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Staircase to the Past: Utah’s Grand Circle of Parks and Monuments and Picturesque Antelope Canyon

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Carolyn Corbo Nov 08, 2014 at 12:05 AM

Thinking about taking this trip with a group of friends. What is the weather like in May? What is most convenient airport to fly into from NYC? Thanks! Carolyn
Betty Samuels Nov 08, 2014 at 07:36 AM

I flew into Las Vegas. Shuttle took us to St. George which was hot. two years ago. Rest of trip nice weather. Great trip.beautiful scenery..took an easy walking tour so well paced. Enjoyed.
Athena Robbins Nov 08, 2014 at 01:55 PM

The St. georeg Shuttle from Las Vegas was a 125-mile ride in a comfy van with about 7 other passengers. There might be direct flights to St. George from Salt Lake City, but this route is more expensive.
Athena Robbins Nov 08, 2014 at 01:57 PM

Yes, St. George was very hot and the sun beats down. Need a hat and sunscreen there. Perhaps the rest of the trip was higher altitude as it wasn't as bad.
Shelly Rosen Nov 08, 2014 at 02:14 PM

I also flew from Philadelphia to Las Vegas, I don't like little planes or little airports & St George is little. Also costs more than Las Vegas. Did the St. George shuttle which was fine.About 2 hrs. I left May 26. St. George was def HOT but still ok. The rest of the time the weather was delightful. My sister-in-law cautioned by against leaving much earlier as the high passes are often still closed due to snow or ice. She advised mid-May. It's a fabulous trip , you will have a great time.

Patt Church Oct 20, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Oct. 6-16, 2014: Hi everyone. This was a great trip with wonderful people. It was good to have two options for most parks. Hiking boots were not necessary, but my Rockport walkers and Reeboks got some good use.
Martha Joyal Oct 20, 2014 at 05:44 PM

How do you go about finding a room mate for a trip.
Patt Church Oct 20, 2014 at 06:28 PM

I had a room mate from home. Many on our trip had single rooms. People are very friendly. Road Scholar might help or you might find someone on this discussion board.

Shelly Rosen Aug 10, 2014 at 08:14 PM

Took the trip , end of May. Only used my Privo by Clark sandals, very similar to Keen Sandals, in fact several of the people in my group wore Keen sandals. No one wore hiking boots. I brought my walking stick and almost never used it. Not necessary unless you have a balance problem. Our group leader had several walking sticks that he put in the bus, he hand made them out of the Yucca Plant, they were beautiful&useful for those who wanted a walking stick.

HIKING POLES: Unless you use them or it for every day walking, or are unsteady on your feet, don't bother. You can also ask tour guide if she has one tucked away ~ a good possibility!

Athletic shoes are good, unless your hiking boots are light .... I used runners and my orthotics and was perfectly fine. Have fun, be present in the moment, look all around 360-degrees ... This trip, for me, was spectacular and ever-changing. P.s. Sometimes put the camera/electronic gadget away .... Just LOOK. :-))))))))

Ann Gussett Aug 10, 2014 at 04:12 PM

Thank you both, your comments were a big help. Ann
Athena Robbins Aug 10, 2014 at 04:39 PM

On the other hand, boots can get tiresome. It's not all rugged outdoors. Ample time is spent in museums and gift shops. It depends what you want to get out of the trip, I guess. Have fun on the trip!

Ann Gussett Aug 10, 2014 at 01:31 PM

Are there any more opions about hiking boot vs. atlectic shoes? And what about hiking poles? Ann
Athena Robbins Aug 10, 2014 at 01:57 PM

I went on the trip this past spring. Utah is the land of rocks. There are times when nothing beats a good pair of hiking boots with adjustable laces. You'll be walking over rocky uneven terrain in some cases and hiking boots absorb that kind of pounding better than sneakers do. I would wore slip-on sandals at dinner and around the hotel but otherwise lived in my hiking boots. If need one hiking stick or two poles for mobility, by all means bring them. You will not be pushed beyond your capabilities, there are options for how far and how difficult a walk to do.
Ellie Knesper Aug 10, 2014 at 03:30 PM

I agree with the above comment. Even if the hikes aren't particularly long, hiking boots are still best for the Utah rocks! If you are buying new boots, be sure to explain to the store what kind of hiking/walking you will be doing. You don't need the high and very stiff boots that are designed for carrying heavy packs for long distances. So lightweight boots with some Smartwool socks would be good. I am a fan of hiking poles and even use them in our local parks, but that is really a personal choice. I haven't done this particular trip, but it looks fantastic. You will seeing so many amazingly beautiful places! Have a great trip.

Ann Gussett Jul 30, 2014 at 04:59 PM

I will also be going on the trip Oct. 9. Some friends of mine went last year and loved it. Ann
Sharon Naglic Jul 30, 2014 at 06:52 PM

Hi Ann, good to hear that. Look forward to meeting. Sharon

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