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Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks Self-Driving Bundle Tour

1. Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks Self-Driving Bundle Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! NOTE: This 45+mile-long tour covers the essentials of Zion and Bryce Canyon Bundle in 8-9 hours Discover Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks on a self-guided, self-driving tour. Learn about the history of the park and enjoy countless panoramic views of stunning scenary. Begin at the Springdale Visitor Center. As you drive, you’ll hear the history of the park, how it got its unusual name, then stop by a vista from which the impressive Altar of Sacrifice, Sundial, and West Temple are all clearly visible. After that, drive past the towering Sentinel and hear how a tremendous earthquake totally transformed this mountain. At the next viewpoint, you’ll see the Patriarchs, a trio of mountains so gorgeous that people used to think pictures of them just had to be fake. Continue past sparkling waterfalls with emerald pools at their base. Then you’ll see Angel’s Landing, a precarious, death-defying hike famous both for its staggering views and for the danger involved in getting to them. Up next is Weeping Rock, a cliff face that constantly “weeps” and gives life to a little oasis at its base. Then it’s on to The Narrows, a one-of-a-kind river hike that’s perfect for photo ops. Travel along the Riverwalk and hear about the ancient petroglyphs left behind by the people who once called this area home. When you head next through the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel, you’ll get the full story of the conflict between the Mormons and the Paiute tribe. After you pass the totally strange Checkerboard Mesa, you’ll arrive at the East Entrance Ranger Station, where your tour will conclude. Your journey through Bryce Canyon begins at the park’s entrance and continues on to Fairyland Point, a lovely overlook offering your first glimpse at the kind of beauty that’s in store. Next, pause at Sunrise Point and get your first look at the mysterious hoodoos which make this park famous. After that, of course, is Sunset Point, the perfect sister to Sunrise Point. As you continue on toward Inspiration Point, you’ll uncover how this astonishing landscape formed in the first place. Then revisit the story of the first Mormon pioneers who arrived here and declared this place their new home. After that, you’ll visit Swamp Canyon Overlook, which hides some seriously stunning views behind its modest name. Get the facts about the connection Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid have with this park before visiting a natural arch. Then it’s on to a couple of canyons guaranteed to take your breath away with their sweeping views and lush interiors, plus a mythical tale of malevolent water spirits which the Paiute once believed occupied these rivers. The final landmark on the tour is the beautiful Rainbow Point.

Zion & Bryce Canyon: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tours

2. Zion & Bryce Canyon: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tours

Don’t miss a thing as your favorite audio tour narrator guides you throughout Zion, Bryce Canyon and along Highway 89 to not-to-be-missed points of interest, with fascinating stories, tips and directions along the way. Follow the suggested itineraries, or divide the commentary and create your own half, full or multi day sightseeing trips. Tour Zion with its steep sandstone walls, slot canyons and green oasis’s created by water and Bryce Canyon with thousands of hoodoos towers densely packed into a spectacular amphitheatre. Major Highlights: La Verkin Overlook Temple of Sinawava Checkerboard Mesa Inspiration Point Grafton Ghost Town Emerald Pools Zion Mt Carmel Tunnel Sunrise & Sunset Points Zion Human History Museum* Weeping Wall Rainbow & Yovimpa Points Red Rock Canyon Great Arch Zion Overlook Big Bend Fairyland Point Includes: Zion National Park The scenic drive will take you along towering sheer cliffs of red rock and twisting canyons cut by the Virgin River. But in amongst this stark landscape you’ll find surprising grottos of lush ferns, waterfalls and Emerald Pools. For many, the bucket list hikes are the main draw and you’ll find many, from family friendly Riverside Walk, to the classic slot canyon adventure The Narrows to the strenuous and vertigo inducing Angels Landing. To enjoy these hikes safely, plan ahead and be prepared. Lots of water, snacks, check trail conditions and monitor changing weather conditions. Looking for a place to escape the crowds? Perhaps the short drive to the ghost town of Grafton, a historic Mormon settlement with a small group of ageing wooden buildings and well preserved cemetery will peak your interest. It certainly inspired the moviemakers of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid to use it as one of the filming locations. Highway 89 Hear stories along the 1.5 drive between the two parks. You can drive much more directly to Bryce Canyon National Park thanks to the construction of the Zion-Mt Carmel Highway (RT 9 connector) in 1930. It’s a highly scenic stretch of road with its switchbacks and sweeping views back to Zion’s towering cliffs and the Great Arch. Its most impressive features however are the 2 tunnels, the longest being 1.1 miles. Gallery “windows” were created inside the tunnel to provide peekaboo views through to the stunning landscape. Bryce Canyon National Park Whether you call them hoodoos, goblins or fairy chimneys, you’ll be amazed at the sheer number of these formations in Bryce Canyon National Park. As you scan the amphitheatre suddenly you’ll start seeing shapes, faces and figures come to life in the rocks. Each stop along the drive highlights a different view. Will your favourite be Sunrise, Sunset or Inspiration Point? Or maybe it’ll be at the furtherest point along the 18 mile drive at Yovimpa Point, which is one of the best spots to see the Grand Staircase coloured steps on show. Get a closer glimpse by hiking one of the many trails that descend into the canyon. Queen’s Garden and Navajo Loop are two of the most popular.

Bryce Canyon City: Red Canyon Horse Riding Day Trip w/ Lunch

3. Bryce Canyon City: Red Canyon Horse Riding Day Trip w/ Lunch

Take a horseback ride through Utah's Casto and Losee Canyons and set off on an adventure worthy of a Western. Marvel at the unique rock formations and eroded walls along the trail and ride through famous arches of rock. Take in Little Desert plain from the back of a horse and enjoy a picnic lunch. After being picked up from Ruby's Inn, climb aboard the shuttle to the Casto Canyon Trailhead. Meet your guide and horse for the day, then set off on an all-day horse riding adventure through Casto and Losee Canyons in Red Canyon. Marvel at red rocks sculpted by time and ride through arches. Follow trails once mastered by the infamous Butch Cassidy in his glory days. Spot some of his old hideaways along the trail. When you get hungry, stop for a boxed lunch. During the day, pass through a range of scenery from red rocks to desert plains before catching the shuttle back to Ruby's Inn.

Thunder Mountain Trail: Scenic Horseback Ride

4. Thunder Mountain Trail: Scenic Horseback Ride

Riders will be shuttled from the meeting point to the trailhead to meet their horses. Once on horseback, the guided ride leads through the forest and then up the famous Thunder Mountain Trail with its tight switchbacks and narrow ridges. End with a transfer from the top of the trail back to the meeting point. Marvel at incredible views of the red rock formations along the trail. From your unique vantage point on the back of a horse, the unparalleled beauty of Utah's craggy and sandy landscape is sure to take your breath away. Take a short break before heading through the forest to the end of the trail. Once at the top of the trail, the shuttle will take everyone back to the meeting point. The Thunder Mountain Trail is widely known among horse riders, runners, and mountain bikers — this is an experience you won't want to miss while in Utah.

Bryce Canyon & Capitol Reef National Park: Airplane Tour

5. Bryce Canyon & Capitol Reef National Park: Airplane Tour

Get unobstructed views of Utah’s beautiful Bryce Canyon National Park and Capitol Reef National Park on this private airplane tour. Marvel at the spectacular Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument from a vantage point that’s hard to beat. Depart from Canyonlands Regional Airport to start the tour. Fly over remote canyons to reach the unique Waterpocket Folds of Capitol Reef National Park. Your knowledgeable pilots will be giving a fun description and explanation of the geological formations along your entire tour. Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes, and bridges. The park is a vast showcase of colorful rock pinnacles and spires, known as hoodoos, which rise from a series of natural amphitheaters. Land at Bryce Canyon Airport and enjoy some time to stretch your legs and use the facilities. Once back on the plane, head southeast to meet up with the Colorado River. Spot the Grand Staircase and see the plateaus that descend from Bryce Canyon south toward the Grand Canyon, marked by vertical drops at the Pink Cliffs, Grey Cliffs, and White Cliffs. Follow the Colorado River the majority of the time back to Canyonlands National Park before landing back in Moab.

From Las Vegas: Zion and Bryce Canyon Guided Day Tour

6. From Las Vegas: Zion and Bryce Canyon Guided Day Tour

Visit two of Utah’s national parks, Bryce Canyon and Zion, on a guided day trip for a small group. Discover a surreal desert landscape of sandstone cliffs, canyons, and the scenic views of unique rock formations. Enjoy a customized lunch and explore your surroundings by hike or by shuttle. Begin your tour with your guide as you drive from Las Vegas to your first stop, Bryce Canyon National Park. Once you arrive, drop by the Visitor Center for a free map of the park, meet the park rangers, and shop for a souvenir of this unique experience.  Afterwards, hike or ride with a shuttle to the upper rim of the amphitheater and see the world’s most abundant view of hoodoos, or totem-like rock formations, in the valley below. The Rim Trail provides iconic lookouts, including Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Inspiration Point, and Bryce Point.   Your tour continues as you descend into the valley on the Queen's Garden Trail. Learn about the history and formation of hoodoos and other rock formations from your guide. Admire the stunning Rainbow Point and Yovimpa Point and then enjoy lunch provided by your guide. Next, explore the wonders that make up Zion National Park. Gaze at the fortress-like mountains as you drive on the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway through the famous tunnel, which goes straight to the heart of Zion. Once you've arrived, stop for a visit to the Zion Human History Museum. After your museum visit, your guide will take you to see Zion's iconic viewpoints. The adventure continues at Angel's Landing. Stop by the Narrows, Riverside, and Canyon Overlook Point for stunning views. To complete your sightseeing of Zion National Park, your guide will take you to the Court of Patriarch, Zion Lodge, and Big Bend. Soak up the natural beauty surrounding you as you hear about the history of the park. Finally, enjoy the relaxation of the return drive to Las Vegas.

Utah Photography Tours

7. Utah Photography Tours

We will meet an hour before sunrise to arrive at our first location in Bryce Canyon. We will walk out to our sunrise location, set up the tripod and get ready for the first light of the day! This morning will be filled with phenomenal scenes which we will photograph time and time again. During this time you will experience golden light fill the landscape far below. The hoodoos which make up this park will glow a radiant orange and yellow hue, due to reflecting light. This is a daily occurrence which can only be seen during sunrise. Following sunrise, we will take a short hike into the interior of Bryce Canyon while photographing more nuanced scenes. After about 3.5 hours, we will load into my vehicle and head to your lodging location. This will summarize the Sunrise Photography Tour.

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What people are saying about Bryce Canyon City

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The app runs automatically once you start it. I didn't realize it at first (thought I had to keep clicking the icon). Once I realized that it was really nice. The map adds the perfect addition to the audio directions and the information in the narration was very informative. Am considering the Yellowstone version for next year!

Spectacular views, exhilarating , on the edge experience. Great guide. I had confidence in our horses to guide us through safely.

The software is well made and the information is helpful. Really recommended for the price.