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BEGINS IN: ST. GEORGE, UTAH

Photography in Utah’s National Parks: Zion, Bryce, Canyonlands, Arches, Plus Antelope Canyon

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Program #14191RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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 about 9,000 feet. We will walk various trails and go to view points.

Equipment Requirements
We suggest you bring a day pack that you can put on your back or around your waist to carry your water bottle and other items. Walking shoes with good tread and hiking pole for the daily hiking field study. We will provide an instructor and hike leader for all outings.

Itinerary for Jun 18 — Jun 25, 2013

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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: Tuesday, June 18 - Welcome and Introductions
Arrive To: 3:00 - 5:00 pm 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: 5:30 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: 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: In room coffee Satellite television Alarm clock Individual heating & air Desk/work area Free wireless internet access Free local telephone calls and long distance access Non-smoking & smoking rooms available

Facility amenities: Convenient on site amenities include Switchback Grille, restaurant, & patio deli In-room coffee Heated outdoor pool (seasonal) Hot tub (year-round) Free wireless internet access Basketball and volleyball Badminton & horseshoe pits Putting Green Meeting/banquet facilities Catering and Conference services Safe deposit box Baggage hold Gift shop Liquor Store 24-hour front desk Elevator Ice machine Complimentary shuttle to city center & National Park.(seasonal)

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Wednesday, June 19 - Zion National Park
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: Photo shoots in Zion National Park! Learn how water erosion shapes the rocks a little bit differently in each park we visit.

Lunch: Lunch in Springdale.

Afternoon: Continue in Zion National Park 2:30 Photo Class enjoy a little free time prior to dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at Switchback Grille with a choice of Honey Pecan Utah Mountain Trout or Spit-Roasted Chicken with assorted side dishes of potatoes, rice, and vegetables.

Evening: Enjoy a sunset photo shoot

Lodging: Zion Park Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, 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 Three: Thursday, June 20 - Bryce Canyon National Park
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: Check out 8:15 Depart Travel to Bryce Canyon National Park Photo shoot field trip and walks. Explore the fascinating Hoodoo formations and enjoy the scenic beauty!

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

Afternoon: Continue in Bryce 2:30 Photo class in the hotel meeting room

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: Sunset photo shoot then return to the hotel.

Lodging: Ruby's Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Lodging is near the Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile long wrinkle in the earth's crust known as a monocline, extends from nearby Thousand Lakes Mountain to the Colorado River (now Lake Powell) and just minutes from Capitol Reef National Park. The Park was established to protect this grand and colorful geologic feature, as well as the unique historical and cultural history found in the area. This is the perfect location for easy access to the hiking trails. Where you will explore the multi-colored cliffs common to Capitol Reef National Park and this region. They inspired the Indians who once lived here to name it the Land of the Sleeping Rainbow. Located in Wayne County Utah, USA, it is comprised of 97% public lands with a wide range of scenic attractions: Capitol Reef National Park, Canyonlands National Park, two national forests and nearby Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah's only All American Road (Highway 12) three scenic byways, three scenic backways and numerous historic sites. All of this beckons your exploration and offers unique experience with each visit!

Contact info:
600 East Highway 24
Torrey, UT 84775 USA
phone: 435-425-3688
web: www.redsandshotel.com

Room amenities: Spacious rooms, free Wi-Fi internet, satellite TV, microwave, refrigerator, and hair dryers.

Facility amenities: Just minutes away from Capitol Reef National Park. Indoor swimming pool and hot tub plus guest laundry services. Free WiFi internet access, free coffee 24 hours per day, and a delicious breakfast served daily in our breakfast room.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Friday, June 21 - Color Country/ Grand Staircase Escalante National...
Color Country/ Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument/Captiol Reef!/Anasazi State Park and Capitol Reef National Park

Breakfast: 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: Depart at 6:15 am for Inspiration point sunrise photo shoot. Return for breakfast at Ruby's Inn. Check out and depart at 9:30 am. Travel highway 12 - this amazing "Canyon Country!" This highway travels through the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and over Boulder Mountain. One of the most scenic highways in the US provides sweeping views and we will stop to take photos.

Lunch: Box lunch.

Afternoon: Arrive at Anasazi State Park. View native American Ruins. Learn about the area human history. Arrive in the Capitol Reef Area and get settled into you hotel room.

Dinner: Dinner at the Rim Rock Restaurant. Choose between Utah Mountain Trout pan-seared in browned butter and topped with pine nuts, sage and regional herbs, or Rim Rock Chicken slow roasted with honey herb glaze, or Sergio Leone's Pesto Fettuccine with roma tomatoes, portobello mushrooms, and asparagus sautéed in pesto and white wine.

Evening: Sunset photo shoot

Lodging: Red Sands Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The River Canyon Lodge is a Moab hotel that understands your needs and can be your partner in discovering all that Utah has to offer.

Contact info:
71 West 200 North
Moab, UT 84532 USA
phone: 866-486-6738
web: www.rivercanyonlodge.com

Room amenities: All rooms are comfortable and tastefully furnished in southwestern decor that embodies the surrounding red stone landscape. • Refrigerator & microwave • 25" Television • Extended cable (ESPN, HBO, Disney) • Free WiFi internet connection

Facility amenities: Lodge style ambiance and comfort just 1/2 block off Main Street. * Large outdoor pool * 12-person hot tub * Key card locking system * Free WiFi high-speed internet connection * 24 hour front desk * Free local calls * Friendly and helpful staff

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Saturday, June 22 - Capitol Reef National Park/Green River's John Wes...
Capitol Reef National Park/Green River's John Wesley Powell Museum/Arches National Park Sunset Photo Shoot

Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Check out of hotel 8:00 Depart Travel through Capitol Reef National Park and continue to Travel to the John Wesley Powell Museum in Green River, Utah. Explore the museum and learn about this great explorer and his expeditions. This is a wonderful museum that captures the spirit of this great and determined explorer. It is a fitting introduction as we approach the Colorado River area that he first mapped and explored in such an exciting and adventurous fashion.

Lunch: Lunch at the Tamarisk Restaurant in Green River. Sample their delicious soup and salad bar, fresh fruit, roasted chicken, fish, and enchiladas, topped off with homemade lemon or apple cobbler.

Afternoon: Travel to Arches National Park for late afternoon / sunset photos. The rocks and arch formations are vibrantly illuminated in the sunlight. Travel and check into the hotel in Moab.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Evening: Explore Moab and enjoy an evening out or just relax!

Lodging: River Canyon Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The River Canyon Lodge is a Moab hotel that understands your needs and can be your partner in discovering all that Utah has to offer.

Contact info:
71 West 200 North
Moab, UT 84532 USA
phone: 866-486-6738
web: www.rivercanyonlodge.com

Room amenities: All rooms are comfortable and tastefully furnished in southwestern decor that embodies the surrounding red stone landscape. • Refrigerator & microwave • 25" Television • Extended cable (ESPN, HBO, Disney) • Free WiFi internet connection

Facility amenities: Lodge style ambiance and comfort just 1/2 block off Main Street. * Large outdoor pool * 12-person hot tub * Key card locking system * Free WiFi high-speed internet connection * 24 hour front desk * Free local calls * Friendly and helpful staff

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Sunday, June 23 - Photo shoot in Arches National Park
Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Photo shoot in Arches National Parks. Whether teetering on the edge of a cliff top mesa or crouching under a rock arch for the perfect angle, this is a landscape so awe inspiring that it is exhilarating to capture it on film!

Lunch: Box lunch.

Afternoon: Continue photos in Arches, a variety of unusual rock formations, deeply eroded canyons interspersed with sheer-sided mesas, balanced rocks and more. Travel and return to the hotel in Moab.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Evening: Evening in down town Moab

Lodging: River Canyon Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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 Seven: Monday, June 24 - Dead Horse Point and Canyonlands National Park/Fr...
Dead Horse Point and Canyonlands National Park/Fremont Indian State Park

Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Travel to Dead Horse Point State Park and Canyonlands National Park for photos.

Lunch: Box lunch

Afternoon: Depart and begin travel to St. George with a stop at Fremont Indian State Park. Learn about the Native Americans of this area. Intriguing displays depict what life was like for them and how they lived. Travel and return to St. George. Arrive and check in at the College Inn

Dinner: Closing Banquet Dinner at Dixie State University's "Zion Room".

Evening: Conclude with a photo finale opportunity to share photos. Take home treasured photos of the world's greatest scenic rock formations!

Lodging: College Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Tuesday, June 25 - Departure
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: Depart following breakfast

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


St. George, Utah
HikingHiking People come from all over the country and foreign countries just to hike and see the breathtaking views of our magnificent color country. There are trails for every age level and experience. You may obtain maps of these trails at the Bureau of Land Management Information Center located at 345 E Riverside Drive in St George, or call them at 435- 688-3246. St. George City has miles of paved walking/biking trails. Maps can be obtained fom the city of St. George offices located at 200 North and 200 East. website www.stgeorgechamber.com/Walking,%20Hiking%20Trails%20Map.htm
For additional information, visit: www.stgeorgechamber.com/Outdoor%20Activities/Hiking.htm
Zion National Park
Trails in Zion National ParkTrails you can walk in ONE HOUR OR LESS ROUND TRIP •Lower Emerald Pool Easy walk to a waterfall. Shuttle stop: Zion Lodge or The Grotto •Weeping Rock Self-guiding walk to a spring and ''hanging garden.'' Shuttle stop: Weeping Rock •Canyon Overlook Self-guiding walk to a canyon viewpoint. Very hot by late morning. Shuttle stop: Not on shuttle loop •LONGER WALKS •Middle Emerald Pool Moderate walk to pools and waterfalls. Shuttle stop: Zion Lodge or The Grotto •Riverside Walk Easy walk along the Virgin River. Shuttle stop: Temple of Sinawava •Watchman Moderate walk to a viewpoint of lower Zion Canyon. Very hot by late morning. Three to four hours-round trip. Shuttle stop: Zion Canyon Visitors Center •Hidden Canyon Fairly strenuous hike to a hanging canyon. This trail is not recommended for anyone fearful of heights. Shuttle stop: Weeping Rock •Angels Landing Strenuous hike to a panoramic viewpoint. This trail is not recommended for anyone fearful of heights. Shuttle stop: The Grotto
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
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. Day Hikes in Bryce Amphitheater: The easiest trail is the 1/2-mile (one way) section of Rim Trail between Sunset and Sunrise Points. Other sections of the Rim Trail (which extends 5.5 miles / 9.2 km between Fairyland and Bryce Points) have steeper terrain. Day-hiking trails at Bryce Canyon Include: Upper Inspiration Point (.3 miles / .5 km round trip) Mossy Cave (.9 miles / 1.5 km round trip) Bristlecone Loop (1.0 miles / 1.6 km round trip) Navajo Loop (1.3 miles / 2.2 km round trip) Queen's Garden/Navajo Loop Combination (2.9 miles / 4.6 km round trip) Tower Bridge (3 miles / 4.8 km round trip) Hat Shop (4 miles / 6.5 km round trip) Swamp Canyon Loop (4.3 miles / 7.2 km round trip) Peekaboo Loop (5.5 miles / 8.8 km round trip) Fairyland Loop (8 miles / 12.9 km round trip) Riggs Spring Loop (8.5 miles / 14.2 km round trip) The Peekaboo Loop Trail also serves as a horse trail. Keep in mind that all trails below the rim involve steep climbs out of the canyon. Wear hiking boots with good traction and ankle support. Drink plenty of water. Know and respect your own physical limitations.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/brca

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