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Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks

Program Number: 7735RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/31/2014 - 4/6/2014; 10/6/2014 - 10/12/2014; 3/30/2015 - 4/5/2015; 4/6/2015 - 4/12/2015; 4/13/2015 - 4/19/2015; 5/4/2015 - 5/10/2015; 9/7/2015 - 9/13/2015; 10/5/2015 - 10/11/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: St. George, Utah
Price starting at: $945.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Walking/Hiking; National Parks Activity Level: n (see description)
Meals: 16; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

With red rock spires, chimneys and hoodoos, the landscape of Zion and Bryce National Parks create a showcase of geology that beckons to be discovered! Lace up your hiking shoes and venture into an environment a million years in the making and ideal for exploring on foot.




Highlights

• Enjoy field excursions in Zion National Park to Echo Canyon, Riverside Walk and Emerald Pools.
• Walk alongside a geologist for insight into the way erosion works to create spectacular scenery.
• Experience hiking among Bryce Canyon's spires, fins, arches & blazing colors.



Activity Particulars

Walks/hikes up to seven miles on groomed trails. Some uneven terrain. Elevation of 2,880 to 8,300 feet.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival St. George, 2 nights; coach to Springdale (Zion National Park), 2 nights; coach to Bryce, 1 night; coach to St. George, 1 night; departure.



Coordinated by Dixie State University.




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.



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."



St. George

The largest city in south-central Utah is at the center of the region's arches, mesas, pinnacles and buttes, in close proximity to Zion, Bryce, and Grand Canyon national parks, as well as Lake Powell and prehistoric archaeological sites.



Accommodations
St. George: Dixie College Inn with pool, hot tub. Zion: Hotel that echoes the grandeur of Zion Park. Bryce: Historic hotel at entrance to canyon.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Darrell McMahon

Darrell McMahon has worked in natural resource management for more than three decades and has extensive experience as a wildlife biologist, entomologist and habitat biologist. In addition to teaching college courses in geology and natural history, Darrell has taught at Dixie State University and Southern Utah University the past seven years and has knowledge of natural history, forest ecology and wildlife.
 
Gary Goold

Gary Goold graduated from the University of Utah with a dual major in geology and geography in 1975. Upon graduation, his family moved to Alaska where Gary worked on the construction and operation of the Trans Alaskan Oil Pipeline for the next 22 years. Gary retired and moved to St. George in 1997, where he enjoys the outdoors, hiking, climbing, skiing and rock climbing. Gary has been an instructor with Road Scholar for the past seven years and enjoys sharing his love for the region.
 
Martin Tyner

At the age of 19, Martin Tyner was hired as curator of birds of prey at Busch Gardens, Calif., and was soon working in the movie industry as a trainer of big cats, elephants, primates, sea mammals and raptors. He is the founder of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation, a non-profit wildlife rescue and environmental education organization. With the help of his Golden Eagle, Bud, they received a donation of 22.6 acres of property for the development of a permanent wildlife rescue facility in Utah.
 
Sherry Breitenbach

Sherry Breitenbach moved to the St. George area in 2006 and quickly became a hiking enthusiast. Following her passion for the outdoors and exploring, she signed on as a hiking guide for two local businesses. Sherry now shares her passion of this part of the country with Road Scholar programs through Dixie State University. Before moving to St. George, Sherry worked in the field of laboratory testing for 26 years. During that time, she worked in laboratory testing and analysis, and managed a now-consolidated branch laboratory of 14 employees. She was also instrumental in creating a veterinary testing division.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   College Inn
  St. George, UT 2 nights
   Zion Park Inn
  Zion National Park 2 nights
   Ruby's Inn
  Bryce Canyon National Park 1 night
   College Inn
  St. George, UT 1 night
 College Inn
Type: Inn
  Description: The College Inn is located in the heart of the historic district in St. George, six blocks from Dixie State University's campus. The historic district offers restored pioneer homes and buildings. This facility is used specifically for Road Scholar and other educational groups it is not used as housing for college students. St. George has beautiful red rock cliff and lava rock mesa as back drop with larger mountains and rock formations that can be seen in the distance. A lounge area with couches, DirecTV, a refrigerator, soda pop machine, guest laundry and microwave are available for your use. We also have a beautiful heated pool and hot tub for your enjoyment. The rooms do not have phones or televisions, but a public phone is available at the front desk.
  Contact info: 123 East 100 South
St. George, UT 84770 USA
phone: 435-634-2050
web: www.dixie.edu/roadscholar/Location.html
  Room amenities: Each room has two full size beds, private bath, free WiFi wireless Internet, hairdryer, soap & shampoo and individual heating and air-conditioning unit.
  Facility amenities: A lounge area with couches, DirecTV in lounge, free WiFi wireless Internet, a refrigerator, soda pop machine, guest laundry and microwave are available for your use. We also have a beautiful heated pool and hot tub for your enjoyment.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $35 If you want to arrive early or stay over following the program you can arrange to stay with us for $35 per room per night. Please call (435) 634-2050 at least one week in advance during regular business hours to make a reservation.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $35 If you want to arrive early or stay over following the program you can arrange to stay with us for $35 per room per night. Please call (435) 634-2050 at least one week in advance during regular business hours to make a reservation.
  Check out time: 11:30 AM

 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


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00-5:00 PM at the College Inn Lobby where you meet your Dixie State College University Leader and check into your room. You will be staying at College Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast at 8:00 AM You will be staying at College Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free & secure parking behind the College Inn.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  St. George, UT
  Nearest city or town:  St. George, Utah
  Nearest highway: Intersate 15 comes right to St. George
  Nearest airport:  St. George for two airlines United Express and Skywest a Delta Connection from Salt Lake City. All airlines to Las Vegas, McCarron Airport.
  From End of Program
  Location: St. George, UT
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

St. George, UT

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Dixie State University Road Scholar
phone: 435-634-2050
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$15.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

17.5 miles

   

Please make reservation at least one week in advance.

 

St. George, UT

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Dixie State University Road Scholar
phone: 435-634-2050
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$15.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

17.5 miles

   

Please make reservation at least one week in advance.

 

Las Vegas, NV

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
St. George Shuttle
phone: 800-933-8320 xor4356288320
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$34.00 one-way, $55.00 round trip (Subject to change)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

120 miles

   

When making reservations, inform them you are with Road Scholar and they will bring you right to our front door at the College Inn. There are 12 shuttles per day, seven days a week. Book your Shuttle at least 1 hour after arrival time. Terminal One arrivals, meet the shuttle on Zero Level. Terminal Three arrivals, exit door 55 and take Airport Shuttle to Terminal One Zero Level. Make reservations by phone or at website: (http://www.stgshuttle.com/las_vegas_to_road_scholar_to_las_vegas.php)

 

Las Vegas, NV

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
St. George Shuttle
phone: 800-933-8320 xor4356288320
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$34.00 one-way, $55.00 round trip (Subject to change)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

120 miles

   

When making reservations inform them you are with Road Scholar and they will pick you up right at our front door at the College Inn. We recommend booking a Shuttle that arrives at least 2 hours prior to your departure to account for Las Vegas traffic delays. Check schedules and make reservations on their website: (http://www.stgshuttle.com/las_vegas_to_road_scholar_to_las_vegas.php)

 
Driving Directions
  Las Vegas From Las Vegas travel north on I-15 approximately 120 miles (two hours) to St. George, Utah. Take the St. George exit number 6, Bluff Street. At the exit stop light turn left and travel northwest on Bluff Street for about 2 miles to 100 South Street, turn right. The College Inn is 123 East 100 South. Enter the parking lot on the east side of the building.
  Salt Lake City Travel South on I-15 about 300 miles to St. George. Exit at St. George Blvd. exit number 8. Turn right onto St. George Blvd. Travel west 9 blocks to 200 East Street. Turn left and travel two blocks. At 100 South turn right. Travel 1/2 block to College Inn. The address is 123 East 100 South. Enter the parking lot on the east side of the building.
Elevation Note: Bryce Point trail is the highest elevation at 8,300 feet.

Equipment Requirements: We suggest you bring a day pack that you can put on your back or around your waist to carry your water bottle and other items. Hiking shoes with good tread and hiking poles for the daily hikes & field study. We will provide an instructor and group leader for all outings.
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: Welcome and introductions in the College Inn Meeting room
(Monday, March 31)

Note: Please remember to bring your National Park Pass and hiking poles if you have them.



   
 Arrive To: 3:00 - 5:00 pm Arrive at the College Inn for check in. The College Inn is located at 123 East 100 South in St. George, Utah. It is about 6 blocks from the Dixie State University's Campus.
 Dinner: 5:15 pm - Transfer to Dixie State University's Red Rock Cafe for a delicious banquet dinner.
 Evening: Following dinner we'll have a brief welcome/orientation and overview of our daily activities and itinerary.
   
Accommodations: College Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Field trips and walks in Snow Canyon State Park where you discover formations of red rock/Welcome to Utah's Dixie excursion to restored pioneer buildings and homes
(Tuesday, April 1)

Note: Hike Whiterocks and/or Hidden Pinyon trail depending on time and weather. Both hikes offer beautiful vistas and overlooks. Total day hike miles will be 2-4 miles.



   
 Breakfast: 7:00 - 8:00 am - Enjoy a continental breakfast at the College Inn which includes hard boiled eggs, hot oatmeal, cereal, fruit, yogurt, pastries, toast, milk & juice.
 Morning: Travel to Snow Canyon State Park and walk among the red sandstone formations. At Snow Canyon you can explore the natural beauty with scenery of red rock cliffs, rolling mounds of petrified sand dunes and lava (basalt) rock formations.
 Lunch: Lunch at Red Rock Cafe. Choose between food stations to include fresh salad bar, sandwich bar, home "cookin", pizza, Asian grill, and BBQ grill.
 Afternoon: Welcome to "Utah's Dixie" with local expert. We'll learn about the human history of St. George and go on a historic tour of pioneer buildings.
 Dinner: 5:30-6:30 PM - Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: 7:00 PM - Geology, ecology, flora & fauna of Southern Utah class in the College Inn Meeting Room. This presentation will give you a greater understanding of the incredible formations we will hike and explore. We will continue to have trail side talks but this class will set the stage for the remaining outings.
   
Accommodations: College Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Zion National Park! Hiking and geology/Birds of Prey presentation
(Wednesday, April 2)

Note: -Lower Emerald Pools is a 1.2 mile round trip on groomed trail with 70 ft elevation change. -Middle Emerald Pools is a 2 mile round trip on groomed trail with 150 ft elevation change. -Upper Emerald Pools is a 3 mile round trip on groomed trail with 350 ft elevation change. -For those participants opting to get into the river and hike further up the narrows, a good pair of sturdy hiking shoes/boots and 2 walking poles are highly recommended. Total day hike miles will be 4-7 miles.



   
 Breakfast: 7:00 - 8:00 am - Enjoy a continental breakfast at the College Inn which includes hard boiled eggs, hot oatmeal, cereal, fruit, yogurt, pastries, toast, milk & juice.
 Morning: 8:15 am - Check-out and depart for Zion National Park. Instructor and group leader go with you as you walk among the rock canyons and formations. Incredible scenery of red rock cliffs and raparian areas. Hike Emerald Pools Loop. We'll hike to lower Emerald Pools, underneath a small waterfall and continue onto Middle Emerald Pools then to Upper Emerald Pools.
 Lunch: Box lunch on the trail.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Zion with a hike on the Virgin Riverside Trail. Starting at the Temple of Sinawava (the final shuttle stop deep in the heart of Zion Canyon), the Riverside Trail is a wonderful 2 mile roundtrip hike on a fairly level paved trail that affords great views of the Virgin River and wonderfully lush hanging gardens and trees surrounded by tall weeping walls. Depending on weather, the more adventurous participants may venture into the Virgin River and hike up into the narrows.
 Dinner: 6:00 - 7:00 pm - Dinner at Switchback Grille with a choice of Honey Pecan Utah Mountain Trout or Spit-Roasted Chicken with assorted side dishes of potatoes, rice, and vegetables.
 Evening: 7:30 PM - See up close and personal a live falcon, hawk, and golden eagle. Martin Tyner, a federally licensed eagle falconer, presents "Birds of Prey".
   
Accommodations: Zion Park Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Hike Zion's Echo Canyon
(Thursday, April 3)

Note: -Observation Point is a 8 mile roundtrip hike with over a 2,000 ft elevation change. -Echo Canyon is the halfway point on the Observation Point Trail, a 4 mile roundtrip on groomed trail with 1,000 ft elevation change. -Hidden Canyon is a spur trail off to your right as you hike up to Echo Canyon. It's a 2.2 mile roundtrip from the bottom with a 1,000 ft elevation change. Total day hike miles will be 4-8 miles.



   
 Breakfast: 7:00 - 8:00 am - 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: 8:15 AM - Depart for Observation Point Hike. Spend a few hours trudging up a steep mountainside to one of the best viewpoints offered by the list of Zion's classic trails. This challenging path is complete with dizzying drop offs and eye popping scenery looking down into Zion Canyon. The maintained path zigzags its way up the steep mountainside beside familiar reddish Navajo sandstone before venturing through Echo Canyon, a deep gorge filled with water gnawed sandstone pockets. Near the top of the trek you will see white rock; this layer is known as the Temple Cap formation. Beyond Echo Canyon walls drop sharply, giving way to spectacular views. At the trails end, looking down into the canyon is a spectacular display of stone sculptures contrasted by the bluest of skies. This trail is the oldest trail out of Zion Canyon. In the late 1890's, Utah pioneer John Winder reworked the existing Paiute foot trail to drive cattle up to the rim. The trail was improved and the Observation Point Trail cut into the side of the mountain in 1925.
 Lunch: Box lunch on the trail.
 Afternoon: Continue hiking Observation Point Trail. Participants may opt to turn around at Echo Canyon and return to the trailhead or explore Hidden Canyon on the way down.
 Dinner: Tonight is dinner on your own. Choose between a variety of small and unique restaurants like Whiptail Grill, Parallel Eighty-Eight, The Spotted Dog Cafe, Pizza and Noodles, and MeMe's to name a few.
 Evening: Free evening to relax or do something within the community. One option is to go see the "Treasure of the Gods" Imax movie about Zion on a huge screen.
   
Accommodations: Zion Park Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Hike Bryce Canyon National Park
(Friday, April 4)

Note: -Peekaboo Loop trail is a 5.3 mile round trip on groomed trail with 1,000 ft elevation change. -Rim trail from Bryce Point to Sunset Point is a 2 mile one way trip on groomed trail with a 300 ft elevation drop. Total day hike miles will be 2-5 miles.



   
 Breakfast: 7:00 - 8:00 am - 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: Bryce Canyon National Park has prominent view points and amazing hiking trails. Geology, hiking and exploring within the fascinating formations of this Canyon is an amazing experience! Our first hike will be the Peekaboo Loop Trail. We begin at Bryce Point, one of the best vistas in the park, zigzagging down the rim 1,000 ft into the canyon. Here we weave through a brilliant collection of hoodoos, fins and spires in the main Bryce Canyon amphitheater. Great views of the Wall of Windows and Three Wise Men. -The 2 mile Rim Trail offers a shorter less strenuous route with great views for those not wanting to tackle the Peekaboo Loop.
 Lunch: Box lunch on the trail.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Bryce Canyon. After the day's hike we'll stop at the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center before checking in to Rubys Inn.
 Dinner: 6:00 - 7:00 pm - 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: Free Time
   
Accommodations: Ruby's Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Continue hiking Bryce Canyon National Park/Closing Dinner
(Saturday, April 5)

Note: -Navajo Loop & Queens Garden Trail is a 3.5 mile hike with an elevation change of 521 feet. It's listed as one of the top 10 hikes in the U.S. by National Geographic.



   
 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: 8:15 am - Check out and depart for our final hike in Bryce Canyon: Navajo Loop & Queens Garden Trail. This hike is absolutely the best way to see the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon. The views from sunrise point and sunset point on the rim area stunning, but you will experience an entirely different view from the canyon floor while looking up at the hoodoos. We start by hiking down Wall street a narrow canyon with high rock walls on either side. Soon after we reach the flat canyon floor. We continue on the trail to Queens Garden where we'll see some of the most spectacular formations in the park to include Queen Victoria herself.
 Lunch: Box lunch on the trail.
 Afternoon: We wrap up your adventures at Bryce and depart for St. George.
 Dinner: 5:30-6:30 pm - Enjoy a Grand Buffet at Chuck-A-Rama. Choose from a variety of fresh salads, homemade dinner rolls, barbecue ribs, baked or fried chicken, roast beef, sliced turkey breast, mashed potatoes & gravy, peas, green beans, corn, scones, assorted beverages. Save room for dessert, apple pie, cakes, cobbler, brownies, and soft serve ice cream or yogurt.
 Evening: Free Time
   
Accommodations: College Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Independent departures
(Sunday, April 6)
   
 Breakfast: 7:00 - 8:00 am - Enjoy a continental breakfast at the College Inn which includes hard boiled eggs, hot oatmeal, cereal, fruit, yogurt, pastries, toast, milk & juice.
 Morning: Independent departures following breakfast.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  St. George, UT General Information
**Please note: The amount of free time varies with each program. The free time options noted here may require spending additional time on your own to experience them. Check your program schedule to determine what is possible in the time available. ~~Art Galleries, ~~Golf, Our golf courses have been described as "golfer's paradise," Ten public courses, one semi-private and one private golf club provides an incredible variety of course. ~~Hiking, for more information go to www.stgeorgechamber.com/Outdoor%20Activities/Hiking.htm ~~Historic Sites, there are 27 nearby Historic Sites, restored pioneer buildings and homes for more information go to www.stgeorgechamber.com/historic_downtown.htm ~~Museums ~~Music Performances for more information go to www.stgeorgechamber.com/Culture%20&%20Arts.htm ~~Spa for more information go to **Red Mountain Spa! 435-673-4905 www.redmountainspa.com or **Green Valley Spa 435-628-8060 www.greenvalleyspa.com ~~Theater for more information go to www.stgeorgechamber.com/Culture%20&%20Arts.htm or www.tuacahn.org For additional information, visit www.utahsdixie.com
  Bryce Canyon National Park Bryce Canyon National Park free time options
The 2013 Bryce Canyon Shuttle runs May 5th through October 6th. The shuttle begins operation at 8 a.m.; the last bus stops at Bryce Point at approximately 7:20 p.m. and leaves from the Visitor Center at 7:40 p.m. (Mountain Daylight Time). Route duration is about 50 minutes, not including stops at facilities and overlooks. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/brca
  Zion National Park General Information about Zion National Park
~~~Zion Canyon IMAX for more information visit the website www.zioncanyontheatre.com For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/zion
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


Geology


Author: See list below


Description: Geology – a Golden Guide, by Frank H.T. Rhodes, 1991, St. Martin’s Press, N.Y., ISBN 1-58238-143-7. $6.95 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



Books about History


Author: See list below


Description: Books about History A Roadside History of Utah, Cynthia L. Bennett. 1999. Compelling stories of Utah’s exceptional people. $18.00 Outlaw Tales of Utah, Michael Rutter. True stores of Utah’s most famous robbers, rustlers and bandits. $10.95



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 Wildflowers of the Desert Southwest, Meg Quinn. 2000. A field guide to common desert wildflowers. $9.95



Geology (specific)


Author: See list below


Description: 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)



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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