Driving about 50 miles total throughout the day; approximately 2 hours total drive time, with stops. Walking approximately 3 miles total: sunrise walk is less than 1/4 mile roundtrip, paved; Queen's Garden walk is about 2 miles roundtrip with 320 feet loss/gain of elevation; walk to Yovimpa Point is approximately 1/2 mile roundtrip, paved.
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.
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 will watch both the brightening eastern horizon and the hoodoos transformative color change below the rim. After sunrise viewing, we will return to our lodge for breakfast. After breakfast, the group will rejoin and depart for a day in the national park. Our first stop will take us back to the rim of Bryce Canyon and a short walk to Sunrise Point. From Sunrise Point, we will have a couple of hikes to choose from. The more ambitious choice is a 1.8 mile roundtrip hike with a 320 foot loss/gain of elevation - to the Queen's Garden. Led by one of our Group Leaders, we will hike below the canyon rim and experience an entirely different view of the hoodoo filled landscape. You may elect to turn around part way down, or you may choose to walk with our other Group Leader along the rim on the relatively level gravel path. Late morning we will reconvene at the motorcoach and depart for to the far southern reaches of the park via the scenic drive to Rainbow / Yovimpa Point.
At Rainbow / Yovimpa Point, at 9,115 feet above sea level, we’ll enjoy a boxed lunch.
At Rainbow/ Yovimpa 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 return to the hotel.
We'll walk a short distance from our hotel to dinner and entertainment at Ebenezer's Barn and Grill. We will enjoy a dinner of pre-selected choices from a buffet, plus coffee, tea, soda or water; other beverages are available for purchase.
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.