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

Discover the colorful and ancient landscapes of three iconic national parks as you explore geological monuments, visit historic lodges and marvel at scenic wonders with a naturalist.
Program No. 11573RJ
Length
8 days
Starts at
2,249
Utah/Arizona/Nevada

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

Discover the colorful and ancient landscapes of three iconic national parks as you explore geological monuments, visit historic lodges and marvel at scenic wonders with a naturalist.
Length
8 days
Starts at
2,249
Program No. 11573 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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Please Note:
The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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Prices displayed below are based on per person,doubleoccupancy.
Activity Level: Keep the Pace (10)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 11 - May 18, 2021
Starting at
2,249
May 16 - May 23, 2021
Starting at
2,249
May 23 - May 30, 2021
Starting at
2,249
Jun 1 - Jun 8, 2021
Starting at
2,499
Itinerary Note

Exclusive accommodations inside all three national parks, including historic cabins in both Zion and Grand Canyon National Parks.

Aug 17 - Aug 24, 2021
Small group
Starting at
3,099
Itinerary Note

Exclusive accommodations inside all three national parks, including historic cabins in both Zion and Grand Canyon National Parks.

Sep 5 - Sep 12, 2021
Starting at
2,249
Sep 21 - Sep 28, 2021
Starting at
2,249
Sep 28 - Oct 5, 2021
Starting at
2,249
Oct 5 - Oct 12, 2021
Small group
Starting at
2,699
Oct 10 - Oct 17, 2021
Starting at
2,499
Itinerary Note

Exclusive accommodations inside all three national parks, including historic cabins in both Zion and Grand Canyon National Parks.

Activity Level: Keep the Pace (10)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 11 - May 18, 2021
Starting at
2,899
May 16 - May 23, 2021
Starting at
2,899
May 23 - May 30, 2021
Starting at
2,899
Jun 1 - Jun 8, 2021
Starting at
3,249
Itinerary Note

Exclusive accommodations inside all three national parks, including historic cabins in both Zion and Grand Canyon National Parks.

Aug 17 - Aug 24, 2021
Small group
Starting at
3,849
Itinerary Note

Exclusive accommodations inside all three national parks, including historic cabins in both Zion and Grand Canyon National Parks.

Sep 5 - Sep 12, 2021
Starting at
2,899
Sep 21 - Sep 28, 2021
Starting at
2,899
Sep 28 - Oct 5, 2021
Starting at
2,899
Oct 5 - Oct 12, 2021
Small group
Starting at
3,349
Oct 10 - Oct 17, 2021
Starting at
3,249
Itinerary Note

Exclusive accommodations inside all three national parks, including historic cabins in both Zion and Grand Canyon National Parks.

Activity Level: On Your Feet (2)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 18 - May 25, 2021
Starting at
2,249
Oct 3 - Oct 10, 2021
Small group
Starting at
2,699
Activity Level: On Your Feet (2)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 18 - May 25, 2021
Starting at
2,899
Oct 3 - Oct 10, 2021
Small group
Starting at
3,349

At a Glance

The Colorado Plateau has created monuments shaped by winter snows, rain and geological upheaval over a span of time eluding human comprehension. Even with an understanding of geology, the multi-hued amphitheaters and hoodoos of Bryce, the cathedral canyons of Zion and the lush North Rim of the Grand Canyon seem improbable — inspiring wonder and defying imagination. Venture into these breathtaking national parks to discover their evolution through geologic time and the natural history and human stories that also color this country.
Activity Level
Varies by date
Varies by date. Elevations up to 9,115 feet. On Your Feet dates: Walking up to one mile on varied terrain at a slower pace. Keep the Pace dates: Walking up to three miles daily on varied terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Experience Zion National Park’s stunning natural beauty with local experts and hike some of its numerous trails.
  • Spend a day among hoodoos and other rock formations of Bryce Canyon National Park.
  • Witness sunrise and sunset at the Grand Canyon’s North Rim and enjoy a meditative hike along the rim of the Grand Canyon.

General Notes

Select dates are designated for small groups and are limited to 24 participants or less. Transportation on this program is usually by full sized motorcoach, with about 40 participants.
Featured Expert
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Bruce Banker
Bruce Banker is a graduate of Northern Arizona University, where he studied natural sciences and geology. He lives in Flagstaff and has worked for the National Park Service as a naturalist on the north rim of the Grand Canyon, Chaco Canyon National Historic Park and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Bruce also serves as an outdoor educator for the Grand Canyon Field Institute. Bruce has taken students to many of the far-flung corners of the Southwest and has a few good stories to share.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Phil Moore is currently an adjunct professor of Geology at Dixie State University. He has been involved with the Southern Utah University Geology Field Camp for several years. Phil taught Earth science for public schools in Hurricane, Utah for 28 years, he is also a semi-professional musician along with his wife Lori, who is also a Road Scholar Group Leader.
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Bruce Banker is a graduate of Northern Arizona University, where he studied natural sciences and geology. He lives in Flagstaff and has worked for the National Park Service as a naturalist on the north rim of the Grand Canyon, Chaco Canyon National Historic Park and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Bruce also serves as an outdoor educator for the Grand Canyon Field Institute. Bruce has taken students to many of the far-flung corners of the Southwest and has a few good stories to share.
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David Best grew up in North Carolina and received his degrees in mathematics and geology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He retired after 32 years from the Geology Department at Northern Arizona University, where he was both a professor and administrator. His passion was teaching undergraduates, particularly non-majors who took introductory general education courses. He also mentored graduate students in the area of geophysics. He is the author of a textbook on natural hazards and is writing a similar book for the general populace. David enjoys gourmet cooking, traveling, woodworking, and reading.
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Bryan is an ex officio member of the Governing Board for the International Society for Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture. Under a NASA grant, he created a course manual for archaeoastronomy and published research on a solar calendar at Wupatki and an equinox site near Stoneman Lake. He is involved in a research project on archaeoastronomy at Mesa Verde National Park and teaches archaeoastronomy as well as biology, environmental science, natural history and chemistry.
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An avid hiker and photographer, Eldon Griffin is a naturalist who has taught continuing-education courses in geology, computers and photography. Growing up in the Southwest, he spent his days exploring the backcountry, finding fossils and dinosaur tracks. Eldon works as a freelance producer, videographer, photographer, writer, editor, instructor and consultant for various clients. Eldon’s photographs have been featured in numerous travel publications. He was a videographer for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Eldon loves to share his knowledge on the unique geology.
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Diane Griffin’s unique talent is caring for and assisting others. She has been working in the travel industry for the last 12 years, and currently assists premium for Delta Airlines. She has also worked for JetBlue Airways and Utah Transit Authority, as well as in a surgical center assisting patients. A native Californian, Diane has lived in Utah for most of her life and enjoys hiking in southern Utah's red rock country. She has been a Group Leader for Dixie State University's Road Scholar since 2009.
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Jeff Strang's knowledge of the environment stems from over 35 years of hiking, paddling, and photography in the outdoors, his extensive experience as a naturalist, as well as from his education at the University of Oregon and Lewis and Clark Law School. In 1987, Jeff filed a precedent-setting lawsuit against Oregon polluters under the Clean Water Act. Jeff has been leading Road Scholar programs since 2002. In his free time, Jeff enjoys biking to work, hiking, kayaking, outdoor photography and studying geology.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
General Reference
by See List Below
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
Books About Native Americans
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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
Geology
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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)
by See List Below
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
Books About Southwest Flora
by See List Below
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
Book About History
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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
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7 nights
20 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Las Vegas, NV
D
Hilton Garden Inn Las Vegas/Henderson

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table outside the meeting room to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation, 5:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. We will be accompanied by a Northern Arizona University naturalist who will serve as our Study Leader, leading hikes and field trips unless specified otherwise. Please bring a refillable water bottle on the program and on all hikes. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: We will enjoy a dinner buffet catered by the hotel restaurant, plus coffee, hot and iced tea, and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead. Be sure to prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
2
Basin & Range, Zion National Park
Zion National Park
B,L,D
Hampton Inn & Suites Zion National Park

Activity note: Driving approximately 165 miles; about 2.5 hours. Hiking approximately 1.5 miles roundtrip; about 1 hour; roughly 69 feet in elevation change; paved but sometimes uneven or muddy trails.

Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant, we will have a breakfast buffet featuring a variety of items, plus coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Once checked out of the hotel, we will board the motorcoach for our transfer north toward Zion National Park. Along the way, our instructor will enhance our travel time with insights into the geology, plants, animals, and human history of the region. We’ll travel through the Basin and Range Province, the upper Mojave Desert, and the Virgin River Gorge, en route to the Colorado Plateau and Zion National Park. Upon arrival in St. George at the Bureau of Land Management Visitor Center, we’ll get off the motorcoach to explore its small museum independently.

Lunch: At the Switchback Grill just outside of Zion National Park, we’ll choose what we like from the tasty lunch buffet with coffee, tea, lemonade, milk, water included. Enjoy spectacular views of the magnificent surroundings.

Afternoon: Moving on, we’ll travel to the Visitor Center at Zion National Park where we’ll see a large-scale 3-D map of the park for an overview of where we'll be exploring. We’ll then board our vehicle and enter the park and travel to the Zion Lodge inside Zion Canyon. Nestled at the base of stunning canyon walls, the grounds of the Zion Lodge invite people to linger among its shady cottonwood trees and grassy field. At the Lodge, your Group Leaders will give an overview of the area and offer activities at one or more locations. Activities may include walking the Lower Emerald Pools Trail, the Grotto Trail, or a historic walk around the Zion Lodge.

Dinner: At a local restaurant in the heart of the town of Springdale, we’ll have plated meals with soft drinks, coffee, tea, milk, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: After dinner, we will meet to discuss free time options in the park. Your Group Leader will provide park information and shuttle maps to the group. We will discuss how the shuttle system operates and orient the group to the many highlights, viewpoints, trails and feature in the park. Your Group Leader will also discuss tomorrow’s dining options for dinner on your own.

DAY
3
Zion Park, Free Park Shuttle to Viewpoints and Nature Walks.
Zion National Park
B,L
Hampton Inn & Suites Zion National Park

Activity note: Free Zion Shuttle; 16 miles round trip; 90 minutes without getting off at stops. With stops and walks approximately 4 – 6 hours. Self-guided elective walking distances; Weeping Rock walk is about 1/2 mile roundtrip; less than 1 hour; paved trail with 100 foot change in elevation. Riverside Walk is approximately 2 miles roundtrip, about 2 hours; paved trail with little change in elevation.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we will enjoy a breakfast buffet, with coffee, tea, water included.

Morning: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Your Group Leader will be available in the morning at a predetermined location and time in the lobby of the hotel. Sack lunches for the day will be distributed at this time. Your Group Leader will facilitate entry into the park and be available for any questions that may arise.NOTE: please remember to bring a day pack with you to carry your sack lunch, water bottle and sun protection during your park explorations.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the field at your leisure.

Afternoon: Continue free time to explore Zion National Park.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own in the quaint town of Springdale, where you can enjoy a variety of restaurants, bars, gift shops, art galleries, and more. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
4
Checkerboard Mesa & Grand Staircase, Bryce National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
B,L,D
Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel

Activity note: Driving about 85 miles, around 1.5 hours, to Bryce Canyon National Park. Walking about 1 mile along Bryce Canyon rim to Sunset Point; approximately 1 hour; about 100 feet of change in elevation; unpaved trail. Elevation is approximately 8,000 feet at Bryce Canyon.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll board the motorcoach and travel to Bryce Canyon National Park, one of America’s smaller national parks, covering only 56 square miles. Bryce is renowned for its unique geological features, carved by nature into hoodoos and pinnacles of an amazing palette of colors. Along the way we will travel through the one mile long Zion-Mt. Carmel tunnel and stop at Checkerboard Mesa to hear why it has horizontal layers and vertical cracks. We will also discuss how the vegetation and habitat changes from the valley floor 2,000 feet below us. Then, we will climb the Grand Staircase via US 89, heading up Long Valley, rich in early Mormon history to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Lunch: At a local restaurant near the entrance to Bryce Canyon, we’ll have an extensive buffet meal, plus coffee, tea, soft drinks, water.

Afternoon: Then we will take the motorcoach to Inspiration Point and get off for a walk to Sunset Point. This one mile, unpaved trail winds along the rim through bristlecone and other pine trees, juniper trees, and fir trees with great views of the Bryce Amphitheater and the hoodoos, fins and spires of red, pink and yellow rock. All along the way, we'll have great views of rows of hoodoos, with diagonal scour markings. The contrast between the exposed rock hoodoos and the spruce, fir, and bristlecone pine surroundings is stunning. In the late afternoon, we will check into our hotel.

Dinner: At a favorite local restaurant, we will have a buffet featuring a soup, salad, and variety of entrée choices, plus coffee, tea, water.

Evening: Evening at Leisure.

DAY
5
Bryce Point, Queen's Garden, Rainbow Point, Yovimpa Point
Bryce Canyon National Park
B,L,D
Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel

Activity note: Driving about 50 miles total throughout the day; approximately 2 hours total drive time, with stops. Walking approximately 3 miles total: sunrise walk to Bryce Point is less than 1/2 mile roundtrip, paved; Queen's Garden walk is about 2 miles roundtrip; walk to Yovimpa Point is approximately 1/2 mile roundtrip, paved.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we will have a plentiful buffet, featuring an assortment of hot and cold items, eggs, breakfast meats, biscuits and gravy, French toast, pastries, potatoes, yogurt, and fruit, plus coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Before breakfast there will be an elective motorcoach trip to Bryce Point where early risers will be rewarded with a spectacular sunrise over the richly colored hoodoos of Bryce amphitheater. Here we can watch both the brightening eastern horizon and the hoodoos change below us in Bryce Amphitheater. In the horizontal light of dawn, the colors are wonderfully rich. After breakfast, we’ll all board the motorcoach, drive to a location near the Bryce Rim and take a short walk to Sunrise Point. Here, we’ll also see the famous Twinkle Toes tree, and learn about the forces of erosion. From here we will have several hikes or walks to choose from. The hardest choice is a 1.8 mile roundtrip hike led by one of our Group Leaders, who will take us below the canyon rim to Queen’s Garden for the experience of an entirely different view from the canyon floor, looking up at the hoodoos. You may elect to turn around part way down, or you may choose to walk with our other Group Leader along the flat, paved rim. Then we'll all reboard our motorcoach for the spectacularly scenic drive to Rainbow Point.

Lunch: At Rainbow Point, at 9,115 feet above sea level, we’ll enjoy a boxed lunches featuring sandwiches, chips, fruit and cookies.

Afternoon: At Rainbow Point, we’ll have a photo opportunity before setting out on a short walk through high woods of many types of conifers to Yovimpa Point. From here, we’ll enjoy expansive views from the top of the Grand Staircase and Navajo Mountain to the east, and the Kaibab Plateau to the south. After walking back from Yovimpa Point, we’ll board the motorcoach for the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center to view the award-winning park video, and visit the natural history museum. We’ll then return to the hotel.

Dinner: At Ebenezer's Barn and Grill, we will enjoy a tasty dinner from the buffet, plus coffee, tea, soft drinks, or water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: During dinner, we will enjoy a country music show before returning to the hotel for a relaxing evening at leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
6
Pipe Spring Nat’l Monument, Grand Staircase, Long Valley
North Rim, Grand Canyon
B,L,D
Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim

Activity note: Driving approximately 185 miles total throughout the day; about 4 hours total of driving time. Walking up to 1.5 miles, about 2 hours, total throughout the day; about 1/2 mile around Pipe Spring National Monument mostly paved, flat terrain; walk to Bright Angel Point is approximately 1/2 mile down roughly 150 feet; mostly paved, somewhat steep terrain.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Checking out of the hotel, we will begin our journey towards our third national park of the program. We’ll board the motorcoach for the southbound trip to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. We will travel down the several steps of the Grand Staircase and move on to Arizona where we will visit Pipe Spring National Monument and join a park ranger for a walking field trip of Winsor Castle – a fort built by Mormon settlers fort beginning around 1870 – and the surrounding grounds. Then, we’ll continue aboard our vehicle as the road climbs up the Kaibab Plateau. Stopping at the Le Fevre Overlook, we’ll enjoy a larger-than-panoramic view of the Grand Staircase. Here, we can look north and see the southern end of Bryce Canyon National Park atop the Staircase, and the tops of the Towers of Zion National Park. After nearing 8,000 feet elevation, we’ll arrive at Jacob Lake for lunch.

Lunch: At the Jacob Lake Inn, a pine-surrounded log structure with a fireplace and a wonderfully homey feel, we will enjoy some of its home-cooked fare with a plated meal. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, water included.

Afternoon: We’ll then continue southbound across the Kaibab Plateau through forests of Ponderosa pines, spruce, fir and quaking aspen, as well as huge meadows—more reminiscent of Montana than Arizona. En route, we’ll learn through an onboard lecture why fire is important to the health of Ponderosa pine forests and what happens when fires are suppressed for 100 years. As we travel, we may see the unique Kaibab squirrel, wild turkey, and deer. Upon arrival, we'll take a half-mile roundtrip hike on a steep paved trail to Bright Angel Point, a promontory at an elevation of 8,148 feet that offers panoramic views of Roaring Springs, Bright Angel, and Transept Canyons, as well as the inner gorge of the Grand Canyon. After our walk, we’ll check in for our stay in the rustic cabins near the main lodge building and the canyon views on the back porch of the lodge.

Dinner: In the historic Grand Canyon Lodge, we will enjoy a truly memorable experience with spectacular views of the sunset over the canyon accompanied by tasty plated meals from a select menu. Regional as well as foods popular in the 1930s are featured throughout the extensive menu, prepared with the freshest and healthiest ingredients. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: In the onsite auditorium, we will enjoy a lecture by a National Park Service ranger. Afterwards, you may consider a walk out to one of several viewpoints overlooking the canyon to watch the stars rotate overhead.

DAY
7
North Rim Nature Walk, Transept Trail Hike
Kanab, UT
B,L,D
Parry Lodge

Activity note: Driving approximately 90 miles total throughout the day; about 2 hour, with stops. Walking approximately 2 miles total for the day, about 2 hours combined: nature walk is about 1 mile; Transept Trail hike about 2 mile rim hike; all are unpaved, rolling trails with about 200 feet of elevation change.

Breakfast: Lodge buffet.

Morning: If you would like, rise early on your own to take a short walk and experience a sunrise over the canyon to the east. After breakfast, we’ll then decide how to spend our mornings; A guided walk on the Transept trail, or a nice stroll through the Ponderosa Pine forest on the Bridle path, back to the lodge. In the mid-morning, we’ll check out of our cabins and load our luggage. Depending on the interest of the group, additional time on the rim or additional stops at points of interest en route to Kanab will be added to our morning activities.

Lunch: In the field, we will have boxed lunches including a deli-style sandwich, chips, fresh fruit, and a cookie or granola bar.

Afternoon: We’ll depart for famous Jacob Lake Inn and onto Kanab, Utah. We will have the chance to make stops along the way to learn about the geologic history of the "Grand Staircase" of Southern Utah. We will arrive at the hotel in Kanab, Utah in the mid afternoon, giving us time to explore the quaint downtown that calls itself, "The Greatest Earth on Show".

Dinner: Plated meal at a local restaurant.

Evening: After dinner, we will have the opportunity to explore downtown Kanab. Centrally located on Main St., your hotel is in the perfect location for short walks to local art galleries and gift shops.

DAY
8
Program Concludes
Departures
B,L

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 8 a.m. Driving approximately 210 miles from Grand Canyon to Las Vegas; about 4 hours. Expected arrival at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport by approximately 11:30 a.m.

Breakfast: Lodge buffet.

Morning: Once checked out, we will depart from the North Rim via motorcoach for our return trip to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.

Lunch: En route to Las Vegas, we’ll enjoy a sack lunch of sandwiches and cookies.

Afternoon: Upon arrival in Las Vegas, we will make drop-offs at McCarran International Airport, followed by the starting hotel. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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