Summer 2018 travel dates:
Summer 1: Pre-night in Las Vegas on Sunday July 8th, 2018. Tour departs Las Vegas on July 9th, 2018 returns to Las Vegas on July 12th, 2018.
Summer 2: Pre-night in Las Vegas on August 12th, 2018. Tour departs Las Vegas on August 13th, 2018 and returns to Las Vegas on August 16th, 2018.
Stay cool in the summer heat when you vacation in the West! The Las Vegas Summer Cool Down tour lets you explore the cooler side of the American West including Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, and Grand Canyon National Park North Rim. At 8,000 feet in elevation, Bryce Canyon offers cooler temperatures amongst the bright orange hoodoos. The incredible canyon walls of Zion will keep you well shaded when hiking through the national park, and the Grand Canyon North Rim boasts temperatures 10-15 degrees cooler than the Las Vegas Strip.
In the 1920s, this West coast itinerary was originally known as the Grand Circle. In those days, the Utah Parks Company transported Union Pacific Railroad workers from Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park and Grand Canyon National Park in a circular trip, hence the name, Grand Circle.
- Small group tour with up to 12 passengers – no crowds!
- The best historical lodging available
- Custom touring vehicles with individual leather captain’s chairs that recline, plenty of legroom and flatscreen TV
- Expert guides who are CPR and FirstAid certified
- Breakfast, lunch, one hosted dinner and pre-night at Monte Carlo or New York New York included in tour price!
$1,630 per person for double occupancy.
$2,110 per person for single occupancy.
$1,630 per person (double occupancy) Includes guided tour, lodging, breakfast, lunch, one hosted dinner, entrance fees and taxes
New York New York or Monte Carlo in Las Vegas, NV
Cancellation and Payment Policy
Tours canceled within 35 days of departure will be charged in full.
A 10% non-refundable deposit will be taken by credit card at the time of booking.
Private Tour Option
This tour can also be operated as a private tour. Contact a tour specialist for details.
Our vehicles are designed to carry up to 13 passengers in individual leather captain’s seats. Groups range from 8-13 passengers.
Our guides have many years of experience in leading tours throughout the American West. Their knowledge and enthusiasm will ensure that everyone gets the most from each destination.
The hotels will be 3-4 stars. The accommodation has been chosen to give passengers the best access to the surrounding areas. For those traveling alone there are single occupancy rates available.
This tour offers a wide range of walking opportunities, which require a reasonable level of fitness, mostly due to possible elevation changes. The level of activity can be suited to and catered for almost all levels of fitness. It is not an activity holiday, just an active holiday.
Individual luggage must be kept to a maximum of one piece of luggage less than 50 pounds. It is recommended to travel with a small day pack for easy access to camera, sun block, and clothing. We advise our clients to pack as lightly as possible.
Temperatures across the American West vary by season. We recommend our guests bring jackets in the event of changing weather patterns.
Post Tour Accommodation Packages
Post tours packages are available through your travel agent.
Travel insurance is a vital aspect to booking a holiday, giving you protection against unforeseen circumstances that could otherwise spoil your holiday. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that properly covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking.
Terms and conditions will be provided and must be agreed upon separately for this tour.
Las Vegas Cool Down Tour – Bryce Canyon, Zion, and Grand Canyon North Rim | 5-days, 4-nights
Pre-night (included in tour cost): Enjoy the vibrant nightlife and elaborate sights of Sin City prior to the Las Vegas Cool Down multi-day tour. Take a ride on New York New York’s roller coaster that loops around the hotel’s exterior or savor the eclectic blend of restaurants, bars and entertainment this family-friendly hotel has to offer. Located in the middle of the Strip, Monte Carlo is megaresort hotel and casino providing incredible dining and entertainment for any guest.
Overnight at New York New York or Monte Carlo in Las Vegas, NV
Day 1: Feel the coolness of the early morning air as we travel east through the spectacular Virgin River Gorge. After a quick stretch and a photo opportunity, we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch at Pipe Spring National Monument, where Native Americans, Mormon ranchers, plants, and animals alike have depended on the life-giving water found in the beautiful desert oasis. Learn about pioneer and Kaibab Paiute life by exploring all Pipe Spring has to offer including the museum, a historic fort and cabins, the garden and orchard, and Ridge Trail.
Rising dramatically in elevation, the tour heads south through ranch land and juniper and pine forests and into the alpine aspens and fir forests of the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The North Rim is over 8,000 feet in elevation and offers a serene and enthralling Grand Canyon experience. It is more remote and less developed than the South Rim, and so attracts far fewer tourists. Many people consider the North Rim lookouts to be the best views since they are located at a higher elevation. A late afternoon hike to watch the sun set over the Canyon and a hosted dinner at the Lodge makes for a great end to a wonderful day.
Overnight at historic Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge
Day 2: Witness the sunrise over the North Rim for an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience. After a morning walking the Rim Trail or taking part in a National Park activity, the guided tour heads into Utah along the Mormon Trail to the incomparable Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce Canyon is home to odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion called hoodoos, and thick forests of Bristlecone and Ponderosa Pine. Although hoodoos can be found on every continent, this unique national park boasts the largest collection of hoodoos in the world! The view from Sunset Point as the colors emerge just before the sun sets, will take your breath away!
Overnight at historic Bryce Canyon Lodge
Day 3: Relax at the lodge before choosing an optional hike, horse ride, ATV off road experience, National Park Ranger activity or touring viewpoints along the road to Bryce Point. There’s something for everyone to enjoy! After lunch, our small group heads south and east to into the heart of Mormon Country and Panguitch, a pioneer town rich in western history.
An incredible drive leads us to Cedar Breaks National Monument, a giant amphitheater high atop the Markagunt Plateau, over 2,500 feet deep and more than three miles across. With spectacular colors formed by an abundance of mineral deposits, Cedar Breaks is breathtaking to behold. From the highest point of 10,662 feet to the lowest at 8,100 feet, there are spectacular views of dense forests of sub-alpine fir, spruce and quaking aspens, plus fields containing more than 150 species of wildflowers.
We’ll end the day touring Zion National Park surrounded by spectacular cliffs along the banks of the Virgin River. The name “Zion” means a place of peace and refuge. As a sanctuary with over 146,000 acres of cliffs, canyons, diverse plant and animal life, and uninterrupted beauty, Zion is aptly named. Its massive sandstone walls, some as high as 3,800 feet, offer an opportunity for serenity and reflection for all who visit – and Zion Lodge offers the only in-park lodging inside this hiker’s paradise. You’ll be hosted for dinner tonight and offered a full moon walking tour from the Lodge; a great way to end this day!
Overnight at historic Zion Park Lodge
Day 4: Choose a horse ride in Zion Canyon, an exhilarating walk to Angels Landing or Emerald Pools or just enjoy the surroundings of this incredible lodge today. After lunch the tour heads to St. George, the final resting place of Brigham Young who was one of the founders of the Mormon faith. The historic St. George, Utah was named in honor of Mormon apostle George A. Smith, also known as the “Potato Saint” because he urged early settlers to eat raw, unpeeled potatoes to cure scurvy. Smith did not participate in the town’s settlement, but personally selected many of the pioneers that originally settled the area. The journey then travels the old road to Las Vegas through the Paiute Indian Tribal Lands, vast forest of Joshua Trees and back into the Mojave Desert, although this section is called the Amargosa Desert. We’ll return to the bright lights and neon of Las Vegas for our final night.
Overnight at the Las Vegas Strip
Pre-night on Las Vegas Strip included.
Double occupancy lodging in a 3-4 star hotel/lodge throughout the tour including pre-night at Monte Carlo or New York New York
Meals: all breakfasts, all lunches and one hosted farewell dinner
Entrance fees to National Parks, State Parks, Tribal Parks, or other named activities
Experienced, professional tour guide and driver and local step on guide services when required
Additional third party tours and activities not listed above
Meals not listed above
Incidental hotel fees
DETOURS Tours offers small group touring in our custom vehicles featuring leather captain’s chairs for maximum comfort.
Because DETOURS travels with a maximum of 13 passengers, this allows us to take a flexible approach and take full advantage of touring opportunities in the American West.
Due to the developing tourism industry in the area, changes can and do occur in this type of program. Weather conditions, sometimes severe enough to limit where we can drive or walk, can also alter the program. As visitors, we will respect this, and remain flexible and open to local conditions, safety concerns and unforeseen opportunities. Our guides will do their best to keep things on track and in the event that our schedule changes, they will try to keep disruption to a minimum, consider your wishes, and organize other options as far as it is reasonable and practical to do so.