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Best one day excursion?

Will be in Vegas this time next week. Have already booked an excursion to the Grand Canyon, but want to do one other one day excursion.

Can't decide between Valley of Fire, Bryce Canyon or Red Rock Canyon. From photos I've seen the Valley of Fire & Bryce Canyon look the most interesting, but I understand are a good few hours journey from Vegas? And Red Rock Canyon is the closest, but doesn't look as interesting.

We weren't planning on renting a car, so would need to be an organise group excursion with a professional tour company.

Can anyone help with this decision?

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1. Re: Best one day excursion?

Valley of Fire is only an hour from Vegas. Definitely worth a visit and superior to Red Rock in every conceivable way.

Bryce Canyon NP is a slightly different proposition altogether. About four hours from Vegas and a lot more to see when you get there. A day trip would only really give you a brief taste and an overnight stay would be much more satisfactory. Zion NP is an hour or so closer and is a better bet as a day trip from LV but again, you'd only have time for a basic overview of all that's there. Ask for more information on the respective forums for those places.

Death Valley is another possibility.

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Thanks! I don't know why I thought Valley of Fire was further away! I just haven't had the time to do any proper research & now I'm only a week away from going, I'm in a mad panic to do research before I go!

So then, Valley of Fire or Death Valley?

Also, any recommendations on good tour guides for either location?

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Are you going to Grand Canyon National Park ,or Grand Canyon West. Big difference.

Bryce Canyon is close to five hours away, and you lose an hour entering Utah.It gets dark very early this time of year. Zion National Park is just shy of three hours away, and again you lose an hour entering Utah. Zion would be much easier to do as a daytrip.At Bryce, you really need to keep an eye on the weather, especially this time of year. Bryce sits at 8000+feet, and can be very cold and snowy.

There are companies that promote a Zion/Bryce combo in one day, which is rediculous.You won't see a thing except the inside of a car.

Maybe consider a trip to Valley of Fire. Thats close to Vegas. I think Pink Jeep may go there.

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Red Rock is a nice trip. I took a trip there and did a horseback excursion through the mountains which was great. The biggest benefit of going to Red Rock is that it's closer, so you are not spending all day in a car and the mountains are beautiful. The other parks mentioned are bigger and as the others have stated, likely would require more time to truly appreciate what they have to offer. Valley of Fire is very scenic as well and close by. As far as excursion companies, you might want to call the hotel concierge to see who they suggest and see if there are any discounts offered to their guests that aren't advertised.

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Scoot City Tours through Red Rock. We did it a week ago and it was awesome! You get to drive these neat little scooters all different colors that look like skittles. Lots of fun and only about 4 hours in total. Highly recommend them. They have a website you can check out for more details but they pick you up at your hotel and bring you back when you are done.

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Vegas veteran here. Valley of Fire is beautiful, and I highly recommend it. We find that it is very nice there this time of year, since you no longer have the intense heat of the summer. Valley of Fire is a short trip by Interstate 15. The place has gorgeous scenery.

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