Color Country National Parks: Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon North Rim
and End Dates:
Las Vegas, Nevada
|Price starting at:
||$1,293.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
National Parks; On the Road
7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
The Colorado Plateau has created monuments to the passing millennia, places shaped by winter snows, rain and geological upheaval over a span of time eluding human comprehension. Even with an understanding of geology, the multi-hued amphitheaters and hoodoos of Bryce, the cathedral canyons of Zion and the lush North Rim of the Grand Canyon seem improbable — inspiring wonder and defying imagination. Venture into these breathtaking national parks to discover their evolution through geologic time and the natural history and human stories that also color this country.
• Hike in Zion National Park's main canyon as a naturalist provides trailside insights.
• Spend a day among the hoodoos and other rock formations of Bryce Canyon National Park.
• Witness sunrise and sunset at the Grand Canyon’s North Rim and enjoy a meditative hike below the rim on the North Kaibab Trail.
Walking three miles on flat, paved, packed dirt surfaces; some steep, uneven trails. Shorter walks available. Elevations up to 8,000 feet.
Date Specific Information
Please note: This start date offers exclusive accommodations inside all three national parks. Enjoy the ability to experience the parks on your schedule during program down time. All three lodges are part of the historic Grand Circle loop tour, pioneered by the Union Pacific Railway and showcased in the PBS documentary "Great Lodges Of The National Parks."
Arrival Las Vegas, Nev., 1 night; coach to Zion National Park, Utah, 2 nights; coach to Bryce Canyon National Park, 2 nights; coach to North Rim Grand Canyon, Ariz., 2 nights; coach to Las Vegas, Nev.; departure.
Coordinated by ExploreWest.
Las Vegas (Nevada)
Located in the Mojave Desert, Las Vegas is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Between the world-class entertainment and gambling on “The Strip” and the region’s amazing natural resources including beautiful Red Rock Canyon it is clear why people love this desert community.
Zion National Park
True to its name, which means "refuge" or "sanctuary" in ancient Hebrew, Zion is an oasis at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin and Mojave Desert provinces, encompassing sandstone canyons and colorful, high plateaus.
Grand Canyon North Rim
Sitting atop the Kaibab Plateau 9,000 feet above sea level with lush green meadows surrounded by a mixed conifer forest sprinkled with aspen, the North Rim is an oasis in the desert. Although only ten miles as the crow flies from the South Rim, the North Rim offers solitude and awe-inspiring views.
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon, famous for its unique geology, consists of a series of horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters carved from the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in southern Utah. Erosion and rainwater have shaped the colorful limestone rock into bizarre shapes including slot canyons, windows, fins and spires called "hoodoos."
Las Vegas: Hotel seven miles from airport. Zion: Hotel in Zion gateway town. Bryce Canyon: Motel on park boundary. Grand Canyon: Cabins near views of the North Rim.
|Road Scholar Instructors |
|These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur. |
|Jennifer Beltz is a former interpretive park ranger at Phantom Ranch, located in Grand Canyon National Park. She has worked as a naturalist and national park ranger throughout the United States, was co-coordinator of a Road Scholar service program that built a health clinic in Brazil, and has worked on many intergenerational programs. Jennifer has lectured in the Department of Geography and Public Planning at Northern Arizona University and has led programs for Road Scholar since 1992. |
|Bruce Banker is a graduate of Northern Arizona University, where he studied natural sciences and geology. He lives in Flagstaff and has worked for the National Park Service as a naturalist on the north rim of the Grand Canyon, Chaco Canyon National Historic Park and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Bruce also serves as an outdoor educator for the Grand Canyon Field Institute. Bruce has taken students to many of the far-flung corners of the Southwest and has a few good stories to share. |
|David Best was born in Cardiff, Wales, and immigrated to North Carolina with his parents in the late 1940s. He has been a geology department professor and administrator at Northern Arizona University for 30 years, and strives to enhance the learning process of non-science majors in general education science courses. In his spare time, David is currently working on two books and enjoys gourmet cooking, woodworking, traveling, and reading. |
|From his early days growing up on a dairy farm in Idaho, Dr. Stanley Beus quickly became fascinated with nature. He earned a doctorate in geology from UCLA before beginning a career as an exploration geologist and later became the first head of the geology department at Northern Arizona University. Dr. Beus has been both a field and class instructor for Road Scholar programs for more than 20 years and has enjoyed bringing geology to life for literally thousands of participants. |
|Daughter of a Montana saddle maker, Joanna Joseph is an artist, musician and interpreter of human history. At the University of Montana, she studied art, drama and classical Greek. Joanna was also program supervisor at Glen Canyon Dam, developing an appreciation for the importance of water in the Southwest. A resident of Big Water, Utah, she has worked with Road Scholar since 1994. |
| Jeff Strang's knowledge of the environment stems from his education at the University of Oregon and Lewis and Clark Law School, as well as from his extensive experience as a naturalist. In 1987, Jeff filed a precedent-setting lawsuit against Oregon polluters under the Clean Water Act. Jeff has been leading Road Scholar programs since 2002. In his free time, Jeff enjoys biking to work, hiking, kayaking, outdoor photography and studying geology. |
|Born and raised on a farm in Monroe, Utah, Dan Magleby joined the U.S. Army after graduating from high school and served with the occupation forces in South Korea. He later graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in geology, and began his first job as a uranium prospector with the Atomic Energy Commission. Dan also worked with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on water development projects in the Northwest. He has been a geology instructor for Road Scholar for the past seven years.
|Darrell McMahon has worked in natural resource management for more than three decades and has extensive experience as a wildlife biologist, entomologist and habitat biologist. In addition to teaching college courses in geology and natural history, Darrell has taught at Dixie State University and Southern Utah University the past seven years and has knowledge of natural history, forest ecology and wildlife.
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
||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, Édouard 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 diplay 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
||Recreation and Tours
The Las Vegas area is a paradise for all kinds of recreational and sightseeing activities. Golf courses beckon the golfer twelve months a year. Lake Mead's deep blue waters and 550 miles of shorelines. 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. Day tours to the Grand Canyon, Valley of Fire, Death Valley and Hoover Dam.
~~~Las Vegas is home to Nellis Air Force Base and the mighty Thunderbirds precision flying team.
~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.
~Sports fans, there's AAA baseball with the Las Vegas Stars, PGA and LPGA tournaments, and the always-popular UNLV Rebels!"
~~~More resources availbale by calling the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce at (702) 735-1616.
~~~Sirens of TI (Treasure Island at The Mirage)
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 Pa’ rus 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 Pa’rus 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
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
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 varitey of shops and unique shopping opportunities. For additional information, visit www.zionpark.com/Shopping
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
||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
||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
With your program, you have a limited amount of free time. This information is helpful if you plan to spend extra time here on your own.
The north rim lodge area offers easy access to walk to incredible view points, explore the Visitor Center, gift shops and places to soak in all of the sights and sounds of this "Grand" place! For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/grca/grandcanyon/north-rim
||Grand Canyon Mule Trips
North Rim mule trips do not go to the river. One-hour rides along the rim and ½ 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
||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 or view a list on the website.
For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/grca/grandcanyon/north-rim/ranger_programs
||Hike on your own
The hiking trails vary in distance and physical demand. Get a guide from the visitor center or at the entrance gate for complete details. Visit the website to decide prior to arrival. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/grca/grandcanyon/dayhike/nr-day-hike
| Bryce Canyon National Park
ATV Rides and Tours
**PLEASE NOTE: There is very little free time during this program. The free time options noted here are helpful if you plan to spend additional time before or after the program.
Adventure with guided tours or on your own ATV (All Terrain Vehicles or 4-wheelers) 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. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/brca/hiking
For information call Ruby's Inn at 435-834-5341 or 866-866-6616, Or visit the 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
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 or www.rubysinn.com/biking or www.utah-trails.com
Free Ranger Programs offered all year round will share fascinating information about Bryce Canyon National Park!
The times, locations and subjects for lectures are posted at the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/brca/ranger_programs
Come Enjoy A Cowboy Rodeo!
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
Most Experienced! • 28 years same location • Ruby's Inn Heliport
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
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 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
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.
Call for info (435) 834-5290. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/brca/shuttle
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 availble May 15-Sept 30.
Suggested Reading List
Author: See List Below
Description: Geology – a Golden Guide, by Frank H.T. Rhodes, 1991, St. Martin’s Press, N.Y., ISBN 1-58238-143-7. $6.95
Geology of Utah’s Parks and Monuments, Sprinkel et. al. Utah Geological Association , 2000. Contains geology papers on 25 parks and monuments of Utah (644 pages). Written for a geologist. Softbound $34.99
Utah‘s Spectacular Geology, Lehi Hintze, 2005 The geologic story of Utah’s landscapes and how they came to be. $29.95
The Colorado Plateau, Don Baars A comprehensive guide to the Colorado Plateau. $19.95
The Practical Geologist, Dougal Dixon, Raymond Bernor, 1992 This book is a great introductory guide to the basics of geology. Great diagrams, pictures and is well written. $16.00
Geology Underfoot in Southern Utah, R. Orndorff, R. Wieder, D. Futey, 2006 A hands on book about getting out among the rocks. Explores 33 sites in Southern Utah. Tells of ancient eruptions, deserts, seas, swamps and movements of massive rock units over eons. $18.00
Beyond the Visible Landscape, W. Kenneth Hamblin, 2004. A unique book that consists of a series of panoramic photographs taken from the air. Focuses on the fundamental features of the landscape. Contains excellent diagrams & descriptions of the geology in the photographs. Hardbound $65.00
Author: See List Below
Description: Ron Kay’s Guide to Zion National Park, Ron Kay, 1995 A complete guide of Zion National Park by one of Road Scholar’s own instructors. $14.95
Shadows of Time: The Geology of Bryce Canyon National Park, Frank Decourten, 1994 A book with breathtaking photographs, well written on the geology of Bryce Canyon N. P. and surrounding high plateaus. $9.95
Water, Rock, & Time: The Geologic Story of Zion National Park, Robert Eves, 2005 This book is Zion’s newest masterpiece. It is well written. It is so nice you may want to leave it on the coffee table. $19.95
Zion National Park – Towers of Stone; by J.L. Crawford; Zion Natural History Association, Springdale, Utah, Fourth Edition 2002. ISBN 0-915630-00-1 $9.50 (Available online at www.zionpark.org)
Carving Grand Canyon, Wayne Ranney. 2005. A synopsis of ideas and theories that geologists have developed over time about the carving of the Grand Canyon. This story is told in an engaging style that non-scientists will find inviting. $14.95
Canyonlands Country, Donald Baars, 1993. Geology of Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. $15.95
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Description: A Naturalists Guide to the Canyon Country, David B. Williams. 2000. A wonderful Falcon Guide that uses fine artwork and pictures to introduce the geology, flora, fauna and history of the Canyon Country. $22.95.
Four Corners: History, Land and People of the Desert Southwest, Kenneth A. Brown. Great information about the region. $26.00
Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey. 1968. A season in the wilderness is a celebration of the beauty of living in a harsh and hostile land. Edward Abbey was a seasonal Park ranger in Arches National Monument. $10.75
Cadillac Desert, Marc Reisner. 1986. The story of the American West is the story of a relentless quest for a precious resource: water. The definitive work on the West’s water crisis. $17.00
Books About Native Americans
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Description: Sacred Images: A Vision of Native American Rock Art, by Leslie Kelen & David Sucec 1996. Publication that features rock art and ruins of the native cultures of the southwest. $18.00
Those Who Came Before, Robert and Florence Lister. 1993. Southwestern archeology in the National Parks. $17.00
Book About History
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Description: Heart of the Desert Wild, Greer Chesser. 2000. Award winning book about the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument (GSENM). It covers a variety of topics from geology to history. The photography and design of this book are outstanding and remains the definitive book on the GSENM. Softbound. $24.95
A Roadside History of Utah, Cynthia L. Bennett. 1999. Compelling stories of Utah’s exceptional people. $18.00
Utah’s History, Richard D. Poll. 1989. A more in-depth and statewide focus on history. Soft bound text heavy.
Hole-in-the-Rock, David E. Miller. 1966. If you want to learn more about one of the epic pioneer journeys in American History this is the book. It is area related and is a good read for those interested in history. $16.00
Highway 12, Christian Probasco. 2005. Popular with travelers along Highway 12. It features a unique look at the history, people and their perspectives on this very special corridor. Softbound $16.95.
Outlaw Tales of Utah, Michael Rutter. True stores of Utah’s most famous robbers, rustlers and bandits. $10.95
Books About Southwest Flora
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Description: Wildflowers of Southwestern Utah, Hayle Buchanan. 1992. Text covers flowers, shrubs and trees in their various life zones from Zion, Bryce and Cedar Breaks. $7.95
Canyon Country Wildflowers, Damian Fagan. 1998. A field guide to common wildflowers, shrubs and trees. $19.95
Sagebrush Country a Wildflower Sanctuary, Ronald Taylor. 1992. A field guide to common wildflowers, grasses and shrubs of the Great Basin. $14.00
Great Basin Wildflowers, Laird R. Blackwell. 2006. A guide to common wildflowers of the High Deserts of Nevada, Utah and Oregon. $22.95
Wild Plants and Native Peoples of the Four Corners, William Dunmire & Gail Tierney. 1997. A valuable book for anyone interested in plants, people, and cultures of the Colorado Plateau. $22.50
Wildflowers of the Mountain Southwest, . Meg Quinn 2000. A field guide to common upland wildflowers. $12.95
Wildflowers of the Desert Southwest, Meg Quinn. 2000. A field guide to common desert wildflowers. $9.95