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Utah’s Grand Circle of Parks and Monuments and the Grand Canyon’s North Rim

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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
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Cathy from Mount Pleasant, SC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/01/15 - 06/11/15
What an excellent experience! Initially I had some reservations about the ACTIVITY LEVEL of this program, but it was just perfect! I love the way the group bonded, and the leaders were outstanding. I learned so much that I catch myself looking at rock formations differently now! Marcia, Kelly, and David all made the program extra special with all of their instruction and stories. I felt completely at ease during the entire trip, and I thoroughly enjoyed our guest lecturers too. I look forward to anticipating in another RS program in the future!

Irene from Green Valley, AZ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/01/15 - 06/11/15
This is a wonderful trip designed for you to see the entire loop of National Parks and Monuments within Utah. I learned much about the history and geology of the locations for which I am grateful. Some days we hiked 1/2 mile, and one day we hiked 7 miles, but those who didn't want to, or couldn't do so much, were also welcomed. Great group of people met, and the leaders were terrific!

Ann from Mt Pleasant, SC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/01/15 - 06/11/15
What an awesome experience, our first with RS,but not our last. They have put together a program that lets you hike the beautiful parks of Utah at your ability level, while providing informative presentations. It is a program that lets you see places that you would not on your own.

Jim from Owings Mills, MD Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 06/01/15 - 06/11/15
This was a wonderful trip. The beauty and grandeur of southern Utah speaks for itself. Our tour leaders, Marcia, David, and Kelly kept the tour running like clockwork and added to the experience by sharing their knowledge of the the geology and history of the region.

Peggy from Mount Clemens, MI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 06/01/15 - 06/11/15
Wow! Everyone should participate in this trip! It was amazing! Marcia, David and Kelly were wonderful leaders and we learned SO much. Do consider this trip if you want to expand your horizons and find out more about our wonderful country!

Greg from Delmar, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/01/15 - 06/11/15
Marcia, David and Kelly were a great team who facilitated a great trip/experience.

Nancy from Simi Valley, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/01/15 - 06/11/15
The program description accurately describes the trip, so read it for information about the content, activity level and accommodations. Emphasis is placed on education about geology. Information is also provided during the trip about the history of the areas visited, Native Americans and early settlers. There also is some information about plants, birds and animals provided during the trip. The scenery is beautiful. Our trip leader and geologist were welcoming, helpful, well-informed, well-prepared, and really nice people. The trip exceeded my expectations.

Rosemary from Edmonds, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/01/15 - 06/11/15
Just returned from a wonderful adventure in Utah and AZ touring the national parks and monuments there for 10 days. Encourage others to consider this program. Learned so much about the geology and history and culture of the area. Cannot imagine coming here without these insights! Do not miss this wonderful opportunity to tour this area with incredible guides and teachers!

Barbara from Chevy Chase, MD Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/29/14 - 10/09/14
This was a great trip with excellent instructors who provided a good balance of learning, wonder, and a full schedule.

Kate from Intervale, NH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/29/14 - 10/09/14
this trip was amazing, learned, saw, discovered so much, Dennis, Linda and Jerry were awesome. The hikes brought us to magical places. Every turn on the bus, a new horizon. The trip can be a bit exhausting, very little "down" time. Expect a 2 day nap when you get home :)

Jan from Olympia, WA Number of programs attended: 39
Date attended: 09/29/14 - 10/09/14
Hiking through fantastic landscapes you'll find how enjoyable it can be to learn Geology 101 !!

Susan from Matthews, NC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/15/14 - 09/25/14
Wonderful trip!! Eldon, Diane and Liane were fabulous! The beauty around every bend was amazing. I learned more geology in 10 days than I ever had done before! I'll never look at a mountain the same again. Thanks for a great trip!

Beverly from Westminster, SC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/15/14 - 09/25/14
This trip introduced me to the vastness and beauty of an area of the country I had never seen before. Each day presented a new exciting experience. Thank You!

Ona from Hemet, CA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 10/02/14 - 10/12/14
What a beautiful country we live in! This experience was both educational and unbelievably beautiful.

Gerry from Los Alamitos, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/18/14 - 09/28/14
If you haven't done this trip, put it on your bucket list. It is not only awe-inspiring scenery, but moderately physically challenging. I prepared for the hiking in advance and it paid off; I wouldn't have wanted to miss out on the adventures. Also, plenty of photography opportunities along the way.

Judith from Washington, DC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/22/14 - 10/02/14
The Grand Circle of Parks, Monuments and North Rim of Grand Canyone in Utah was exceptional in all ways. My husband and I cannot think of a better way to see all that it offered and cannot speak highly enough of this tip!

Bernie from Minnetonka, MN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/08/14 - 09/18/14
This trip was awesome even if one has seen the National Parks in Utah/Arizona before. I consider myself a very well travelled individual and this trip ranks among the best! The group leader, geologist, as well as the bus driver were beyond compare. The beauty of the National Parks made me speechless and all I kept hearing myself say was "WOW!" A must see!

Warner from Plattsburgh, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/08/14 - 09/18/14
Having traveled extensively for the past thirty years, I would rate this program as one of top ones I have attended. The leader, instructor and driver were outstanding in every way and the venues spectacular..

Deborah from San Mateo, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/08/14 - 09/18/14
This trip was all I hoped it to be- seeing, learning, experiencing, photographing the Colorado Plateau with a great group of people. Now I understand how the great rock formations came to be and what they are becoming. The local pioneer and Native American info was also meaningful. So glad to have taken this trip!

Larry from Malvern, OH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/08/14 - 09/18/14
After 7 tours in Europe, this is our first tour in the USA. This one rates up there with the best. Very informative, and well organized. The tour director, coach driver, and geologist were excellent! Would highly recommend this tour.

Julia from Columbia, MD Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 06/02/14 - 06/12/14
This was the best trip ever! Road Scholars we met in California recommended it to us as their favorite and they were absolutely right. The choice of difficulty of walks and the daily geology pointers made it a great experience for a non-science person!

Suzanne from Towson, MD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/02/14 - 06/12/14
It’s been over a week and I’m still telling everyone I see about what a fantastic time I had in Utah. The group leader and our “personal” geologist were outstanding...and the rocks were beyond my wildest expectations. I signed up to see the Grand Canyon, but our time there was too short. I didn’t realize that the other national parks were just as spectacular. We have a beautiful country! Go see it.

Furman from Woodruff, SC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/02/14 - 06/12/14
Try it, You will love it.

Genevieve from Los Altos, CA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 06/02/14 - 06/12/14
If you want to do more than just visit the National Parks of southern Utah, this is the program for you! An experienced and local geologist is with you throughout the tour explaining the formations as you see them. This is a lot to assimilate in 10 days, but you leave with an immense appreciation of the forces of nature and the variety of land forms produced.

Adam from Raleigh, NC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 06/02/14 - 06/12/14
Just do it! Marcia and Kelly are excellent. Janice ROCKS!

Sharon from Columbia, MD Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 06/02/14 - 06/12/14
This was the TRIP of a LIFETIME...seeing Bryce, Zion, Arches, North rim of the Grand Canyon, driving through Monument Valley...the sights never ended! And we had the ABSOLUTELY BEST leader and geologist along with us. Each day was filled with interesting facts, stories about the towns we drove through, maps and videos to fill the drive time, walks that had options depending on how active you wanted to be, stops at Native American spots...just a FASCINATING introduction to Utah and its wonders. It was well organized and thought-out--I came home tired but VERY HAPPY!!!!!

Kenneth from Milwaukee, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/02/14 - 06/12/14
This trip was just amazing, sights that I just dreamed about became an actualality. Looking at Bryce Cancon with tears welling up I realize I made the right choice.

Paul from McPherson, KS Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 10/03/13 - 10/13/13
For those of you that like to travel safely in your own country, and experince in detail one of the major attractions of the world, this is the trip for you.

Dorothy from Charleston, SC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/23/13 - 10/03/13
This trip was absolutely amazing! The geological beauty was truly awe-inspiring, and Linda, Dennis, and Fred made the experience both educational and great fun. It was better than I could ever have imagined, and I am eager to take another Road Scholar trip!

Nellie from Pittsburgh, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/19/13 - 09/29/13
Nellie from Pittsburgh, Pa Number of programs attended: 1 Date attended:09/19-09/29/13 What a way to spend 10 days! The beauty of this state is amazing and the knowledge that Darrel and Paula McMahon have and shared with us made it an unforgettable trip. And let's not forget our fabulous driver Paul Peterson, he got us in and out of many interesting places! We will be back.

Jeanice from Nashville, TN Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/19/13 - 09/29/13
We loved every minute of this spectacular trip! Our wonderful experts, Paula and Darrell McMahon shared their knowledge, reverence, and love of their state with us making our tour educational as well as continually awe-inspiring. It's an absolutely wonderful way to spend ten days.

Claude from Big Canoe, GA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/23/13 - 10/03/13
The trip was perfect in eveery way-Linda and Dennis exceptional, the scenery breathtakiing, etc. WE LOVED IT

Rita from Saratoga Springs, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/23/13 - 10/03/13
Great program - well planned out and executed. I've already been asked to present a slide video I've created to a group of retirees.

Doug from Stouffville, ON Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/23/13 - 10/03/13
A wonderful 10 day trip to one of the most spiritual places in the US. Linda and Dennis provided a highly educational and entertaining experience that is so far the highlight of my retirement. Great food and accommodation, with a wide variety of diverse activities, I highly recommend this trip.

Marjorie from Lynchburg, VA Number of programs attended: 15
Date attended: 09/09/13 - 09/19/13
Amazing landscape made more enjoyable by the geologist's explanations.

Rosemary from Chesterfield, MO Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/19/13 - 09/29/13
Indescribable sights and beauty. An experience beyond my expectations. Photos are reminders of the experience, but canot capture the wonder of it. The inclusion of a visit with a Navaho family, and learning first-hand about their culture, was a special treat for me. There were several especially "special" moments. Overall, an experience hard to convey...grateful I had the opportunity to see it for myself.

Leonard from Encino, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/23/13 - 10/03/13
outstanding sights and well worth seeing. most outstanding sights in this country. high elevation may be a problem to some people. must be able to walk a mile or more and climb steps etc. to get full benefit of program each day.

Richard from Huntington, WV Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/19/13 - 09/29/13
If rocks are your thing, this is the program for you! History and humanity join hands here. Utah is where the Earth , Humanity and Forever meet. Thanks, our dreams were fulfilled...and then some.

Jannine from Mohnton, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/09/13 - 09/19/13
What a thrilling experience to stand in the depths of a canyon, see the multiple the layers of rock that date back millions of years, and have their origins explained by a geologist who knows his field!

Susan from Bellevue, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/02/13 - 09/12/13
A fantastic experience that I will long remember. I saw so much more than I would have on my own; and learned things about the places we went that I would not have learned had I done this visit to the Nat'l Parks of Utah on my own.

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