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
| St. George, Utah
~~~Roland Lee Art Studio - 249 west Tabernacle #104
~~~St. George Art Museum - 200 North Main Street (also Pioneer Center for the Arts) 435-634-5942, 212 N Main Street
The St George Opera House was built around 1875, and was used until the 1930's for cultural events. The U & I Sugar Company used the building until 1979, when it was abandoned and sat vacant for years.
Today, the restored structure is the centerpiece for the Pioneer Center for the Arts, a complex that includes the Opera House. The Center also includes the St George Art Museum, a 10,000 square foot, two-story museum housing the permanent collection, The Statehood Centennial Legacy Collection, exhibit space for rotating shows and a gift shop. Admission is free. Closed on Sunday.
~~~Twiggs and Moore Gallery - Corner of Main Street and St. George Blvd.
~~~S Gallery Art and Speciality Home Furnishings - 435-673-9727, Tower at Ancestor Square, St George Blvd.
S Gallery Art Furniture features one-of-a-kind custom furniture designed by owners, Sherry Thompson and Rod Irwin--hand carving, whimsical painting, exotic woods, southwest and rustic styles are their trademarks. In addition you will find interesting pottery, candles and paintings.
Located in the Tower at Ancestor Square on the Northwest corner of Main Street and St. George Blvd.
Original and one-of-a kind fine arts, - oils, pastels, watercolor & sculpture
61 N Main
Phone: 673-2723 For additional information, visit www.stgeorgechamber.com/Culture%20&%20Arts.htm
If you've ever dreamed of playing golf near national parks with towering red sandstone cliffs on the horizon with desert flora in the landscape, say hello to the Red Rock Corridor. Golf Magazine calls our area, The Red Rock Corridor, and it is centered in St. George. Our golf courses have been described as "golfer's paradise," Nine public courses and one private golf club.
Per capita, the St George area offers more golf than any other spot in the sunbelt. In fact, there are more courses per captia in St George than almost anywhere else in the country. Information about courses follow in alphabetical order. ~~~BLOOMINGTON COUNTRY CLUB
Par-72, 18 holes......7,082 yards
~~~CORAL CANYON GOLF COURSE
Par -72, 18 holes golf course.....7,029 yards
Phone: 435-688-1700 www.coralcanyongolf.com
~~~DIXIE RED HILLS GOLF COURSE
Par-34, nine-hole course.....2,733 yards
Phone: 435-634-5852 www.sgcity.org\golf\redhills.ap
~~~ENTRADA AT SNOW CANYON
Par-72, 18 hole golf course...7,262 yards
Phone: 435-674-7500 www.golfentrada.com
~~~GREEN SPRING GOLF COURSE
Par-71, 18-hole golf course.....6,629 yards
Phone: 435-673-7888 www.greenspringgolfcourse.com
~~~SKY MOUNTAIN GOLF COURSE
Par-72, 18 hole golf course.....6,312 yards
Phone: 435- 635-7888 www.ci.hurricane.ut.us/departments/golf.html
~~~ST GEORGE GOLF CLUB
Par-73, 18 hole golf course.....7,217 yards
Phone: 634-5854 www.sgcity.org\golf\sggolfclub.asp
SOUTHGATE GOLF CLUB
Par-70, 18 hole golf course.....6,100 yards
Phone: 435-628-0000 www.sgcity.org\golf\southgate.asp
~~~SUNBROOK GOLF CLUB
The Point - Par 36, 9 holes........ 3.375 yard
The Woodbridge - par 36, 9 holes......3,444 yards
Blackrock - Par 36, 9 holes......3,384 yards
Phone: 435-634-5866 www.sgcity.org\golf\sunbrook.asp
~~~SUNRIVER GOLF CLUB
Par 71, 18 holes........6,704 yards
Phone: 435- 986-0001 www.sunriver.com
Near by cities with courses include Cedar City, Kanab, Beaver Dam and Mesquite, Nv. For additional information, visit www.utahsdixie.com/navgolf.html
People come from all over the country and foreign countries just to hike and see the breathtaking views of our magnificent color country. There are trails for every age level and experience. You may obtain maps of these trails at the Bureau of Land Management Information Center located at 345 E Riverside Drive in St George, or call them at 435- 688-3246.
Besides the many hiking trails around the St George area you can hike every Saturday October to April with our legendary Ranger Bart. He hosts a variety of popular free hikes every Saturday morning at 10:00 am. Meet at the Outdoor Outlet at 1062 E Tabernacle, St George. See Online Event Calendar section for hike destination and times.
St. George City has miles of paved walking/biking trails. Maps can be obtained fom the city of St. George offices located at 200 North and 200 East.
website www.stgeorgechamber.com/Walking,%20Hiking%20Trails%20Map.htm For additional information, visit www.stgeorgechamber.com/Outdoor%20Activities/Hiking.htm
||Historic Sites, restored pioneer buildings and homes
There are 27 Historic Sites, restored pioneer buildings and homes all within walking distance of the College Inn. When you arrive, we have a map highlighting each building or home. During the summer months a special tour called St. George Live is offered. The guides dress in pioneer clothing and tell the history as though they were the pioneer that built the home, etc.
If you only have a little time to visit the historic sites, you will want to include the following. Brigham Young's Winter Home 67 West 200 North; St. George Tabernacle located on the southwest corner of Main Street and Tabernacle St.;St. George Opera House 200 North Main Street; St. George Temple Visitors Center 250 East 400 South.
~~~Historic St. George Walking Tour, 435-634-5942
Begin your tour at the Old Pioneer c\Courthouse at 100 East & St George Boulevard (Chamber of Commerce Visitor's Center). From there, spend an enjoyable hour or two strolling the street of early-day St George, where many pre-turn of-the-century public buildings and private homes still stand as reminders of a by-gone-era. You may pick up a printed map and descriptions of each building at the Chamber Visitor's Center as you begin your tour.
~~~Historic St George Live Tour, 435-634-5942
200 North & Main, St George, UT 84770
If you are fortunate enough to be in the area anytime between Memorial Day and Labor Day don't miss the opportunity to acquaint yourself with the history and culture of the area. Historic figures come alive at six sites and describe living in Dixie at the turn of the century. Entertaining and educational for the whole family. Tuesday-Saturday at 9:00 am and 10:30 am. Tickets are $2.00 for adults and children under 12 are free. Tours begin at the St George Art Museum. Special tours can be arranged year round with advanced scheduling. For additional information, visit www.stgeorgechamber.com/historic_downtown.htm
~~~Daughter's of the Utah Pioneers Museum, 435-628-7274
145 N 100 East,Completed in 1938, for the purpose of housing pioneer relics. Next to the pioneer courthouse and the chamber, the museum is staffed by volunteers open Mon-Fri 10:00am-5:00pm.
~~~Johnson Farm Dinosaur Museum
3-D up prints of dinosaur feet. Recently unearthered a find that has provided paleontologists with the first worldwide discovery. 435-674-5757
2200 East Riverside Drive, www.dinotrax.com
~~~ The Silver Reef Museum (435-879-2254)
19032 Wells Fargo Road, Silver Reef, UT
It also houses the Jerry Anderson Studio & Gallery. Silver Reef is one of the most popular ghost towns in the area. It was a booming economy in in 1870's. The camp produced $9 million in Silver from 1877 to 1903. This unique town had homes, churches, a variety of specialty shops, a brothel and even a Chinatown.
You will find the town of Grafton between Springdale and La Verkin on Highway 9 as you are driving toward Zion National Park. Grafton is reached by crossing the Virgin River over the old truss bridge in Rockville.Portions of the movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were filmed in Grafton in 1969. Visitors can see the remains of pioneer homes, the church and the cemetery.
~~~Jacob Hamblin Home & Museum, 435-673-2161
Santa Clara Drive, Santa Clara, UT
Jacob Hamblin's Home & Museum is located west of Santa Clara on Hwy 91. Jacob Hamblin, one of the earliest settlers of Santa Clara, constructed this home in 1862 with local red sandstone and ponderosa lumber from Pine Valley. It is decorated with many original artifacts. Open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (winter) and to 7:00 pm (summer).
~~~Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum, 435-656-0033
1835 Convention Center Drive,
Experience first hand wildlife in a natural habitat setting from the mountains to the plains of the world. World bug collection and art gallery. $6.00 for seniors Mon 12:00 to 9:00 pm and Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. For additional information, visit www.utahsdixie.com/museums.html
~~~Celebrity Concert Series
Cox Auditorium, Dixie State College
The CCS offers ten to thirteen presentations each season, which include symphony, opera, musicals, ballet, ethnic and chamber music. The Special Artists Series recitals are held in the Browning Auditorium on the DSC campus. Tickest can be purchased when you arrive St. George.
~~~O. C. Tanner Amphitheater
Dixie State College's O. C. Tanner Amphitheater, located in Springdale, presents the multi-media productions and multi-discipline performing art series every week during the summer, May through September. The film production of "The Grand Circle" is projected onto a 24 x 40 foot screen and offers a matchless glimpse into Zion National Park as well as other fabulous parks and monuments in the area. Weekly concert series offer national and international arts, performing jazz, bluegrass, contemporary and western music. The Utah Symphony and the Randy Anderson Band have been perennial favorites.
~~~Southern Utah Heritage Choir
Most of their concerts are performed in the historic St George Tabernacle. Sponsored in part by the Utah Arts Council, The Arts Commission of St George and the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington DC, the choir will present over 17 concerts this year. The choir was started with the vision that the rich heritage of our Southern Utah area could be commemorated and celebrated through music; to celebrate our freedom; to bring the community together for Christmas all other holidays, patriotic events and community gatherings.
The cornerstone of cultural arts in the area is the Southwest Symphony under the direction of Maestro Gary Caldwell. The 85 member symphony was organized in 1982 and is governed by a broad-based board of trustees. The orchestra continues to develop, regularly receiving kudos from a grateful community. Each season 15 to 20 concerts are staged. For additional information, visit www.stgeorgechamber.com/Culture%20&%20Arts.htm
Many unique and specialty shops are within walking distance of the College Inn. Here's a few
M&S Turquoise 53 East St. George Blvd. (Wholesale outlet of Jewelry, Arts,Crafts, Native American Jewlry. Supplies many of the area visitor centers)
~~~Ancestor Square has the following shops located on the northwest corner of Main Street and St. George Blvd. -- 3 1/2 blocks from the College Inn.
2 Design - 673-9796
Bella Donna Boutique - 628-7450
Carl Lawrence Brennan Salon -
East Mountain Partners - 656-9296
JJ Hunan - 628-7219 (restaurant)
Jailhouse Coffee - 668-1819
Just Picture This - 674-4400
Nick Adams Photography - 628-1057
Outlaw Ridge Development 674-7400
P-Gems E-Mail - 652-9260
Panama Grill - 673-7671 (restaurant)
Pasta Factory - 674-3753 (restaurant)
Pizza Factory - 628-1234 (restaurant)
Painted Pony - 634-1700 (fine dinning restaurant-casual attire ok)
Sage Outdoor Decor - 628-8700
Sage II Gallery 628-9559
Sycamore Lane - 652-0454
TenneyClemons.com - 674-2846
S Gallery - 628-0451 - 688-0451
Twiggs & Moore - 673-1988
Vintage A La Vogue - 673-4897
~~~Historic Downtown & Main Street Businesses
Most shops are located on Main Street between 100 South and St. George Blvd.
Annata Fissos, Old World Accessories
Bear Paw Restaurant
Little Professor Books
Main Street Antiques
Main Street Theater & Ballroom
Power Lounge Screen Printing
Traditional Home Decor
~~~Many more shopping options available
Zion Factory Outlets features about 40 outlet shops. It is about 12 blocks from the College Inn located at 245 North Red Cliffs Drive,
For additional information, visit www.shoppingstgeorge.com/historical_downtown.htm
Relax, enhance or endulge yourself with a spa treatment at our world-class vacation spa resorts! You’ll find that all services are available from mud baths to manicures and there seems to be no end to the many activities you may enjoy while here in the area. Hiking, Biking, Scenic Flights and more are also available through our Destination Spa Resorts. You will enjoy the many services available at our day spas. You may want to have a physical work-out at one of our many excellent fitness facilities where day-passes are available. There’s always basketball, volleyball or other open recreation activities at the St. George Rec. Center. See below for more information.
~~~Red Mountain Spa! 435-673-4905 www.redmountainspa.com
~~~Green Valley Spa 435-628-8060 www.greenvalleyspa.com
~~~Casa Blanca Spa 702-346-6760 www.casablancaresort.com
~~~The Oasis Spa 800-21-oasis www.oasisresort.com
~UFIT Personal Fitness Center 435-688-9123 Private workout center
~St. George Recreation Center 435-634-5860 Public workout gym, Basketball, Racquetball, Billiards, Ping Pong and more! 1 1/2 blocks from the College Inn.
~Gold's Gym 435-628-9201 Workout Gym, Massage & Salon Services
~Desert Palms 435-628-4617 Nautilus and Racquet Club
With warm weather year-round, tennis and other recrational activities are a given. Enjoy cool temperatures on summer mornings and beautiful afternoons through the fall and winter. You will find the courts listed below to be well maintained and well lit in the evening hours. While you're in St. George, take some time to enjoy the recreational opportunity available in many forms including tennis. The facilities listed below, in exception of the Green Valley Spa, are free to the public for use.
~~Tontaquint Tennis Complex
The newest and nicest tennis facility in St. George with 8 courts. Located in Green Valley.
~~Vernon Worthen Park
Two courts in corner of park. Park is located in the middle of town off of 400 east. Just 1 1/2 blocks from the College Inn
~~Cox Park, Located on Cox Landing just south of 900 South. 2 Courts.
~~Dixie High School Open to the public when school is not in session. Dixie High School is at 400 E 700 S.
~~Bloomington Hills Park Located in north Bloomington Hills. 2 courts.
~~Dixie State College Located on 1000 E. 6 courts part of Dixie State College Campus. Just 6 1/2 blocks from the College Inn
~~Green Valley Spa Private courts used for the Vic Braden Tennis Academy instruction. May arrange lessons. 800-237-1068 www.vicbraden.com/locagv.html
~~~St George Musical Theater
Visitors and locals residents delight to see the productions of the St George Musical Theater. The actors share a common interest in dramatic performance and a desire to further their creative skills through fun, historic shows, which range from musicals and melodramas to reviews and plays. Check their web site at www.sgmt.org for tickets and schedules.
1100 Tuacahn Drive, Ivins, UT 84738
1-800-746-9882 or 435-652-3300 www.tuacahn.org
Tuacahn---meaning "canyon of the gods"--is a world-class 25 million dollar entertainment facility and center for the arts nestled at the base of towering red rock cliffs in Ivins. Tuacahn is known for its spectacular 2000 seat outdoor amphitheatre, Tuacahn is a $23 million arts and education facility, surrounded by 1500 ft. red rock cliffs. With over 150,000 visitors each year, Tuacahn has become one of the most popular theatrical and entertainment venues in Utah. The Center also includes Hafen Theatre, a beautiful indoor auditorium, concession stands, a gift shop, and complete wheelchair accessibility. Tuacahn's beautiful facilities can be rented for weddings, receptions, banquets, meetings and dances. Click on their web site for other shows and tickets. www.tuacahn.org
~~~The Utah Shakespearean Festival
Cedar City, UT 435-586-7878 www.bard.org
The Utah Shakespearean Festival provides world-class theater where you can experience the thrill and tradition of Shakespearean drama. Their summer season begins mid June and performs through August. Matinees are at 2:00 pm and evening shows are 8:00 pm. Check their web site www.bard.org for tickets. For additional information, visit www.stgeorgechamber.com/Culture%20&%20Arts.htm
| 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com.
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 varitey 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
| Grand Canyon North Rim
General Overview of Grand Canyon North Rim Free Time Options
**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.
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! 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
||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 9½-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
||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/north-rim