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Color Country National Parks: Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon North Rim

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Program #11573RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Steve from Columbia, MD Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/14/14
The Color Country trip to Bryce, Zion, and Grand Canyon is a fantastic experience--seeing photos is not the same as being in the parks and having experienced guides help interpret what you see and it's context! Go of it at whatever level your want--a very flexible trip for all levels.

William from Forest, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/14/14
11573(Colour Country) was a fantastic tour!!! Anyone wishing to see and learn about these three(Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon) National Parks should put this tour in their "bucket list"!!!

John from Jefferson, OH Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/14/14
Our program at Zion, Bryce and N. Rim of Grand Canyon was a great experience as have the previous 4 programs we have attended. This program was led by two persons who were knowledgeable, well organized and communicated well with the group. The sights were magnificent. I recommend it.

George from Des Peres, MO Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/14/14
Zion, Bryce and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon were sensational and made this the trip of of a lifetime for me. David and Mary Best were exceptional leaders and were the icing on the cake for us. I hope to have them as leaders for future trips.

Nancy from Warrenville, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/14/14
Our first experience with Road Scholar and our guides provided vast information and a great sense of humor too. David and Mary Best were the best. Lots of information about Zion, Bryce and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon-all different rocks. The driving was difficult but done superbly by Ray. Great way to see the National Parks in Utah. A wonderful group of travelers willing and able to adhere to the schedule and/or change of schedule due to the flash flood in Zion. Accommodations and meals were also a great surprise to the good.

Phyllis from Carlsbad, CA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/14/14
David and Mary Best WERE the best! They were excellent leaders and fortunately, this group of 40 was cohesive and followed orders. The scenery was outstanding and David always chimed in with useful information about the geology of the area. Also Forest Rangers gave some talks and were also informative. The sights were remarkable and it was a once in a lifetime experience for those of us who have never visited Bryce, Zion and the north rim.

Mary from Jefferson, OH Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/14/14
We recently went on the color countries program to Zion, Bryce & north rim of the Grand Canyon. We experienced a "once in a lifetime" flash flood in Zion (no problems, but interesting to see!) It was a wonderful trip, however, I would mention that the hikes are a bit more strenuous to those of us used to "walking up to 2 miles a day" on level ground & at a lower elevation. Any walking at 8000-9000' was strenuous to some of us!

phyllis from Chatham, NJ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/21/14 - 08/28/14
Wonderful learning adventure. Jeff and Joanna taught us about the geology of what we were seeing. Ray kept us safe with his driving and shared his life experiences with us. We enjoyed the company of all who journied with us. Can't wait to go on our next trip. Road Scholar rocks!! Get it?

Ann from Fairfield, OH Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 08/21/14 - 08/28/14
An outstanding program. Jeff and Joanna were excellent and knowledgeable coordinators for our adventures in Zion, Bryce Canyon, and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. A wonderful experience especially since the lodgings were in the parks so the vistas were only footsteps away. Hope to catch a few more Northern Arizona University Road Scholar programs in the future.

John from Atlanta, GA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 08/21/14 - 08/28/14
Color Country National Parks was a gem! AS with previous Road Scholar programs, the guides were knowledgeable and the company erudite and engaged. The irony of starting in Las Vegas--the "anti-national park"--was not lost on me. And the night skies---superb! Bravo, Road Scholar and NAU.

Joseph from Louisville, KY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/21/14 - 08/28/14
This is a great experience for people of all ages. The ability to see -- and stay in -- three national parks -- is fantastic. The trip was well organized and well executed. And our new friends are pretty great too! Strongly recommend.

kent from Chatham, NJ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/21/14 - 08/28/14
We took our Road Scholar Program (#11573) in August. Although hot outside, the bus ride to Zion, Grand Canyon North Rim and Bryce Canyon was very comfortable. The Coordinators provided excellent educational narratives and handouts which prepared us for the beautiful sights, hikes and programs that we experienced at each of the parks. Staying in the Park Lodges was a great benefit, allowing us to get the full advantage of each Park. If you have not visited these parks with their unbelievable scenery, you should not miss this Road Scholar program.

John from Silver Spring, MD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/21/14 - 08/28/14
This program is excellent. You get to see 3 of the most beautiful and astounding parks, while learning about their geology, natural history, and history. They cheerfully accommodated multiple levels of activity up to strenuous.

Susan from Hartford, WI Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 08/12/14 - 08/19/14
This program visiting Zion, Bryce, and North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Parks was spectacular due in part to the gorgeous scenery, but also due to our instructor, Darrell! I would recommend this program to anyone interested in the natural world and the beauty of our National Parks. The hiking was not difficult, the vistas, however, were incredible!

William from Staunton, IL Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 08/12/14 - 08/19/14
Hiking in three awesome, different national parks with a top-notch guide: unforgettable.

Nancy from Paradise, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 06/08/14 - 06/15/14
What a wonderful trip! Jeff, Jennifer and Ray did such a wonderful job of sharing their love of these National Parks and the Lodges. Information was provided to us with wonderful handouts, oral presentations, readings from favorite writers and personal experiences from Jeff and Jennifer. The Lodging was wonderful, the food outstanding and all the members of the tour had the chance to get know each other at meals, hikes, picnics and free time. Jeff and Jennifer ran this program smoothly and were very good at quickly making changes in the program if necessary for all our comfort. They do their job so well and it runs so smoothly that it made for a very stress free adventure. I look forward to taking another Road Scholar program with Jeff, Jennifer and Ray. I have been raving about this wonderful program to all my friends and certainly hope others reading these reviews will take advantage of this great program.

Eileen from East Hampton, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/08/14 - 06/15/14
I agree wholeheartedly with all that Val has said about our trip. The arrangements, the attention to details for each aspect of the trip were admirable. It made our trip so enjoyable and we were able to get to know each other on the bus, on the trails, in the dining rooms at the lodges, at the picnic tables. I'm still re-living the experience. Thank you, Jeff and Jen, for all your hard work and caring; Ray, you too are to be commended. I would travel again with Road Scholar -- no hesitation! Best regards to my tour mates who read this.

Vladimir from Harrisburg, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/08/14 - 06/15/14
This Northern Arizona University trip could not have been more perfect! The detailed trip information before we booked, the pre-trip information packet, the meals, accommodations, the day to day flawless travel execution, the group leaders - everything was great. Jeff and Jennifer provided lots of interesting information during our travel between and in the parks. Staying inside the parks and enjoying meals at the lodges could not be beaten. Picnic lunches made the maximum use of time to see the parks. Plenty of opportunities for independent exploration if desired. In the evenings, when day visitors left the parks, the parks were our own.

Gretchen from Medford, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/03/14 - 06/10/14
Still reliving this fascinating trip with wonderful people!

John from Nashua, NH Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 06/08/14 - 06/15/14
Jeff and Jen you both did a wonderful job! Amy and had a great time and would highly recommend this trip to everyone!!!!

Beth from Hillsborough, NC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/08/14 - 06/15/14
This program exceeded our expectations...wonderful leaders, amazing parks, great schedule, interesting presentation of educational material. Jeff and Jennifer were inclusive, warm, organized, knowledgable, and fun! The parks were more beautiful that words and pictures do justice. Ray kept us safe on the road and provided interesting insights of his own. Being housed in the National Parks added an extra benefit and contributed to the convenience and accessibility to trails, lodge, etc.

David from Chapel Hill, NC Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 06/08/14 - 06/15/14
The beauty and the diversity of these three National Parks are unbelievable! Road Scholar provided wonderful guides, and organization and arrangements were outstanding.

Vicki from Shelby, NC Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 06/03/14 - 06/10/14
The Color Canyons program was exciting and challenging. Our leaders could not have been better. We saw three beautiful and amazing national parks and had the opportunity to see Las Vegas and see a show and have a fabulous dinner (on our own).

Philip from Pasadena, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/12/14 - 05/19/14
This was a great program. The natural scenery could not be beat and the time at each was perfect (2 days Zion, 2 days Bryce, 2 days North Rim). The leaders (Nancy and Keith) were both excellent. The weather was perfect. The accommodations and food were excellent. The other participants were fun, interesting, friendly and easy going (even in spite of a bus breakdown and a plugged sewer line, both of which were remedied quickly and efficiently). Nobody complained, everyone kept up, everyone was on time all the time (even with 37 people).

Carol from Flower Mound, TX Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 05/27/14 - 06/03/14
This program is a walk through geologic time; each national park is a different time period and makes understanding the time and action involved a bit easier.

Bob from Flower Mound, TX Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 05/27/14 - 06/03/14
A fabulous area of the country. Beautiful and awe inspiring. You must see it to truly appreciate it, photos don't do it justice.

Maureen from Coralville, IA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/20/14 - 05/27/14
This is an awesome trip! It was our first Road Scholar trip, but will not be our last. Our tour guides, Stan and Mary Jane, were extremely knowledgable and organized and our driver, Lonnie, knew the roads and how to drive that bus in all weather (I think we had every type of weather possible except a tornado!). The only negative was the Las Vegas hotel, thank heaven we didn't have to stay there the whole trip. Kudos to Road Scholar, Stan, Mary Jane and Lonnie for a wonderful 7 days!

Bernie from Albrightsville, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/13/14 - 05/20/14
A dream trip filled with knowledge, activity and friendship.

Sharon from Fenton, MO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/13/14 - 05/20/14
To enjoy Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon North Rim through the eyes of Road Scholar was a great experience. I would recommend the trip to anyone who is ready to simply enjoy our fabulous American natural beauty.

Jan from San Antonio, TX Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 05/12/14 - 05/19/14
Fantastic trip!! Absolutely beautiful scenery that everyone should experience. And thanks to Nancy, Keith and Fred for being such great guides - I loved the stories and jokes. It was a great time!

Philip from Pasadena, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/12/14 - 05/19/14
This was a great program. The natural scenery could not be beat and the time at each was perfect (2 days Zion, 2 days Bryce, 2 days North Rim). The leaders (Nancy and Keith) were both excellent. The weather was perfect. The accommodations and food were excellent. The other participants were fun, interesting, friendly and easy going (even in spite of a bus breakdown and a plugged sewer line, both of which were remedied quickly and efficiently). Nobody complained, everyone kept up, everyone was on time all the time (even with 37 people).

George from Des Peres, MO Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/14/14
Zion, Bryce and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon were sensational and made this the trip of of a lifetime for me. David and Mary Best were exceptional leaders and were the icing on the cake for us. I hope to have them as leaders for future trips.

Nancy from Warrenville, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/14/14
Our first experience with Road Scholar and our guides provided vast information and a great sense of humor too. David and Mary Best were the best. Lots of information about Zion, Bryce and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon-all different rocks. The driving was difficult but done superbly by Ray. Great way to see the National Parks in Utah. A wonderful group of travelers willing and able to adhere to the schedule and/or change of schedule due to the flash flood in Zion. Accommodations and meals were also a great surprise to the good.

Mary from Georgetown, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/17/13 - 09/24/13
This was our first Road Scholar trip. I hope to be on many more. It exceeded expectations and included a wonderful group of people from all over. The leaders and even the bus driver were terrific.

Mary from Georgetown, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/17/13 - 09/24/13
This was our first Road Scholar trip. I hope to be on many more. It exceeded expectations and included a wonderful group of people from all over. The leaders and even the bus driver were terrific.

Judi from Kelowna, BC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/12/14 - 05/19/14
What an awesome trip! Great content, very compatible and informed guides. Our group was taken care of very well even after our beautiful bus had a breakdown in the desert. Alternate arrangements went off seamlessly and with humor. Each canyon left us more impressed and each had their own beauty. We did experience a first impression disappointment with the first accommodation in Las Vegas. The hotel was not crowded by any means and we were given a one of the poorest choices of rooms. Upon request, we were moved to a better room so all was not list. Perhaps a better calibre of accommodation could be considered. The others were first class! Thanks to our remarkable coordinator, geologist and driver for a job well done. And to our fellow travellers - hope our paths cross again.

kent from Chatham, NJ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/21/14 - 08/28/14
We took our Road Scholar Program (#11573) in August. Although hot outside, the bus ride to Zion, Grand Canyon North Rim and Bryce Canyon was very comfortable. The Coordinators provided excellent educational narratives and handouts which prepared us for the beautiful sights, hikes and programs that we experienced at each of the parks. Staying in the Park Lodges was a great benefit, allowing us to get the full advantage of each Park. If you have not visited these parks with their unbelievable scenery, you should not miss this Road Scholar program.


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"Sunlit escarpment from Rainbow Point, Bryce Canyon NP. At 9,115 feet, the literal high point of the trip!" Uploaded By: John
"Sunlit escarpment from Rainbow Point, Bryce Canyon NP. At 9,115 feet, the literal high point of the trip!" Uploaded By: John

"Sunset on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon." Uploaded By: William

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