No visit to Las Vegas is complete without a trip into the desert to see Zion National Parks. Ranging from dry, alien rock formations and slot canyons to lush greenery and peaceful rivers, this is truly a land of extremes! Take a day tour to Zion Canyon, or to a Combination of Both Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. If you want more time, Stay Overnight!
Zion National Park is also located in southwestern Utah, about 50 miles southwest of Bryce Canyon National Park. The Park consists of natural arches, slot canyons, mesas, buttes, rivers, mountains, and the 15 mile long Zion Canyon. Four distinct life zones can be found within the park borders: desert, riparian, woodland, and pine forest.
Like Bryce Canyon, Native American tribes such as the Anazasi, Ute, and the Southern Paiute first lived in the area thousands of years ago and was later settled by Mormon missionaries starting in the 1840s. The Mormons were not only fascinated by the beauty of Zion canyon, but also impressed with its potential for farming and grazing. In 1863, a settler by the name of Isaac Behunin, named the canyon “Zion”, referring to a place of peace in the Bible. In 1872, General John Wesley Powell visited the area and named it “Mukuntuweap”, based on its Paiute given name.
With vivid photographs and paintings capturing the beauty of the canyon at hand, in 1909, President William Taft declared the area into the Mukuntuweap National Monument using Powell’s name. In 1919, the canyon and additional surrounding areas were established as Zion National Park, with one historian noting that visitors may have avoided visiting the Park if they couldn’t pronounce the name, hence the name change.
Tourism and road infrastructure has increased greatly since those early years, and the Park established a mandatory public shuttle system on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive to ease traffic congestion during the busier months between April and October.
Notable landmarks in the Park include Angel’s Landing, Checkerboard Mesa, the Temple of Sinawava, the Virgin River Narrows, and the “Subway”, a slot canyon to the west of Zion Canyon. Some of the side canyons of the Narrows hike are so narrow that one can touch both walls at the same time.
Book This Tour Don’t Drive It“Awesome trip to Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon. Had Phillip pick us up and Marcus take us to both parks. Comfortable van, generous snacks , water, juice and box lunch, with several stops for bathroom breaks and souvenirs. Hiking and lots of opportunities for beautiful scenery photography. We originally were going to rent a car and drive it but after experiencing all the sites and in/outs of the parks we never could of done it on our own. Book tour and enjoy stress free!!”
Kirk G. April 2018 Bryce Canyon and Zion Day Tourread more
Awesome Day in Zion!“Great tour. The guide was awesome, knowledgeable, and accommodating. Gave us breakfast, lunch, and plenty of snacks! Would defiantly use them for other tours in the future.”
Amy E. March 2018 Zion Day Tourread more
A Trip I’ll Never Forget“One of those experiences that you treasure for many’s a day. A great bunch of people to get along with and a guide who was aware of everyones ability. I loved that you could tune the trip as you went along.”
Michael M. October 2017 7-Day Southwest Highlights Tourread more
Bryce & Zion Canyon Overnight Camping TourAfter doing two tours with this company, I can easily say this is the best tour company I’ve ever booked with. I did both a one day tour to Death Valley National Park, and a two day tour of Bryce Canyon National park and Zion National park. All three locations were amazing and we were given ample time at each. The tour guides, Jen and Vern, were both great, really knew their stuff, and were very passionate about their jobs. The small, talented staff and excellent communication make this one of the highest quality tour companies I’ve ever gone on a tour with. I would suggest anyone visiting Las Vegas to book as many tours with this company as possible.
– traveled September 2014 Bryce & Zion Canyon Camping Tour from Las Vegasread more