Zion National Park

About 250 km/160 miles to the north-east from Las Vegas, you will reach the "Zion National Park" in Utah. The Virgin River has created the "Zion Canyon" and exposed vast rock formations which vary in color. The canyon is green, while the surrounding area is rather dry.

Bryce Canyon

The "Bryce Canyon National Park" is approx. 130 km/80 miles to the north-east of "Zion National Park". Bizarre rock columns called "Hoodoos" offer an incredible panorama. There are numerous viewpoints along the road that follows the rim. You can also hike the "Rim Trail" or descend into the canyons.  

Grand Canyon

The 1,600 m (1 mile) deep "Grand Canyon" is between 6-30 km/4-19 miles wide. Standing on the edge of the 160 km/100 miles long canyon is simply overwhelming. From Las Vegas you can drive to the "North Rim" (400 km/250 miles) or "South Rim" (425 km/265 miles). 

Colorado River

If you want to see the "Grand Canyon" from below, you can go on a river rafting tour on the Colorado river. A trip on the river should be well planned, some tours last more than a week. 

Monument Valley

The "Monument Valley" is located between the states of Arizona and Utah, on the land of the Navajo Nation Reservation. The famous red rocks are often seen in commercials and western movies.  

Arches National Park

From "Monument Valley" about 220 km/140 miles to the north, you will reach the town of Moab at the Colorado River. The "Arches National Park" is characterized by a large number of red stone arches, which were formed by erosion. 

Death Valley

The "Death Valley" is considered to be one of the hottest places on earth. The lowest point is about 86 m below sea level. At the "Racetrack Playa" there are the famous "sliding rocks". The most beautiful photo's can be taken at "Zabriskie Point". 

 

Death Valley

www.nps.gov/deva

 

Historic Route 66

The "Route 66" from Chicago to Los Angeles became obsolete by the construction of the Highways. A trip on the "66" is like a nostalgic journey through the American past. There  is a section of the historic "Route 66" just to the south of Las Vegas. Between the towns of Seligman and Kingman in Arizona, the "Historic Route 66" is still preserved.   

Map of Nationalparks in Utah and Arizona

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National Parks

National parks of the USA


The most famous national parks of the USA are in the south-west, in the states of Utah, Arizona and California. From Las Vegas you can visit the national parks: Grand Canyon (North), Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Monument Valley and Grand Canyon (South). If you drive to California you can explore the "Death Valley" or visit the Mojave Desert. National parks in the north of California, like the Yosemite National Park, you'll find on San Francisco > Nature.

 

If you want to ride on a horse, in this unique landscape, just like a cowboy / girl, you can book a tour at Canyon Trail Rides:

 

www.canyonrides.com

 

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