Las Vegas to Zion & Bryce Canyon

Introduction

Welcome to Nevada! 


Begin your journey in the bustling city of Las Vegas. After enjoying an evening in this famous city, make your way to two western treasures: Zion and Bryce Canyon! Embrace your surroundings as you take in the vast canyons and beautiful landscapes.

Duration: 4 days, 3 nights

Start: Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada  

Plan to arrive at McCarran International Airport (LAS) -- Las Vegas, Nevada by 4:00 pm to meet the group at the hotel for your welcome meeting followed by dinner.

Finish: Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas  

Plan to depart McCarran International Airport (LAS) -- Las Vegas, Nevada after 4:00 pm.


Airfare booking details will be sent after registration–please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions. 

Airport pick-up and drop-off are not included.

What's Included

  • 4 days/3 nights accommodation in boutique hotels
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • Entrance into Zion National Park
  • Entrance into Bryce Canyon
  • Winter gear rental for Narrows
  • Guided Hikes
  • Ground Transportation (private vehicle)
  • Under30Experiences Trip Leader
  • Personal recommendations for optional activities
  • The chance to meet kick-ass people
  • Access to the Under30Experiences community  

Travelers are responsible for international airfare to and from Las Vegas.

Highlights

  • Hiking the infamous Zion “Narrows”
  • Explore Zion National Park
  • Winter landscapes in Bryce Canyon
  • Enjoy a night in historic Las Vegas

Is this Trip for You?

This trip crosses off two National Parks in one trip! If you are looking for warm weather in Vegas and snow capped mountains at high elevations, this is the trip for you.

Beginning your journey in Las Vegas, you will take a night to explore the historic downtown area before spending the remaining days visiting the colder climate in Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks.

Age requirement: 21+

-Group size: 10-13

-Physical rating: Moderate. There will be some hikes of medium difficulty.

Travel Community

Travel connects us. Community keeps us connected.

Before your trip you'll have the opportunity to join a custom Facebook Group and connect with others members of your group. Many travelers meet in the airport, or for pre-trip drinks if they are from the same city. Others coordinate plans to stay in a location after their trip.

During your adventure, our Trip Leaders do their best to foster an open, supportive environment, where people feel safe to truly be themselves.

After your trip, you'll be an official U30X Alumni, and part of our large online Travel Community where you'll have access to our network of thousands of past travelers. We are constantly hosting meetups that range from simple happy hours to hikes, to outdoor movie nights.

More than 70% of our travelers come solo, but they all leave with friends.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Travel can be unpredictable. Our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.

While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into it and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Meals

Breakfast will be a typical American hot breakfast. Dinner options are endless in Las Vegas and there will be both American and International cuisine options in the other locations. Your guide will know the best eateries and will take you to some of their favorites!

Sample Breakfast:

  • Eggs, bacon, potato hash browns, fruit, toast, coffee, tea, 

Sample Dinner:

  • American, Mexican, Pizza, Thai

We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions. Some meals can be modified for special requests and food allergies.

Transport

You will be traveling by private, locally-owned, ground transportation. There will be early departures on some days in order to optimize time.

  • Private ground transportation to and from Zion & Bryce Canyon National Park (included)

Taxis and other public transportation are not included unless specified on the itinerary.

Accommodation

You will be staying in shared boutique hotel rooms for the duration of your trip. 

Accommodations may vary but will be the same quality. 

Solo travelers are paired with someone of the same gender.

Private room options are available upon request and subject to hotel availability (for an extra charge).


Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory in order to participate in any of our trips.

When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all travelers must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of $200,000 USD for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ensure that all the activities you plan on participating in are covered by your travel insurance.

We recommend using either Wanderwell or World Nomads to purchase your policy. The Wanderwell “Preferred Plan”  or the World Nomads “Explorer Plan” will cover all included activities on U30X trips. Wanderwell donates at least one percent of your insurance purchase to Explore Austin, a sustainable youth outdoor education program, via 1% for the Planet, as selected by Under30Experiences.

If you have travel insurance with your credit card we require proof of purchase of the trip in the form of a receipt or credit card statement on a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage, and emergency contact telephone number.

Cancellation Policy

Very Flexible.

Give us at least 30 days notice and you can switch your trip for free, or we'll hold your Experience Credits for future use.

If you have an emergency cancellation that is less than 30 days before your trip, please refer to your travel insurance company as they may cover you for some expenses. 

We are not able to transfer trips or hold experience credits within 30 days of the trip because we have already secured reservations on your behalf.

Trip Leader Expectations

All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced Trip Leaders.

The goal of the Trip Leader is to facilitate an awesome experience and help our travelers have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eateries, and introduce you to our local friends.

You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the regions visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects.


Packing List

Please be eco-friendly!

  • Bring a reusable water bottle to refill where clean water is available.
  • Use as little plastic as possible by declining straws and plastic bags at restaurants and when shopping.
  • Please avoid aerosol bug sprays as they negatively affect the environment. 


We recommend using a travel backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.

Below includes our staff picks of the best items on the market that we travel with!  All products selected are 3 ounces or less to comply with TSA carry-on size and organically inspired when possible.


Passport & Visas

Passports are not required for US residents to visit Nevada. If you are not a US resident, please make sure you have an updated passport with you. Your passport must be valid for 60 days after your trip. Under30Experiences recommends that your passport be valid for at least 6 months after your trip.  

Make sure there is no damage to your passport. Conditions that may constitute damage requiring you to replace your passport include water damage, a significant tear, unofficial markings on the data page, missing or torn out visa pages, a hole punch, or other injuries.

Health & Insurance

The tap water in California is safe to drink. Please bring a reusable water bottle and join us in our efforts to be environmentally friendly and keep North America beautiful. 

Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads and has a minimum of $200,000 USD coverage.

Please consult with your doctor before traveling regarding physical activity and vaccinations.

No inoculations are required to enter California if you are from the United States but the Center for Disease Control suggests routine vaccines for all travelers. Required vaccines should go through CDC, recommended vaccines should be through your doctor.

More specific health information for travelers to the United States can be found at the  Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.


Money & Currency

The official currency in the United States is the US Dollar (USD).

We suggest bringing $200 USD in cash to be used at establishments that do not accept credit cards.

This is not a total cash amount that you should expect to spend on your trip. Please consider your own spending habits for additional expenses such as snacks, souvenirs, and optional activities.

ATMs are available in the cities and towns we visit. Although you can withdraw cash from any ATM, it's a good idea to come with some local currency just in case.

Remember to call your bank and credit card company and let them know you'll be traveling.

For an up-to-date exchange rate, download the XE Currency Exchange App.

Safety & Security

Always carry a copy of your travel insurance, health insurance, and passport/photo ID/Real ID with you. A photo of these items on your phone is also a good backup.

Keep your passport and any valuables locked in your hotel room. Don’t leave valuables unattended.

Although most parts of North America are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering around any town at night, especially alone. We recommend staying in small groups when traveling at night.

Make sure you have the address of your hotel in the event that you're separated from your Trip Leader.

Weather

Las Vegas has notably warmer temperatures than its surrounding areas. Be sure to pack for both warm temperatures in Las Vegas and colder National Park temperatures at elevation.

November-April in Las Vegas and Zion will be chilly, especially in the evenings, and Bryce Canyon will see significantly lower temperatures with lows in the teens and highs in the upper 30s. It’s best to dress in layers to adjust to the changes in temperatures throughout your trip.

May-June in Las Vegas will be warm during the day with comfortable evenings. It has been known to see highs in the upper-90s during May and June.  Zion will boast cool evenings and will get up into the upper 70s during the day. Bryce Canyon will see significantly lower temperatures with lows in the mid-20s and highs in the mid-60s. It’s best to dress in layers to adjust to the changes in temperatures throughout your trip.

cultural information

Las Vegas

Known for its nightlife, fine dining, and shopping, Las Vegas serves as the leading financial, commercial, and cultural hub of Nevada and bills itself as the entertainment capital of the world. Aside from the well-known casinos, Las Vegas is also home to a unique Downtown Arts District hosting several galleries and festivals throughout the year.

Zion National Park

Known for its massive red and pink sandstone cliffs, Zion is the first national park in Utah. A standout attraction within the park is hiking along the bottom of a 2,000 foot canyon in a section infamously known as “The Narrows”.

Bryce Canyon National Park

Located in Southwestern Utah, Bryce Canyon draws visitors and locals, alike, to its national park known for its crimson-colored rock spires, known as hoodoos. Additionally, the park has a 7.4 magnitude night sky, making it both one of the darkest skies in North America and a perfect destination for stargazing. 


Key Phrases in Las Vegas:

Getting kicked out for cheating

  • 86’ed

Nevada

  • Pronounced Nev-ADD-ah 

Burning Man attendees

  • Burners

Reno

  • Biggest Little City

Optional Activities

Due to the short nature of this trip there will not be a lot of time for optional activities. However, if you would like to arrive early or stay later, there are plenty of optional activities in the greater Las Vegas area.

General Rules

Respect the people around you and the environment in which you’re traveling. This includes, but is not limited to fellow travelers, Trip Leaders, the local community, nature, wildlife, and yourself.

Do your best to keep yourself and fellow travelers out of harm’s way.

It’s important to obey local laws and customs while on our trips. This includes, but is not limited to wearing appropriate clothing while visiting certain communities, refraining from taking photos of people without asking, avoiding the use of illegal drugs, having weapons, and soliciting prostitution. If you’re not sure about something, take time to educate yourself, or ask.

Travel involves contact with new cultures. When confronted with a different way of living than you’re used to, do your best to understand that neither way is better or worse. They’re simply different ways of life.

Know your limits! This applies to physical ability, emotional space, social situations, and alcohol consumption. If you can’t participate in something, be upfront about it. If you need a break from people, take it. Stop drinking before you get too drunk.

Trip leaders are working in the travelers’ best interest. If they say something or ask you not to do something it’s not because they’re tyrants, but because they want you to have a good time!

Lying or withholding information about any physical or mental condition that might affect your ability to participate in any of the activities may be grounds for removal from your trip with no refund.


Staying longer or arriving early?

Extend your stay at the Golden Nugget or find a local hostel on HostelWorld

Visit the Grand Canyon, which is about a 4-hour drive, by car, from Las Vegas.

Check out this article for an extensive list of things to do near Las Vegas.

Top Cities to Visit in Nevada that are not Las Vegas

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