Travel from Las Vegas to Bryce Canyon National Park in the USA
It may only be the USA's thirteenth largest state, but Utah packs more into its 200,000 square kilometres than most countries, let alone states, could ever dream of. Beginning in Las Vegas, Nevada, leave Utah's noisy neighbour behind to discover the hidden gardens of Zion, the spindly spires of Bryce Canyon, the inspired desert scenery of Moab and the Arches National Park and the iconic Monument Valley – a setting that has set the benchmark for any postcard of the American West. So if you're keen to get into the heart of this giant continent and explore some of the places that make it so unique, this Utah Parks Circuit is a very good way to start!
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Get among nature with plenty of opportunities to hike through Utah's stunning national parks. Change it up a bit with a splash in a lake here and a cycle though a valley there
From the stone hoodoos of Bryce Canyon to the hanging gardens of Zion National Park, see a diversity of landscapes all within a short drive of each other
As well as the famous must-see attractions on this trip, visit some lesser-known but no less spectacular national parks, such as Dead Horse Point and Arches National Park
The iconic sandstone formations of Monument Valley have played backdrop to many a cowboy western. Learn about Navajo culture and history during a jeep tour of the park, before spending a unique night in a traditional hogan hut
This is a participatory trip. That’s a fancy way of saying you’re not just along for the ride – you’re part of a team! You know the phrase ‘the more you put in, the more you get out’. Well that’s extra true on this trip. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and help out with camp activities like food prep and washing up. It’s all about giving your new travel mates a hand – everyone knows there’s nothing worse than trying to put up a tent on your own!
That teamwork also extends to our optional food kitty of approximately US$10 per day, run to cover the cost of meals. This kitty saves you worrying about stuff like where to get food or what exactly sales tax is, and actually helps keep your costs down. Instead of paying individually as you go, it means we can bulk purchase items and cook our own food – though there’s always the chance to use it for the occasional pizza night! The kitty is optional and for your convenience, so if you've got specific dietary requirements you can opt out and purchase (and cook) your own food.
The United States is a world of endless possibilities – that’s why our Basix trips are designed so they fit together as (not quite endless) combinations. That means while you might just be starting your trip, some of your new travel mates may have been travelling together for a week or more (and so have some great tips for you). You can see how our trips fit together and all the different possible combinations at www.intrepidtravel.com/brochures. Simply click view/download on the North America brochure and look at the combo map on page 12.
The desert areas of Utah can be very hot and dry, especially in summer. Although our vans do have air conditioning, it has to work pretty hard to keep a full group cool so expect to be hot some of the time. If you're a confident swimmer, you'll have the opportunity to cool off with a swim in various rivers and lakes, such as Lake Powell. At other times of the year, it might be quite cold, especially at night. Please consider the season and research the weather conditions to determine the best time to travel for you.
You'll be travelling in a van with a group of travellers, so conditions may feel a little cramped. This is all part of the adventure, however, and you might even make some long-term friends.
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1. This trip finishes on arrival into Las Vegas in the afternoon on day 8.
Our Utah Parks Circuit trips score an average of 4.97 out of 5 based on 31 reviews in the last year.
The Utah parks circuit is a must do. It has amazing scenery and hikes and the small group camping option is an ideal way of exploring. Just wish it had been longer!
Review submitted 02 Oct 2017
A good trip to see the the highlights of Utah State and Las Vegas. Be prepared for hours of travel in a minibus, hot walks in the desert and camping out in well organised campsites, mostly with showers available. In summer a sleeping bag liner or sheet is preferable to a sleeping bag and comfortable lightweight trail boots or shoes are essential. Bring a hat, suntan lotion and a camera.
Review submitted 17 Sep 2017