U.S. NATIONAL PARKS ADVENTURE
Explore Through the Diverse Symphony of Forest, Desert, Plateau and Canyon
Zion, Bryce, Snow Canyon, Grand Canyon Aerial Adventure
& Desert 4x4 Adventure
With Geologist & Historian Darrell McMahon
and Master Kosher Chef Malcolm Green
Nature set Bryce Canyon, Zion and the Grand Canyon ablaze with copper-hued chasms and theatrical formations. Explore through the diverse symphony of forest, desert, plateau and canyon in this spectacular combination of national parks. No postcard can possibly prepare you for the chiseled vastness of the Grand Canyon, the monolithic oddities of Bryce Canyon or the stunning cliffs of Zion.
Explore the wonders of America's Southwest known as Color Country. Through the eons, the wind and water's harsh power has created the red-rock formations, deep canyons, and towering cliffs that have become many of the world's most famous natural attractions. Here, an enormous geological playground, plus nature's intricate forms and brilliant colors combine to offer a Western landscape getaway of incredible diversity and some of the most exhilarating outdoor adventures on earth. Activities include, park walking, bus & hiking tours, outdoor nature & wildlife lecture series, desert 4x4 adventure and a once-in-a-lifetime aerial sightseeing flight and tour of the Grand Canyon, plus much more!
Our tour program is perfect for every activity and ability level. On touring days clients can choose from 2 levels of walks / hikes in the National Parks.
Moderate: Easy walks and or park bus tours with guided interpretation perfect for all ability levels
Adventure: More adventurous hikes with guided interpretation over varying terrain and elevation gain.
Education & Guiding: All tours are accompanied by our full time naturalists and educators who bring to life the natural wonders, geology, ecology, Native American history and so much more!
Day 1 (Su) Arrival, Snow Canyon: 1:00p Airport transfers from Las Vegas Airport to hotel (2hr), hotel check-in, 4:30p Snow Canyon intro to the National Parks hike, evening orientation.
Day 2 (Mo): Hiking & Exploring Zion National Park, evening "wildlife experience" lecture & demonstration
Evening "wildlife experience" lecture & demonstration: Local naturalist and educators will give a hands on demonstration on local wildlife and geology. Here you have the opportunity to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of these world famous national parks and its environments.
Day 3 (Tu): Hiking and exploration of Bryce National Park, evening Astronomy Adventure
Evening Astronomy Adventure: Have you ever seen the rings of Saturn or the bands of Jupiter and its moons? On our evening astronomy adventure now you will have that chance. Led by local university astronomers you will learn about our solar system then head out to a secluded desert spot farm from the city lights where we peer through high-powered telescopes searching out the wonders of our solar system and the galaxy!
Day 4 (We): Desert Adventure 4x4 guided tour, evening Birds of Prey Program.
Evening Birds of Prey Program: During this exciting educational program, the audience enjoys an up-close experience with wild raptors while our Master Falconer and “Bird Whisperer” teaches us about these majestic birds. Identification, hunting, nesting behaviors and our shared environment are among the topics discussed during the presentation. A golden eagle named Scout is just one of the raptors accompanying our educator in this live birds of prey program.
Day 5 (Th): Grand Canyon Flight Adventure, overnight Las Vegas Resort & Casino
This morning we return to Las Vegas, straight to our waiting aircraft for our air adventure to the Grand Canyon.
As you gain altitude and begin the adventure of a lifetime, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the majestic Hoover Dam, larger than the Great Pyramid of Giza, the mighty Colorado River snaking 4,000 feet beneath you, and the largest reservoir in the United States, Lake Mead. Banking wide around an ancient rock spire, your eyes will be opened to the West Rim of the grandest canyon, where strong geologic evidence suggests the Colorado River began carving its way through this ancient landscape, 5 million years ago! Once you land at the Grand Canyon, your tour continues with a drive to the Grand Canyon National Park. This secluded area features breathtaking vistas and overlooks, as well as amazing trails that can only be accessed from this area.
After your pleasant walk and picture-taking throughout the park, we return by air to Las Vegas for dinner and check into our casino resort for our final night.
**Early Departure Option (Thursday Night): Guest have the option of taking late night return flights. There are numerous late night flights both to the east & west costs for those interested in returning home earlier. Those not interested in the last nights hotel in Las Vegas due to early departure, a discount of -$200 per room would be applied.
Day 6 (Fr): Depart or optional Shabbat in Las Vegas
*Shabbat pre or post extension Las Vegas: Clients have the option of beginning or ending their tour with a pre or post Shabbat in Las Vegas. We provide 2 options / recommendations with contact details where guest can make the necessary arrangements on their own. (We are able to make full arrangements for custom groups of 20 or more participants)
Off The Las Vegas Strip: We recommend the Young Israel Aish Las Vegas shul and staying at the La Quinta Hotel next door. Aish is located about 6 miles from the Las Vegas strip with kosher markets located conveniently across the street. Aish also has catering options available for smaller and larger groups. Click here for their website and additional information.
On the Las Vegas Strip: If you are interested in staying at a resort hotel on the Las Vegas Strip for Shabbat there are unfortunately no shuls, minyonim or kosher food options in the area in walking distance. You have the option of having your kosher meals delivered to your hotel room from a local kosher caterer / restaurant. Please call us for details and we will supply you with the necessary information and contacts.
Explore The National Parks & Adventure
Bryce Canyon National Park:
Thousands of delicately carved spires rise in brilliant color from the amphitheaters of Bryce Canyon National Park. Millions of years of wind, water and geologic mayhem have shaped and etched the pink cliffs at Bryce, which isn't actually a canyon but the eastern slope of the Paunsaguant Plateau. Your first view of Bryce Canyon is dramatic, as rows of pine trees veil the color and grandeur of the canyon until you reach the rim. Here the brilliant hues come alive - especially with the rising and setting of the sun. Visitors may take a 37-mile round-trip drive to Bryce Canyon's most famous viewpoints, dizzying in scope, including Sunrise, Sunset, Rainbow, Yovimpa, and Inspiration Points.
Click here for more information about Bryce Canyon National Park
Zion National Park:
Zion National Park is often said to be the most beautiful place in America. "Spectacular" is uttered time and time again as eyes are raised to view the vast monoliths of the best of Utah's National Parks. Zion unveils its eight layers of sandstone, displaying what has taken two-hundred-million years to carve and mold. This spectacular corner of Southern Utah is a masterpiece of towering cliffs, deep red canyons, mesas, buttes and massive monoliths. Zion's fame is due to more than its beauty, but also its incredible geology, hiking, backpacking and scenic drives.
Like the Grand Canyon to its south, Zion has grandeur, and like Bryce Canyon to its northeast, Zion has delicately sculpted rock. Plus, within the park's 229 square miles lies a spectacular cliff-and-canyon playground. Sharp sandstone cliffs soar 2,000 feet above a labyrinth of narrow canyons cut through the soft sandstone by the Virgin River. In places, the deep canyons are barely 40 feet wide. Zion's complexion changes with the seasons, from the cascades of snowmelt pouring over cliff walls in spring, to the lush green and colorful wildflowers of early summer, to the technicolor wonder of autumn—and the deep snow covered winter silence.
Click here for more information about Zion National Park
This majestic chasm of vermillion cliffs, purple abysses, golden temples and rushing waters ranks among the most astonishing landscapes on earth. The reaction of people when they look over the Canyon's edge runs from fear to awe to reverie to delight. Designated a national park on February 26, 1919, the Grand Canyon is one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World. Since only about 10% of the Grand Canyon's annual 4 million visitors come to the North Rim, this side is far less congested than its southern counterpart. The Grand Canyon North Rim averages 1,000 to 1,500 feet higher that the South Rim, offering spectacular views from several easily accessible points, including Cape Royal (7,685 ft. elevation), Point Imperial (8,803 ft. elevation) and Bright Angel Point (8,255 ft. elevation). Bright Angel is also the location of the historic Grand Canyon Lodge and North Rim Visitor Center.
Snow Canyon State Park is a 7,400-acre scenic park quietly tucked amid lava flows and soaring sandstone cliffs in a strikingly colorful and fragile desert environment. Majestic views and the subtle interplay of light, shadow, and color dancing across canyon walls evoke strong emotional responses from visitors. Transported by wind more than 183 million years ago, tiny grains of quartzite sand covered much of what we now call Utah. These sand dunes, up to 2,500 feet thick, eventually were cemented into stone. Burnt orange to creamy white in color, Navajo sandstone, the predominant rock in the park, is what remains of the ancient desert sand sea. Over time, water has cut and shaped the sandstone to form canyons. Approximately 1.4 million years ago, and as recently as 27,000 years ago, nearby cinder cones erupted, causing lava to flow down these canyons, filling them with basalt.
Get ready for a desert adventure like no other as you experience Southern Utah's scenic backcountry up close and personal on an Razor Quad Runner. Explore this unique landscape within site of the majestic formations of Zion National Park and close to our base in St. George Utah.
Experienced guides take you on an adventure of a lifetime; all are ASI Certified and are extremely knowledgeable in local history as well as geography. The Razors are the easiest and safest to operate, even riders with no prior experience can operate. Machines have automatic transmissions so you don’t have to worry about shifting, just enjoy the ride. Minimum age for the Razors is 6 and up. We drive in and around gorgeous red rock monuments highlighted by orange sand and intense blue skys as we watch for hawks, eagles, and other raptors as they search for prey on the desert floor, perfect of all ages!
"The Kosher X Tour of Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon is a perfect tour for those who want to see these fantastic places and not bother with the hassle of carrying packaged kosher food and doing many, many hours of tedious driving. One can do them yourself, but the convenience of having hot fresh, delicious food cooked on site as well as a daily minyan is worth the extra cost if manageable. The parks are definitely worth seeing and are awesome. The tour’s naturalist and guide is exceptional, informative and entertaining. The food is very good, plentiful and varied. The single hotel which serves as base camp is excellent as well, with clean modern rooms and free Wi-Fi. The tour gets its own dining room, davening area and kitchen which the caterer kashers. A first class touring bus with bathroom makes the 1 to 3 hour daily trips pleasant. The last day which involves desert jeeping is loads of fun and was done by young and old with gusto. The trip ends with a night at a first class Las Vegas hotel and dinner in a kosher restaurant. The organizers don’t scrimp and provide your money’s worth. People who can walk several blocks at a time will get the most out of the trip. There are both light and more challenging trails, each with its own guide. This was an enjoyable and memorable experience.
June 3-8 2018
Custom group tour dates available year-round
Activities include, naturalist guided moderate hiking, scenic & wildlife motorized safaris, guided river tour, and interactive evening lectures and activities.
Activities are moderate. Participants must be able to walk on various type of terrain.
Air: Participants will fly into and out of Las Vegas International airport.
Price is per person based on double occupancy. based on final number of participants.
3rd & 4th in room: $2490pp
Single supplement: $690
*Please note pricing is subject to change.
Shabbat pre or post extension Las Vegas:
For more information about pre or post stays in Las Vegas please visit the Young Israel Aish Las Vegas website (clik here). Here you will find information about Shabbat with the community, local hotels and kosher food options. Guests have the option of staying at the hotel next door to the shul (about 5 miles off the main Las Vegas strip) or if interested in hotels on the strip there are local kosher resturaunts that can deliver kosher food to your room.
Price includes: Lodging, full time Kosher Expeditions guides / naturalist, daily transfers to activities, all activities listed above, all Glatt kosher meals cooked fresh on-site under strict supervision.Price does not include: Airfare, optional tours, airport transfers to and from your Las Vegas hotel.
*Gratuities: $60 per person will be invoiced to your account that will cover all guides and drivers.
Air Travel: Please note airfare is not included in the price of your tour. Participants will fly into Las Vegas International airport. A designated airport meeting point will be relayed to all participants for the start of the tour. We depart Las Vegas at 1:00pm.
*Custom group departures for 30+ participants available year round.
Dining & Kashurt
Malcolm Green is the scion of three generations of catering professionals. When he was just 20 years old he was running an 80 bedroomed kosher oceanfront hotel on the south coast of England. He then ran his own catering company in the U.K. until he made Aliyah in 1983 eventually becoming the doyen of Anglo-Saxon caterers operating in Israel. He then became the "world's leading glatt kosher destination wedding specialist" with the founding of Kosher Services Worldwide. He has also catered on over 50 glatt kosher cruises ranging from Antarctica, Africa, the Far East, Europe and Alaska. On his journeys he has absorbed the cuisines of all the countries he has visited and tries to bring these into the menus he prepares. He holds Kashrut license in the U.K. with the KLBD. Malcolm has become one of the world’s leading kosher caterers. All daily kosher meals will be freshly prepared in our own on site kosher kitchen and served in our private dedicated meeting space. For more information you may contact Malcolm Green directly at firstname.lastname@example.org