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Intergenerational National Parks: Bryce, Zion, Grand Canyon North Rim

Program Number: 8731RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/19/2013 - 6/26/2013; 6/17/2015 - 6/24/2015; 7/8/2015 - 7/15/2015; 8/5/2015 - 8/12/2015;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Price starting at: $1,397.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; National Parks; On the Road
Intergenerational
Meals: 21; 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 10 - 14 years of age.

They don’t call it “Color Country” for nothing. With your grandchild, experience the crown jewels of southwestern Utah: Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon’s rugged North Rim in Arizona. Discover the secrets and mysteries of sculptured canyons and soaring cliffs as instructors lead you through 2 billion years of Mother Nature’s handiwork.




Highlights

• Spend two nights in each of these canyons exploring the landscape and enjoying geology, ecology and human history with fascinating hands-on activities.
• Observe endangered animals, learn to identify their prints and go horse-back riding in Bryce Canyon.
• Discover the history and art of Native Americans, learn how they kept journals by pecking pictures into rocks.



Activity Particulars

Hiking up to two miles a day. Elevation up to 8,000 feet.




Date Specific Information

6-19-2013, 6-17-2015, 7-8-2015, 8-5-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Itinerary Summary

Las Vegas, 1 night; coach to Zion (Springdale), 2 nights; coach to Bryce, 2 nights; coach to Grand Canyon North Rim, 2 nights; coach to Las Vegas; departure.



Coordinated by Dixie State University.




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.



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."



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.



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.



Accommodations
Las Vegas: Hotel. Zion and Bryce: Inns. Grand Canyon: Grand Canyon Lodge, a National Historic Landmark, with cabins that sleep up to five.
Meals and Lodgings
   Alexis Park Resort
  Las Vegas, NV 1 night
   Zion Park Inn
  Zion National Park 2 nights
   Ruby's Inn
  Bryce Canyon National Park 2 nights
   Grand Canyon National Park North Rim Cabins
  North Rim, Grand Canyon 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
web: www.alexispark.com
  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 Availability for a fee Exercise Room 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
  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: Three Sparkling Swimming Pools Exercise Room Alexis Gardens Restaurant Pegasus Bar & Lounge Room Service Meeting & Banquet Service Las Vegas Comedy Showroom Free Airport Shuttle
  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

 Zion Park Inn
Type: Inn
  Description: Zion Park Inn has the towering red rock cliffs of Zion National Park as a backdrop and offers spectacular views from rooms and the restaurant windows. This premier lodging choice offers stunning scenery along with excellent amenities and comfortable rooms. The Zion Park Inn is the largest facility within Zion National Park area. The comfortable guest rooms have been designed to echo the natural elegance of Zion National Park. Natural furnishings complement the creature comforts and amenities you would expect in the heart of Zion National Park lodging. Guests can relax in the "Great Room" with its soaring ceiling and roaring fireplace, take a dip in the outdoor pool, or soak in the hot tub. Whatever you choose, you'll enjoy the charm and beauty of the meticulously landscaped grounds.
  Contact info: 1215 Zion Park Blvd
Springdale, UT 84767 USA
phone: 435-772-3200
web: www.zionparkinn.com
  Room amenities: In room coffee Satellite television Alarm clock Individual heating & air Desk/work area Free wireless internet access Free local telephone calls and long distance access Non-smoking & smoking rooms available
  Facility amenities: Convenient on site amenities include Switchback Grille, restaurant, & patio deli In-room coffee Heated outdoor pool (seasonal) Hot tub (year-round) Free wireless internet access Basketball and volleyball Badminton & horseshoe pits Putting Green Meeting/banquet facilities Catering and Conference services Safe deposit box Baggage hold Gift shop Liquor Store 24-hour front desk Elevator Ice machine Complimentary shuttle to city center & National Park.(seasonal)
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Ruby's Inn
Type: Inn
  Description: Ruby's Inn is the closest accommodation to Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah and is the perfect base for your exploration of scenic Southern Utah. We offer the finest Accommodations, RV Park/Campground and amenities in the Bryce Canyon National Park region. Ruby's Inn at Bryce Canyon is a destination in and of itself and is the perfect base for area exploration. We offer the finest accommodations and amenities in the Bryce Canyon National Park region. Ruby's Inn at Bryce Canyon has been serving travelers since 1916 and is a destination in and of itself.
  Contact info: 1000 South Highway 63
Bryce, UT 84764 USA
phone: 866-866-6616
web: www.rubysinn.com
  Room amenities: Non-Smoking Rooms • Color Satellite TV • Air Conditioning • Direct Dial Phone • In-room coffee/tea maker • Hair dryer, iron and ironing board • High Speed WiFi internet access
  Facility amenities: Indoor swimming pool & spa, large general store,WiFi internet access, eight internet kiosks, laundromat, ATM machines, and one hour photo.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Grand Canyon National Park North Rim Cabins
Type: Cabin
  Description: Wake up and go to sleep surrounded by the stunning beauty of the Grand Canyon! Enjoy the incredible experience of staying in cabins located near the edge of the Grand Canyon. It is the only accommodation located within the north rim portion of the National Park. This means they are in high demand and difficult to reserve so it gives you an even more extraordinary experience! At the Grand Canyon North Rim natural beauty and activities abound! Includes hiking, tours, canyon mule rides, birding and photo opportunities. The National Park Service (NPS) Visitor Center is located adjacent to your accommodations and the rangers offer a wide variety of interpretive programs throughout the the season. All NPS programs are free and you are welcome to attend during free time. Detailed program information is listed in the park's newspaper available at the entrance station or at the Visitor Center. For this program, we stay in historic log cabins that are nestled in the pines. Some of your meals are served in the Grand Canyon Lodge’s magnificent dining room that offers fine dining in a casual atmosphere with a western flair and an incredible view of the canyon with every bite! The Grand Canyon Lodge's rustic construction of limestone walls and timbered ceilings complements the North Rim's lush beauty. The Lodge offers peace and comfort to the North Rim visitor and is a National Historic Landmark. This beautiful facility is carved into the edge of the Grand Canyon's rim, with a massive view of the canyon and the plateau to the south. It feels as natural to the area as the surrounding woods and serves as a gathering point for those who have come to the canyon's northern edge. The lodge also contains a sun room, Cafe, saloon and a gift shop. Activities abound: hiking, tours, canyon mule rides and photo opportunities. The area also has a National Park Visitor Center, store, service station and laundromat.
  Contact info: Highway 67, Grand Canyon National Park North Rim
Grand Canyon North Rim, AZ 86052 USA
phone: 928-638-2611
web: www.grandcanyonlodgenorth.com
  Room amenities: Cabins are spacious, most with two queen-size beds, bath and a front porch. All are nestled in the pines. All rooms and cabins have telephones All guest room accommodations are non-smoking.
  Facility amenities: This facility offers something that is found nowhere else on earth, immediate access to stunning views from the Grand Canyon rim and numerous hiking trails! Restaurant serving 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. Cabins are rustic, most with two queen-size beds, bath and a front porch. All are nestled in the pines. All rooms and cabins have telephones All guest room accommodations are non-smoking. Restaurant, open daily, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Fine dining in a casual atmosphere with incredible views of the Grand Canyon from most tables. Casual attire. Deli in the Pines for fast service dining Coffee Saloon for morning coffee and baked goods shop The Rough Rider Saloon Gift Shop and Camper Store 24 hour Front Desk Post / Parcel Services Physically Disabled Services - Hearing Impaired Services All room categories, except Pioneer Cabins, have rooms accessible without stairs Guest Laundry available
  Smoking allowed: No
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
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 Intl Airport at 1:30 PM (PST). You will be staying at Grand Canyon National Park North Rim Cabins the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking available for the length of the program at the Las Vegas hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Las Vegas, NV
  Nearest city or town:  In Las Vegas
  Nearest highway: I-15
  Nearest airport:  McCarran Intl, Las Vegas
  From End of Program
  Location: Las Vegas, NV
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Las Vegas

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Alexis Park Resort Shuttle
phone: 702-796-3300

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complementry
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

2.5 miles

   

The Alexis Park Hotel Shuttle departs every hour on the hour from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm. Please call hotel when you arrive in baggage claim. Shuttle picks up at Zero Level. (See attached schedule for changes) Before or after hours take Belltrans Shuttle which runs 24 hours per day. They are located outside door 9 of the baggage claim area. Look for the "Bell Booth". (Cost is $7.00 subject to change)

 

Las Vegas, NV

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Dixie State University Road Scholar Bus

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Free
Prices are subject to change.

   

Our tour bus will deliver you to the airport or arrival hotel on the final day.

 
Driving Directions
  Las Vegas 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,
  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: We travel from 2200 ft in Las Vegas to over 8000 ft in Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon.

Equipment Requirements: Walking shoes or hiking boots with good traction, hiking pole, water bottle, rain gear, sunhat, sunscreen, sunglasses, flashlight, old tennis shoes or river sandals 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: Arrival and Welcome
(Wednesday, June 19)
   
 Afternoon: Arrivals and check-in at the hotel after 3 PM. On site registration in the hotel meeting room 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 Dixie State 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: Valley of Fire State Park/Zion National Park
(Thursday, June 20)
   
 Breakfast: Alexis Park Breakfast Buffet which includes fresh fruit, yogurt, assorted baked goods, cereal, scrambled eggs, french toast, oatmeal, smoked bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, coffee, and assorted teas, juice and milk.
 Morning: Check out 8:15 Depart and travel to the Valley of Fire. Explore the unique formations and view fascinating petroglyphs! Travel through Virgin River Gorge to St. George, Utah
 Lunch: Lunch in St. George, Utah
 Afternoon: Enjoy a scenic drive to Springdale, Utah and check into the Zion Park Inn. The towering cliffs of Zion create a beautiful backdrop for your hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at Switchback Restaurant.
 Evening: After dinner gather in the hotel meeting room for brief introduction to the geology, ecology, flora & fauna of the National Parks we will be visiting.
   
Accommodations: Zion Park Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Experience Beautiful Zion National Park
(Friday, June 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Switchback Grille's Canyon Buffet which includes fresh fruit, yogurt, fresh baked goods, bagels, cereal,waffles, eggs, omeletes, french toast, pancakes, smoked bacon, jumbo sausage, breakfast potatoes, Starbuck's coffee, and assorted teas, juice and milk.
 Morning: Field excursion to explore Zion National Park! You'll ride up to the Temple of Sinawava stop, where you begin the one mile long (each way) paved approach to the famed Zion 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.
 Lunch: Box lunch on the trail.
 Afternoon: 1:00-5:30 "Desert Discovery" activity, followed by an hiking activity that explores "All about rocks and water". (You will get wet!) Option: Go to Cinemax.
 Dinner: Dinner at Wildcat Willies.
 Evening: The night sky is incredible here!
   
Accommodations: Zion Park Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Birds of Prey and Southwest US animals, Zion tunnel and East Zion Checkerboard Mesa//Bryce Canyon National Park/Bryce Canyon Rodeo.
(Saturday, June 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Switchback Grille's Canyon Buffet which includes fresh fruit, yogurt, fresh baked goods, bagels, cereal,waffles, eggs, omeletes, french toast, pancakes, smoked bacon, jumbo sausage, breakfast potatoes, Starbuck's coffee, and assorted teas, juice and milk.
 Morning: See up close and personal a live falcon, hawk, and golden eagle. Martin Tyner, a federally licensed eagle falconer, presents "Birds of Prey". Then check out and travel through the tunnel to the East portion of Zion and view Checkerboard Mesa.
 Lunch: Have lunch at Ruby's, near the entrance to Bryce Canyon. Ruby's puts on a great buffet.
 Afternoon: Enjoy exploring the hoo doos of Bryce Canyon National Park!
 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: Bryce Canyon Rodeo!
   
Accommodations: Ruby's Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Explore within the hoo doos of Bryce National Park/Horse back riding!
(Sunday, June 23)
   
 Breakfast: 7:00 - 8:00 am - Breakfast at Ruby's Cowboy Buffet which includes fresh fruit, yogurt, assorted baked goods, cereal, scrambled eggs, french toast, oatmeal, smoked bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, coffee, and assorted teas, juice and milk.
 Morning: After breakfast travel to the stables and saddle up for some Horse back riding among the red rocks! It's an awesome way to enjoy the scenery.
 Lunch: Box lunch.
 Afternoon: Continue your hiking exploration through the rock spires and whimsical shaped hoo doos and along the scenic rim!
 Dinner: Dinner at Ruby's Canyon Diner.
 Evening: Free time to swim or relax.
   
Accommodations: Ruby's Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument/Take in the vast beauty of the Grand Canyon, North Rim
(Monday, June 24)
   
 Breakfast: 7:00 - 8:00 am - Breakfast at Ruby's Cowboy Buffet which includes fresh fruit, yogurt, assorted baked goods, cereal, scrambled eggs, french toast, oatmeal, smoked bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, coffee, and assorted teas, juice and milk.
 Morning: Check out Travel to the Grand Staircase Escalante National Park Visitor Center for some interesting exploration and info about the area.
 Lunch: Lunch at Houston's in Kanab, Utah a town with beautiful surroundings and famous Western Movie film sets.
 Afternoon: Continue travel to the Grand Canyon North Rim. Enjoy the Bright Angel Point overlook. Check into your cabin at North Rim Lodge. Rest and enjoy a little free time until dinner.
 Dinner: Enjoy a "Grand" cookout.
 Evening: After dinner enjoy the stunning sunset and meet in the Grand Canyon Lodge Auditorium for an evening Ranger "Night Prowl" Program. (Optional)
   
Accommodations: Grand Canyon National Park North Rim Cabins
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Explore amazing views of the Grand Canyon from various view points.
(Tuesday, June 25)
   
 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: Explore amazing views of the Grand Canyon from various view points along the rim.
 Lunch: Sack lunch with the eastern Grand Canyon as a backdrop.
 Afternoon: 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 sit out on the Lodge patio and drink in the views..
 Dinner: Dinner at the Grand Canyon Lodge. This is more than a meal! It is dinner with views of the Grand Canyon-so stunning this time of day!
 Evening: Ranger Campfire Program at the campground amphitheater. (Optional)
   
Accommodations: Grand Canyon National Park North Rim Cabins
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Return to Las Vegas, Departures
(Wednesday, June 26)
   
 Breakfast: Early breakfast at North Rim prior to departures.
 Morning: Check out and travel to St. George for lunch.
 Lunch: Lunch in St. George. After lunch travel to Las Vegas, McCarran Intl Airport arrive at 1:30 (PST), and then we will take any stay overs to the Alexis Park Hotel.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Las Vegas, NV 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 Foutains and light show all set to music. Be sure to stroll into the lobby to see the stunning display of hanging blown glass flowers! Accessible via the Monorail use the Bally’s & Paris Las Vegas Station For additional information, visit www.bellagio.com
  Sightseeing Attractions
Please see the website below for information on the many activities available in Las Vegas. For additional information, visit www.lasvegas.com
  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. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/brca
  Shopping
Ruby's Inn General Store Open daily from 7:00am to 10:30pm You can also visit Bryce Photo Shop, and The Old Bryce Town Shops where you walk the the wooden sidewalks and enjoy feeling as though you have traveled back in time to a western towns shops. Includes the Canyon Rock Shop featuring rocks, fossils, and petrified wood. For additional information, visit www.rubysinn.com
  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! For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/grca
  Zion National Park 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 www.nps.gov/zion
  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
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


Books about History


Author: See list below


Description: Books about History 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 History (more)


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Description: Basin and Range, John McPhee. 1980. A book of journeys through ancient terrains, always in juxtaposition with travels in the modern world---a history of vanished landscapes, enhanced by the histories of people who bring them to light. Includes a history of the geologic time scale. $14.95. The Dominguez- Escalante Journal, Ted J. Warner. 1995. Their expedition through Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona in 1776. $12.95 Over the Rim, The Parley P. Pratt Exploring Expedition to Southern Utah, 1849-50. William and Donna T. Smart. 1999. In the winter of 1849 fifty men set out from Salt Lake City on an arduous expedition to explore Southern Utah. $19.95 Echoes from the Cliffs of Capital Reef National Park, Max Robinson, Clay Robinson. 2004. Enlightening reminiscences of Capital Reef National Park. $6.95. Standing Up Country, Gregory Crampton. 1964. A lavishly illustrated history of the scenic beauty of Southern Utah. $16.95. The Exploration of the Colorado River and its Canyons, by J.W. Powell; Dover Publications, Inc., New York. This book combines two of J.W. Powell’s voyages into one epic adventure. $10.25 Beyond The Hundredth Meridian by Wallace Stegner; Penguin Books 1992. A penetrating and insightful study of the adventures of Maj. John Wesley Powell. $10.75



Books about Native American / Prehistory


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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



Education


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Description: The Redrock Canyon Explorer, Irene Brady and Geology Rocks, by Cindy Blobaum & Michael Kline. Two books that are a great starting place for grandparents and educators that would like to get a fun and creative educational tool for their grandchildren or students. $19.95 and $12.95 Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv. 2005. An absolute must-read for parents if we are going to save our children from the Nature- Deficit Disorder. $13.95. Sharing Nature with Children, Joseph Cornell. 1989. A parents and teachers nature awareness guidebook. $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



Geology


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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 www.zionpark.org) Carving Grand Canyon, Wayne Ranney. 2005. A synopsis of ideas and theories that geologists have developed over time about the carving of the Grand Canyon. This story is told in an engaging style that non-scientists will find inviting. $14.95 Canyonlands Country, Donald Baars, 1993. Geology of Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. $15.95





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