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Staircase to the Past: Utah’s Grand Circle of Parks and Monuments and the Grand Canyon’s North Rim

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Elizabeth Thomae Jun 24, 2015 at 02:57 PM

We're doing the August 31 trip. Have been advised that it's worth it to plan an extra overnight in St. George to go to the amphitheater, any one else going? Beth
Irene Robinson Jun 26, 2015 at 09:42 PM

We had two free nights in St. George, so I'm not sure why you couldn't do it on either one of those.
Elizabeth Thomae Jun 27, 2015 at 10:12 AM

In looking at the itinerary, it's showing receptions and a learning session during the two evenings we are there.
Irene Robinson Jun 30, 2015 at 12:03 AM

I'm sorry, you're right. The only evening you would be able to do it would be the last night you are there--after the Grand Canyon. And that might be cutting it too close time-wise.
Elizabeth Thomae Jun 30, 2015 at 08:27 AM

That's when friends of ours did it last year, after the return to St. George, spending an extra night.


George Dillon Jun 19, 2015 at 08:20 AM

What are the daily temperatures in late August?
Elizabeth Thomae Jun 27, 2015 at 10:13 AM

George, I've looked ahead for our trip, leaving Aug 31 and it looks as if temps will be 90ish
George Dillon Jul 01, 2015 at 10:55 AM

Thank you.


laena hoenig May 10, 2015 at 10:50 PM

1st time traveling w/Road Scholar MAY 17-24TH. Looking forward to it,but concerned about uneven terrian. I was told that walking poles were available at the park. Trying to only use a 21" suitcase if possible. Any comments?
Roberta Hung May 11, 2015 at 08:34 AM

Hi Laena. This was my first RS trip- went June 2013. Loved it. I did cardios at a gym 3x a week, was 73 then. I went with a carry-on suitcase and a backpack. Didn't get any new clothes, but do wear a brimmed hat, sunglasses, sunblock. The bus has only a few poles, 1st come basis, but I never got one and did fine. I wore athletic shoes, never used my hiking boots but some folks were able to walk in sandals. At each spot, if the walk will be too difficult, you may elect to stay on the bus and ride to the end spot, then hike toward the middle to meet the group and turn around. ENJOY!


Rosemary Padberg May 08, 2015 at 08:38 PM

Did this program in 2013 and loved it. Good, supportive athletic shoes should suffice. DO bring walking poles. I found them immensely helpful and supportive even though I do not have balance or walking issues. I had the fold-up kind (very easy to transport) and although I took two with me I ended up using only one. There was a considerable amount of rocky, uneven and sometimes hilly terrain and the poles definitely help with stabilization. Hope you have a wonderful experience---it's beautiful out there!


Cathy Owen May 08, 2015 at 07:19 PM

I'm going o the 6/7 - 6/15 trip. Have read that hiking boots are not needed... but good to have? And hiking poles? Looking forward to my first Road Scholar trip!
Roberta Hung May 08, 2015 at 07:32 PM

Hi Cathy, I went on this trip in 2013 and loved it. It was my 1st one with RS. I did fine with sturdy athletic shoes (sneakers). I didn't need a pole, but if your balance and walk are not steady, a pole would help. Wear a hat, wicking clothes, sunblock. Enjoy! I just signed up for the Get-Together in the Tetons and Yellowstone Sep. 2-9.
Cathy Owen May 09, 2015 at 09:53 AM

Thank you Roberta. I wil order hiking poles. Am still debating whether to bring my hiking boots. Will see how much room I have to pack the athletic shoes!
Kenneth Doine May 09, 2015 at 08:47 PM

Cathy, I had a pair of Columbia shoes with a deep tread on the sole and they worked just fine. One thing I found useful is that you may want to bring a box of your favorite protein or energy bars.


Cathy Kleber Apr 17, 2015 at 11:28 AM

My husband and I just signed up for this program June 1-11. Another couple, our good friends, are coming along with us. Very excited! I'm interested in this conversation about the trip. I especially would love ideas for packing, and I'd love to know names, info., etc. of others who are going with us!! Thanks!
Roberta Hung Apr 17, 2015 at 02:27 PM

I took this trip 2 years ago and absolutely loved it! Dress for summer weather. Utah is dry, and even the breeze is a dry heat. So wear clothes that wick perspiration away the body. Also clothes that wash and dry quickly. At sites where we stayed 2 days, I rinsed off clothes in the vanity and hung them up over the AC fan to dry. Since it was too hot for hiking boots, I wore leather sneaks with a solid sole. Some folks wore sandals and I wouldn't recommend them as the walk in Monument Valley is on a dried river bed with lots of deep sand and large gravel. All dining areas were informal, no need to dress up.
Cathy Kleber Apr 18, 2015 at 11:16 AM

Thanks! Great info!


Greg Taylor Mar 19, 2015 at 05:50 PM

I'm going on the June 1, 2015 trip. Anyone else?
Cathy Kleber Apr 18, 2015 at 11:15 AM

Yes...going then too!
Irene Robinson May 23, 2015 at 02:36 PM

Me too! I'm bringing hiking boots, as I have foot problems. I'm also bringing poles which I always use when hiking. Poles weigh next to nothing and can be attached to backpack.
Irene Robinson May 23, 2015 at 02:42 PM

I'm also bringing sneakers & sandals, for just walking around towns.


D Sue Church Sep 16, 2014 at 12:39 AM

I am going on Sept 22 trip. Would like to hear from you if you are on this tour.


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