USA National Parks Vegan Adventure 2021

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USA National Parks Vegan Adventure May 16-21, 2021 
Explore the Diverse Symphony of Forest, Desert, Plateau and Canyon 
With VCC Adventures  

Celebration of Everything Vegan in  
the World’s Most Beautiful Natural Playground 

Zion, Bryce, Snow Canyon, Grand Canyon & Best Friends Animal Sanctuary 

Hosted by Fat Gay Vegan blogger, Sean O’Callaghan, featuring Special Guests with Geologist & Historian Darrell McMahon 

VCC Adventures showcases our land-only-based adventures for vegan and vegan-curious travelers looking to enjoy a 100% plant-based adventure holiday filled to the brim exciting exploration coupled with our signature delicious vegan cuisine.  With exciting itineraries taking in some of the most beautiful, fun-filled destinations on the planet, VCC Adventures is the perfect vacation for compassionate travelers looking to get the most out of a vegan travel experience.   

THE JOURNEY 

Nature set Bryce Canyon, Zion, and the Grand Canyon ablaze with copper-hued chasms and theatrical formations. Explore the diverse symphony of forest, desert, plateau, and canyon in this spectacular combination of National Parks. No postcard could 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 the USA‘s Southwestknown as Color Country, with travel experts VCC Adventures. 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. This enormous geological playground features 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 and hiking tours, outdoor nature and wildlife lecture series, vegan inspired evening programming, and a special behind the scenes day and actives at the world-famous Best Friends Sanctuary.  

THE PROGRAM 

Our exclusive VCC Adventures tour program is perfect for every activity and ability level. On touring days clients can choose from two 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! 

Special Guests: Sean O’Callaghan of Fat Gay Vegan oversees a unique line up of special guests. These experts and personalities from the vegan world will be on hand to regale guests via up close and personal storytellingQ&A sessions, and insights into everything plant-basedThese special guest sessions are unique to VCC Adventures and will conveniently take place during our bus trips, making our time on the road fun, informative, and engaging. 

Vegan Cuisine: Our VCC Adventures staff bring to you our 100% plant-based signature vegan dining experience all from our very own on-site private kitchen and meeting dining facility, all included for the duration of your tour. Just as we do on all Vegan Culinary Cruises and VCC Lite journeys, our culinary team ensure the highest standards of vegan cuisine. All products are specially sourced, and our menus are created to be fun, unique, nutritious, and delicious. 

Accommodations:  We are based at our hotel in St George, Utah for the duration of the stay so there is no need to pack and unpackSt. George is the perfect location, centrally located for all nearby National Parks. We will enjoy our own beautiful private meeting space for all meals and programming. 

Itinerary
Day 1 (Sunday May 16): Optional Las Vegas Pick-up – St. George UT, Snow Canyon
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. 

12:30pm: Optional pick up Las Vegas International Airport – depart to St. George, UT  
2:00pm: Arrive St. George UT, hotel check-in 
3:30pm: Snow Canyon hike and national park geological program / intro to the National Parks 
7:00pm: Dinner 
8:00pm: Orientation & Introduction to the National Parks lecture 

 

Day 2 (Monday May 17): Hiking & Exploring 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 not just 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. 

 

7:00am: Breakfast 
8:00am: Depart for Zion National Park (Approximately 1-hour drive)  
*Bus ride will include National Park lectures from our naturalists, special guests, and video presentations 
9:00am: Arrive in Zions/Hiking 
*Zion hiking program will be divided by ability level all led by our guide/naturalists  
Sample Hikes: Scouts Lookout, Emerald Pools  
12:30pm: Lunch in the field 
1:00am: Park Hike 
4:30pm: Depart for St. George 
5:30pm: Arrive at hotel, free time to enjoy the pool and facilities 
6:30pm: Dinner 
7:30pm: Evening program 

Day 3 (Tuesday May 18): Bryce 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 a canyon but the eastern slope of the Paunsaugunt 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. 

 

7:00am: Breakfast 
8:00am: Depart for Bryce National Park (Approximately 3-hour drive) 
*Bus ride will include National Park lectures from our naturalists, special guests, and video presentations 
11:00am: Begin hike of Bryce Canyon with stop for lunch in the field.   
Sample Hikes: Navajo Loop, Queens Garden & Sunrise Point. 
2:30pm: Stop at Ruby’s for shopping before return to St. George 
3:00pm Depart for St. George 
6:00pm Arrive in St. George 
7:00pm Dinner 
8:00pm: Evening program 

Day 4 (Wednesday May 19): Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Angel Canyon Hike
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary “Save Them All”: This is no ordinary experience. This is no roadside diversion. This is Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, a lifesaving haven for hundreds of adoptable animals, nestled in between the sprawling red rocks of Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. Lengthen your leash and experience with us the nature and nurture of the largest sanctuary of its kind in America.   Anyone who visits the Sanctuary will tell you there’s just something special about this place. On any given day about 1,600 animals call Best Friends Animal Sanctuary a home-between-homes. Dogs, cats, bunnies, birds, horses, pigs, and other animals come here from all over the country, each one seeking a haven where they can find refuge, love, and acceptance.  Every inch of the Sanctuary — from the majestic red rocks to the spacious animal communities — is filled with hope and kindness shown by caregivers, thousands of volunteers, and so many compassionate people like you.  There truly is no place else on earth like Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Join VCC Adventures to experience the magic for yourself. 

 

8:00am: Breakfast 
9:00am: Depart hotel to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary 
10:30am: Best Friends animal Sanctuary program 
12:30pm: Lunch in the field 
3:30pm Depart for hotel/St. George 
5:00pm Arrive at hotel 
6:00pm Dinner 
7:30pm: Private Trampoline Park Experience 
9:30pm: Depart for hotel

Day 5 (Thursday May 20): Grand Canyon National Park - North Rim
Unique combinations of geologic color and erosional forms decorate a canyon that is 277 river miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep. Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size.  The North Rim offers a serene and enthralling Grand Canyon experience. It is more remote and less developed than the South Rim, therefore it attracts far fewer tourists. Many people think its viewpoints are the most spectacular, since they are located at a higher elevation.  The North Rim fits nicely into a multi-park tour that also includes Zion and Bryce.  The North Rim forms the edge of the Kaibab Plateau, with elevation ranging from 8,000-8,800 feet above sea level. Access is via Highway 67, through a majestic conifer forest and past scenic Jacob Lake. The drive is beautiful, even before you reach the National Park. Your first stop should be at the visitor center where you can orient yourself and enjoy one of the most spectacular views in the world. 

 

7:00am: Breakfast 
8:00am: Depart for Grand Canyon 
*Bus ride will include National Park lectures from our naturalists, special guests, and video presentations 
11:00am: Arrive Grand Canyon, begin hike of the North Rim 
Sample Hikes: North Kaibab Trail, Bright Angel Point, Uncle Jim Trail 
12:30pm: Lunch in the field 
2:30pm: Depart Grand Canyon 
5:30pm: Arrive St. George 
7:00pm Dinner 
8:00pm: Evening program

Day 6 (Friday May 21): Depart (B)

9:00am: Breakfast 
10:30am: Optional transfers to Las Vegas 

from $1950 pp/db USD 6
days

May 16-21, 2021

Rates 

Schedule

Day 1 (Sunday May 16): Optional Las Vegas Pick-up – St. George UT, Snow Canyon
Day 2 (Monday May 17): Hiking & Exploring Zion National Park
Day 3 (Tuesday May 18): Bryce National Park
Day 4 (Wednesday May 19): Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Angel Canyon Hike
Day 5 (Thursday May 20): Grand Canyon National Park – North Rim
Day 6 (Friday May 21): Depart (B) 

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