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A National Park Family Adventure: Zion, Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell

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Program #20966RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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
Zion National Park East is about 5,500 feet. We will walk various trails and go to view points.

Equipment Requirements
We suggest you bring walking shoes with good tread for the daily field study and activities at the Ranch. Optional bring a swimming suit. All equipment for rock climbing, repelling, mountain biking, horse back riding, etc is provided at the ranch.

Itinerary for Jul 1 — Jul 6, 2013

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Type: Inn

Description: The College Inn is located in the heart of the historic district in St. George, six blocks from Dixie State University's campus. The historic district offers restored pioneer homes and buildings. This facility is used specifically for Road Scholar and other educational groups it is not used as housing for college students. St. George has beautiful red rock cliff and lava rock mesa as back drop with larger mountains and rock formations that can be seen in the distance. A lounge area with couches, DirecTV, a refrigerator, soda pop machine, guest laundry and microwave are available for your use. We also have a beautiful heated pool and hot tub for your enjoyment. The rooms do not have phones or televisions, but a public phone is available at the front desk.

Contact info:
123 East 100 South
St. George, UT 84770 USA
phone: 435-634-2050
web: www.dixie.edu/roadscholar/Location.html

Room amenities: Each room has two full size beds, private bath, free WiFi wireless Internet, hairdryer, soap & shampoo and individual heating and air-conditioning unit.

Facility amenities: A lounge area with couches, DirecTV in lounge, free WiFi wireless Internet, a refrigerator, soda pop machine, guest laundry and microwave are available for your use. We also have a beautiful heated pool and hot tub for your enjoyment.

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

Additional nights before: $35
If you want to arrive early or stay over following the program you can arrange to stay with us for $35 per room per night. Please call (435) 634-2050 at least one week in advance during regular business hours to make a reservation.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, July 01 - Welcome, orientation and introductions in the Col...
Welcome, orientation and introductions in the College Inn Meeting room/Snow Canyon State Park

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's Campus.

Dinner: 5:30 pm - Transfer to Dixie State University's Red Rock Cafe for a delicious banquet dinner.

Evening: Hike and explore Snow Canyon learn about Geology and the red sandstone formations.

Lodging: College Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Zion Ponderosa is a resort located on the East Rim of Zion National Park, in Southern Utah. Here we combine comfortable, cozy lodging in log cabins of all sizes and amenities, delicious food, with your choice of our Adventure Recreation. See world-famous Zion National Park in an adventurous and natural setting. The options for activities are amazing! You chose from spectacular hiking, horseback riding, zip line, rappelling, rock climbing wall, ATV tours, massage therapy, wagon rides, swimming and hot tub, tennis, sand volleyball, paintball, and basketball.

Contact info:
Highway 9, North Fork Road East of Zion N.P.
P.O. Box 5547
Mount Carmel, UT 84755 USA
phone: 800-293-5444 xor4356482700
web: www.zionponderosa.com

Room amenities: The log cabin suites are equipped with a private bedroom, full bathroom, front room and front porch. You can choose from a cabin with a queen size bunk bed in the bedroom or a queen bed. All Cabin Suites have foldout sofas in the front room.

Facility amenities: At the heart of the resort is our spacious new Resort Lodge. Among its features are a gift shop, a beautiful stone hearth and toasty fireplace, rustic coffee tables, and cozy couches. Hearty Meals! The Lodge is where all our tasty meals are served. Our dinner menu features Bar-B-Q rib eye steaks, halibut, and marinated turkey breast, as well as baked potato, vegetables, tossed salad, fresh baked rolls, drinks and dessert! No one leaves the dinner table hungry at Zion Ponderosa Resort... The Swimming Pool and Hot Tub are a highlight during the day, and bustle in the evening. There is nothing like a refreshing dip in our beautiful new pool...and after a day of serious recreation, soak those aching muscles in our hot tub. Basketball, Tennis, or how about Sand Volleyball...? If you just want to kick around the resort for a few hours, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy. Our sports courts are a great way to enjoy the outdoors while staying close to the resort. Recreation Barn Home to our indoor/outdoor climbing wall, exercise equipment, foosball, billiard, ping pong, and much more! Guests will check in at the Recreation Barn for all of their scheduled activities. The barn also has meeting areas making it ideal for large group, corporate, or family conferences. These are a perfect size for a single, couple, or a family. The cabin suites capable of sleeping up to 6 people.

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


Day Two: Tuesday, July 02 - Zion National Park/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: See up close and personal a live falcon, hawk, and golden eagle. Martin Tyner, a federally licensed eagle falconer, presents "Birds of Prey". Check-out and travel to Zion National Park! Explore beautiful trails within the park.

Lunch: Box Lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Continue hiking in Zion National Park. Then we'll travel to the east portion of Zion National Park, through the tunnel and continue to Checkerboard Mesa and arrive at the Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort! Check into your cabins

Dinner: Wagon ride to Dutch oven dinner.

Evening: You'll be amazed how many stars you can see at night!

Lodging: Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Zion Ponderosa is a resort located on the East Rim of Zion National Park, in Southern Utah. Here we combine comfortable, cozy lodging in log cabins of all sizes and amenities, delicious food, with your choice of our Adventure Recreation. See world-famous Zion National Park in an adventurous and natural setting. The options for activities are amazing! You chose from spectacular hiking, horseback riding, zip line, rappelling, rock climbing wall, ATV tours, massage therapy, wagon rides, swimming and hot tub, tennis, sand volleyball, paintball, and basketball.

Contact info:
Highway 9, North Fork Road East of Zion N.P.
P.O. Box 5547
Mount Carmel, UT 84755 USA
phone: 800-293-5444 xor4356482700
web: www.zionponderosa.com

Room amenities: The log cabin suites are equipped with a private bedroom, full bathroom, front room and front porch. You can choose from a cabin with a queen size bunk bed in the bedroom or a queen bed. All Cabin Suites have foldout sofas in the front room.

Facility amenities: At the heart of the resort is our spacious new Resort Lodge. Among its features are a gift shop, a beautiful stone hearth and toasty fireplace, rustic coffee tables, and cozy couches. Hearty Meals! The Lodge is where all our tasty meals are served. Our dinner menu features Bar-B-Q rib eye steaks, halibut, and marinated turkey breast, as well as baked potato, vegetables, tossed salad, fresh baked rolls, drinks and dessert! No one leaves the dinner table hungry at Zion Ponderosa Resort... The Swimming Pool and Hot Tub are a highlight during the day, and bustle in the evening. There is nothing like a refreshing dip in our beautiful new pool...and after a day of serious recreation, soak those aching muscles in our hot tub. Basketball, Tennis, or how about Sand Volleyball...? If you just want to kick around the resort for a few hours, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy. Our sports courts are a great way to enjoy the outdoors while staying close to the resort. Recreation Barn Home to our indoor/outdoor climbing wall, exercise equipment, foosball, billiard, ping pong, and much more! Guests will check in at the Recreation Barn for all of their scheduled activities. The barn also has meeting areas making it ideal for large group, corporate, or family conferences. These are a perfect size for a single, couple, or a family. The cabin suites capable of sleeping up to 6 people.

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


Day Three: Wednesday, July 03 - Ranch activities and exploration
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the Ranch.

Morning: Get ready for incredible adventures! Have a fabulous time participating in activities at the Ranch! Options include; Horse back riding, rock climbing, rappelling, zip line, paintball, jeep tour, skeet shooting, mini golfing, hiking and swimming!

Lunch:

Afternoon: Activities at the Ranch. Options include; Horse back riding, rock climbing, rappelling, zip line, paintball, jeep tour, skeet shooting, mini golfing, hiking and swimming!

Dinner: Dinner at Ranch

Evening: Meet around the campfire for stories and "Smores"

Lodging: Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Best Western at Lake Powell is your ideal lodging choice in the Page-Lake Powell area. The hotel is located just minutes from beautiful Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Dam in Page, Arizona. The Best Western at Lake Powell offers the convenience of a central location in the heart of Page surrounded by shops, galleries, museums, and restaurants.

Contact info:
208 North Lake Powell Blvd.
Page, AZ 86040 USA
phone: 928-645-5988
web: www.innatlakepowell.com

Room amenities: Furnished in Southwestern decor, each room features wireless internet, in-room coffeemaker, iron with ironing board, 27" cable TV with premium channels (HBO, CNN, ESPN, Disney), Hairdryer, and AM/FM radio alarm clock.

Facility amenities: Outdoor pool & spa, free high speed internet, fitness center, fax and copy services, safety deposit boxes, and 24-hour front desk service.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Thursday, July 04 - Lake Powell/Glen Canyon Dam/Colorado River Float ...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the Ranch.

Morning: Check out and travel to Lake Powell. Visit Glen Canyon Dam visitor center.

Lunch: Box Lunch at Glen Canyon Dam.

Afternoon: Flat water float trip on the Colorado River. Colorado River Discovery river trips begin with an exciting ride down the two-mile long Glen Canyon Dam access tunnel. With the dam soaring 700 feet above you, you will board a motorized pontoon raft for your journey downstream, where you will experience one of the most dramatic stretches of river found in the western United States. While underway, your experienced guide will tell the area’s story of soaring sandstone cliffs, crystal blue-green waters, abundant wildlife, former inhabitation by native cultures, exploration by Major John Wesley Powell, and the Colorado River’s modern role in the Southwest’s water and power delivery system. Return to Page for an evening with the Navajo.

Dinner: Enjoy a traditional Navajo taco and spend an evening with the Navajo a wonderful opportunity to glimpse into the life, ways and traditions of the Navajo tribe!

Lodging: Best Western At Lake Powell

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: Friday, July 05 - Antelope Slot Canyon
Breakfast: 8:00-9:00 am - Breakfast Buffet at Glen Canyon Steakhouse which includes fresh fruit, yogurt, pancakes, french toast, eggs, bacon, sausage, hashbrowns, cereal, assorted pastries, coffee, tea, and juice.

Morning: 10:00 am - Check out and depart for Antelope Slot Canyon, the most photographed slot canyon in the Southwest US! Embark on a guided exploration of Upper Antelope Canyon. The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tse' bighanilini, which means "the place where water runs through rocks." Upper Antelope is at about 4,000 feet elevation and the canyon walls rise 120 feet above the streambed. Located within the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation.

Lunch: Lunch in Page, AZ

Afternoon: Return to St. George Check into your rooms and relax until dinner

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

Evening: Enjoy a closing dinner and recap the scenic beauty you were able to see and capture in photos this week!

Lodging: College Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Saturday, July 06 - Independent Departures
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, UT
HikingHiking People come from all over the country and foreign countries just to hike and see the breathtaking views of our magnificent color country. There are trails for every age level and experience. You may obtain maps of these trails at the Bureau of Land Management Information Center located at 345 E Riverside Drive in St George, or call them at 435- 688-3246. St. George City has miles of paved walking/biking trails. Maps can be obtained fom the city of St. George offices located at 200 North and 200 East. website www.stgeorgechamber.com/Walking,%20Hiking%20Trails%20Map.htm
For additional information, visit: www.stgeorgechamber.com/Outdoor%20Activities/Hiking.htm
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
Trails in Zion National ParkTrails you can walk in ONE HOUR OR LESS ROUND TRIP •Lower Emerald Pool Easy walk to a waterfall. Shuttle stop: Zion Lodge or The Grotto •Weeping Rock Self-guiding walk to a spring and ''hanging garden.'' Shuttle stop: Weeping Rock •Canyon Overlook Self-guiding walk to a canyon viewpoint. Very hot by late morning. Shuttle stop: Not on shuttle loop •LONGER WALKS •Middle Emerald Pool Moderate walk to pools and waterfalls. Shuttle stop: Zion Lodge or The Grotto •Riverside Walk Easy walk along the Virgin River. Shuttle stop: Temple of Sinawava •Watchman Moderate walk to a viewpoint of lower Zion Canyon. Very hot by late morning. Three to four hours-round trip. Shuttle stop: Zion Canyon Visitors Center •Hidden Canyon Fairly strenuous hike to a hanging canyon. This trail is not recommended for anyone fearful of heights. Shuttle stop: Weeping Rock •Angels Landing Strenuous hike to a panoramic viewpoint. This trail is not recommended for anyone fearful of heights. Shuttle stop: The Grotto
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/zion
Zion Canyon IMAXZion Canyon IMAX Open 7 days a week 11am-8pm (summer hours) Call for winter hours. Hollywood films are up to 9 times the size of the regular screen! View the IMAX film 'Zion Canyon Treasure of the Gods'. The theatre's giant IMAX screen is the largest IMAX theater in Utah and one of the largest in the world measuring 60 feet high and 82 feet across. Sound is delivered through an eight track digital Surround Sound system capable of 22,000 watts. The giant IMAX screen is a great addition to the adventure of Zion National Park. Treasure of the God's Movie offers aerial and ground views of Zion and surrounding areas and sights difficult to see on your own and captures Zion legends in a dramatic way. Experience the myth, magic, and drama of Zion Canyon, with scenes from southwest National Parks and Native American Lands. The Zion Canyon Giant Screen Theatre offers one of the most spectacular film experiences available anywhere. Zion Canyon Treasure of the Gods is a 40-minute film that stretches across time and seasons, exploring the hidden depths and legends of Zion Canyon. Shown throughout the day on a screen six-stories high. Also showing Hollywood Favorites at 8:00 pm. Tickets are available at the theatre complex near the entrance to the park. Call (435) 772-2400 or (888) 256-FILM for more information
For additional information, visit: www.zioncanyontheatre.com

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