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Featuring Zion & Bryce National Parks, Valley of Fire State Park, Single-Hotel Stay in Mesquite

Tour Dates: May 22 - 25, 2022

4 Day Package
5 Meals Included

$799 Per Person / Double Occupancy
$999 Per Person / Single Occupancy

Embark on a spectacular journey to discover the incredible sights and wealth of geologic phenomena amongst the colorful canyonlands of southern Utah. Known as “Color Country,” the hues of red, orange and brown are truly spectacular. While enjoying a single-hotel stay at a casino resort in Mesquite, we’ll travel amongst the incredible landscapes within Zion and Bryce National Parks while learning about the geologic and geographic forces that created this incredible landscape of colorful canyons, mesas and whimsical shapes.

Tour Highlights:

  • Follow the paths where ancient native people and pioneers walked as you gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky in Zion National Park’s narrow slot canyon
  • Travel the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway through Zion National Park’s Checkerboard Mesa and through the historic Zion Tunnel
  • Explore Bryce Canyon National Park with stops at several viewpoints to admire the thousands of spires, fins and pinnacles in every imaginable color and shape
  • Sightseeing and an included picnic lunch in Nevada’s colorful Valley of Fire State Park, featuring spectacular bright red sandstone formations and petroglyphs
  • Enjoy a three-night, single-hotel stay in upgraded rooms at a deluxe Mesquite resort offering non-stop gaming action

Fine Hotels / Great Locations:

  • Nights 1-3: Eureka Casino Resort - Mesquite, NV
Day By Day Itinerary:
Day 1
Sunday, 5/22/2022 - Welcome to Mesquite!
From our departure points this morning we’ll travel by deluxe motorcoach through the Mojave Desert to Mesquite, Nevada making several rest stops and a stop for lunch on your own along the way. Late this afternoon we’ll arrive at our upscale casino resort where we’ll enjoy a three-night stay in upgraded hotel rooms – the most luxurious rooms in Mesquite! Enjoy the balance of the evening at leisure to take advantage of the outdoor swimming pool and spa, on-site restaurant and non-stop gaming action in the casino located next door to the hotel.
Day 2
Monday, 5/23/2022 - Zion National Park
Following an included breakfast, we’ll travel through the spectacular Virgin River Gorge and into Utah’s Dixie Country. Later this morning we arrive in Zion National Park, featuring a dramatic landscape of sculptured canyons and soaring cliffs. Enjoy time at leisure for lunch on your own at the Zion Park Lodge before we board the Zion Canyon Shuttle and continue into Zion Canyon – an incredible slot canyon that is 15 miles long and up to 2,640 feet deep. As we travel along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, marvel at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. We’ll stop at the Visitor Center and at Temple of Sinawava where we can take a short stroll along the banks of the Virgin River. We return to our Mesquite resort later in the day with the balance of the evening at leisure.
Day 3
Tuesday, 5/24/2022 - Bryce & Zion National Parks
After an included breakfast we’ll travel north to Bryce Canyon National Park (elevation 8,000 feet). Here we’ll stop at the Visitor Center, enjoy an included picnic lunch and visit several viewpoints to admire the spectacular geological formations and brilliant colors. Gazing down upon Bryce Amphitheater we’ll see thousands of red, orange, and white “hoodoos” (irregular columns of rock) – in fact Bryce National Park is home to the largest concentration of hoodoos found anywhere on Earth. The towering columns, narrow fins, and natural bridges seem to deny all reason or explanation, leaving our jaws agape in wondrous incredulity. This afternoon we continue south into Zion National Park and travel along the spectacular Zion-Mount Carmel Highway. This mind-blowing road features swirling, otherworldly rock formations, mounds, towers, hoodoos, and hilltops. Layered strata of rusty red, orange, cream, yellow and brown color the landscape that is dotted with desert pines, sagebrush, and wildflowers. We’ll first pass through the colorful Checkerboard Mesa – sandstone hills with an unusual crack pattern that resemble a grid much like you would see on a checkerboard. We’ll continue through the historic Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel. Constructed in the 1920s, this true engineering marvel is over 5,000 feet long and rather narrow, allowing our motorcoach to just barely fit. We return to our Mesquite resort this evening.
Day 4
Wednesday, 5/25/2022 - Valley of Fire State Park, Journey Home
Following an included breakfast, we’ll travel south and enter Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada’s oldest, largest and perhaps most magnificent state park. The park derives its name from the spectacular bright red Aztec sandstone formations that appear to be on fire when reflecting the sun’s rays. These otherworldly shaped rocks formed over the course of 150 million years through a complicated process of geological uplifting, faulting, and erosion. Since 300 BCE, Valley of Fire has been home to numerous prehistoric civilizations including the Anasazi. You’ll see proof of this in the 3,000 year old petroglyphs visible near where we’ll enjoy an included picnic lunch. We’ll continue south towards Southern California making several rest stops along the way. We return to our departure points this evening with amazing memories of the colorful hues of Utah’s Color Country.

This tour may be different than other Good Times Travel tours you have joined. In order to enjoy a single-hotel stay in Mesquite at a value price, we must travel considerable distances to reach the national parks on days 2 and 3. This tour is ideal for those guests that appreciate a single-hotel stay but don’t mind longer motorcoach rides. Those looking to stay closer to the national parks and use multiple hotels should consider other national park tours that we offer.

While we make every effort to operate our tours as outlined in the itinerary, we ask for your patience, understanding and flexibility and to retain a sense of adventure while traveling with us. Situations may arise that necessitate changes to the itinerary. Should we need to adjust the itinerary either prior to or while on tour, these changes will be communicated to you and only done when absolutely necessary.

Tour Inclusions:

  • 3 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations
  • 5 Meals: 2 lunches, 3 breakfasts
  • Services of a professional Good Times Travel tour director
  • Comprehensive sightseeing
  • Admissions per itinerary
  • Transportation aboard a deluxe touring motorcoach
  • Luggage handling throughout the tour

Additional Information:

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