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Ken Peters Feb 05, 2016 at 11:12 PM

The leaders had hiking poles (7 or 8 of them)
in the luggage area of the bus. We were free to use them. I made use of one of them and was glad I had it. Don't think I would go out and buy one though.

Jean Gilman Feb 05, 2016 at 06:36 PM

At least one hiking pole would be helpful. The amount of hiking on this trip depends on the leaders you get. I was disappointed that we didn't have more hiking, but I was glad I had my pole going down into Bryce. You need to pack your poles in your suitcase so, hopefully, you have telescoping poles.

Richard Throop Feb 05, 2016 at 05:22 PM

Do I really need hiking poles for this trip?
Ken Peters Feb 06, 2016 at 09:14 AM

No, only if you are unsteady on unlevel ground.

Alice Beasley Jan 11, 2016 at 10:16 PM

Trying to decide between The Best of Utah's Grand Circle of Parks & Monuments and On the Road: Absolute Southwest in Oct.2016. What is the difference in activity level? Is one more time on bus and one more hiking? How strenuous is the hiking?

Constance Kobalka Dec 12, 2015 at 08:20 AM

How do we get our hiking poles through the checkpoints at the airports? Handcarry? or put in checked luggage and be prepared to explain what they are? Suggestions for those who've handled this issue in the past. Thanks!
Helen Sternheim Dec 12, 2015 at 11:04 AM

We always carry collapsable poles in our checked luggage. There has never been a problem.
Shelly Rosen Dec 12, 2015 at 03:35 PM

I didn't bring my collapsible poles. Really didn't need them. However, our guide had a bunch of walking sticks on the bus for anyone to use. He carved them from the stems of the Yucca Plant. They were gorgeous.
Helen Sternheim Dec 13, 2015 at 10:17 PM

They might have a different guide.
Constance Kobalka Dec 14, 2015 at 09:51 AM

Thank you all -- we'll probably pack our collapsable ones in checked luggage and be prepared to explain what they are. We tented in Utah about 5 years ago & that's exactly what happened as we brough a tent, backpacks, collapsable poles through checked luggage.
Ellie Knesper Dec 15, 2015 at 10:30 PM

It is fine to pack your poles in checked luggage.
Ellie Knesper Dec 15, 2015 at 10:30 PM

It is fine to pack your poles in checked luggage.

Betty Samuels Nov 02, 2015 at 05:59 PM

Did this in May a few years ago. Great trip..great scenic route..wonderful sites..beautiful country..nice people..learned a lot..have fun.

LINDA LANE Nov 02, 2015 at 04:15 PM

Anyone know if there are best dates to attend in regards to the weather?

Charles Aquiline Sep 16, 2015 at 09:39 PM

We are planning to do this trip Oct 1st How will the threatened government shut down affect the National Parks

Charlie Aquiline

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