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Program #8718RJ
12 Days | 11 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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
Elevations 4,000 to 7,000 feet. Check with physician if you have heart/lung conditions.

Itinerary for Mar 15 — Mar 26, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: Discover contemporary conveniences at Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North. Set minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport, this hotel is convenient to freeways, light rail transportation and downtown Phoenix.

Contact info:
3838 East Van Buren Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008 USA
phone: 602-306-2323
web: hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/arizona/hilton-garden-inn-phoenix-airport-north-PHXANGI/index.html

Room amenities: The Garden Sleep SystemT, Feather Pillows Non Allergenic, Complimentary WiFi access, LCD Flat Panel TV, TV-Premium HBO,CNN,ESPN, Safe, Coffee Maker, Hairdryer, Iron/Ironing Board, Microwave, Mini Refrigerator, air conditioners.

Facility amenities: Complimentary 24-hour Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport shuttle. 24-hour Business Center and complimentary WiFi access, Photo Copying Service and Printer. Fitness center and outdoor pool, 24 hr Pavilion Pantry Market, Baggage Storage, Lounge, Coin Laundry, Elevators.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for rates.
Hotel is offering a discount off the best available rate for our clients. In order to get this discount you must contact the group sales manager, Crystal Peters, direct. Her contact info: Phone: 602-293-0338; email: crystal.peters@hilton.com. Do note that this hotel sells out regularly during March - April period so if you are staying during that time period make your bookings well in advance.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Saturday, March 15 - Registration/Orientation and Introductions
Afternoon: On-site registration in the hotel meeting room from 4:30 - 5:15 PM.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Evening: Your coordinator will lead the program orientation session with questions and answers, followed by participant introductions. Please remember that this program starts in Phoenix, AZ and ends in Las Vegas, NV. Most airlines will book flights that arrive in Phoenix and depart from Las Vegas. If you drive your own car you may leave it at the starting hotel parking lot during the duration of the trip. Several airlines sell one way tickets between Las Vegas and Phoenix at affordable prices if booked far enough in advance.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Location! Less than a mile from the Oak Creek Country Club. The surrounding area is located on the escarpment where the Colorado Plateau meets the Sonoran Desert. Over thousands of years, Oak Creek has carved a red rock paradise which surrounds the property.

Contact info:
6176 Hwy 179
Sedona, AZ 86351 USA
phone: 928-284-0711
web: www.lq.com/lq/properties/propertyProfile.do?propId=939

Room amenities: Cable TV, alarm clock radio, coffee maker, hair dryer, dataport phones, iron w/ board.

Facility amenities: This facility offers 103 guest rooms on two floors. Heated outdoor pool, hot tub, free local calls, free USA Today, complimentary continental breakfast.

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


Day Two: Sunday, March 16 - Montezuma Castle/Sedona and Red Rock Crossing/Geo...
Montezuma Castle/Sedona and Red Rock Crossing/Geology of the Verde Valley and Grand Canyon

Note: A couple of half mile walks.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Bring your luggage to the vehicle(s) at 8:15 AM and board for the 8:30 AM departure. Journey north and watch the plant communities change as we move from the Basin and Range region to the central highlands and transition zone of the Verde Valley. Visit the picturesque, wonderfully preserved five-story, 700-year-old Anasazi pueblo ruins at Montezuma's Castle.

Lunch: Lunch at a local Sedona restaurant.

Afternoon: Tour some of our favorite spots in Sedona. Afternoon check-in at the La Quinta Inn, Sedona.

Dinner: Dinner at a local Sedona restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy a lecture on the Geology of the Grand Canyon and surrounding area.

Lodging: La Quinta Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Located in the Grand Canyon National Park, one-quarter mile from the rim in a quiet setting amongst towering ponderosa pine trees. The park’s free shuttle-bus service has a stop directly in front of the lodge that provides access to park viewpoints, Grand Canyon Village and visitor center.

Ship Information: 10 Main St. Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Contact info:
10 Albright (Maswik Front Desk)
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-638-2631
web: www.grandcanyonlodges.com

Room amenities: Coffee maker, hairdryer, internet, iron, refrigerator, telephone, television, roll away

Facility amenities: Off site: bank/ATM, laundry service, medical services, park information, and post office. On-site: bell and concierge services, free shuttle from lodge to historic Grand Canyon Village and scenic rim views.

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

Bathroom: For handicap rooms only: wider doors, bars in bathroom


Day Three: Monday, March 17 - Oak Creek Canyon/Museum of Northern Arizona/San F...
Oak Creek Canyon/Museum of Northern Arizona/San Francisco Peaks Volcanic Field/Grand Canyon

Note: Optional short walk to the canyon rim for sunset.

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast.

Morning: Load up for the trip up one of Arizona's most scenic highways through the steep, rock-walled cliffs of Oak Creek Canyon to the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. Founded in 1928 as a community effort by a group of Flagstaff citizens, the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) is a private, nonprofit institution that was originally established as a repository for Native American artifacts and natural history specimens from the Colorado Plateau. The original founders, zoologist Dr. Harold S. Colton and artist Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton, who were from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, were dedicated to preserving the history and cultures of northern Arizona. From its humble beginnings in Flagstaff, MNA has evolved into a regional center of learning with collections, exhibits, educational programs, publications, and research projects that serve thousands of people each year. As the only accredited museum within 150 miles of Flagstaff, the Museum of Northern Arizona plays a vital role as interpreter of the Colorado Plateau.

Lunch: Lunch in Flagstaff at the Mandarin Buffet Restaurant.

Afternoon: Continue our scenic journey to the Grand Canyon along Scenic Highway 180 through the San Francisco Peaks Volcanic Field. Stop at Scenic Mather Point, named after the first Director of the Park Service, for your first view of the Grand Canyon. Late afternoon Check-in at our Grand Canyon Lodge.

Dinner: We will have dinner at a Grand Canyon lodge's Cafe.

Evening: Optional walk to the Canyon Rim for sunset(before or after dinner, depending on the season), take in an optional National Park Service evening program (seasonal) or enjoy a free evening at the Grand Canyon.

Lodging: Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges - Maswik South

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Located in the Grand Canyon National Park, one-quarter mile from the rim in a quiet setting amongst towering ponderosa pine trees. The park’s free shuttle-bus service has a stop directly in front of the lodge that provides access to park viewpoints, Grand Canyon Village and visitor center.

Ship Information: 10 Main St. Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Contact info:
10 Albright (Maswik Front Desk)
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-638-2631
web: www.grandcanyonlodges.com

Room amenities: Coffee maker, hairdryer, internet, iron, refrigerator, telephone, television, roll away

Facility amenities: Off site: bank/ATM, laundry service, medical services, park information, and post office. On-site: bell and concierge services, free shuttle from lodge to historic Grand Canyon Village and scenic rim views.

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

Bathroom: For handicap rooms only: wider doors, bars in bathroom


Day Four: Tuesday, March 18 - Natural or Human History at the Grand Canyon/ Fre...
Natural or Human History at the Grand Canyon/ Free Time to explore the Grand Canyon

Note: Free afternoon to explore the canyon rim, historic village, or hike on the Bright Angel Trail.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Grand Canyon Lodge Cafe.

Morning: For early risers, there is the optional pre-dawn bus/van trip and walk to view sunrise over the Grand Canyon. After breakfast, We will have a morning presentation on some aspect of the Grand Canyon or history walk in Grand Canyon Village. Past favorites have included Geology, Cougars, Condors, Human History, and Native American Arts and Crafts. Grand Canyon Village includes Verkamps Visitor Center, the El Tovar Hotel, Mary Jane Colter's Hopi House, rock walls and trails built by the Civilian Conservation Corp, the Bright Angel Lodge with its famous Geological Fireplace, and Kolb Studio.

Lunch: Lunch at a Grand Canyon Lodge Cafe.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, we will have free time to explore the Grand Canyon. Ride the Red Line Shuttle, walk on the rim, hike the Bright Angel Trail into the canyon, explore the bookstore, or visit the Kolb Studio. The Red Line Shuttle is a 14 mile scenic round trip with stops at iconic view points such as Trail View, the Powell Memorial, Hopi Point, the Abyss and Hermits Rest. The Rim Trail now includes the Geologic Walk of Time. The Trail of Time is an interpretive walking timeline trail that focuses on Grand Canyon vistas and rocks to guide visitors to ponder, explore, and understand the magnitude of geologic time and the stories encoded by Grand Canyon rock layers and landscapes. The Bright Angel Trail was originally a game trail down a geologic fault line, it has been used, modified, and expanded by successive generations of prehistoric and historic Indians, explorers, miners, and now park visitors. Originally home and office to Elsworth and Emery Kolb, the Kolb Studio now holds an exhibit documenting their extraordinary photographic career at the Grand Canyon as well as a small bookstore of the non-profit Grand Canyon Association.

Dinner: Dinner on your own at the Grand Canyon.

Evening: Take in an optional National Park Service evening program (seasonal) or enjoy a free evening at the Grand Canyon.

Lodging: Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges - Maswik South

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Full service, modern facility near Monument Valley

Contact info:
Jct 160-163
Kayenta, AZ 86033 USA
phone: 928-697-3221
web: www.kayentamonumentvalleyinn.com/

Room amenities: Individually controlled air conditioning, cable color TV, PPV movies, coffee maker, ironing board, wireless internet, room service from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

Facility amenities: A/C Public Areas, Newsstand, Safety Deposit Box available at Front Desk, High-Speed wireless Internet Access, on site restaurant with room service, self serve laundry, newsstand, gift shop, seasonal outdoor pool (Mid May - Late Sept.) treadmill, stationary bike, weight machine.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Wednesday, March 19 - Desert View Watch Tower/ Cameron Trading Post/Tra...
Desert View Watch Tower/ Cameron Trading Post/Travel through Navajo Reservation

Note: Walk a few hundred yards on paved trails to the Watch Tower.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Grand Canyon lodge's Cafe.

Morning: Load up for the scenic drive out the east rim of the Grand Canyon, with a stop at Mary Jane Coulter's Desert View Watch Tower and Cameron Trading Post. The Desert View Watchtower, constructed in 1932 as a replica of a prehistoric Indian tower, commands a magnificent view of the Grand Canyon, the Painted Desert to the east and the San Fransico Peaks to the south. This 70 foot (21 meter) tower is the highest point on the South Rim. The interior walls of the tower feature murals by Hopi artist Fred Kabotie. At Cameron Trading Post see displays showing how Native American rugs and jewelry are crafted, and lose yourself looking through its extensive selection of Native American crafts currently for sale.

Lunch: Enjoy a lunch at Historic Cameron Trading Post.

Afternoon: Continue our tour through the Navajo Reservation and the Painted Desert to Kayenta on the Navajo Reservation. Stop at the Code Talker Museum, hidden inside a Burger King.

Dinner: Dinner at Kayenta Monument Valley Inn.

Evening: Free evening.

Lodging: Kayenta Monument Valley Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Full service, modern facility near Monument Valley

Contact info:
Jct 160-163
Kayenta, AZ 86033 USA
phone: 928-697-3221
web: www.kayentamonumentvalleyinn.com/

Room amenities: Individually controlled air conditioning, cable color TV, PPV movies, coffee maker, ironing board, wireless internet, room service from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

Facility amenities: A/C Public Areas, Newsstand, Safety Deposit Box available at Front Desk, High-Speed wireless Internet Access, on site restaurant with room service, self serve laundry, newsstand, gift shop, seasonal outdoor pool (Mid May - Late Sept.) treadmill, stationary bike, weight machine.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Thursday, March 20 - Jeep Tour of Monument and Mystery Valleys
Note: Dusty, bumpy 4 wheel drive tour through majestic scenery with multiple short walks.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel.

Morning: Explore the museum at historic Goulding's Lodge. Board the four-wheel drive tour truck and head out for the Mystery Valley and Monument Valley tour. Mystery Valley is home to a large collection of Ancestral Puebloans ruins and rock art. Spend the morning touring the centuries old home of the Ancient Ones. This jeep tour is considered the highlight of any visit to Monument Valley.

Lunch: Enjoy a sack lunch amid the spectacular scenery of Monument Valley.

Afternoon: Continue your tour through Monument Valley. We explore all of the famous monuments including views of the Mittens, plus we visit the Monument’s restricted area. This area contains many rock windows and arches of unique shapes and sizes. Unparalleled photo opportunities in one of the West’s most photographed destinations. This great valley boasts sandstone masterpieces that tower at heights of 400 to 1,000 feet. framed by scenic clouds casting shadows that graciously roam the desert floor. The angle of the sun accents these graceful formations, providing scenery that is simply spellbinding. The landscape overwhelms, not just by its beauty but also by its size. The fragile pinnacles of rock are surrounded by miles of mesas and buttes, shrubs, trees and windblown sand, all comprising the magnificent colors of the valley. All of this harmoniously combines to make Monument Valley a truly wondrous experience. Monument Valley was once a vast lowland basin. For hundreds of millions of years, materials that eroded from the early Rock Mountains deposited layer upon layer of sediments. Over tens of millions of years geologic forces elevated these horizontal strata one to three miles above sea level. What was once a basin became a plateau. Natural forces of wind and water that eroded the land spent the last 50 million years cutting in to and peeling away at the surface of the plateau. The simple wearing down of altering layers of soft and hard rock slowly revealed the natural wonders of Monument Valley today.

Dinner: Dinner at Kayenta Monument Valley Inn.

Evening: Enjoy a free evening.

Lodging: Kayenta Monument Valley Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Courtyard by Marriott overlooks the high desert sandstone walls and the blue water of Lake Powell and the Lake Powell National Golf Course. The property is on a mesa one mile from the lake, with its boating and fishing.

Contact info:
600 Clubhouse Dr
Page, AZ 86040 USA
phone: 928-645-5000
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pgacy-courtyard-page/

Room amenities: Individually controlled A/C, cable TV, clock radio, hair dryer, coffee maker, voice mail / data port phones.

Facility amenities: The Marriott features 152 rooms, an on-site restaurant, cocktail lounge, whirlpool, exercise room, on-site laundromat and coffee shop. On site fax, copy and printer service available.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Friday, March 21 - Navajo National Monument/Glen Canyon Dam Visitor ...
Navajo National Monument/Glen Canyon Dam Visitor Center/Horseshoe Bend Overlook

Note: Two 1.5 mile round trip walks with about 200 feet elevation gain to Betatakin Overlook and to Horseshoe Bend Overlook

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Kayenta Monument Valley Inn.

Morning: After Breakfast, we depart for Navajo National Monument. This National Park Service Monument contains some of the southwest's best preserved ruins of the "Ancestral Puebloans" or Anasazi culture. An orientation of Navajo National Monument begins at the Visitor Center. A small museum and exhibits of prehistoric pottery and other artifacts attempt to piece together what life was like for the early peoples. An excellent 25-minute video on the Ancient Ones and a 20-minute Betatakin tour video are shown on request. Walk to the overlook for the Betatakin Ruins, one of the best preserved ruins has original walls and an intact roof - The easy, paved Sandal Trail begins behind the visitors center and winds through a piñon-juniper woodland to Betatakin Point Overlook, which has a good view of the ruins across the canyon. The trail is one mile round-trip and drops 160 feet to the viewpoint. Signs along the way identify native plants and describe how Native Americans used them. Then we head on to Lake Powell and Page.

Lunch: Lunch at Fiesta Mexicana in Page, AZ.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, tour the displays and witness the views from the Visitors' Center at Glen Canyon Dam at the head of the 275 mile long Lake Powell. Completed in 1963 this engineering marvel was one of the Bureau of Reclamation's crowning achievements. Controversy has never been far behind its completion as the effects of its operation have been determined to have had adverse effects on the downstream Grand Canyon environment and the flooding of the spectacular Glen Canyon upstream.

Dinner: Dinner catered by Pepper's Restaurant (in the Courtyard by Marriott).

Evening: Attend a evening presentation on a topic of local interest. Past Favorites have included Wildlife of Glen Canyon, Geology of Glen Canyon, and Floating Hogans.

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Courtyard by Marriott overlooks the high desert sandstone walls and the blue water of Lake Powell and the Lake Powell National Golf Course. The property is on a mesa one mile from the lake, with its boating and fishing.

Contact info:
600 Clubhouse Dr
Page, AZ 86040 USA
phone: 928-645-5000
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pgacy-courtyard-page/

Room amenities: Individually controlled A/C, cable TV, clock radio, hair dryer, coffee maker, voice mail / data port phones.

Facility amenities: The Marriott features 152 rooms, an on-site restaurant, cocktail lounge, whirlpool, exercise room, on-site laundromat and coffee shop. On site fax, copy and printer service available.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Saturday, March 22 - Glen Canyon Float Trip
Note: Flat water float trip through the last free flowing section of Glen Canyon.

Breakfast: Breakfast in Pepper's Restaurant in the Courtyard by Marriott.

Morning: We start our morning with a trip to the Horseshoe Bend Overlook Trailhead. This 1.5 mile round trip hike goes up and over a small hill (~300 feet) to the edge of a thousand foot cliff looking down on a meander of the Colorado River in a section of Glen Canyon that we will float later.Then it is on to our Glen Canyon Float trip. At the Put-in,with the dam soaring 700 feet above you, you will board a comfortable pontoon raft for your journey downstream. For the next fifteen miles, you will experience one of the most dramatic stretches of river in the western United States. Your experienced guide will tell the story of the area’s soaring sandstone cliffs, crystal blue-green waters, abundant wildlife, exploration by Major John Wesley Powell and others, and the river's modern role in the Southwest’s water and power delivery system. A stop to view an impressive set of ancient petroglyphs will offer a you chance to stretch your legs while bearing witness to the area’s former inhabitance by ancient native cultures.

Lunch: Sack Lunch on the river.

Afternoon: DUE TO THE LANDSLIDE AND BRIDGE COLLAPSE ON US HWY 89 S OF PAGE, THE RIVER TOUR WILL RETURN TO THE ORIGINAL DOCK RATHER THAN CONTINUE TO LEE'S FERRY. (NO HIGHWAY ACCESS TO PAGE FROM LEES FERRY) Total tour time on the red cliff surrounded flat waters of the Colorado River will remain unchanged.

Dinner: Dinner at Pepper's Restaurant.

Evening: Attend a evening presentation on a topic of local interest. Past Favorites have included Wildlife of Glen Canyon, Geology of Glen Canyon, and Floating Hogans.

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: New, 100% non-smoking Bryce Canyon City, Utah hotel located at the entrance of Bryce Canyon National Park.Hotel in compliance with eco-friendly "green labeling" certification program.

Contact info:
30 N 100 E
Bryce Canyon City, UT 84764 USA
phone: 435-834-5700
Room amenities: Desk/work area; Cable or satellite television, CNN or other 24 hour news station; In-room movies, Lodgenet; AM/FM alarm clock; Coffee/tea maker; Microwave; Refrigerator; Hairdryer; Iron, ironing board; High-speed Internet access, wireless; Direct dial telephone; Voice mail; Free local calls under 30 minutes; Air-conditioning; Trouser press; Wake-up calls; Mountain view; Easy chair.

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 Nine: Sunday, March 23 - Scenic drive through the Grand Staircase/Bryce Ca...
Breakfast: Breakfast in Pepper's Restaurant

Morning: We will drive through the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument with a stop at its Big Water Visitor Center to see the exhibits on recent dinosaur discoveries in the area. The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, at 1.7 million acres, dominates any map of southern Utah. It is the first monument to be administered by the Bureau of Land Management, rather than the National Park Service. The monument is a geologic sampler, with a huge variety of formations, features, and world-class paleontological sites. The Grand Staircase is a geological formation spanning eons of time and is a territory of multicolored cliffs, plateaus, mesas, buttes, pinnacles, and canyons. Travel up Scenic highway 89 towards and Bryce Canyon National Park.

Lunch: Lunch: enjoy the wide variety at the lunch buffet at Ruby’s Cowboy Buffet & Steak Room.

Afternoon: Drive into Bryce Canyon National Park. The major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon, which despite its name, is not a canyon but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. The red, orange, and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views for park visitors. Bryce sits at a much higher elevation than nearby Zion National Park.Walk out to viewpoints such as Fairyland Point, Inspiration Point Bryce Point and Sunset Point to be amazed at the spectacular Hoodoos. Depending on conditions, walk along the rim. Visit the Bryce Canyon National Park Visitor Center.

Dinner: Enjoy the wide variety at the buffet at Ruby’s Cowboy Buffet and Steak Room.

Evening: Free Evening after a late dinner.

Lodging: Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: This new 70 room lodge is constructed of large pine logs. Beuatifully decorated making it a warm inviting atmosphere. Swimming pool, Jacuzzi, room service, data ports, great views, restaurant and wild life museum.

Contact info:
2400 Zion Park Blvd
Springdale, UT 84767 USA
phone: 866-772-0665
web: www.majesticviewlodge.com/

Room amenities: Refrigerator, coffee pot, private balcony or patio, hairdryers, Cable TV.

Facility amenities: Swimming pool, Jacuzzi, room service, data ports, great views, restaurant and wild life museum.

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


Day Ten: Monday, March 24 - Depart Bryce/Zion National Park’s Slickrock count...
Note: 1.2 mile round trip, mostly paved and slight uphill walk to Lower Emerald Pool.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel

Morning: After loading up the bus, we depart Bryce for the scenic drive to Zion national park. Along the way we drive through stunning Red Canyon, once a haunt for Butch Cassidy and his gang!. Then it is on to the slick rock country on the eastern edge of Zion National Park, with a stop at Checkerboard Mesa, a drive through the Zion Tunnels, and down the Switchbacks into Zion Canyon carved by the North Fork of the Virgin River. Spectacular Checkerboard Mesa is a massive petrified sand dune with horizontal layers laid down in the Jurassic Period and vertical cracks formed during weather over millions of years. The Zion Tunnels were built during the 1920s through solid sandstone walls with views through the "galleries" out to the Pine Creek Valley.

Lunch: Lunch at the Majestic View, just outside of Zion National Park. The Majestic View, has excellent food and spectacular views and of the magnificent surroundings.

Afternoon: Travel to the visitor center at Zion National Park. The center has a large scale map of the park, where you can overview what you'll be seeing. You'll enjoy a pass through the bookstore at the center as well. If time allows, walk to the Lower Emerald Pools (0.6 miles OW, 69 vertical feet) in Zion National Park.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the Majestic View Lodge and the majestic view from its huge picture windows.

Evening: Free evening after a very full day.

Lodging: Majestic View Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: This new 70 room lodge is constructed of large pine logs. Beuatifully decorated making it a warm inviting atmosphere. Swimming pool, Jacuzzi, room service, data ports, great views, restaurant and wild life museum.

Contact info:
2400 Zion Park Blvd
Springdale, UT 84767 USA
phone: 866-772-0665
web: www.majesticviewlodge.com/

Room amenities: Refrigerator, coffee pot, private balcony or patio, hairdryers, Cable TV.

Facility amenities: Swimming pool, Jacuzzi, room service, data ports, great views, restaurant and wild life museum.

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


Day Eleven: Tuesday, March 25 - Explore Zion National Park: Pa'Rus Trail nature w...
Explore Zion National Park: Pa'Rus Trail nature walk/Weeping Rock/Riverside Trail.

Note: 1 mile sunrise nature walk on Pa Rus Trail, 0.5 mile/ 98 vertical feet walk to Weeping Rock, 2 mile/ 57 vertical feet Riverside Walk to beginning of Narrows.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Majestic View dining room. Includes Scrambled Fresh Eggs, Hash Brown Potatoes, Bacon or Sausage, cold cereal, fruit, Juice,

Morning: Optional pre-breakfast nature walk on the mostly paved PaRus Trail(1 mile One Way 50 feet). Spectacular views of the West Temple, Temples of the Virgin, Crawford Arch, and Bridge Mountain. We will walk this at a slow pace with plenty of opportunity to discuss the Geology and Natural History we observe along the way. After Breakfast we head to the Zion Human History Museum to watch its 22 minute video introducing Zion National Park.

Lunch: Sack Lunch at the Grotto Picnic Area.

Afternoon: After lunch we head to Weeping Rock (0.5 mile RT and 98 feet). We walk up a short but steep trail and learn about what makes this dripping garden special. Paved trail ends at a rock alcove with dripping springs with trailside exhibits.Then it is on to the temple of Sinewava, the Riverside Trail(2.2 miles RT and 57 feet), and beginning of the Zion Narrows, a spectacular gorge in the upper reaches of Zion Canyon: 16 miles long, up to 2,000-feet deep, and at times only 20 to 30-feet wide.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the Majestic View Lodge and the majestic view from it huge picture windows.Choice of N.Y. Steak, Grilled Trout, Boneless BBQ Pork ribs or a vegetarian option.

Evening: Farewells and Program wrap-up.

Lodging: Majestic View Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twelve: Wednesday, March 26 - Departures at Las Vegas McCarren Airport.
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Travel through the Virgin River Gorge carved by the mighty Virgin River through the Virgin River Anticline. Pass by Joshua Trees, the signature species of the Mojave Desert. Arrive in Las Vegas. Program ends at the airport at approximately 11 AM.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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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11 nights of accommodations
31 meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
19 Field trips

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