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Program #11573RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
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Elevation Note
>8000 ft in places. Those with heart/lung conditions should consult physician before attending.

Equipment Requirements
Walking shoes or hiking boots with good traction, water bottle, rain gear, sunhat, sunscreen, sunglasses, flashlight, old tennis shoes or river sandals and hiking stick for those who hike up the stream. National Park Pass or Golden Age Pass (if you have one), for entrance into the National Parks.

Itinerary for Aug 22 — Aug 29, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Welcome to the Alexis Park All Suite Resort, one of the most exciting resorts in Las Vegas. The Alexis Park All Suite Resort is the premiere all-suite, non-gaming resort in Las Vegas. Unrivaled in its Las Vegas Strip proximity (directly across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel) the Alexis Park All Suite Resort features all the hotel amenities along with casual boutique hotel services. From the moment you arrive at this oasis in the sun, you will experience all that makes Alexis Park All Suite Resort a special place to stay. Here, you’ll love strolling through the lush courtyard gardens surrounded by winding pathways that lead you to three sparkling pools.

Contact info:
375 East Harmon Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89169 USA
phone: 702-796-3300
web: www.alexispark.com

Room amenities: The Alexis Park All Suite Resort was the first non-gaming resort property in Las Vegas. With a long history of boutique experiences and guests, the hotel has been providing quality hotel service and hosting events in Las Vegas for several decades. Guests may stroll beautifully landscaped gardens to access a variety of relaxing and stylish choices in accommodations. All Hotel Suites at the Alexis Park Las Vegas include: Two Telephone Lines; Wet Bar; Refrigerator; 32" Flat Screen with Pay Per View Movies WIFI available for $12.99 per 24 hour period, per device.

Facility amenities: The Alexis Park All Suite Las Vegas Resort is your oasis in the sun. Here, you'll enjoy walking along the lush courtyard garden pathways that lead you to our three sparkling pools. The Alexis Park All Suite Resort offers one-on-one personalized service, tropical landscaped grounds and FUN....LOTS OF IT. Resort Amenities include: Free Computer, internet, printer in lobby; Wifi for a fee in rooms; Three Sparkling Swimming Pools; Exercise Room; Alexis Gardens Restaurant; Pegasus Bar & Lounge Meeting & Banquet Service. All Guests of Alexis Park have access to Room Service, Guest Services, Free Safe Deposit Boxes and Business Center Services. Free Airport Shuttle: Leaves Hotel on the hour from 7 AM to 9 PM (except 10AM, 2PM, and 6PM on Fri, Sat and Sun), arrives at airport approximately 30 minutes later. Call Hotel once you have your luggage: 702-796-3300 or 1-800-582-2228.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $90.00 for dbl, $65 for single
Based on availability, participants can book 3 days prior to program start date and/or 3 days after program end date at contracted suite price of $90 per night double occupancy or $65 per night single occupancy.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Thursday, August 22 - Check-In/Orientation & Introductions
Afternoon: Arrivals and check-in at the hotel after 3 PM. On site registration in the hotel meeting room from 4:30 - 5:15 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel. Tea or coffee, soup or salad, Entree, vegetable, bread rolls when appropriate, etc.

Evening: After dinner, your Northern Arizona University coordinator will lead an introduction and orientation session. With your fellow participants, you will review the week's itinerary, travel arrangements, sightseeing tips, etc., and there will be a question and answer session afterward. Everyone will leave knowing what to expect!

Lodging: Alexis Park Resort

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: National Park Lodge nestled in peaceful Zion Canyon with hiking trails and spectacular views just outside your door.

Contact info:
Zion National Park
PO Box 925
Springdale, UT 84767 USA
phone: 435-772-7771
web: www.zionlodge.com

Room amenities: All rooms feature air conditioning, phones, radio alarm clocks, hairdryers, safe, TV and coffeemakers. Complimentary wireless in lobby & guestrooms.

Facility amenities: Most rooms have two queen-size beds, full bath and private porch or balcony. Some rooms do have a king-size bed. The motel rooms are equipped with a 37 inch flat-screen television with satellite reception. They are clean, comfortable and within walking distance to trails and main lodge. (Includes two accessible rooms, two ADA rooms with roll-in showers.) All rooms feature air conditioning, phones, radio alarm clocks, hairdryers and coffeemakers. Internet kiosk in the lobby, complimentary. Complimentary wireless in lobby & guestrooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Two: Friday, August 23 - Basin & Range/Zion National Park
Breakfast: Bacon or Sausage, eggs or quiche or omelette, hash browns or potatoes, bagels, toast, Fresh Sliced Fruit, Whole Fruit, Hard Boiled Eggs, yogurt, waffles, fresh baked muffins, pastries, orange and apple juice, coffee, decaf, and assorted teas.

Morning: Bring your luggage out to the coach and board the coach for the AM departure. Travel with your Northern Arizona University Naturalist/Guide who is knowledgeable and experienced in the region. While the Geology of these three Parks are important and the most obvious topics, your Naturalist/Guide will enhance your travel time with insight into the Geology, Plants and Animals, Human History and Pre-History of the of the area. Travel through the Basin and Range Province and the upper Mohave Desert, and the Virgin River Gorge, to the volcanic edge of the Colorado Plateau. En route hear a lecture on basic geology and discuss how it relates to the Color Country we are traveling through and to.

Lunch: We stop for lunch at the Majestic View Lodge in Springdale, just outside of Zion National Park.

Afternoon: Board the coach and travel to the Zion National Park entrance and the Visitor Center. The center has a large scale relief map of the park, where you can overview what you will be seeing the next day and a half. You'll enjoy a pass through the bookstore at the center as well. Afterwards, Enjoy a short walk to the Lower Emerald Pool (1.2 miles RT/69 ft. elevation change on paved but sometimes uneven or muddy sidewalk).

Dinner: Dinner in the Red Rock Grill of the Zion Lodge in Zion National Park.

Evening: After dinner there will be Ranger Presentation by a Zion National Park Ranger in the lodge auditorium.

Lodging: Zion Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: National Park Lodge nestled in peaceful Zion Canyon with hiking trails and spectacular views just outside your door.

Contact info:
Zion National Park
PO Box 925
Springdale, UT 84767 USA
phone: 435-772-7771
web: www.zionlodge.com

Room amenities: All rooms feature air conditioning, phones, radio alarm clocks, hairdryers, safe, TV and coffeemakers. Complimentary wireless in lobby & guestrooms.

Facility amenities: Most rooms have two queen-size beds, full bath and private porch or balcony. Some rooms do have a king-size bed. The motel rooms are equipped with a 37 inch flat-screen television with satellite reception. They are clean, comfortable and within walking distance to trails and main lodge. (Includes two accessible rooms, two ADA rooms with roll-in showers.) All rooms feature air conditioning, phones, radio alarm clocks, hairdryers and coffeemakers. Internet kiosk in the lobby, complimentary. Complimentary wireless in lobby & guestrooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Saturday, August 24 - Nature Walk/Zion Human History Museum/Weeping Roc...
Breakfast: Breakfast in the Red Rock Grill of the Zion Lodge.

Morning: There is an optional pre-breakfast sunrise nature walk on the PaRus Trail, with an emphasis on the natural environment we see along the trail. The PaRus trail is lovely in the early morning - it is quiet and mostly paved (with one short uneven gravel section) along the banks of the N. Fork of the Virgin River, with good views of the Streaked Wall, the Beehives, the Watchman, Bridge Arch and Bridge Mountain. Along the Trail we can see and discuss native plants and their uses. It is slightly over 1 mile, with 50 ft. elevation loss. Following breakfast, travel to the Zion Human History Museum with its 22 minute multi-media presentation on Zion. From here, there are great views of the Towers of the Virgin and the Altar of Sacrifice. After the museum stop, shuttle on to lunch.

Lunch: Sack lunch inside the Park at the Grotto Picnic area. Choice of Ham, Roast Beef or Turkey, Potato Chips. Fresh Fruit (Apple or Orange), Cookie or Brownie.

Afternoon: After lunch, shuttle to Weeping Rock. There is a short, steep trail here - about half a mile round trip, and about 100 feet of elevation change. En route, along the steep canyon walls are natural hanging gardens. View the Weeping Rock seep, and return to the shuttle to travel higher into the canyon. You'll ride up to the Temple of Sinawava stop, where you begin the one mile long (each way) paved approach to the Narrows. For those who would like, you can put on your old sneakers or river sandals, grab your hiking stick and make your way into the river here to photograph the towering, vertical rock sides of the canyon. Then walk back down and shuttle back to the Lodge.

Dinner: Tonight's dinner is on your own to enjoy the many local restaurants in Springdale. A list of options will be provided to participants beforehand.

Evening: Free evening to explore Springdale.

Lodging: Zion Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Lodge

Description: The only lodging available on the North Rim, this old lodge of rough hewn logs and rocks is chiseled into the limestone of the rim itself, offering broad views of the Grand Canyon, Bright Angel Canyon, the South Rim, and the San Francisco Peaks nearly 100 miles south. Rooms are in nearby cabins on the same grounds, within walking distance of the lodge. These historic cabins are both rustic and romantic.

Contact info:
Grand Canyon NP
North Rim, AZ 86052 USA
phone: 928-638-2611
web: www.grandcanyonnorthrim.com

Room amenities: Be prepared to step into the past in these quaint rustic historic cabins that have basic necessities including electricity, hot and cold running water, shower, ice bucket, hair dryer, heat, a telephone and screened windows that open up to let in fresh mountain air.

Facility amenities: Grand Canyon Lodge Dining Room has magnificent views of the Grand Canyon through its huge picture windows. Lodge Dining Room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, Deli in the Pines for fast service dining, espresso coffee bar with fresh baked goods, Rough Rider Saloon, gift shop, camper store, self serve guest laundry facilities. Immediate access to Rim views and hiking trails from the lodge.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Sunday, August 25 - Switchbacks, Checkerboard Mesa and Grand Staircas...
Switchbacks, Checkerboard Mesa and Grand Staircase/Grand Canyon North Rim and Bright Angel Point

Breakfast: Breakfast in the Red Rock Grill of Zion Lodge.

Morning: Board the motor coach for the southbound trip to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. You'll travel through the Zion Switchbacks and Tunnels, with their "Galleries" (windows) looking onto some of Zion's most vertical rock faces. Stop at Checkerboard Mesa, and hear why it has horizontal layers and vertical cracks.. Travel on down several steps of the Grand Staircase to Kanab, UT and on into Arizona (Change to Mountain Standard Time). Once in Arizona the road climbs up the Kaibab Plateau. You'll stop at the LeFevre overlook where there is a larger than panoramic view of the Grand Staircase. Here you can look north and see the southern end of Bryce Canyon National Park atop the Staircase, and the tops of the Towers of Zion National Park. After nearing 8,000 ft elevation, you'll arrive at Jacob Lake for lunch at the Jacob Lake Inn.

Lunch: The Jacob Lake Inn, a pine-surrounded log structure with a fireplace and a wonderfully homey feel, will serve some of its home-cooked fare. Be sure to leave room for the baked-right-there cookies, on sale near the door as you leave.

Afternoon: After lunch you'll continue southbound across the upper reaches of Kaibab Plateau, through forests of pines, spruce, fir and quaking aspen. Learn why fire is important to the health of Ponderosa Pine forests and what happens when you suppress fires for 100 years. These are incredible woods which, with their huge meadows, give more of a feel of Montana than Arizona. Along the way you may see the unique Kaibab squirrels, wild turkeys and deer. When you arrive at Grand Canyon National Park, you have the option to walk out to Bright Angel Point. The half mile roundtrip out the spine of the ridge to the point is paved and is a little steep in places, but worth it. From the point you'll be treated to impressive colorful views stretching well down into Roaring Springs and Bright Angel Canyons. After our walk, we then check in at the Grand Canyon Lodge for our stay in the rustic cabins near the main lodge building and the canyon views on the back porch of the Grand Canyon Lodge.

Dinner: Dining in the historic Grand Canyon Lodge is truly a memorable experience. Regional as well as 1930's themed foods are featured throughout the menus. They take pride in utilizing only the freshest and healthiest ingredients. The "all natural" beef and poultry products are free of any antibodies or hormones. Additionally, they offer organic products such as salad greens and pastas.

Evening: After dinner you have the option of taking in the presentation by the NPS ranger, or go for a walk out to one of several view points overlooking the canyon to watch the stars rotate over your head.

Lodging: Grand Canyon Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The only lodging available on the North Rim, this old lodge of rough hewn logs and rocks is chiseled into the limestone of the rim itself, offering broad views of the Grand Canyon, Bright Angel Canyon, the South Rim, and the San Francisco Peaks nearly 100 miles south. Rooms are in nearby cabins on the same grounds, within walking distance of the lodge. These historic cabins are both rustic and romantic.

Contact info:
Grand Canyon NP
North Rim, AZ 86052 USA
phone: 928-638-2611
web: www.grandcanyonnorthrim.com

Room amenities: Be prepared to step into the past in these quaint rustic historic cabins that have basic necessities including electricity, hot and cold running water, shower, ice bucket, hair dryer, heat, a telephone and screened windows that open up to let in fresh mountain air.

Facility amenities: Grand Canyon Lodge Dining Room has magnificent views of the Grand Canyon through its huge picture windows. Lodge Dining Room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, Deli in the Pines for fast service dining, espresso coffee bar with fresh baked goods, Rough Rider Saloon, gift shop, camper store, self serve guest laundry facilities. Immediate access to Rim views and hiking trails from the lodge.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Monday, August 26 - North Rim / Point Imperial
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet including a full assortment of hot and cold items including eggs, assorted breakfast meats, seasoned potatoes, freshly baked biscuits and country gravy, french toast casserole, pastries, fruits, and yogurt.

Morning: Start your morning with a nature walk along and near the rim. Then board the motor coach and ride out to Point Imperial, the highest point on the North Rim at 8,803 feet. From the vista point here you can see the winding, narrow slash of Marble Canyon just upstream of where it breaks out into the wider Grand Canyon. The rocks of the Canyon walls are especially colorful here, offering both black and red stripes of the ancient rock.

Lunch: Sack lunch with the eastern Grand Canyon as a backdrop.

Afternoon: Board the motor coach and travel back through the N. Kaibab forest to the Grand Canyon Lodge, arriving around 2:00 PM. Here your afternoon provides you with several options. You may want to hike down the N. Kaibab trail, which drops 600 feet in 3/4 of a mile. If you're feeling less athletic but still would enjoy a good hike, try the Transept Trail from the Lodge to the ancestral puebloan ruin. Or catch an afternoon Ranger Program, or take the afternoon to relax at the coffee bar, the bookstore or saloon, or sit out on the Lodge patio and drink in the views.

Dinner: Dinner reservations in the dining room of the Grand Canyon Lodge with its spectacular view.

Evening: Optional National Park Ranger presentation.

Lodging: Grand Canyon Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The Bryce Canyon Lodge building is a charming, timber and rock lodge Designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood in the 1920's. Bryce Canyon Lodge - the only "in-park" lodging at Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah! It is here that delicacy of form unites with brilliancy of color. From sunrise to sunset, the changing scenes pass before you in vivid reds, yellows and purples. Watch as light plays upon rock, immersing you in a dazzling light show. It's one of Mother Nature's masterpieces and it's all yours to explore from just outside your door! Completely renovated to its original rustic 1920s elegance - down to replicas of the lodge's original hickory furniture - this beautiful "in-the-park" lodge is on the National Historic Register. They are within a short walk to both the rim and the lodge. This quiet and relaxed atmosphere, without televisions, allows the guest to get reacquainted with nature. Fine dining is available in the main lodge. The motel unit was built in 1986 in the same rustic style as the original lodge. Each room has 2 queen-size beds, full bath and private porch or balcony.

Contact info:
Bryce Canyon NP
Bryce Canyon, UT 84717 USA
phone: 435-834-5361
web: www.brycecanyonlodge.com

Room amenities: All rooms feature private porch or balcony, phones, radio alarm clocks, coffee maker, hair dryer, and oscillating fan. No TVs will encourage you to experience your stunning surroundings. All guest rooms are non smoking.

Facility amenities: This incredible facility offers easy access to the beauty of Bryce canyon with hiking trails on site as well as Nature Preserves/ Trails on site. Enjoy delicious meals served at the fine Dining Restaurant at Bryce Lodge, open daily, 6:30 am - 9:30 pm, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Casual attire. Meals served: Breakfast: 6:30 am - 10:30 am; Lunch: 11:00 am - 3:30 pm; Dinner: 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm. Shopping, 24 hour Front Desk, Post / Parcel Services, Self serve guest laundry.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Six: Tuesday, August 27 - Up the Grand Staircase and Long Valley/Inspiratio...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at North Rim Lodge dining room.

Morning: Board motor coach for the trip northbound from the Grand Canyon. We descend from the Kaibab Plateau and then climb the Grand Staircase on US 89, heading up Long Valley, rich in early Mormon history to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Lunch: Have lunch at Ruby's, near the entrance to Bryce Canyon. Ruby's puts on a great buffet.

Afternoon: Board the motor coach, travel into Bryce Canyon National Park and head for Inspiration Point. The unpaved trail there takes you in .9 mile 100 ft. down through bristlecone pines and all along the way you'll have great views of the pinnacle rock hoodoos with their diagonal scour markings. You'll love the contrast between the exposed rock hoodoos and the spruce, fir and bristlecone pine surroundings. Inspiration Point is post-card photogenic. Late afternoon check-in at the historic Bryce Canyon Lodge just a minutes walk from the rim.

Dinner: Surrounded by the majestic Ponderosa Pine Forest, the Bryce Canyon Lodge dining room is a wonderful place to relax and take in the inspiring beauty of Bryce Canyon. Enjoy dining in the style of rustic elegance from the 1930s. This certified Green Restaurant serves up an environmentally sustainable menu with regional specialties as well as organic and all natural food choices.

Evening: Optional evening National Park Ranger presentation, or walk out to the rim and watch the Hoodoos change color as the sun sets behind you.

Lodging: Bryce Canyon Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The Bryce Canyon Lodge building is a charming, timber and rock lodge Designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood in the 1920's. Bryce Canyon Lodge - the only "in-park" lodging at Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah! It is here that delicacy of form unites with brilliancy of color. From sunrise to sunset, the changing scenes pass before you in vivid reds, yellows and purples. Watch as light plays upon rock, immersing you in a dazzling light show. It's one of Mother Nature's masterpieces and it's all yours to explore from just outside your door! Completely renovated to its original rustic 1920s elegance - down to replicas of the lodge's original hickory furniture - this beautiful "in-the-park" lodge is on the National Historic Register. They are within a short walk to both the rim and the lodge. This quiet and relaxed atmosphere, without televisions, allows the guest to get reacquainted with nature. Fine dining is available in the main lodge. The motel unit was built in 1986 in the same rustic style as the original lodge. Each room has 2 queen-size beds, full bath and private porch or balcony.

Contact info:
Bryce Canyon NP
Bryce Canyon, UT 84717 USA
phone: 435-834-5361
web: www.brycecanyonlodge.com

Room amenities: All rooms feature private porch or balcony, phones, radio alarm clocks, coffee maker, hair dryer, and oscillating fan. No TVs will encourage you to experience your stunning surroundings. All guest rooms are non smoking.

Facility amenities: This incredible facility offers easy access to the beauty of Bryce canyon with hiking trails on site as well as Nature Preserves/ Trails on site. Enjoy delicious meals served at the fine Dining Restaurant at Bryce Lodge, open daily, 6:30 am - 9:30 pm, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Casual attire. Meals served: Breakfast: 6:30 am - 10:30 am; Lunch: 11:00 am - 3:30 pm; Dinner: 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm. Shopping, 24 hour Front Desk, Post / Parcel Services, Self serve guest laundry.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Seven: Wednesday, August 28 - Queen's Garden Trail, Rainbow Pt, Yovimpa Pt, Bry...
Queen's Garden Trail, Rainbow Pt, Yovimpa Pt, Bryce Canyon NP Visitor Center

Breakfast: Breakfast in the Bryce Canyon Lodge.

Morning: Before breakfast is the optional trip to Bryce Point. Early risers will be rewarded for their discipline when they ride our motor coach out to Bryce Point well before sunrise. Here we can watch both the brightening eastern horizon and the hoodoos change below you in Bryce Amphitheater. In the horizontal light of dawn, the colors there are wonderfully rich. After breakfast enjoy the walk to Sunrise Point. There, you'll see the famous Twinkle Toes tree, and learn about the forces of erosion. For those who want to make the hike, there is the .9 mile trail one way down 320 feet amongst the hoodoos and see Queen Victoria surveying the Queen's Garden. Participants are also welcome to hike just part of the trail. For those who prefer a more relaxed experience, there are excellent views of the garden from the rim walk. Then we'll take our motor coach on the spectacularly scenic drive to Rainbow Point.

Lunch: Sack Lunch enjoying the view at Rainbow Point at the Park's southern end at 9115 feet above sea level.

Afternoon: After lunch, there are photo opportunities at Rainbow Point. Then you'll walk .25 mile one way through a high woods (9115 ft) of many types of conifers to Yovimpa Point, with its expansive views of the Grand Staircase and Navajo Mountain to the east and the Kaibab Plateau to the south. After returning from Yovimpa Point, you'll board the motor coach and ride to the Bryce Canyon NP Visitor Center, and the return to the lodge.

Dinner: Dinner in the dining room of the Bryce Canyon Lodge. After dinner, enjoy the program remembrances and farewells.

Evening: Optional evening National Park Ranger presentation, or walk out to the rim and watch the Hoodoos change color as the sun sets behind you.

Lodging: Bryce Canyon Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Thursday, August 29 - Departures at Las Vegas McCarran Airport
Breakfast: Early breakfast in the Dining Room of the Bryce Canyon Lodge.

Morning: Load into the motor coach to depart from Ruby's by 8:15 AM sharp. Return to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport via St. George, UT and Mesquite, NV, to arrive at the airport by 1:00 PM and the starting hotel shortly thereafter.

Lunch: Light lunch enroute to the airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Las Vegas, NV
A Chamber of Commerce, Las Vegas(**Following Free Time Info is helpful if you spend extra time here)This is a great resource for accurate information about Las Vegas. You will find details about activities and a calendar of events. There are so many options and variety of things to do in Las Vegas that we could not list all of the items here under free time so please use the Chamber of Commerce as an additional resource. Thanks! :-) The items we have listed below indicate where they are located. We have also made a note telling you which monorail stops to get off on. Hopefully this will make it easier for you to get there on your own.
For additional information, visit: www.lvchamber.com
Bryce Canyon National Park
Hikes/walksThe scenery, beauty and hiking options abound! You can get out and enjoy some on your own. When you arrive the Bryce Park guide has a complete list, description and map of the trails. You can utilize the Bryce Shuttle Red Line May 15-Sept 30 to get to and from the trails.
Ranger ProgramsFree Ranger Programs offered all year round will share fascinating information about Bryce Canyon National Park!
Visitor CenterThe Visitor Center offers information, exhibits, and a 22-minute award-winning film which plays on the hour and half-hour. Publications and maps are available for purchase through our Bryce Canyon Natural History Association. We generally go to the visitor center as part of your Road Scholar program. You may want to spend additional time here. Transportation on the Bryce Shuttle is available May 15-Sept 30.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/tourvisitor.htm
North Rim, Grand Canyon
General Overview of Grand Canyon North Rim Free Time OptionsThere are many ways to enjoy the canyon.. Sit and watch the changing play of light and shadows. Wander along a trail and feel the sunshine and wind on your face. Attend a ranger program. Follow the antics of ravens soaring above the rim. Listen for the roar of the rapids far below. Savor a sunrise or sunset.
Zion National Park
General InformationThe below web site offers a good resource for information. www.nps.gov/zion This is the National Parks website and is a good resource also.
For additional information, visit: www.zionpark.com/index.htm

Important information about your itinerary:
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