than 5 National Parks; a true outdoor person’s paradise. On this tour, we will visit two of the parks, Zion and Bryce and some remarkable state parks.
Snow Canyon State Park
Visit Snow Canyon State Park in Utah. This is a 7,400-acre scenic park full of dramatic landscapes and beautiful sceneries, sculpted by water, wind and time, cutting into the Navajo sandstone cliffs. You may find yourself wondering why this place isn't a National Park - if it was located in any other state but Utah, it probably would be one.
Part of the geology was carved by lava flows exerting their powerful force, reshaping the canyons, and creating the park’s distinctive landscapes. The blend of Navajo sandstone cliffs, petrified sand dunes, and broad lava fields in a strikingly colorful desert environment makes this terrain a fantastic playground for all outdoorsy people alike.
Snow Canyon State Park is located within the 62,000 acre Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, established to protect the federally listed desert tortoise and its habitat. The park offers many activities such as hiking, nature studies, wildlife viewing, photography etc.
We will explore some of the hiking trails within an easy to moderate level. You can choose to hike with your tour leader or on your own.
Zion National Park
Zion National Park is Utah’s first National Park, a prominent feature of the 229-square mile park is Zion Canyon, which stretches 15 miles long and spans up to half a mile deep.
The canyon is created from the Virgin River carving through reddish and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone for millions of years. The park has a unique geography and a variety of life zones that allow for unusual plant and animal diversity.
Zion is a paradise for hikers. You will find everything from easy sidewalk-grade paths with no elevation to narrow slot canyons where you have to wade in water and chain-anchored ascent of vertiginous narrow mountain trails. Zion has it all.
We are not allowed to drive with our vehicle in the main part of the canyon. The main part is only for shuttle buses which run very frequently. Your day inside the canyon is self-guided, but it is very easy to take the shuttle bus to 9 different stops from where you will find numerous hiking trails of different levels. We will help you plan your day beforehand and give you advice and literature for you to find trails that will fit your comfort level and interest.
Below you will find some photos of hikes that you can immerse yourself into in this beautiful place.
Bryce Canyon National Park
There is no place like Bryce Canyon. Hoodoos (odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion) can be found on every continent, but Bryce has the largest collection of hoodoos in the world. Photographs do not do it justice; you just have to come and see it for yourself.
Bryce’s distinctive hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. The hoodoos are up to 200 feet high. The red, orange, and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views for park visitors. This surreal landscape is what brings people from around the world to visit Bryce Canyon National Park.
Bryce sits at a much higher elevation than Zion National Park. The rim at Bryce varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet. Bryce Canyon is usually 15-20 degrees colder than Zion National Park.
We will drive you to a few of the different overlooks from the rim. We will also give you ample time to emerge yourself in a hike below the rim into the expansive Bryce Amphitheater, this is the best way to experience this amazing geography.
If you don’t feel like hiking below the rim, you can stay above and hike part of the flat rim trail.
Valley of Fire State Park
We will visit Nevada’s oldest and largest state park, Valley of Fire.
The state park derives its name from red sandstone formations, the Aztec Sandstone, which formed from shifting sand dunes 150 million years ago. These features, often appear to be on fire when reflecting in the sun.
We will indulge ourselves in one or two hiking trails to see some of these amazing natural sandstone formations.
Red Cliffs National Conservation Area
The Red Cliffs National Conservation Area is a 45,600 acres ecological diverse landscapes located at the transition zone between the Mojave Desert, the Great Basin and the Colorado Plateau. The reserve was created to protect the desert tortoise and other threatened species. You will see jaw-dropping sceneries in this area. We will indulge in a short hike where you see amazing views and even dinosaur tracks.
To make this tour affordable for everyone, we will choose a very comfortable 2-3-star hotel with a minimum Google & TripAdvisor guest rating of 3.5 (on a 1 to 5 scale). You room will have private bath, a refrigerator, microwave, and comes with free Wifi.
The hotel where we will stay 3 of the 4 nights has an indoor swimming pool and a hot tub, so make sure to bring your swimsuit.
Food Included in price.
Day 1: None
Day 2: Lunch and Dinner
Day 3: Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
On the first day of exploring, we will drive to a supermarket where you can buy snacks for the whole tour days. And if you want to save money on the one lunch that we don’t include, you can buy food here and use your room’s refrigerator.
Some of the days, we will stop at a place in the mornings where you can buy sandwiches/hoagies etc. to bring on our day trips. We recommend that you bring a collapsible cooler to keep your lunch fresh.
On the last day Sunday May 19th, we will drop you off at Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas at 8 pm. This will give you an opportunity to fly back with an overnight flight to NYC the same evening or you can stay more days and enjoy Las Vegas if you wish.