Discover the stark beauty and incredible geology of the American Southwest during this 3-day, 2-night excursion to some of the region’s most beautiful natural sights and parks. Anyone looking to spend some time away from the neon lights of Las Vegas will enjoy this trip in the great outdoors, including an optional chance to camp under the stars.
Depart from Las Vegas on day one, heading to Zion National Park by minibus. Spend your time in Zion at your leisure, enjoying a range of hikes suitable for all fitness levels, such as the Emerald Pools Trail or Great White Throne. In the afternoon, continue on to Bryce Canyon, a park famous for its “hoodoo” rock formations, and enjoy a barbecue dinner before spending the night at the campground or lodging option of your choice.
Start day two with an optional chance to explore Antelope Canyon (at your own expense) before continuing to Monument Valley. A member of the Navajo tribe that populates the area will take you on a Jeep tour to explore this iconic area. Finish the day at your campsite or lodging.
On day three you’ll head to the world-famous Grand Canyon, choosing to enjoy a hike, take a break at the rim-side café or upgrade for an incredible helicopter ride above the canyon’s South Rim. Head back to Las Vegas in the evening.
A full rundown of each day’s itinerary is outlined below.
Day 1: Las Vegas – Zion National Park & Bryce Canyon (L)
After departing Las Vegas, travel by air-conditioned minibus to Zion National Park, a dazzling mix of white, pink and red Navajo sandstone cliffs that make for a photographer’s paradise. Experience the beauty of Zion Canyon however you’d like during free time in the park. Go on a walk or hike, available for every fitness level. Stroll along the Emerald Pools trail, discover the Temple of Sinawava, the Great White Throne or Weeping Rock, or visit the interpretive Human History Museum where you can enjoy an entertaining ranger’s talk on the patio.
After a full afternoon in Zion you'll head to Bryce Canyon, a natural amphitheater created by erosion along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce Canyon is famous for its hoodoos, or dramatic red spires. Take a walk down into the hoodoos for an unforgettable experience.
Enjoy a barbecue dinner (own expense) and a fun evening with new friends.
Overnight: KOA Cannonville or Ruby's campground Utah; Ruby's Lodge if lodging option is selected
Day 2: Bryce Canyon – Monument Valley (B*, L)
Wake up to a beautiful Southwest morning and enjoy the drive to Lake Powell for an optional visit to Antelope Canyon (own expense) before traveling to one of the most recognizable locations on the planet: Monument Valley, home to the Navajo Nation. A Navajo member will take you on a guided Jeep tour of the valley before you spend the night at your campsite gazing up at the amazing starry sky, which come morning will be transformed by the magnificent sunrise.
Overnight: Goulding's Campground in Monument Valley or Monument Valley houses/apartments with private bathrooms
Day 3: Monument Valley – Grand Canyon National Park – Las Vegas (B*, L)
Save the best for last on Day 3! After a brief visit to a traditional Navajo trading post, follow the Colorado River through the Painted Desert to Grand Canyon National Park. Again, see the park as you’d like. Walk along the South Rim, hike deep into the canyon, relax at a rim-side cafe or take in bird’s-eye views on an optional helicopter ride (own expense).
Then head back to Las Vegas, where your 3-day adventure concludes in the late evening.
*A light breakfast is included if the camping option is selected.