Drive about 165 miles, about 2.5 hours. Hike is 1 mile roundtrip with a 70 foot elevation change on paved but sometimes uneven or muddy trails.
At the hotel, we will enjoy a buffet including fresh fruit, yogurt, assorted baked goods, cereal, pancakes, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, coffee, assorted teas, juice and milk.
After checking out of the hotel we'll board the motorcoach for our trip 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.
At a local restaurant in Springdale, Utah, just outside of Zion National Park, we will have a buffet lunch, plus coffee, tea, lemonade, and water.
We will travel by motorcoach into the park with a short stop at the visitor center to orient ourselves to the park and the trails we will hike. We’ll then proceed to Zion Lodge, where we’ll hike to Lower Emerald Pools to view waterfalls cascading over sandstone cliffs to shallow green pools. We'll check in to our hotel and have time to rest before dinner.
We'll board the motorcoach for a short drive to Springdale for dinner at a local restaurant. We will enjoy a plated meal from a select menu of main and side dishes, vegetables, and rolls, plus coffee, tea, soft drinks, and water; other beverages available for purchase.
In the hotel meeting room, our instructor will conduct a lecture on the geology, ecology, flora and fauna of the area. Through this presentation we’ll gain a greater understanding of the incredible formations we will explore during the week at Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon National Parks.