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Program #11573RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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Elevation Note
>8300 ft in places. Those with heart/lung conditions should consult physician before attending.

Equipment Requirements
Walking shoes or hiking boots with good traction, hiking pole, water bottle, rain gear, sunhat, sunscreen, sunglasses, flashlight, old tennis shoes or river sandals 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 Sep 22 — Sep 29, 2015

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Type: Hotel

Description: TThe first wonderful feature the hotel offers is a Free Airport Shuttle. To use the Shuttle from airport call the hotel at (702) 796-9000 (24 hours a day) and they will pick you up. They also provide a convenient Shuttle on-call service for hotel guests within Las Vegas to a variety of prearranged locations. This allows you the opportunity to explore the area by means of the convenient hotel transportation! This beautiful hotel is located near the airport and is in the hub of Las Vegas' activities. Close to the Strip, MGM Mirage, Cirque du Soleil Theater, nearby shopping centers and malls, 60 area golf courses. Nearby are the Hard Rock Cafe, Planet Hollywood, the Luxor, Sam Boyd Stadium and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Shopping nearby includes the Boulevard Mall, the Fashion Show Mall, the Belez Mall and the Bridge Meadows Mall. Nearby restaurants include Lawry's The Prime Rib, PF Chang's Chinese Bistro, Gordon Biersch Brewery and Restaurant, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Morton's of Chicago, McCormick and Schmidt, Buca di Beppo. Best of all, courteous staff is here to ensure your pleasant stay!

Contact info:
3970 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89109 USA
phone: 702-796-9000
web: laquintalasvegasairportnorth.com/

Room amenities: Each spacious room has free local calls, dataport phones, premium cable channels, refrigerator coffee maker, hair dryer, iron/board, voicemail, and an alarm clock radio.

Facility amenities: The hotel has a beautiful Spanish mission style exterior with spacious rooms, outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, it has nearby golf/jogging trail, airport shuttle, complimentary breakfast includes fresh waffles, fresh fruits, pastries, bagels, cereals, muffins, juices, milk, and coffee.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel for prices
Check with hotel for rates before and after your program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Tuesday, September 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: Catered dinner in the hotel meeting room, including entrée, salad, vegetables, and a beverage.

Evening: After dinner, your Dixie State 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: La Quinta Las Vegas Airport North Convention Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Zion Park Inn has the towering red rock cliffs of Zion National Park as a backdrop and offers spectacular views from rooms and the restaurant windows. This premier lodging choice offers stunning scenery along with excellent amenities and comfortable rooms. The Zion Park Inn is the largest facility within Zion National Park area. The comfortable guest rooms have been designed to echo the natural elegance of Zion National Park. Natural furnishings complement the creature comforts and amenities you would expect in the heart of Zion National Park lodging. Guests can relax in the "Great Room" with its soaring ceiling and roaring fireplace, take a dip in the outdoor pool, or soak in the hot tub. Whatever you choose, you'll enjoy the charm and beauty of the meticulously landscaped grounds.

Contact info:
1215 Zion Park Blvd
Springdale, UT 84767 USA
phone: 435-772-3200
web: www.zionparkinn.com

Room amenities: Desk work area, individual climate control, alarm clocks, feature data ports, televisions, pay-per-view movies, interactive games and music, coffee maker, hair dryer, refrigerator, voice messaging, and free high speed wireless access.

Facility amenities: Convenient onsite amenities include full service Switchback Grille Restaurant with patio, deli, liquor store, and guest laundry facilities, heated outdoor pool and hot tub, basketball/volleyball court, badminton, putting green, gift shop, and elevator.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Wednesday, September 23 - Basin & Range/Zion National Park
Note: 1.2 mile round trip/69 vertical foot walk in Zion Nation Park.

Breakfast: La Quinta Bright Side Breakfast which includes fresh fruit, assorted baked goods, cereal, hard boiled eggs, waffles, oatmeal, coffee, and assorted teas, juice and milk.

Morning: Bring your luggage out to the coach and board the coach for the AM departure. Travel with your Dixie State 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: Lunch in Springdale, Utah

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 at Switchback Grille with a choice of Honey Pecan Utah Mountain Trout or Stuffed Chicken in Boursin Cheese with assorted side dishes of potatoes, rice, and vegetables.

Evening: After dinner there will be a presentation on local natural history or orientation to/overview of Zion National Park.

Lodging: Best Western Zion Park Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Zion Park Inn has the towering red rock cliffs of Zion National Park as a backdrop and offers spectacular views from rooms and the restaurant windows. This premier lodging choice offers stunning scenery along with excellent amenities and comfortable rooms. The Zion Park Inn is the largest facility within Zion National Park area. The comfortable guest rooms have been designed to echo the natural elegance of Zion National Park. Natural furnishings complement the creature comforts and amenities you would expect in the heart of Zion National Park lodging. Guests can relax in the "Great Room" with its soaring ceiling and roaring fireplace, take a dip in the outdoor pool, or soak in the hot tub. Whatever you choose, you'll enjoy the charm and beauty of the meticulously landscaped grounds.

Contact info:
1215 Zion Park Blvd
Springdale, UT 84767 USA
phone: 435-772-3200
web: www.zionparkinn.com

Room amenities: Desk work area, individual climate control, alarm clocks, feature data ports, televisions, pay-per-view movies, interactive games and music, coffee maker, hair dryer, refrigerator, voice messaging, and free high speed wireless access.

Facility amenities: Convenient onsite amenities include full service Switchback Grille Restaurant with patio, deli, liquor store, and guest laundry facilities, heated outdoor pool and hot tub, basketball/volleyball court, badminton, putting green, gift shop, and elevator.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Thursday, September 24 - Nature Walk/Zion Human History Museum/Weeping Roc...
Note: 3 walks today: 1 mile/ early morning nature walk;0.5 mile/100 vertical foot walk; 2.2 mile/57 vertical foot walk.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Switchback Grille's Canyon Buffet which includes fresh fruit, yogurt, fresh baked goods, bagels, cereal,waffles, eggs, omeletes, french toast, pancakes, smoked bacon, jumbo sausage, breakfast potatoes, Starbuck's coffee, and assorted teas, juice and milk.

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 from the Switchback restaurant. Choice of Ham, Roast Beef or Turkey on a Demi Loaf, 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 Zion Park Inn.

Dinner: Dinner on your own and an opportunity to explore Springdale. We will supply you with a list of numerous restaurants to choose from.

Evening: Free evening to explore Springdale or choose to rest up after our first few busy days.

Lodging: Best Western Zion Park Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel features two four story towers accessing 164 luxurious guest rooms, interior corridors, a large lobby, business center, exercise facilities, guest laundry, complimentary breakfast buffet and nearby full service restaurant. The Bryce Canyon Grand also offers an enclosed courtyard offering guest privacy for the pool, whirlpool, and patio areas. We invite you to experience Bryce Canyon's newest and most luxurious accommodations and amenities with the best in western hospitality.

Contact info:
30 North 100 East
Bryce Canyon, UT 84764 USA
phone: 435-834-5700
web: www.brycecanyongrand.com

Room amenities: •Luxurious Beds •Indoor Corridors •Microwave •Refrigerator •Complimentary In-room Coffee & Tea •Flat Panel TV •Free Wireless High-Speed Internet •Hair Dryer •Iron and Ironing Board •Movies on Demand •Guest Laundry •Fitness Center •100% Non-Smoking Rooms

Facility amenities: The Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel proudly offers 164 spaciously appointed guest rooms each complete with cable satellite television, free wireless high-speed Internet, microwave and refrigerator. Guests will wake each morning to a complimentary full hot breakfast. This Bryce Canyon City hotel's additional amenities include an indoor heated swimming pool, 24 hour exercise facility and outdoor swimming pool; 100% smoke-free hotel; 24-hour front desk; Concierge; Laundromat; Business center( with Printer, Fax machine, computer, modem hookups, Photocopy machine); Air-conditioning; Elevator, wheelchair accessible; Ice/vending machines; Safe deposit box, at front desk; and Interior corridor.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Friday, September 25 - Switchbacks, Checkerboard Mesa, Inspiration Point...
Note: 0.9 mile walk down 100 feet along the Bryce Canyon Rim, unpaved and somewhat rocky trail.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Switchback Grille's Canyon Buffet which includes fresh fruit, yogurt, fresh baked goods, bagels, cereal,waffles, eggs, omeletes, french toast, pancakes, smoked bacon, jumbo sausage, breakfast potatoes, Starbuck's coffee, and assorted teas, juice and milk.

Morning: Board the motor coach for the northbound trip to Bryce 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. We then turn north on US 89, heading up Long Valley, rich in early Mormon history to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Lunch: Box lunch on the trail.

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.

Dinner: Enjoy an unforgettable evening of old fashioned western fun, music and great cowboy food at Bryce Canyon's Ebenezers Barn & Grill.

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: Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel features two four story towers accessing 164 luxurious guest rooms, interior corridors, a large lobby, business center, exercise facilities, guest laundry, complimentary breakfast buffet and nearby full service restaurant. The Bryce Canyon Grand also offers an enclosed courtyard offering guest privacy for the pool, whirlpool, and patio areas. We invite you to experience Bryce Canyon's newest and most luxurious accommodations and amenities with the best in western hospitality.

Contact info:
30 North 100 East
Bryce Canyon, UT 84764 USA
phone: 435-834-5700
web: www.brycecanyongrand.com

Room amenities: •Luxurious Beds •Indoor Corridors •Microwave •Refrigerator •Complimentary In-room Coffee & Tea •Flat Panel TV •Free Wireless High-Speed Internet •Hair Dryer •Iron and Ironing Board •Movies on Demand •Guest Laundry •Fitness Center •100% Non-Smoking Rooms

Facility amenities: The Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel proudly offers 164 spaciously appointed guest rooms each complete with cable satellite television, free wireless high-speed Internet, microwave and refrigerator. Guests will wake each morning to a complimentary full hot breakfast. This Bryce Canyon City hotel's additional amenities include an indoor heated swimming pool, 24 hour exercise facility and outdoor swimming pool; 100% smoke-free hotel; 24-hour front desk; Concierge; Laundromat; Business center( with Printer, Fax machine, computer, modem hookups, Photocopy machine); Air-conditioning; Elevator, wheelchair accessible; Ice/vending machines; Safe deposit box, at front desk; and Interior corridor.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Saturday, September 26 - Sunrise at Bryce Point, Queen's Garden Trail, Rai...
Sunrise at Bryce Point, Queen's Garden Trail, Rainbow Pt, Yovimpa Pt, Bryce Canyon NP Visitor Center

Note: 1/4 mile RT sunrise walk to Bryce Point, 1.8 mile RT Queen's Garden Walk, 1/2 mile RT walk to Yovimpa Point

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel 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: 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 hotel.

Dinner: 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 Evening.

Lodging: Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel

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, hari 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.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Six: Sunday, September 27 - Grand Canyon North Rim and Bright Angel Point
Note: 1/2 mile walk down 150 feet to Bright Angel Point

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel 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: Board the motor coach for the southbound trip to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Travel on down several steps of the Grand Staircase to Kanab, UT where we'll visit the Grandstaircase Escalante Visitors Center. Then on into Arizona (Change to Mountain Standard Time) where 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: Grand Canyon Cookout. Enjoy fun entertainment while satisfying your evening appetite with our "Chuck Wagon" style dinner. Slow cooked beef brisket, roasted chicken, and freshly baked biscuits are just a few of the many items waiting for you.

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, hari 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.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Seven: Monday, September 28 - North Rim /Nature Walk/Point Imperial/N.Kaibab Tr...
Note: 1 mile nature walk in morning. 1.4 mile RT/ 500 Vertical Foot hike down N. Kaibab Trail.

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: 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. We take pride in utilizing only the freshest and healthiest ingredients. The "all natural" beef and poultry products are free of any antibodies or hormones. Salmon is wild Alaska caught. Additionally, we offer organic products such as salad greens and pastas.

Evening: Optional National Park Ranger presentation.

Lodging: Grand Canyon Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Tuesday, September 29 - Departures Las Vegas McCarran Airport
Breakfast: Early breakfast at North Rim prior to departures.

Morning: Load into the motor coach to depart from North Rim by 7:30 AM sharp. Return to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport via St. George, UT and Mesquite, NV, to arrive at the airport by 1:30 PM and the starting hotel shortly thereafter.

Lunch: Lunch on way to airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Las Vegas, NV
LasVegas.comThis 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 this website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.lasvegas.com
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical GardensIf you have time to sightsee, this is an extraordinary place to go! A 13,573 square foot, indoor, glass-domed garden abounding in fragrance just beyond Bellagio's lobby. Exotic plants and flowers highlight every season and holiday. Do not miss the evening outdoor Bellagio Fountains and light show all set to music. Be sure to stroll into the lobby to see the stunning display of hanging blown glass flowers!
For additional information, visit: www.bellagio.com
Zion National Park
General InformationThis web site offers a good resource for information.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/zion
Zion Canyon IMAXZion Canyon IMAX Open 7 days a week 11am-8pm (summer hours) Call for winter hours. Hollywood films are up to 9 times the size of the regular screen! View the IMAX film 'Zion Canyon Treasure of the Gods'. The theatre's giant IMAX screen is the largest IMAX theater in Utah and one of the largest in the world measuring 60 feet high and 82 feet across. Sound is delivered through an eight track digital Surround Sound system capable of 22,000 watts. The giant IMAX screen is a great addition to the adventure of Zion National Park. Treasure of the God's Movie offers aerial and ground views of Zion and surrounding areas and sights difficult to see on your own and captures Zion legends in a dramatic way. Experience the myth, magic, and drama of Zion Canyon, with scenes from southwest National Parks and Native American Lands. The Zion Canyon Giant Screen Theatre offers one of the most spectacular film experiences available anywhere. Zion Canyon Treasure of the Gods is a 40-minute film that stretches across time and seasons, exploring the hidden depths and legends of Zion Canyon. Shown throughout the day on a screen six-stories high. Also showing Hollywood Favorites at 8:00 pm. Tickets are available at the theatre complex near the entrance to the park. Call (435) 772-2400 or (888) 256-FILM for more information
For additional information, visit: www.zioncanyontheatre.com
Bryce Canyon National Park
ShoppingRuby's Inn General Store Open daily from 7:00am to 10:30pm You can also visit Bryce Photo Shop, and The Old Bryce Town Shops where you walk the wooden sidewalks and enjoy feeling as though you have traveled back in time to a western towns shops. Includes the Canyon Rock Shop featuring rocks, fossils, and petrified wood.
For additional information, visit: www.rubysinn.com/old-bryce-town.html
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 explore the canyon like drive the roads, hike the trails, or float the currents of the turbulent Colorado River. 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. (At the end of it all the experience seems to humble and provoke a comparison to our short existence.) With this program we will stay in the Historic North Rim Cabins located on the rim. You will have easy access to walk to incredible view points, explore the Visitor Center, gift shops and soak in all of the sights and sounds of this "Grand" place!
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/grca
Hike on your ownWe provide guided exploration with this program. Our instructor and group leader walk with you to various view points. You have the option to explore on your own. Be sure to let the group leader know. Here's a few hikes and info. No additl' permits or fees are required for day hikes. A good rule is to decide how many hours you wish to hike. When 1/3 of the time has passed, turn around and begin to hike back. Assuming you are physically fit and have adequate food and water, the following hikes are reasonable for most people. Transept Trail: 3.0 mi. / 4.8 km round-trip; 1.5 hours approx round-trip hiking time. Follows the canyon rim from Grand Canyon Lodge to the North Rim Campground. Uncle Jim Trail: 5.0 mi. / 8.0 km round-trip; 3 hours approx round-trip hiking time. Winds through the forest to a point overlooking the canyon and the North Kaibab Trail switchbacks. Begins at the North Kaibab Trail parking lot. This trail is also used by mules. North Kaibab Trail: Distance and hiking times vary. This is the only maintained trail into the canyon from the North Rim. Even a short hike to Coconino Overlook (1.5 miles round-trip) or Supai Tunnel (4 miles round-trip) can give you an appreciation for the canyon's rich natural beauty and immense size. A hike to Roaring Springs and back is extremely strenuous and takes a full day (7-8 hours) - begin your hike before 7 a.m. Roaring Springs lies 3050 feet /930 m below the canyon rim and is 9.4 miles/15 km round-trip. A day hike beyond Roaring Springs is not recommended. Widforss Trail: 10 mi. / 16 km round-trip; 6 hours appr round-trip hiking time. Blends forest and canyon scenery. Even a short walk can be very satisfying. Take the dirt road 1/4 mile/0.4 km south of Cape Royal Road for 1 mile/1.6 km to the Widforss Trail parking area. Ken Patrick Trail: 10 mi. / 16 km one-way; 6 hours approx one-way hiking time. Winds through the forest and along the rim from Point Imperial to the North Kaibab Trail parking area.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/grca/grandcanyon/dayhike/nr-day-hike.htm

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