Fall Exploration Tour

The Grand Canyon (and G.C. Skywalk), Hoover Dam, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and Las Vegas

October 3-8, 2020


The incredible sky walk at the West rim of the Grand Canyon

Join us for a week of exploring some of the most beautiful spots in the US, as we visit the spectacular scenery of Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and Grand Canyon National Park.  We will also enjoy the marvel that is the Hoover Dam and the fun and excitement of the Las Vegas show and nightlife scene.

Starting with two nights in Vegas arriving Sat. Oct. 3, we will enjoy a full day guided tour on Sunday to the Grand Canyon West Rim with an option to walk on the incredible Skywalk – the glass walkway over the Grand Canyon with incredible panoramic vistas in all directions (including the most unique view of the canyon bottom, seen through the glass floor you are walking on.), plus a photo stop at the marvel which is Hoover Dam.  You will also have the option to take a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon, or a helicopter over the Grand Canyon, landing at the base of the canyon with a short boat ride on the Colorado River at the base of the canyon

Next, after our two nights in Vegas, we will enjoy a private drive to Bryce Canyon National Park (4 hours’ drive from Vegas) with a private drive along its scenic route inside the national park, stopping at many beautiful overlooks and observation points for great photos of stunning natural scenery.

After visiting Bryce Canyon national park, we will enjoy a private drive to nearby Zion National Park (only two hours from Bryce) where we will have a three night stay at a hotel just outside of the park entrance. 

The next two days are at your leisure, as our hotel is located a short walk to the national park’s free shuttle pickup start point from which you can hop on and off to visit the many beautiful observation points, hiking trails and more, as you wish and return when you wish back to the shuttle start point located ideally a short walk from our hotel.

The 1st morning here we will enjoy the shuttle service together, hopping off at two points for short walks together to scenic spots in the park. The rest of the day is yours to hop and off the park shuttle where at the overlooks and or trails you wish to see at your own pace.

The 2nd day in the park is again at your leisure to enjoy as you wish or follow your group leader on a guided hike if you wish.
You can be as active or not as you wish on our two days visiting this incredible national park.

Finally, after our three nights here, we will enjoy a private drive back to Vegas with drop off at the Vegas airport on Thursday.  


Daily itinerary:

Sat. Oct. 3rd

Fly into Las Vegas on your own arrangement and make your way to Bally’s Resort Hotel and Casino (A Caesar’s property) , located in the heart of the famous Las Vegas strip, the legendary street where the most famous hotels and casinos glitter both day and night.  Bally’s location is ideally located near the middle of the Strip and ideally right on one of the stops of the monorail system which whisks guests up and down the strip in just minutes, to avoid the need for taxis, traffic or long walks to get between these amazing attractions, shows and more.

Our rooms are the Jubilee Premium rooms, each with a view of the glittering Las Vegas Strip.  Each room has 2 queen beds.

In Bally's Jubilee 2 Queen Non-Smoking room, enjoy a Las Vegas Strip view and ultra-modern accommodations with plush upholstery, rich woods and an upgraded bathroom with shower. This room measures more than 443 square feet and includes two queen pillow-top beds, a refrigerator, wireless internet access included for two device, iDevice docking station, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, clock radio, a flat-screen TV with cable and optional in-room movies.

Description: Photo of Jubilee 2 Queen Strip View Room 
The Premium Jubilee rooms with 2 queen beds at Bally’s

At 5:00pm we will gather at a designated location inside Bally’s for a trip orientation meet and greet.

The evening is at leisure to enjoy the shows, restaurants and nightlife of Vegas.  There are multiple Cirque du Soleil shows on the strip, with tickets starting at just $50. (We will email you approx. 90 days prior to travel, to tell you which shows your trip leaders will be leading an optional excursion to both Sat. and Sun nights, as well as booking instructions for this and other optional shows).

Our hotel is an easy walk to many other major casino resorts and shows on the strip, or you can enjoy the ease of the monorail system connecting the major resort casinos with a stop located right at our group’s hotel.  Our hotel also offers multiple restaurants and bars.


Sunday October 4th 

Our group will be picked up at our hotel this morning and driven to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon (approx. 2 hours drive).

This tour enables passengers to visit the Grand Canyon on a guided tour that covers all the logistics and transportation so you can enjoy the sights along the way. Ideal for travelers who don’t want to deal with the hassle of renting a car or planning a day trip for themselves, this tour takes you to the highlights of the Grand Canyon while providing live commentary throughout the trip.

 Upon arrival we will be transferred to a park services minibus which will take us to visit three of the most impressive overlooks of the Grand Canyon West Rim.

How could man connect with nature while protecting the Hualapai nation, their culture and values which are deeply engraved in the canyon walls and proudly displayed for the world to see?   Explore first-hand the beauty of the Grand Canyon from top to bottom. Soak in nature's beauty.
Come and explore The Grand Canyon West Rim.



Hualapai Ranch

Enjoy western hospitality, cowboy entertainment and more.
Learn how to rope, quick draw and do other cowboy activities just like in the old west.


Eagle Point

Enjoy a visit to a Native American Village with authentic Native American dwellings depicting multiple tribes.

Amphitheater: live Native American performances from multiple tribes demonstrated continuously all day.

Creations by Native Hands: features handmade, authentic Native American jewelry and crafts.

If you wish, add the option to walk on the awe inspiring Grand Canyon Skywalk: the glass bridge extending 4,000 feet (1,200 meters) above the Grand Canyon floor. This is an amazing experience! (note: If you have a serious fear of heights, you may wish to skip the skywalk option.). The Skywalk option is only $40 and is a truly awe inspiring experience!

Guano Point

Optional “Highpoint Hike”: A short easy walk, 1 mile each way, offering breathtaking panoramic canyon views of the Grand Canyon and Colorado River.

Visit the remnants of a historic tram that stretched 8,800 feet across the canyon to a guano mine.

Hualapai Market: interact with Tribal members offering Native American jewelry and crafts.


View of the Grand Canyon and the Skywalk.

View of the skywalk and the Grand Canyon.

For those wishing more excitement, choose an optional 15 minute helicopter adventure over the canyon ($210) or a helicopter over the canyon with landing at the base of the canyon followed by a short boat ride on the Colorado River at the base of the Canyon! (Only $235).

At the end of our Grand Canyon visit, we will depart the Grand Canyon and return to Las Vegas, approx. two hours drive.  Enroute, we will make a short stop at Hoover Dam (just 45 minutes outside of Las Vegas. for photos of this engineering marvel.  The visit to the Hoover Dam may also be on the way to the Grand Canyon instead of on the return.)

Bottled water is included for all passengers on today’s full day tour.  Passengers will have the opportunity to purchase lunch at one of the stops at the Grand Canyon West Rim. We will be returned to our hotel around 6pm. This evening is then at your leisure to attend one of the fabulous Vegas shows, restaurants or nightlife.  Our passengers will receive a list of the shows their trip hosts will be leading an optional outing to approx. 90 days before the trip.


Monday Oct. 5th

This morning we will check out of our hotel and our group will be taken by a private vehicle for a four hour drive to Bryce Canyon National Park where we will enjoy a scenic drive through the park.  We will witness the incredible rock formations called ‘Hoodoos” which are unique to Bryce and we will enjoy a drive stopping at its 13 scenic view points.

Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. The red, orange, and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views for park visitors. The hoodoos are whimsical rock which have been eroded into surreal spires.  There is no place quite like Bryce Canyon. Hoodoos (odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion)

Stop for breathtaking views at Fairyland Point and Inspiration point and marvel at the Natural Bridge.

Description: view from Inspiration Point
View from Bryce Canyon National Park’s  Inspiration Point

Inspiration Point

The viewpoint at Inspiration Point consists of three levels that provide varied spectacular perspectives of the main amphitheater. From here, visitors look toward the Silent City (near Sunset Point) with its many rows of seemingly frozen hoodoos set against the backdrop of Boat Mesa. All who look out from this point are bound to be inspired, considering the intricacies of the hoodoos and their formation through the erosion of the Claron Formation.

Fairyland Canyon, located one mile north of the National Park entrance station, offers an opportunity to see hoodoos at an "eye-to-eye" level. These hoodoos have inspired imaginations for years, and visitors today are bound to be as enchanted as were the Paiute Indians, who saw the hoodoos as ancient peoples turned to stone.

Description: Fairyland hoodoos 
Fairyland Hoodoos

Though the name tends to be misleading, Natural Bridge is one of several natural arches in Bryce Canyon and creates a beautiful scene at this viewpoint. This arch, sculpted from some of the reddest rock of the Claron Formation (rich in iron oxide minerals), poses a stark contrast to the dark green of the Ponderosa forest that peeks through the arch from the canyon below.

. Description: Natural Bridge
Natural Bridge at Bryce Canyon national Park

After leaving Bryce, we will drive to Zion National Park, (approx. 2 hours) where we will check into our hotel, the La Quinta Springdale Hotel.

 Located a short walk from the Zion National Park shuttle pickup point at the entrance to the park, our Springdale hotel is convenient to all of the park’s attractions, as well as several restaurants.  We also provide top-notch, attentive service and all the modern amenities you'd expect from resort-like accommodations and free Wi-Fi.  Our free Bright Side Breakfast® will fuel your daily endeavors.

Each inviting guest room also features free Wi Fi, a 32 inch LCD TV, microwave, refrigerator and more. Get in a workout in our fitness center, featuring top quality equipment, relax in our outdoor pool and Jacuzzi hot tub poolside or stay productive at our 24-hour business center. After a long day of exploring the great outdoors, head back to your room for a great night sleep on our deluxe pillow top mattress.

Stay connected with your friends and family back home with our free high-speed Internet access. Enjoy some relaxing or inspiring music on our iPod radios, and our soft, pillow top beds will have you sleeping soundly all night long. After you wake refreshed, head on down to the main lobby to sample our exclusive free Bright Side Breakfast. From our “Make Your Own Waffles”, to hot and cold cereals, pastries, bagels, bread, cinnamon rolls, English Muffin Breakfast Sandwich with Bacon, scones, eggs with cheese, fresh fruit, yogurt, and hot chocolate, juice, and milk, you’ll find plenty of breakfast options to get your day off on the right foot. We're here to provide whatever you need; just let our courteous, attentive staff know what you need, and we'll make it so. 
This evening is at leisure to relax.

Tuesday October 6th

Today is the first of two full days we will enjoy in magnificent Zion national park.

Zion is often said to be the most beautiful place in America. "Spectacular" is uttered time and time again as eyes rise to view the vast monoliths of the best of Utah's National Parks.

Zion National Park unveils its eight layers of sandstone, displaying what has taken two-hundred-million years to carve and mold. This spectacular corner of Utah is a masterpiece of towering cliffs, deep red canyons, mesas, buttes and massive monoliths.  In Zion National Park the views in every direction are amazing!  Stops along the road provide viewpoints and overlooks for fabulous photo opportunities.  Avg. temp. in the park in Oct. is 78 degrees for the high, making October an ideal month to visit for either exploration via just the hop on/off free park shuttle system connecting you to may scenic overlooks, or visiting for short or long walks/hikes in the park that meet your interests.

This morning you can choose to either enter the park at your leisure (our hotel is a short walk from the visitor center where you can pick up the free park shuttle and take the park’s free shuttle system to overlooks and/or hiking trails of your choice), or join your trip hosts as we will enjoy the park’s free shuttle service taking us to scenic overlooks visiting the major lookout points in the park with photo stops at these overlooks and opportunities for optional short walks for more stunning views at two of them:

Lower Emerald Pool Trail – The National Park Service rates this as an easy walk, described as: 

Paved trail leads to the Lower Emerald Pool and waterfalls.

The round trip distance is 1 mile.

Emerald Pools Description: zion National Park Canyoneering
Emerald Pools is one of Zion's sweetest signature trails. Generously endowed with breathtaking scenery, this trail is one that children and adults alike will have fun hiking. Waterfalls, pools and a dazzling display of monoliths create the Emerald Pools Trail System.

The Emerald Pools are a popular spot for a short walk for the stunning beauty of both the pools and the majestic towering rock formations around the pools.


The Lower Emerald Pools Trail is a paved trail to the Lower Emerald Pool, and is accessible to strollers, so all can truly enjoy the scenery. You will move through Zion National Park and get the chance to marvel at the views of Red Arch Mountain, Lady Mountain and the Great White Throne. Colorful cliffs extend in every direction

While the pools and hanging gardens are the main attraction, visitors will enjoy sensational views all around. Towering above the trail on Zion Canyon's west side are Lady Mountain (6,945'), Mount Majestic (6,750') and Cathedral Mountain (6,930'). Looking east you'll easily identify Red Arch Mountain and The Great White Throne (6,744').

Riverside Walk – The National Park service rates this as an easy walk, described as:

Paved trail follows the Virgin River along the bottom of a narrow canyon

The round trip distance is 2 miles.

This paved trail is well maintained, but the wind does carry sand to the path where it accumulates in spots making it temporarily difficult for wheelchairs in spots, but nonetheless easy for all others.

Description: Zion's Riverside Walk Trail
The stunning view at the end of the easy Riverside Walk trail

This afternoon, you can either continue on the park’s free shuttle system at your own leisure and return on the park’s free shuttle service at your own leisure to the visitor’s center and then either take the short walk from the visitor’s center back to our hotel or take the free Springdale shuttle from the visitor’s center, with a stop in front of our hotel, or you can join your trip hosts on a half day hike along one of the park’s trails. Both the park service shuttle and the Springdale shuttle operate approx. every 10-15 minutes. (the park service shuttle until 6pm and the Springdale shuttle until 8pm)

This evening, if you wish, enjoy a fun one and a half hour sunset jeep ride at a ranch located approx. 30 minutes away.  ($60). The ranch also offers guided horseback riding tours for one, two or four hours, which you can choose to do if you wish this afternoon or the next day  Transportation to and from the ranch is not included for any of the ranch tours unless a minimum of 6 people wish to go from the same hotel to the ranch.


Wed. Oct. 7th

Today you can choose between a free day to explore the park at your leisure via the park service free hop on/off shuttle throughout the day, approx. every fifteen minutes, or take our included hike led by our trip leader (our trip leader will inform all passengers the previous day of the selected hike that will be hosted for all wishing to join for today’s enjoyment in the park). 

The easy paved walking trail along the Court of the Patriarchs is a great choice for anyone looking for an easy walk today

The waterfalls of Kolob Canyon and the immense Kolob Arch are two more sights which can be seen today if you wish.

The Visitors center also has many exhibits to explore and is also the starting point of both an easy and a moderate rated trail, for those wishing to center their day around the visitor’s center. The visitor’s center is located a short walk from our hotel, or can also be reached via the free Springdale shuttle which stops in front of our hotel.

Some trails you may wish to enjoy in the park today

Parus Trail – Rated Easy by the national park service, this trail starts at the visitors center and is described as follows
Paved trail follows the Virgin River to Canyon Junction.

It is a round trip distance of three and one half miles and takes an average of two hours to complete the round trip loop.

Watchman Trail  - Rated moderate by the national park service, this trail starts at the visitors center and is described as follows:  

This trail contains some moderate drop-offs and ends at a viewpoint of the Towers of the Virgin, lower Zion Canyon, and Springdale.

It is two and three quarters miles round trip.

Angel’s Landing Trail. –  This is one of the most popular hikes in Zion National Park and offers stunning views from its summit.

Rated by the national park service as Strenuous, this trail is described as follows:

Not for young children or anyone fearful of heights. The last section is a route along a steep, narrow ridge to the summit.  Strenuous uphill hike, but hiking is on a well maintained trail.

The hike distance is five and a half miles round trip and takes an average of four hours to complete.   This hike is a personal favorite of many park visitors for the panoramic views at the summit.   

Best features of the hike - The last half mile of the trail is fun and the views along the way are impressive. The point at the end of the Angels Landing trail allows for unlimited views of Zion Canyon in both directions. When standing on the peak of Angels Landing the Great White Throne is at eye level. From the top many landmarks of Zion National Park can be seen including the Virgin River, Big Bend, the Organ, Cathedral Mountain, Observation Point and Cable Mountain.  Angels Landing is one of the most famous hikes in the world and is a great choice for anyone it good physical condition who is not afraid of heights.

Route description: The trailhead is at the bridge across the road of the Grotto Picnic Area, in Zion Canyon. The first part of the hike follows the West Rim Trail, which is clearly identified by a sign. The trail is broad and well maintained. The first section is fairly level as it follows the river and then crosses the canyon bottom. Switchbacks allow the trail to climb the canyon wall, up to Refrigerator Canyon. That canyon is pleasantly cool, scenic, and walking is easy.
The trail then climbs another series of switchbacks, called Walter's Wiggles. These 21 switchbacks gain elevation rapidly, but this section is short and not oppressive.

The Wiggles put you on top of the ridge, at Scout Lookout, where views are amazing. Restrooms are available here before the last section of the uphill hike to the summit, over which chains are mounted into the trail, to provide assistance to hikers.  On arriving at the summit, more amazing views reward you.  The view here and along the route, make the hike very much worth the effort.

This evening, if you wish, join your trip leaders at the visitor’s center at 6pm for a sunset viewing experience in the park.  We will meet at 6pm at the visitor’s center and take our own private vehicle to the best sunset viewing spot in the national park and then we will be driven directly back to our hotel.


Thursday Oct. 8th

This morning our group will be driven by private vehicle back to Las Vegas with drop off at the Las Vegas airport. Passengers should book their return flights departing after a suggested time of 2pm.

Trip cost:  Only $999 per person with a non-smoking roommate of the same gender assigned or $1475 single occupancy


Your trip includes:



2 nights at the Bally’s Resort and Casino on the fabulous Las Vegas Strip
3 nights at the La Quinta Hotel - Springdale/Zion Park Utah with hot breakfast daily

Included Activities:

  • Full day guided tour from our group’s hotel in Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon West Rim with photo stop at Hoover Dam, as described in the trip itinerary, in air conditioned vehicle including one bottle of water per person
  • Scenic drive through Bryce Canyon National Park in private air conditioned group vehicle with stops at overlooks and scenic viewpoints (with private group transport from Las Vegas)
  • Scenic drive through Zion National Park on the National Park service free hop on hop off shuttle both Oct. 6 & 7 with stops at overlooks and hiking/walking trails and two trip leader escorted short easy walks in the park on Oct. 6th as listed in the trip itinerary.
  • Trip leader guided hike of the Angels Landing trail in Zion National Park or another trail in Zion National Park on Oct. 7
  • Transport from Springdale back to Las Vegas airport in private air conditioned group vehicle on Oct 8th


Optional activities:

*Horseback riding at Zion Ponderosa Ranch: $60 for a guided 2 hour ride

*Skywalk at Grand Canyon West Rim: $40

*Helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon: $210 for 15 minute ride

*Helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon with landing at the base of the Grand Canyon and short boat ride on the Colorado River at the base of the Grand Canyon: $235


A $400 deposit is due within 7 days of your reservation. 

The balance payment is due July 1st.

Cancel policy for this trip

If you have traveled with us before and have booked for this trip in single occupancy or with your own friend as your roommate rather than us assigning you a roommate, then you can cancel and receive your full $400 deposit back if canceling by May 31st.

If you have not traveled with us before and have booked for this trip in single occupancy or with your own friend as your roommate rather than us assigning you a roommate, then you can cancel and receive a future trip credit in the full amount of the $400 deposit you paid to this trip if you cancel by April 30th  (the future trip credit is then good toward any trip departing within 2 years of the October 3rd 2020 date of this trip)

If you have traveled with us before and have requested we assign you a roommate, you cancel and receive your full $400 deposit back if you cancel by April 30th

If you have not traveled with us before and have requested we assign you a roommate, you can cancel and receive a future trip credit in the full amount of the $400 deposit you paid to this trip if you cancel by April 30th. (the future trip credit is then good toward any trip departing within 2 years of the October 3rd 2020 date of this trip).