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

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Constance Kobalka Aug 02, 2015 at 11:51 AM

We're thinking about doing this trip, next April, 2016. Are there hiking options so if we'd want to do a longer, more vigorous hike we could do that?
We did the "moderately challenging" C & O Canal trip in Maryland this past May & enjoyed the hikes, plus the options. Also, my brother-in-law is concerned about heat issues. What's the temperatures like for those of you who went in April? Thanks.


judith woods Aug 01, 2015 at 12:00 PM

is there a lot of walking on this tour-my sister has some difficulty at times
Nancy Dannels Aug 01, 2015 at 12:05 PM

Hello--Did this trip in May/June---There are some hikes but your sister can do all of the hiking or just some of it or none depending on how she feels on a particular day.

Good idea to wear close-toed shoes. Runners that are lightweight are great. Can always borrow a walking stick from the tour guide too. Have a wonderful trip, it is magical scenery!


Carolyn Corbo May 07, 2015 at 12:29 AM

Preparing to go to Utah, Stairway to the Past 5/11/15 and wondering how steep the terrain is...is it necessary to bring hiking boots or would sneakers suffice? Are hiking poles needed? Any other "essentials" that we may not be thinking about? Thanks for any and all suggestions!
Allen, this is our 1st trip too, look forward to meeting you, Carolyn & Pat
Ken Peters May 07, 2015 at 10:24 AM

Hiking boots, if you have, are great. Although sneakers with a good tread on them would suffice. Bring clothing you can layer. Have fun!
Harriet McDonald May 07, 2015 at 11:44 AM

Layer clothing (weather is unpredictable this time of year), hiking boots or sneakers with good tread and good support. Hiking poles are good if you regularly use them but trails are good and generally smooth. Bring sunscreen, hats, and bottles for water.


Carolyn Corbo May 07, 2015 at 12:29 AM

Preparing to go to Utah, Stairway to the Past 5/11/15 and wondering how steep the terrain is...is it necessary to bring hiking boots or would sneakers suffice? Are hiking poles needed? Any other "essentials" that we may not be thinking about? Thanks for any and all suggestions!
Allen, this is our 1st trip too, look forward to meeting you, Carolyn & Pat
Mimi Locknar May 08, 2015 at 09:38 PM

Just returned on Sunday - great trip! We had snow at Bryce, and hot temps later in the week. If you don't have a hiking pole, they have bamboo ones for you to use. I wore my New Balance Walkers all week and they were fine. Take a big hat and lots of sun screen!


Allen Brafman Apr 11, 2015 at 09:06 PM

Our first rs trip staircase to the past may 11--can anyone offer useful tips about laundry, free time side trips anything else an enthusiastic first time energetic older couple might want to know about. Thank you. Allen & Edith Brafman

Just take clothing to layer, layer, layer! I did the same time of year in 2014 and experienced snow and sleet at the higher elevation but 92F at St. George

Great laundry room at the Dixie College facility to use at the end of the trip if necessary. Just brings lots of undies and sox .... Do later at home.
Allen Brafman Apr 12, 2015 at 08:40 AM

Cate, Thank you for laundry tip. We will be coming from 3 days in las Vegas, so laundry at St George makes sense. Also, thank you for layering suggestion.
Terri Rappaport Apr 12, 2015 at 08:46 AM

While some hotels had guest laundries, machines were usually busy. There is a laundromat around the corner from the hotel in Moab & they had a sign for drop off service. Webring washable, fast drying clothes which we hand washed when we got to a 2 night stay hotel. There is no real time for personal side trips. We just finished our trip. Awesome!
Allen Brafman Apr 12, 2015 at 12:57 PM

Thanks, Terri. I appreciate your taking time to address our concerns.


Nancy Dannels Apr 10, 2015 at 08:56 AM

Hope to connect with some of my fellow tour mates before the actual tour starts. My college roommate and I are on the May 18-May28 tour. Hope to hear from some of you. Nancy
James Dalton Apr 25, 2015 at 12:35 PM

Hi Nancy - My wife, Ellen, and I are also on the 5/18 - 5/28 trip. - Chris
Nancy Dannels Apr 25, 2015 at 03:46 PM

Hello, Glad to hear from you. So is your first name James or Chris. Was confused a little. Where do you live? I am from the south suburbs of Chicago ( Park Forest) and my college roommate is from the north suburbs (Glenview).
James Dalton Apr 25, 2015 at 05:34 PM

Sorry for the confusion. My first name is James but I go by my middle name which is Chris(topher). We live in Bowling Green, Ohio. We're combining the RS program with attending my 50th college reunion in California so will be driving up to Las Vegas from LA on 5/18 and taking the shuttle to St. George.
Nancy Dannels Apr 25, 2015 at 06:29 PM

Laura and I are getting into Las Vegas on the 17th and taking the shuttle to St. George. Will stay at the Dixie Inn that night.


Patricia Muller Apr 09, 2015 at 10:30 PM

I'm on the 4-16 trip. Flying in from Denver. Haven't been to Bryce and Zion in years; never seen Snow Canyon, Escalante-Grand Staircase or Capitol Reef; have been to Arches-Canyonlands fairly often as Moab is a comfortable day's drive from Denver and love love love it! Anyone going, check with PBS or Acorn online for DVD of Red Rock Serenade...it's what got me of my duff to sign up.
Teri McAuliffe Apr 09, 2015 at 10:37 PM

re you flying into St George or Las Vegas?? I'm going from Colorado Springs to Las Vegas on Allegiant, then shuttle to St George..looking forward to it!!
Patricia Muller Apr 11, 2015 at 11:32 PM

United actually has a nonstop Denver to St George !
Patricia Muller Apr 11, 2015 at 11:35 PM

As for heights, I doubt any of the trails will be hairy...you may not want to get too close to the viewpoint at Deadhorse and some of the similar views


Teri McAuliffe Apr 09, 2015 at 09:13 PM

:-( I thought you might be going on my dates, but I'm going 4-16 to 4-26...anyone else on here that's going at that time??
Patricia Muller Apr 09, 2015 at 10:17 PM

Joan Costello Apr 15, 2015 at 12:23 AM

I am going on this iteration. Planning to share a room with someone assigned by RS.


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