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The Best of Color Country National Parks: Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon

Program Number: 11573RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/19/2013 - 5/26/2013; 5/12/2016 - 5/19/2016; 5/15/2016 - 5/22/2016; 5/22/2016 - 5/29/2016; 5/24/2016 - 5/31/2016; 5/29/2016 - 6/5/2016; 6/5/2016 - 6/12/2016; 6/7/2016 - 6/14/2016; 6/21/2016 - 6/28/2016; 8/9/2016 - 8/16/2016; 8/21/2016 - 8/28/2016; 9/4/2016 - 9/11/2016; 9/11/2016 - 9/18/2016; 9/20/2016 - 9/27/2016; 9/27/2016 - 10/4/2016; 10/2/2016 - 10/9/2016; 10/6/2016 - 10/13/2016; 10/9/2016 - 10/16/2016;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Price starting at: $1,375.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: National Parks; On the Road; Natural History
Meals: 20; 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

The Colorado Plateau has created monuments 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 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.

Activity Particulars

Varies by date. May 22, 2016 │ Sept. 27, 2015: Moderate — Walking up to one mile on varied terrain. Elevations up to 8,000 feet. All other dates Active — Walking three miles daily at same elevation.

Date Specific Information

6-7-2016, 6-21-2016, 8-9-2016, 8-21-2016, 10-9-2016

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."

Itinerary Summary

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.

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 (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.

Las Vegas: Hotel convenient for airport and Strip. Zion: Lodge in Zion gateway town. Bryce Canyon: Lodge 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

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

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

David Best grew up in North Carolina and received his degrees in mathematics and geology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He retired after 32 years from the Geology Department at Northern Arizona University, where he was both a professor and administrator. His passion was teaching undergraduates, particularly non-majors who took introductory general education courses. He also mentored graduate students in the area of geophysics. He is the author of a textbook on natural hazards and is writing a similar book for the general populace. David enjoys gourmet cooking, traveling, woodworking, and reading.
Stanley Beus

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.
Joanna Joseph

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.
Meals and Lodgings
   Alexis Park Resort
  Las Vegas, NV 1 night
   Majestic View Lodge
  Zion National Park 2 nights
   Grand Canyon Lodge
  North Rim, Grand Canyon 2 nights
   Best Western Ruby's Inn
  Bryce Canyon National Park 2 nights
 Alexis Park Resort
Type: Hotel
  Description: Welcome to the Alexis Park All Suite Resort, one of the most exciting resorts in Las Vegas. The Alexis Park All Suite Resort is the premiere all-suite, non-gaming resort in Las Vegas. Unrivaled in its Las Vegas Strip proximity (directly across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel) the Alexis Park All Suite Resort features all the hotel amenities along with casual boutique hotel services. From the moment you arrive at this oasis in the sun, you will experience all that makes Alexis Park All Suite Resort a special place to stay. Here, you’ll love strolling through the lush courtyard gardens surrounded by winding pathways that lead you to three sparkling pools. The Alexis Park All Suite Resort offers one-on-one personalized service, the privacy and convenience of a tropical oasis with immediate easy access to all that Las Vegas has to offer.
  Contact info: 375 East Harmon Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89169 USA
phone: 702-796-3300
  Room amenities: The Alexis Park All Suite Resort was the first non-gaming resort property in Las Vegas. With a long history of boutique experiences and guests, the hotel has been providing quality hotel service and hosting events in Las Vegas for several decades. Guests may stroll beautifully landscaped gardens to access a variety of relaxing and stylish choices in accommodations. Boasting 10 uniquely different floor plans and guest amenities to suit a variety of hotel stays, our guests can count on a comfortable and memorable Alexis Park Hotel experience. All of our Las Vegas hotel rooms are two room suites providing guests with spacious accommodations and privacy along with amenities for both Extended Stays and Last minute Getaways alike. All Hotel Suites at the Alexis Park Las Vegas include: Two Telephone Lines Wet Bar Refrigerator 32" Flat Screen with Pay Per View Movies WIFI available for $12.99 per 24 hour period, per device.
  Facility amenities: The Alexis Park All Suite Las Vegas Resort is your oasis in the sun. Here, you'll enjoy walking along the lush courtyard garden pathways that lead you to our three sparkling pools. The Alexis Park All Suite Resort offers one-on-one personalized service, tropical landscaped grounds and FUN....LOTS OF IT. Resort Amenities include: Free Computer, internet, printer in lobby; Wifi for a fee in rooms Three Sparkling Swimming Pools Exercise Room Alexis Gardens Restaurant Pegasus Bar & Lounge Room Service Meeting & Banquet Service Las Vegas Comedy Showroom Laundry and Dry Cleaning Service Available All Guests of Alexis Park have access to Room Service, Guest Services, Free Safe Deposit Boxes and Business Center Services Free Airport Shuttle: Leaves Hotel on the hour from 7 AM to 9 PM (except 10AM, 2PM, and 6PM on Fri, Sat and Sun), arrives at airport approximately 30 minutes later. Call Hotel once you have your luggage: 702-796-3300 or 1-800-582-2228.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $90.00 for dbl, $65 for single Based on availability, participants can book 3 days prior to program start date and/or 3 days after program end date at contracted suite price of $90 per night double occupancy or $65 per night single occupancy.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Majestic View Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: This new 70 room lodge is constructed of large pine logs. Beuatifully decorated making it a warm inviting atmosphere. Swimming pool, Jacuzzi, room service, data ports, great views, restaurant and wild life museum.
  Contact info: 2400 Zion Park Blvd
Springdale, UT 84767 USA
phone: 866-772-0665
  Room amenities: Refrigerator, coffee pot, private balcony or patio, hairdryers, Cable TV.
  Facility amenities: Swimming pool, Jacuzzi, room service, data ports, great views, restaurant and wild life museum.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Grand Canyon Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: The only lodging available on the North Rim, this old lodge of rough hewn logs and rocks is chiseled into the limestone of the rim itself, offering broad views of the Grand Canyon, Bright Angel Canyon, the South Rim, and the San Francisco Peaks nearly 100 miles south. Rooms are in nearby cabins on the same grounds, within walking distance of the lodge. These historic cabins are both rustic and romantic.
  Contact info: Grand Canyon NP
North Rim, AZ 86052 USA
phone: 928-638-2611
  Room amenities: Be prepared to step into the past in these quaint rustic historic cabins that have basic necessities including electricity, hot and cold running water, shower, ice bucket, hari dryer, heat, a telephone and screened windows that open up to let in fresh mountain air.
  Facility amenities: Grand Canyon Lodge Dining Room has magnificent views of the Grand Canyon through its huge picture windows. Lodge Dining Room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, Deli in the Pines for fast service dining, espresso coffee bar with fresh baked goods, Rough Rider Saloon, gift shop, camper store, self serve guest laundry facilities. Immediate access to Rim views and hiking trails from the lodge.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Best Western Ruby's Inn
Type: Hotel
  Description: Located at the entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park, Ruby's offers the hotel, a full service restaurant and a well stocked general store.
  Contact info: 26 S. Main St
Bryce Canyon City, UT 84764 USA
phone: 435-834-5341
  Room amenities: Cable TV with movies, Pay per view movies, coffee/tea maker, Iron & board, hairdryer, telephone, dataports, AM/FM alarm clock, A/C, microwave, refrigerator, voice mail, wireless internet access.
  Facility amenities: 368 all non-smoking guest rooms, indoor pool and spa, post office, ATM, laundromat, 8 internet kiosks, WIFI, one hour photo, large general store.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check out time: 10:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Sponsored by Northern Arizona University. Arrivals and check-in at the hotel after 3:00 PM. On site registration in the hotel meeting room from 4:30-5:15 PM. You will be staying at Alexis Park Resort that night.
  End of Program:
Las Vegas McCarran Airport, 1:00 PM; Followed by a stop at the starting hotel. You will be staying at Best Western Ruby's Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking available for the length of the program at the Las Vegas hotel.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Las Vegas, NV
  Nearest city or town:  In Las Vegas; Las Vegas Strip 1 mile W.
  Nearest highway: Interstate 15.
  Nearest airport:  McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Bryce Canyon National Park
  Nearest city or town:  Kanab, UT, 75 mi S; St George, UT (pop 60,000), 112 miles SW; Las Vegas, NV, 205 mi SW.
  Nearest highway: Utah Route 12, US 89.
  Nearest airport:  Small airport at Bryce. Commuter: St George, UT; International: Las Vegas, NV.
Travel Details

To Alexis Park Resort, Las Vegas, NV


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Multiple Commercial Van/ Shuttle services available


Per Person/One Way:


Approx $7 per person
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


10-15 minutes 




2.5 miles


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To Alexis Park Resort, Las Vegas, NV


From Airport




Hotel Shuttle
phone: 702-796-3300


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.




2.5 miles


Complimentary shuttle leaves hotel every hour on the hour from 7 AM to 9 PM (except 10 AM, 2 PM, and 6 PM on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). Call Hotel when you retrieve you luggage. Other Commercial services run 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week.


From last location


To Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
NAU Road Scholar


Per Person/One Way:


Included in program.
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


5 hours 


Road Scholar transportation takes participants to Las Vegas McCarran Intl airport, to arrive there by 1 PM. After dropping departing passengers there, the next stop is the starting hotel, where those who drove to the program will pick up their cars.

Driving Directions
  Helpful information as you plan! Apprx. Air Travel Times to Las Vegas from: Atlanta 4 hours, Chicago 3.5 hours, Dallas 2.5 hours, Denver 1.5 hours, Honolulu 6 hours, Houston 3 hours, Los Angeles 1 hour, Minneapolis 3 hours, New Orleans 3.75 hours, New York City 5 hours, Phoenix 1 hour, San Diego 55 minutes, San Francisco 1.25 hours, Seattle 2.25 hours, St. Louis 3 hours, Washington, D.C. 5 hours, Apprx. Drive Times to Las Vegas from: Atlanta 36 hours, Chicago 29 hours, Dallas 24 hours, Denver 12 hours, Houston 27 hours, Los Angeles 5 hour, Minneapolis 27 hours, New Orleans 32 hours, New York City 42 hours, Phoenix 8 hour, San Diego 6 hours, San Francisco 10 hours, Seattle 16 hours, St. Louis 26 hours, Washington, D.C. 40 hours.
  The Alexis Park All Suite Resort is easy to find: From Southern California - Take Interstate 15 from the California State border into Las Vegas and exit onto E. Tropicana, turn left on Koval and right onto E. Harmon Avenue. The Alexis Park All Suite Resort will be on the right side. From Southern Utah (St. George) - Take Interstate 15 South into Las Vegas and exit onto E. Flamingo Road, turn right on Koval and proceed to E. Harmon Avenue. Turn left onto E. Harmon Avenue and the Alexis Park All Suite Resort will be on the right side. From Northern Nevada (Tonapah) - Take Highway 95 South into Las Vegas and proceed to Interstate 15 South to Exit 39 on E. Flamingo Road. Right onto Koval and proceed to E. Harmon Avenue, turn left onto E. Harmon Avenue and the Alexis Park All Suite Resort will be on the right side. From Northern Arizona (Kingman via Boulder City, NV) - Take Highway 93 North through Boulder City, NV and into Las Vegas. Take Highway 215 West to Highway 15 North. Exit E. Tropicana and turn left onto Koval and proceed to E. Harmon Avenue. Turn right on E. Harmon Avenue and Alexis Park All Suite Resort will be on right side. From Las Vegas Airport - Exit Airport traveling north on Paradise Road. Travel one mile on Paradise and turn left on E. Harmon Avenue Alexis Park All Suite Resort will be on left side.
Elevation Note: >8000 ft in places. Those with heart/lung conditions should consult physician before attending.

Equipment Requirements: Walking shoes or hiking boots with good traction, water bottle, rain gear, sunhat, sunscreen, sunglasses, flashlight, old tennis shoes or river sandals and hiking stick for those who hike up the stream. National Park Pass or Golden Age Pass (if you have one), for entrance into the National Parks.
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.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-In/Orientation & Introductions
(Sunday, May 19)
 Afternoon: Arrivals and check-in at the hotel after 3 PM. On site registration in the hotel lobby from 4:30 - 5:15 PM.
 Dinner: Dinner catered by the Alexis Garden Restaurant, including entree, salad, vegetables, and a beverage.
 Evening: After dinner, your Northern Arizona University coordinator will lead an introduction and orientation session. With your fellow participants, you will review the week's itinerary, travel arrangements, sightseeing tips, etc., and there will be a question and answer session afterward. Everyone will leave knowing what to expect!
Accommodations: Alexis Park Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Basin & Range/Zion National Park
(Monday, May 20)

Note: 1.2 mile round trip/69 vertical foot walk in Zion Nation Park.

 Breakfast: Full Buffet Breakfast in the Alexis Garden Restaurant.
 Morning: Bring your luggage out to the coach and board the coach for the AM departure. Travel with your Northern Arizona University Naturalist/Guide who is knowledgeable and experienced in the region. While the Geology of these three Parks are important and the most obvious topics, your Naturalist/Guide will enhance your travel time with insight into the Geology, Plants and Animals, Human History and Pre-History of the of the area. Travel through the Basin and Range Province and the upper Mohave Desert, and the Virgin River Gorge, to the volcanic edge of the Colorado Plateau. En route hear a lecture on basic geology and discuss how it relates to the Color Country we are traveling through and to.
 Lunch: We stop for lunch at the Majestic View Lodge in Springdale, just outside of Zion National Park.
 Afternoon: Board the coach and travel to the Zion National Park entrance and the Visitor Center. The center has a large scale relief map of the park, where you can overview what you will be seeing the next day and a half. You'll enjoy a pass through the bookstore at the center as well. Afterwards, Enjoy a short walk to the Lower Emerald Pool (1.2 miles RT/69 ft. elevation change on paved but sometimes uneven or muddy sidewalk).
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the Majestic View Lodge and the majestic view from it huge picture windows.Choice of N.Y. Steak or Salmon or a Chicken dish.
 Evening: After dinner there will be a presentation on local natural history or orientation to/overview of Zion National Park.
Accommodations: Majestic View Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Nature Walk/Zion Human History Museum/Weeping Rock/Temple of Sinawava
(Tuesday, May 21)

Note: 3 walks today: 1 mile/ early morning nature walk;0.5 mile/100 vertical foot walk; 2.2 mile/57 vertical foot walk.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Majestic View dining room. Includes Scrambled Fresh Eggs, Hash Brown Potatoes, Bacon or Sausage.
 Morning: There is an optional pre-breakfast sunrise nature walk on the PaRus Trail, with an emphasis on the natural environment we see along the trail. The PaRus trail is lovely in the early morning - it is quiet and mostly paved (with one short uneven gravel section) along the banks of the N. Fork of the Virgin River, with good views of the Streaked Wall, the Beehives, the Watchman, Bridge Arch and Bridge Mountain. Along the Trail we can see and discuss native plants and their uses. It is slightly over 1 mile, with 50 ft. elevation loss. Following breakfast, travel to the Zion Human History Museum with its 22 minute multi-media presentation on Zion. From here, there are great views of the Towers of the Virgin and the Altar of Sacrifice. After the museum stop, shuttle on to lunch.
 Lunch: Sack lunch inside the Park from the Majestic View Lodge restaurant. Choice of Ham, Roast Beef or Turkey on a Demi Loaf, Potato Chips. Fresh Fruit (Apple or Orange), Cookie or Brownie.
 Afternoon: After lunch, shuttle to Weeping Rock. There is a short, steep trail here - about half a mile round trip, and about 100 feet of elevation change. En route, along the steep canyon walls are natural hanging gardens. View the Weeping Rock seep, and return to the shuttle to travel higher into the canyon. You'll ride up to the Temple of Sinawava stop, where you begin the one mile long (each way) paved approach to the Narrows. For those who would like, you can put on your old sneakers or river sandals, grab your hiking stick and make your way into the river here to photograph the towering, vertical rock sides of the canyon. Then walk back down and shuttle back to the Lodge.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own and an opportunity to explore Springdale. We will supply you with a list of numerous restaurants to choose from.
 Evening: Free evening to explore Springdale or choose to rest up after our first few busy days.
Accommodations: Majestic View Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Switchbacks, Checkerboard Mesa and Grand Staircase; Pipe Springs Nat. Mon.;Grand Canyon North Rim and Bright Angel Point
(Wednesday, May 22)

Note: Walk around Pipe Springs National Monument, 1/2 mile walk down 150 feet to Bright Angel Point

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Majestic View dining room. Includes Scrambled Fresh Eggs, Hash Brown Potatoes, Bacon or Sausage.
 Morning: Board the motor coach for the southbound trip to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. You'll travel through the Zion Switchbacks and Tunnels, with their "Galleries" (windows) looking onto some of Zion's most vertical rock faces. Stop at Checkerboard Mesa, and hear why it has horizontal layers and vertical cracks.. Travel on down several steps of the Grand Staircase to Kanab, UT and on into Arizona (Change to Mountain Standard Time). Once in Arizona visit Pipe Springs National Monument. Then the road climbs up the Kaibab Plateau. You'll stop at the LeFevre overlook where there is a larger than panoramic view of the Grand Staircase. Here you can look north and see the southern end of Bryce Canyon National Park atop the Staircase, and the tops of the Towers of Zion National Park. After nearing 8,000 ft elevation, you'll arrive at Jacob Lake for lunch at the Jacob Lake Inn.
 Lunch: The Jacob Lake Inn, a pine-surrounded log structure with a fireplace and a wonderfully homey feel, will serve some of its home-cooked fare. Be sure to leave room for the baked-right-there cookies, on sale near the door as you leave.
 Afternoon: After lunch you'll continue southbound across the upper reaches of Kaibab Plateau, through forests of pines, spruce, fir and quaking aspen. Learn why fire is important to the health of Ponderosa Pine forests and what happens when you suppress fires for 100 years. These are incredible woods which, with their huge meadows, give more of a feel of Montana than Arizona. Along the way you may see the unique Kaibab squirrels, wild turkeys and deer. When you arrive at Grand Canyon National Park, you have the option to walk out to Bright Angel Point. The half mile roundtrip out the spine of the ridge to the point is paved and is a little steep in places, but worth it. From the point you'll be treated to impressive colorful views stretching well down into Roaring Springs and Bright Angel Canyons. After our walk, we then check in at the Grand Canyon Lodge for our stay in the rustic cabins near the main lodge building and the canyon views on the back porch of the Grand Canyon Lodge.
 Dinner: Dining in the historic Grand Canyon Lodge is truly a memorable experience. Regional as well as 1930's themed foods are featured throughout the menus. We take pride in utilizing only the freshest and healthiest ingredients. The "all natural" beef and poultry products are free of any antibodies or hormones. Salmon is wild Alaska caught. Additionally, we offer organic products such as salad greens and pastas.
 Evening: After dinner you have the option of taking in the presentation by the NPS ranger, or go for a walk out to one of several view points overlooking the canyon to watch the stars rotate over your head.
Accommodations: Grand Canyon Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: North Rim /Nature Walk/Point Imperial/N.Kaibab Trail Hike
(Thursday, May 23)

Note: 1 mile nature walk in morning. 1.4 mile RT/ 500 Vertical Foot hike down N. Kaibab Trail.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet including a full assortment of hot and cold items including eggs, assorted breakfast meats, seasoned potatoes, freshly baked biscuits and country gravy, french toast casserole, pastries, fruits, and yogurt.
 Morning: Start your morning with a nature walk along and near the rim. Then board the motor coach and ride out to Point Imperial, the highest point on the North Rim at 8,803 feet. From the vista point here you can see the winding, narrow slash of Marble Canyon just upstream of where it breaks out into the wider Grand Canyon. The rocks of the Canyon walls are especially colorful here, offering both black and red stripes of the ancient rock.
 Lunch: Sack lunch with the eastern Grand Canyon as a backdrop.
 Afternoon: Board the motor coach and travel back through the N. Kaibab forest to the Grand Canyon Lodge, arriving around 2:00 PM. Here your afternoon provides you with several options. You may want to hike down the N. Kaibab trail, which drops 600 feet in 3/4 of a mile. If you're feeling less athletic but still would enjoy a good hike, try the Transept Trail from the Lodge to the ancestral puebloan ruin. Or catch an afternoon Ranger Program, or take the afternoon to relax at the coffee bar, the bookstore or saloon, or sit out on the Lodge patio and drink in the views.
 Dinner: Dinner reservations in the dining room of the Grand Canyon Lodge with its spectacular view.
 Evening: Optional National Park Ranger presentation.
Accommodations: Grand Canyon Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Up the Grand Staircase and Long Valley/Inspiration Point
(Friday, May 24)

Note: 0.9 mile walk down 100 feet along the Bryce Canyon Rim, unpaved and somewhat rocky trail.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at North Rim Lodge dining room.
 Morning: Board motor coach for the trip northbound from the Grand Canyon. We descend from the Kaibab Plateau and then climb the Grand Staircase on US 89, heading up Long Valley, rich in early Mormon history to Bryce Canyon National Park.
 Lunch: Have lunch at Ruby's, near the entrance to Bryce Canyon. Ruby's puts on a great buffet.
 Afternoon: Board the motor coach, travel into Bryce Canyon National Park and head for Inspiration Point. The unpaved trail there takes you in .9 mile 100 ft. down through bristlecone pines and all along the way you'll have great views of the pinnacle rock hoodoos with their diagonal scour markings. You'll love the contrast between the exposed rock hoodoos and the spruce, fir and bristlecone pine surroundings. Inspiration Point is post-card photogenic.
 Dinner: Buffet Dinner at Ruby's Cowboy Buffet & Steak Room including BBQ Beef & Pork Ribs, Baked Chicken, Asian Orange Chicken, Baked Pollock, Cornbread, Soup & Salad.
 Evening: Optional evening National Park Ranger presentation, or walk out to the rim and watch the Hoodoos change color as the sun sets behind you.
Accommodations: Best Western Ruby's Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Sunrise at Bryce Point, Queen's Garden Trail, Rainbow Pt, Yovimpa Pt, Bryce Canyon NP Visitor Center
(Saturday, May 25)

Note: 1/4 mile RT sunrise walk to Bryce Point, 1.8 mile RT Queen's Garden Walk, 1/2 mile RT walk to Yovimpa Point

 Breakfast: Breakfast at Ruby's Cowboy Buffet.
 Morning: Before breakfast is the optional trip to Bryce Point. Early risers will be rewarded for their discipline when they ride our motor coach out to Bryce Point well before sunrise. Here we can watch both the brightening eastern horizon and the hoodoos change below you in Bryce Amphitheater. In the horizontal light of dawn, the colors there are wonderfully rich. After breakfast enjoy the walk to Sunrise Point. There, you'll see the famous Twinkle Toes tree, and learn about the forces of erosion. For those who want to make the hike, there is the .9 mile trail one way down 320 feet amongst the hoodoos and see Queen Victoria surveying the Queen's Garden. Participants are also welcome to hike just part of the trail. For those who prefer a more relaxed experience, there are excellent views of the garden from the rim walk. Then we'll take our motor coach on the spectacularly scenic drive to Rainbow Point.
 Lunch: Sack Lunch enjoying the view at Rainbow Point at the Park's southern end at 9115 feet above sea level.
 Afternoon: After lunch, there are photo opportunities at Rainbow Point. Then you'll walk .25 mile one way through a high woods (9115 ft) of many types of conifers to Yovimpa Point, with its expansive views of the Grand Staircase and Navajo Mountain to the east and the Kaibab Plateau to the south. After returning from Yovimpa Point, you'll board the motor coach and ride to the Bryce Canyon NP Visitor Center, and the return to the hotel.
 Dinner: Surrounded by the majestic Ponderosa Pine Forest, the Bryce Canyon Lodge dining room is a wonderful place to relax and take in the inspiring beauty of Bryce Canyon. Enjoy dining in the style of rustic elegance from the 1930s. This certified Green Restaurant serves up an environmentally sustainable menu with regional specialties as well as organic and all natural food choices. After dinner, enjoy the program remembrances and farewells.
 Evening: Free Evening.
Accommodations: Best Western Ruby's Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Departures Las Vegas McCarran Airport
(Sunday, May 26)
 Breakfast: Early breakfast at Ruby's Cowboy Buffet.
 Morning: Load into the motor coach to depart from Ruby's by 8:15 AM sharp. Return to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport via St. George, UT and Mesquite, NV, to arrive at the airport by 1:00 PM and the starting hotel shortly thereafter.
 Lunch: Light lunch enroute to airport.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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
  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. Accessible Hotels Stratosphere Circus Circus Accessible Attractions Adventuredome Theme Park Circus Acts Guinness World Records Museum High Roller Coaster and Big Shot Stratosphere Observation Decks Wet 'n Wild Water Park For additional information, visit
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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!" ~~~Scenic Airlines 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 ~~~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.
  Sightseeing Attractions
~~~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 ~~~Showcase Mall 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
  Bryce Canyon National Park Hikes/walks
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.
  Ranger Programs
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. STAR PARTIES "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.
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
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. Shuttle Routes 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.
  Visitor Center
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
  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 North Rim mule trips are offered from mid May to mid October only. For additional information, visit
  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: ~~~Nature Walk Learn about the natural processes that sustain ponderosa pine and aspen forests. A relaxed 1.5 mile walk with some elevation gain and loss. ~~~Alien Invaders 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. ~~~Condor Talk 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. ~~~Campfire Program Programs cover some aspect of the Grand Canyon story. Topics are posted in the campground, lodge, and visitor center. ~~~Evening Program 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. ~~~Night Watch 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
  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
  Zion National Park Galleries
***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, E-mail: 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. ~~~Driftwood Gallery 1515 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, UT 84767, (435) 772-3262, (888) 801-8811, E-mail: 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. Pottery-Jewelry-Metalwork-Stained Glass-Paintings-Photography. ~~~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
  General Information
The below web site offers a good resource for information. This is the National Parks website and is a good resource also. For additional information, visit
Zion Canyon Lodge and Springdale offer a large variety of shops and unique shopping opportunities. For additional information, visit
  Shuttle Transportation
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
  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 -Weeping Rock Self-guiding walk to a spring and ''hanging garden.'' Shuttle stop: Weeping Rock -Canyon Overlook Self-guiding walk to a canyon viewpoint. Very hot by late morning. Shuttle stop: Not on shuttle loop -LONGER WALKS -Middle Emerald Pool Moderate walk to pools and waterfalls. Shuttle stop: Zion Lodge or The Grotto -Riverside Walk Easy walk along the Virgin River. Shuttle stop: Temple of Sinawava -Watchman 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 -Hidden Canyon Fairly strenuous hike to a hanging canyon. This trail is not recommended for anyone fearful of heights. Shuttle stop: Weeping Rock -Angels Landing Strenuous hike to a panoramic viewpoint. This trail is not recommended for anyone fearful of heights. Shuttle stop: The Grotto For additional information, visit
  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
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. 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.

Suggested Reading List

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 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

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

General Reference

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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


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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

Geology (Specific)

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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 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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