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Our most recommended Zion Canyon Day Trips

Las Vegas: Bryce and Zion National Parks Tour with Lunch

1. Las Vegas: Bryce and Zion National Parks Tour with Lunch

Leave Las Vegas on this day trip to two of the most visually stunning places in the United States, Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. Take a journey through canyons and fantastical rock spire formations on this tour that includes bottled water and a granola bar. First experience the striking sandstone cliffs that tower above the valley floor of Zion National Park. Your journey will allow you to see highlights of Zion including a stop at the visitor center. Ascend up the mountain pass and through the mile-long tunnel. Make a stop at Checkerboard Mesa before continuing on to Bryce Canyon National Park. Next, see the incredible natural amphitheater of Bryce Canyon. Walk the rim in Bryce Canyon and enjoy stunning views of the unique hoodoos (thin rock spire) and landscape. Enjoy a hike into Bryce to walk among the hoodoos and admire this magical landscape. On your return to Las Vegas pass through the stunning scenery of Zion for another perspective of its beauty.

East Zion: Pine Knoll Horseback Tour

2. East Zion: Pine Knoll Horseback Tour

Saddle up and experience Zion National Park from a unique perspective. This is more than a typical trail ride and is great for both beginners and experienced riders. You will begin with a quick introduction and get acquainted with the horses. Learn their unique personalities as you prepare to spend the next two hours together. Your guide will demonstrate safe techniques for handling your horse. The ride begins by following a trail that winds up the side of Pine Knoll through the desert forest with an intense elevation increase. Eventually, the ride exits the forest and you'll get to see majestic sweeping views of Southern Utah and Zion National Park. At the summit, you'll pause to capture pictures that will help you remember this experience for years to come. Then, continue down the mountain, all the while learning about the area and wildlife while listening to western stories.

From Springdale: The Zion Narrows Hike

3. From Springdale: The Zion Narrows Hike

Embark on the quintessential Zion adventure experience on this day trip from Springdale. Hike into the heart of Zion National Park and explore a narrow river canyon that has been carved over millions of years. Enjoy a delicious packed lunch. along the way.  Meet your guide at the Zion Guide Hub and begin your journey into the wilderness. Every turn in the canyon yields something new from towering streaked walls, massive alcoves, waterfalls, hanging gardens, and plenty of flowing water. Wind along and through the Virgin River which requires specialized equipment to navigate. Use high-quality gear like waterproof footwear, neoprene socks, and hiking poles to make your trip safe and relaxing.  Keep your energy up with a stop for a sandwich, cookies, and fruits. Venture out on a worry-free trip as the local partner monitors conditions continuously. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour. 

Las Vegas: Zion and Bryce Canyons Small Group Tour

4. Las Vegas: Zion and Bryce Canyons Small Group Tour

Start at around 5:20 AM with a pickup (strip hotels and surroundings) and guided narration. Learn about Las Vegas’s history as you head towards the Utah border. Stop in Mesquite Nevada or Hurricane UT, depending on the time of year, for a break on the way to Zion National Park. Discovered by Mormon settlers in the 19th century, at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin and Mojave Desert provinces in Southwestern Utah, Zion National Park covers 229 square miles of dramatic landscape with sculptured canyons and soaring cliffs. Follow the paths of ancient native people and pioneers. Gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs and brilliant blue sky. Experience wilderness in a narrow slot canyon. After 1.5 hours of exploring Zion, sit down for a lunch, then head to Bryce Canyon for the second part of your tour. See the canyon's stunning hoodoo formations, red cliffs, pink soil, and ponderosa pines, and wonder why the area was not incorporated into the nearby national park. After approximately 1.5 hours of hiking or sightseeing through the scenic, red-tinged moonscape, head back to the vehicle for your comfortable return trip back to your hotel in Las Vegas, stopping for dinner and breaks along the way.

From Las Vegas: Zion National Park Bus Tour with Free Time

5. From Las Vegas: Zion National Park Bus Tour with Free Time

Witness the towering sandstone walls of Zion and its Virgin River, on an executive bus tour from Las Vegas to Zion National Park. Perfect for Las Vegas locals or tourists from all over the world, take the chance to experience epic hikes, stunning scenes, and convenient transfers. Get the best out of Zion with a safe and smooth drive up, avoid the parking hassles and shuttles buses from outside of the park, and fees paid at the entrance. Arrive at the park, get on the shuttles to Zion Canyon and explore in amazement. Discover the most famous part of Zion National Park, the Narrows section. The Virgin River has been carved deep into the red sandstone and left no shoreline for a wet hike in cool waters which is excellent to explore during the warmer months of summer. Admire beautiful towering sandstone walls offset the varying colors of rocks, water, and competing vegetation of desert and mountain as you make your way as far as you'd like during your time in the park. If you have your Angels Landing Permit, you'll have plenty of time to take this world-famous hike. See the Grotto, Emerald Pools, Court of the Patriarchs, and more during your time within the park.

East Zion: Brushy Cove Jeep Adventure

6. East Zion: Brushy Cove Jeep Adventure

Climb into a completely customized Jeep Wrangler and witness the spectacular landscapes of East Zion. The Jeep has open sides and is able to accommodate the entire family (up to 9 people). Your driver and guide will begin the tour on a smooth road for several miles. You will learn of the area's history and the general lay of the land as you drive past some of the smaller canyons that make up Zion National Park. After this short introduction, the trail begins. Hold on tight as the Jeep crawls over boulders and ascends narrow, steep switchbacks before pausing at a beautiful viewpoint. Views of the West Temple, Checkerboard Mesa, the Narrows, and other prominent Zion landmarks are visible from here. After snacks, water, and pictures, the tour continues with a steep descent down the mountain. Learn about the century-old Ponderosa Pine Trees that tower above the trail as the Jeep moves down the mountainside. Watch out for wildlife including Mule Deer, Wild Turkey, Elk. On some occasions, a Mountain Lion or Black Bear may even be spotted. Once you get back to the road, you will return to the meeting point.

From Springdale: Greater Zion Scenic Hiking Tour

7. From Springdale: Greater Zion Scenic Hiking Tour

Experience the Greater Zion Area on a private guided hike. Take in the scenery at a walking pace while still experiencing the thrill of adventure through the area's striking, unique landscape. Discover magnificent canyon walls and overlooks, and the famed Virgin River, or catch the wildflowers and autumn colors at their peak. This tour takes place outside of Zion National Park and offers a variety of terrain options. You’ll spend the day on trails only the locals know. Grab your friends or family and lose yourself in the unparalleled beauty and grandeur of the American Southwest. Follow your professional and passionate guide who is an expert in the area. Discover some of the best trails and hidden gems of the park and hear a series of interesting stories and fun facts about the incredible Greater Zion Area.

From Las Vegas: Bryce Canyon and Zion Park Combo Tour

8. From Las Vegas: Bryce Canyon and Zion Park Combo Tour

Venture into Bryce Canyon to marvel at the extraordinary red rock formations, and experience first hand why the government land surveyor T. C. Bailey wrote that the thousands of colored rocks of all sizes resemble "sentinels on the walls of castles; monks and priests with their robes, attendants, cathedrals and congregations." Get a closer look at the deep caverns and rooms resembling "ruins of prisons, castles, churches, with their guarded walls, battlements, spires and steeples." Continue to Zion Park to discover a paradise for artists and photographers, with pinnacles and extraordinary formations in a magnificent display of natural beauty.

Springdale: Half-Day Mountain Biking Adventure

9. Springdale: Half-Day Mountain Biking Adventure

Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of red rock cliffs, winding canyons, and distant mountains on an epic mountain bike adventure. As there is no mountain biking permitted inside Zion National Park, explore the best mountain bike terrains just outside of the park limits. Whether you’re a beginner or an all-terrain expert, there’s a trail waiting for you. Your guide will customize your adventure to your group's skill. Be provided with all the necessary equipment as your guide ensures a safe and fun time throughout the adventure.

Bryce Canyon & Zion National Park: Private Group Tour

10. Bryce Canyon & Zion National Park: Private Group Tour

Explore two of the most visually stunning places in the United States on this guided private group tour: Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. Journey through these two national parks in one unforgettable day. First, visit Zion National Park to experience the striking sandstone cliffs that tower above the valley floor. See highlights including a stop at the visitor center, an ascent up the mountain pass and through the mile-long tunnel, and a stop at Checkerboard Mesa. Then, head to Bryce Canyon National Park to see the incredible natural amphitheater of Bryce Canyon. Walk the rim and take in stunning views of the unique hoodoos and landscape. Enjoy a hike among the hoodoos. On your return to Las Vegas, pass through the stunning scenery of Zion for another perspective of its beauty.

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What people are saying about Zion Canyon

We had a fantastic experience today with Brian and Jason (owners of Mojave Wave, LLC). From the moment of my initial booking about Zion National Park, Brian was responsive, engaging and gave us a huge favor and ask for a last minute change of hotel picked up and dropped off location, when sent Jason to be our tour guide, he was promptly on-time for our hotel pick-up - his mini van, a very comfortable White Chrysler, was very clean. Once in the van, he asked us questions to gauge our specific interests and expectations for the day - and he nailed it. Jason delivered a wonderful day, as we drove through Vegas from our hotel at Worldmark, Jason would tell us about all of the towns that we were passing through - keeping us interested the whole drive. He is so knowledgable, funny and pleasant. We would definitely recommend Jason a guide in this area.

The planning agent did a very good job. The prep-ahead instructions, coordination, confirmation were all done professionally. Then the driver, who was also the tour guide did an awesome job. He was very helpful to all guests, courteous, detail oriented with his explanations, took us to clean restrooms, helped taking pictures of many scenic spots for most travelers in the tour. He deserves 10 stars out of 5 and not 5 stars out of 5. The A/C in the van needs to be looked at as it wasn’t maintaining cool temperature inside even though it was set to 57 degrees. Many were sweaty in the van. Otherwise the trip was enjoyable.

Pasquale, not sure if I spelled correctly, our tour guide and driver was great! Courteous, kind, informational. Great tour guide. Sonya Smith and I had a wonderful and awesome time!

Keep in mind that the tour will only introduce you to two great parks, Zion and Bryce. You will spend less than an hour in Zion and 1.5 hours in Bryce.

We had a great time! Jenna was such a friendly and sweet guide. Great views and a great time. Had lunch at the lodge and made awesome memories!