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Program #8726RJ
6 Days | 5 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
The highest elevation at about 8,500'-walk trails and go to view points.

Equipment Requirements
We suggest walking shoes with good tread and hiking pole for the daily field study and walks on trails in the national parks.

Itinerary for May 13 — May 18, 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: Tuesday, May 13 - Welcome and Introductions/Orientation
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: 5:15 pm - Transfer to Dixie State University 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: 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 Two: Wednesday, May 14 - Snow Canyon State Park, Historic St. George Tour,...
Snow Canyon State Park, Historic St. George Tour, and Birds of Prey Presentation.

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: 8:00 am - Geology,ecology, flora & fauna of Southern Utah's Parks lecture in College Inn Meeting room. Begin your discovery of Zion's precipitous canyon walls & massive monoliths, Bryce's thousands of spires, and spectacular Grand Canyon. This presentation highlights the geologic forces that shape these landscapes. The field trips, trail side talks and on-board discussions during the rest of the program will give additional knowledge of these compelling natural wonders. Depart for a field trip to Snow Canyon State Park. This park provides incredible scenery of red rock cliffs, rolling mounds of petrified sand dunes and lava (basalt) rock formations.

Lunch: Lunch at Red Rock Cafe. Choose between food stations to include fresh salad bar, sandwich bar, home "cookin", pizza, Asian grill, and BBQ grill.

Afternoon: 1:00 pm - Visit Dinosaur Discovery Museum and view some of the oldest and best-preserved Dinosaur tracks in the world. 3:00 pm - Return to College Inn for a short class by Dr. Douglas Alder. He'll share area history and take us to restored pioneer buildings and homes.

Dinner: 5:30 pm - Enjoy a Grand Buffet at Chuck-A-Rama. Choose from a variety of fresh salads, homemade dinner rolls, barbecue ribs, baked or fried chicken, roast beef, sliced turkey breast, mashed potatoes & gravy, peas, green beans, corn, scones, assorted beverages. Save room for dessert, apple pie, cakes, cobbler, brownies, and soft serve ice cream or yogurt.

Evening: 7:00 pm - Gather in the College Inn class room to see up close and personal a live falcon, hawk, and golden eagle. Martin Tyner, a federally licensed eagle falconer, presents his amazing "Birds of Prey".

Lodging: College Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is surrounded by spectacular scenery of beautiful red cliffs that are the exact ones made famous in many western movies filmed here. In addition to wonderful surroundings, the hotel is a convenient location to access three National Parks: Zion to the West, Bryce to the North, and Grand Canyon to the South as well as Glen Canyon National Recreation Area / Lake Powell to the East and Pipe Springs National Monument to the west. This allows you easy access to the national parks during the day and to rest in our comfortable hotel at night.

Contact info:
217 South 100 East
Kanab, UT 84741 USA
phone: 435-644-3100
web: www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/en/kanab/knbut/hoteldetail

Room amenities: Hair dryers, iron, alarm clock radio, 32" multi-media flat screen Satellite TV, free high-speed wireless internet access, free morning newspaper delivered to room, all rooms non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Guest laundromat, ice machine, wireless high speed internet access, free newspaper, newspaper stand, pool, outdoor pool, safe deposit box, vending machines, Health & Fitness Center, wake-up service. Start each morning with the Express Start Breakfast Bar featuring a selection of fruits, juices, cereals, breads/pastries, and even hard boiled eggs. You can also enjoy some of the world's best tasting cinnamon rolls!

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Thursday, May 15 - 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: 8:15 am - Check out and depart for Zion National Park! Enjoy explorations led by our instructor, trailside talks and walks within the towering cliffs of Zion!

Lunch: Box lunch on the Trail.

Afternoon: Continue our field trip as he hike the River Walk trail. After the hike we'll visit Zion's Human History Museum and enjoy the various displays and artifacts. Travel about 30 miles south from Zion National Park to Kanab and check into hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at Houston's Trails End Restaurant.

Evening: 7:30 pm - Geology, ecology, flora & fauna lecture in the hotel meeting room. This will prepare for our field trip to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is surrounded by spectacular scenery of beautiful red cliffs that are the exact ones made famous in many western movies filmed here. In addition to wonderful surroundings, the hotel is a convenient location to access three National Parks: Zion to the West, Bryce to the North, and Grand Canyon to the South as well as Glen Canyon National Recreation Area / Lake Powell to the East and Pipe Springs National Monument to the west. This allows you easy access to the national parks during the day and to rest in our comfortable hotel at night.

Contact info:
217 South 100 East
Kanab, UT 84741 USA
phone: 435-644-3100
web: www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/en/kanab/knbut/hoteldetail

Room amenities: Hair dryers, iron, alarm clock radio, 32" multi-media flat screen Satellite TV, free high-speed wireless internet access, free morning newspaper delivered to room, all rooms non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Guest laundromat, ice machine, wireless high speed internet access, free newspaper, newspaper stand, pool, outdoor pool, safe deposit box, vending machines, Health & Fitness Center, wake-up service. Start each morning with the Express Start Breakfast Bar featuring a selection of fruits, juices, cereals, breads/pastries, and even hard boiled eggs. You can also enjoy some of the world's best tasting cinnamon rolls!

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Friday, May 16 - Bryce Canyon National Park
Breakfast: 7:00 am - Holiday Inn Express Start Breakfast Bar features: - Fluffy scrambled eggs - Cheese omelets - Bacon and sausage - Biscuits and gravy - Sticky-sweet cinnamon rolls - An assortment of fresh fruits, yogurt, and breakfast cereals and breads - Pancakes - Fruit juices, 2% and skim milk, and our very own 100% Arabica Smart RoastSMCoffee.

Morning: 8:15 am - Depart for Bryce Canyon National Park. One of America's most scenic destinations, Bryce Canyon National Park is a magical land, a place of inspiration and spectacular beauty where thousands of intricately shaped rock formations stir the imagination as they stand silent watch in their colorful cathedrals. Upon arrival we'll hike Bryce Point to Sunset Point.

Lunch: Ruby Inn's Cowboy Lunch Buffet to include roasted chicken, fish, pork, vegetables, potatoes, rolls, salad bar with a variety of fresh greens, prepared salads, fruits & vegetables, soup, and dessert bar.

Afternoon: Continue exploring in Bryce as we hike down into the Canyon on the Navajo Loop trail. The Navajo Loop Trail descends from Sunset Point through the slot canyon of Wall Street, where 500 to 700-year-old Douglas Firs reach upward toward the sunlight at the top of the canyon. The Navajo Loop is a popular trail in the park, and is often combined with the Queen's Garden Trail to form a longer loop that passes through the Queen's Garden and emerges onto the rim at Sunrise Point. Return to Kanab.

Dinner: Enjoy a delicious Western Dutch Oven Dinner at Chuckwagon Cookouts. Includes salad, cowboy biscuits, dutch-oven potatoes, roast beef, dessert, coffee, tea, or fruit punch.

Evening: Free time.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 Five: Saturday, May 17 - Grand Canyon North Rim
Breakfast: 7:00 am - Holiday Inn Express Start Breakfast Bar features: - Fluffy scrambled eggs - Cheese omelets - Bacon and sausage - Biscuits and gravy - Sticky-sweet cinnamon rolls - An assortment of fresh fruits, yogurt, and breakfast cereals and breads - Pancakes - Fruit juices, 2% and skim milk, and our very own 100% Arabica Smart RoastSMCoffee.

Morning: 8:00 am - Checkout & depart for Grand Canyon National Park's North Rim. Upon arrival we'll take a short hike out to Bright Angel Point which places us on the edge of a vastness of scenery, time, and opportunity. The view confirms the tremendous uplift that has occurred, leaving the canyon’s North Rim 1,000 feet higher than the South Rim.

Lunch: Lunch at the North Rim Lodge Dining Room. The lunch buffet includes a full assortment of daily pastas with Alfredo, Marinara, or Bolognese sauces, shredded parmesan cheese, fresh baked garlic rolls, chilled organic field greens and complementing salad toppings and dressing. Also your choice of organic-fair trade-shade grown coffee, tea or a fountain drink.

Afternoon: After lunch we'll hike Transept Trail which takes us along the rim through a majestic Ponderosa Pine Forest with multiple Canyon overlooks. Return to St. George.

Dinner: Enjoy a Closing Dinner in one of Dixie State University's banquet rooms.

Evening: Free time.

Lodging: College Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Sunday, May 18 - Breakfast and 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: Indepentent departures following breakfast.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


St. George, Utah
General Information**Please note: The amount of free time varies with each program. The free time options noted here may require spending additional time on your own to experience them. Check your program schedule to determine what is possible in the time available. ~~Art Galleries, ~~Golf, ~~Hiking, ~~Historic Sites, restored pioneer buildings and homes, ~~Museums ~~Music Performances ~~Shopping ~~Spa ~~Tennis ~~Theater
For additional information, visit: www.stgeorgechamber.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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You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips

Ratings

4.9
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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