Safe Traveling Tips, Guidelines, & Procedures

Your Safety Is Our Top Priority

The safety of our riders will always be our number one priority. We take into account all facets of safety as well. This includes the quality of our vehicle, the cleanliness of the interior, and even your comfortability. The reason we include comfort is because we know that when you feel comfortable you can relax more. That feeling allows you to be more at ease and therefore, more safe.

The intention of this information is not to lecture or command. Rather, to educate and provide viable options for you, our riders. Know that every decision we make we do so with you in mind. The following content has been created so that you may be able to return and reference the website.

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Tips For Safe Travel

Since you are not operating the vehicle that you’ll be riding in, safety doesn’t look like it traditionally does in transportation. Here are few good tips to consider when traveling with Salt Lake Express:

  1. Make sure that you know and understand your route. This will provide an layer of safety that isn’t seen, but felt. Knowing where you’re going and what stops are made along your route adds a level of assurance and confidence in travel.
  2. Be mindful and aware of your own health. If there’s a positive thing that came out of the pandemic, it’s that we might be more considerate of our own health and how it can impact those around us. While you are no longer required to wear a mask or face covering on public transportation anymore, it’s good to protect others if you do feel under the weather. Our riders are welcome to continue to wear masks if they feel more comfortable doing so.
  3. Listen. Always listen to your bus driver when it comes to safety. Our drivers are well-trained and knowledgeable. They know the best and safest procedures and guidelines to follow when transporting groups of people on the road.

How We’re Ensuring Safe Travel

Our latest campaign, titled Nicer, Newer, Friendlier, Cleaner, emphasizes all the ways that we are going above and beyond when it comes to taking care of you and our vehicles. We have only produced the first two videos so far, but you can learn more by watching them below.

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Guidelines & Logistical Procedures

Departure Times for Shuttle Locations

We suggest that you be at the departure location 10-15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. We reserve the right to depart locations on time to avoid shuttle delays.

Allow Enough Time at the Airport

Airports and airlines request that you be at the airport 2 hours before your scheduled departure time for domestic flights and 2-3 hours for flights outside the United States. This suggested time allowance will vary with time of day, season, weather and airport security level. You may need more time during peak travel periods. Airlines reserve the right to close the doors to the aircraft up to 20 minutes prior to their scheduled departure. The airlines departure time means DEPARTURE TIME – not boarding time.

After everyone has boarded the aircraft, it requires another 15 minutes before they finish their checks and depart. Part of the airlines concern is that you allow enough time to get to the airport. You must also take into account possible shuttle delays. We strive hard to be on-time, and are always looking at ways to maintain a good “on-time record,” however, there are many things that can delay the shuttle. (See “Terms & Conditions” – #18) Salt Lake Express cannot guarantee any times any more than the airlines are able to guarantee times. Nearly all missed flights have resulted when passengers have allowed less than one (1) hour at the airport. Be a smart traveler by allowing enough time.

Shuttle Luggage Space

We plan on a reasonable amount of luggage on each shuttle. If you will have more than two (2) suitcases and a carry on, you need to call the office to make sure we will have room. If you show up with more than this, we will accept it on a space available basis. Also, you may be charged $10.00 per suitcase or box over the two (2) suitcases allowed.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off at Other Locations

If you desire to make a reservation to/from a location that is not listed on the website, please call the office to make sure it is available. To help keep our shuttles “on time” we need to manage “extra stops.” Also, there is an additional stop charge for any stop that is not listed and this charge may vary. If you make your reservation online and put in the notes that you want a different stop, that request will not be honored until you contact the office, make arrangements, and pay any additional fee.

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Proactive. Not Reactive.

Here at Salt Lake Express, we’ve been keeping things fresh since 1993. We truly believe in being proactive instead of reactive. It’s not enough to just get by, we are always aiming to provide the safest, best, and most comfortable experience for our riders. As you might have guessed by now, our next highlight of our 2022 theme is newer.

Newer Means Safer & Nicer

As we previously stated, we take the proactive approach as opposed to the reactive one. We don’t wait for a bus to deprecate in any way before we replace it. Instead, we regularly update our buses with new models better suited for your safety and comfort. These changes can help make even the longest trips more enjoyable. We’re looking at all you travel warriors who make the trip from Great Falls, MT all the way to Las Vegas, NV!

Did you know that we’re in the top 3% of transportation providers when it comes to vehicle maintenance. We pride ourselves on taking care of our fleet so it can take care of you, our riders. Our responsibility as transportation providers is one we take extremely seriously, and the safety of our customers has always been our top priority. We feel like one of the best ways to ensure rider safety is by making sure our equipment and buses are updated and newer that a lot of the competition.

New You Can Notice

From full buses and vans all the way down to upholstery and tires, we are always making an effort to make everything newer. Our drivers, mechanics, and maintenance staff all take pride in what they do and are regularly reviewed and re-certified. The little things matter here at Salt Lake Express, and we believe you’ll notice.

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Catch a bus to Las Vegas for its amazing weather.

7 Reasons to Take a Bus to Las Vegas Right Now

True story: While penning this article, the writer has a weekend trip planned that may or may not be canceled due to weather conditions. It’s times like these that he asks himself, “Why not just catch a bus to Las Vegas?”

Winter/early spring are great times to go to Las Vegas. Not only is the weather probably better than wherever you are, but the food, entertainment, and education options don’t slow down during this time of year. There is always a good show to catch. The food is always superb. And the visual impact of seeing the lights of Las Vegas, whether for the first or fortieth time, never ceases to take your breath away.

If you’re looking for an excuse to take a bus to Las Vegas and enjoy a weekend or week getaway, you don’t have to look far. And today, for your benefit, we hope to capture the essence and wonder of the entertainment capital of the world.

Catch a bus to Las Vegas if you've never been before.

1. You’ve Never Been

First and foremost, a word for those who perhaps have never been to fabulous Las Vegas: go. At least once in your life, you should make the trip and see this famous city for yourself. Visually, it is a spectacle. When approaching southbound on I-15 by night, the lights illuminate the whole desert. As for dining and entertainment options, well, you just keep reading. There’s so much more to do in Las Vegas than look at it.

When you catch a Salt Lake Express bus to Las Vegas for the first time, whether from St. George, UT or Great Falls, MT, you are preparing yourself for a trip full of spectacle, wonder, and nearly endless entertainment. Take a look at what there is to do.

2. The Slots

Catch a bus to Las Vegas to play the slots.

The beepboop, and (if you’re lucky) ka-ching! of slot machines has become synonymous with the Las Vegas experience. And though Salt Lake Express doesn’t necessarily condone gambling, if you’re hopping on a bus to Las Vegas, you’re more than likely going to wander near the slots.

So while you’re at it, there’s comparatively little harm in bringing along a roll of quarters, dimes, nickels, or even pennies to try out the respective slots. Rusty Griswold won four sports cars in four tries, and though we can with absolute certainty guarantee that won’t happen to you, a feeble hope for a similar outcome is part of the Vegas experience.

But remember, there is a ton more to do in Vegas than just sit expectantly at the penny slots. What, exactly, is there else to do in Vegas besides gamble? Scroll on, friend.

3. The Shows

Besides hitting up the casino, besides patrolling the Strip, one of the most iconic things about Las Vegas is its shows. There’s never a shortage of fantastic shows and spectacles at any time of the year. And it’s only a short trip on a bus to Las Vegas away.

Vegas! The Show

If you want to get the Vegas experience all in one night, you definitely don’t want to miss “Vegas! The Show.” This world-famous Saxe Theater show portrays all the glitter and glam in a highly-praised Broadway-style production every night of the week. With nightly showings at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., this is the perfect Strip pit stop. Get your tickets here.

Cirque du Soleil

Believe it or not, Cirque du Soleil offers six fantastic shows in Vegas. Each show is independently unique of another, however, they are all equally incredible. Their shows include “O”, which showcases high-flying acrobats and awe-inspiring stunts taking place in, around, and above water. If you’re a fan of the late Michael Jackson, the show “Michael Jackson ONE” has high-energy, electrifying performances that revolve around the King of Pop. Another for music fans is “The Beatles Love”, which tells an amazing story through time to the soundtrack of the legendary English band.

“Mystère” is a beautifully imagined show and is certainly a fan favorite as the first Cirque production to open in Vegas. The technically advanced “KÀ” has to be one of the most immersive shows you’ll ever see as it explores themes of family, war, and good vs. evil. And lastly, there’s the brand new Mad Apple at New York-New York opening May 2022! Don’t miss out!

Purple Reign

This award-winning tribute show to the Purple One himself is a must-see for Prince fans die-hard and casual alike. Long recognized as the world’s number one Prince tribute, “Purple Reign” was the first impersonator/tribute musical act to appear on David Letterman (in 2008) and has been making waves ever since.

Not familiar with the late artist’s music or legacy? Let your in-the-know friends take you and introduce you to the purple corner of the pop music world. What’s the deal with the purple, you say? You have so much to learn. Start by getting more info on this incredible show.

*Must be 16 years or older to attend this event.

Blue Man Group

Catch a bus to Las Vegas to see the Blue Man Group.

Though not specific to the entertainment capital of the world, the Blue Man Group show encapsulates Las Vegas perfectly. Spectacle, music, and laughter abound at this electrifying performance, which entertains like baldness, body paint, and lots of BLUE never have before. And look closely, you might see Tobias Fünke trying to sneak in a live audition.

The blue trio may not be exclusive to Vegas, but they do have their own theater: the state-of-the-art Blue Man Theater at Luxor Hotel and Casino. This is definitely one to keep at the top of the list as you plan your trip to stroll The Strip.

4. The Food

Catch a bus to Las Vegas to experience the delicious food.

Face it, we all need to eat on our big day out in Las Vegas. Do us but especially yourself a favor: avoid fast food. You can get it anywhere. While you’re in Las Vegas, don’t you want your once-in-a-lifetime experience to extend to gastronomy? Yeah, you do.

The problem is, there are so many restaurants to eat at. It all depends on your taste, or what you’re in the mood for, or what your spouse is in the mood for. We’ve got you covered. Be sure to check out our list of the top places to eat in Las Vegas for an authoritative reference — “authoritative” because of our huge love of food.

Other top-rated restaurants we may not have mentioned for the sake of brevity: Yardbird, Gangnam Asian BBQ, Tacos El Gordo, and Joe’s. But seriously, there are a ton. Or check out one of a large number of buffets to get a little more bang for your buck.

5. The Climate

Catch a bus to Las Vegas for its amazing weather.

As your guide sits here blogging from the bitter cold of Idaho in March, the current temperature in Las Vegas is 72°F. This weekend, it will be sunny in the mid-70’s. Summer may be a different story, but perhaps there’s no better reason to hop a bus to Las Vegas right now than for its climate.

Close your eyes. Let every movie, retro photo, and stereotype dictate your vision of Las Vegas. You’re probably seeing lots of pink, neon, flamingos, slot machines, red carpet, Wayne Newton, and, oh yeah, palm trees. Palm trees, blue skies, short sleeves, and sun. This is probably a good time to drop the link to purchase your ticket.

6. The Museums

When Las Vegas comes up, casinos, glamorous shows, and a slew of heist movies come to mind. But don’t get too busy on The Strip for the educational offerings of this luminescent city. Spanning over a century of history, they basically have a museum, exhibit, or hall of fame for everybody.

The Mob Museum

Catch a bus to Las Vegas to see the Mob Museum.

The Mob Museum is marketed as an educational program (see: field trip). But that in no way diminishes the awesomeness of this tribute to the struggle between organized crime and law enforcement. In fact, this 501(c)3 non-profit takes the matter seriously, and visitors are rewarded with “high-tech videos, one-of-a-kind artifacts and interactive exhibits.”

The mission of The Mob Museum is “to advance the public understanding of organized crime’s history and impact on American society.” And in the process, you get a highly entertaining and captivating experience that will sate the appetite of history buffs and casual tourists alike.

National Atomic Testing Museum

Las Vegas is probably the brightest, most explosive thing to hit the state of Nevada…and Nevada has seen its share of nuclear tests. You can learn all about them at one of Las Vegas’ most dynamic museums: the National Atomic Testing Museum (NATM).

The only Congressionally-mandated museum in the state, NATM is a preeminent private national museum regarding our country’s history in atomic testing. It covers over 70 years of atomic history, has rare artifacts and a nuclear reactor on display, and educates visitors on the historic Nevada Test Site.

Learn more about NATM here.

Pinball Hall of Fame

Catch a bus to Las Vegas to check out the Pinball Hall of Fame.

After the Atom Testing Museum, you’ll see me falling backward into a black wave of bumpers, wormholes, and nostalgia at the Pinball Hall of Fame. Here, you have access to 150+ pinball machines dating back as far as 1947. And guess what? You and your whole family are welcome to play any one of them! Older models are set at twenty-five cents and newer models at fifty.

The Pinball Hall of Fame, a 501c3 non-profit, is a 10,000-square foot facility designed to give people of all ages an afternoon of sweet, classic arcade bliss, all while helping a good cause. Maybe this alone is reason enough to get you on a bus to Las Vegas today, maybe not. But be sure to stop by when you do go.

7. The Ecosystem

What? Nature in and around Las Vegas? You bet. The bite of “Sin City” loses some of its edge when you take a short trip out of town to see what lies beyond. Sure, this metropolis is planted right in the middle of the desert. And certainly, you must still have some reservations about the legitimacy of this section. Hopefully, we can change your mind.

Valley of Fire State Park

The desert reputation of Las Vegas’ geography becomes its strength in the Valley of Fire State Park. Forty thousand acres of bright red sandstone complement the tan and gray limestone in this ancient and breathtaking park. This park is open year-round, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and only costs $10 for admission ($15 for out-of-staters). There is also plenty of opportunity for camping, hiking, biking, and more.

Having gone through all our suggestions of what to do in Vegas, you’ll love stopping in at this affordable, family-friendly park. With so much history, breathtaking views, and things to do, the Valley of Fire State Park carries on the Vegas tradition of spectacle. Learn more about the park here.

Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center

Catch a bus to Las Vegas to see Red Rock Canyon.

“Purple Reign” has the purple. The Blue Man Group bring the blue. What’s the missing color in the scheme? Your art teacher will remind you it’s red, and we’re here to direct you toward Red Rock Canyon, one of Las Vegas’ proudest state parks.

Red Rock Canyon boasts “something for everyone.” Sitting at nearly 200 acres within the Mojave Desert, just west of Las Vegas, this conservation area is a stunning landscape to behold. Explore the shimmering red canyons, peaks, gullies, and explore the flora and fauna via a winding labyrinth of hiking and biking trails. Learn all about Red Rock at the visitor center, and overall, just take in the quiet beauty of this area.

Check out all the many different things there are to do at Red Rock Canyon.

Desert National Wildlife Refuge

Just north of town (you’ll pass through it as you take a St. George bus to Las Vegas) lies the massive Desert National Wildlife Refuge (Desert NWR). The largest refuge outside of Alaska, Desert NWR sits at 1.6 million acres. There is plenty to see and lots to do when you pop out of town for a day at this refuge.

The refuge, first established for desert bighorn sheep, is now home to 400+ species of animal and over 500 plant species. Due to the harsh desert nature of the refuge, most mammals and reptiles are nocturnal and active at night. But there is still plenty to do: hunting, camping, hiking, photography, and more.


It’s not easy to encapsulate all the myriad activities and sights Las Vegas has to offer in a single sitting, but here we are. When you take a bus to Las Vegas, make sure you have your trip planned out. You’ll need food, a good climate, plenty of things to do, and moments of quiet reflection amongst the glamour, and Las Vegas provides all that and more.

Salt Lake Express makes it easy to start planning your trip. With multiple daily trips to the Las Vegas airport, we take you to the gateway to the most exciting city in the world. A wide array of shuttles can take you to anywhere in the city, from The Strip to your hotel, to museums, and more. But it all starts with a simple bus to Las Vegas. And we’re pleased to take you there.

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Cleaner Buses = More Comfortable Travel

Cleanliness is next to… Well, you know how it goes.

At Salt Lake Express, we take clean seriously. That’s why we’ve included it as part of our theme for 2022. We sincerely believe that the cleaner your environment is, the more comfortable you are, especially while traveling domestically and abroad. It can make the biggest difference when you are spending hours on a bus. Cleanliness offers peace of mind as well as just allowing for you to relax physically in a space that you may not be widely considered the most comfortable.

Nicer, Newer, Friendlier, CLEANER

Our theme for 2022 has sprung us into action to deliver the best possible experience for our riders. The first part that we’re focusing on is being cleaner, which we have put an extra emphasis on since March of 2020. We have always taken great pride in how clean we keep our buses, stops, and offices, but clean took on a whole new meaning once COVID entered our lives.

Now we like to show our riders just how seriously we have taken the call to clean and sanitize every part of our buses, as well as often providing you with your own sanitary wipes to clean your area for extra assurance. Our biggest hope is that you are able to see all of the ways that we’re improving the cleanliness of our buses and stops!

Going The Extra Mile

It wasn’t just enough for us to offer hand sanitizer to our riders, we needed to make it crystal clear that we have taken this very seriously. As we mentioned earlier, we have always taken immense pride in the cleanliness of our buses. However, you, our riders, may not have always been able to see the effort that we have made. Now, we’re cleaning the buses between every leg as well as at the end of each day. We wipe down and disinfect surfaces, handrails, arm rests, you name it. We also clean and buff the outside of our buses so that they always look clean and sharp.

At the end of the day, we mean it when we say that our riders are our number one priority. We have all experienced travel situations that were less than ideal making our trips uncomfortable. Our goal here at Salt Lake Express is that you never have an experience like that on one of our buses. And as always, we’re very open to feedback so we’d love to hear about your experiences, good or bad, and learn from them.

Hollywood Los Angeles

9 Iconic Travel Destinations in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is home to some of the most iconic and well-known locations in the world. It is also known for being the birthplace of some of the greatest works of art of all time. Stop by the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where you will find tribute made to famous public figures. Walk iconic streets where you will discover top-line brands and unique entertainment. Visit the beach, take pictures, and embrace a one-of-a-kind atmosphere in the great city of Los Angeles. Especially now since you can ride the Salt Lake Express to get there!

Hollywood Sign & Griffith Observatory

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The Hollywood sign has been a staple of Los Angeles since its first appearance in 1923. You will find a popular viewing destination near the Griffith Observatory, where you can take a stunning photo with the sign. Take a hike on a nearby trail where you can get a little closer to the Hollywood sign and also be able to overlook the city of LA. Be sure to stop by the Griffith Observatory, where you will find a planetarium, public telescopes, various exhibits, and a breathtaking view of Los Angeles.

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Take a walk down Hollywood Boulevard, where you will find brass stars embedded in the sidewalk. This 1.3-mile stretch of famous stars commemorates some of the most iconic actors, singers, and entertainers who have ever lived. Have a blast finding your favorites!

Rodeo Drive

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Rodeo Drive is a two-mile-long retail strip that radiates the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. With stores such as Gucci, Tiffany, Van Cleef & Arpels, and over 100 other luxury brands, Rodeo Drive is sure to give you a glimpse into the high life.

Santa Monica Pier

Constructed in 1909, the Santa Monica Pier quickly became a popular attraction for tourists throughout the world. You will find an amusement park with a carousel ride, a solar-powered Ferris wheel, and an arcade. The pier is also home to 7 restaurants, an aquarium, and various locations to fish. While walking this historic pier, keep in mind that it was in family-favorite movies such as Forrest Gump and Iron Man. This unique pier is sure to have something fun for everyone!

Santa Monica Beach

Santa Monica Beach offers the best beach experience in Los Angeles, with soft sandy beaches, great waves, and vendors offering food, drinks, and boogie board rentals. This beautiful beach has everything you could need for a perfect day on the sand.

Sunset Boulevard

Take an evening drive down the famous Sunset Boulevard, where you can experience a beautiful sunset over the pacific. After sunset, the sunset strip comes to life with music, comedy clubs, and bright lights. Have fun admiring the giant billboards that companies pay $30,000 to $100,000 or more per month for advertising.

The Getty Center

The Getty Center hosts peaceful gardens, beautiful paintings, and a delicious restaurant and café. You will also find renaissance paintings, 20th-century American photography, Baroque sculptures, historical manuscripts, and much more that will leave you in awe. The Getty Center is an attraction that you will not want to miss.

Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios is a must-stop location for every movie enthusiast. Take a 1-hour tour backstage where you will see actual props from iconic movies such as King Kong, Jaws, and War of

the Worlds. Stop by The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where you will see Hogwarts and be able to visit recognizable locations from the movie. Grab some Butterbeer and stop by Ollivanders, where you can pick out a wand and become an official wizard. Or, immerse yourself in the land of Jurassic World by bringing yourself face to face with the Indigenous rex on Jurassic World – The Ride. Around every corner, you will find entertainment, rides, and true Hollywood magic.

Los Angeles Sporting Venues

Do not miss the opportunity to see three of the most iconic basketball, football, soccer, and hockey sports venues of all time. Around the time of your visit, be on the lookout for event tickets for sale. Cheer alongside fellow fans of your favorite teams and feel the rush of being in one of the greatest stadiums in the world!

Dodgers Stadium

Located right in the heart of Los Angeles, Dodgers Stadium has been entertaining Baseball fans for over 55 years. The stadium has hosted nine world series and currently holds the largest seating capacity in Major League Baseball, with an outstanding 56,000 seats.

Staples Center

Also located in the heart of Los Angeles is the iconic Staples Center. It serves as home to some of the greatest sports teams in the country. Including the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, and the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks. The Staples Center is famous for hosting some of the most renowned events in sports history and is nothing less than a sports fans paradise.

SoFi Stadium

This impressive stadium is home to the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers of the NFL. Planes passing overhead have the opportunity to view a 14 acre TV screen embedded into the roof. It’s controlled by the most technologically advanced live control room in the world. The stadium was built from the ground up with innovation and technological achievement in mind and is the first indoor-outdoor stadium ever constructed. Depending on when you visit, VIP tour tickets are for sale on the SoFi Stadium website. Don’t miss the opportunity to tour this one-of-a-kind stadium played by some of the greatest players in football.

Rose Bowl

Built in 1921, the Rose Bowl is one of the oldest stadiums in the country. Currently, it’s the 17th largest stadium in the world, with a seating capacity of 90,888. Having hosted five Super Bowl games and the 1994 FIFA world cup, this stadium has seen some of the greatest events of all time. Do not miss out on the opportunity to see this historic landmark in sports!

If you don’t like flying or putting the miles on your vehicle, book your trip today right here!

What To Do On The Road To Elko?

Salt Lake Express now travels to Elko, Nevada! Wondering what there is to do along the way? We’ve got you covered! Let us help you plan a memorable trip that will have you going time and time again! Whether you’re traveling from Boise, Rexburg, or even Salt Lake, there’s something along the way for everyone.

Jackpot, NV

The moment you cross the border from Idaho into Nevada you’ll enter a little casino town with a population of only 1,195 people. Although small, the excitement that can be had here is not to be underestimated. Top attractions include the following:

Cactus Pete’s Resort Casino

Try your luck at one of the most popular casinos in Jackpot. Great food, drinks, and excitement can be found throughout Cactus Pete’s.

Horseshu Hotel & Casino

The Horseshu may not be the most popular destination in town, but is a perfect way to beat the crowds and still get all of the excitement that its neighbor, Cactus Pete’s Resort Casino, has to offer.

Jackpot Golf Course

Not too big into casinos? Golf your stresses away at Jackpot’s one and only golf course. This course’s challenging, yet beautiful, landscape and is a must stop for any golf enthusiast. If you’re lucky, many people have reported seeing wildlife running across the course. So be sure to keep an eye out!

Wells, NV

If you are looking for a way to relax and enjoy the outdoors then Wells is a great place for you. With breathtaking mountains, relaxing hot springs, and a beautiful lake, Wells is low-key an outdoor lover’s paradise.

Twelvemile Hot Springs

Don’t let the name of this 2-mile-in-2-mile-out hike deceive you. Grab a backpack and some water, and take a moderate hike to one of the most relaxing destinations in Wells. This popular destination can get pretty crowded so start your adventure early and claim your space at the hot springs.

Angel Lake

Get ready to visit one of the most beautiful places in Wells. With crystal clear water, abundant wildlife, a variety of small trails and amazing views from the mountain, this local gem is sure to become a personal favorite.

West Wendover, NV

Wendover is known for its luxurious casinos and high payouts. With five casinos and a total of 3,839 slot machines and 126 table games, there’s something for every casino lover. Not a huge casino fan? You can also visit the Bonneville Salt Flats that are sure to make for a memorable adventure.

Montego Bay Resort & Casino

Montego Bay is one of the most popular casinos in Wendover, and for good reason. Known for their friendly staff, clean rooms, exciting atmosphere, amazing food, and variety of games, Montego Bay is sure to make for a fun getaway.

Rainbow Casino & Hotel

Great payouts, variety of games, beautiful décor, and delicious food can all be found at Rainbow Casino & Hotel. Try your luck on one of the 890 slot machines or order some steak and lobster from the steakhouse. Take your weekend getaway to the next level by upgrading your hotel room to a mini suite, and enjoy a room equipped with a jetted hot tub for long, uninterrupted, relaxation.

Bonneville Salt Flats

Visit a unique destination frequently described as out of this world. A rest stop right off of I-80 allows you to easily access and walk on the beautiful terrain. With mountains as a backdrop, this destination is the perfect place for a stunning photo op. Stop by and make the Bonneville Salt Flats a memorable part of your trip.

Elko, NV

Elko is the largest city in the county, and continues to grow in size, population, and popularity each year. This continually changing city is known for its vast array of historical attractions, including a variety of outdoor adventures, museums and historical landmarks.

California Trail Historic Interpretive Center

This interactive museum is a fun stop for people of all ages. View and interact with life size exhibits that focus on helping you experience what it was like for the people who walked the 2,000 mile trek across the United States. Take a walk on an approximately ¾ mile hiking trail that leads to an amazing view of the Ruby mountains. Be sure to check out the California Trail Historic Interpretive Center calendar on their website to plan your visit around any special events that may be taking place.

Northeastern Nevada Museum

Take a trip to the past by stopping by the Northeastern Nevada museum. This 20,000 sqft museum covers the history and culture of early settlers of Nevada. You can expect to see exhibits featuring the art and local history of Nevada, as well as extensive wildlife habitat diagrams. The Northeastern Nevada Museum is a must stop for anyone visiting Elko!

The Star Hotel Restaurant

The Star Hotel Restaurant is a Basque restaurant known for its family style dining, rancher inspired atmosphere, and variety of comfort foods. Take a stop at a local favorite that is sure to win both the hearts, and stomachs, of you and your family.

“Go west, young man.”

Book your trip out to Elko and head west across the Utah and Nevada deserts. There’s more to do than you might think!

10 Things To Do In & Around Reno, Nevada

Get ready for 10 Things to do in and around Reno, Nevada. Thanks to the new route linking Salt Lake, UT to Reno, NV you can now experience all the fun, thrills, and excitement Reno has to offer. Looking for an exciting detour from school or work? Reno has several getaway experiences to offer.

Mt. Rose Ski Resort

If you’re itching to hit the slopes, but don’t want to make the trek to Lake Tahoe, consider heading to Mount Rose. Situated a little more than 20 miles southwest of downtown, Mount Rose is the closest ski area to Reno. And at 8,260 feet, it’s also Tahoe’s highest base resort, making for optimal ski conditions. According to recent visitors, this is a great ski area with varied terrain and friendly, knowledgeable staff.

  • Suggested Duration: Half Day to Full Day
Mt. Rose Ski Resort
Mt. Rose Ski Resort

Steamboat Hot Springs

Nevada boasts the highest concentration of natural hot springs in the United States, many located within a short drive of Reno. Remote hot springs and hot spring resorts are popular options for those seeking a more adventurous spa experience. Just a short drive outside the downtown area Steamboat Hot Springs provides a truly spa-like experience. Complete with facial treatments, massage services, as well as other traditional hot spring services.

  • Suggested Duration: 2 hours to Half Day

Casino at the Eldorado

Recent travelers still rate the Eldorado as one of the best places to gamble in Reno. It boasts 13 restaurants and bars — a point of major praise for visitors who appreciate not having to leave the casino to dine. The Eldorado Resort also features several on-site nightlife venues and hosts regular concerts.

  • Suggested Duration: 2 hours to Half Day

Lake Tahoe

If you have the opportunity to take a car out of Reno and visit Lake Tahoe, you certainly won’t regret it. This crystal-clear lake is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the country. Best known as a skiing destination in the winter but is equally exciting in the summer.

  • Suggested Duration: Full Day
Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe

Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

Constructed in 1968, the Pioneer Center is an excellent example of mid-century Populuxe architecture. This Non-profit 1,500-seat performing arts venue in the heart of downtown Reno, presents Broadway, ballet, philharmonic, and more shows to be enjoyed with you and your loved ones.

  • Suggested Duration: Show Run Time

Wilbur D. May Center

The Wilbur D. May Center is a year-round destination. It contains a museum, arboretum, and botanical garden – dedicated to preserving the legacy of Wilbur May, a Reno rancher, world traveler, and philanthropist. The museum contains a beautiful, permanent collection of rare and exotic artifacts and animals from around the world. The 20+ acre arboretum and botanical garden features beautiful plants, trees, and flowers, along with hidden groves, ponds, waterfalls, and a meditation labyrinth.

  • Suggested Duration: 1 to 2 hours

Reno Arch & City Plaza

The iconic Reno Arch is a great place to take a picture. Not far from the arch is the City Plaza which is home to two former Burning Man pieces – BELIEVE and Space Whale. With Several restaurants nearby this is a great place to walk around before or after a meal.

  • Suggested Duration: Half an hour to 1 hour

Reno’s Riverwalk

The Riverwalk is a place you can stroll free of cost any time of day. It’s a clean and pleasant reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the busier Reno area. Take your time and enjoy the downtown sights. You’ll find everything from up-and-coming establishments to a collection of galleries and restaurants. Recent visitors highly recommend this walk for those traveling with kids.

  • Suggested Duration: 2 hours to Half Day

Nevada Museum of Art

The Nevada Museum of Art is the oldest established cultural center in the state. But you wouldn’t know that by looking at it. After its 2001 renovation, this building is a fantastic example of modern architecture inspired by the landscape. The four main permanent exhibits include Altered Landscape Photography, Art of the Greater West, Contemporary Art, and the Work Ethic. Their outside exhibits boast two outdoor sculpture gardens, a suspended atrium staircase, and stunning views of the Reno skyline. This smaller museum (spanning 60,000 square feet across four levels) is perfect for exposing kids to the arts at a young age.

  • Suggested Duration: 1 to 2 hours

Animal Ark

If you’re planning a trip from the end of March to the beginning of November, consider visiting Animal Ark. Sitting on 38 acres and 25 miles north of Reno, this facility is not a zoo, but rather a safe haven for non-releasable wildlife. Visitors have the opportunity to watch the ark’s residents – which include several species of North American predators and some exotic species from other geographic areas – interact and play. Though it is a bit of a drive from Downtown Reno reviewers said it was worth the extra effort, especially if you’re traveling with young kids.

  • Suggested Duration: 2 hours to Half Day

Book your trip to Reno today and enjoy all the amenities of riding the Salt Lake Express.

Jackson Hole's famous antler arch

Jackson to Salt Lake – Explore Along the Way

We are once again expanding our route system. Even through the Covid-19 pandemic we have continued to provide excellent service. We are dedicated more than ever to provide transportation to more communities. The new route we have added connects Salt Lake City, UT to the popular mountain town of Jackson, WY. This will provide riders in Wyoming the opportunity to travel to and from Salt Lake directly instead of having to travel the longer route through Idaho Falls. The route will be operating once a day to and from Jackson to Salt Lake.

Jackson to Salt Lake near GTNP

This new route has the customary benefits you’ve come to expect from the Salt Lake Express, plus the safety precautions we are taking due to the pandemic. But don’t let these uncertain times stifle your sense of adventure. We’re excited not only for the new route from Jackson, but for all the new locations in Wyoming that it’ll serve. The new route will have stops in the following Wyoming cities: Jackson, Alpine Junction, Thayne, Afton, Kemmerer, and Evanston. The route also includes a stop in Park City, UT.

The Jackson to Salt Lake Adventure

Let’s start this adventure with the destination you’re taking this trip for, Jackson Hole, WY. Jackson has almost anything you could want from natural beauty, privacy, and tranquility to luxurious amenities, vibrant culture, and the best skiing around. Jackson is home to three ski areas: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King Mountain Resort, and Grand Targhee Resort. The Town Square features arches made of shed antlers and is surrounded by blocks of walk-able restaurants and shops. And don’t miss two famous landmarks, the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar and the Silver Dollar Bar. North of Jackson are the peaks of Grand Teton National Park, as well as vast Yellowstone National Park where you can enjoy a slower pace and enjoy the wide-open mountain valleys, and rustic, elegant décor reflecting the area’s unique heritage.

Enrich your trip experience with single day stops at breathtaking locations along the way. On your trip between Jackson and Salt Lake you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy all the amenities included at the Park City Mountain Resort in Utah. Things such as skiing and riding school, mountain dining, and equipment rentals. If it’s not winter or if skiing isn’t your speed enjoy a relaxing visit to Bear River State Park near Evanston, WY. This day-use only park, home to bison and elk herds, offers over eight miles of trails and fishing. Boating is also available depending on the river level.

Hidden Gems

Along the way you also can stop in and see the first retail location for clothing store chain JCPenney’s. Just down from the “Mother Store” is the home where James Cash Penney used to live. At the Fossil Country Frontier Museum located in Kemmerer you’ll also be able to see anything from Bootlegging Stills and Wine Presses to Hadrosaurid footprint. This museum holds several annual events so wherever you go you’ll be in for a treat.

After enjoying the first leg of your trip your next stop is in Afton, WY. Here you’ll be able to visit several natural and man-made beauties, including the World’s Largest Intermittent Spring as well as the World’s Largest Elkhorn Arch.

These attractions are just a few of the sites and wonders you can experience on the road between Jackson and Salt Lake City. So don’t be afraid to explore and experience all that this new bus route has to offer. Again, we’re excited about this new route and the locations it serves. We cannot wait for you to enjoy your next adventure with us. Book your trip today at saltlakeexpress.com

Wildlife in Yellowstone: What Can You See?

Yellowstone National Park is known worldwide for the wildlife and natural wonders it contains. Photographers wait for hours to get the perfect photograph of anything they can find. If you find yourself in the northwestern United States, why not hop onto a Salt Lake Express bus to West Yellowstone and learn why?

Here is a short list of some of the wildlife you can see!

The Gray Wolf

The gray wolf, also known as the Timber Wolf, is on the endangered species list. Though they once roamed through about two thirds of the United States, they only have populations in seven states now. Gray wolves typically weigh between 60 and 145 pounds, with size varying by gender. Females are usually smaller. They are generally about 5-7 feet long from nose to tail (the tail is usually about 2 feet long) and move in packs of up to 15 members! To learn more about gray wolves, you can visit the National Wildlife Federation’s Website.

The Grizzly Bear

The Grizzly Bear is a type of brown bear. They actually come in a wide variety of colors ranging from almost white to a dark brown. One of their more distinguishing features is the hump on their shoulders, which is where muscle connects to their backbone. Females can reach up to 800lbs while males can reach up to 1700lbs. Apparently the term “Grizzly Bear” originated because during the colder months they can be seen with the tips of their fur coated in ice. This can give them a “grizzled” or gray look. Learn more here!

The Mountain Lion

The Mountain Lion has many names. Some of the common ones are Puma, Panther and Cougar. They are located all throughout the Americas, and where they live has a profound influence on their size! Near the equator, they are much smaller, and the further north you go the larger they get. Smaller cats weigh between 64 and 115 pounds and larger cats can reach 141-220 pounds depending on gender. They are solitary creatures with wide ranges, living wherever food and shelter can be found. If you are interested, you can learn more here.

Red Fox

Red Foxes typically have red fur, with white fur across their bellies and chest. They can have gray patches, however, which sometimes causes them to be mistaken for their cousin the gray fox. The best way to tell the difference is to check the tail: gray foxes have a black tipped tails and red foxes have white tipped tails. Red foxes prefer to eat rabbits and mice, but are efficient scavengers when necessary. Their hearing is so good they can hear mice and other rodents digging underground! Click here to learn more!

Coyote

Coyotes are close cousins to wolves and are some of the most common wild canines in North America. They are rated as being of least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Coyotes weigh between 15 and 44 pounds, and mostly feed on bison, deer, moose, elk and other large herbivores, though they will hunt and eat smaller game when they can. They have been known to stalk and attack humans from time to time, though this has only resulted in 2 known deaths and 130 injuries in the last 30 years, mostly in California where humans are encroaching on their habitat.

River Otter

River otters are highly social, playful animals. They live in families, usually a female and her offspring, or a group of males. Otters like to eat fish, which they hunt by hiding and ambushing them. They also eat insects, birds and some frogs and lizards. Otters have have few water predators, but on land they are hunted by everything from bobcats to grizzly bears. They are not considered endangered or at risk. If you want to know more about otters, here is a good place to start.

American Buffalo

American Buffalo are commonly called Bison. They can stand up to 6 feet tall and weigh upwards of 900 pounds. They live about 20 years when not raised in captivity, that’s why we love seeing them free in Yellowstone. Bison are identifiable by the hump on their back and their shaggy brown fur, They often grow beards and and the fur on their front is longer than the fur towards their rump. The eat constantly, and often do so even while on the move. Find more information about Bison here.

Yellowstone Elk

There are between 10,000 and 20,000 Elk in Yellowstone at any given time. They are the most populous hooved animal in the park. Each elk weighs between 500 and 700 pounds. Males grow antlers which have on average 6 tines or points. They use them to establish dominance over other males during mating, or “rutting”, season. The word elk originated with European settlers. The closest thing they had seen to an elk was a Moose, and so they used their name for moose. European still use the term Elk to refer to Moose, and this causes some confusion among European visitors.

Moose

Moose are the largest members of the deer family. They stand 6 feet tall and weigh up to 1,000 pounds. Because Moose are so tall, they have a hard time bending over to eat grass. Instead, they eat twigs and leaves. The word “moose” was the Algonquin word meaning “eaters of twigs”. Interestingly, each of their hairs is hollow, which allows the them to act as insulation in the winter. Unlike females, males grow horns in the spring for use during mating season in the fall. The antlers can grow to up to 6 feet and are used to fight other bulls for territory or mates. To find out more about moose in Yellowstone, go here!

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep are compact animals, with thickly bunched musculature. They are well adapted to living in steep places such as slopes and mountainsides. Typically, bighorn sheep are white and males can be distinguished by their large curved horns, which weigh up to 30 pounds. They can weigh between 160 and 350 pounds, and stand around 40 inches (3′ 4″) high. They have been on the endangered species list, but made a recovery. There are still efforts to continue protecting them. Read here for more.

Mule Deer

Mule deer get their name from their large ears, which reminded settlers of a mule. Their other defining feature is the “mask” on their face. Mule deer range between 3 and 3.5 feet tall and 4 to 7 feet long. They usually weigh between 130 and 280 pounds. They are actually very picky eaters: they will eat only the most nutritious foods. This means they have more robust requirements for foraging and fewer places to live.

Pronghorn Antelope

Pronghorn Antelope are easily identifiable by their horns, as shown in the picture above. They are remarkably agile, and can reach speeds of nearly 60 miles per hour. Pronghorns also have excellent vision, which allows them to spot predators from further away on their long migrations. They will eat grasses shrubs and most other greenery, and they seldom drink water since they get all the water they need from the plants they eat. If you’d like to know more, go here.

White Tailed Deer

White Tailed Deer are the smallest member of the deer family. They live throughout most of the Rocky Mountains, Arizona and most of Mexico. White Tailed Deer stand almost 3 feet tall and can weigh up to 300 pounds. Males grow antlers as seen in the photograph above and when frightened they raise their tail to signal other deer that danger is near by. More information on White Tailed Deer can be found here.

Beaver

The American Beaver is the largest rodent in America. The distinguishing feature of the beaver is it’s long flat tail, which it uses to navigate more easily in the water. It also uses its tail to raise the alarm when there is danger by slapping the water. The Beaver builds dams by chewing down trees or chewing through branches to build their homes. Their teeth are always growing, so chewing on trees prevents their teeth from getting too long. Find out more here!

Chipmunks

Chipmunks are rodents that can often be seen playing, fighting for food and generally scampering around the Yellowstone area. They are small and striped, and they hoard food in preparation for winter. This makes them an important part of the ecosystem because it moves seeds around for plants and trees. They are also an important source of food for predators, such as foxes and coyotes. Information on Chipmunks can be found here.

Yellow Bellied Marmots

Yellow bellied marmots are also called Rock Chucks and are a member of the ground squirrel family. They are found across the mountainous areas of Canada and the Western United States. Marmots are typically brown in color and weigh about 11 pounds. They are very common and not considered to be under threat. They like to poke their heads out of their burrows and look at anything they are curious about that might be passing by. If you’d like to learn more this is a good place to start.

Red Squirrels

While Red Squirrels may be very common they are also very cute! The are another animal that hoards nuts and berries leading up to the winter months and are therefore important for the life cycles of trees and other plants. They also serve as prey for most ground predators and even some larger birds. They can be fearless around humans when they live in cities and towns, and their habitat crosses readily into areas with large human populations. For more information about squirrels, here is a good place to start.

Bats

Yellowstone is home to 13 varieties of bats, and all eat insects and are active at night. Unfortunately, due to a fungal infection, many of the bats populations are falling. Several species of bats have become extinct, and the other cannot recover quickly because they raise only 1 pup per female per year. If you see a bat, don’t be scared! Instead, thank them for controlling the insect population and leave it in peace so the population can rise. To learn more about bats, you can go here or here.

While this may seem like an extensive list, there are many more animals to see in Yellowstone Park! Go to Yellowstone National Park’s Website to learn more.

St. George Express Is Now Salt Lake Express

St. George Express is now Salt Lake Express

We decided to consolidate our two brands under one name. Moving forward there will no longer be the southern Utah-branded St. George Express, rather, everything will fall under our main name of Salt Lake Express.

There will be no changes in routes, schedules, or the booking system. Everything will continue to operate as it always has.

“Our riders will only experience two differences with this change,” said Jacob Price, owner of Salt Lake Express. “They will ride on a bus that says Salt Lake Express instead of St. George Express and they will experience even better customer service than before. We are more committed than ever to provide our riders with top tier service, especially during this complicated time.”

The pandemic has been tough on the the travel industry, which is why we wanted to hit the road running. As we reintroduce our brand to the southern Utah and Las Vegas communities we want to emphasize our commitment to providing the best possible customer service and most flexible routes and schedules.

We will host a grand reopening event that will take place in early October at our St. George office (805 S. Bluff St., St. George, UT 84790). Community members are encouraged to stop by and enjoy complimentary refreshments as well as guaranteed discounts on future bus fares.

As a company, Salt Lake Express operates routes all around St. George, as far south as Las Vegas, NV, and as far north as Great Falls, MT. We travel heavily along the I-15 corridor as well as I-86 and I-84 between southeast Idaho and Boise, ID. Offering routes to many getaway destinations including Jackson, WY, Sun Valley, ID, and of course St. George, UT and Las Vegas, NV.

For more information about the new name or the company contact Lisa Young at 800-356-9796 ext. 6145 or at lisa.young@saltlakeexpress.com. If you’re interested in booking a trip visit saltlakeexpress.com or call 800-356-9796.

Read the official press release HERE.