The national parks of southern Utah are accessible from Las Vegas on a day trip. One of the most memorable, Bryce Canyon, is visited by multiple tours. Here are five of the best.
Bryce Canyon’s hoodoos are one of the most endearing and unusual landforms in a region of the United States that is packed full of weird-shaped rocks. The tall misshaped chimney-like hoodoos cluster at the rim of the canyon, with views of them and beyond for many miles. Tours of Bryce Canyon from Las Vegas are a great way to leave the humanmade chaos behind for a while and realign with the natural world; to be reminded that nature always does it better. Here are some of the best trips, factoring in value for money, duration, comfort, itinerary and other considerations.
Las Vegas to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks
It’s difficult to find a tour from Las Vegas that visits Bryce Canyon only. That’s because there are so many tantalizing stops between those two places that at least one must be added to the itinerary. One such place is Zion National Park, a very different type of canyon, deep, narrow and imposing. You’ll pass through Zion in both directions, with the most time reserved for exploring the hoodoos, red rock amphitheater and stunning viewpoints of Bryce Canyon. Daily departures. From $185 per person.
Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks Small Group Tour
For a similar tour option to that above, but with fewer people, this small group tour (maximum nine people) is a great way to truly escape from urban life for a while. This 14-hour excursion leaves plenty of time to explore the two national parks, wandering through the pine forest at Bryce Canyon, to the edge of the canyon to gaze at the hoodoos, lined up like sentinels. You’ll have 90 minutes here and 90 minutes in Zion National Park to explore at your leisure, with plenty of breaks along the way, as well as stops for lunch and dinner. From $239 per person.
Three-day Tour of Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon from Vegas
Traveling all that way from Las Vegas to an area so rich in marvel and natural beauty can seem as though it barely scratches the surface of what’s possible in southern Utah and Arizona. This tour aims to fix that by offering a more complete itinerary, allowing for more time at each place on the itinerary. Visit the Grand Canyon, spend an entire afternoon and evening in Bryce Canyon, watching the sun setting over the hoodoos. Then head to Zion on the final day with time to go hiking. This tour only departs once a week on Fridays and a minimum of two people are required per booking. From $560 per person.
Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon
An even more ambitious itinerary strikes out as far as Monument Valley, the unmistakable landscape revered by filmmakers the world over. This three-day tour allows only one day for Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks. On day two you’ll head out to Monument Valley for a Jeep tour through Navajo lands. Accommodation for night two is in a full-service campsite. Day three takes on the mighty Grand Canyon, allowing enough time to return to Vegas by evening. From $695 per person.
Las Vegas to Bryce Canyon and Zion Overnight Tour
If those jam-packed day tours sound like too much time on the road and not enough time on location, then it might be worth considering this overnight tour from Las Vegas. You’ll head first from Vegas to Bryce Canyon and have time to hike down into the canyon, getting much closer to the hoodoos this way. Overnight is spent at Ruby’s Historic Inn, just outside Bryce Canyon National Park. Day two is for Zion, with a good half-day hike through the national park included before returning to Vegas. From $2,050 per group.