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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging (Variable by Program Date)
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Carol from Caldwell, ID Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/27/13 - 11/01/13
Moab is a beautiful area. This was a lot of firsts for me - first hiking trip, first Road Scholar trip and first visit to the area. Our leaders, Peter, Dan and Ryan were all personable, knowledgeable and fun. I enjoyed it all - the hikes, the people in our group, the scenery. I look forward to another Road Scholar trip.

Rose from Menlo Park, CA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 10/06/13 - 10/11/13
This program is based in Moab, a very beautiful area of Utah. There are many things to do and see here. I attended this program two years ago and enjoyed it so much I wanted to do it again. In some ways the government shutdown and park closures were fortuitous because our instructors had to find other things for us to do and see, and I was surprised at how many more things there were.

Laurel from Costa Mesa, CA Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 10/06/13 - 10/11/13
In spite of not being able to see the National Parks, our incredible leaders (Ryan, Jan, Dan) gave us an amazing tour we will never forget. They created a wonderful itinerary of the most diverse hiking and incredible sights I ever experienced or imagined. Thumbs up!

Ann from Pasadena, CA Number of programs attended: 25
Date attended: 10/06/13 - 10/11/13
I attended this program during the closing of the National Parks not knowing what to expect regarding alternative plans and trips. As it turns out I cannot imagine how it could have been any better if the original program had taken place. The leader and instructors, hikes, vistas and educational content were fantastic. This was my 25th Road Scholar trip and I rate in my top 2!

Mary from Tallahassee, FL Number of programs attended: 21
Date attended: 04/28/13 - 05/03/13
Informative geology lectures in beautiful settings. Wide range of hikes, requiring good fitness level.Very good trip.

Sue from Washington, DC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/14/13 - 04/19/13
If you have put off exploring any intrest you may have, wait no longer. Just go. Alone, with a companion, or friends, the freedom to do anything is waiting at Road Scholar. I always waited for someone else before doing anything and that was narrow. Road scholar has opened my eyes and I can see a whole world.

Charles from Manson, WA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/07/12 - 10/12/12
Hiking the Areas around Moab was an absolutely fabulous program. Our instuctors were very knowledgeable and personable. The hikes were different every day and the pace was perfect. The schedule was well thought out and ran very smoothly. The weather was perfect. We thoroughly enjoyed the people, the hikes, the surroundings, and especially the instructors Ryan, Jan and Jamie.

John from St Petersburg, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/29/12 - 05/04/12
As a brand new hiker and first time Road Scholar traveler, I wasn't sure what to expect. Right from our welcome meeting and first night dinner, I knew we were in good hands and with a great group. Our geology leader, Peter, kept us informed about what we were seeing and what had happened over time. It was easy to feel his passion for his subject. Dan's expertise as a photographer added to my enjoyment of the two parks. Road Scholar is smart to have Mountain Plains as a provider and lucky to have these two men lead trips for them. I look forward to future Road Scholar trips!

Joyce from St Petersburg, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/29/12 - 05/04/12
This trip was my/our first Road Scholar trip as well as my first ever hiking trip, so I have no base for any comparisons. I do know that our leaders, Peter and Dan, were extremely well-organized and knowledgeable about the two parks as well as Moab itself. I learned a lot about the geology of the area, hiking, and about myself. Our leaders made me feel safe and encouraged me to stretch my comfort zone. The camraderie that grew within our group was amazing. I look forward to more adventures with Road Scholar.

Ulla from Middleton, WI Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 04/29/12 - 05/04/12
We did this trip the first week in May. The program is an excellent way to see the two parks. The leaders' knowledge of the area enabled us to be on trails when the trails were not crowded. They were good about telling us how much water each trail required and I got some good pointers on how to walk on slip rock.

I personally found the geology of the area fascinating and our geology leader, Peter McCarville, does a great job of explaining the geology. The geology instruction is done on the trails where you actually see the rocks.

The program is well organized. We always got back in time for a much needed shower before our evening meal. The motel has a large hot tub area that some of the group used but I perferred the shower.

The food was good and varied. We ate lunches at picnic areas in the park. Breakfast was at a diner a few blocks from the motel. We walked to it but there was a van for those who did not want to walk. By the end of the program almost everyone was walking to the diner for breakfast. The meal arrangements were well executed.

Our free time was after our evening meal. Moab is a tourist town but it does have an excellent book store and plenty of places selling good ice cream.

David from Middleton, WI Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 04/29/12 - 05/04/12
Hikes through spectacular country, very different from our usual surroundings. I was particularly impressed with the organizational ability of our instructors--they were familiar with the area and were able to run a schedule that got everyone where they needed to be. The geology of Arches and Canyonlands was emphasized, and informational sessions were held in the field. We're contemplating doing future trips with this outdoor activity contractor. Accommodations were good, and there was a serious effort to get the group to an array of restaurants for evening meals. No evening activities were scheduled during the week, which was probably appropriate. Hiking "style" tended to be a series of shorter forays from the vans to natural feature destinations, rather than extended hikes. Arches and Canyonlands are exotic--but don't feel like a wilderness experience: the area tends to be crowded, and there's a Yahoo 4-wheeling and mountain biking atmosphere about Moab that's a bit grating (to me, at least). A very enjoyable and active course!

David from Washington, DC Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 04/22/12 - 04/27/12
A great set of hikes in the incredible national parks around Moab. Good food, new friends, and dedicated leaders. Couldn't ask for more--they even arranged for a lightning and thunderstorm to end the week, and an incredible sunset during the final dinner. Bravo!!

Marilyn from Plainfield, IN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/22/12 - 04/27/12
I'm a novice hiker from the flatlands and I did it! It was tough but worth every gasping breath. Accomodations and meals were super, guides were terrifically competent and nice.

Marlene from Pleasanton, CA Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 04/22/12 - 04/27/12
We love the red rock country of Utah. The leaders picked such great and varied hikes and were so thoughtful in helping people not used to such rugged terrain. A very special experience!

Carolyn from Mendota Heights, MN Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 04/22/12 - 04/27/12
This was the best organized hiking trip among the other 7 such trips I have taken with Road Scholar. Accomodations and food were outstanding as were our guides.

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