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Program #7735RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Challenging
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.
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
Bryce National Park is the highest elevation at 8,500 ft. We walk 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. An instructor and hike leader will accompany you an all outings.

Itinerary for Sep 10 — Sep 16, 2012

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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 College 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 and all can be viewed from the Inn. A lounge area with couches, DirecTV, a refrigerator, soda pop machine 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. 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. Be sure to complete this information on the information form that you send to Dixie College. Also, please be aware that we have accommodations on both the first floor and second floor levels. There is no elevator to the second floor. We will make every effort to accommodate you on the first floor, but if you cannot handle second floor accommodations we need to know prior to your arrival. Please indicate that in the appropriate area on the information form also.

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, 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 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
Be sure to indicate your date of arrival and departure on the information form that you receive in your pre-arrival packet. Complete the forms and send it to Dixie College. We will reserve your room(s) and send you a confirmation letter.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, September 10 - Welcome and introductions in the College Inn Meet...
Arrive To: 3:00 pm MST 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 College Campus.

Afternoon: Welcome and introductions in the College Inn Meeting Room.

Dinner: 5:30 PM - Dinner.

Evening: Following dinner have a brief orientation about daily activities and the 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 College 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 and all can be viewed from the Inn. A lounge area with couches, DirecTV, a refrigerator, soda pop machine 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. 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. Be sure to complete this information on the information form that you send to Dixie College. Also, please be aware that we have accommodations on both the first floor and second floor levels. There is no elevator to the second floor. We will make every effort to accommodate you on the first floor, but if you cannot handle second floor accommodations we need to know prior to your arrival. Please indicate that in the appropriate area on the information form also.

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, 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 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
Be sure to indicate your date of arrival and departure on the information form that you receive in your pre-arrival packet. Complete the forms and send it to Dixie College. We will reserve your room(s) and send you a confirmation letter.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, September 11 - Geology field trip and walks in Snow Canyon State...
Geology field trip and walks in Snow Canyon State Park where you discover formations of red rock/Welcome to Utah's Dixie excursion to restored pioneer buildings and homes

Breakfast: 7:00-8:00 AM - Breakfast.

Morning: Travel to Snow Canyon State Park. Walk among the red sandstone formations. At Snow Canyon State Park you can explore the natural beauty of the park. It provides incredible scenery of red rock cliffs, rolling mounds of petrified sand dunes and lava (basalt) rock formations. Enjoy the scenery while you are learning. 11:00 Geology Class in the College Inn Meeting Room Offers a greater understanding of the incredible formations we will hike and explore. We will continue to have trail side talks but this class will set the stage for the remaining outings.

Lunch:

Afternoon: Welcome to "Utah's Dixie" with Dr. Alder. He will share interesting area history and go on a historic tour of restored pioneer buildings and homes in St. George.

Dinner: 5:30-6:30 PM - Dinner.

Evening: Special presentation in the meeting room.

Lodging: College Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, 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 Three: Wednesday, September 12 - Zion National Park! Hiking and geology/Special wi...
Breakfast:

Morning: Travel to Zion National Park - geology excursion and incredible hikes in the Park! Enjoy scenic travel and on board commentary as we travel to Zion and then have trail side talks as we walk the paths in the park.

Lunch:

Afternoon: Continue hiking and exploring Zion with trips along the Virgin river and Emerald Pool loop.

Dinner:

Evening: Wild life presentation about the animals of Zion

Lodging: Zion Park Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, 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 Four: Thursday, September 13 - More hikes in Zion
Breakfast:

Morning: More incredible hikes on the beautiful trails in Zion National Park! Trailside talks with instructor as we go.

Lunch:

Afternoon: Continue hiking and exploring with trips to Echo canyon and Parus or Sandbench trail. Enjoy a little free.

Dinner:

Evening: Free evening to relax or do something within the community. Lots of options. One option is to go see the "Treasure of the Gods" Imax movie about Zion on a huge screen.

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 Five: Friday, September 14 - Hike Bryce Canyon National Park
Breakfast: 9:00 AM - Breakfast.

Morning: Bryce Canyon National Park has prominent view points and amazing hiking trails. It is stunning to watch the sun illuminate the hoo doo formations. Capture the magnificent beauty! Geology, hiking and exploring within the fascinating formations of this Canyon is an amazing experience!

Lunch:

Afternoon: Continue exploring Bryce Canyon with hikes along the rim and Peek-a-Boo trail. Check in to Rubys Inn.

Dinner:

Evening: Enjoy an evening stroll on the rim trail and capture the magnificent beauty of the Canyon.

Lodging: Ruby's Inn

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 College 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 and all can be viewed from the Inn. A lounge area with couches, DirecTV, a refrigerator, soda pop machine 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. 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. Be sure to complete this information on the information form that you send to Dixie College. Also, please be aware that we have accommodations on both the first floor and second floor levels. There is no elevator to the second floor. We will make every effort to accommodate you on the first floor, but if you cannot handle second floor accommodations we need to know prior to your arrival. Please indicate that in the appropriate area on the information form also.

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, 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 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
Be sure to indicate your date of arrival and departure on the information form that you receive in your pre-arrival packet. Complete the forms and send it to Dixie College. We will reserve your room(s) and send you a confirmation letter.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Saturday, September 15 - Continue hiking Bryce Canyon National Park/Closin...
Breakfast:

Morning: Continue Exploring Bryce, hike Queens Garden and Navajo loop trail.

Lunch:

Afternoon: Wrap up your adventures at Bryce and depart for St. George.

Dinner: Closing Dinner.

Evening: Continue with closing dinner and have a hiking celebration!

Lodging: College Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Sunday, September 16 - Independent departures
Breakfast: 7:00-8:00 AM - Breakfast.

Morning: Independent departures following breakfast.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


St. George, UT
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, Our golf courses have been described as "golfer's paradise," Ten public courses, one semi-private and one private golf club provides an incredible variety of course. ~~Hiking, for more information go to www.stgeorgechamber.com/Outdoor%20Activities/Hiking.htm ~~Historic Sites, there are 27 nearby Historic Sites, restored pioneer buildings and homes for more information go to www.stgeorgechamber.com/historic_downtown.htm ~~Museums ~~Music Performances for more information go to www.stgeorgechamber.com/Culture%20&%20Arts.htm ~~Shopping for more information go to www.shoppingstgeorge.com/historical_downtown.htm ~~Spa for more information go to **Red Mountain Spa! 435-673-4905 www.redmountainspa.com or **Green Valley Spa 435-628-8060 www.greenvalleyspa.com ~~Tennis many nearby tennis courts. Dixie College Road Scholar offers tennis programs at Green Valley Spa Private courts used for the Vic Braden Tennis Academy instruction. May arrange lessons. 800-237-1068 www.vicbraden.com/locagv.html ~~Theater for more information go to www.stgeorgechamber.com/Culture%20&%20Arts.htm or www.sgmt.org or www.tuacahn.org or www.bard.org
For additional information, visit: www.utahsdixie.com
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park free time options**PLEASE NOTE: There is very little free time during this program. The free time options noted here are helpful if you plan to spend additional time before or after the program. Helpful website = www.brycecanyoncountry.com more sites noted below. ~ATV Riding - Call 1-800-444-6689 o (435) 676-1160 o Fax: (435) 676-8239. Or contact the National Forest service for trails at (435) 676-9300. Also call Ruby's Inn 1-866-866-6616 for info and reservations. ~Hikes / Walks When you arrive, the Bryce Park guide has a complete list, description and map of the trails. Use the Bryce Shuttle Red Line May 15-Sept 30 to get to and from the trails. Details are also on Bryce NPS Website www.nps.gov/brca. ~Horseback Riding contact Ruby's Inn 1-866-866-6616 for info and reservations or call Canyon Trail Rides, Tropic, UT 84776, 435/679-8665 or 435/834-5500 or visit their web site at www.canyonrides.com ~Mountain Biking In Bryce Canyon Country Call for details 1-800-444-6689 o (435) 676-1160 o Fax: (435) 676-8239 or www.brycecanyoncountry.com ~Visitor Center and Ranger Programs: times, locations and subjects are posted at the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center or www.nps.gov/brca ~Rodeo For Country Rodeo tickets call: Toll Free - (866) 782-0002 or (435) 834-5341Rodeo Dates End of May to Mid September, 6 nights a week, Monday through Saturday, 7:00 pm (MST) $7 Adults $4 Kids (Includes Tax) (subject to change) www.rubysinn.com ~Scenic flights Flying from Ruby's Inn Heliport since 1977 All flights are narrated and offer breathtaking photography. No wasted flight time. Helicopter / Airplane - Scenic / Charter flights available, F.A.A. certified air carrier. All Flights require a 2 fare Minimum. (435) 834-5341 ask for flight desk or www.rubysinn.com ~Shopping at Ruby's General Store and Old Town Bryce shops complete with wooden sidewalks take you back in time and offer a variety of items. ~Shuttle runs May 15 - September 30, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm daily. see www.nps.gov/brca for details.
Zion National Park
General Information about Zion National ParkThe below web site offers a good resource for information. www.nps.gov/zion This is the National Parks website and is a good source for information. ~~~Bicycle Zion --- The free Zion National Park shuttle buses are equipped with bike racks for those wishing to ride only part of the way. Bicycles are permitted only on established roads and the Pa’rus Trail. Bikes can be rented at Springdale Cycles 932 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, UT 84767, (435) 772-0575, Fax (435) 772-0576, E-mail: info@springdalecycles.com www.springdalecycles.com ~~~Galleries Many interesting and unique galleries are in Springdale. This website will provide more information. www.zionpark.com/Galleries.htm ~~~Horseback Riding for more information visit their website www.olwm.com/canyonrides ~~~Shuttle Buses in Zion National Park for more information www.nps.gov/zion/ShuttleSystem.htm ~~~Trails in Zion National Park for more information visit www.nps.gov/zion/MakingTheMostOfYourTime.htm ~~~Zion Canyon IMAX for more information visit the website www.zioncanyontheatre.com
For additional information, visit: www.zionpark.com/index.htm
Grand Canyon North Rim
General Overview of Grand Canyon North Rim Free Time Options**Please note: There is very little free time during this program. The free time options noted here are helpful if you plan to spend additional time on your own. ~Grand Canyon Mule Trips Register in the lobby of the Grand Canyon Lodge at the Grand Canyon Trail Rides desk; open 7am-5pm daily. For reservations call Grand Canyon Trail Rides, (435) 679-8665, or www.canyonrides.com/pkgrandcanyon.html. North Rim mule trips are offered from mid May to mid October only. ~Ranger Lectures National Park Service rangers offer a wide variety of interpretive programs seasonally on the North Rim. All ranger programs are free and open to the public. The location and subject varies, check at the North Rim Visitor Center upon arrival or www.nps.gov/grca/grandcanyon/north-rim ~Hikes or walks check at the North Rim Visitor Center upon arrival or www.nps.gov/grca/grandcanyon/north-rim There is a nice variety of walk/hiking trails that vary in distance, difficulty and provide an assortment of Grand Canyon views.

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