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Where do we meet the morning of the tour?
Our van will stop at 4 pickup points along the Las Vegas Strip. If you are staying at another location, choose the pickup point nearest your hotel. The pickups and times are as follows:
#1) 6:00AM at Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Entrance
#2) 6:15AM at Treasure Island Buccaneer Bay Blvd.
#3) 6:30AM at Stratosphere Tour Entrance
#4) 6:45AM at USA Hostel on Fremont (side street)

What time will we get back?
Return to the Las Vegas Strip hotel locations is roughly 7PM PCT on the last day of your trip.

What is included during the trip?
Trips are all inclusive. Round trip transportation to and from the Las Vegas Strip, along with all in-park transfers and fees, is included. Desert Adventures provides all camping equipment, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, tents, kitchen utensils, and cooking equipment. You will get personalized service and freshly prepared meals. You just need to be ready to explore the amazing landscape, and we will do the rest.

Do you offer any discounts for children (or other)?
Children age 10-14 years receive a $50 dollar discount per person on all guided multi-day trips. All other guided day tours are $10 discount.

Is there a minimum age requirement?
Yes. To make the most of our trip, we rise early and retire late. Young children sometimes struggle with the lengthy days, and long drives. For the enjoyment of everyone on the multi-day canyon trips, we ask that children be at least 10 years of age, or older.

What kind of experience do your guides have?
Our guides have years of experience in the outdoors; both personally and professionally. They possess a vast knowledge of the areas we visit, the trails, the wildlife, the plants, and weather patterns. Before they can become lead guides, they must undergo strict training programs which prepare them to manage groups, make good decisions, and handle emergencies. CPR and First Aid training, as well as Wilderness First Aid or First Responder is standard, and we carry satellite radios and/or cell phones at all times.

Is there white water rafting?
On the Zion Express and Canyon Escape trips, you can tube in the Virgin River, but there is no rafting. If you opt for the 4-day Grand Circle, we add an extra day for whitewater rafting activities.

What should I bring/wear?
Take a look at our packing list section, for a complete outline of items to bring on the Grand Circle.  If you have questions, don't hesitate to call our office. We will be happy to answer any questions you have about clothing, hiking boots, sleeping bag ratings, etc.

Do you supply alcohol? May we bring our own?
We do not supply alcohol (nor is it allowed during activities), however you may bring your own for dinner, or the campfire. You will have an opportunity to purchase last minute snacks, beer, or wine before heading to camp, so if this interests you bring some spending cash.

When should I make a reservation?
Space is limited, so you should make your reservations as early as possible. Please call our friendly reservation staff to check availability.

Are there minimum participant requirements?
Yes. Our minimum per trip is 2 people.

How much should I tip my guide?
Your guides work very hard to make sure your experience is rewarding and memorable. They often spend hours preparing before your trip to ensure your comfort and physical needs are met. During a trip, your guide is constantly on the lookout to minimize risks and maximize enjoyment. They appreciate your verbal praise and thanks, as well as monetary gratuities. Any cash tips can be given to the guide at the end of the trip. Gratuities generally range between 10%-20% of the total trip price, at your discretion.

Should I buy travel insurance?
If you are concerned about the possibility of having to cancel, we strongly suggest you purchase trip cancellation insurance to protect your vacation investment. Our cancellation policy will apply in every instance, with no exceptions for any reason. Desert Adventures is not responsible for any expenses incurred due to travel delays, flight cancellations, or illness. Desert Adventures assumes no financial responsibility for personal injury, emergency evacuation, or equipment lost or damaged in any way. Desert Adventures cannot be responsible for the cost of lodging or accomodations in the event of a trip cancellation.

What if I have to cancel?
We have a 14 day cancellation policy. Cancellations made within 14 days are subject to partial refunds. Absolutely no refunds will be issued for cancellations within 48 hours. If you must reschedule, we require 48 hours notice and rescheduling fees will apply. Desert Adventures will not issue any refund for leaving a trip early, or for late arrivals. Trips run rain or shine. Desert Adventures reserves the right to cancel trips due to weather or unsafe conditions. In this case, we will reschedule, issue a credit, or refund money, depending on individual circumstances. For more information see our Payment & Cancellation Policies section, or call our offices.

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