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BEGINS IN: ST. GEORGE, UTAH

Hiking Amidst Beauty and Majesty in a World of Stone: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

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Program #17440RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
The highest elevation at 8,300'. We walk various trails and view points.

Equipment Requirements
We suggest you bring walking shoes with good tread and hiking poles for the daily outdoor exploration. Some hikes may include getting your feet wet.

Itinerary for Oct 1 — Oct 6, 2014

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Type: Inn

Description: The College Inn is located in the heart of the historic district in St. George, six blocks from Dixie State University's campus. The historic district offers restored pioneer homes and buildings. This facility is used specifically for Road Scholar and other educational groups it is not used as housing for college students. St. George has beautiful red rock cliff and lava rock mesa as back drop with larger mountains and rock formations that can be seen in the distance. A lounge area with couches, DirecTV, a refrigerator, soda pop machine, guest laundry and microwave are available for your use. We also have a beautiful heated pool and hot tub for your enjoyment. The rooms do not have phones or televisions, but a public phone is available at the front desk.

Contact info:
123 East 100 South
St. George, UT 84770 USA
phone: 435-634-2050
web: www.dixie.edu/roadscholar/Location.html

Room amenities: Each room has two full size beds, private bath, free WiFi wireless Internet, hairdryer, soap & shampoo and individual heating and air-conditioning unit.

Facility amenities: A lounge area with couches, DirecTV in lounge, free WiFi wireless Internet, a refrigerator, soda pop machine, guest laundry and microwave are available for your use. We also have a beautiful heated pool and hot tub for your enjoyment.

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

Additional nights before: $35
If you want to arrive early or stay over following the program you can arrange to stay with us for $35 per room per night. Please call (435) 634-2050 at least one week in advance during regular business hours to make a reservation.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Wednesday, October 01 - Welcome and introductions in the College Inn clas...
Arrive To: 3:00 - 5:00 pm (Mountain Time) Arrive at the College Inn for check in. The College Inn is located at 123 East 100 South in St. George, Utah. It is about 6 blocks from the Dixie State University Campus.

Dinner: 5:15 pm - Transfer to Dixie State University's Red Rock Cafe for a delicious banquet dinner.

Evening: Following dinner have a brief welcome orientation and overview of our daily activities and itinerary.

Lodging: College Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Ruby's Inn is the closest accommodation to Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah and is the perfect base for your exploration of scenic Southern Utah. We offer the finest Accommodations, RV Park/Campground and amenities in the Bryce Canyon National Park region. Ruby's Inn at Bryce Canyon is a destination in and of itself and is the perfect base for area exploration. We offer the finest accommodations and amenities in the Bryce Canyon National Park region. Ruby's Inn at Bryce Canyon has been serving travelers since 1916 and is a destination in and of itself.

Contact info:
1000 South Highway 63
Bryce, UT 84764 USA
phone: 866-866-6616
web: www.rubysinn.com

Room amenities: Non-Smoking Rooms • Color Satellite TV • Air Conditioning • Direct Dial Phone • In-room coffee/tea maker • Hair dryer, iron and ironing board • High Speed WiFi internet access

Facility amenities: Indoor swimming pool & spa, large general store,WiFi internet access, eight internet kiosks, laundromat, ATM machines, and one hour photo.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Thursday, October 02 - Explore the Grand Staircase Escalante National Mo...
Explore the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument with our geologist!

Breakfast: 7:00 - 8:00 am - Enjoy a continental breakfast at the College Inn which includes hard boiled eggs, hot oatmeal, cereal, fruit, yogurt, pastries, toast, milk & juice.

Morning: Check out and depart for exploration into the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Hike Lick Wash, a 2 to 4 mile round trip. This slot canyon excels in beauty and adventure and the added benefit is that it's remote and quiet.

Lunch: Box Lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Our afternoon hike in the Grand Staircase takes us to Willis Creek Wash, a 2 to 4 mile round trip hike. It's an amazing slot canyon adventure with narrow cliff walls and a flat, stony stream-bed path to walk through. Towering slickrock forms the walls of this incredible slot canyon. Check in at hotel.

Dinner: 6:00 - 7:00 pm - Buffet Dinner at Ruby's Cowboy Buffet & Steak Room including BBQ Beef & Pork Ribs, Baked Chicken, Asian Orange Chicken, Baked Pollock, Cornbread, Soup & Salad.

Evening: Free time

Lodging: Ruby's Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Located next to All American Scenic Highway 12 (one of America’s best scenic drives) and centrally located near Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon National Parks. This area is considered one of the most scenic sections of the United States with majestic canyons, mountains and plateaus. Enjoy clear skies where you can often see 80 to 100 miles in daylight and the spectacular stars displays of the Milky Way. Nearby you’ll find plentiful amounts of wildlife such as deer, elk, wild turkeys, hawks and eagles, along with a multitude of other birds and animals.

Contact info:
380 W. Main
Escalante, UT 84726 USA
phone: 435-826-4653
web: www.prospectorinn.com

Facility amenities: At the heart of an extraordinary landscape, the Prospector Inn provides comfortable rooms, restaurant on property, TV, phones, free wireless Internet, A/C, gift shop, Coffee in lobby but nothing in rooms microwave available in lobby, iron and ironing board available and provides easy access the the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

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

Additional nights after: please call
Call for rates and availability.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Three: Friday, October 03 - Travel through the heart of the Grandstaircase
Breakfast: 7:00 - 8:00 am - Breakfast at Ruby's Cowboy Buffet which includes fresh fruit, yogurt, assorted baked goods, cereal, scrambled eggs, french toast, oatmeal, smoked bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, coffee, and assorted teas, juice and milk.

Morning: Check out of hotel and travel the Cockscomb Road - this takes us through the heart of the Grandstaircase. Hike Lower Hackberry Canyon. This hike is one of the more scenic and popular canyon routes in the western half of the Monument. We'll venture 2-3 miles upstream from the southern end of the canyon, enjoying the cool canyon environment with its shallow flowing water and steep canyon walls.

Lunch: Box lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: This afternoon we explore Cottonwood Narrows Wash, a 2 mile hike through a beautiful Navajo Sandstone canyon accessed through a small valley of dramatic red and white rocky outcrops. We'll then travel along Cottonwood Canyon road for a visit to Grovesnor Arch. Grosvenor Arch is a unique double arch located about nine miles southeast of Kodachrome Basin State Park. The massive sandstone formation stands 152 feet high and spans 92 feet.

Dinner: Dutch Oven Dinner at Wild West Retreat. Including BBQ Chicken Breast, Dutch Oven potatoes, Dutch Oven baked beans, coleslaw, scones with honey-butter and a Brownie Sundae for dessert.

Evening: Geology, ecology, flora & fauna class in meeting room.

Lodging: Prospector Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Located next to All American Scenic Highway 12 (one of America’s best scenic drives) and centrally located near Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon National Parks. This area is considered one of the most scenic sections of the United States with majestic canyons, mountains and plateaus. Enjoy clear skies where you can often see 80 to 100 miles in daylight and the spectacular stars displays of the Milky Way. Nearby you’ll find plentiful amounts of wildlife such as deer, elk, wild turkeys, hawks and eagles, along with a multitude of other birds and animals.

Contact info:
380 W. Main
Escalante, UT 84726 USA
phone: 435-826-4653
web: www.prospectorinn.com

Facility amenities: At the heart of an extraordinary landscape, the Prospector Inn provides comfortable rooms, restaurant on property, TV, phones, free wireless Internet, A/C, gift shop, Coffee in lobby but nothing in rooms microwave available in lobby, iron and ironing board available and provides easy access the the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

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

Additional nights after: please call
Call for rates and availability.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Four: Saturday, October 04 - Hike and explore the Grand Staircase Scenic Beaut...
Breakfast: Breakfast at Prospector Inn Cafe.

Morning: Enjoy scenic back-country as we travel on the Hole-in-the-Rock trail. First we take a short hike to Covered Wagon Wheel Bridge then onto Cedar Wash Arch. We'll then take a short drive to the many hoodoos and uneven pillars of sandstone at Devils Garden.

Lunch: Return to the Grandstaircase Escalante's Visitor Center for a visit and lunch break.

Afternoon: In the afternoon we'll hike the sandy bench along the upper Escalante river, one of the premier hikes in the GSENM. As the river carves through the Navajo Sandstone the cliffs gradually rise from 400 to over 1,000 feet above the serpentine canyon. The soaring walls are often glazed with dark blue desert varnish. Participants will have to wade through ankle deep fords at several crossings. A huge alcove appears at the base of the North wall after 2.8 miles, where you will carefully discover ancient petroglyphs a link to the past Native Americans who once walked this same trail.

Dinner: Dinner at Prospector Inn.

Evening: Free time.

Lodging: Prospector Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Located next to All American Scenic Highway 12 (one of America’s best scenic drives) and centrally located near Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon National Parks. This area is considered one of the most scenic sections of the United States with majestic canyons, mountains and plateaus. Enjoy clear skies where you can often see 80 to 100 miles in daylight and the spectacular stars displays of the Milky Way. Nearby you’ll find plentiful amounts of wildlife such as deer, elk, wild turkeys, hawks and eagles, along with a multitude of other birds and animals.

Contact info:
380 W. Main
Escalante, UT 84726 USA
phone: 435-826-4653
web: www.prospectorinn.com

Facility amenities: At the heart of an extraordinary landscape, the Prospector Inn provides comfortable rooms, restaurant on property, TV, phones, free wireless Internet, A/C, gift shop, Coffee in lobby but nothing in rooms microwave available in lobby, iron and ironing board available and provides easy access the the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

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

Additional nights after: please call
Call for rates and availability.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Five: Sunday, October 05 - Calf Creek Falls hike in the Grand Staircase Esca...
Calf Creek Falls hike in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument/Capture awe-inspiring sunset and create incredible memories!

Breakfast: Breakfast at Prospector Inn Cafe.

Morning: This morning's scenic hike is to Lower Calf Creek Falls, a 6 mile round trip. The crystal clear waters of Calf Creek take a 130' plunge over a sandstone cliff into a transparent pool of cool water.

Lunch: Box lunch

Afternoon: After lunch we'll hike Long Canyon Slot, a short half mile hike into a bright red wall narrow canyon. Its towering walls shoot 600 feet up towards the crisp blue skies creating a stunning color contrast. We then proceed on to a 1 mile hike out to strike valley overlook at the end of the Burr trail. Here we have the best view of the waterpocket fold, a 100 mile long monocline which is the heart and soul of Capitol Reef National Park.

Dinner: Closing dinner at Cowboy Blues. A local favorite featuring delicious home cooked meals in a Western decor setting. Choose from BBQ Ribs, Baked Trout, Grilled Steaks, Blackend Salmon, or Fajitas. Save room for pie or cheese cake for dessert.

Evening: "The surroundings were such as to exalt....this place of rugged grandeur and isolation" --Zane Grey, Wild Horse Mesa

Lodging: Prospector Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Monday, October 06 - Morning hike Bryce Canyon National Park
Note: Independent departures at 2:30 pm.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Prospector Inn Cafe.

Morning: 7:30 am - Check out Travel to Bryce Canyon National Park and hike Navajo Loop Trail. This trail takes us down the rim from Sunset Point, through the narrow corridors of Wall Street, past the Silent City, past an intersection with Queens Garden Loop Trail, and the top of Peekaboo Loop Trail, before ascending the rim of the amphitheatre again at Sunset Point. The trail requires hikers to descend 800 feet down the side of the Bryce rim, and then at the end of the hike to climb right back up that slope.

Lunch: Box lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Return to St. George. Independent departures after 2:30 PM. The shuttle to Las Vegas leaves the College Inn at 3:30 pm which will get you to the Las Vegas Airport at 5:15 pm. If you need to stay an additional night to catch an earlier shuttle to Las Vegas Airport there will be no charge for your room. At the trails end, we leave you with this parting thought! "May all your trails be crooked, winding, leading to the most amazing view..." Edward Abbey

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


St. George, Utah
Historic Sites, restored pioneer buildings and homesThere are 27 Historic Sites, restored pioneer buildings and homes all within walking distance of the College Inn. When you arrive, we have a map highlighting each building or home. During the summer months a special tour called St. George Live is offered. The guides dress in pioneer clothing and tell the history as though they were the pioneer that built the home, etc. If you only have a little time to visit the historic sites, you will want to include the following. Brigham Young's Winter Home 67 West 200 North; St. George Tabernacle located on the southwest corner of Main Street and Tabernacle St.;St. George Opera House 200 North Main Street; St. George Temple Visitors Center 250 East 400 South.
For additional information, visit: www.stgeorgechamber.com/historic_downtown.htm
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 availble May 15-Sept 30.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/brca
Escalante, Utah
General InformationGrand Staircase Escalante National Monument Visitor Center is about 2 ½ blocks Petrified Forest State Park – about 1 mile Includes a lake and canoeing Anasazi village is 35 mi. Art galleries in town
For additional information, visit: www.escalante-cc.com/

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips

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