The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.
Free Time Opportunities
| St. George, Utah
~~~Roland Lee Art Studio - 249 west Tabernacle #104
~~~St. George Art Museum - 200 North Main Street (also Pioneer Center for the Arts) 435-634-5942, 212 N Main Street
The St George Opera House was built around 1875, and was used until the 1930's for cultural events. The U & I Sugar Company used the building until 1979, when it was abandoned and sat vacant for years.
Today, the restored structure is the centerpiece for the Pioneer Center for the Arts, a complex that includes the Opera House. The Center also includes the St George Art Museum, a 10,000 square foot, two-story museum housing the permanent collection, The Statehood Centennial Legacy Collection, exhibit space for rotating shows and a gift shop. Admission is free. Closed on Sunday.
~~~Twiggs and Moore Gallery - Corner of Main Street and St. George Blvd.
~~~S Gallery Art and Speciality Home Furnishings - 435-673-9727, Tower at Ancestor Square, St George Blvd.
S Gallery Art Furniture features one-of-a-kind custom furniture designed by owners, Sherry Thompson and Rod Irwin--hand carving, whimsical painting, exotic woods, southwest and rustic styles are their trademarks. In addition you will find interesting pottery, candles and paintings.
Located in the Tower at Ancestor Square on the Northwest corner of Main Street and St. George Blvd.
Original and one-of-a kind fine arts, - oils, pastels, watercolor & sculpture
61 N Main
Phone: 673-2723 For additional information, visit www.stgeorgechamber.com/Culture%20&%20Arts.htm
If you've ever dreamed of playing golf near national parks with towering red sandstone cliffs on the horizon with desert flora in the landscape, say hello to the Red Rock Corridor. Golf Magazine calls our area, The Red Rock Corridor, and it is centered in St. George. Our golf courses have been described as "golfer's paradise," Nine public courses and one private golf club.
Per capita, the St George area offers more golf than any other spot in the sunbelt. In fact, there are more courses per captia in St George than almost anywhere else in the country. Information about courses follow in alphabetical order. ~~~BLOOMINGTON COUNTRY CLUB
Par-72, 18 holes......7,082 yards
~~~CORAL CANYON GOLF COURSE
Par -72, 18 holes golf course.....7,029 yards
Phone: 435-688-1700 www.coralcanyongolf.com
~~~DIXIE RED HILLS GOLF COURSE
Par-34, nine-hole course.....2,733 yards
Phone: 435-634-5852 www.sgcity.org\golf\redhills.ap
~~~ENTRADA AT SNOW CANYON
Par-72, 18 hole golf course...7,262 yards
Phone: 435-674-7500 www.golfentrada.com
~~~GREEN SPRING GOLF COURSE
Par-71, 18-hole golf course.....6,629 yards
Phone: 435-673-7888 www.greenspringgolfcourse.com
~~~SKY MOUNTAIN GOLF COURSE
Par-72, 18 hole golf course.....6,312 yards
Phone: 435- 635-7888 www.ci.hurricane.ut.us/departments/golf.html
~~~ST GEORGE GOLF CLUB
Par-73, 18 hole golf course.....7,217 yards
Phone: 634-5854 www.sgcity.org\golf\sggolfclub.asp
SOUTHGATE GOLF CLUB
Par-70, 18 hole golf course.....6,100 yards
Phone: 435-628-0000 www.sgcity.org\golf\southgate.asp
~~~SUNBROOK GOLF CLUB
The Point - Par 36, 9 holes........ 3.375 yard
The Woodbridge - par 36, 9 holes......3,444 yards
Blackrock - Par 36, 9 holes......3,384 yards
Phone: 435-634-5866 www.sgcity.org\golf\sunbrook.asp
~~~SUNRIVER GOLF CLUB
Par 71, 18 holes........6,704 yards
Phone: 435- 986-0001 www.sunriver.com
Near by cities with courses include Cedar City, Kanab, Beaver Dam and Mesquite, Nv. For additional information, visit www.utahsdixie.com/navgolf.html
People come from all over the country and foreign countries just to hike and see the breathtaking views of our magnificent color country. There are trails for every age level and experience. You may obtain maps of these trails at the Bureau of Land Management Information Center located at 345 E Riverside Drive in St George, or call them at 435- 688-3246.
Besides the many hiking trails around the St George area you can hike every Saturday October to April with our legendary Ranger Bart. He hosts a variety of popular free hikes every Saturday morning at 10:00 am. Meet at the Outdoor Outlet at 1062 E Tabernacle, St George. See Online Event Calendar section for hike destination and times.
St. George City has miles of paved walking/biking trails. Maps can be obtained fom the city of St. George offices located at 200 North and 200 East.
website www.stgeorgechamber.com/Walking,%20Hiking%20Trails%20Map.htm For additional information, visit www.stgeorgechamber.com/Outdoor%20Activities/Hiking.htm
||Historic Sites, restored pioneer buildings and homes
There are 27 Historic Sites, restored pioneer buildings and homes all within walking distance of the College Inn. When you arrive, we have a map highlighting each building or home. During the summer months a special tour called St. George Live is offered. The guides dress in pioneer clothing and tell the history as though they were the pioneer that built the home, etc.
If you only have a little time to visit the historic sites, you will want to include the following. Brigham Young's Winter Home 67 West 200 North; St. George Tabernacle located on the southwest corner of Main Street and Tabernacle St.;St. George Opera House 200 North Main Street; St. George Temple Visitors Center 250 East 400 South.
~~~Historic St. George Walking Tour, 435-634-5942
Begin your tour at the Old Pioneer c\Courthouse at 100 East & St George Boulevard (Chamber of Commerce Visitor's Center). From there, spend an enjoyable hour or two strolling the street of early-day St George, where many pre-turn of-the-century public buildings and private homes still stand as reminders of a by-gone-era. You may pick up a printed map and descriptions of each building at the Chamber Visitor's Center as you begin your tour.
~~~Historic St George Live Tour, 435-634-5942
200 North & Main, St George, UT 84770
If you are fortunate enough to be in the area anytime between Memorial Day and Labor Day don't miss the opportunity to acquaint yourself with the history and culture of the area. Historic figures come alive at six sites and describe living in Dixie at the turn of the century. Entertaining and educational for the whole family. Tuesday-Saturday at 9:00 am and 10:30 am. Tickets are $2.00 for adults and children under 12 are free. Tours begin at the St George Art Museum. Special tours can be arranged year round with advanced scheduling. For additional information, visit www.stgeorgechamber.com/historic_downtown.htm
~~~Daughter's of the Utah Pioneers Museum, 435-628-7274
145 N 100 East,Completed in 1938, for the purpose of housing pioneer relics. Next to the pioneer courthouse and the chamber, the museum is staffed by volunteers open Mon-Fri 10:00am-5:00pm.
~~~Johnson Farm Dinosaur Museum
3-D up prints of dinosaur feet. Recently unearthered a find that has provided paleontologists with the first worldwide discovery. 435-674-5757
2200 East Riverside Drive, www.dinotrax.com
~~~ The Silver Reef Museum (435-879-2254)
19032 Wells Fargo Road, Silver Reef, UT
It also houses the Jerry Anderson Studio & Gallery. Silver Reef is one of the most popular ghost towns in the area. It was a booming economy in in 1870's. The camp produced $9 million in Silver from 1877 to 1903. This unique town had homes, churches, a variety of specialty shops, a brothel and even a Chinatown.
You will find the town of Grafton between Springdale and La Verkin on Highway 9 as you are driving toward Zion National Park. Grafton is reached by crossing the Virgin River over the old truss bridge in Rockville.Portions of the movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were filmed in Grafton in 1969. Visitors can see the remains of pioneer homes, the church and the cemetery.
~~~Jacob Hamblin Home & Museum, 435-673-2161
Santa Clara Drive, Santa Clara, UT
Jacob Hamblin's Home & Museum is located west of Santa Clara on Hwy 91. Jacob Hamblin, one of the earliest settlers of Santa Clara, constructed this home in 1862 with local red sandstone and ponderosa lumber from Pine Valley. It is decorated with many original artifacts. Open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (winter) and to 7:00 pm (summer).
~~~Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum, 435-656-0033
1835 Convention Center Drive,
Experience first hand wildlife in a natural habitat setting from the mountains to the plains of the world. World bug collection and art gallery. $6.00 for seniors Mon 12:00 to 9:00 pm and Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. For additional information, visit www.utahsdixie.com/museums.html
~~~Celebrity Concert Series
Cox Auditorium, Dixie State College
The CCS offers ten to thirteen presentations each season, which include symphony, opera, musicals, ballet, ethnic and chamber music. The Special Artists Series recitals are held in the Browning Auditorium on the DSC campus. Tickest can be purchased when you arrive St. George.
~~~O. C. Tanner Amphitheater
Dixie State College's O. C. Tanner Amphitheater, located in Springdale, presents the multi-media productions and multi-discipline performing art series every week during the summer, May through September. The film production of "The Grand Circle" is projected onto a 24 x 40 foot screen and offers a matchless glimpse into Zion National Park as well as other fabulous parks and monuments in the area. Weekly concert series offer national and international arts, performing jazz, bluegrass, contemporary and western music. The Utah Symphony and the Randy Anderson Band have been perennial favorites.
~~~Southern Utah Heritage Choir
Most of their concerts are performed in the historic St George Tabernacle. Sponsored in part by the Utah Arts Council, The Arts Commission of St George and the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington DC, the choir will present over 17 concerts this year. The choir was started with the vision that the rich heritage of our Southern Utah area could be commemorated and celebrated through music; to celebrate our freedom; to bring the community together for Christmas all other holidays, patriotic events and community gatherings.
The cornerstone of cultural arts in the area is the Southwest Symphony under the direction of Maestro Gary Caldwell. The 85 member symphony was organized in 1982 and is governed by a broad-based board of trustees. The orchestra continues to develop, regularly receiving kudos from a grateful community. Each season 15 to 20 concerts are staged. For additional information, visit www.stgeorgechamber.com/Culture%20&%20Arts.htm
Many unique and specialty shops are within walking distance of the College Inn. Here's a few
M&S Turquoise 53 East St. George Blvd. (Wholesale outlet of Jewelry, Arts,Crafts, Native American Jewlry. Supplies many of the area visitor centers)
~~~Ancestor Square has the following shops located on the northwest corner of Main Street and St. George Blvd. -- 3 1/2 blocks from the College Inn.
2 Design - 673-9796
Bella Donna Boutique - 628-7450
Carl Lawrence Brennan Salon -
East Mountain Partners - 656-9296
JJ Hunan - 628-7219 (restaurant)
Jailhouse Coffee - 668-1819
Just Picture This - 674-4400
Nick Adams Photography - 628-1057
Outlaw Ridge Development 674-7400
P-Gems E-Mail - 652-9260
Panama Grill - 673-7671 (restaurant)
Pasta Factory - 674-3753 (restaurant)
Pizza Factory - 628-1234 (restaurant)
Painted Pony - 634-1700 (fine dinning restaurant-casual attire ok)
Sage Outdoor Decor - 628-8700
Sage II Gallery 628-9559
Sycamore Lane - 652-0454
TenneyClemons.com - 674-2846
S Gallery - 628-0451 - 688-0451
Twiggs & Moore - 673-1988
Vintage A La Vogue - 673-4897
~~~Historic Downtown & Main Street Businesses
Most shops are located on Main Street between 100 South and St. George Blvd.
Annata Fissos, Old World Accessories
Bear Paw Restaurant
Little Professor Books
Main Street Antiques
Main Street Theater & Ballroom
Power Lounge Screen Printing
Traditional Home Decor
~~~Many more shopping options available
Zion Factory Outlets features about 40 outlet shops. It is about 12 blocks from the College Inn located at 245 North Red Cliffs Drive,
For additional information, visit www.shoppingstgeorge.com/historical_downtown.htm
Relax, enhance or endulge yourself with a spa treatment at our world-class vacation spa resorts! You’ll find that all services are available from mud baths to manicures and there seems to be no end to the many activities you may enjoy while here in the area. Hiking, Biking, Scenic Flights and more are also available through our Destination Spa Resorts. You will enjoy the many services available at our day spas. You may want to have a physical work-out at one of our many excellent fitness facilities where day-passes are available. There’s always basketball, volleyball or other open recreation activities at the St. George Rec. Center. See below for more information.
~~~Red Mountain Spa! 435-673-4905 www.redmountainspa.com
~~~Green Valley Spa 435-628-8060 www.greenvalleyspa.com
~~~Casa Blanca Spa 702-346-6760 www.casablancaresort.com
~~~The Oasis Spa 800-21-oasis www.oasisresort.com
~UFIT Personal Fitness Center 435-688-9123 Private workout center
~St. George Recreation Center 435-634-5860 Public workout gym, Basketball, Racquetball, Billiards, Ping Pong and more! 1 1/2 blocks from the College Inn.
~Gold's Gym 435-628-9201 Workout Gym, Massage & Salon Services
~Desert Palms 435-628-4617 Nautilus and Racquet Club
With warm weather year-round, tennis and other recrational activities are a given. Enjoy cool temperatures on summer mornings and beautiful afternoons through the fall and winter. You will find the courts listed below to be well maintained and well lit in the evening hours. While you're in St. George, take some time to enjoy the recreational opportunity available in many forms including tennis. The facilities listed below, in exception of the Green Valley Spa, are free to the public for use.
~~Tontaquint Tennis Complex
The newest and nicest tennis facility in St. George with 8 courts. Located in Green Valley.
~~Vernon Worthen Park
Two courts in corner of park. Park is located in the middle of town off of 400 east. Just 1 1/2 blocks from the College Inn
~~Cox Park, Located on Cox Landing just south of 900 South. 2 Courts.
~~Dixie High School Open to the public when school is not in session. Dixie High School is at 400 E 700 S.
~~Bloomington Hills Park Located in north Bloomington Hills. 2 courts.
~~Dixie State College Located on 1000 E. 6 courts part of Dixie State College Campus. Just 6 1/2 blocks from the College Inn
~~Green Valley Spa Private courts used for the Vic Braden Tennis Academy instruction. May arrange lessons. 800-237-1068 www.vicbraden.com/locagv.html
~~~St George Musical Theater
Visitors and locals residents delight to see the productions of the St George Musical Theater. The actors share a common interest in dramatic performance and a desire to further their creative skills through fun, historic shows, which range from musicals and melodramas to reviews and plays. Check their web site at www.sgmt.org for tickets and schedules.
1100 Tuacahn Drive, Ivins, UT 84738
1-800-746-9882 or 435-652-3300 www.tuacahn.org
Tuacahn---meaning "canyon of the gods"--is a world-class 25 million dollar entertainment facility and center for the arts nestled at the base of towering red rock cliffs in Ivins. Tuacahn is known for its spectacular 2000 seat outdoor amphitheatre, Tuacahn is a $23 million arts and education facility, surrounded by 1500 ft. red rock cliffs. With over 150,000 visitors each year, Tuacahn has become one of the most popular theatrical and entertainment venues in Utah. The Center also includes Hafen Theatre, a beautiful indoor auditorium, concession stands, a gift shop, and complete wheelchair accessibility. Tuacahn's beautiful facilities can be rented for weddings, receptions, banquets, meetings and dances. Click on their web site for other shows and tickets. www.tuacahn.org
~~~The Utah Shakespearean Festival
Cedar City, UT 435-586-7878 www.bard.org
The Utah Shakespearean Festival provides world-class theater where you can experience the thrill and tradition of Shakespearean drama. Their summer season begins mid June and performs through August. Matinees are at 2:00 pm and evening shows are 8:00 pm. Check their web site www.bard.org for tickets. For additional information, visit www.stgeorgechamber.com/Culture%20&%20Arts.htm
| Bryce Canyon National Park
ATV Rides and Tours
Turn your visit to Bryce into an adventure with guided tours or on your own ATV (All Terrain Vehicles or 4-wheelers) tours of Spectacular Bryce Canyon Country, the Dixie National Forest and Public Lands offer trails that take you through red rock formations and incredible views! The terrain and scenery is impressive with “hoodoos”, rock spires, and dense forests. Significant new trails have been developed in Bryce Canyon Country for ATV riding so enjoy your Federal Lands! There are miles of ATV trails in Red Canyon.
Several new trails have been developed in the Bryce Canyon Region for ATV use: 1- Pansaugunt ATV Trail: This trail is located on the Powell Ranger District of the Dixie National Forest. several trail-heads take you to this spectacular area of pines and red rock views. Access on the north end via the Tropic Reservoir trailhead. On the southeast access is from the Crawford Pass trailhead. At the south end the Straight Canyon trailhead is the access point. There are over 76 miles of trails to discover, with an additional 25-30 miles of access roads which can be used by ATV's and four-wheel drive vehicles. To view a map of this area This will take a minute to load on your computer.
2- Fremont ATV Trail: This trail is 50 miles in length, beginning on the north in Circleville and concluding at Tropic Reservoir on the south. To view a map of this area This will take a minute to load on your computer. This trail connects with the well-known Paiute ATV trail.
3- Pine Lake OHV Trail: This trail loops from Pine Lake to Powell Point at over 10,000 feet and around to Pole Canyon then back to Pine Lake.
There are many opportunities for ATV riding within the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Call for details on ATV Riding in Bryce Canyon area. Toll Free: 1-800-444-6689 o (435) 676-1160 o Fax: (435) 676-8239. Or contact the National Forest service for more details at (435) 676-9300. Also can call Ruby's Inn 1-866-866-6616 for info and reservations.
For additional information, visit www.brycecanyoncountry.com
The scenery, beauty and hiking options abound! You can get out and enjoy some on your own. When you arrive the Bryce Park guide has a complete list, description and map of the trails. You can utilize the Bryce Shuttle Red Line May 15-Sept 30 to get to and from the trails.
Day Hikes in Bryce Amphitheater:
The easiest trail is the 1/2-mile (one way) section of Rim Trail between Sunset and Sunrise Points. Other sections of the Rim Trail (which extends 5.5 miles / 9.2 km between Fairyland and Bryce Points) have steeper terrain.
Day-hiking trails at Bryce Canyon Include:
Upper Inspiration Point (.3 miles / .5 km round trip)
Mossy Cave (.9 miles / 1.5 km round trip)
Bristlecone Loop (1.0 miles / 1.6 km round trip)
Navajo Loop (1.3 miles / 2.2 km round trip)
Queen's Garden/Navajo Loop Combination (2.9 miles / 4.6 km round trip)
Tower Bridge (3 miles / 4.8 km round trip)
Hat Shop (4 miles / 6.5 km round trip)
Swamp Canyon Loop (4.3 miles / 7.2 km round trip)
Peekaboo Loop (5.5 miles / 8.8 km round trip)
Fairyland Loop (8 miles / 12.9 km round trip)
Riggs Spring Loop (8.5 miles / 14.2 km round trip)
The Peekaboo Loop Trail also serves as a horse trail.
Keep in mind that all trails below the rim involve steep climbs out of the canyon. Wear hiking boots with good traction and ankle support. Drink plenty of water. Know and respect your own physical limitations. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/brca
Looking for an exciting way to view Bryce Canyon? How about from the back of a horse? In spring, summer and fall, Canyon Trail Rides wranglers lead 2-hour and 4-hour horse and mule rides into Bryce Amphitheater along a dedicated horse trail and the Peekaboo Loop Trail.
For information, visit their web site at www.canyonrides.com. For reservations, write or call Canyon Trail Rides, P.O. Box 128, Tropic, UT 84776, 435/679-8665 or 435/834-5500.
For additional information, visit www.canyonrides.com
||Mountain Biking In Bryce Canyon Country
Imagine riding your mountain bike through Bryce Canyon National Park!
While that is not possible, you can ride through nearby Red Canyon which is under the management of the National Forest Service. In Red Canyon you'll find scenery and terrain nearly identical to that of Bryce Canyon, but you'll be able to enjoy it on your bike.
The entire Bryce Canyon region is loaded with great Mountain Biking trails. Here are a few of the great trails in the area in and around Red Canyon which covers an area of 41,431 acres and ranges in elevation between 7,000 and 8,000 feet.
Recently completed is the new 5 mile paved Red Canyon Bicycle Trail which parallels Scenic Highway 12. The trail extends through Red Canyon from the Thunder Mountain Trailhead to the Coyote Hollow Road on the upper plateau.
The ascent is quite strenuous but the descent is very easy. Parking areas are available at both ends of the trail. This trail is available for only for non-motorized use (no ATV's), and there are 34 miles of single track trails in Red Canyon.
Off-road and unpaved trails include the following:
1- Casto Canyon Trail - 5.5 miles. Spectacular red rock scenery.
2- Losee Canyon Trail - 2.9. There are many red rock formation along this trail which connects to Cassidy Trail and you can go north to Casto Canyon or south to Red Canyon.
3- Thunder Mountain Trail - 7.8 miles. The upper half of the trail is through large ponderosa pine forest and lower half of trail features spectacular red rock country.
4- Cassidy Trail - 8.9 miles. The trail winds through scenic red rock country and majestic ponderosa pine. Sections of the trail are believed to have been used by Butch Cassidy, the famous outlaw.
Call for more details on Mountain Biking in the Bryce Canyon area. Toll Free: 1-800-444-6689 o (435) 676-1160 o Fax: (435) 676-8239 or National Forest service for details (435) 676-9300 or (435) 834-5232 or 1-866-866-6616 - Ask for the Bryce Canyon American Car Care Center-Bike Rental For additional information, visit www.brycecanyoncountry.com
Free Ranger Programs offered all year round will share fascinating information about Bryce Canyon National Park!
In the winter, they offer Geology Talks and snowshoe hikes (when there's enough snow) and the occasional Astronomy Program.
In the summer, they go into high gear offering 4-7 programs each day to accommodate the enthusiasm of our visitors. Here's a sample
Canyon Hike: 2-3 hours, 2-3 miles, early morning moderately difficult hike into the heart of Bryce Canyon
Rim Walk: 1-2 hours, 1 mile late afternoon leisurely stroll along the canyon rim.
Geology Talk: 20-30 minute presentation on Bryce Canyon's worldly unique geology.
Just for Kids Program: 45-60 minute activity-driven programs for children ages 5-12. All children must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. NOTE: Advanced Reservations are required and must be made at the Visitor Center. Reservations are accepted up to 1-day in advance.
Evening Program: 45-60 minute in-depth look at some of the interesting resources and compelling stories Bryce Canyon preserves.
Night Sky Special Events:
FULL MOON HIKES
NOTE: Reservations are required for full-moon hikes. Reservations are
accepted on a first come, first serve basis and can only be made the day of
the scheduled hike at the visitor center.
"Stars in the Park" by Patrick Wiggins, NASA Solar System Ambassador to Utah and volunteer with the Utah Museum of Natural History. Patrick offers the latest in astronomy and space exploration with humorous distinctions between science fiction and science fact.
"Viewing the Void" by Park Ranger Kevin Poe tour of the history and expanse of the Universe. Look at how it all might have begun and how it all might end. As Kevin says "Space is really, BIG and really, EMPTY, and on this tiny planet there are few places better than Bryce Canyon to view the void."
The times, locations and subjects for lectures are posted at the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/brca
Come Enjoy A Cowboy Rodeo!
Join the fun and excitement at the Bryce Canyon Country Rodeo. Watch the bronco busters and cowboys display their skills as they perform in this western competition. The rodeo is held through the summer at Ruby's Inn Rodeo Grounds. This is one event you won't want to miss!
For Country Rodeo tickets call:
Toll Free - (866) 782-0002 or (435) 834-5341
End of May to Mid September
6 nights a week
Monday through Saturday
7:00 pm (Utah Time)
$7 Adults $4 Kids (Includes Tax) (subject to change) For additional information, visit www.rubysinn.com
Most Experienced! • 28 years same location • Ruby's Inn Heliport
Scenic Flights To These Destinations:
Airplane Photo/Scenic Flights
Helicopter Photo/Scenic Flights
Bryce Canyon Airlines
Grand Canyon – 5 Hours
includes 2-hour guided tour
Monument Valley – 2 Hours (non-stop)
Grand Staircase/Lake Powell
Bryce/Zion - 1.5 Hours (non-stop)
Bryce Canyon – 35 Minutes
Bryce/Monument/Grand – 4 Hours (land in Page AZ. for a break)
Fly the Blacks and Red Canyons
Experience the hidden beauty created by volcanic activity and erosion. Dramatic cathedrals enhanced with liken, ash and iron oxide stand majestically among the red hills, copper ore formations and stately trees of the forest. Take a trip into a whole other realm. Truly one of the hidden wonders of the west. These unique features can only be seen by air.
Bryce Canyon Helicopters
The BEST way to see Bryce, we fly low, slow and up close.
Boat Mesa, Sinking Ship, Tower Natural Bridge, Large Cliffs and Fairyland CanyonDeluxe
Bristle Cone Point, Fault Line and many inaccessible areas
Encounter - Our Most Popular Flight
Rainbow Point, Natural Bridge, Dramatic Cliffs, Formations, Series of Waterfalls (in season) and Vistas not seen from any viewpoint
Fly all of Bryce Canyon then proceed to the Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument. Descend into Bull Valley Gorge, which begins as a 6-inch crack in the earth and deepens to 1,000 feet – enjoy spectacular wind caves and more. Continue to Paria Ghost Town, an Old West movie set, an Indian ruin, an extinct geyser field, waterfalls (in season) and much, much more! This is our most spectacular flight.
Flying from Ruby's Inn Heliport since 1977
All flights are narrated and offer breathtaking photography. No wasted flight time.
Helicopter / Airplane - Scenic / Charter flights available, F.A.A. certified air carrier.
All Flights require a 2 fare Minimum.
(435) 834-5341 (ask for flight desk) For additional information, visit www.rubysinn.com
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
You can use the shuttle to explore on your own or you can take the Green Line Shuttle for a TOUR of the Southern view points. Details below.
Board the shuttle at either the Shuttle Parking Area, at Ruby's Inn or at Bryce Canyon Lodge in the park.
IT IS FREE!
Paying your $20 entrance fee, or use your National Park Pass ($50), Golden Age ($10) & Golden Access to Bryce Canyon entitles you to unlimited use of the Bryce Canyon Shuttles. If you do not already have one of these 3 kinds of annual passes they can be purchased at the Shuttle Parking and Boarding Area and Ruby's Inn.
Hours of Operation
The Shuttle runs from May 15 - September 30, from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm daily.
Our shuttle system consists of two routes - the Red Line and the Green Line. NOTE only the Hoodoo Newspaper contains current and accurate shuttle route maps. Rely exclusively on this publication for guidance in using the Bryce Canyon Shuttle System.
The RED LINE SHUTTLE is a "get on and off as you please shuttle" that operates in the northern portion of the park providing access to the viewpoints and hiking trails that surround and traverse the world famous geologic spectacle that is the Bryce Amphitheater. This is also part of the park where all the facilities and services are concentrated. The Shuttles on the Red Line are very easy to use with a new bus coming to every stop every 8-10 minutes.
The GREEN LINE SHUTTLE is a Park Tour and by reservation only goes to the southern overlooks. This 3.5 hour trip takes you down to the seldom seen overlooks of the southern portion of the park. Popular stops include the Natural Bridge and Rainbow and Yovimpa Points where perched at 9100 ft. above sea level you can gaze across the entirety of the Grand Staircase and well into Arizona. The Green Tour departs 6 times a day -- 8 & 9 am, 12 & 1 pm, 4 & 5 pm. Reservations can be made in person at the Shuttle Parking and Boarding Area or by calling (435) 834-5290. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/brca
The Visitor Center offers information, exhibits, and a 22-minute award-winning film which plays on the hour and half-hour. Publications and maps are available for purchase through our Bryce Canyon Natural History Association.
We generally go to the visitor center as part of your Road Scholar program. You may want to spend additional time here. Transportation on the Bryce Shuttle is availble May 15-Sept 30. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/brca
| Zion National Park
Bicycling in Zion
In the past most cyclists found the automobile congestion along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive to be too hazardous for riding. Thanks to the Zion Canyon Shuttle System the park is now more bicycle friendly. One may ride the Pa’ rus trail from the lower canyon and connect to Zion Canyon Scenic Drive at Canyon Junction. The shuttle buses are equipped with bike racks for those wishing to ride only part of the way. Many cyclists enjoy riding the shuttle to the Temple of Sinawava and cycling back down. Bicycles are permitted only on established roads and the Pa’rus Trail. Cyclists must obey traffic laws. Bicycles are not allowed on hiking trails or off-trail. Ride defensively; automobile traffic is often heavy and drivers may be distracted by the scenery. Riding through the Zion-Mt. Carmel tunnel is prohibited. Bicycles must be transported through the tunnel by motor vehicle.
Bikes can be rented at Springdale Cycles
932 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, UT 84767, (435) 772-0575,
Fax (435) 772-0576, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org For additional information, visit www.springdalecycles.com
Galleries Galore! Springdale, Utah attracts a large number of specialty galleries. A few are listed below, visit the web link to find more.
David Pettit Photography
PO Box 266, Springdale, UT 84767, (435) 772-3206,
Color and B&W images of scenic Zion and the Colorado Plateau by award-winning photographer David Pettit. Visit the Driftwood Gallery (see below), or contact me directly.
1515 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, UT 84767, (435) 772-3262,
(888) 801-8811, E-mail: email@example.com.
Featuring paintings, photography and sculpture by local and regional artists. Outstanding collection of fine ceramic art. Distinctive Native American Jewelry. Located in the Driftwood Lodge.
Fatali Gallery Photography
Located in the Old Church, 868 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, PO. Box 327
UT 84767, (435) 772-2422.
An Awe inspiring collection "Mystery of Creation, Where Heaven Meets Earth" by Michael Fatali probes the depth of the mysteries of eternity of life and the marvelous structure of God's glory on Earth. Fatali Gallery Open 4:00-10:00 pm daily.
Manzanita Trading Co. 205 Zion Park Blvd
Features fine art, gifts & decor by more than 50 local & regional Artists.
Worthington Gallery 789 Zion Park Blvd
Representing over 20 world-class artists. Art work includes pottery, paintings, sculptures, glass and more. We are located in a historic pioneer home in downtown Springdale. For additional information, visit www.zionpark.com/Galleries.htm
The below web site offers a good resource for information.
www.nps.gov/zion This is the National Parks website and is a good resource also. For additional information, visit www.zionpark.com/index.htm
Guided trips are available with Canyon Trail Rides, March through October. Reservations are advised. Call (435) 772-3810 or inquire in person at the Zion Lodge trail rides desk. Off season call (435) 679-8665. For additional information, visit www.olwm.com/canyonrides
Zion Canyon Lodge and Springdale offer a large varitey of shops and unique shopping opportunities. For additional information, visit www.zionpark.com/Shopping.htm
shuttle system includes two loops—one serving the park and one operating in the town of Springdale. The Springdale shuttle loop stops at six locations in the town, and the Zion Canyon shuttle loop stops at eight locations in the park. The transfer point between loops is made at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center in the park.
The shuttle system operates from April through October. During those months, visitors may not drive their private vehicles on the scenic drive in upper Zion Canyon unless they are guests at the Zion Canyon Lodge. All other roads in the park are open to private vehicles. At other times of the year, private vehicles may be driven into upper Zion Canyon.
The shuttle system provides convenient and frequent access to numerous hiking trails, scenic points, picnicking, horseback riding and the Zion Canyon Lodge. During the summer months, buses run at six-minute intervals during the middle of the day, so there is no need to rush to catch a bus. During the summer months, shuttles operate from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily. Shuttle schedules and frequencies change with the season and with the time of day. Shuttle schedules are posted at each shuttle stop. The system has allowed visitors to easily access the main canyon in an improved atmosphere of peace and tranquility.
Shuttle stops are conveniently located throughout Springdale.
The town shuttle takes visitors to the parking lot of the Zion Canyon Giant Screen Theater. Here you must disembark and walk across the footbridge into the park. A park entrance fee is charged at the walk-in entrance station. Proceed to the visitor center where there are exhibits, AV programs, a backcountry permit desk, an information desk, and numerous books, maps and other publications to assist you in planning your visit. Adjacent to the visitor center is a shuttle bus stop where you may board a shuttle bus to the upper Zion Canyon. You can get on and off the shuttle as often as you want. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/zion/ShuttleSystem.htm
||Trails in Zion National Park
Trails you can walk in ONE HOUR OR LESS ROUND TRIP
•Lower Emerald Pool
Easy walk to a waterfall. Shuttle stop: Zion Lodge or The Grotto
Self-guiding walk to a spring and ''hanging garden.'' Shuttle stop: Weeping Rock
Self-guiding walk to a canyon viewpoint. Very hot by late morning. Shuttle stop: Not on shuttle loop
•Middle Emerald Pool
Moderate walk to pools and waterfalls. Shuttle stop: Zion Lodge or The Grotto
Easy walk along the Virgin River. Shuttle stop: Temple of Sinawava
Moderate walk to a viewpoint of lower Zion Canyon. Very hot by late morning. Three to four hours-round trip. Shuttle stop: Zion Canyon Visitors Center
Fairly strenuous hike to a hanging canyon. This trail is not recommended for anyone fearful of heights. Shuttle stop: Weeping Rock
Strenuous hike to a panoramic viewpoint. This trail is not recommended for anyone fearful of heights. Shuttle stop: The Grotto For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/zion/MakingTheMostOfYourTime.htm
||Zion Canyon IMAX
Zion Canyon IMAX
Open 7 days a week 11am-8pm (summer hours) Call for winter hours.
Hollywood films are up to 9 times the size of the regular screen!
View the IMAX film 'Zion Canyon Treasure of the Gods'. The theatre's giant IMAX screen is the largest IMAX theater in Utah and one of the largest in the world measuring 60 feet high and 82 feet across. Sound is delivered through an eight track digital Surround Sound system capable of 22,000 watts. The giant IMAX screen is a great addition to the adventure of Zion National Park.
Treasure of the God's Movie offers aerial and ground views of Zion and surrounding areas and sights difficult to see on your own and captures Zion legends in a dramatic way. Experience the myth, magic, and drama of Zion Canyon, with scenes from southwest National Parks and Native American Lands.
The Zion Canyon Giant Screen Theatre offers one of the most spectacular film experiences available anywhere.
Zion Canyon Treasure of the Gods is a 40-minute film that stretches across time and seasons, exploring the hidden depths and legends of Zion Canyon. Shown throughout the day on a screen six-stories high.
Also showing Hollywood Favorites at 8:00 pm.
Tickets are available at the theatre complex near the entrance to the park.
Call (435) 772-2400 or (888) 256-FILM for more information For additional information, visit www.zioncanyontheatre.com
| Grand Canyon North Rim
General Overview of Grand Canyon North Rim Free Time Options
There are many ways to explore the canyon like drive the roads, hike the trails, or float the currents of the turbulent Colorado River. Sit and watch the changing play of light and shadows. Wander along a trail and feel the sunshine and wind on your face. Attend a ranger program. Follow the antics of ravens soaring above the rim. Listen for the roar of the rapids far below. Savor a sunrise or sunset. (At the end of it all the experience seems to humble and provoke a comparison to our short existence.)
With this program we will stay in the Historic North Rim Cabins located on the rim. You will have easy access to walk to incredible view points, explore the Visitor Center, gift shops and soak in all of the sights and sounds of this "Grand" place! For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/grca/grandcanyon/north-rim
||Grand Canyon Mule Trips
North Rim mule trips do not go to the river. One-hour rides along the rim and ½ day rim or inner canyon trips are usually available on a daily basis. Full-day trips into the canyon include lunch. Register in the lobby of the Grand Canyon Lodge at the Grand Canyon Trail Rides desk; open 7am-5pm daily. For reservations call Grand Canyon Trail Rides, (435) 679-8665, or write to PO Box 128, Tropic, Utah, 84776, or visit them at www.canyonrides.com/pkgrandcanyon.html. North Rim mule trips are offered from mid May to mid October only.
For additional information, visit www.canyonrides.com
||Grand Canyon North Rim Ranger Lectures
~~~National Park Service rangers offer a wide variety of interpretive programs seasonally on the North Rim. All ranger programs are free and open to the public. The location and subject varies, check at the North Rim Visitor Center upon arrival.
~~~Here's a few examples of the options:
Learn about the natural processes that sustain ponderosa pine and aspen forests. A relaxed 1.5 mile walk with some elevation gain and loss.
Help Grand Canyon National Park stop the invasion of the habitat snatchers! Join the North Rim rangers in the continuing battle with non-native plants. Learn about non-native plants, as well as native plants, while helping restore the park. Activities may include digging out non-native plants or collecting native plant seed. Bring a hat and 1 liter of water for this adventure. For ages 5 to adult; ideal for families.
~~~Tales of the North Rim
Relive a part of North Rim history. Discover the colorful past of this remote location.
What has a 9½-foot wingspan and a face only a mother could love? The California condor. Come discover the life and death story, and the science that saved this incredible bird.
Programs cover some aspect of the Grand Canyon story. Topics are posted in the campground, lodge, and visitor center.
A variety of programs explore the scenic, scientific, and cultural aspects of this special landscape. Nightly topics are posted in the lodge, visitor center, and campground. Arrive 20 minutes early for an "Ask the Ranger" discussion.
Experience starry skies, night sounds, and moonlight. Depending on the weather, programs may focus on astronomy, night adaptations, or story telling. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight.
~~~Please note; All outdoor programs are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather or when lightning danger is present. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/grca/grandcanyon/north-rim
||Hike on your own
We provide guided exploration with this program. Our instructor and group leader walk with you to various view points. You have the option to explore on your own. Be sure to let the group leader know.
Here's a few hikes and info. No additl' permits or fees are required for day hikes. A good rule is to decide how many hours you wish to hike. When 1/3 of the time has passed, turn around and begin to hike back. Assuming you are physically fit and have adequate food and water, the following hikes are reasonable for most people.
Transept Trail: 3.0 mi. / 4.8 km round-trip; 1.5 hours approx round-trip hiking time. Follows the canyon rim from Grand Canyon Lodge to the North Rim Campground.
Uncle Jim Trail: 5.0 mi. / 8.0 km round-trip; 3 hours approx round-trip hiking time. Winds through the forest to a point overlooking the canyon and the North Kaibab Trail switchbacks. Begins at the North Kaibab Trail parking lot. This trail is also used by mules.
North Kaibab Trail: Distance and hiking times vary. This is the only maintained trail into the canyon from the North Rim. Even a short hike to Coconino Overlook (1.5 miles round-trip) or Supai Tunnel (4 miles round-trip) can give you an appreciation for the canyon's rich natural beauty and immense size. A hike to Roaring Springs and back is extremely strenuous and takes a full day (7-8 hours) - begin your hike before 7 a.m. Roaring Springs lies 3050 feet /930 m below the canyon rim and is 9.4 miles/15 km round-trip. A day hike beyond Roaring Springs is not recommended.
Widforss Trail: 10 mi. / 16 km round-trip; 6 hours appr round-trip hiking time. Blends forest and canyon scenery. Even a short walk can be very satisfying. Take the dirt road 1/4 mile/0.4 km south of Cape Royal Road for 1 mile/1.6 km to the Widforss Trail parking area.
Ken Patrick Trail: 10 mi. / 16 km one-way; 6 hours approx one-way hiking time. Winds through the forest and along the rim from Point Imperial to the North Kaibab Trail parking area. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/grca/grandcanyon/north-rim
Suggested Reading List
Books about Flora
Author: See list below
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
Books about History
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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
Author: See list below
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
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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.
Author: See list below
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
Author: See list below
Description: Books about Paleontology
Life in Stone, Christa Sadeler, 2005. A book on time and fossils of the Colorado plateau. $11.95
Fossils, Smithsonian and Audubon Field Guides are both excellent choices. They offer a North American perspective to the fossil record. A good value. Compact and durable design. $20.
Dinosaurs of Utah, Frank Decourten. 1998. Presents an amazing assortment of information on dinosaurs of Utah. Includes descriptions of the ecological environment and climatic conditions, fauna and flora. It offers the reader the best synopsis of Utahâ€˜s renowned dinosaur localities. The artwork and dioramas are spectacular. Hardbound volume for the serious dinosaur lover. $25.00
Children Friendly Paleontology
Dinosaur The Essential Guide, 1999, Walt Disney Pictures, DK Publishing
All about Dinosaurs, Rupert Oliver and Bernard Long, 1983, Gallery Books
1001 Facts about Dinosaurs, Neil Clark and William Lindsay, 2002, DK Publishing
Dinosaur Odyssey, Scott Sampson, 2009, University of California Press
Dinosaur, Eyewitness DVD, 1994, www.dk.com