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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.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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 for the daily hiking field study. A good camera with case and tripod recommended.

Itinerary for Apr 28 — May 5, 2015

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Type: Hotel

Description: Best Western Abbey Inn is a luxurious destination where you can experience finest at its best! The uncompromised service and state of the art amenities will offer fulfillment apart from providing you a convenient place to stay while enjoying the bounty of St. George, Utah. The hotel offers renowned amenities to offer you with the most luxurious and quality experience while spending time at St. George Utah.

Contact info:
1129 South Bluff Street
St. George, UT 84770-5247 USA
phone: 435-652-1234
web: www.bwabbeyinn.com

Room amenities: The complete range of outstanding amenities and renowned customer service welcomes you to a warming ambiance and begin to experience the luxury of the Best Western Plus Abbey Inn and Suites. Once you stepped at the doorsteps of the hotel, a unique feeling of a warming environment faces you. Every corner will embrace you with a fascinating feeling of convenience, comforts and relaxation not so distant from your home ambiance. Microwave Refrigerator In-room Coffee Maker 42" Flat Screen Television Modem Hookup (dataports) Free High Speed Internet Free HBO A Free Full Breakfast Hair Dryer Voice Mail Iron and Ironing Board 100% Non-Smoking Rooms

Facility amenities: 154 guest room. Each room is spacious enough to accommodate outstanding services which include cable satellite with HBO, 42” flat panel television and free high-speed internet. Fully equipped workout facility Full hot breakfast buffet to compliment you with a warming morning Outdoor heated swimming pool Luxury suites with spa Onsite meeting facilities to accommodate 350 guests making it conducive environment for meetings and conferences.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $91.00 + tax
Call the hotel directly to arrange before or after program nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Tuesday, April 28 - Welcome and Introductions
Arrive To: 3:00 - 5:00 pm Arrive at hotel for check in.

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

Evening: Following dinner have a brief welcome orientation and overview of our daily activities and itinerary. After orientation we'll have a brief introduction to photography class.

Lodging: Best Western Plus - Abbey Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Holiday Inn Express 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 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.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/springdale/sgusd/hoteldetail?qRef=sr&qDest=Springdale%2C+UT%2C+USA&qRpn=1&qChld=0&qSrt=sBR&qSHp=1&qSmP=3&qGRM=0&qLng=-112.9986&qRdU=1&qRms=1&srb_u=1&qAdlt=1&qPSt=0&qFRA=1&qRtP=6CBARC&qLat=37.1889&qRmP=3&qR

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Wednesday, April 29 - Zion National Park
Breakfast: 7:00 - 8:00 am - Breakfast buffet at hotel which includes hard boiled eggs, hot oatmeal, cereal, fruit, yogurt, pastries, toast, coffee, tea, 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: Buffet lunch at Arkansas Als.

Afternoon: Continue in Zion National Park. Transfer to hotel for 2:00 pm Photo Class.

Dinner: 6:00 - 7:00 pm - Dinner at Wildcat Willies.

Evening: 7:30 pm - Depart for a sunset photo shoot. (Sunset @ 8:10 pm)

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express Springdale (formerly 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, April 30 - Bryce Canyon National Park
Breakfast: 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: Optional sunrise (6:39 am) photo shoot at Zion West Temple. Return to hotel and check out. 9:15 am - Depart and 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 Canyon National Park. Transfer to hotel for 2:00 pm Photo Class.

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

Evening: 7:30 pm - Depart for a sunset photo shoot. (Sunset @ 8:17 pm)

Lodging: Ruby's Inn

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 • Air conditioning

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 Four: Friday, May 01 - Color Country/ Grand Staircase Escalante National...
Color Country/ Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument/Arches National Park

Breakfast: 5:15 am - Depart for Sunrise photo shoot. 8:00 - 9:00 am - Return for breakfast at Ruby's Cowboy Buffet which includes fresh fruit, yogurt, assorted baked goods, cereal, scrambled eggs, french toast, oatmeal, smoked bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, coffee, and assorted teas, juice and milk.

Morning: Check out 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: 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 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. Arrive in the Arches Area and get settled into you hotel room.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Evening: 7:15 pm - Depart for a sunset photo shoot. (Sunset @ 8:10 pm)

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 • Air conditioning

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, May 02 - Arches National Park
Breakfast: 7:00 - 8:00 am - Continental breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: 8:15 am - Photo shoot in Canyonlands and 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 on the trail.

Afternoon: Continue photos of the Colorado River from Canyonlands, 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: Explore Moab and enjoy an evening out or just relax!

Lodging: River Canyon Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Lodge

Description: Lake Powell Resort is located at Wahweap Marina in Page, AZ - right in the heart of all your down-lake activities and adventures. The Resort offers comfortable lodging and suites, terrific dining and an ideal place to return to each evening after a day of fun and relaxation. Here you can kick back by the side of the pool and enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery in the West. Take a boat tour, a dinner cruise or rent a powerboat for an afternoon of exploring canyons and having a picnic on your own secluded beach. With comfortable hotel rooms and suites, spectacular meals and all the comforts of home, there's no better place on the down-lake shores of Lake Powell.

Contact info:
100 Lakeshore Drive
Page, AZ 86040 USA
phone: 928-645-1124
web: www.lakepowell.com/accommodations/wahweap-resort-accommodations.aspx

Room amenities: All rooms include the following amenities: •TV with cable •Coffee maker •Complimentary coffee and tea •Mini Refrigerator •Iron and ironing board •Hair dryer •Alarm clock / MP3 output •Genuine Neutrogena bath products •Triple-sheet bedding; down-alternative pillows •Rollaway bed or crib available upon request •Free wireless Internet access in Lake Powell Resort Lobby and Driftwood Lounge

Facility amenities: With its Native American flair, this comfortable, well-furnished resort is the best south-lake lodging value, combining lots of space, your own patio (first floor) or balcony (second floor), and plenty of amenities, like complimentary coffee and tea, mini fridge, and more. The room is a big 300 square feet, and its patio or balcony adds another 90 square feet—and two deck chairs for relaxing. Plus you’ll enjoy easy access to both pools, decks, fire pit, Driftwood Lounge, and the Rainbow Room. You simply can’t beat this retreat after a day of adventure or relaxing at Lake Powell.

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


Day Six: Sunday, May 03 - Photo shoot in Canyonlands and Arches National Pa...
Breakfast: 5:45 am - Box Breakfast

Morning: 6:00 am - Check out and travel to Dead Horse Point State Park and Canyonlands National Park. Continue on to Monument Valley.

Lunch: Lunch at Goulding’s Stagecoach Dining Room in Monument Valley which offers a spectacular, panoramic view of one of Mother Nature’s unique creations. Located at the site of many of the classic western movies, enjoy a meal overlooking the historic Goulding’s Trading Post and the same vista that John Wayne, John Ford and Henry Fonda made famous. The dining room is staffed by local Navajos (Dine’) so you'll have the chance to experience the grace and culture of this Southwestern Native American people while enjoying a choice of a traditional Navajo Taco with Navajo Fry Bread, Beef Stew, soup & salad bar, or Club Sandwich.

Afternoon: Explore & photograph Monument Valley. Continue on to Page, Arizona and check into hotel.

Dinner: Dinner buffet at Mandarin Gourmet. Delicious assortment of beef, chicken, prawns and vegetable dishes as well as fresh salad and dessert.

Evening: Free Time

Lodging: Lake Powell Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Best Western Abbey Inn is a luxurious destination where you can experience finest at its best! The uncompromised service and state of the art amenities will offer fulfillment apart from providing you a convenient place to stay while enjoying the bounty of St. George, Utah. The hotel offers renowned amenities to offer you with the most luxurious and quality experience while spending time at St. George Utah.

Contact info:
1129 South Bluff Street
St. George, UT 84770-5247 USA
phone: 435-652-1234
web: www.bwabbeyinn.com

Room amenities: The complete range of outstanding amenities and renowned customer service welcomes you to a warming ambiance and begin to experience the luxury of the Best Western Plus Abbey Inn and Suites. Once you stepped at the doorsteps of the hotel, a unique feeling of a warming environment faces you. Every corner will embrace you with a fascinating feeling of convenience, comforts and relaxation not so distant from your home ambiance. Microwave Refrigerator In-room Coffee Maker 42" Flat Screen Television Modem Hookup (dataports) Free High Speed Internet Free HBO A Free Full Breakfast Hair Dryer Voice Mail Iron and Ironing Board 100% Non-Smoking Rooms

Facility amenities: 154 guest room. Each room is spacious enough to accommodate outstanding services which include cable satellite with HBO, 42” flat panel television and free high-speed internet. Fully equipped workout facility Full hot breakfast buffet to compliment you with a warming morning Outdoor heated swimming pool Luxury suites with spa Onsite meeting facilities to accommodate 350 guests making it conducive environment for meetings and conferences.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $91.00 + tax
Call the hotel directly to arrange before or after program nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Seven: Monday, May 04 - Lake Powell/Antelope Canyon
Breakfast: 8:00 - 9:00 am - Breakfast Buffet at Lake Powell Resort which includes fresh fruit, yogurt, pancakes, french toast, eggs, bacon, sausage, hashbrowns, cereal, assorted pastries, coffee, tea, and juice.

Morning: Photo shoot at Lower Antelope Canyon.

Lunch: Lunch at Antelope Marina

Afternoon: Depart and travel to St. George.

Dinner: Closing dinner at Dixie State College Conference Room.

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

Lodging: Best Western Plus - Abbey Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Tuesday, May 05 - Departure
Breakfast: 7:00 - 8:00 am - Enjoy a breakfast buffet at hotel 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
Historic Sites, restored pioneer buildings and homesThere are 27 Historic Sites, restored pioneer buildings and homes all within walking distance of the College Inn. When you arrive, we have a map highlighting each building or home. During the summer months a special tour called St. George Live is offered. The guides dress in pioneer clothing and tell the history as though they were the pioneer that built the home, etc. If you only have a little time to visit the historic sites, you will want to include the following. Brigham Young's Winter Home 67 West 200 North; St. George Tabernacle located on the southwest corner of Main Street and Tabernacle St.;St. George Opera House 200 North Main Street; St. George Temple Visitors Center 250 East 400 South. ~~~Historic St. George Walking Tour, 435-634-5942 Begin your tour at the Old Pioneer c\Courthouse at 100 East & St George Boulevard (Chamber of Commerce Visitor's Center). From there, spend an enjoyable hour or two strolling the street of early-day St George, where many pre-turn of-the-century public buildings and private homes still stand as reminders of a by-gone-era. You may pick up a printed map and descriptions of each building at the Chamber Visitor's Center as you begin your tour. ~~~Historic St George Live Tour, 435-634-5942 200 North & Main, St George, UT 84770 If you are fortunate enough to be in the area anytime between Memorial Day and Labor Day don't miss the opportunity to acquaint yourself with the history and culture of the area. Historic figures come alive at six sites and describe living in Dixie at the turn of the century. Entertaining and educational for the whole family. Tuesday-Saturday at 9:00 am and 10:30 am. Tickets are $2.00 for adults and children under 12 are free. Tours begin at the St George Art Museum. Special tours can be arranged year round with advanced scheduling.
For additional information, visit: www.stgeorgechamber.com/historic_downtown.htm
Zion National Park
General InformationThe below web site offers a good resource for information. www.nps.gov/zion This is the National Parks website and is a good resource also.
For additional information, visit: www.zionpark.com/index.htm
Bryce Canyon National Park
Ranger ProgramsFree Ranger Programs offered all year round will share fascinating information about Bryce Canyon National Park! In the winter, they offer Geology Talks and snowshoe hikes (when there's enough snow) and the occasional Astronomy Program. In the summer, they go into high gear offering 4-7 programs each day to accommodate the enthusiasm of our visitors. Here's a sample Canyon Hike: 2-3 hours, 2-3 miles, early morning moderately difficult hike into the heart of Bryce Canyon Rim Walk: 1-2 hours, 1 mile late afternoon leisurely stroll along the canyon rim. Geology Talk: 20-30 minute presentation on Bryce Canyon's worldly unique geology. Just for Kids Program: 45-60 minute activity-driven programs for children ages 5-12. All children must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. NOTE: Advanced Reservations are required and must be made at the Visitor Center. Reservations are accepted up to 1-day in advance. Evening Program: 45-60 minute in-depth look at some of the interesting resources and compelling stories Bryce Canyon preserves. Night Sky Special Events: FULL MOON HIKES NOTE: Reservations are required for full-moon hikes. Reservations are accepted on a first come, first serve basis and can only be made the day of the scheduled hike at the visitor center. STAR PARTIES "Stars in the Park" by Patrick Wiggins, NASA Solar System Ambassador to Utah and volunteer with the Utah Museum of Natural History. Patrick offers the latest in astronomy and space exploration with humorous distinctions between science fiction and science fact. "Viewing the Void" by Park Ranger Kevin Poe tour of the history and expanse of the Universe. Look at how it all might have begun and how it all might end. As Kevin says "Space is really, BIG and really, EMPTY, and on this tiny planet there are few places better than Bryce Canyon to view the void." The times, locations and subjects for lectures are posted at the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/brca

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