The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.
Free Time Opportunities
| Las Vegas, NV
A Chamber of Commerce, Las Vegas(**Following Free Time Info is helpful if you spend extra time here)
This is a great resource for accurate information about Las Vegas. You will find details about activities and a calendar of events. There are so many options and variety of things to do in Las Vegas that we could not list all of the items here under free time so please use the Chamber of Commerce as an additional resource. Thanks! :-)
The items we have listed below indicate where they are located. We have also made a note telling you which monorail stops to get off on. Hopefully this will make it easier for you to get there on your own. For additional information, visit www.lvchamber.com
||Adventuredome Theme Park (Circus Circus Hotel, Casino and Theme Park)
America's largest indoor theme park features 21 rides and attractions.
Easily accessed by using the Monorail and getting off at the Sahara Station. You can access the following from this stop.
Sahara Resort Casino with 95,000-square-foot casino, four restaurants and the NASCAR Cafe, which includes the Las Vegas Cyber Speedway and state-of-the-art roller-coaster SPEED-The Ride.
Adventuredome Theme Park
Guinness World Records Museum
High Roller Coaster and Big Shot
Stratosphere Observation Decks
Wet 'n Wild Water Park For additional information, visit www.adventuredome.com
||Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
If you have time to sightsee, this is an extraordinary place to go! A 13,573 square foot, indoor, glass-domed garden abounding in fragrance just beyond Bellagio's lobby. Exotic plants and flowers highlight every season and holiday. Do not miss the evening outdoor Bellagio Fountains and light show all set to music. Be sure to stroll into the lobby to see the stunning display of hanging blown glass flowers!
Accessible via the Monorail use the Bally's & Paris Las Vegas Station For additional information, visit www.bellagio.com
||Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art located in the Bellagio.
Home to touring exhibitions of fine art from around the world. Currently on display "Claude Monet: Masterworks from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston"
The displays change frequently, so check prior to arrival for current display. For additional information, visit www.bellagio.com
||Museums in Las Vegas
~~~The Wynn Collection of Fine Art
The private art collection of Steve and Elaine Wynn. The Wynn Collection consists of 19th and 20th century European and American masterpieces. Displayed are more than a dozen works from eight legendary masters, including Paul Gauguin, 'douard Manet, and Pablo Picasso
It is accessible via the monorail then get off at Harrah's / Imperial Palace Station
~~~The Tomb and Museum of King Tut (Luxor Hotel and Casino)
View an exact replication of the tomb of Egypt's most famous king.
This is accessible by taking the monorail and get off at the MGM Grand Station. Continue to Excalibur Hotel and take tram, exit at Luxor.
~~~Imperial Palace Auto Collection (Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino)
Home of the world-famous Imperial Palace Auto Collection which has over
150 antique, classic and special-interest automobiles on display and for sale daily. You can get there by taking the monorail to Harrah's / Imperial Palace Station.
~~~Guinness World Records Museum
The wacky, weird and wonderful museum brings the Guinness Book of Records to life with color videos, hands-on displays and assorted oddities. Open daily. You can get there by taking the monorail to the Sahara Station.
~~~Casino Legends Hall of Fame (Tropicana Resort and Casino)
Offers the largest collection of Nevada casino and entertainment memorabilia ever assembled. You can get there by taking the monorail and get off at the MGM Grand Station.
~~~Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (Bellagio)
Home to touring exhibitions of fine art from around the world. One example of works they have displayed is "Claude Monet: Masterworks from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston." Check to see what is currently on display. You can get there by taking the monorail and get off at the Bally's & Paris Las Vegas Station.
||NEW! Las Vegas Monorail
A monorail system launched operations in July 2004. Linking seven stations over four miles to eight resorts and the Las Vegas Convention Center, the sleek monorail provides a quick and comfortable ride through the heart of the resort corridor and offers a great way to explore Las Vegas! Access their web site for a route map and all of the exciting options available at each monorail stop. One ride is $3 or you can purchase multiple ride passes. This is the fast and easy way to see Las Vegas highlights without the walking or the traffic. For additional information, visit www.lvmonorail.com
||Paris, Las Vegas
Paris Las Vegas immerses visitors in a complete Parisian experience in this 2,916-room resort. Take an elevator ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower replica which soars 50 stories into the sky. Its observation deck offers a spectacular view of the Las Vegas Valley. For additional information, visit www.paris-lv.com
||Recreation and Tours
(This information is from the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.)
The Las Vegas area is a paradise for all kinds of recreational and sightseeing activities. Dozens of verdant and challenging golf courses beckon the golfer twelve months a year. Lake Mead's deep blue waters and 550 miles of shorelines are enjoyed by boaters, water skiers, swimmers, and people hoping to hook a trophy fish. The Colorado River offers unforgettable white water rafting. For hiking, rock climbing and outdoor photography there's Red Rock Canyon and Mt. Charleston. Skiers love Mt. Charleston and the many other ski slopes within a short drive of Las Vegas for their winter fun. Day tours to the Grand Canyon, Valley of Fire and Death Valley are what memories are made of. And Hoover Dam isn't called the "Eighth Wonder of the World" for nothing.
~~~Las Vegas is home to Nellis Air Force Base and the mighty Thunderbirds precision flying team. Just north of Las Vegas near Nellis Air Force Base is the finest motor sports facility in the world: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, home to NASCAR's "Las Vegas 400" and a host of other world class motor racing events. For sports fans, there's AAA baseball with the Las Vegas Stars, PGA and LPGA tournaments, and the always-popular UNLV Rebels!"
Since 1967, air and ground tours from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Yosemite and Bryce Canyon. Call 800-634-6801.
~~~A Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours
Grand Canyon Tours, Helicopters, Las Vegas Shows, Rafting, Weddings, 2 for 1 night flights, Canyon Landings and more information at www.papillon.com
~~~A Rebel Adventure Tours
Hummer off Road Adventures, Jet Skiing, White Water Rafting, Goldmine Adventures, Grand Canyon Hummer Tours - 1-800-817-6789.
~~~More resources available by calling the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce at (702) 735-1616.
~~~Sirens of TI (Treasure Island at The Mirage)
Sirens lure a band of pirates in this 20 minute musical with swordplay, pyrotechnics and high-diving acrobatics at the hotel's front entrance.
Monorail accessible via: Harrah's / Imperial Palace Station
~~~Cinema Ride (Forum Shops at Caesars, Caesars Palace)
3-D Motion Simulator Adventures, including - Atlantis Submarine Race, Galactic Flight, Haunted Graveyard Run, Runaway Coasters and the new "Ski Ride" by Warren Miller. Monorail accessible via: Flamingo / Caesars Palace Station
~~~Circus Acts (Circus Circus Hotel, Casino and Theme Park)
World-renowned live circus acts free daily. Monorail accessible via: Sahara Station
~~~Eiffel Tower replica (Paris Las Vegas)
Take an elevator ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower replica which soars 50
stories into the sky. Its observation deck offers a spectacular view of the Las
Vegas Valley. Monorail accessible via: Bally's & Paris Las Vegas Station
~~~Festival Fountain Show (Forum Shops at Caesars, Caesars Palace)
A free animatronics show where the statues come to life in a seven minute show featuring fire, steam, lasers, sound effects around a 50,000-gallon aquarium. Monorail accessible via: Flamingo / Caesars Palace Station
~~~Flamingo Wildlife Habitat (Flamingo Las Vegas)
The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat features Chilean flamingos, African penguins, ducks, swans, pheasants, quail, turtles, Koi and goldfish.
Monorail accessible via: Flamingo / Caesars Palace Station
~~~Flyaway Indoor Skydiving
Experience body flight in an indoor wind tunnel. The fee includes training, equipment rental and simulated skydive. 200 Convention Center Drive
Monorail accessible via: Las Vegas Convention Center Station
~~~Fountains of Bellagio (Bellagio)
More than a thousand fountains dance in front of the hotel to music ranging from Pavarotti to Sinatra. Water soars as high as 245 feet in the air.
Monorail accessible via: Bally's & Paris Las Vegas Station
||Sightseeing Attractions #2
~~~Stratosphere Observation Decks (Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower)
From ground level you'll arrive at the observation decks in less than 30 seconds. Double-decker elevators travel at speeds of 1,800 feet per minute. Indoor and outdoor decks. Also includes High Roller Coaster and Big Shot.
The High Roller Coaster, the highest coaster in the world, wraps itself around the crown of the Stratosphere the tallest building west of the Mississippi. The Big Shot takes off at the base of the Stratosphere needle and shoots 160 feet in the air and freefalls back down. Monorail accessible via: Sahara Station
~~~IMAX Theatre (Luxor Hotel and Casino)
Watch movies shown on a 68 foot tall screen - NASCAR 3D, Ocean Wonderland 3D, Adrenaline Rush, Haunted Castle 3D.
Monorail accessible via: MGM Grand Station. Continue to Excalibur Hotel and take tram, exit at Luxor.
~~~In Search of the Obelisk (Luxor Hotel and Casino)
A motion simulator ride through an ancient, newly discovered pyramid. Discover the mysteries and powers of the ancient world in a motion film made exclusively for Luxor.
Accessible via: MGM Grand Station. Continue to Excalibur Hotel and take tram, exit at Luxor.
~~~Lion Habitat (MGM Grand Hotel and Casino)
This one-of-a-kind lion habitat is home to several African lions and cubs. 35-
foot glass walls offer guests maximum viewing capabilities.
Accessible via: MGM Grand Station
~~~Shark Reef (Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino)
Takes visitors on a journey to an undersea ocean. Features more than 2,000 dangerous and unusual animals representing 100 different species from the world's most tropical waters.
Accessible via: MGM Grand Station. Continue to Excalibur Hotel and take tram, exit at Mandalay Bay.
||Sightseeing Attractions #3
~~~The Siegfried & Roy Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat (The Mirage)
The Secret Garden is home to six rare animal breeds including the royal white tigers, white lions and a four-ton elephant. The Dolphin Habitat adjacent to the garden offers an educational tour of Atlantic bottle-nosed dolphins.
Monorail accessible via: Harrah's / Imperial Palace Station
~~~Star Trek: The Experience (Las Vegas Hilton Hotel and Casino)
Interact with live actors on U.S.S. Enterprise re-creation, battling aliens in space in a motion simulator.
Accessible via: Las Vegas Hilton Station
~~~The Volcano at the Mirage (The Mirage)
In the center of a lagoon filled with waterfalls and palm trees, the 54-foot volcano at the resort's entrance erupts every few minutes after dusk, spewing smoke and fire 100 feet above the water.
Accessible via: Harrah's / Imperial Palace Station
~~~Wet 'N Wild Water Park
Over 16 acres with more than a dozen rides, including flumes, slides and floats for all ages. Open daily May through September.
Accessible via: Sahara Station
~~~White Tiger Habitat (The Mirage)
Siegfried & Roy's rare and exotic white tigers can be viewed free of charge.
Accessible via: Harrah's / Imperial Palace Station
||Various Places to Shop
~~~Desert Passage located behind the Aladin Hotel Casino
Here, you can visit 140 unigue and specialty shops and 14 restaurants including Commander's Palace. The Monorail takes you there and is accessible via: MGM Grand Station.
~~~Fashion Show Mall
Over 200 stores including a new Nordstrom and a new Bloomingdale's Home, as well as expanded stores from Neiman Marcus, Macy's and Robinsons-May, Saks Fifth Avenue and Dillard's. Located across from Treasure Island on the Strip at Spring Mountain Rd. The Monorail takes you there and is accessible via: Harrah's / Imperial Palace Station
~~~Forum Shops at Caesars (Caesars Palace)
More than 100 specialty shops and restaurants including Versace, Gucci, Escada, Valentino, FAO Schwarz, The Palm, Wolfgang Puck's Spago, and The Cheesecake Factory. The Monorail takes you there and is accessible via: Flamingo / Caesars Palace Station
~~~M&M'S Academy (Showcase Mall)
M&M's World is a four story interactive shopping and retail complex that features thousands of original M&M's Brand merchandise.
The Monorail takes you there and is accessible via: MGM Grand Station
A specialty retail and entertainment center with a movie theater, M&M's World/Ethel M's Chocolates store, and Everything Coca-Cola store.
The Monorail takes you there and is accessible via: MGM Grand Station
| Zion National Park
Bicycling in Zion
In the past most cyclists found the automobile congestion along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive to be too hazardous for riding. Thanks to the Zion Canyon Shuttle System the park is now more bicycle friendly. One may ride the PaRus trail from the lower canyon and connect to Zion Canyon Scenic Drive at Canyon Junction. The shuttle buses are equipped with bike racks for those wishing to ride only part of the way. Many cyclists enjoy riding the shuttle to the Temple of Sinawava and cycling back down. Bicycles are permitted only on established roads and the PaRus Trail. Cyclists must obey traffic laws. Bicycles are not allowed on hiking trails or off-trail. Ride defensively; automobile traffic is often heavy and drivers may be distracted by the scenery. Riding through the Zion-Mt. Carmel tunnel is prohibited. Bicycles must be transported through the tunnel by motor vehicle.
Bikes can be rented at Springdale Cycles
932 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, UT 84767, (435) 772-0575,
Fax (435) 772-0576, E-mail: email@example.com For additional information, visit www.springdalecycles.com
***Galleries Galore! Springdale, Utah attracts a large number of specialty galleries. A few are listed below, visit the web link to find more.
~~~David Pettit Photography
PO Box 266, Springdale, UT 84767, (435) 772-3206,
Color and B&W images of scenic Zion and the Colorado Plateau by award-winning photographer David Pettit. Visit the Driftwood Gallery (see below), or contact me directly.
1515 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, UT 84767, (435) 772-3262,
(888) 801-8811, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Featuring paintings, photography and sculpture by local and regional artists. Outstanding collection of fine ceramic art. Distinctive Native American Jewelry. Located in the Driftwood Lodge.
~~~Fatali Gallery Photography
Located in the Old Church, 868 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, PO. Box 327
UT 84767, (435) 772-2422.
An Awe inspiring collection "Mystery of Creation, Where Heaven Meets Earth" by Michael Fatali probes the depth of the mysteries of eternity of life and the marvelous structure of God's glory on Earth. Fatali Gallery Open 4:00-10:00 pm daily.
~~~Manzanita Trading Co. 205 Zion Park Blvd
Features fine art, gifts & decor by more than 50 local & regional Artists.
~~~Worthington Gallery 789 Zion Park Blvd
Representing over 20 world-class artists. Art work includes pottery, paintings, sculptures, glass and more. We are located in a historic pioneer home in downtown Springdale. For additional information, visit www.zionpark.com/Galleries.htm
The below web site offers a good resource for information.
www.nps.gov/zion This is the National Parks website and is a good resource also. For additional information, visit www.zionpark.com/index.htm
Guided trips are available with Canyon Trail Rides, March through October. Reservations are advised. Call (435) 772-3810 or inquire in person at the Zion Lodge trail rides desk. Off season call (435) 679-8665. For additional information, visit www.olwm.com/canyonrides
Zion Canyon Lodge and Springdale offer a large variety of shops and unique shopping opportunities. For additional information, visit www.zionpark.com/Shopping.htm
shuttle system includes two loops: one serving the park and one operating in the town of Springdale. The Springdale shuttle loop stops at six locations in the town, and the Zion Canyon shuttle loop stops at eight locations in the park. The transfer point between loops is made at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center in the park.
The shuttle system operates from April through October. During those months, visitors may not drive their private vehicles on the scenic drive in upper Zion Canyon unless they are guests at the Zion Canyon Lodge. All other roads in the park are open to private vehicles. At other times of the year, private vehicles may be driven into upper Zion Canyon.
The shuttle system provides convenient and frequent access to numerous hiking trails, scenic points, picnicking, horseback riding and the Zion Canyon Lodge. During the summer months, buses run at six-minute intervals during the middle of the day, so there is no need to rush to catch a bus. During the summer months, shuttles operate from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily. Shuttle schedules and frequencies change with the season and with the time of day. Shuttle schedules are posted at each shuttle stop. The system has allowed visitors to easily access the main canyon in an improved atmosphere of peace and tranquility.
Shuttle stops are conveniently located throughout Springdale.
The town shuttle takes visitors to the parking lot of the Zion Canyon Giant Screen Theater. Here you must disembark and walk across the footbridge into the park. A park entrance fee is charged at the walk-in entrance station. Proceed to the visitor center where there are exhibits, AV programs, a backcountry permit desk, an information desk, and numerous books, maps and other publications to assist you in planning your visit. Adjacent to the visitor center is a shuttle bus stop where you may board a shuttle bus to the upper Zion Canyon. You can get on and off the shuttle as often as you want. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/zion/ShuttleSystem.htm
||Trails in Zion National Park
Trails you can walk in ONE HOUR OR LESS ROUND TRIP
-Lower Emerald Pool
Easy walk to a waterfall. Shuttle stop: Zion Lodge or The Grotto
Self-guiding walk to a spring and ''hanging garden.'' Shuttle stop: Weeping Rock
Self-guiding walk to a canyon viewpoint. Very hot by late morning. Shuttle stop: Not on shuttle loop
-Middle Emerald Pool
Moderate walk to pools and waterfalls. Shuttle stop: Zion Lodge or The Grotto
Easy walk along the Virgin River. Shuttle stop: Temple of Sinawava
Moderate walk to a viewpoint of lower Zion Canyon. Very hot by late morning. Three to four hours-round trip. Shuttle stop: Zion Canyon Visitors Center
Fairly strenuous hike to a hanging canyon. This trail is not recommended for anyone fearful of heights. Shuttle stop: Weeping Rock
Strenuous hike to a panoramic viewpoint. This trail is not recommended for anyone fearful of heights. Shuttle stop: The Grotto For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/zion/MakingTheMostOfYourTime.htm
||Zion Canyon IMAX
Zion Canyon IMAX
Open 7 days a week 11am-8pm (summer hours) Call for winter hours.
Hollywood films are up to 9 times the size of the regular screen!
View the IMAX film 'Zion Canyon Treasure of the Gods'. The theatre's giant IMAX screen is the largest IMAX theater in Utah and one of the largest in the world measuring 60 feet high and 82 feet across. Sound is delivered through an eight track digital Surround Sound system capable of 22,000 watts. The giant IMAX screen is a great addition to the adventure of Zion National Park.
Treasure of the God's Movie offers aerial and ground views of Zion and surrounding areas and sights difficult to see on your own and captures Zion legends in a dramatic way. Experience the myth, magic, and drama of Zion Canyon, with scenes from southwest National Parks and Native American Lands.
The Zion Canyon Giant Screen Theatre offers one of the most spectacular film experiences available anywhere.
Zion Canyon Treasure of the Gods is a 40-minute film that stretches across time and seasons, exploring the hidden depths and legends of Zion Canyon. Shown throughout the day on a screen six-stories high.
Also showing Hollywood Favorites at 8:00 pm.
Tickets are available at the theatre complex near the entrance to the park.
Call (435) 772-2400 or (888) 256-FILM for more information For additional information, visit www.zioncanyontheatre.com
| North Rim, Grand Canyon
General Overview of Grand Canyon North Rim Free Time Options
There are many ways to explore the canyon like drive the roads, hike the trails, or float the currents of the turbulent Colorado River. Sit and watch the changing play of light and shadows. Wander along a trail and feel the sunshine and wind on your face. Attend a ranger program. Follow the antics of ravens soaring above the rim. Listen for the roar of the rapids far below. Savor a sunrise or sunset. (At the end of it all the experience seems to humble and provoke a comparison to our short existence.)
With this program we will stay in the Historic North Rim Cabins located on the rim. You will have easy access to walk to incredible view points, explore the Visitor Center, gift shops and soak in all of the sights and sounds of this "Grand" place!
||Grand Canyon Mule Trips
North Rim mule trips do not go to the river. One-hour rides along the rim and day rim or inner canyon trips are usually available on a daily basis. Full-day trips into the canyon include lunch. Register in the lobby of the Grand Canyon Lodge at the Grand Canyon Trail Rides desk; open 7am-5pm daily. For reservations call Grand Canyon Trail Rides, (435) 679-8665, or write to PO Box 128, Tropic, Utah, 84776, or visit them at www.canyonrides.com/pkgrandcanyon.html. North Rim mule trips are offered from mid May to mid October only.
For additional information, visit www.canyonrides.com/pkgrandcanyon.htm
||Grand Canyon North Rim Ranger Lectures
~~~National Park Service rangers offer a wide variety of interpretive programs seasonally on the North Rim. All ranger programs are free and open to the public. The location and subject varies, check at the North Rim Visitor Center upon arrival.
~~~Here's a few examples of the options:
Learn about the natural processes that sustain ponderosa pine and aspen forests. A relaxed 1.5 mile walk with some elevation gain and loss.
Help Grand Canyon National Park stop the invasion of the habitat snatchers! Join the North Rim rangers in the continuing battle with non-native plants. Learn about non-native plants, as well as native plants, while helping restore the park. Activities may include digging out non-native plants or collecting native plant seed. Bring a hat and 1 liter of water for this adventure. For ages 5 to adult; ideal for families.
~~~Tales of the North Rim
Relive a part of North Rim history. Discover the colorful past of this remote location.
What has a 9 1/2 -foot wingspan and a face only a mother could love? The California condor. Come discover the life and death story, and the science that saved this incredible bird.
Programs cover some aspect of the Grand Canyon story. Topics are posted in the campground, lodge, and visitor center.
A variety of programs explore the scenic, scientific, and cultural aspects of this special landscape. Nightly topics are posted in the lodge, visitor center, and campground. Arrive 20 minutes early for an "Ask the Ranger" discussion.
Experience starry skies, night sounds, and moonlight. Depending on the weather, programs may focus on astronomy, night adaptations, or story telling. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight.
~~~Please note; All outdoor programs are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather or when lightning danger is present. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/grca/grandcanyon/north-rim/ranger_programs.htm
||Hike on your own
We provide guided exploration with this program. Our instructor and group leader walk with you to various view points. You have the option to explore on your own. Be sure to let the group leader know.
Here's a few hikes and info. No additl' permits or fees are required for day hikes. A good rule is to decide how many hours you wish to hike. When 1/3 of the time has passed, turn around and begin to hike back. Assuming you are physically fit and have adequate food and water, the following hikes are reasonable for most people.
Transept Trail: 3.0 mi. / 4.8 km round-trip; 1.5 hours approx round-trip hiking time. Follows the canyon rim from Grand Canyon Lodge to the North Rim Campground.
Uncle Jim Trail: 5.0 mi. / 8.0 km round-trip; 3 hours approx round-trip hiking time. Winds through the forest to a point overlooking the canyon and the North Kaibab Trail switchbacks. Begins at the North Kaibab Trail parking lot. This trail is also used by mules.
North Kaibab Trail: Distance and hiking times vary. This is the only maintained trail into the canyon from the North Rim. Even a short hike to Coconino Overlook (1.5 miles round-trip) or Supai Tunnel (4 miles round-trip) can give you an appreciation for the canyon's rich natural beauty and immense size. A hike to Roaring Springs and back is extremely strenuous and takes a full day (7-8 hours) - begin your hike before 7 a.m. Roaring Springs lies 3050 feet /930 m below the canyon rim and is 9.4 miles/15 km round-trip. A day hike beyond Roaring Springs is not recommended.
Widforss Trail: 10 mi. / 16 km round-trip; 6 hours appr round-trip hiking time. Blends forest and canyon scenery. Even a short walk can be very satisfying. Take the dirt road 1/4 mile/0.4 km south of Cape Royal Road for 1 mile/1.6 km to the Widforss Trail parking area.
Ken Patrick Trail: 10 mi. / 16 km one-way; 6 hours approx one-way hiking time. Winds through the forest and along the rim from Point Imperial to the North Kaibab Trail parking area. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/grca/grandcanyon/dayhike/nr-day-hike.htm
| Bryce Canyon National Park
ATV Rides and Tours
Turn your visit to Bryce into an adventure with guided tours or on your own ATV (All Terrain Vehicles or 4-wheelers) tours of Spectacular Bryce Canyon Country, the Dixie National Forest and Public Lands offer trails that take you through red rock formations and incredible views! The terrain and scenery is impressive with hoodoos, rock spires, and dense forests. Significant new trails have been developed in Bryce Canyon Country for ATV riding so enjoy your Federal Lands! There are miles of ATV trails in Red Canyon.
Several new trails have been developed in the Bryce Canyon Region for ATV use: 1- Pansaugunt ATV Trail: This trail is located on the Powell Ranger District of the Dixie National Forest. several trail-heads take you to this spectacular area of pines and red rock views. Access on the north end via the Tropic Reservoir trailhead. On the southeast access is from the Crawford Pass trailhead. At the south end the Straight Canyon trailhead is the access point. There are over 76 miles of trails to discover, with an additional 25-30 miles of access roads which can be used by ATV's and four-wheel drive vehicles. To view a map of this area This will take a minute to load on your computer.
2- Fremont ATV Trail: This trail is 50 miles in length, beginning on the north in Circleville and concluding at Tropic Reservoir on the south. To view a map of this area This will take a minute to load on your computer. This trail connects with the well-known Paiute ATV trail.
3- Pine Lake OHV Trail: This trail loops from Pine Lake to Powell Point at over 10,000 feet and around to Pole Canyon then back to Pine Lake.
There are many opportunities for ATV riding within the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Call for details on ATV Riding in Bryce Canyon area. Toll Free: 1-800-444-6689 o (435) 676-1160 o Fax: (435) 676-8239. Or contact the National Forest service for more details at (435) 676-9300. Also can call Ruby's Inn 1-866-866-6616 for info and reservations. For additional information, visit www.brycecanyoncountry.com
The scenery, beauty and hiking options abound! You can get out and enjoy some on your own. When you arrive the Bryce Park guide has a complete list, description and map of the trails. You can utilize the Bryce Shuttle Red Line May 15-Sept 30 to get to and from the trails.
Day Hikes in Bryce Amphitheater:
The easiest trail is the 1/2-mile (one way) section of Rim Trail between Sunset and Sunrise Points. Other sections of the Rim Trail (which extends 5.5 miles / 9.2 km between Fairyland and Bryce Points) have steeper terrain.
Day-hiking trails at Bryce Canyon Include:
Upper Inspiration Point (.3 miles / .5 km round trip)
Mossy Cave (.9 miles / 1.5 km round trip)
Bristlecone Loop (1.0 miles / 1.6 km round trip)
Navajo Loop (1.3 miles / 2.2 km round trip)
Queen's Garden/Navajo Loop Combination (2.9 miles / 4.6 km round trip)
Tower Bridge (3 miles / 4.8 km round trip)
Hat Shop (4 miles / 6.5 km round trip)
Swamp Canyon Loop (4.3 miles / 7.2 km round trip)
Peekaboo Loop (5.5 miles / 8.8 km round trip)
Fairyland Loop (8 miles / 12.9 km round trip)
Riggs Spring Loop (8.5 miles / 14.2 km round trip)
The Peekaboo Loop Trail also serves as a horse trail.
Keep in mind that all trails below the rim involve steep climbs out of the canyon. Wear hiking boots with good traction and ankle support. Drink plenty of water. Know and respect your own physical limitations.
Looking for an exciting way to view Bryce Canyon? How about from the back of a horse? In spring, summer and fall, Canyon Trail Rides wranglers lead 2-hour and 4-hour horse and mule rides into Bryce Amphitheater along a dedicated horse trail and the Peekaboo Loop Trail.
For information, visit their web site at www.canyonrides.com. For reservations, write or call Canyon Trail Rides, P.O. Box 128, Tropic, UT 84776, 435/679-8665 or 435/834-5500.
For additional information, visit www.canyonrides.com
||Mountain Biking In Bryce Canyon Country
Imagine riding your mountain bike through Bryce Canyon National Park!
While that is not possible, you can ride through nearby Red Canyon which is under the management of the National Forest Service. In Red Canyon you'll find scenery and terrain nearly identical to that of Bryce Canyon, but you'll be able to enjoy it on your bike.
The entire Bryce Canyon region is loaded with great Mountain Biking trails. Here are a few of the great trails in the area in and around Red Canyon which covers an area of 41,431 acres and ranges in elevation between 7,000 and 8,000 feet.
Recently completed is the new 5 mile paved Red Canyon Bicycle Trail which parallels Scenic Highway 12. The trail extends through Red Canyon from the Thunder Mountain Trailhead to the Coyote Hollow Road on the upper plateau.
The ascent is quite strenuous but the descent is very easy. Parking areas are available at both ends of the trail. This trail is available for only for non-motorized use (no ATV's), and there are 34 miles of single track trails in Red Canyon.
Off-road and unpaved trails include the following:
1- Casto Canyon Trail - 5.5 miles. Spectacular red rock scenery.
2- Losee Canyon Trail - 2.9. There are many red rock formation along this trail which connects to Cassidy Trail and you can go north to Casto Canyon or south to Red Canyon.
3- Thunder Mountain Trail - 7.8 miles. The upper half of the trail is through large ponderosa pine forest and lower half of trail features spectacular red rock country.
4- Cassidy Trail - 8.9 miles. The trail winds through scenic red rock country and majestic ponderosa pine. Sections of the trail are believed to have been used by Butch Cassidy, the famous outlaw.
Call for more details on Mountain Biking in the Bryce Canyon area. Toll Free: 1-800-444-6689 o (435) 676-1160 o Fax: (435) 676-8239 or National Forest service for details (435) 676-9300 or (435) 834-5232 or 1-866-866-6616 - Ask for the Bryce Canyon American Car Care Center-Bike Rental For additional information, visit www.brycecanyoncountry.com/biking.html
Free Ranger Programs offered all year round will share fascinating information about Bryce Canyon National Park!
In the winter, they offer Geology Talks and snowshoe hikes (when there's enough snow) and the occasional Astronomy Program.
In the summer, they go into high gear offering 4-7 programs each day to accommodate the enthusiasm of our visitors. Here's a sample
Canyon Hike: 2-3 hours, 2-3 miles, early morning moderately difficult hike into the heart of Bryce Canyon
Rim Walk: 1-2 hours, 1 mile late afternoon leisurely stroll along the canyon rim.
Geology Talk: 20-30 minute presentation on Bryce Canyon's worldly unique geology.
Just for Kids Program: 45-60 minute activity-driven programs for children ages 5-12. All children must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. NOTE: Advanced Reservations are required and must be made at the Visitor Center. Reservations are accepted up to 1-day in advance.
Evening Program: 45-60 minute in-depth look at some of the interesting resources and compelling stories Bryce Canyon preserves.
Night Sky Special Events:
FULL MOON HIKES
NOTE: Reservations are required for full-moon hikes. Reservations are
accepted on a first come, first serve basis and can only be made the day of
the scheduled hike at the visitor center.
"Stars in the Park" by Patrick Wiggins, NASA Solar System Ambassador to Utah and volunteer with the Utah Museum of Natural History. Patrick offers the latest in astronomy and space exploration with humorous distinctions between science fiction and science fact.
"Viewing the Void" by Park Ranger Kevin Poe tour of the history and expanse of the Universe. Look at how it all might have begun and how it all might end. As Kevin says "Space is really, BIG and really, EMPTY, and on this tiny planet there are few places better than Bryce Canyon to view the void."
The times, locations and subjects for lectures are posted at the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center.
Come Enjoy A Cowboy Rodeo!
Join the fun and excitement at the Bryce Canyon Country Rodeo. Watch the bronco busters and cowboys display their skills as they perform in this western competition. The rodeo is held through the summer at Ruby's Inn Rodeo Grounds. This is one event you won't want to miss!
For Country Rodeo tickets call:
Toll Free - (866) 782-0002 or (435) 834-5341
End of May to Mid September
6 nights a week
Monday through Saturday
7:00 pm (Utah Time)
$7 Adults $4 Kids (Includes Tax) For additional information, visit www.rubysinn.com/rodeo.html
Most Experienced! 28 years same location Ruby's Inn Heliport
Scenic Flights To These Destinations:
Airplane Photo/Scenic Flights
Helicopter Photo/Scenic Flights
Bryce Canyon Airlines
Grand Canyon 5 Hours
includes 2-hour guided tour
Monument Valley 2 Hours (non-stop)
Grand Staircase/Lake Powell
Bryce/Zion - 1.5 Hours (non-stop)
Bryce Canyon 35 Minutes
Bryce/Monument/Grand 4 Hours (land in Page AZ. for a break)
Fly the Blacks and Red Canyons
Experience the hidden beauty created by volcanic activity and erosion. Dramatic cathedrals enhanced with liken, ash and iron oxide stand majestically among the red hills, copper ore formations and stately trees of the forest. Take a trip into a whole other realm. Truly one of the hidden wonders of the west. These unique features can only be seen by air.
Bryce Canyon Helicopters
The BEST way to see Bryce, we fly low, slow and up close.
Boat Mesa, Sinking Ship, Tower Natural Bridge, Large Cliffs and Fairyland CanyonDeluxe
Bristle Cone Point, Fault Line and many inaccessible areas
Encounter - Our Most Popular Flight
Rainbow Point, Natural Bridge, Dramatic Cliffs, Formations, Series of Waterfalls (in season) and Vistas not seen from any viewpoint
Fly all of Bryce Canyon then proceed to the Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument. Descend into Bull Valley Gorge, which begins as a 6-inch crack in the earth and deepens to 1,000 feet enjoy spectacular wind caves and more. Continue to Paria Ghost Town, an Old West movie set, an Indian ruin, an extinct geyser field, waterfalls (in season) and much, much more! This is our most spectacular flight.
Flying from Ruby's Inn Heliport since 1977
All flights are narrated and offer breathtaking photography. No wasted flight time.
Helicopter / Airplane - Scenic / Charter flights available, F.A.A. certified air carrier.
All Flights require a 2 fare Minimum.
(435) 834-5341 (ask for flight desk) For additional information, visit www.rubysinn.com/bryce-canyon-airlines.html
Ruby's Inn General Store
Open daily from 7:00am to 10:30pm
You can also visit Bryce Photo Shop, and The Old Bryce Town Shops where you walk the wooden sidewalks and enjoy feeling as though you have traveled back in time to a western towns shops. Includes the Canyon Rock Shop featuring rocks, fossils, and petrified wood.
For additional information, visit www.rubysinn.com/old-bryce-town.html
You can use the shuttle to explore on your own or you can take the Green Line Shuttle for a TOUR of the Southern view points. Details below.
Board the shuttle at either the Shuttle Parking Area, at Ruby's Inn or at Bryce Canyon Lodge in the park.
IT IS FREE!
Paying your $20 entrance fee, or use your National Park Pass ($50), Golden Age ($10) & Golden Access to Bryce Canyon entitles you to unlimited use of the Bryce Canyon Shuttles. If you do not already have one of these 3 kinds of annual passes they can be purchased at the Shuttle Parking and Boarding Area and Ruby's Inn.
Hours of Operation
The Shuttle runs from May 15 - September 30, from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm daily.
Our shuttle system consists of two routes - the Red Line and the Green Line. NOTE only the Hoodoo Newspaper contains current and accurate shuttle route maps. Rely exclusively on this publication for guidance in using the Bryce Canyon Shuttle System.
The RED LINE SHUTTLE is a "get on and off as you please shuttle" that operates in the northern portion of the park providing access to the viewpoints and hiking trails that surround and traverse the world famous geologic spectacle that is the Bryce Amphitheater. This is also part of the park where all the facilities and services are concentrated. The Shuttles on the Red Line are very easy to use with a new bus coming to every stop every 8-10 minutes.
The GREEN LINE SHUTTLE is a Park Tour and by reservation only goes to the southern overlooks. This 3.5 hour trip takes you down to the seldom seen overlooks of the southern portion of the park. Popular stops include the Natural Bridge and Rainbow and Yovimpa Points where perched at 9100 ft. above sea level you can gaze across the entirety of the Grand Staircase and well into Arizona. The Green Tour departs 6 times a day -- 8 & 9 am, 12 & 1 pm, 4 & 5 pm. Reservations can be made in person at the Shuttle Parking and Boarding Area or by calling (435) 834-5290.
The Visitor Center offers information, exhibits, and a 22-minute award-winning film which plays on the hour and half-hour. Publications and maps are available for purchase through our Bryce Canyon Natural History Association.
We generally go to the visitor center as part of your Road Scholar program. You may want to spend additional time here. Transportation on the Bryce Shuttle is available May 15-Sept 30. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/tourvisitor.htm